The Heavens Declare His Handiwork

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God-Directed Evolution vs. Godless Evolution:

I believe God guided the assembly of molecules to form the panoply of living organisms.  The observation of the flora and fauna on the Galapagos Islands provides examples of what appear to be “evolutionary adaptation” to meet the requirements of local conditions.  This possibility has given courage to those who wish to hypothesize that natural forces and random accidental changes provided the mechanism by which new forms, functions, and species arose.  And, by extension, it is then possible to entertain the possibility that all life, even the universe itself, arose by accidental purposeless change that assembled ever more complex structures that were adapted to survive in their particular environment.  And ultimately, if there is no Creator-God, then there is no judge and I can act as I choose without fear or reprimand or divine consequence in the realm of “victimless” crimes.

o Acts: 17-26  From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live.  27  God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.  28  ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’  29  “Therefore since we are God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone—an image made by man’s design and skill.  30  In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent.

o For example: One school of Christian theology interprets Genesis as allowing God only 7 literal earth days in which to create all of creation.  Thus, the entirety of all astronomical phenomena, the whole fossil record, and all of the current species must have been placed into position within this 7-day period.  

o In this school of thought, we are required to engage in a great deal of rationalization to justify how God created the entire fossil record in seven 24-hour periods.  But, all this rationalization becomes unnecessary if we simply look at the possibilities available for interpretation of the Hebrew words used in describing the Genesis.

o Genesis 1:5 (KJV) And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

o Genesis 1:5 (Hebrew with Strong’s numbers):  ‘elohiym:H430 qara’:H7121 . ‘owr:H216 yowm:H3117 . . choshek:H2822 . qara’:H7121 layil:H3915 . . ‘ereb:H6153 . . boqer:H1242 . . ‘echad:H259 yowm:H3117

o Strong’s Hebrew Translation: 3117. yowm, yome; from an unused root mean. to be hot; a day (as the warm hours), whether lit. (from sunrise to sunset, or from one sunset to the next), or fig. (a space of time defined by an associated term), [often used adv.]:--age