#0066 Trump supporters demonstrate that intelligent design isn’t all that intelligent
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29 ‘For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. 30 And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
Matt. 25: 29&30 (NIV)
In today’s link, if you go to time code: 4:55 Rachel has put up some pole numbers on issues conservatists are concerned with. She puts up 2 different polling charts: one is for Republicans and the other is for Trump Republicans. The reason I included these is to show an example of what happens to people who champion ignorance and use the Bible to support their position. It’s one thing to champion ignorance and stupidity as a personal goal; but when you attach God to it, you besmirch His name and His image as well as those open-minded people who are trying to see God as someone who’s smarter than humans and to picture Him in His authentic glory. The following is an excerpt from The Jesus Clone and in it I am attempting to offer a different perspective on the creation narrative presented in Genesis. Those conservatists referenced in Rachel’s charts are caught up in the fruits of their static view of God that their literal interpretations of scriptures have brought them to; and in their narrowness and ignorance, they’ve become a threat to the rest of us…
- Intelligent design isn’t all that intelligent
A movement these days in educational systems throughout the U.S. is for the theory of Intelligent Design to be included in school curricula as a viable alternative to the Theory of Evolution. The impetus behind this movement tends to come from conservative religious groups who feel our kids are being perversely affected by concepts about the origin of our planet and, in fact the entire universe which don’t include a conversation about a Creator or God.
Upon first hearing of this idea it will sound pretty good to Christians and their initial impulse might be to jump on board with this idea with abandon. As we take a second look, though we start to see that the traditional religious version of the universe compared to the scientific version of it quickly leads us to see that the designer of this universe can’t be all that intelligent! And the further we move into the future, the less intelligent He becomes. The more scientifically advanced the human race is becoming; the more difficult it gets to sell the seven-day version of creation and the burgeoning package of absurdities that inevitably attaches itself to it, not the least of which is that truncated rendition of a creator…
- The seven day box
Did God create the universe in seven days or was it a process spanning billions of years? There is a scripture that makes the claim that one day is like 1000 years to God. There are those Christians who venture far enough beyond the literal words in Genesis to suppose that this is an acceptable interpretation of what Moses was indicating when he said God created everything in 7 days. Actually it would have been in 6 days because on the 7th day He rested. But even factoring this into the equation would make the event a 6,000 year deal. Any scientist worth his salt would screw up his face and shake his head at such an assertion…those numbers just don’t fit the research, not even close. Even believers in God, if being totally honest, have to ask themselves if this 6 thousand year span described by Moses in the Genesis account of creation is consistent with the celestial scope to which they profess and want God to be associated; while scientists say the origin of the universe dates back billions of years! Let me put that up in digits: religion = 6,000 years. Science = 13,798,000,000 years. There is another scripture that proclaims God has no beginning (How long ago is that?)! Putting this on the table begs two questions:
- Why would God use such a relative puny time span of 6,000 years to create the whole universe?
- What was God doing for the first “forever minus 6,000” years?
A 3rd related question might be:
- Why did He create the universe so big?
As rational humans, if we take a moment to stop and reconcile the notion that God worked then and is working now within the parameters of statistics, charts and findings science makes available for us, it can help us to see God more and more in His proper setting…as designer and ruler of the huge universe that scientific researchers tell us about rather than the Cliff’s Notes version of the universe to which Moses infers. As believers in God, we are faced with the all-important question of how much of scientific commentary about the creation we wish to allow into our personal book of beliefs about God.
As Christians living in a modern-day world we enjoy the benefits of scientific research and advancements every day; yet the tendency for many Christians is to view science as a godless enterprise at odds with the creation story as conveyed in Genesis and thus at odds with God Himself. This tendency is especially exemplified in such groups as the Amish, Shakers and the like. These groups’ self-proclaimed goal is to hold on to a simpler lifestyle in order to keep God more in the forefront of their day-to-day experiences. This may or may not represent a valid perspective, but I imagine the greater impetus for keeping these traditions alive goes more toward the end of a spectrum that favors the preservation of their religious heritages and their way of life. Their traditions perceive science as a rival to God; perhaps even as a false god. Those who champion these traditions see the lure of scientific advancements as a sort of technological temptress poised to pull away those young and/or weak ones into the ways of the evil world. Another and more common assertion by the overall Christian community is that the scientific theory of evolution is in direct opposition to the creation story and therefore it must be evil.
But it is within this arena of science and scientific research (even in the taboo area of evolution) that Christians must begin a journey toward reconciliation. I am talking about not just tolerating the science and its immense body of research, but embracing it with fervor; and even beyond this, viewing science as integral in the process of building our collective human relationship with God. For the ongoing research and the findings with which science provides us is our treasure map that can lead us to understand what God was up to before human beings came into existence. It will become like our Bible about God…before there was a Bible. The universe with which science presents us is much, much larger than the one the Bible describes. If we can bring together these two notions: the mind-blowing version of the universe scientists tell us about and the benevolent creator the Bible tells us about, that would really be something, would it not?!
There is an ever-growing urgency to reconcile the spiritual and scientific views of creation with the intention of grasping a more realistic version of God. In this endeavor Christians can be made bigger and better in both their personal spiritual paths and in a united quest to amplify the Gospel message. Under such a banner, Christians of various denominations might begin to sense the urge to venture out from the comfort and complacency of their individual basecamps; join forces with different Christians and others with similar stirrings to begin a collective assent up the mountain. Is there a path of reconciling these two versions of creation? The 6 days that Genesis refers to may be the 6 eons (or periods) scientists refer to in their evolution of the earth and life on the earth.
The Jesus Clone (pp. 15-16)
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TBC: Sunday, February 21, 2016