From: Vernon Jenkins (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Fri Jun 13 2003 - 18:31:53 EDT
As the final paragraph of your latest response you wrote:
"What your claims seem to come down to is that Vernon Jenkins has been sufficiently freed from the power of sin to know the truth, and that all who disagree with him on these matters are - literally - insane. If that's your view - whether or not you explicitly avow it - then there's no point in continuing this conversation."
I make no such claims, but simply draw attention to certain 'forgotten verses' which strongly suggest that the Christian needs to exercise great care in deducing - from whatever observational data is available - anything that is likely to impugn the Scriptures.
Let me now, for the sake of argument, accept your suggested parallel between the parable of the Good Samaritan and the Genesis 1 account of the Creation, viz that neither need be literally true to achieve its respective purpose in the divinely-inspired text. But if you believe the Creation narrative to be an accurate but _figurative_ account of what in reality is a theistic evolutionary process extending over aeons of time then, I suggest, there will be certain inevitable expectations, viz (1) a clear mapping of the written details onto significant events in this assumed process, and (2) a clear harmonisation of the orders in which those events occurred.
Accordingly, how do you respond to the point that, according to Genesis 1, birds are created _before_ land animals (Gn.1: 20, 24)? Evolutionary theory, of course, requires that this order be reversed. Again, what is the evolutionary parallel to the 'division of the waters' (Gn.1:6,7)?
Another problem arises in connection with the 6 days of creative activity followed by 1 day of rest. Clearly, these are important features in the Creation narrative. What would you say are the parallels in the evolutionary account?
You may be interested to observe that here, in the very first chapter of the Bible, we have an explicit example of numerical geometry involving the expression of 7 as a hexagon of 6-around-1 - this figure, a derivative (by self-intersection) of 10 as triangle. Further, observe that the self-union of the same triangle generates the hexagram 13 -revealing the 12-around-1 feature of the tribes of Israel/God and the disciples/Jesus.
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