From the “Changing the Subject” department…
I’ve always liked to believe that I have a reasonable and informed faith. One that meshes well with the observed world. An intelligent faith.
Sometimes our faith will run into things like the age of the earth and evolution, or different understandings of Noah and the Flood (like the Discovery show I saw the other night). I always think either science is just wrong, or that whatever the true and scientific case may be, it’s not utterly incompatible with my faith.
I was surfing some weird websites the other day (note to self: never _ever_ read “paranormal” websites when you are alone!) and came across some that thoroughly reinterpreted Genesis. They basically related a history of the world replete with aliens genetically modifying primitive man to produce modern man, and lots of really strange stuff. Some of the pages suggested that, in the near future, we would discover another planet named Niburu on a 10,000 or so year orbit around the Sun, and when Niburu came close to Earth, the Nephilim or Elohim would again visit Earth to bring us to the next level of enlightenment.
That got me to thinking. Just what scientific evidence or undeniable occurence would convince me to abandon my faith? What if a planet full of aliens showed up and explained Genesis, the Epic of Gilgamesh, the Pyramids, Stonehenge, and ESP, unified all our religions into one cohesive faith, showed us a source of free energy, cured cancer, and gave us efficient space travel technology? Would I accept that as proof that I was fundamentally wrong about Christianity and the Bible and God? Or would I denounce them as demons or something like that?
More practically and less fantastically, what if archaeology produced “proof” that Christ was not resurrected, in the form of a skeleton that fit the historical circumstances? How much of the Old Testament would I be willing to read “poetically”, or how much “scientific evidence” would I be willing to dismiss? How important is verifiable authorship of the New Testament canon? If scientist could produce life from non-life at will, under conditions similar to those theorized to be here billions of years ago, would that do it? What if something along the lines of the Da Vinci code were to have strong scientific support in multiple fields of study?
I don’t have any answers to all that, but I’d be interested in getting your thoughts. What things would cause you to reject it all?