Rev. Willie J. Seals Jr. (Rochester, NY; Democrat and Chronicle; Dec. 27th, 2005)
writes: "During my adolescent years, I remember asking my best friend's father this question: Which is right - the story of creation I learned as part of my Christian faith or the theory of evolution I learned in my public school science class?"
Here, Rev. Seals sums up the contrast between two schools of thought rather nicely and to the point. (For even as a child, he
saw the truth of why the two thoughts are incompatible.) If God says he
created all that we know to be the earth and it's contents in six days and science says that the earth and all life on it evolved from random matter over millions of years, into a highly complex interconnected system of life and matter.Then there is a contradiction here.Rev. Seals
Yes, Rev. Seals
, you could believe that God created the world and that it evolved over millions, and even perhaps billions of years.
For Rev. Seals
to suggest that "getting along" is more important that "abiding in the truth" isn't found in the Bible.
...What opened Rev. Seals' eyes?
"The creation and flood stories in Genesis were one of many in the literature of the ancient world.I found studying the similarities and differences of these various accounts from ancient cultures to be exciting."
What Rev. Seals
is saying here is simple: There are many ancient references to the "literature" of human history which allude to the "world wide flood", the "creation of people" and even the "tower of Babel", and Rev. Seals is saying is since it's impossible to prove what really happened, isn't it more important to believe whatever you want and to get along?The Bible says "NO!".
Rv:3:16: "So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth."Rev. Seals
is trying to convince the reader that it would be absurd to learn about science from the Bible.
"Neither of those events dampened or discouraged my burgeoning religious faith; if anything, they deepened what was already there and encouraged me to continue growing."
If Rev. Seals
wishes to characterize those "two events" as growth, then there will be a point where we wont even be able to see any part of Rev. Seals religion at all.Which may be a good thing.
"As a person of faith, the debate that is taking place over adding the idea of "intelligent design" to the public school science curricula is problematic for me."
Of course it would, since Rev. Seals
is "growing" in the exact opposite direction as God intended.
Well, Rev. Seals
, what other observations do you have?
I don't think we are talking about mere literature, here, Rev. Seals
The real question is, Rev. Seals
, would you put it in FICTION or NON-FICTION?
"But it should never be used in that setting to force one's religious dogma and doctrine on others."
I agree Rev. Seals
, one should never use any book to "force" any one person's religious dogma and doctrine on other people.
It isn't a book about "religious knowledge", Rev. Seals
, it is:
I think you need to go back to school, Rev. Seals
.Not public school.Not college.Not seminary, Rev. Seals
, this is getting to be less and less of a fact and sadly, more and more a fiction.
...Rev. Willie J. Seals, Jr., Interim Ministerwillseals@aol.com