How to accept evolution and Creation together–one view.
Can we come to grips with the evolution vs Creation debate? I don’t see why not! Why is it (seemingly) so difficult to accept (and teach) both?
My personal viewpoint:
I believe in evolution, and I also believe in Creation. Let me clarify:
The reason I am ok with evolution is that I believe science has provided enough real evidence to prove that ALL LIFE as we know it has grown upon our planet through some process of progressively improving (i.e., as relates to physical adaptations, etc.) upon itself.
That concept fits quite well with my own personal understanding of my Creator and the Creation as we know it. I often say: “I believe in evolution; after all, only God could develop such a successful, ultra-complex process in the first place!”. In my understanding, evolution is part of God’s overall Plan for the Creation.
Unfortunately, somewhere along the line, it seems that because the estimated Bible chronology from Adam only goes back several thousand years, anyone who believed in evolution had to disavow the Biblical time-line.
But, as we know, the Bible is filled with analogies, allegories, parables, even poetry and song…all of which are open for a wide variety of interpretation. It is possible to understand the Biblical writings as a “collection of important writings which provide a brief summary of God’s overall Plan unfolding, through the common thread of God’s Love.”
Variation on a Theme:
The Bible does not specifically identify evolution as a particular piece of God’s Plan, but there are plenty of passages in the Bible that could be used to support valid connections between Creation and evolution. For example, it says in Genesis 1, verse 24: “And God said, ‘Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds: cattle and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds.’ And it was so.” Could that not be understood to mean that God had already designed into the Plan that life would learn for itself how to manage and grow and progress in the environment provided? I see it that way. In other words, God has already “intelligently designed” the overall Plan…which none of us really know much about, except what we can read in the Bible or what we can observe in our natural surroundings (Creation?).
We can learn from science just how complex and mysterious and unfathomable and often unexplainable Nature (Creation?) is; and, in my opinion, such complexity, beauty, and perfect harmony could not exist without true Love being behind it…and we all know that God is Love, so…..it is Love which has brought us to be, and it is Love which will keep us to be, though we might still have a ways to go before the human part of Creation reaches the perfection of God’s Plan. In Isaiah 55:11, the Prophet reports that God revealed the following to him: “…so shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” To me, that means God’s Plan for a perfect world will oneday come, but not until we all learn how to love each other unconditionally…just as God loves us.
Tips & Warnings
“Of course I believe in evolution…after all, God designed it that way!”