English: A bit of uniformity. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
It was a nice summer’s day today, (yes, this happens, even in the United Kingdom!) and so we went for a family picnic. Nature is truly a wonder: no single person has ever known all the different species and yet more are discovered even now. There are the many species of insects, mammals, reptiles, fish, birds, the microscopic, the beautiful and the repellent, the massive, and surrounding and dwarfing all the features and landmarks of such a variety of climates: deserts, downland, forests, swamps, mountains, underwater caverns and many more besides. Some regard the creation/literal vs evolution/”science” debate irrelevant, but how can that be if we are to give God glory for what He has made? Worse, since “sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin” (see Romans 5:12-13), if the evolutionary world-view is entirely correct then the scriptures are in serious error, since according to evolution there were tonnes of (animal*) deaths before Adam sinned. See also 1 Timothy 2:13 for evidence of Adam and Eve being literally formed by God as the only humans on earth. Did God call “good” a world of animal carnage where death reigns as the creative force to generate new forms?
*incidentally that word for “death” (I am told) would not have applied to a plant… Continue reading →
If you have ever been on an alpha course (and one of my friends got to the stage where his introduction would include the phrase “and I’m an alpha-holic”, due to the number he had been on), one of the things that will strike you, apart from how orange Nicky Gumbel appears on TV (see photo: the orange-ness is not real), is that there is an absolutely overwhelming amount of evidence for the textual accuracy of the New Testament: it is massively favourable in comparison to many other ancient documents, and to continue the argument on authenticity, the only reason this does not lead people to belief is the fact that people do not want to believe. In some way, they are blinded by the “god of this age” (2 Corinthians 4:4). But the Old Testament is a far harder case: mere textual analysis will only go so far. In fact, due to the age of some of the stories (these things happened a long, long time ago, but not in a galaxy far, far away), there is no great case for their accuracy from textual analysis. So where does that leave us?