Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The last blog touched on the subject of religion and a news item yesterday gives cause for a little more reflection on the subject. There are two schools of thought regarding the creation, the evolutionist and the creationist. The creationist believe in the literal interpretation of the Bible and that the world was created in six days about 6000 years ago. The evolutionist believe we have evolved to where we are today over several million years.

The founding father of the evolutionist was Charles Darwin. These folks believe we came from a one cell organism that started in the sea and that the fish are our most distant ancestors. This theory was shaken this week by recent discoveries in South China. Fossils in that part of the world suggest that we may not have evolved from the fish but actually started on land. The new idea is that one cell organisms were present on land about three billion years ago and then about six million years ago more complex organisms with multiple cells made their appearance. Even if we did arise from organisms that started on land this doesn’t clarify the problem for me.

I have always thought that our main problem is with the concept of time. With God there is no such thing as time. A day may be as a thousand years with the Almighty. Even though man like creatures have been around for thousands of years that doesn’t mean they possessed a soul anymore that my sweet departed collie dog. Neanderthal and Cro-Magnon Man have been here and date back to more than 50,000 years. The Bible mentions that God breathed a breath of life into this guy named Adam and he became a living soul. Adam was the first creature to have a soul and this started all of our trouble. We still seem to be in the process of evolving because I encounter many ape like creatures every day who are functioning like humans. WalMart is full of them.

There are a lot of things even more mysterious about the Biblical account of things. It’s believed that the Garden of Eden was somewhere in Iraq near Baghdad and the Holy City is Jerusalem. From what I can tell on TV these are pretty miserable and dreary places. I don’t know how God could have overlooked places like Waco or even Del Rio, Texas for these chosen sites. As the seat of learning for the Baptist church, Waco has to be one of the most Holy Cities in the world.

Science doesn’t have the answer to my questions and the Bible creates even more unanswered ones. I ponder all these things on the porch but probably won’t have the answers until the afterlife. All I know now is that the very, very complex mechanisms in the world like the human body must have had a master architect rather than just happen from a bunch of amino acids coming together out of nowhere. Where did the nowhere come from and why did some of us apes develop a sense of right and wrong called a conscience?


Blogger jeff ludwick said...

Even some of our most beloved let their concience stray from time to time. My grandparents once took me to a great adventure to Ft. Worth to the zoo and botannical garden. Of course we had to go to the Baptist Seminary also, with them hoping I would some day be an attendee of that great institution. During our outing they told me that the botannical garden was, in fact, the Garden of Eden, a little white lie that I believed until I was in junior high school. Alas, their joke backfired on them as I chose to leave my seat in the Seminary open for someone else.

You make some good points about God's choices. How could He have overlooked Killeen and Copperas Cove when he was kicking around the Sodom and Gomorrah thing?

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Blogger Mark said...

Was thinking the same thoughts as I stood admiring the Grand Canyon this week. The Canyon dates back at least some 6 million years according to Geologists. Different layers of rock are clearly seen and fossils can be picked out. The Grand Canyon is a true thing of beauty which took centuries to make. The only way I can get my little brain around all this, is that as you mentioned, time is relative to God.

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