Even If the future of evolution includes intentional change, Won't you will
still have the problem of death, competition, predation etc?
I am exploring this scenario in order to make sense of how evolution fits
into God's plan. And I agree that we need to interpret Scripture carefully,
but what does "careful" mean?
From: James W Stark [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Friday, April 13, 2001 2:16 PM
Subject: Re: The Future of Evolution
on 4/13/01 12:33 PM, Adrian Teo at email@example.com wrote:
Just thinking aloud here. There has been discussion on how evolution fits
into a pre-fall world in this listserv already, but I been wondering about
what the future of evolutionary processes and mechanisms would be in God's
plan. Once Christ returns and the Kingdom reaches fulfillment, would living
things continue to evolve? That would certainly require death, extinction,
competition, random mutations, predation etc. all of which seems quite
contrary to the depiction of the New Jerusalem. Would God no longer have use
of these mechanisms that many in this group believe were in effect even
prior to the fall? If so, then what was God's purpose in introducing these
mechanisms in the first place? Or was evolution the result of the fall,
which some others hold, and therefore would be extinguished at the
consummation of the Kingdom?
Why do you want to explore such a scenario? We need to interpret the
Bible more carefully as to what might really apply to the future. To me
Christ returned at the resurrection. Our task is to complete the Jesus
Movement. The kingdom will not reach fulfillment until we complete that
task. A Darwinian evolution is an assumed fixed program with an emergent
morality. The Jesus movement requires intentional change. If we do not
intentionally change, we will probably destroy life on this earth. The
future of evolution is to insert intentional change into the process.
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