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Discussing the validity of Genesis, and the non-compatibility of the evolution theory with Christianity. A response to 'Evolution and Christianity.'
Posted by Quagrunner on May 4th, 2014
This is mainly in response to the previous article by KnightofEquulei (who, I understand, is also a Christian, and whom I do not wish to offend in the least). I thought it would be easier to put it in an article than in a comment. I am NOT mocking anyone's intellectual powers, and my aim is NOT to Offend. I am simply Defending my position on a long-standing argument. I used common sense to write these replies, and I ask the viewer to do the same when reading.
Concerning Enuma Elish:
The Enuma Elish myth takes place almost solely in the realm of deities; which cannot be, and was never meant to be, validated, traced or proven in any way. The Torah, on the other hand, brazenly puts years, months and days on events so that they CAN be validated. And if the authors were as accurate as all that, why bother when they knew we evolved? Why not mention it?
Besides, the Enuma Elish myth is completely polytheistic and bloodthirsty. That Genesis is purely a 'slightly modified version' would be an understatement, to say the least. If any religion was taken from Enuma Elish, it was most certainly the Greco-Roman religions. I think the similarities there are a BIT more obvious. Even Norse mythology bears a remarkable resemblance, the main factor being polytheistic violence. How were the Hebrews the ONLY ones to come up with a monotheistic religion from this myth?
If Genesis was intended as myth, what purpose did a bunch of lengthy, specific genealogies serve? Who were these people supposed to be? What did these lists acheive? Besides, all over Genesis there are references to Jesus' coming: Gen. 18:18 - '...Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the Earth shall be blessed in him.' A pretty bold prediction for a poet or allegorist, not to mention: accurate. And as if that weren't enough, the lamb's sacrifice to clothe Adam and Eve is similarly predictive. And this is only in GENESIS, disregarding the rest of the Torah.
Light, as it stands, is still a little-understood concept, but for the purposes of this argument let's assume that the photon theory is true.
A rock thrown in water produces waves in the water. The rock is not the source of the water. The sun is likewise not the source of light. The heat from its numerous chemical reactions produces waves in [affects the frequency of] light. Colour is merely a reflection of filtered light. Everything we see is reflected or affected light. For the rock to produce waves in water, the water has to exist beforehand. For the sun to affect and produce a change in the frequency of light, LIGHT HAS TO EXIST BEFOREHAND. God knew what he was doing when he made light FIRST!
Concerning Theistic Evolution:
Picture this... God creates the universe and decides to make life. He creates a single-celled organism that can reproduce replicas of itself and its DNA, so evolution is a [big] improbability. But wait! All these organisms need food. Cannibalism? No, they'd all die out. So God makes half of the new organisms 'evolve' rapidly into something nourishing for the other cells.
In a few million years, defying all the odds of a poisonous atmosphere and a massive, young sun, the Earth is covered in identical single-celled organisms and their nourishment (which seems to be able to reproduce itself faster than it is consumed).
It's a little boring, so God makes half the cells change into something completely different. He makes them change from asexual to sexual reproductive methods. That's great! Of course, He has to make half of these new organisms into females and the other half into males. Oh, no! The offspring of these new couples has DNA that is a combination of their parents'... there's not going to be a lot of difference. Bummer.
God realizes that these brainless organisms aren't about to develop brains any time soon. So, God speeds up the process and lets some advanced chemicals come into contact with the cells' DNA. Hooray! The DNA has been mutated.
In a few more years, despite the high chances of their DNA being mangled by the chemicals that affected them, the organisms have developed their first brains.
God smiles... Only 2.7 billion years to go...
Whom did Jesus have in mind when He died on the cross 2.7 billion years after He created life? Was it the plankton from the beginning? Humans and animals alike? Have animals committed sins that needed to be cleansed? If Genesis is allegorical, there was no original sin, and therefore there is no such thing as sin. Jesus lived for nothing... died for nothing... Did He rise again? If not, there is no point in being a Christian.
With all due respect, quoting noted philosophers and scholars doesn't hold much weight coming from someone who believes that the Bible is a collection of spiritualistic metaphors and occasional good teachings. I could quote as much of Genesis as I liked, but you would say it's not to be taken seriously. Why should I put my faith in a bunch of scholars who might have been mentally unstable anyway? Why should I do anything at all?
Putting the evolution theory and Christianity together creates more problems than it solves. AND it creates more disharmony than I'm sure Jesus would have wanted. (Then again, why should anyone go by what Jesus wanted, if all He does is quote a load of myths?) Everything Christianity relies upon becomes null and void when the evolution theory is added to the mix. The two are not compatible without compromising one belief or the other.
I did read the Enuma Elish story and did some research on light to make my arguments valid, but the conclusions reached are by MY OWN common sense and deductive reasoning. If you ask me to prove something and I can't, I will answer honestly. If you ask me to answer something I don't know the answer to, I will say, "I don't know." If anyone can prove that I have made a mistake, I will amend it.
I would like to retain a level of honesty and integrity in any discussions that may follow.