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Christians believe that God created the universe and all that is in it. They believe that God created science as well. So, if the fossil record -- which is, after all, God's SCIENCE -- conflicts with God's Word, then according to the right wing, we're supposed to conclude that God is apparently ... wrong.

So maybe it's time to start calling evolution what it actually is - a miracle. It's something that we don't understand and can't explain, but all the evidence we have in front of us says it's true.

Jesus walked on water. If we look to science to explain this, we can't. We just have to accept the evidence of all of the eyewitnesses who testify to what they actually saw.

Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. Again, science can't prove that this happened - as Christians, we believe that it did. Jesus turned water into wine and changed 5 loaves and 2 fish into enough food to feed a crowd. Again, no proof - just faith.

So when the Bible says that God created the earth in 7 days, but science says that it took several billion years -- well, who am I to argue with God's science?

Which brings me back to an earlier diary I wrote -- why is the right wing's idea of God so small?

Leviticus 17:11 — “For the life of a creature is in the blood ...” (NIV).

Genesis 2:7 — “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being” (NKJV).

Genesis 2:2 — “And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done” (NKJV).

I’ve never understood what part of these passages is somehow incompatible with the concept of evolution. These passages were written thousands of years ago, but it’s only been in the last century or so that we’ve understood the actual biology, chemistry, physiology, etc., of how our bodies work. So, in the religious right's view, because we didn’t understand how blood carries oxygen to the cells until recently, apparently no one should have taken it as an article of faith that God knew what He was talking about. Because we couldn’t quantitfy exactly how our lungs exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide, that whole “breath of life” thing was just so much pablum or hocus-pocus.  All the people who came before us who just took the Bible at is word and happily lived their lives trusting that what He says is so, without any actual “proof”, were apparently all just idiots or fools.

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  •  Tip Jar (5+ / 0-)

    You know how I can tell that corporations and the rich can pay higher taxes? Because they can afford to buy politicians ... MinistryOfTruth

    by bushbuster on Tue Mar 26, 2013 at 01:40:09 PM PDT

  •  You say (1+ / 0-)
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    skohayes
    Jesus walked on water.
    who knows !?!

    but OTOH the Jesus Christ Lizard totally can do that!

  •  Except... (2+ / 0-)
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    bushbuster, skohayes
    So maybe it's time to start calling evolution what it actually is - a miracle. It's something that we don't understand and can't explain, but all the evidence we have in front of us says it's true.
    Except that we DO understand how evolution works and we CAN explain it.

    In fact we use it everyday to create vaccines.  We use it to create purse-sized dogs and stump legged cats.

    Evolution is real science.

  •  Agree - I totally believe that evolution (0+ / 0-)

    is real science. That's the point of this diary - to me, there's no conflict in being able to accept it as science at all. Unfortunately, thanks to the arrogance of the right wing, many Christians believe that if THEY don't understand something, then it can't ever be true. That's who this diary is written for, giving them a framework or baseline how both the science and the Bible can be true.

    You know how I can tell that corporations and the rich can pay higher taxes? Because they can afford to buy politicians ... MinistryOfTruth

    by bushbuster on Tue Mar 26, 2013 at 02:20:46 PM PDT

    •  Then why are you posting it here? (1+ / 0-)
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      We don't have many extreme right wing Christians on this blog.
      Because I can't believe that anyone who reads this blog regularly takes every word in the bible literally, without thought to the fact that's it's been translated into hundreds of languages over two thousand years, passed through the hands of priests and deacons and preachers who all had their own ideas of who God is, and what he wanted his followers to do and not do.

      “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

      by skohayes on Tue Mar 26, 2013 at 03:18:39 PM PDT

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  •  Galileo's letter to the Duchess of Tuscany (0+ / 0-)

    Galileo, facing the inquisition, wrote an impassioned plea to the Duchess concerning the Bible and Truth. Galileo was facing very serious consequences and may even have witnessed the burning at the stake of Giovanni Bruno for similar "heresy". You can almost hear the fear, between the lines, as he wrote this letter. And yet, he still wrote a formidable letter expressing that science should not run counter to the teachings of the bible or else it is our interpretation of the Bible that should be examined.

    Frankly, I think today, Galileo would say his letter did not go far enough, but that's entirely speculative and a completely different argument.

  •  Not quite sure of your point. (0+ / 0-)

    But I'll add this: evolution is not compatible with Jesus.

    First, evolution is cruel. It requires death and suffering on a massive scale. No god could be so cruel.

    Secondly, evolution does not favor humans.

    Thirdly, we now know that there was no garden of eden (duh!). There was no adam and eve. Therefor there was no original sin. Without original sin, there is no savior required. The whole concoction falls apart miserably.

    What is so unnerving about the candidacy of Sarah Palin is the degree to which she represents—and her supporters celebrate—the joyful marriage of confidence and ignorance. SAM HARRIS

    by Cpqemp on Tue Mar 26, 2013 at 07:27:04 PM PDT

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