“Surely the fate of human beings is like that of the animals; the same fate awaits them both: As one dies, so dies the other. All have the same breath; humans have no advantage over animals.” -Ecclesiastes 3:19
“When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were bewildered and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.”-Matthew 9:36
Just a few quick thoughts here. Over the years, as I’ve moved from away from YEC, I’ve always been told how evolution is godless and cruel. Satanic. A lie. A trick. “How would you feel if your kids were really just monkeys?”.
My experience has increasingly been the opposite. Understanding evolution (my children are not monkeys on most days) and the proliferation of species on this planet has actually encouraged a more loving and compassionate heart. We are flesh and blood. God’s creation. Not so crudely the magical creative blip of a fantasy god detached from creation. We have connection to this world. There are causes and effects. Biological, sociological, psychological reasons for things. For why humans think and act. Why we polarize and tend toward tribalism. Why we cry and hurt.
Jesus looked over a hungry and dirty crowd and loved them. Jesus’ empathy and compassion is even more profound in light who we are as humans.
Seeing my beautiful young kids and loving them. It’s grounding and real. The expectation of an angelic perfection and hyper fundamentalism appearing so clearly fraudulent. Instead, the reality of creation and the love of God toward us making the parent child construct all the more beautiful. Jesus, the creator of all, looking at his children with love and empathy even more jaw dropping.
Do you any of you have thoughts on this? Or ever feel that science can almost enhance feelings of compassion? Maybe some of you can even articulate my thoughts more clearly.