Steve, What I see, sadly, is two fundamentalisms. On the one hand, Darwinism, which must be true, because it is "scientific" and therefore cannot be challenged, and on the other hand, the position that says, look, it says so in the Bible and the Bible is the inerrant literal word of God, every word. Where does that leave someone like me who believes neither? Or any other reasonably decent common sense person who is not a fundamentalist?
If you were addressing me, you may have misinterpreted my statements. I was not challenging your statements at all. I also do not hold to a literal 24 hour day creative days
; I do not believe the bible teaches this view. I hold to a thousand year duration for each creative day; during which the earth went through multiple upheavals and transformations. The Siberian traps (and Deccan traps), for instance, I would think developed during the 3rd
day of creation – after plants, but before animals. Evolutionists claim that these land masses in Russia and India were formed hundreds of millions of years ago, and that the volcano that formed the Siberian and Deccan traps had continually erupted for over 1 million years. If this was the case, then we do not require a meteorite to be responsible for the mass extinction events, as these two eruptions would have killed everything on earth.
Yet these two eruptions fall into insignificance compared to the rip in the earth which formed the mid-ocean ridge. The mid-ocean ridge circles the earth 3 times, and splits the earth like an apple, as if it was divided into 3 parts. I believe this event happened at the time of the flood; because the continents had shifted at this time; and prior to this event there were the same animals living in Africa and South America when these two continents were joined. This is known by the fossil records of these animals. In other words, the mid-ocean ridge was formed after animals were created, so after the 6th
day. The event that caused this movement of the continents was likely the flood of Noah’s time.
My point is…, I do not hold to a literal view of Genesis either… Peter said that a “day” was to be considered as a thousand years
. A thousand years for each creative day would have been ample time to form the coal beds and oil deposits, the diamond and mineral resources, the formation of limestone and marine fossils on top of the Himalayas, the Alps, and other mountain ranges (which were uplifted at the time of the flood), the sediment layers found within the grand canyon (and other canyons). The reason why evolutionists say that these events took place over millions of years is because of the theory of uniformity. There are only two options, uniformity or catastrophism. Catastrophes are required because of the amount of evidence demanding this… the mass extinctions and the mass burial grounds, the unique fossils of excrement, the frozen mammoths, the sudden uplifts that occurred throughout the world, such as at Tiahuanacu in the Andes which demonstrates uplift of over 12,000 feet of a megalithic city (post-flood), fossilised forests found all throughout the world, and so on.
Catastrophes are undeniable, but if you are listening to the evolutionists you will only get their version of the events, which teaches evolution. We live in the time of the great deception. We have all been groomed in the schools of the ungodly, we have all had evolution forced into our minds, and we have all been influenced by secularism and liberalism. This is part of the great deception, and if possible, it will deceive even the elect. This is not a sectarian deception; this is a global worldview deception. The Philistines have over-run the land of promise, and we are surrounded by philistine culture and thinking everywhere we go.
As I said: I do not believe in 24 hour creation… But I DO believe in a Creator. If this is fundamentalism, I gladly become labelled such. If the creator has been pushed out of our theology; then I say that we no longer have a theology, we have a philosophy. I don’t know where this leaves you. I would imagine that if you have marginalised the power of God as Darwin had done, then you have a problem. I do not think you have done this though. I thought you and I were basically on the same page. I get a little confused by what you are saying sometimes though.