First, let me tell you that I do not consider myself to be a Christian. I say this because I have no absolute faith that Jesus was the son of God, that he rose from the dead three days later, or that he ascended into heaven. I believe that Jesus existed as a historical figure, that he was a great teacher and leader (perhaps even revolutionary), and that his influence has lasted long and spread wide. I believe many of the things that he taught, even to the point of consciously following his teachings in my life. For example, I am fond of the scripture 'as you have done unto the least of them you have done unto me'.
I think the greatness, strength and attraction of Christianity comes from this respect for the lives of all people, no matter how poor or afflicted. Those who have wealth are taught to share and provide for those who do not; and those who do not have wealth are consoled and taught that there are greater virtues than earthly power. Hence, Christianity has retained its popularity over the years with both those who have power and those who do not.
It is difficult to put one's beliefs down in a few sentences. What I have said above certainly does not begin to convey my thoughts on Christianity and religion in general, and I hope that you will not take it as such. I just thought that I should give you some idea of the direction from which I was coming before I tell you why I am writing.
What is wrong with believing in evolution? How is evolution so contrary to a belief in God? I can visualize a Supreme Being who gathered or created this thing called matter and spun it into grandest chemical reaction of all, creating the universe and everything in it. Setting in motion the stars and the planets, and thereby time itself. Perhaps we are the apex of this reaction--beings in the image of the creator "Himself". Who were meant someday to join "Him" in another dimension outside our comprehension of time and space.
The story of Adam and Eve is a myth. It is no different, no more believable and no more logical than the ancient Greek belief that the earth is the body of Cronus, or the Navaho belief that people have moved upward through a series of worlds. It is a story. A story meant to explain, what could not be explained by limited human understanding and knowledge.
Our knowledge and understanding has increased. We can perceive the pieces that make up the earth and even life itself. We still cannot, however, explain that most fundamental questions. Where did the universe come from in the first place? Are we alone? And perhaps the greatest question of all--Why? These things still must be explained through faith. It is for these reasons, why I do not understand why beliefs in God and evolution must be seen to be in conflict with each other.
I say, take the teachings of the Bible. Take the teachings of what ever moral or ethical guide you like. Be good to each other. If you lack faith like I do, than be good to each other, for no other reason than evolution has made us social creatures, who must rely on each other. The outcome is the same. Don't take literally the creation myth of an ancient pastoral people and use it to mentally or physically, bash your fellow human beings. If there is a God, one thing I am sure of, is that's not what "He" had in mind.
My response is in Green:
The problem is a problem of logic. Let me explain. You say you believe Jesus was a historical person and a great leader. The problem with that is that if that is all He was then He was a liar which would disqualify Him as a great leader or teacher. See He claimed to be God. Not only that but that is why He was put to death. So either He was God or He was a liar and you should not believe anything He said.
Now about evolution. It goes against logic. Let me ask you a question. If you were walking down the street and you found an fully functional computer just sitting there on the side of the path, what would you believe about it? Would you believe that it just happened by random chance or that it had a creator who not only designed it but built it? Of course you would know that someone designed it and built it, because it would be impossible for it to just appear by random chance.
Now go look in the mirror. Do you realize that what you see is a trillion times more complex than the most powerful computer man has ever made? Yet evolution would have you believe it (you) were not designed or built by anyone, you just happened by random chance. Not only are they claiming that one fully functioning computer happened by random chance but two did, since they were able to recreate themselves sexually and that takes two at least.
Evolution uses time as the great equalizer. What I mean is that they claim evolution too billions of years. That makes it so slow that we can't possible expect to see any evidence in our lives. Okay, here is another logic question for you. Take a watch, any watch and carefully take every part apart and put them in a paper bag. Now you know that when you started you had a working watch. You know that all the parts are there and you know that they all fit together. Now close the bag and start shaking it. How long would it take before you would have a completely functioning watch again? All the parts are there already, you know they fit, you know they work, so how long before it randomly puts itself back together and starts working. I won't even make you wait until it randomly sets its own time correctly, just until it starts working again. How about a year? How about a hundred years? How about 4.3 billion years? Do you see my point? Random chance is not going to put all the correct parts back together yet evolution wants you to believe that is what happened and they did not even start with one (much less all) of the right pieces. The billion years are just to fool you.
Notice that I have not used the Bible once yet? That is because evolution is illogical. I don't need the Bible to disprove it. Evolution takes more blind faith to believe than the Bible ever will, yet many people blindly believe it and refuse to even look at the Bible.
Look at all the flowers on a spring day. Look at all the different kinds and colors, etc... They all randomly come from the same primordial ooze we did? Nice how evolution with no intelligent mind behind it made bees to cross pollinate the plants don't you think? Since evolution claims that only the strongest and wises of species will evolve (survival of the fittest) aren't we lucky that some managed to survive just so we more advanced species could eat them? Good thing plants are stupid and evolved into edible things too. Evolution would dictate that all plants become poisonous so that they are not eaten, but boy I'm glad most of the plants did not think of that.
I am not trying to make fun of what you believe, I am just trying to show you that logically what you believe is wrong. You can't have it both ways. You can't claim there is not intellect behind what happens and yet claim that things happened in a logical intelligent way. If evolution is true and that is why some animals evolved into poisonous animals, then why not all of them? If that had happened all life would have died!! Yet evolution would at least have proved itself.
There are countless more examples I could give you. For example; did you know that there are petrified trees standing straight up in the layers of the Grand Cannon? That means that the tree which is doing so must have existed for millions of years, because it is standing in and through millions of years of layers of earth. Of course another possibility is that it died standing up and was buried quickly in those layers as they settled out after a great flood. Oh, but that would mean those layers are not really millions of years old. Hum...
Christianity can stand up to logical thinking. Can evolution? You have to decide for yourself.
E-Mail Ralph (whose comments are in green)
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