Science and Religion

Maxx - Havertown, Pennsylvania
Entered on September 23, 2008
Age Group: Under 18
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I believe that fact and fiction shouldn’t oppose one another. When people think of science and religion, they choose what they believe in. They choose between reality and faith. But at fifteen years old, I still have not made a decision.

I remember a time when I was twelve, and I sat down to watch the History Channel. I got caught up in a program that talked about God and about how some people claimed to have seen visions of heaven. “Wow,” I thought to myself, “God seems like a real superior being. To think an immortal like him made the planets and the stars seems really cool.”

Then later on in my life, I started to watch interesting programs on the Science Channel. There I saw a program where scientists were explaining a theory of how the universe was created called the “Big Bang Theory.” However, I noticed something about this theory: It did not include anything about God. Nothing! They said that a massive explosion of a star was what created the universe. Also, they said that God had nothing to do with it at all. I don’t even recall them mentioning that God even existed. Then I thought, “So there is no God? He isn’t real?” I had then discovered that this was a conflict between the two biggest groups in the world: Science and religion.

From that moment on, I realized that the theory on how the universe was created was not the only topic that science and religion have been fighting over. Creationism and evolution. Religious history and scientific history. The afterlife world and no afterlife world. All of these debates and fights between fact and fiction only meant one thing: I had to make a choice.

For a long while I searched for the answers that would convince me the most. I went on Google, comparing articles from scientists to articles from Christians. At the library, I would look over text from the Bible and text from the laws of physics. I was determined to find out which side I mostly agreed with. Then one day, a random question had popped into my head. “Can’t they both be true?”

That question started a theory. A theory that although we can’t see God, there is no proof that he does not exist. A theory that while the big bang is a very plausible theory, scientists still haven’t found evidence of it ever happening. The theory that God creating the universe is as possible as the big bang. They are both theories and a theory is not an actual fact.

I can imagine a world where God does exist but has no involvement in our daily routine. I do see the possibility of a heaven while still believing in science. Being able to see both fact and fiction compromising with each other is highly possible. There is science and religion, but nobody said we had to pick a side. This I believe.