Faulty readings of the Bible lead to unscientific conclusions
Biased interpretations of the Bible have produced thousands of different Christian denominations. Unfortunately, religious biases are extremely difficult to recognize or shake-off. When Jesus said to His disciples: “If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake the dust off your feet when you leave that home or town” (Matthew 10:14, NIV, emphasis mine), He was talking about the peoples’ acceptance of His message of truth, not the acceptance of people. God never rejects a person, He only rejects all forms of corruption responsible for distorting His eternal message of love. It is an everlasting message that will stand the test of eternity. With God, the message of truth that changes hearts is always more important than the person, as the Cross demonstrates. Jesus allowed Himself to be killed because He was demonstrating that the everlasting word of truth that leads to love is far more important than a person’s life, even His own as the Creator. A person can always be brought back to life by the Creator, but as long as His message that leads to true love is corrupted, life on earth and eternal life in heaven will remain unsustainable.
The message of truth contained in the Bible has been under attack ever since it has been communicated through the prophets, and later by Jesus Himself (see Hebrews 1:1-2). Time has come for humanity to sort out truth from fiction attributed to God, or the solution to the human condition will never be resolved. When the given of a problem is false, its solution cannot be true.
We have previously underlined several problems related to translations and interpretations of Scripture. The earth was already created when God re-created it to support human and animal life. There is no information in Scripture that helps us determine when the original creation occurred, nor can it be determined with any level of certainty when the re-creation described in Genesis might have taken place. What is clear is that matter was already present when God began the re-creation involving the human family. Time may not be a factor at all when considering all the stresses to which our planet has been subjected when it became “formless and empty” (Genesis 1:2 NIV). As previously discussed, the Interlinear translates that statement as saying: “the earth she-became chaos and vacancy” (http://www.scripture4all.org/OnlineInterlinear/OTpdf/gen1.pdf).
On the other hand, nothing in the Creation account suggests that the entire planet was made into a Garden of Eden. The opposite appears to be true. Adam and Eve were prohibited from entering the Garden ever again for good reasons (see Genesis 3:23). They were to “work the ground from which he (Adam) had been taken” (Genesis 3:23). This was not a punishment, it was a consequence of what happens when trust is broken between people. Because they had broken trust with God, and thus with one another and all other forms of life, Adam and Eve could not stay in the Garden where all aspects of life present there were entirely submitted to perfect other-centered love.
When they were made to leave the Garden, Adam and Eve were sent from a place perfectly protected by perfect mutual love to a place where life was no longer protected by mutual trust founded on perfect love. Having left the Garden, they were confronted with the conditions known in the rest of a universe permeated with unrest, competition for life and prosperity, as well as survival at the expense of all other forms of life. These conditions of unrest altered nature over time. All forms of life were forced to adapt to a variety of unfriendly environments. Paul described the state of the universe affirming that it “has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time” (Rom 8:22). When the evil of self-centeredness is present anywhere in any form, rest and peace is destroyed. The entire universe “has been groaning” because sin has effected life negatively, including on our planet. This is what must have caused the state of chaos God chose to restructure when He created humans. When they stepped out of the Garden, Adam and Eve were suddenly faced with the “groaning” realities of the universe Paul described.
Our first parents were now subjected to all the laws of life that lead to death dictated by self-centeredness and self-preservation Scripture calls evil, or sin. These laws are in sharp contrast with the principle of unconditional love that sustained perfect peace and comfort for all forms of life in the Garden. From that point forward all forms of life were forced to adapt to the new conditions for the sake of survival. God had framed the power of adaptation into all forms of life knowing that it would be required for their survival in a world where evil subjects all forms of life to competition. Humans, animals and other forms of life have since then been compelled to adapt to ever changing conditions and circumstances. It is largely for this reason that today we recognize such a large diversity of humans, animals and plants. More could be said on the subject, but unfortunately scientists obsessed with proving Evolution remain largely unwilling to consider Scripture as a credible source of information to guide their studies.
When theology is founded on dogmas, progress in understanding God, life, science and love cannot escape the molds of such dogmas. The same holds true in the scientific world. Evolution is one of its dogmas that holds scientists captive. In fact, the dogmas of science are every bit as unscientific and damaging to life and love as are the dogmas of religion. No science has yet proven that anything can be made out of nothing, or that energy can be produced out of absolute nothingness. Yet, the Big Bang Theory is entirely founded on a concept generally proven to be unscientific.
Time has come for both science and theology to rid themselves of dogmas responsible for holding back progress related to the understanding of the Author of life and matter, neither of which were created as we see them or study them (see 2 Corinthians 4:18). Sin recognized as self-centeredness in the universe has degraded both life and matter. It is for this reason that Jesus said: “Heaven and earth will pass away” (Matthew 24:35). Dogmas have kept wide open the doors of utter confusion on all sides of human knowledge and understanding. The Tree of Knowledge of Good Mixed With Evil was in fact the Tree of Confusion. Sound logic has been compromised on both sides. Science and theology will never be reconciled as long as hints of confusion are allowed to persist on either, or both sides.