I know this seems like irrelevancy to many of you that read my blog, but know that a lot of people I meet still have debates with others about creationism or evolution. I’m not picking on Creationists or Evolutionists in particular. Here is just a simple explanation for the core issue of the debate and why it needs to stop.
1. The Bible says God created the Earth in 7 (technically 6) twenty-four hour days! False! The Bible isn’t a science book! To try to argue for a scientific interpretation of Genesis’ creation myth is terribly unchristian, in regard to the tradition. Not until enlightenment fundamentalism did the Christian church argue for a literal understanding of these texts. And the staunch demand for such an understanding is actually born more of culture wars and fear than of Biblical integrity.
2. Evolution is not a fact, its a theory. Eh. Evolution is factual; we observe it everyday. It is a proven phenomenon. A theory in science isn’t the same thing as a theory that your friend has about why his crush doesn’t like him back. A theory is a well-tested and documented hypothesis that has been proven to a large degree. Even the concept of gravity is a scientific theory and we all accept it, don’t we?
3. I didn’t come from a monkey! If I did, then why are there monkey’s today? Actually, science doesn’t claim that we did either. According to scientific research, the RNA and DNA found in humans and apes have a common ancestral link. That means that we have a common ancestor. Both apes and humans evolved from the same root species. We weren’t apes, but we are similar.
4. You can’t affirm God and evolution; therefore God isn’t real. This is often a perspective taken by the atheistic side. But once again, this is false. The Bible is not a science book. You can affirm the poetic zest of Genesis’ creation myths without rejecting all science and ignoring facts.
To view the Bible’s beautiful poetry regarding the creation of the cosmos as a scientific explanation of how we got here is a terribly shallow point of view. It cheapens the deeply rooted truth hidden in these sacred texts and causes the reading thereof as more informative than rupturing. How can the Spirit move us and transform us through the text if we aren’t reading it as a theological event that pierces our lives and leads us to understanding the God that is love?
Please end this silly debate. You can affirm God and science. Both sides have an enlightenment-consumed reading of the text and have missed the deeper point entirely.
Stop using the Bible and scientific data as weapons to propel unneeded culture wars. Neither were intended to be weapons, and both cause harm to those caught in the wake.