blondejolras asked: Hey Jill. I was just reading your post about stars and think it was very sweet. :) But random question, I'm not sure if you've ever expressed this in the past or not, but are you a creationist? Because it seems people say there it is one way or the other. Creation or evolution. No in between. I say, meet in the middle! Evolution happened. We're children of elements in stardust. But why can't we just say God caused that to happen? Your thoughts?
The way I approach it is from whatever is most logical, as is with everything I believe. I gain nothing in denying evolution. But, people don’t understand why the theory (it is only a theory and many scientists disprove it) of evolution is even here at all. The theory of evolution exists because people who don’t believe in God wanted to credit something other than God for everything. It’s that simple. Evolution doesn’t hold humans accountable for their actions, it’s a god-less theory. So once we understand that, you can’t be a Christian and believe in evolution. And I think people get confused about evolution and Christians (or any faith that believes God created everything). Things have adapted, things have evolved, but not in the way that the hard-core atheist scientists say. It’s common sense that over hundreds of thousands of years, things will be different. Nothing on Earth has been constant, things have always been in a state of change. Look at the ice age, warming, etc. Everything changes and that is just how Earth is and we have no impact on it. That realization still doesn’t justify the atheist idea of a “big bang” (which is the most illogical and irrational thing I’ve ever heard) and evolution as in we came from some sort of monkey. It’s illogical. It’s a very desperate attempt for a God-substitute. I’ve taken a class on evolution and it made me even more sure of my stance on it and even more sure that only God is responsible for everything.
I take Genesis literally. It is the most logical explanation there is. I believe God created everything as it describes in Genesis (I’ll post below), I believe God made man in His image and then made a companion for Him so they could both enjoy life together (Genesis 1:27). I believe God knows us before we are born (Jeremiah 1:5) and He creates all human beings out of love and for a purpose (Jeremiah 29:11). And I believe His children will live with Him again (John 3:16). I should do a whole post on why people shouldn’t be so freaked out by the idea of eternity or living with God. There are 7 billion people on the Earth right now. All with different finger-prints, different DNA, different personalities, different outer appearances, different hopes, dreams, and fears. Different pasts and different futures. 7 billion. I have never and will never see even a fraction of them. THAT reality that I described up there seems impossible to me, yet it’s true. So that means I would be a fool to limit the possibilities of the afterlife just because I have yet to see it.
Anyway, taking God out of the equation is detrimental to society and I fear for anyone who truly thinks they and everyone around them are on the Earth for no reason and they do not matter in any way. That is what atheism is. The idea that nobody matters and nobody is here for any purpose. And that there is no good or bad. Just alternative. It is destructive and opens many horrible doors. Also, I posted something recently that had a long list of scientists saying there must have been a creator of this universe because science lends to that idea. And the Bible is the most historically accurate book in existence. I have archaeological and historical proof to back up my claims about it. There is no proof in saying the Bible is not what it claims to be. Find me proof that it is not divinely inspired. Since someone can’t, they really have no business in saying it’s false just because they don’t understand it or associate negative things with it.
Anyway, yes. That’s what I think. Until people who believe in evolution can explain to me the answers to my questions, I’m sticking with logic.
Thanks for the question!
How God created the world as found in Genesis:
1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.
6 And God said, “Let there be an expanse[a] in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” 7 And God made[b] the expanse and separated the waters that were under the expanse from the waters that were above the expanse. And it was so. 8 And God called the expanse Heaven.[c] And there was evening and there was morning, the second day.
9 And God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so. 10 God called the dry land Earth,[d] and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good.
11 And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants[e] yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so.12 The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening and there was morning, the third day.
14 And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons,[f] and for days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.” And it was so.16 And God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. 17 And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, 18 to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day.
20 And God said, “Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds[g] fly above the earth across the expanse of the heavens.” 21 So God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” 23 And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day.
24 And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds—livestock and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds.” And it was so. 25 And God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds and the livestock according to their kinds, and everything that creeps on the ground according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
26 Then God said, “Let us make man[h] in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
27 So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.
28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” 29 And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. 30 And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. 31 And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.