September 19, 2012
I read recently about women having better peripheral vision than men and a better ability to track activity around them. When I read this, with my 1 year-old climbing on a chair to get to something intentionally put out of her reach, my 3 year-old spinning in circles, and my 7 year-old asking for help finding a lost item, I realized that the species would not have survived without someone who could keep up with the 3 ring circus of family life-especially in primitive days.
Spotting berries first not only means better chances of reaping food, it also means lower chances of accidental poisoning by less informed members of the party. I can picture some cave-mom yelling "Get away from those berries NOW!"
"Maybe - just maybe - we vote differently because God made us to see issues and solutions differently. Not because one is wrong or right or good or bad, but because we are simply different." Great explanation for why we should not demonize those who see political issues differently. There are some things that we can rightly consider beyond the pale, of course, such as trading in our Bill of Rights for a repressive totalitarian manifesto. Too many people treat minor differences as if they were on that level.
I think the same thing goes for doctrinal issues, Caryn. There's no way we can engage in meaningful fellowship with those who deny God's existence, for example, but there are a number of minor issues that are not only tolerable but not worth debating really. Paul said as much in Romans 14:5, didn't he? "One person considers one day more sacred than another; another considers every day alike. Each of them should be fully convinced in their own mind."
Great job getting us thinking on this, Caryn.
I wonder when it became acceptable for evangelical Christians to speak of Evolution as if the theory were in fact a fact, a piece of proven science as Richard Dawkins (for example) would have us all believe. I personally do not believe that we evolved from cavemen and -women, nor do I know of any evidence whatsoever to the contrary, whether in the Bible or other ancient texts or in any recent scientific endeavours.It sometimes seems as if some Christians are scared of being called "fundamentalists" or "extremists" or whatever else worldly people might throw at us.
Yes, we do not have to believe in something just because some atheists do. The whole point is that we are different from them, have something utterly different to offer, something Eternal, and there is no need for us to pander to their desperate attempts to explain the universe without reference to God - which is what I take the Theory of Evolution to be.
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