Did anyone watch this video? Or was it too long?
I can’t believe no one has been impacted by it as much as it impacted me. It is the first and best case for evolution I have heard that is from a Biblical standpoint, no science required (though it doens’t nullify science either). Though just as one can make up their own science to explain their YEC views, one can also interpret passage differently to maintain ther YEC views if that is their intent. But I think with an open mind and being pointed out the many parallels, this is a great way to persuade.
Evolution is even very scripturally accurate/logical, in that the old creation would have also been a slow ans strange process that resulted in a blossoming fruition (in humans being image bearers), like the new creation was a slow and strange process like that of a mustard seed. And if we base the old creation (what we don’t know a lot about scripturally speaking) off of the many things we were taught (from Jesus) about the new creation, evolution also makes sense. It wasn’t great changes at once (from no animals to animals in 1 day), it was on a smaller level, the Israelite’s and individuals here and there changed a lot over a long period of time (sure a few thousand years vs. a few billion, but large changed none the less)
They evolved from a nation that didn’t have a covenant with God (though a promise for a future covenant), to a nation that did, through many years of slavery. To a nation that had a covenant with God and a tight relationship with Him, to one that didn’t trust God and challenged Him. It was just 10 spies that went to Jericho, and that changed/evolved the next 40 years of their life and relation with God. To a nation that was exiled from God’s land, to a nation that never wanted exile again and thought to grow the nation through good deeds and strict adherence to the law.
All this to say that we observed this tiny seed growing (of the new creation), some crazy things occurred. There was genetic/spiritual drifting, there was natural/spiritual selection with legalism, there were individual prophets that changed a few greatly (genetic/spiritual mutation). Many allusions to the agents of evolutionary change in the second creation that what science tells us the first creation story used . When the mustard seed came to fruition of spiritual evolution and blossomed, Jesus showed us the kingdom of heaven, the second creation. Just like humans being image bearers brought fruition of physical evolution upon Adam and Eve. Both new and old creation showing a mustard seed-like creation.
Jesus says, with John 3
How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!”
5 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit[b] gives birth to spirit.
The first birth is physical, through physical evolution, and the second birth is spiritual through spiritual evolution. Physically, we once had to follow our animal instinct, we couldn’t chose different, until given image bearer status. We needed to evolve, or grow like a mustard seed.
Spiritually, we once had to follow the law to be justified, until given justified by Jesus status. We needed to spiritually evolve.
After Adam and Eve becoming image bearers, we are now all born image bearers. After Jesus dying for our sins, we can now all be justified of our sins.