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This second post will continue with my love of the natural world and take head on the debate
CREATION v. EVOLUTION.
It is the opinion of this blog that if there was ever a complete waste of time, it is this argument. We are here in 2011. What is the point of arguing over whether the earth is just several thousands of years old or millions of years old and evolved over time? Especially if you are a Christian...
Have ALL the hungry and thirsty been taken care of?
Have ALL naked been clothed?
Have ALL the strangers been given a place to stay?
Have ALL the sick and those in prison been visited?
If you answered "no" to any of the above questions, then perhaps your (and my) spare time would be better spent elsewhere instead of arguing the age of the earth et al, especially if your full time job is not one of scientist. (See Matthew 25:31-46) Just to be safe, I did a keyword search at biblegateway.com and I could not locate anywhere that there was going to be a science exam at the Last Judgment. Phew! Like I don't have other things to worry about...
Seriously though, I don't think answering one way or another proves or disproves the existence of God which seems to be the real end result people seek. I'm not saying we should ignore the natural sciences or not delve into the mysteries of the universe. We should! It's awesome! How amazing is it to look out into the skies on a dark starry night and feel so small and humbled and ponder infinity? Or to feel a rushing stream through your fingers and think about the wonder of water?! I do believe that God is the creator of everything visible and invisible, but how He worked out the details, I have no definitive answer. In my 4+ decades on this planet I have found that "I don't know" is an honest response therefore perfectly acceptable.
At any rate, I would like to direct your attention to a very good podcast series by Fr. Thomas Hopko about Charles Darwin. If you think Darwin is a cad then this isn't for you. Some of the podcasts (there are 17 in this series) focus on Darwin's life, some of them talk about natural science and the Bible, and some of them go a little off topic and meander into other areas. The series is available on iTunes, under Ancient Faith Radio, Speaking the Truth in Love or at http://www.ancientfaithradio.com/. To make it easy for you here's a link to first one:
Darwin and Christianity - Part 1
Hope you like it.