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From: Moorad Alexanian (alexanian@uncwil.edu)
Date: Mon Apr 02 2001 - 10:38:39 EDT

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    I often wondered how the promise of God to answer all our prayers jibes with
    actual, personal experiences. It downed on me that if we are truly in the
    Lord, then the prayers we ask will definitely be answered. Similarly, when
    one confronts moral situations, the Ten Commandments are guiding principles
    that together with our walk in the light of the Truth, which is Christ,
    will determine our moral choices pleasing to God. The question of what
    happened in the past, the history of mankind, is a difficult one. I cannot
    criticize YEC since one is not convinced, beyond a reasonable doubt, of what
    took place. I do not think God is a deceiving God if we reach wrong
    conclusions about our history. He may indeed have created everything in six
    days! Who are we to say!! Moorad

    -----Original Message-----
    From: george murphy <gmurphy@raex.com>
    To: Mccarrick Alan D CRPH <MccarrickAD@nswccd.navy.mil>
    Cc: 'ASA List' <asa@calvin.edu>
    Date: Monday, April 02, 2001 10:23 AM
    Subject: Re:

    >Mccarrick Alan D CRPH wrote:
    >> Chuck wrote:
    >> >My advice is to discuss the geological record and the flaws in the logic
    >> >of(some of the )YEC-adherent but not to make too big of a deal of it.
    >> >Finally, a word of caution: beware of the "domino theory:" some
    >> >Christians may not see a "middle road" between a literal interpretation
    >> >the Bible and total unbelief. Let's be careful that we don't make any
    >> >Christian stumble.
    >> Did any of you read the editor's page in the current PSCF journal. Roman
    >> of the "loss of faith" of some students at his school when confronted
    with tough
    >> questions. We bring those tough ones to our students. The job of
    presenting to
    >> Christians a wider view of issues (whether in a Sunday School or
    Christian Highs
    >> School or College) is one that requires prayer and wisdom - and I might
    add time
    >> for dialogue. As Christ warned that there is a terrible price for making
    "one of these
    >> little ones to stumble."
    > I've made it a practice, after teaching the 10 Commandments with
    >students, to present them with some mini-case studies of situations in
    which elementary
    >understandings of two or more of the commandments come into conflict & in
    which there then
    >seems to be no "right" answer about how to act. There is no point in
    kidding them into
    >think that all decisions can be handled by finding the correct rule.
    > We should not give unnecessary offence but it's illusory to think
    that people are
    >never going to confront hard questions. Some judgment is needed: There is
    no need to try
    >to convince an 85 year old Christian that the world isn't 6000 years old as
    long as he or
    >she isn't disturbing others with this. The situation is quite different
    with a teenager
    >who is riding for a fall if he or she thinks that a choice has to be made
    between being
    >Christian and accepting evolution. The YECs are the ones who cause the
    greatest offence in
    >this regard by telling people (or at least giving them the strong
    impression) that they've
    >got to make this choice.
    >George L. Murphy
    >"The Science-Theology Interface"

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