I don't need to understand the theory. It makes no difference to me what evolution says or doesn't say.
Well, I wanted to make sure you understood the theory, because for a moment there you were saying that there was no conflict between the Genesis account and the evolutionary account, and I couldn't tell whether that was because (1) you didn't understand the evolutionary account or (2) you understood it just fine and immediately assumed it wasn't true because it conflicted with Genesis.
Who came up with the theory? A human being. Was he/they there in the beginning? No. But God was there. I wasn't there either. So I need someone else to tell me where we all came from. My choices are: I either believe what God says, or I believe what a bunch of clever humans are speculating about. I dont' know about you, but I don't think humans know everything. Even those who know a hundred times more than I do (which isn't hard) - don't know anything compared to what God knows.
I agree that humans do not know anything compared to what God knows. However, humans do have the power to make observations concerning the fossil record and geological record, and they also have the power to draw conclusions and form theories from the evidence in front of them. Humans can also read the Genesis account of creation and, given the information there, deduce certain things that should
be true about the fossil record and geological record. Humans can then compare what the record should
say with what the record does
say, and see if they match. If they do match? Great! No conflict. If they don't match? Not so great, because there's something wrong somewhere in the initial assumptions.
So, I've made my choice. I've chosen to trust what God says.
And there are many, many Christians out there who have made the same choice, and I'm by no means criticizing you for it. What I would like you to recognize, however, is that you are making the choice on religious
grounds, not on scientific
grounds. The reason I say this is because, given that there exists a clear conflict between the Genesis account of creation and the evolutionary account of creation, you have assumed
that the error must be concealed somewhere on the scientific
side of the equation. A purely scientific
view of the matter would allow for the possibility of error on either
Do you believe everything came from the same blob? If so, in what way has that drawn you closer to God? Do you love Him more because you have the same ancestry as an ape?
I don't know what I believe as yet. I haven't studied evolutionary theory enough to come to a conclusion about it. What I do think is that truth isn't dependent upon the feelings and behavior it generates in the people who have come to know it. The truth is what happened
. If knowing the truth makes us feel closer to God and love God more, fantastic, but if knowing the truth were to have the opposite
effect on us, that wouldn't make the truth any less true.
My friend the Orthodox priest once told me, "If you're searching for truth, you will find God." I would at least
like to believe that