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Posted by Harvey on December 8, 2004 02:29:36 UTC

"Evolution really is your answer for everything... It is your .... God."

Just because you don't understand someone or their views is no cause for accusing them of having a false religion. It's people like you Duane who start religious wars in the Sudan and other places. Too bad for you. I mean that sincerely.

The evolutionary theory did not bring technological advancement. Darwin was quite late on the sene.

You didn't listen. I said that science was spurred by contingent thinking of nature, this is the basis of evolutionary theory, so in mind it would have spurred technological growth had it been accepted as a doctrine of the Church.

Evolution really is your answer for everything.

Not true.

All Bible scriptures you have interpreted have something to do with evolution.

Not true, but the Bible is about transformation of the earthly born to the heavenly born, so it does have a significant place in biblical understanding. Although, none of that understanding is essential - it just provides a better understanding of the universe and God's relation to it.

But it is a merciless and indifferent God which is not aware as we are aware. It is a God without intellect or purpose. Your God can not hear taste or feel. Its actions are random. Your God is dead. How depressing.

Well, I'll try some semblance of trying to educate you about Christianity. The world was made subject to decay and meaninglessness so that God in hope that it will be liberated by God (Rom.8:19-23):

"The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.
We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently."

It's my position that you cannot fully appreciate this scripture without knowing evolutionary theory. That is, the world has been subjected to evolutionary processes and the laws of thermodynamics which are meaningless in the sense that time and chance happen at an unprecedented degree. It is truly the land in which Adam was cast from the garden, where he would have to struggle for survival, and where the harsh reality is that species either compete or die.

God, being the sower of his creation, is constantly throwing 'seed' (his word) and bringing about changes to this world (Matt.13). Of course, as the parable of the sower teaches, not every creation opportunity that God throws lands on fertile ground, so it is natural selection that steers the development of life under God's commandments for the earth (Gen.1). The evil nature of the world is constantly seeking to attack the structure of this world as that nature roams to and fro (Job 1) and God allows that nature to plant its own weeds in creation that further complicate the evolution of life.

However, God's decrees cannot be foiled, and so the direction of life is slowly but surely evolving in the direction as God's word commands. Eventually the nature of this world will change from natural selection to some kind of spiritual state, and once that happens, a new heavens and new earth will descend from Heaven bringing a changed world in its place.

This is Christianity, but it seems unrecognizable to you.

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