NASA Astronaut Soon to Break Record in Space: ‘I Don’t Find Conflict With Science, Scriptures’

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A veteran NASA astronaut who will soon become the American record holder for most days in space is an outspoken professing Christian who believes that scientific research confirms the Bible’s creation account.

Jeff Williams is a 58-year-old astronaut with a decorated career at NASA spanning two decades. According to his online biography, he served as a flight engineer on a space shuttle flight in 2000, helping deliver and install over 5,000 pounds of equipment and supplies for the development and construction of the International Space Station (ISS). In both 2006 and 2009-10, Williams served six-month tours of duty on the ISS.

On Friday, Williams—along with two Russian cosmonauts—launched into space for another six-month mission at the ISS. This most recent space flight, Williams’s fourth, will be historic.

“During his six-month mission, Williams will become the American record holder for cumulative days in space—534—surpassing Expedition 46 Commander Scott Kelly, who wrapped up his one-year mission March 1,” NASA explained in a Friday press release. “Williams will take command of the station on June 4 for Expedition 48. Williams … will remain aboard the station until early September 2016.”

“Williams is now the first American to become a three-time, long-term resident of the International Space Station,” NASA noted.

Early on Saturday, Williams posted pictures of his expedition’s launch on Twitter. “It is great to be back on board @Space_Station, an amazing orbital outpost!” he wrote.

Williams is not only an accomplished astronaut; he is also outspoken about his profession of the Christian faith. In 2010, he wrote a book entitled “The Work of His Hands,” which showcased vivid photographs he took while on board the ISS in 2009-2010, along with numerous Bible verses.

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Williams says there is no conflict between his Christianity and his work for NASA.

“There is a generalization that anyone who worked for NASA, or an organization like that, would naturally be an atheist, but that’s not true,” he told the Institute for Creation Research in an interview last year.

“There are many Christians in the organization, many Christians in other government agencies—there are Christians everywhere,” Willams explained. “The work that I do and have done through my military career and with NASA has been perfectly compatible with the Scriptures, and I’ve lived out my life as a Christian, and there’s been no issue there.”

Likewise, there is no conflict between the Bible and honest science, Williams says.

“I don’t find a conflict with true science—genuine science with integrity—and the Scriptures,” he stated. “I have found that in all cases where there is a conflict, it’s not a conflict with the science, it’s a conflict with the presupposition going in. … If somebody perceives science to be in conflict with, for example, the early chapters of Genesis, it’s not the science, it’s the presupposition that goes into it.”

“If you have a presupposition that excludes the possibility of a God, that excludes the possibility of supernatural acts, and that [believes] everything has to be explained just with natural processes, then you’ve basically limited what you can let the objective observation of science tell you,” Williams continued. “That’s where the issue comes in. I presuppose God. And I presuppose the truth of the Scripture.”


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  • bowie1

    Very nicely said.

  • Emmanuel

    I think the time in space is causing this man to be delusional and nutty cuz he’s telling the truth. We can’t have a man in space speaking the truth and declaring God the creator. Please return this man home so that NASA can retrain him to think that we come from amoebas.

    • Paige Turner

      Its the lack of Oxygen

    • kopperskettle

      Look in a mirror. And look at your name Emmanuel; a variant spelling of Immanuel, which means, “God with us.” Or Jesus Christ, the Son of God, born of the virgin Mary. walk and talk with other people, died on the cross for ALL of mankinds, yours and mine, was buried and rose from the dead, while on Earth. If this doesn’t change your attitude, then maybe you should change your name.

      • WorldGoneCrazy

        Emmanuel was being sarcastic. He is a strong believer.

      • Emmanuel

        You can’t take a joke? Relax and just laugh. I love Jesus for dying on the cross.

  • WorldGoneCrazy

    “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” — Psalm 19:1

    https://www .youtube .com/watch?v=J_hRRiXKdqc

    • Paige Turner

      Everything on youtube is 100% accurate and correct.

      • bowie1

        It’s also in the Word of God. Many of the psalms were written by King David.

        • Paige Turner

          Yes, and they are 100% accurate just like everything on the internet and youtube.

          • bowie1

            The Word of God and the astronaut is 100% accurate even though you are probably being sarcastic in your reply.

          • Paige Turner

            Not even close

          • bowie1

            Not even close about what…your reply? 🙂

          • Paige Turner

            That any of that is true.

  • kopperskettle

    There are two books of truth, the Book of Nature, science and the Book of Scripture, Bible. Both speaks of the Creator without conflict.

  • Sheri

    The atheist troublemaker Madalyn Murray O’Hair (who was robbed, murdered, and dismembered by some of her atheist employees) raised a fuss because one of the astronauts (Frank Borman, I think) read from Genesis 1 while broadcasting from space on Apollo 8.

    • WorldGoneCrazy

      I have the link above in my post – Sherri! Notice how many times they say “God” in that broadcast – awesome!

  • WorldGoneCrazy

    A very short list of great scientists who had no difficulty whatsoever reconciling their amazing scientific achievements with Scripture:

    Copernicus, Bacon, Kepler, Galilei, Descartes, Pascal, Newton, Leibniz (a brilliant theologian-apologist too), Boyle, Faraday (a pretty awesome fundamentalist preacher too, BTW), Mendel, Lister, Pasteur, Babbage, Maxwell, Stokes, Riemann, Joule, Linnaeus, Kelvin, Planck, von Braun (a creationist got us to the moon – with God’s help of course! :-)), etc.

    • gizmo23

      So why do Chritians seem to dislike science ?

      • WorldGoneCrazy

        I think most Christians dislike presuppositional atheistic science, because it is so closed minded. But good science is God’s science – all truth is His Truth. That is what the folks listed above knew.

        • gizmo23

          Science cannot and should not deal with the super natural. But I believe God nevers goes beyond the natural world, he doesn’t need to

          • WorldGoneCrazy

            “Science cannot and should not deal with the super natural”

            False, here is a list of philosophical presuppositions that must be in place for science to even get off of the ground:

            There exists an external world; the external world operates in an orderly fashion; the external world is knowable; truth exists; the laws of logic exist; our cognitive and sensory tools are reliable enough to discover truth and form rational beliefs; language can be adequately used to describe the external world; some form of ethical values exist in which to perform science in a valid way; nature has some uniformity to it; induction and numbers exist; etc.

            “God nevers goes beyond the natural world”

            False. God, by definition, is supernatural, since He must be above nature (super-natural) in order to create and sustain the natural world and laws that govern same.

  • Reason2012

    He is exactly right.

    “O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen.”
    1 Timothy 6:20-21

  • http://www.InformingChristians.com/ DebraJMSmith

    Both of my daughters (26 & 29) are scientists who believe the bible to be truth. They were both home schooled and taught creation from the bible and taught about the evolution “theory” and why it is wrong. They went to mainstream universities and did not compromise their beliefs. People might be surprised to know that many professors are kind to Christians.

    • WorldGoneCrazy

      God bless you for homeschooling your daughters!

      • http://www.InformingChristians.com/ DebraJMSmith

        Thank you. :o)

    • Quantz

      I hope that since they became scientists they have learned that what you taught them about evolution was wrong.

      • http://www.InformingChristians.com/ DebraJMSmith

        lol…

        • WorldGoneCrazy

          That is Quantz’s way of saying that he is sorry that the government schools could not get ahold of them and brainwash them into believing that:

          1. The universe miraculously popped into existence out of nothing, uncaused by anything.
          2. Life magically sprang forth from non-life when lightning hit some mud.
          3. Minds and morals evolved from molecules through monkeys. 🙂

          • http://www.InformingChristians.com/ DebraJMSmith

            I see he’s made a name for himself here. :o)

          • WorldGoneCrazy

            I think he is a reincarnation of another troll who got banned. 🙂

            I was the one who homeschooled our two youngest children, once I got my engineering business more or less on autopilot. Homeschooling families were a huge factor leading me to Christ, after 42 years of atheism. I was captivated by these Christians who were SO different from others I had encountered – such hard workers, yet so joyful!

            Our kids are all grown now, but I still homeschool a girl in the neighborhood whose dad has PTSD. I will forever be indebt to homeschool families – that is why I thank them, like yours, every chance I get.

          • http://www.InformingChristians.com/ DebraJMSmith

            Such a beautiful thing to have had happen. God is very cool, how He knows exactly what we need to come to be saved. Thanks for sharing your story and for the smile. It warms my heart. :o)

          • WorldGoneCrazy

            Nice website, BTW.

          • http://www.InformingChristians.com/ DebraJMSmith

            Thank you. :o)

          • Quantz

            What, you mean “government schools” worldwide who know evolution is a science and therefore teach it in science classes? Shocking. There’s only, what, a few thousand books out there that confirm this.

            Regarding your list, number one is cute, but a sad strawman. Two, there was nothing magical about the ooze. It might possibly have been hit by lightning, but it was definitely something natural, not anything supernatural. Three is another strawman, you simply fail to understand the concept of a common ancestor.

          • Charles

            Evolution is a theory and a bad one at that.. It’s not provable science.

          • Quantz

            I guess you missed the part where all those scientists out there wrote all those books and papers on it, and how they teach it in science classes in schools worldwide and so forth.

          • Charles

            So therefore.. It’s truth right? ha ha.. Please….

          • John N

            Some misunderstanding of science creationists seems to have a monopoly on.

            1. A scientific theory can not be ‘bad’. It is the best explanation we have for the evidence at hand. If you’ve got something better, a Nobel Prize is waiting for you.

            2. A scientific theory is not ‘provable’. It can be falsified – any new evidence might need us to change it or even design a new one. But despite 150 years of creationists attacks, the Theory of Evolution is still standing as a rock. Care to try?

          • Charles

            There isn’t anything about your religion that withstands scrutiny.. It IS a religion.. Because it requires faith of the believer. In this case you “Believe” evolution to be true, and you’ll fudge the numbers to get it.

          • John N

            Why do you think science is a religion? Just because you think that makes it sounds bad, like, you know, christianity?

            Sorry, science does not need ‘faith’, it doesn’t need ‘believers’. Science is based on evidence, explanation and acceptance. And if you think scientists fudge the numbers, then why don’t you expose their doing that? Because you do have evidence for this claim, don’t you?

          • Charles

            I didn’t say science is a religion.. I said evolution was… Sure they do.. But they call them “Anomalies”.. Shhhhh…. Real science is %100 no more, no less.. Which of course evolution is not..

          • John N

            Evolution is not religion, it is fact. The Theory of Evolution is not a religion, it is a scientific theory.

            And it is very clear that you do not even understand the basics of it, let alone you would be able to refute it. Anomalies … like what exactly?

          • Charles

            Fact: a thing that is indisputably the case. Theory: a supposition or a system of ideas intended to explain something, especially one based on general principles independent of the thing to be explained… So is it a factual theory then? Ha ha…

          • John N

            Like I already stated, it is very clear you haven’t got the slightest idea of what science is about. You even don’t bother to try and find out what a scientific theory is. Oh well. Please remain ignorant, if that makes you happy.

          • Charles

            Clearly, YOU don’t understand the definition of your own beliefs and you call ME ignorant? I know quite a bit about your beliefs… I used to believe it myself until I found out how ridiculous it was… I don’t need to prove anything about your religion.. It’s your faith, not mine. You go right on believing you came from an ape if you like. But that ridiculous theory has no defense. Lot’s of “Data” has been fudged.. Bones found of so called “Early” man have been faked I don’t know how many times.. Disregarded dates.. If the “Numbers” don’t “Fit” the data isn’t used.. Tissue found on supposed “Million” year old dinosaurs, etc the list of holes goes on and on. See the problem is they are so convinced they are right they keep trying to fit a square peg into a round hole… They really don’t care what the results are as long as they can “Make it fit” the theory.. Have your theory if you like.. I have no problem with a theory.. The problem I have is when you pass your “Theory” off as factual… That tells me you aren’t really searching for the truth.

          • John N

            So typical. Ask a creationist what he thinks is wrong with the Theory of Evolution, and he switches into Gish Gallop-mode. Because that is the only way to defend their religion – by spouting lots of nonsense in a very short time.

            Bones of early men have been faked once – much to the pleasing of religious types like you, who saw their preconceptions coming true. Sadly, they were interrupted by real scientists who found out the thruth.

            Disregarded dates? Numbers don’t fit? Seems to me you are describing creation science here. Nothing to do with the Theory of evolution, or with science whatsoever.

            Tissue found on million year old dinosaurs? Two things wrong here. Dinosaurs are at least 65 million years old, unless you mean the extant group of dinosaurs we now call birds. And second, you forgot ‘fossilized’ just in front of ’tissue’. You creationists would like to make it seem as if those dinosaurs were half alive.

            ‘The lust of holes goes on and on ….’

            Well then, you better start showing them, wouldn’t you? Again, what part of the theory of evolution is bad?

            And tell me, which scientist is trying to pass a theory as factual? Evolution is fact, that is correct. It has been observed in the lab and in nature. The theory of evolution, as an explanation of these facts, will remain a theory forever or it will be replaced by a better one. That is the difference with religious dogma, which will remain ‘truth’ even when there is nothing left but holes – like the earth being flat and in the center of the solar system . Pretty stupid, not?

  • Kangaroo52

    I know so many Christians who work in health care, science, and engineering, so it cracks me up when Christians are described as “anti-science.” Every Christian college has departments of biology, chemistry, physics, and some have highly rated pre-med programs. There are plenty of living scientists, including Nobel Prize winners, who are Christians, or at least theists. There is no “war” between science and religion, that’s just one more lie that gets repeated so often that people assume it must be true.

    • gizmo23

      It is Christians that have disavowed science. Most people I know in science are Christians but resent people saying they are atheists

  • http://www.TrustChristOrGoToHell.org VINDICATOR

    #NASA means TO DECEIVE in Hebrew. #DISNEY & #NASA been working together for DECADES! No one leaves God’s #FLATearth #FIRMAMENT aka #DOME, a “molten looking glass” as Job states. Some call the #firmament the “Van Allen Belts”. LOL! Either way, no one is leaving by #FAKEspace LIES.

    “The only thing #NASA has sent to space is your IMAGINATION.”

    Look what #NASA did to #GusGrissom and others: MURDERED THEM FOR EXPOSING THEIR FRAUD!

    Never believe #Statists – they always lie.

  • Vic

    I guess then as a Bible believing Christian, he must also believe God’s account on how he made the earth ? A non spinning earth with a sun that circles the earth and not the earth racing around the sun. I wonder.