About this time, folks often take science as an alternative ‘religion’ and a catchall explanation for all situations, even when they don’t really know much about it. It’s an easy out because it leaves one comfortably at the top of the food chain with no need to feel accountable to anyone for ones actions. It’s fashionable too when young to be a nonconformist ‘freethinker’ feeling smugly superior in the ‘sure knowledge’ that one is able to fearlessly face the ‘fact’ that death really is the end - as proud atheists often do. It’s a good justification for sleeping in on Sundays. And besides, death is a long, long way away, so be that as it may.
Any thinking individual should realize that at least in the case of the Bible the contents were written by different men, at different times, in different places who didn’t know each other and not somehow self-published by some higher power. This is a given. Then, subsequently as Christianity developed and grew it became more businesslike and bureaucratic with those high in the church deciding what was content and what wasn’t. They and other men who followed had their own best interests at heart, putting it in print to insure their security and rewards. They made the rules, which is why women generally get such a raw deal in scriptures. And even supposing that against human nature some didn’t have their own agenda in mind when transcribing, editing and periodically excising books from the Bible, how many remaining actual truths were inadvertently lost in the many translations that these texts have undergone over the centuries? Some books from both testaments are omitted even now. But all this still doesn’t mean that a God doesn’t exist or that life as we know it is some meaningless anomaly of random chance!
All religions are imperfect because they were formulated by man - who is imperfect himself of course. Science works for most things, but, it is incomplete, a concept of man’s as well, which can by no means explain the universe fully ‘yet’ and like theology requires the ‘believer’ to have ‘faith’ that one day all its unknowns will be learned and explained. So we see through a glass darkly either way!
Scoffing ‘true believers’ in the science camp should remember Newton’s first law of motion: an object will remain at rest unless acted upon by outside force. If one is to acknowledge this cornerstone of physics as a fact, who or what caused the big bang? I expect that these know-it-all critics get a little uncomfortable when forced to confront that question. Order cannot arise out of chaos without some direction any more than such stability can be maintained without it. Random selection, an inconsistency found only on this particular planet thus far in an otherwise well regulated universe, seems only a practical way to ensure a diversity of life. Ergo, the theory of evolution is not at odds with a belief in a creator. Rather, the evidence indicates that there is some method and that:
Evolution Is In Fact Synonymous With Divine Design.
On television Bill Maher like other ‘nonbelievers’ occasionally enjoys broadcasting his atheism and maligning the Bible’s many fallacies and inconsistencies for the resulting shock value and that’s ok. George Carlin felt the same way, though no doubt he has seen the light by now. But he did have some worthwhile observations when it came to hats in religion, as shown in the link below: