Creation, Evolution, and Genesis
4/5/12 at 11:40 PM 13 Comments

Is Christianity Ready For The 21st Century?

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I believe in the truth of the bible.

There are some however who confuse truth of the Bible with truth of interpretation.

There is a difference.

We have had many truths of interpretation over the last 2000 years, some accepted as gospel and some not so much. When God gave the first five books of the Old Testament to Moses on Mt. Sinai He didn't give us a manual on how to interpret it.

There is no doubt that we live in an age of knowledge and enlightenment, and that there are many truths coming to us in the field of science that we didn't have in the early days of Christianity. Maybe it is time to re-evaluate our "interpretations". Some would say that those interpretations were divine-led, but man is imperfect and doesn't always hear God's will perfectly. That is why we have so many "perfect" versions and interpretations of the Bible in print today. They are the same ones who say we should "never question the Bible".

1Thessalonians: 5:21 PROVE all things; hold fast that which is good.

There are, in my mind, examples of even the early Hebrew scribes "mis-interpreting" some of the passages of the books of Moses. For instance, the book of Genesis gives two different accounts of the creation in chapters one and two, and most have "interpreted" these to be one event that was described twice. I believe it is two different events, just as the Bible describes it, of God creating first the "heavens and the earth", 13.7 billion years ago, and finally, 6000 years ago, another “creation event" in which He created Adam, a form of man separate from evolution, a few other life forms,  and some "gifts" for mankind to "speed up" his rate of progress toward civilization, in a place called Eden.

Because early Hebrew scribes didn't have access to our knowledge about the universe, they confused the two events into one in the statement in Genesis 6:17, “all that had the breath of life would be destroyed”. Man wasn't given the "breath of life" until Adam, in Genesis chapter two. This led us to believe that the flood was a worldwide flood , though the “world” at that time was a very small area compared to planet earth, instead of a regional one that only destroyed the last creations, those in "Eden". Because of this, we teach our children in Sunday school that the ark of Noah had millions of animals and plants on board, when there was probably only, at most, only a few hundred or more.

The original Hebrew word used for what was destroyed was "erets", which can mean Earth, but can also be correctly interpreted as "land" or "country". The same term used here, translated as "earth", was used over a thousand times in other O.T. scripture as "land". When the ancient scribes had to choose which was more accurate in their re-writing of the Bible from "ancient Hebrew", in the 5th century BC, they chose "Earth",  because it destroyed what WAS the world to them, an error in interpretation that forever shaped our view of the destruction.

Scientists also misinterpret their "truths". Atheists look at the size of the universe, the perfect balance of physical laws and nature for life to exist, and say that no one could have constructed all of this. I look at the same "truths" and say "how could this not be by design?"

Some scientists work very hard to defend their belief that God is not needed. There is a rule in science called Occam’s Razor that says “When you have many complicated explanations for one event or process, the correct one is most likely to be the simplest with the fewest assumptions. The simplest explanation for the complexity of life and the universe is that it is by design.

God's truths are all around us but we choose how to receive them. He has revealed many of the mysteries of his creation to us in the  last 100 years and some refuse to listen, insisting that we hang on to the old truths and ignore any evidence that indicates differently. Jesus didn’t say we were to have “blind” faith, but faith in Him and the Father who created all life. Paul said "Hold fast to that which is true" 

Christianity will survive until Christ comes back, but many are missing the beauty and blessings of what God is revealing to this generation and time, mysteries that believers have wondered about for eons.

I believe Christianity is about to embark on a new era of enlightenment, that was meant to be when Jesus said “Knowledge will be increased”, about how He works and the wonders of His creation. We can choose to walk blindly and ignore it, and I do believe all such will still be blessed for their blind loyalty, or we can embrace these revelations and come closer to understanding, and loving, God.

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