Science and Superstition

One of the meanings given for the word superstition is “any blindly accepted belief or notion.” I was thinking about this when I began reading through my Bible again this past January. Let me explain.

Theoretical physicists like Lawrence Krauss, who is Foundation Professor of the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University, and director of its Origins Project, and Michio Kaku, professor of theoretical physics at the City College of New York and CUNY Graduate Center, theorize the universe and all the matter that would ever exist, came into being from nothing, and was dispersed throughout the universe within the first three minutes of the Big Bang.

This means the matter that formed distant stars got to their current location in less than three minutes, but these scientists tell us energy in the form of light took millions of light years to make the return trip. Kaku explained this by saying matter can move through the vacuum of space faster than the speed of light. So I guess matter can move faster than the speed of light, but light cannot move faster than the speed of light. We call this science.

The Scriptures declare, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth,” that is to say, the universe. He did that during the first day; He created everything from nothing. And I believe He did that in less time than it took for Him to say, “Let there be light,” which was much less than three minutes or even twenty-four hours for that matter. He probably took the rest of the day off to enjoy His handiwork.

But some scientists would call me superstitious for believing the universe was created by God, while based on a “blindly accepted belief or notion” they claim the universe came into existence without God. It left me wondering what is the difference between science and superstition when it comes to the origin of the universe?

Then it struck me; theirs is an educated guess. Then I thought, what makes an educated guess better than just a plain everyday guess? Maybe an educated guess is made by educated people using educated language, I guess. And maybe they make an educated guess because they think they must have an answer for things they don’t have any evidence for, I guess.

And while we are guessing, I guess scientists invent some theories to explain things they have no evidence for in the same way they accuse believers for inventing God to explain things we have no evidence for (of course, we maintain we did not invent God, it was the other way around).

So we have come full circle back to my original thought, what is the difference between what science says about the origin of the universe, and superstitious believers say about the universe’s origin? It is a question of faith; some believe in an educated guess, and some believe in a Creator.


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