As a kid I was embarrassed that God seemed to be at odds with the perspective of people I thought were intelligent. Silly questions like “If God is omnipotent, why is there suffering?” led to more detailed inquiries about evolution, science, and social concerns. As I matured into an engineer, I started to meet people who brilliantly worked at the cutting age of space, flight, and healthcare, while maintaining amazing respect for our creator. I have been blessed with the opportunity to apply science in practical ways in my life, so I am disappointed some “scientists” win arguments by simply making people feel stupid. Regardless of your background you do not have to accept information that people cannot defend in simple concise terms. As Albert Einstein said, “If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself.”
While working for Lockheed Space Systems in Colorado, I reached a turning point in my life that finally gave me peace about the co-existence of science and religion. Ironically enough, God did not work through a rocket scientist to bring this revelation, instead it was a Methodist minster who cleared things up for me. He basically said the Bible is not as much about the “how’s” in life, but much more about the “why’s”. I took that to mean we did not need to focus on the bible for detailed explanations about the development of our universe, but should look at it for guidance on how we should approach the way we live. That being said, I am amazed in the number of times I read a passage of scripture that seems on the surface to be scientifically simplistic, but upon further review I see it was actually more accurate than I originally assumed. If you want to learn more about the depth of scientific information in the bible, I find the “Acts and Facts” publication to be very useful in this endeavor .