Does this picture convey conflict between God and man?
What am I looking at? It seems to be a minute piece of the world floating in space! Ah! Yes! But look closer—-water, clouds, mountains and maybe even a sliver of seashore. And what are those sparkly yellowish spots scattered about? Of course! Those are city lights marking the presence of people on the world.
When one stops to think about it, this picture is a good analogy of the common dichotomy which we human beings face all the time—-and maybe do not even think about. This is the split between human and spirit; this is the expression of man’s view and God’s ability; this puts in one small frame the scope of difference in the way “things” are seen. This, by imaginative extension, could depict the chasm between man’s intellect and the products of his intellectual prowess and the overwhelmingly magnificent prowess of God’s vastness and endless creative power.
SCIENCE AS THE MEASURE
“Francis S. Collins, director of the Human Genome Project, the world’s largest collaborative biological project, is a scientist and believer and finds no conflict between those worlds. However, the former atheist didn’t always embrace these perspectives. It wasn’t until he went to medical school and encountered life and death issues at the bedside of his patients where he was constantly challenged with the question “what do you believe, doctor?” that he began searching for those answers. Through that journey, he found Jesus Christ.—– As a believer, Collins said he sees DNA as “the information of all living things, as God’s language, and the elegance and complexity of our own bodies and the rest of nature as a reflection of God’s plan.”
Collins’ view, of course, is firmly based on his faith. Thus, he has no conflict. The problem arises when the academic world chooses to see “faith” as less than intellectually sound. It would be beneficial to consider Albert Einstein’s viewpoint:
“Everyone who is seriously committed to the cultivation of science becomes convinced that in all the laws of the universe is manifest a spirit vastly superior to man, and to which we with our powers must feel humble.”
“Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.”
To see science as the measure without knowing that many of the greatest scientists were, in fact, men of faith, would be to make the entire issue one-sided.
CREATOR GOD AS THE MEASURE
The science-creationism dichotomy is a man-made issue. Nowhere is this issue referred to in the scriptures. Instead of paying homage to this conflict, why not simply realize that the issue actually is between the view of believers and non-believers. Those who could see the work of a higher Being in science have traditionally and consistently supported the idea of some sort of Creator God.
Even Darwin, himself, observed:
“I have never denied the existence of God. I think the theory of evolution is fully compatible with faith in God. I think the greatest argument for the existence of God is the impossibility of demonstrating and understanding that the immense universe, sublime above all measure, and man were the result of chance.”