It has been my experience that, often, the truth lies on a narrow dividing line between two extremes. We might recall what Jesus said in Matthew 7:13-14:
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it."
Obviously, He was speaking about salvation through Him: the Way, the Life, the Truth. But I believe this principle is applicable to truth in general.
For example, we might view both YEC and agnosticism/liberalism as constituting two opposing extremes on the spectrum of biblical interpretation:
1: infallible exegesis VS complete relativism
Also, we might view YEC and atheistic evolutionism as two opposing extremes on the spectrum of views on the appropriate place of science in our worldviews:
2: science is subservient to biblical interpretation VS science is the ultimate victor over all religion
Now, I would say it is the best to maintain a precious middle ground between these extremes, shortly formulated as: (1) the Bible applies cultural concepts from the Ancient East as a vehicle for truly inspired, trustworthy and sufficient revelation unto salvation and (2) science as the study of Creation should proceed independently of the Bible but cannot provide any spiritual foundation for life.
However, we human beings have this persistent tendency to polarize, which is probably connected to our desire for clarity. I remember having almost identical discussions with proponents of YEC and New Atheism, both were arguing that evolution opposes the Bible. The mode of biblical interpretation was the same, but their conclusions were diametrically opposing each other.
Now I would like to pose a question to those like me who identify themselves as born again Christians while also being open to evolutionary explanations of origins. In what ways can we counter the slippery slope that leads away from this narrow dividing line of truthfulness?
I have seen some ideas/questions floating around on this forum which, in my opinion, seem to lead in extremely slippery directions with respect to faith. I think that on such kind of matters, the warnings regarding the dangers of liberalism from our YEC brothers and sisters might be very valid. A few examples are:
- @aleo expressed his doubts in the teaching that Jesus truly is the only Way, whether through the Resurrected Christ, the Incarnated Christ, or the pre-incarnation presence of Christ. He suggested that an important proof passage concerning this teaching was a result of faulty remembrance of the Biblical writer. I would say that if such basic and foundational teachings regarding Jesus were not transmitted correctly, basically the whole New Testament becomes a doubtful source of spiritual authority.
- @Josh expressed doubts in the historical existence of Moses. If such an important political and spiritual leader in the history of God’s chosen people were to have been made up, the whole Old Testament could rightly be considered a fraud (although an extremely crafty, moral, and hopeful one).
Anyway, I am not looking for a single straightforward answer on my question. I am just curious to hear what kind of thoughts / strategies / tips / advice / experiences you guys have for approaching this issue!