I have been confused about this and am glad to hear confirmations that help to erase my confusion. This does not erase my concerns though. This is the bone that I have to pick with this whole issue: Evolutionary Creationists seem to place more faith in the scientific method than revelation about how life began. And revelation is how God primarily provides the means for unity in the church and less infighting. And I believe that more allegiance to the power and majesty of God comes from the camp that sways away from human logic explaining our existence by molecules to man evolution than towards the fact that God is able and actually just created it.
I personally remain undecided about the age of the earth, although question the validity of science today with age declarations in a time of quantum physics discoveries as well as Biblical revelation… yet am decided that God did indeed instantaneously create fully functioning plants and fully functioning animals according to their kinds that all have the in built ability to adjust to their environment which we see all the time in nature. The naturalistic explanations of our existence that says that say a single cell that came from somewhere that then, with the force of energy alone is able to develop over billions of years into complexity that we see today is so beyond ludicrously and insanely foolish and it seems to me that, possibly for the sake of increasing the appeal towards God, evolutionary creationists seemingly appeal lightly to those who subscribe to this model. Isn’t it dangerous to appeal to people’s perceptions of what they want God to be instead of the possibilities of what He really IS? Paul was concerned about this himself…He declares to the church to make sure that the Jesus they worship is the correct Jesus and for this, I will remain, again more tight to plain reading about Jesus as Creator and sustainer than man’s perception of what they want of Him in science. Paul says this in response to folks who were making Jesus into what seemed more sensible than what He really IS.
The justification of evolutionary creationism in and of itself is an appeal to science. I however believe without one single shred of doubt that evolutionary creationism as it is, is just as much of a system of significantly unscientific belief that in its very nature turns away from scientific principles in its explanations of how we came to be. How is this you ask? It is because it has to admit that God’s interjection as a non-deistic God into the creation of life will thus call science an inept resource for explaining life. Right? Therefore, it would be circularly logical to suggest that the homage to scientific explanation of life that causes for there to be an appeal to evolutionary creationism is the very thing that must be pushed against and thrust to the side in order for there to be sensibility towards it explaining life as was created by a non deistic God who could have chosen to interject miraculously at any one point in time. That was a deep sentence.
In other words, if life is going on and this non-deistic God interjects just once in a significant way in the process of the formulation of creation and life as we know it and all of life beyond this point goes on normally, then science automatically becomes inept in explaining how we got here through the 100’s, 1,000’s, millions, LET ALONE BILLIONS of years! Right? Science will become confused and frustrated. It is frustrated about the 200 million yr old human skull. it is frustrated by soft matter found in 300 million yr old dino fossiles. It is frustrated with the lack of “transitional species” fossils. It will also be frustrated by the fact that when God interjects, science which relies on our perceptions and human rationale, becomes pointless in its attempt towards explaining how we go to where we are.
For this, I am choosing to remain a little more clingy to a more plain reading of Genesis and less clingy to what theistic “science” says which necessarily is self-justifying and circularly illogical. I am definitely more in agreement with groups like AIG because they declare that God made the kinds of animals than I do evolutionary creationists who seem to want to side with worldly brands scientific inquiries on how we got here.
At the same time, I believe that God has given us brains to figure solutions to health problems and for the development of technology etc. That great, but let us not get arrogant with it. Just because we are given brains to figure solutions to controlling virus for example is no excuse to suggesting that we fully evolved from single celled creatures over billions of years. I believe that God is nocking down the creation evolutionist worldview that finds itself self-righteously cocky because they mistakenly cling to human perception in science that the world is so enamored with, and less in agreement with the theologian who declares that God is GOD and we are not. If you disagree, I challenge you to pray deeply over this issue, asking God to give hints into your being and wisdom to your mind over this issue and see what He does. You might be surprised.