Monday, August 11, 2014

Christianity and Evolution

I don't understand.
I really, really don't understand. Not even a little bit.
OK, several things.

1) An atheist who says "there is no God because science" is just as wrong as a Christian who says "Evolution can't be true because bible." 

2) EVOLUTION does not equal ATHEISM. Lots of people believe in a deity and still buy into evolution.

3) Evolution does not have to mean there is no God. In point of fact, it doesn't have to mean much of anything to a religious or faith perspective.

Well, I guess it does in a very specific situation...

IF you REALLY believe that God LITERALLY spoke things into existence in 7 days, creating a vault in the sky between two waters and hanging in that vault the sun, moon, and stars
.. AND IF you believe that he sort of drew a person in the dirt and blew on him to make him live
... AND IF you believe that an ACTUAL TALKING SNAKE (because, hey, who HASN'T run across one of those ... ) talked an actual woman into eating an ACTUAL piece of fruit that, when eaten, somehow LITERALLY gave here the knowledge of good and evil 
... AND IF you believe that this Omnipotent God that was so powerful he spoke things into existence was just sort of strolling in the garden one day and was, in spite of being all-knowing, completely taken by surprised by this unacceptable state of affairs
... AND IF you believe that, in his goodness and mercy and utter, perfect justness he could think of no other course of action than to curse not only the "guilty" party, but all of their offspring for ever and ever and the entire earth and everything on it, up to and including an eternity in HELL for nothing more egregious than being born human  ...

*deep breath*
Yeah. Maybe it went down EXACTLY that way. Why not ...

Look - if you want all of that to be LITERALLY TRUE, then I guess you can't be OK with evolution.

If you want it to be a beautiful, important, symbolic allegory for something far more profound and important, then there's not a problem, here.

This is all just one more way to practice that basal human impulse to divide into us and them, love us, and hate them, and nobody does it better than Christians...

How's that new nature coming along?