What are your thoughts on evolution?
Evolution is a really fascinating topic that absolutely does not fascinate me. And if people were honest with themselves, it doesn’t fascinate them either.
I suspect the only reason it gets attention is because it’s used as “ammo” against Creationism, which is a bit like wearing boxing gloves to a UFC match. In theory it can work, but boxing gloves are used for the single field of boxing. You see what I did there.
Certainly there is a lot of evidence for evolution, but 1) it’s a theory, as in it’s a theory, and 2) there’s also evidence against it that the “unbiased” scientists gloss over.
I presume that I risk looking like one of those fundamentalists who deny the obvious truth, and a militant atheist will of course never see eye to eye and will predictably jump to hateful ad hominem and helpful Google searches. Since we know all Google-experts must be right. But even if a time machine were invented and we got to see evolution in progress with our very own eyes, what does that really change? Like oh no what do we do now man?
In other words, if evolution were true, it is NOT some smoking gun against Christianity. It is a much weaker argument than many think it is. The reason why it’s so championed is because when the Bible says you’re a sinner, people naturally scramble to find ANY contradiction in the Bible. Even when the Bible says “God loves you,” people hate that too: what kind of God could love me? It gets pretty desperate, and I’ve been in the thick of some “atheists” who always just turn out to be decent honest people latching onto halfway ideas. I was one of them.
To be more specific, I do believe in micro-evolution. Most lifeforms find ways to survive, can adapt, and have a pecking order that helps survival. But macro-evolution is a very large leap in logic. To presume that even a half-evolved male and a half-evolved female evolving at roughly the same rate both found each other and mated to have a more evolved child — well okay, it could’ve happened, but we are talking a lot of faith in extraordinary circumstances. More faith than say, believing in a powerful God from which life originated. You can’t have both Occam’s Razor and then “the complex chain of events from primordial ooze leading to humanity” at the same time.
Could it be true? Sure. But again, it doesn’t bother me, and it definitely doesn’t hold my attention. I don’t mean to sound like a snob about it, and it can be important to discuss these things, but it’s not primary core doctrine that shapes our lives or souls. I’d like to keep the main thing the main thing, and you know, to serve at the local homeless shelter and give to charity and love on my church.
If this is “denying the truth,” then by that standard, the so-called argument of Creationism-Vs-Evolution is ignoring an even bigger truth: that people need grace, not religious dogma or scientific abstraction. Anyone can argue well. Very few will love.
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