I’m not a creationist. I’ve prayed to a God I’m not sure I believe in only as one would ask for wishes from a genie — selfishly. I don’t buy the rules of heaven and hell. I always knew the Bible was made up of fictional stories, much like any other work, and held the meaning I assigned to it through my belief or disbelief (as was more often the case).
I’m obviously not a scientist, nor do I have much understanding of the science of things. But I trust facts, numbers, physical proof — evidence.
Despite this stance, the Creationism vs. Evolution debate between Ken Ham and Bill Nye (beloved science guy, rhyming point Nye) was disheartening to me.
It’s not even like comparing apples and oranges because those are at least both fruits (or is it a tricky tomato situation?); you can argue and present nutritional facts, health benefits, whatever, but you’re (most likely) not going to convince someone who loves apples that oranges are better. Taste has to be accounted for, which is not unlike faith — the inexplicable way you feel, yet cannot support with fact, merely preference, belief and trusting yourself and your ability to make that choice. Also, they’re just completely different; you’re allowed to eat both apples and oranges without being fruitily traitorous.
So, really, if we shouldn’t even compare apples and oranges, which are YES both fruits, a debate between creationism and evolution is a definite shouldn’t. Because faith and science are not incompatible – you don’t need to abandon the facts of science to have faith.
Science is not a belief — it is built in irrefutable evidence. Faith is backed only by beliefs, irrefutable in their lack of tangible facts, yet inherent in your person.
There are too many nuances of any debate for there to always (or ever) be a clear right or wrong, winner or loser, especially in the case of two things so separate the very debate itself lacks merit.
Just because one side has evidence and the other only belief, that does not lessen the importance of the notion of belief. And, so long as your belief is not harmful to others and brings you peace, happiness, comfort and strength, then you should be allowed to keep it, as is, without anyone feeling the need to disprove something that can never really be proved. No one wins from trying to invalidate faith, because, when you do, you’re taking away the most precious part of what makes us uniquely human — there is something so gloriously mysterious about these contrasts.
When I see a field of blooming wildflowers, I see seeds and rain and sun and soil and the logical processes (okay, I don’t exactly know, but you get it) that put them there. But, GOD, I wish I could look out at the beauty and just see the magic of it all. May we never take that away from those who can.