First off, my disclaimer - I hope I’m not posting about a topic that has been tirelessly rehashed and beaten to death on this forum in the past. I did some searching for similar past topics and nothing really stood out, so I figured I’d go ahead and post. My sincerest apologies to everyone if this has been a previously belabored subject.
So some of you know I recently “converted” from the YEC camp a couple months ago. Overall, the transition has not shaken my faith at all, though I can’t say it didn’t cause some stress, to say the least! The scientist in me fully embraced my newfound acceptance of evolution and rejoiced in not having to ignore biological and geological evidence that contradicted my religious convictions. However, I was less than enthusiastic about accepting I had so dogmatically clung to such illogical and sometimes frankly silly explanations to consolidate scientific evidence with my YEC beliefs (I’m not pointing any fingers, AiG!). Fortunately, I am becoming more comfortable with accepting evolution and God’s creative providence as time has passed.
This brings me to the point of my post. A few days ago, a thought occurred to me I found to be rather unsettling. I’ve been wrestling around with it since then and figured if anyone could give me some good direction and encouragement, it would be the fine folks here on the forum. So here’s the question - does the acceptance of the Big Bang and evolution diminish God’s majesty? So here was my troublesome thought - in YEC theory, God specifically formed and created humans, the universe, the water cycle, life, the intricate human eye, the delicate balance of the ecosystem, etc. This shows God as the Designer of all creation and demonstrates His limitless knowledge and wisdom. In accepting EC, I can’t help but feel like I am “robbing” God of that majesty and power - He may have set the entire process in motion, but it then seems to me that everything was formed or “created” according to it’s own natural course and not by the hand of God. It’s now hard for me to see God when I look at a leaf on a tree, imagining the microscopic celluar structure and how photosynthesis is converting sunlight into sustenance for that tree…instead of seeing my Creator, I just see a structure that evolved in response to biological selection pressures. So to come back to my initial point, how does evolution not detract from God’s power? Thank you for your patience with the skewed thoughts of a 37-year-old former YEC!
It also occurs to me this is another big reason YEC’s cling to a literal interperetation of Genesis and demonize evolution. It’s so much easier to avoid these seeming contradictions…