Creationists vs. Creationism

July 8, 2008

in Religion

I don’t know why I’m writing on this subject. After all, I am somewhat cowardly. This post will likely put me in jeopardy. Too many Christians are all too ready and willing to demonstrate that “God is love.”

I thought you had the Bunsen burner.I sometimes wonder if those most loudly proclaiming their Christianity have ever actually read the Bible. Comparing what I have read with what they say they’ve read is often a study in contrasts. On this particular subject, it seems that there is a problem with what they claim versus what they claim.

Creationists claim that the Universe came into being just the way it is written in Genesis. Have they read Genesis? Which version of the Creation found in Genesis is the one that they believe? Did God speak and the Universe appeared out of nothing? Or, did God find chaos already existing and organize it? Which one?

If God had already said that there was to be light, why was it later necessary to create the Sun, the Moon and the stars? On which day was Adam created? It depends on which version of the Creation one bases their Creationism.

It’s well past time to decide. Choose up sides. Since Creationists seemingly weren’t aware that there was a choice to be made, I’ll concede enough time for them to read the Bible, or at least the beginning of Genesis. It seems that their mastery of the Bible is on the same level as their mastery of science (that was not meant as a compliment).

Once it was amusing to see someone claiming to be a follower of Christ so far astray. I thought it was just the exception that proved the rule. It now appears to be the rule among those loudest in proclaiming their Christianity.

These errors are not limited to the odd member of the laity that doesn’t take time to read the Bible. These absurdities are spouted from the pulpits. They are broadcast by the pied pipers of television. Politicians try to ride the backs of the televangelists’ deluded followers.

When will these people realize that this subject, and a host of others, are being used by power-hungry pastors and politicians to manipulate them? Most have the God-given ability to reason for themselves. They need to start using it. If they refuse to do so, they may just be proving that they value neither God nor his gifts.

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Ed July 9, 2008 at 2:06 pm

Saint Paul, Philo, Abraham ibn Ezra, Maimonides, Origen, Saint Basil, Augustine of Hippo, Thomas Aquinas, Martin Luther, John Calvin, Francis Bacon and many others have offered explanations of or interpretations of Genesis. Since they were all more intelligent than I am, I would not presume to disagree or agree with any of them with any assumed certainty. I am reminded of something Voltaire said, albeit not on this subject alone, “Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is an absurd one.” The so called strict creationists should understand that there is no “one” account of creation and there certainly is no “one” understanding of the two accounts of creation in the Torah.

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