The Need For Answers

Bright is the Sun.  Why is that and what does that have to do with God?  Quite simply, it largely depends on who you talk to.  All of us have our own preconceptions around such things as science and religion.  Where these two huge topics intersect often lies controversy.


Bright is the Sun

First lets us examine the view of the scientist about the sun.  The sun is bright because of a fusion reaction that releases light and shines upon planetary objects fortunate enough to be orbiting the sun.  Our sun is a medium size star with probably about a few billion more years of  stable energy remaining.  I emphasize stable because at some point far into the future the sun will become a red dwarf and as a result of that process, make life very difficult in the solar system.  Indeed, it will obliterate everything as it goes through an expansionary phase, before become a red dwarf.  This is the way of the universe through the eyes of almost all scientists.  We live in a place governed by laws that seem not to care so much about the precious life we have on planet earth, but rather operate under a strict code of equations…laws.

Now, on the other hand, someone who looks at this whole issue from a more religious or perhaps metaphysical perspective will likely have a different view on the matter.  They will see the sun as a creation of God that came about through a process only understood by  God.  They would argue that god made the sun to shine light on its creation and nurture it along.   We represent God’s creation in this view and it is important for us to recognize that God has a benevolent purpose.  This be the view of those who are religious in the way of processing the world around them.

The intersection of conflict…at least one of them….between science and religion on this matter is the question of what is provable and verifiable through empirical evidence and what is left to one’s belief?  At what point does religion fall to the wayside in explaining the mysteries of the universe and science takes over?  It depends on who you talk to.

Being of scientific in my approach to things, I suspect that we are much better off to embrace the teachings of science as it is founded on a process requiring rigid proof and discipline of thought.  So in that respect, the reason the sun shines bright is because of a chemical reaction occurring within the star, our sun.  As to who breathed fire into the equations that led to this reaction, well that is the domain of the religious of mind and with such inquires we enter into a speculative realm.  Once that is understood, I think we are better off in embracing the ultimate truths we come to learn about, realizing that some truths are fleeting and often very difficult to ascertain, even when scientific methodology is employed.

7 Responses to The Need For Answers
  1. Ruth Dameron
    April 21, 2013 | 10:59 pm

    Why should we accept scientific research when it only explains what is, not where it originated from. Scripture says GOD created the world, Sun, stars and moon. All science has done is explain the material makeup of GOD’s creation. GOD doesn’t have a problem with that. Why does science have a problem with GOD? They can’t explain HIM! 🙂

  2. Tim H
    April 22, 2013 | 7:35 am

    It’s not a chemical reaction, it’s a nuclear reaction.

    Chemical reactions involve movement of electrons between species; nuclear reactions involve elements changing nuclear structure, to become different isotopes, or different elements.

  3. John
    April 23, 2013 | 9:47 am

    This is as dumb as it gets. Is that because god wants us to be dumb? I thought this site was suppose to be about FACTS, not opinion and religious beliefs, which are beliefs not facts.

  4. evaa
    April 27, 2013 | 6:29 pm

    this is so damn dumb

  5. Philip
    April 29, 2013 | 2:15 pm

    and that would be the gospel according to John (4.23)

    John makes a pretty lame or ‘dumb’ comment really. Beliefs, whether scientific or religious, are founded on opinions proselytized from the pulpits of both academic or religious institutions. Such opinions derive from experiences whether they be profane or transcendent. To exclude one type of experience in favour of another is to unreasonably limit the scope of science to establish FACTS. Science and religion in this sense share a common goal – to establish reality (in fact).

    Light enables the sensory faculty of sight, with which, within the limitations of that faculty, there is perception of light. And so the existence of light is qualified by its own qualities, as perceived.

    Faith similarly enables ‘other’ experiences which scope is directly responsive to the depth or limitations of that same faith.

    Just as knowledge grows and is established in fact by the scientific process of observable experience, rendering specific phenomena ‘believable’; faith also grows and is established in fact by observable experience in practice, giving substantive realization of doctrine or philosophy thereby qualifying ‘believability’.

    and that would be the gospel according to Philip. (However, Philip’s gospel somehow didn’t make the cut at Nicea – or wherever the selections of included books took place).

    I ask John: What is the difference between ‘beliefs’ and ‘facts’? Is it really anything more than who or what we choose to listen to, or accept?

    Is not the acceptance of scientific fact as transient as the investigative process which propounds it, and which on another day hence propounds another scientific fact which supersedes or makes redundant the previously accepted fact. Which, in my opinion, seems to be a system of belief arising from conditional experience. And that might be about “as dumb as it gets.”

  6. Muhanad Hasan
    May 6, 2013 | 4:57 am

    I agree with Ruth Dameron. God created the whole universe and also God gave us the brain to explore it. We have to use our brains. Why are a lot of scientists deny the fact of God’s existance when God has no problem with all of us and doesn’t even need our opinions at all. There are lots of things the scientists haven’t discovered and will never discover about the creation of God.

  7. JuL
    May 9, 2013 | 6:09 pm

    It’s not gravity that “squeezes” hydrogen atoms together, but the weak interaction :

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