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  • Okay, I can sort of see where the so-called Atheists are coming from. I understand they believe that evolution is a science and therefore a valid view based on extrapolation of available facts. I even get that public schools are funded by tax dollars and therefore under the same restrictions as the rest of the government, specifically the 1st Amendment. I can live with that. I don't believe anyone should be able to force anyone else to attend a specific church, or worship a specific God. I have my faith, you have yours. This is a personal liberty that falls under the intent of all three of the Pursuits listed in the founding document, the Declaration of Independence.

    However, I do believe in discussing all of the facts. Just as Creationists are often reluctant to discuss the fossil record or other “facts” that tend to show the validity of evolution, Evolutionists are immediately ready to dismiss the Bible as nothing more than the collected rantings of zealots bent on controlling the actions of individuals. When neither side is open to the possibility of being wrong, there can be no middle ground, and therefore, no resolution.

    So the Intelligent Design people have come up with the compromise, or so they thought. Their attempt at smoothing the rift appears to be short of the mark, even though they do have some valid points. Points I happen to agree with.

    The main point, for me, is the creation of the universe. Now, so far, the most intelligent scientific theory on this event seems to be the Big Bang (no, not the sitcom on CBS that is so popular). Science maintains that all matter in the universe was once accumulated in one spot and eventually became so dense it began to collapse upon itself until the resulting pressure caused a massive explosion which sent the accumulated matter soaring into the void in all directions. These particles of matter eventually began to slow down and began a pattern of gravitational collection, so they in turn began to form smaller masses. The process of collection, density, and explosion continued over millennium after millennium until the collections became small enough to be more stable. These collections formed stars, and burned off denser and more complex particles which in turn formed planets.

    I realize this is an oversimplified description, but it should suffice for the purposes of this discussion. I also realize it has one obvious gap: where did the original matter come from. Oh, well, I guess even scientists have to have faith in something.

    Creationists, on the other hand, believe the universe was formed in accordance with the description offered in the first chapter of Genesis in the Bible. Six days of hard work by God and presto, the universe is formed, life is on earth complete and functional, and God takes a break on day seven. Yeah, in light of science and evidence, I have a problem with this one too. Not that a true God couldn't do it. I mean, a God can certainly perform miracles at the speed of thought, or he isn't a God, right?

    Actually I have couple of more arguments which are more valid than that. The first is why would he do it like that?

    If you have ever read the Bible, you know that God rarely acts instantaneously. Oh, there are a few instances, like the parting of the Red Sea, the extension of a day, and turning water into wine. But for the most part, God acts over many generations to achieve his goals. And he does so in a manner that is meant to teach us over time, building one lesson upon the foundation, and then giving us more complex lessons.

    He started with one commandment. “Don't eat the fruit off THAT tree!”. When that didn't work, he gave us Ten. And there must have been lawyers in the time of Moses, because they immediately had to start delineating and clarifying and categorizing sins, so we ended up with the book of Leviticus. And even with all that clarification, we still couldn't get it right. Finally, he had to come to us in human form to show a) it can be done; and b) to provide an out for us when he realized we would never get it right.

    The second one is more obvious. The seven day theory is fine if you never get any further than Genesis, but the fact of the matter is Peter clarifies it when he states unequivocally that time is a constraint on man, not on God. Therefore the seven days described in the book of Genesis could be seven million years, seven million million years, or even longer. And that really doesn't matter, does it?

    So why the two conflicting statements? Folks, the book of Genesis is a primer, a foundation to build on. We don't teach our children trigonometry before we teach them basic math skills. We build a foundation for math with basic arithmetic and then move on to the more advanced theories. (Yes, mathematics in all its forms is a theory. Granted, one that has many functional uses, but ask any mathematician...it's a theory.)

    So instead of worrying about how we got here, let's concentrate on the fact that we're here now. The planet exists, the people are living, and life goes on. How we got here has absolutely no effect on how we live our lives.

    If we have, as the evolutionists claim, evolved over the centuries from lower life forms to more intelligent beings, then why aren't we acting like it? While we may be getting taller and living longer, we certainly haven't displayed anything close to a more intelligent way of dealing with one another. We still lie and cheat and steal and murder one another under the guise of greed hidden under the shrouds of patriotism and religion. Christians and Muslims, Americans and Soviets, North and South, Blacks and Whites, pick your sides. The names may change, the causes may claim to change, but the fact of the matter is it all boils down to greed. One group has something the other group wants, so instead of reasoning to get it, they decide to kill for it.

    The Christians who espouse the theory of Creationism are just as bad, if not worse. They know better (if they have actually read their Bible, which many of them have not), but they participate under the same rules as everyone else. They have been called to “be in the world, but not of it”, and still use the same tactics and manipulations as the rest of mankind. They are called to witness their faith, which does not mean to preach at others or condemn them, but to live their lives as examples for others to follow. They form “churches” to exclude others, not to include them, and that exclusion results in the way they are perceived by others. They participate in the “Us vs. Them” philosophy which has guided mankind for all the years we have existed, and are not likely to stop now.

    I've said it before and I'll say it again and again until you people out there listen. I'll even modify it so everyone can get behind it.

    Bottom line: Love without condition, Forgive without exception, Judge no one. Everything else is simply embellishment.

    Any Questions?

    ~Fred~
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