In the Beginning
"Science and the Bible just do not mix!"
This claim is heard from people both in the scientific community and in Christendom. A great bone of contention is the first book of the Bible, particularly the first chapter—Genesis One.
Some scientists say "the facts of nature tell us the earth is billions of years old. Those dogmatic religious people say the Bible claims it’s only thousands of years old. Therefore, the Bible is wrong; it can’t even get the first fact right. Case closed."
Some Christians say "those atheistic scientists are trying to use completely natural means to explain our existence, leaving out a personal Creator entirely. The words of the Bible say otherwise. Therefore, science is wrong; it can’t even get the First Cause right. Case closed."
Some people trapped in the middle of all this think: If there is a God He would reveal Himself with consistency and harmony whether in a written revelation or in His creation.
Let’s look at that possibility. Let’s compare the record of the Bible, what Christians say is the Creator’s special revelation, to the record of nature, that record many scientists put their hope in. Let’s see if there is some harmony between Genesis One and nature and try to shed some light where there has been mostly heat.