Does the Law of Universal Gravitation “do God any favors”? Do we evaluate scientific theories on how well we think they “help out” God? Is God really that weak and insecure that he is challenged by his own creations?
Did the scientific explanations of electricity force people to view lightning strikes as something other than divine retribution on sinners?
Did the science of meteorology force people to no longer respect God’s power over nature, such as in wielding the destructive powers of storms and waves? Did seismology explain away earthquakes and therefore “do God no favors” because they don’t seem like divine judgment anymore?
Show me where God said something that denies the Theory of Evolution, and I will take your claims more seriously.
If I thought the Theory of Evolution in any way defied God’s revelations, I would not affirm it.
What you are actually saying is that the Theory of Evolution appears to conflict with your favorite traditions and your chosen personal interpretations of various Biblical passages.
Not at all. If you think it does, explain.
My Bible says that animals reproduce after their own kind. Modern science and the Theory of Evolution agree. (In fact, if ever an animal was found to produce offspring that were not very similar to the parents, that would be a powerful argument against the Theory of Evolution.)
If anyone thinks that anything which God created, including evolutionary processes, somehow challenges God (i.e., “doesn’t do God any favors”), I would have to question their grasp of the magnitude of the power and wisdom of God.
Indeed, one of the best things about leaving behind the Young Earth Creationist traditions of my youth is that I no longer worship the puny deity of “creation science”, a creator who didn’t get it right the first time and has to continually supervise, tweak, and adjust the created universe in order to keep it from falling apart and failing to fulfill God’s plan for it. I now believe in the God of the Bible, who created a universe where the laws of physics inevitably brought about life and the evolutionary processes which diversified that life and adapted organisms to changing environments.
Christians need not live in the constant conflict of science-denial. We can accept the history of our planet (and life on this planet) which God has revealed to us within creation itself, all while recognizing that the Bible states nothing to conflict with that revelation.
@Celticroots, I wish for you the same peace I found when I discovered that I didn’t have to ignore or defy science in order to grow my faith in God. I had been impressed by the traditions of my Church but mistook those traditions for the “Word of God”. I’m not saying that it is an easy process to work through the appearance of conflict. But for me it was very much worth it. The God I worship today is far “bigger” than the deity I used to imagine as a young Christian. My study of the scripture evidence and the creation evidence (aka science) brought me to a much greater respect for the power and wisdom of our Creator! Praise YHWH ELOHIM and the salvation which comes through the Lord Jesus Christ!