I was just listening to the “Point of Inquiry” podcast, going through the old episodes. The topic of one episode was certain Islamics finding passages in the Qur’an and saying these passages are proven by science, thus proving the truth of Islam. One example I remember is that the “heavens and the earth are the same” or “..are made of the same stuff”, or something like that. Anyway the guys promoting this then started talking about quantum mechanics and how science says the universe is made of atoms. Anyway he says the Qur’an predicted this.
This isn’t just an Islamic thing. Christians do it too. Since I live in America I hear more arguments like this from Christians then any other religion, so I will only discuss them now. I remember that Venom Fang X guys from youtube saying that the Bible is the most scientific book ever written. He then has a link to a site with a bunch of “facts” from the Bible. I forget that link, but here is another one that is similar.
The point of this is that these people cherry pick the Bible for vague quotes that are right only in light of today. What I mean is that in the Bible it self there is no great information that makes us say “Yep that was written by an all knowing universe creating God”. Here is an example from the link I gave.
The Bible suggests the presence of nuclear processes like those we associate with nuclear weaponry. This is certainly not something that could have been explained in 67 AD using known scientific principles (when Peter wrote the following verse).
2 Peter 3:10
But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.
That doesn’t give any real information. It seems like a pretty far stretch to me. Again it is just cherry picking for quotes.
The other thing that gets me upset about this is that even if the you took these vague at true predictions, what about all of the things we know to be false in the Bible. You know, ideas like the world being flat, or that the earth was the center of the universe. These are just wrong, but they came from the Bible. Galileio was almost burned at the stake, and forced to recant the fact the he discovered the earth revovling around the sun. And now poeple look for vague suggestions that the Bible didn’t say those things, but the fact remains that the church did beleive those things, you can’t take that away, the church believed those things until science showed us that it was WRONG! So what right, maybe God was misunderstood by man. The thing is though, that a perfect all knowing God could have, should have been more specific. He must have known he would be misunderstood. The church later apoligized to Galileio after his death, because after enough time has passed and enough information was gathered, there was no arguing with facts.
That is pretty much all I have to say about this. Feel free to argue with me. Anyway, mabye science is wrong sometimes, but it is always science that figures that out and corrects it self. It’s not like priests are unlocking all of the lies that science is feeding us. It is always science, because that is the process of science, always moving forward, while Religion has been standing still since it was made up.