2 ed. The observer of Genesis, the science behind the creation story
I would like to mention something to you now. One of my children, the youngest,
aged nine, told me: "Why didn´t God do everything with magic? As He can do
anything he wants just by clicking (thundering) his fingers."
Yes, I know, children´s questions...
Yes, I thought, and why can´t Creation happen like that? Why doesn´t God do
things by magic?
And it occurred to me that maybe what happens is that we have become so
accustomed to the magic of God, that it does not shock us anymore. It is possible
that, as science has discovered some of the mechanisms of this Grand Wizard´s tricks
and also the mechanisms that make these "tricks", at one point we have come to
think that anyone can do them.
But clearly not everyone can create a solar system, not even in six billion years.
Following these readings and reflections I was telling a friend about this idea of
magic. I asked him: "Why do we assume that if God creates something he must do it
with a magic wand? As if every morning he peeped a wand and a voice from heaven
said, "Egg, chicken, egg, chicken ..." and eggs and chickens filled our farms."
God has mechanisms for all, and that's what we see every day of our lives and we
do not realize: how children are born, how trees grow, how the tides rise and fall,
how we breathe, how rain is generated, how the stars move, and hundreds of billions
of things more.
And we are used to them. We got used to the way the world works around us; so
much so that we are convinced that things have happened by chance, without any
planning; that behind the Creation there isn´t a Creator; that our existence is pure
chance. And that, I believe, is the reason that often arises for the division between
science and religion.
It would seem that what can be proven scientifically cannot be the work of God.
As if man had created, on his own, any of the laws of physics.
Newton discovered the laws that bear his name, discovered them ... not created
them; there is a huge difference.
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