I researched creation vs evolution for two whole years because I wanted to decide for myself what is true. It all started with me being curious about what the Bible says about Dinosaurs. It’s a big topic, but that’s why I wanted to look into for myself. After two years of research, I decided to take the position of theistic evolution. I’m okay with people having their beliefs, because I have family members who are catholic when I’m not a catholic. I even have other friends who don’t share my beliefs. I have zero problem with it.
I’m in a pickle with some friends of mine and I really don’t know what to do. It has to do with young earth vs old earth. I was in the car one day with my friend C and the topic of evolution got brought up. C is autistic and he claims he’s high functioning, but I think he’s more medium functioning. Not trying to be condescending, but it’s because of the way how he acts is why I think he’s medium functioning. He doesn’t understand some things. He was telling me that he believes that evolution is true because he was taught in school.
He’s dating my friend J and he was telling me that he was worried that J would break up with him over it. She’s a hardcore young earth creationist and doesn’t understand that there are other ways to interpret Genesis. She doesn’t understand that there are Christians who take other viewpoints besides a 6,000 year old Earth view. She thinks that’s accepting evolution means you don’t believe in God. I told C that I didn’t think that she would break up with him over it. All I did was tell him that I take the position of theistic evolution and that if there are any problems with her about evolution, he could show her Biologos.
They got into an argument over it. J messaged me saying I put it into his head about evolution being true. When all I did was just state my view on it. I told her that she needs to talk to him about it and what he said in the car. J was accusing C of lying to her about being a Christian. C being autistic, he didn’t understood how to respond and got intimidated by the confrontation, so he told her he doesn’t believe in evolution. Just to ease the tension.
I thought they got that resolved, but they didn’t. J and C got into a heated argument over it. It got bad enough where they almost broke up. They started blaming me for forcing my beliefs onto C, when like I said, that wasn’t what I was trying to do. They think I was trying to be manipulative, when I wasn’t at all. They refuse to talk to me now. I want to get the conflict resolved, because they’re good friends of mine.
They also said they think I’m hanging out with sketchy people. Which I don’t understand how they came to that conclusion because I barely hang out with anybody anymore since I’ve been so busy with school. The only one who I hang out with consistently is Ben and Ben is a normal innocent guy. So I’m very confused as to how they came to that conclusion. I really would appreciate advice. Thanks!