What I believe

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1 Ben May 1, 2014 at 5:02 pm

I have read your articles on evolution, I appreciate it, yet I don’t agree with everything they say, as I am a heavy paleontology/prehistoric life/dinosaur enthusiast. Have been since I was 3 years old I am an evolutionary creationist (and I DON”T take this view to , but I’d like to address some misconceptions about those who may take a theistic evolutionary worldview.

Misconception #1 – the Genesis creation account is poetry or myth if it isn’t interpreted literally.
Misconception #2 – all evolutionists are trying to undermine God and the Bible.
Misconception #3 – Theistic Evolution involves belief in an impersonal God. (Not necessarily. Theistic Evolution can take a step further by utilizing the Divine Designer concept and demonstrate how the detailed complexity of our existence is a reflection of a caring personal God, proud of His work.)
Misconception #4 – acceptance of Theistic Evolution (in any shape or form) means denying the existence of a literal Adam and Eve, Garden of Eden, state of perfection (for humans) Temptation by the serpent, and the eventual Fall therefore taking away the very purpose and need for Jesus to die, so therefore no gospel, and no salvation. I certainly don’t!
I DON’T take this view to make Christianity more palatable for my unbelieving friends. I also believe that God used time,”But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day”. 2 Peter 3:8 but certainly NOT chance. What looks like random blind chance to an unbelieving scientist, we know better, and full well that God had His hand directly involved in it. Doesn’t matter if it took 6 days or 4.6 billion years. Every adaptation, every new development, All HIM! Here’s a Thought provoking quote from Charles H. Spurgeon

“But if you will look in the first chapter of Genesis, you will see there more particularly set forth that peculiar operation of power upon the universe which was put forth by the Holy Spirit; you will then discover what was his special work. In Ge 1:2, we read, “And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” We do not know how remote the period of the creation of this globe may be—certainly many millions of years before the time of Adam. Our planet has passed through various stages of existence, and different kinds of creatures have lived on its surface, all of which have been fashioned by God.”

The mere fact that the fossil record has great abundance of magnificent creatures screams the God of the Bible as the creator in my book. It gives a little extra push, for inspiring worship other than the realization of my imperfect, horrid sin nature, and my inability to be holy, therefore my only hope in His great mercy in His Son.

Other than the issue of creation I would say you, my brother, and I are most definitely on the same page for everything else as I do love you as a brother in Christ, and I consider some of the books in your top 10 very helpful for any theological/doctrinal/Scriptural/Christian lifestyle practice question I may have. Our Lord has to be very proud of you, His humble, grace filled servant. Despite our disagreement on creation (Something else is bothering me, do you believe this, or the fact that I cannot pinpoint an exact date when I passed from spiritual death to life negate my salvation, or call it into question in any way?) , concerning me, these things are absolutely certain.

Jesus is my Lord, I trust in His divinity
I love Him more than anything.
I try to obey His commandments every day.
I confess my sins (1 John 1:9)
I trust in His imminent return
The Bible is the truest, inerrant, inspired word and all scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness. (2 Timothy 3:16). It’s my favorite book and ultimate guide for holy living.

May God continue to bless you, and your church lovingly and richly!!

‘“The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”’
– Numbers 6:24-26


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