Christians are trying to muscle their way into our public square and regulate our lives using a holy book that contradicts science. The question is whether we go back to the dark ages or use accumulated human knowledge to progress to a better future. Do we allow ancient norms and values to regulate our society or do we allow science to help point the way forward?
Consider the benefits of science. It was science that took us to the moon and back. Science explains where we live and how we got here. Science teaches us how to live, prolongs our lives, and provides us with labor saving products and services.
On the other hand, the Bible tells us the earth is approximately 6000 years old, donkeys can talk, axe heads can float, diseases can be caused by demons, and dead people can live again. Science disputes these claims.
Which is right, science or the Bible? Science is continually undergoing intense scrutiny and making adjustments based on test results. That's how science works. But can we test the Bible?
Yes, the Bible can be tested using it's own criteria (Mal 3:10). Elijah did it on Mount Carmel (I Kings 18:36-39). And Jesus proposed a test that can easily be measured. Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him." (Mk 11:23)
A mountain relocated to the sea will be totally miraculous! The question will be resolved and the Bible will be proven true!
Meanwhile, as we wait for Grandfather Mountain to be moved off Cape Hatteras, I hope Christians will respect other religions and non-believers the way they would like to be respected.