Re: How to encourage a former creationist to persevere in faith?

From: George Murphy <gmurphy@raex.com>
Date: Wed Aug 31 2005 - 20:10:14 EDT

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MICHAEL - Why must we have this absurd green background? It isn't St. Patrick's Day!
  ----- Original Message -----
  From: Glenn Morton
  To: 'Robert Schneider' ; 'Michael Roberts' ; 'Bill Hamilton' ; 'Iain Strachan' ; 'Peter Ruest'
  Cc: asa@calvin.edu
  Sent: Wednesday, August 31, 2005 5:44 PM
  Subject: RE: How to encourage a former creationist to persevere in faith?

    George [piling on :-) ] said,
>I might as well pile on. The type of view espoused by Iain, Glenn & Peter seems to de-emphasize the genuinely creative
>power of the Word of God, an important biblical theme that reaches its climax in the Johannine prologue. When God speaks,
>things happen - e.g., Jer.23:29. There's a big difference between that picture & one of God setting out a schedule of events
>that are later to be accomplished in some other way. This is not at all to deny that in Gen.1 living things are created
>mediately - a point I have long emphasized - but that happens because of God's Word.

    [GLENN]God's word does not require an IMMEDIATE fulfilment. IF it did, then the prophecy of the messiah given to Adam and Eve would have been fulfilled prior to the invention of writing and we wouldn't have our Bible. But on the other hand, if God's word requires immediate fulfullment then that alone is proof that the Bible isn't God's word because the messianic prophecies wasn't fulfilled immediately.

    Sure - if Genesis 1 is a a chronological account of the origins of various parts of the world. But if it's a theological statement then it conveys very effectively a picture of creation through the Word.

    & to save you the trouble of the same sort of response you gave Bob & Michael, you also seem to think that God has told you the purpose (or at least 1 purpose) of the text, to provide evidence that the Bible & that YHWH rather than Uga-Buga (sorry if I misspelled it) is the real God.

    Shalom
    George
    http://web.raex.com/~gmurphy/

      
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