I think is nonsense to tie-up any scientific theory to our Christian faith.
Scientists who do that are proud and foolish since they consider their
thoughts to be infallible. We know by faith who Christ is and we know
through experimentation what science is. Anything in between is speculative
and not worth dividing the body of Christ over it. I would venture to say
that those who are divisive are not Christians and are actually allies of
the devil himself. I plead ignorance on that connecting region between our
faith and science. It is already a chore to set the notion straight of what
science is and what it is not. I hesitate on questions of origins by
realizing that such questions are rather difficult. I do not know what I
would think of evolutionary theory and the history of the earth if I were
not a Christian. But I judge the work in that area and compare it with the
rigor that is needed to do good physics and realize that most, if not all,
is very speculative and may border on bad science. I only know that the
whole secret is in Christ, "....resulting in a true knowledge of God's
mystery, that is, Christ Himself, in whom are hidden all the treasures of
wisdom and knowledge." Col.2:2-3, to whom we must turn.
From: Todd S. Greene <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Cc: Moorad Alexanian <email@example.com>
Date: Monday, April 02, 2001 4:06 PM
Subject: Re: preposterous
>In my experience over the last more than 20 years, I have encountered,
>in person and in writing, dozens of young earth creationists who have
>claimed that the young earth creationism creed is a "salvation issue,"
>determining whether or not a Christian is in good standing with God.
>I have also encountered dozens of young earth creationists who, while
>admitting that they do not believe that YEC is a salvation issue, they
>still consider any Christian who rejects it (which includes "old earth
>creationists") to be "suspect" and to have "compromised their faith."
>I have *never* - I repeat, I have *never* - encountered one single
>non-YEC Christian who has ever considered this matter to be a salvation
>issue, or who has considered that a Christian's perspective *on this
>particular matter* to, in itself, has any bearing on a Christian's
>standing with God.
>We must be honest and clear about who it is who typically uses these
>particular issues by which to judge the faith of other Christians.
>While there are some Christians who still think that geocentrism is a
>live issue (Tom Willis of Kansas notoriety, for example), there is
>nothing wrong with those for whom it is a dead issue to criticize the
>idea itself (even to the extent of calling it "preposterous") and to
>further express criticism of any who would set up the doctrine as one
>measure of the faith of other Christians. In exactly the same way, for
>those who have learned about certain relevant aspects of the real world,
>YEC is simply a dead issue. For example, antiquity is a real feature of
>the world that we live in. It is agreed that there are many for whom the
>relevant information regarding this feature is just not known or not
>understood very clearly. So in their uncertainty they are equivocal
>about it. That's fine. But they have no right to measure everyone else
>according to their own uncertainty (based on their own personal
>unfamiliarity with the relevant information).
>James' discussion in the New Testament gives us a good idea of what true
>religion is, and a person's beliefs regarding young earth creationism
>Sincerely, and regards,
>Todd S. Greene
>###### Moorad Alexanian, 4/2/01 12:29 PM ######
>I want to gauge your meaning of the word "preposterous." Would you
>a) Give your life for exchange of the truth or falsehood of what YEC
> believe or claim?
>b) How about your life and that of your family?
>c) the truth of Who Christ is?
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