When I was a kid, I thought I wanted to be a scientist when I grew up. I thought I did, but it’s because I didn’t know what a scientist actually was. Turns out I just wanted to blow stuff up in a chemistry lab. Because of this desire to be a scientist, I watched a whole lot of Bill Nye the Science Guy. I even taped the episodes like a super-nerd. I was a huge fan and am still thankful today for the way he made science fun and interesting to tons of us kids.
Recently, though, I saw a video called “Creationism Is Not Appropriate For Children” that he put out with Big Think, which you may have also seen. It’s become quite popular. In this YouTube video, he basically says that if you don’t believe in evolution then you are completely ignorant and that there’s no other logical room for creationism. I’m not offended or outraged. To be honest, I kind of just find it funny.
As I stated, I am not a scientist. I haven’t studied the cosmos like Bill has. I don’t have the same degrees that he does. He’s way smarter than I am. But I would argue that just because I choose to believe in a God that created a universe doesn’t mean that I am ignorant or illogical. I even believe in some evolution. I think animals and our bodies have evolved. I believe our planet has evolved. I am not against science. I love science.
I think when you really break all these theories and beliefs down we have some common ground. We all believe in some pretty far-fetched ideas. Everyone believes something ridiculous.
You could easily say my belief in God is crazy, and I’ll tell you, I know it sounds wild. I believe that there is a supernatural being outside of time and space that created everything. He has no beginning or ending. He is invisible. He knows everything. He sees everything. He flooded the entire earth. His Son had to die on the cross for our sins and went up to heaven and then is going to come back.
You can say it. On paper that sounds crazy. I know it does. But I believe every word of it.
Now if you don’t believe in a Creator God, you believe that we exist on this earth for a short time and then we die. Nothing more, nothing less. You believe that life kind of started out of nowhere. You believe through billions of years of evolution we have what we have today. You believe that something in the universe that came from somewhere randomly exploded and sparked all life.
Doesn’t that sound ridiculous, too? Things just kind of started out of nowhere?
I’m not writing this to convert anyone right now. I’m just making the point that we all believe something ridiculous at some point. No matter how far back you can trace scientific evidence and facts, at some point it comes down to speculation. And you can say science disproves a lot of what people believe. And that’s true. But science is constantly disproving science.
Science told us to drink more milk. Then science said that we shouldn’t drink any milk. Now science says that we should be drinking milk.
Like I said, I’m not smart enough to debate science with anyone, but don’t think science makes you sound any more logical than the rest of us. At some point or another, you believe in something that sounds just as crazy.
I will leave you with some thoughts that the creators of South Park, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, shared in an interview on ABC News. View here.