A few notes from your response to me an other posts.
I’m not sure I understand your basic premise. You seem to be stating that NDE is the biologic paradigm for now because it is what what the data suggests, but it can’t be for believers since the bible says that God created the heavens and the earth. Is that because we don’t see any, “magical” laws guiding it or, like Joe, do you believe that Genesis 1 and 2 committ believers to holding to instantaneous creations?
I’ll give you my fancy definition of science - “the study of God’s creation.” That allows me to see, like many others have seen, the wonder in the process He used. God isn’t a deceiving god so I accept consensus science and fit it into my theistic worldview. If there are no, “magical laws” discovered then I infer that God has decided to use laws to create a naturalistic process that can create and diversify life and make it more complex over time until we are here to worship Him.
@GJDS The Christian faith insists that we do not take God’s name in vain, and in my book, appropriating an inadequately formulated theory and then changing Christian doctrine to accommodate such a theory by saying that is how God did it, is using His name for a vain enterprise.
What Christian doctrine is changed or compromised? I call myself a follower of Christ and consider that to be my central identity and I can testify to you that since I decided to take God at his word (science) my convictions have not been altered a bit. If anything my faith is stronger since I no longer feel the need to get queezy when someone brings up, “contradictions” b/t science and certain interpretations of Genesis.
@GJDS I do not dispute the concept of laws and find the evolutionist’s notion of random unacceptable. However, I am pointing out the basic definition of evolution as proposed by the majority of biologists, and this is obviously non-predictable/accidental processes as the basis of their theory.
“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20). Atheists reject what has been, “clearly seen” in God’s creation. So it should be of no surprise that they view evolution as a godless process, since they’ve not seen God in anything.
I don’t see mutations as a random process. I see an amazing world that produced DNA which, through mutations, can produce almost unlimited variation which allows life forms to fit perfectly into the present earth. Each isolated mutation may be considered random but it’s part of a process that given its proper context cannot be considered random. As well, God obviously wants us to live in a world run by naturalistic processes. It just make sense that we are of product of such processes.