Re: Fall of evolved man

Gordon Tisher (
Tue, 4 Nov 1997 15:39:12 -0800 (PST)

On Tue, 4 Nov 1997, Karen G. Jensen wrote:
> Matthew 19:4 and even Genesis 1:26-27 dib't tell _how_ God created mankind,
> but does Genesis 2:7 sound like evolution, or personal, loving creation?
> And Genesis 2:21-23 -- again personal, and very creative, showing us that
> God's thoughts and His ways are very different from what we might imagine
> (Isaiah 55:8-9).

I would venture to assume that you believe that God created you in a
personal, loving manner. How did He do so? By controlling the "random"
combinations of sperm and egg, and all the development after that, which
all took place using perfectly "natural" processes, yet those same
processes are under the control of our personal, loving God.

One can view evolution in the same way. All the mechanisms of evolution
are "random" and "nautural", yet God personally and lovingly directs them
to His own ends. As Polkinghorne says, the laws of nature are a
reflection of the faithfulness of God.

It has always struck me funny how people insist on rabbit-out-of-hat
creation of the entire Universe, but recognize the use of "natural"
processes in the creation of individual humans. I don't see no knitting
needles in there, do you?


Gordon Tisher