What if our entire approach to the creation story as outlined in the first few chapters of Genesis has been entirely wrong because we have tried to understand it in a literal sense. What if the creation story is more of a parable from which we can draw certain truths, like God created man, that His intention was to walk with us in perfect communion, that we were created to live forever and that we have destroyed our communion with God by putting our faith in the wrong kind of knowledge - knowledge of God (tree of life) or knowledge of good and evil (science). Don’t you think that on some level we all like Adam and Eve have to choose to eat from the tree of life or the tree of knowledge of good and evil?
When Jesus told the story about the Prodigal Son - the story of a young man who asks his father for his inheritance, then squanders it and returns home to the delight of his father and the anger his brother. Was this a true story about a real family or was it a made up story to help us understand a truth? I don’t think it matters. What we learn from this story is true whether the story is true or not. In fact we could spend hours just debating about whether this story is true or not and miss the entire point of the story. I think that this is exactly what we are doing with the creation story. Whether or not you take the creation story literally, there are some very simple truths that we can get from it:
- God created the earth by willing and speaking it into being.
- God’s word has power
- God wanted (and wants) a relationship with us.
- Knowledge of good and evil (science) still gets in the way of our quest for eternal life.
- Life on earth is not what it was supposed to be.
- We are still seeking knowledge of good and evil instead of Knowledge of God.
- We were created to live forever physically and spiritually in harmony with both nature and God.
- Men and women were created as equals.
There is no personal account of creation or witness to it except God himself and it was revealed to man by God in a way that does not have a lot of scientific detail. I believe it can be understood as truth without having to be taken literally.Not taking the creation story literally means that we as Christians are free to use evolution to fill in the details about how God created us and how we have come to find ourselves on a planet that is in trouble today. It is perfectly compatible with science and evolution. To me it solves a lot of problems. What do you all think about that?