Every time I read a Hole News posted after midnight, an old maxim comes to mind: What one writes in the dark of night one must proof by morning light. Typos lurk in the shadows.
Northland friend Kathy Broman emailed a question: “Is he saying what you say?” She referred to a speech by Pope Francis reaffirming long-held Catholic beliefs that evolution is not “inconsistent” with Creation: “When we read about Creation in Genesis, we run the risk of imagining God was a magician, with a magic wand able to do everything.…” I read the whole speech and answered Kathy:
Yes, the good pope said what I say, but in prettier language. I say God lit the big bang and built into what followed everything necessary to fulfill his purpose.
I believe the entire universe developed incrementally—evolved. Galaxies, stars (Sun), planets (Earth). And I agree fully with Pope Francis: studying God’s creation is worship. I call it reading God’s other book.
Scientists who deny God’s existence must attribute to Nature what we attribute to God, making Nature their god. Both atheist and theist must account somehow for the staggering complexity and diversity of the universe.
We must stop thinking of Creator God as a super-human engineer in a lab coat manipulating a cosmic computer. God’s person, power, and ways are beyond knowing, hence the Incarnation.
One issue lies behind the Bible-versus-science debate: the nature of the Genesis creation account: literal or figurative? Most theologians through history believed the account to be figurative. Think parable. Think Jesus. “And God said” involved far more than bare words.
The Genesis stories reveal process: chaos to order, darkness to light. Sky, sea, land, vegetation, creatures, and man appear in sequence. Man from dust (pre-existing material); woman from a rib. Beautiful stories for people whose cosmos was what they could see from where they stood.
I believe God built into the initial creative burst all there would ever be. I believe he gave creation stories to ancient mankind using the only form there was to preserve and share information—stories. And I believe God built into his creation circumstances and forces that one day will usher in a new heaven and earth.
The comforting fact: God has a plan, and we are part of it.
Old Grandpa Lloyd