I was talking online with a former Christian who is now an atheist, when someone asked him about how he became an atheist hes basically said: “He decided to use his brain”, to which I asked him was he are you implying, inferring or just plain saying that those of us who do believe the Gospel of the Kingdom of God, do NOT have a brain?
Well he basically said that I excluded data, to which I asked what data? He gave the following example: example: how do you answer the question about the age of the earth? is it billions of years old? how is it possible that it is only a few thousand years old and how is it possible to exclude evolution?
To which I answered: “I don't "exclude" evolution, I don't think Genesis communicates the actual process that God utilized to create earth, humanity, or life on our planet, I think it communicates that He (God) is responsible. I don't think Moses wrote genesis to be a science book, it deals with matters of "beginnings", themes such as the fact that the human family comes from common ancestors, where Israel came from, how humanity pissed of God, etc. As well, looking at the Bible in context with itself, we don't know how long it took for the earth to come about (i.e. 7 days, then peter says a day with the Lord is a 1,000 years with hyperbole and metaphor dripping from his lips)"
To which they replied: "I had a friend who i bible studied with and i asked how could the earth be only a few thousand years old, he said it was that god made the earth that old on the first day that he made it 6000 yrs ago i am telling you this story to try and illuminate for you the absurdity of the stories in the bible to begin with..."
To which I replied: "But that means your friend doesn't understand what Moses was trying to communicate, not that the Bible is absurd, I see nothing in Bereshit "The Beginning / Genesis" that is stating "The earth is 6,000 years old", that isn't the point of that book. Again, it ISN'T a science book, I see the so-called "mutual exclusiveness" of science and spirituality as a false dichotomy, it isn't an either /or. I have studied a lot of science and keep up with it, I read peer reviewed papers all the time in astrology, astrophysics, biology and physics, the things I learn only strengthen my faith, I find science fascinating, I just know its limitations…"
So I ask you all, do you find Science and Spirituality to be mutually exclusive, if so or not, why? I’m just asking