This whole topic is one that I often shake my head at, because of personal beliefs. I'm a big believer that the only thing science will find at the end of the EVERYTHING EQUATION is God.
Science wants to draw a formula as short as E=MC2 which will explaon everything in the Universe, and I think the more they look the greater they will be shocked at the answer.
I think much of the confusion occurs when people forget the age of the Bible and the technology of the day. A good example is the word dinosaur never entered the dictionary into the early 1800s, before that, if ancient bones were found in fossil form, they were neither understood to be a remnant of ancient life or not identified in modern words.
The Bible spoke to the people of the day and in parable for people of all time, I often think that if it were written today, we would have terms like computers, television, space-station, rockets and other words that may mean nothing in 1000 years.
I get lost in the fight of theology and science when I see people arguing apples and apples:Genesis and the Big Bang Theory are close enough for me to believe to be two variations centuries apart.
How would a scientist explain God's creation of the Universe? And thousands of years from now, would it be understandable to a lost concept or one twisted by that times language and society so that it was no longer recognizable as written?!
I think OIL is Abiotic - something Earth constantly makes, not some limited quantity that we constantly draw from. Of course can we draw it faster than Earth can make it, that may be another issue - but not yet and likely not for a very long time. http://viewzone.com/abioticoilx.html
I often wonder when life started, whether here or elsewhere - are we terraformed here? Did we crawl from ooze? Can we possibly be the only planet with life so bountiful and diverse - this one I don't believe in the least. I believe trillions upon trillions of planets with life so vastly different or similar that the greatest writers of fiction could only sit in awe.
But we sit thinking we are as good as it gets. We are the best that has ever existed, the best technology, the best understanding of how the Universe works - the smartest beings to every exist, with or without a God.
This may hold true for Earth, but that is awful presumptuous of us to believe that is the case with all the Universe and over all time. How many billions of far off civilizations have so greatly exceeded us in technology yet to perish when their turn came? Did they have a God and scientists who were so conflicted as to draw lines in the sands?
I know in my heart the day will come when science will prove the existence of God, I just wonder if they are humble enough to share that with the world.
Science (laughably) tells us how old the Universe it using data gained from deep-space observers like Hubble - tools of man which become more powerful that it can see further and by doing so and BILLIONS of YEARS to how long the Universe has been around. I remember not many years ago that we were told (with great certainty) that the Universe was 4 billion years old, then Hubble let them see further than ever before and magically we jump to nearly 15 billion years since the Big Bang. A new more powerful probe into the vastness is soon to be launched, when it does and suddenly the Universe is 30 billion years old, how do we still believe the data science feeds us as fact?
Yes people evolve, and in short time - generations. People barely 5ft average with a life span of 50 years ruled the earth just a few hundred years ago. Starving African women give birth like a Pez Machine while a woman's reproduction system in a healthy society would shut down if she were so starved and sickly, she could not bare children.
Many people call this ADAPTING not EVOLUTION but I like M-Ws differentiating of the words - Adapting
to make fit (as for a new use) often by modification, where Evolution
: is a theory that the various types of animals and plants have their origin in other preexisting types and that the distinguishable differences are due to modifications in successive generations.
So Adapting is a willful act, to add a new part to something to change it. When Evolution is something out of our control, but occurs out of need.
I'm sure humans are not done evolving, but it takes a need. If things stayed the same, there would be no need to change, but obviously things change or we'd all be dragging our knuckles in the bushland or if we don't evolve then obvious this is how we always looked, we are just more techy today.
I believe God made man to evolve, that one statement can insult both theologists and scientist, but it sure makes sense to me and explains a whole lot. Surely God wants us around until he doesn't and our ability to adapt as best we can be limited, but "evolving to adapt" to our environment secures or ability to survive.
A good example would be if the approx 20% of oxygen we breathe slowly reduced over a great deal of years, our bodies would change to survive with less - that's evolution. To happen overnight, we'd need oxygen tanks to live, that's adaptation. I just don't believe God hands out oxygen masks.
I'm just the kinda guy waiting for the aliens to come and have them show us "their" Bible, because I believe ours is one of Man's instruction manuals from God, and there are many just on our planet alone. I can only image how many trillions of others may exist out there, leading civilizations to grow and "adapt" with their bigger and better tools until they reach out into space and find other creatures to share their Bibles with.