Some "scientific" critics have tried to paint the Church as anti-science, with archaic doctrines that have been toppled by modern knowledge. Some critics have allegedly used scientific knowledge to debunk the Book of Mormon and "prove" that the Church is nothing more than a man-made organization with false and unsupported doctrines. In all this, one thing is for sure: In the emotion-packed "end-justifies-the-means" agenda of some anti-Mormon "ministries," science is being misused, and the teachings of the Church are being grossly misstated, to attack the Church and "win back" benighted Mormons.
Qur'an, Hadith and Scholars: Creation The Earth first formed around 9 billion years after the Big Bang. The Qur'an, however, repeats the prevailing Middle-Eastern myth that the Earth and universe were formed in six days.
In the hundreds of other Qur'anic verses where the Arabic word 'yawm' appears, everyone understands it to mean day. Yet Islamic websites try and rescue the Qur'an by pointing to an alternative meaning of yawm, which almost always means 'day', but can sometimes mean 'time period'.
Curiously, and rather conveniently, yawm is only claimed to mean time period rather than day in the verses about the creation of the world. Clearly, the predominant meaning of the word is day and when a specific number is used, in this case six, the word almost always means a literal day. Again, nothing in the context of the verses, nor the Qur'an in general, suggests awareness that the universe or Earth were formed over long time periods.
The author makes precisely zero attempt to distingish his description from the prevailing Middle-Eastern creation myths in this regard, which feature six literal days of creation for example in the Bible we have, "Evening came and morning came: Secondly, neither the universe nor Earth were formed in six distinct long periods of time.
It would have been trivial for an all-knowing diety to have poetically indicated the vast duration in which the universe has developed, which has taken place over the past We created the heavens and the earth and all between them in Six Days, nor did any sense of weariness touch Us Qur'an Is it that ye deny Him Who created the earth in two Days?
And do ye join equals with Him? He is the Lord of all the Worlds. He set on the earthmountains standing firm, high above it, and bestowed blessings on the earth, and measure therein all things to give them nourishment in due proportion, in four Days, in accordance with the needs of those who seek Sustenance.
Similarly, living things and their sustenance continue to evolve, yet the Qur'an says that the creation of mountains and sustenance occurred in a specific period that ended two days before the creation of the universe was completed. See the next section regarding the final two of the six days in Earth Created before Stars The author of the Qur'an is also unaware that the elements in the Earth's crust and core were first formed in stars by nucleosynthesis.
When those stars exploded as supernovasthey expelled the elements that were used in future solar systems such as our own.
Yet the Qur'an describes the Earth being formed before the stars.
All rocky and gaseous planets in the universe were formed in a similar manner to the Earth and the Qur'an singling out the Earth only further highlights the author's ignorance of the history of the formation of celestial objects.
But before there were seven heavens, while heaven was just smoke, the Earth already existed according to verse 11, and the Earth's creation in the preceeding days is described in verses already discussed in the previous section.
Then turned He to the heaven when it was smoke, and said unto it and unto the earth: Come both of you, willingly or loth. Then He ordained them seven heavens in two Days and inspired in each heaven its mandate; and We decked the nether heaven with lamps, and rendered it inviolable.
That is the measuring of the Mighty, the Knower.
He it is Who created for you all that is in the earth. Then turned He to the heaven, and fashioned it as seven heavens. And He is knower of all things.
They claim this despite the fact that these words thumma in In other contexts thumma was sometimes used to mean 'moreover', which is generally clear from those contexts, but the passages quoted above describe a process - the creation of the heavens and Earth, and it would be ludicrous to use these words when describing such a process if they were not indicating sequence.
Earth and Heavens were Torn Apart Some websites claim that the following verse is compatible with the Big Bang theory. But according to this theory, the Universe was formed about The earth was formed 4. There was no "separation" of the "joined" earth and heavens as this verse suggests.
It is, in fact, a repetition of cosmic egg myths in which an egg-like structure was split into two halves, the lower half forming the earth and the upper half forming the heaven.
Do not the Unbelievers see that the heavens and the earth were joined together as one unit of creationbefore we clove them asunder? We made from water every living thing. Will they not then believe? And verily We created the heavens and the earth, and all that is between them, in six Days, and naught of weariness touched Us.
To imagine that verse This bears no resemblance to scientific cosmology, wherein the material that forms the Earth passed through at least one earlier generation of star, and more recently was part of various asteroids, comets and planetesimals orbiting the sun which could all be described as being in the 'heavens' that sometimes collided and merged with each other, sometimes split apart, and gradually coalesced under gravity to form the Earth and other planets.
Moreover, the very next verse Qur'an The words "science" and "Church" are here understood in the following sense: Science is not taken in the restricted meaning of natural sciences, but in the general one given to the word by Aristotle and St.
Thomas Aquinas. Aristotle defines science as a sure and evident knowledge obtained from demonstrations. This is identical with St.
Thomas's definition of science as the knowledge of things. This is an excellent article.
However I contend that the ‘fall’ of Lucifer was not a bad thing, but a good thing. The ‘fall’ of Christ and the ‘fall’ we must individually go through to knock us from a sensual/individual type of pride and give us true humility to be able to handle the power of ‘being as a God’ is what the ‘fall’ was really about.
We can divide this question into three components. First, do people generally believe that science and religion are in conflict? Second, does the historical record suggest an enduring or inevitable clash between science and religion? What does the word "apologetics" mean?
The word "apologetics". is derived from the ancient Greek word apologia, which means, an apology.. Not an apology in the modern sense of the word - which is to say you're sorry for something. But rather, an apology in the ancient sense of the word - which is to make a reasoned defense of something or someone.
Everything at Worlds Last Chance is available for you to better understand Bible prophecy & to help you prepare for the imminent Second Coming of Yahushua. I care about truth if there is a God. But why should I care about truth if there is no God?
In fact if there is no God, maybe I shouldn’t care about truth because it would be too sad to know I’d rather live out my life with the illusion of happily ever after in that case.