Given that "evolution" is now scientific fact; I have a few questions:
a) Did God create Adam and Eve?
- If He did not create Adam and Eve, then what does the story of the creation signify?
b) If He did create them, then does it mean that Adam & Eve are 6,000 years old?
c) How do you reconcile your faith, your spirituality with Evolution?
It seems, on the outside, or at 1st glance, that everything on this planet is made for us. Its as if we are the centre of attention. However, with Evolutionary Theory; apparently, we are all just ancestors of apes and that's it. The only meaning to life is simply what we eat, what we love to do, what we hate, what we accomplish, or what we strive for. That's it.
We are nothing more than glorified Apes.
Good for you.
Scientific facts need extensive experimental or observational validation, which is missing in the case of the theory of evolution. This is why any respected scientist, just looking at the concrete facts, will refer to this theory as ... a theory.
I am not dismissing this theory, by the way. My reply was intended to be accurate in defining evolution.
But whatever floats your boat ...
I will help you out on this issue. I think your questions need to be considered in light of your presuppositions, which are what is troubling you.
When I get to a computer I will answer your questions.
If there is a God. Would He of told us in any other way or done anything different than the way He has done it?
Maybe more questions.
If Adam is in the image of God and in the old testament He is light, would Adam be representing Jesus Christ?
Your analogy between evolution and the gravitational force and acceleration is a good example of a difference between a scientific fact, demonstrated and measured in the lab and in reality beyond doubt, and a theory or hypothesis like evolution, which is an attempt to explain a fact by .... Theorizing with no solid proof.
I do not know of an interrupted chain of archeological discoveries to document the development of apes into humans. There are only the beginning ( a skeleton of an ape) and the end ( a human skeleton) and a theory to replace the non existing scientific evidence.
I leave you at this stage, hoping you develop some critical thinking.
If "observationally" and "experimentally" evolution is a fact equating to me writing 2+2=4 on a piece of paper then I'd like to understand it better. Because unless it can be observed (which is impossible) or experimented with (pending) then I don't see how it can be called utter and absolute fact. Unless I'm mistaken, in which case I'll welcome any correction.
Another question is, how is all of mankind (currently 7 billion people) at the same level of evolutionary state without some people slightly more or less evolved than others? Would that make sense given that evolution is fluid wave of organic change? Could it be conceivable given what evolution is that we're all the same physiologically?
I do not need to accept any theory as a fact as long as it lacks proof from my point of view. I was hoping you could show this undisputed evidence rather than refer me to another poster, regardless of his level of knowledge. It is you who asks, not I.
This position is not motivated by my religious convictions. I held this position as an atheist and as a believer. It is based on looking at scientific facts and judging that they are insufficient. My faith is not threatened by evolution, whether I regard it as fact or theory. Evolution can be accommodated in Orthodoxy if you consider an intelligently directed evolution model.
You asked about scientists who are skeptical of evolution. Try Brian josephson ( atheist), Richard Smalley, Abdus Salam, John Eccles, Ernest Chain, Wolfgang Pauli and Marconi, all of them Nobel laureates in either Physics, Chemistry or Medicine.
Fred Hoyle and Ray Damadian are other notable skeptics of evolution. Charles Townes, the inventor of the first maser and the renowned Nobel laureate is somewhere in between, strongly supporting intelligent design and using it as a platform for evolution.
If the Holy Spirit wasn't in everyone then God couldn't judge anyone.
That brings me to a point where we have a share of inheritance with Christ
So is it blasphemy with the Holy Spirit if our inheritance comes from apes?
When the world is corrupted and ending with earthquakes are we to inherit that firey lake of magma below us or something better when this old world has gone past it'use by date?
I'm sure those apes are closer to the magma right now.
I also think that we live in an analytical world from the age of reason to the present that prove what we see.
God made things so ambiguous, even His name (I Am), so that we require faith.
I think the dangers are that the reasoning that evolutionists use comes from the ego.
The whole premise that God is involved in everything is correct, but how does that justify evolution.
I can concoct a number of theories and simply follow it up with the statement "God was involved". I understand the point you're trying to convey, but talking about God's omnipotence in this matter does little to prove how factual evolution is. I can say we evolved from dogs, and repeat your second statement of God being involved in everything. Now my second statement is true but that is just a cover for my first statement which may or may not be true.
At best it's fallacious, at worst it's escaping a possibly different reality than evolution that we aren't willing to entertain. With all due respect to your points, I'd like some clarifications.
What sort of evolution is being posited here? Evolution from a single celled amoeba? Apes?
However, works done by the Holy Spirit come through to us by the understanding of the Church Fathers. I'm sure none had evolution concept.
Is the Holy Spirit going to inform us or is man's concept?
I don't think you reconcile both and hold an orthodox veiw.