Evolutionary Thoughts: Kingdom Come

God’s presence in our history and in the evolution of creation at large is that of a Spirit-power, wisely shaping and forming the inter-connected web of relationships that holds everything in being.  The divine is first and foremost a wisdom-force, forging unceasingly the relationships that sustain and enhance life.  In our Christian story, that relational process is encapsulated in the concept of the new reign of God, traditionally described as the “kingdom of God.”

The wisdom that imbues the sacred writings of many great religions, the wisdom that Christians perceive to be embodied uniquely in Jesus of Nazareth, is that same wisdom that gave birth to stars, pulsars, planets, and people.  Although I have drawn mainly on the Christian story, I want to acknowledge that the wisdom story is bigger than Christianity and indeed exceeds in grandeur and elegance all the insights of the great religions.  It is the prodigiously creative energy of being and becoming.  It is the heartbeat of the evolutionary story in its elegant, timeless, and eternal unfolding.

Evolutionary theology requires us to honor the big picture where God in time begins prior to the evolution of the major religions as we know them today.  The wise and holy God was at work for billions of years before religious consciousness began to develop.  And that same creative wisdom will continue to beget radically new possibilities, forever defying and challenging the outstanding theories and inventions of the human mind.

Diarmuid O’Murchu, Evolutionary Faith, p.72

2 thoughts on “Evolutionary Thoughts: Kingdom Come

  1. I am not trying to start an argument by what I say – merely trying to show you a different perspective. I cannot tell from your post whether you are a Christian or not, but it sounds like you could be. The Bible is God’s inerrant word to us. With that said, He tells us He created the world in 6 days. The Hebrew word for day is used elsewhere to mean a literal day. So, the earth and the heavens (the stars and pulsate in your post) in six literal days according to what God has given us. Following this six day period, the earth was populated and was destroyed in a Great Flood, with Noah being the new forefather – populating the earth again. Death, disease, murder, cannabalism, etc, did not happen until after mam fell. We were created for eternal life in God’s presence – and that’s what heaven will be like. No disease, no death. On the sixth day, God looks at what He had just made, and He said “This is good”. He sees that His creation, before the fall was good. Remember, there is no death or disease at this point, that came after the fall when God cursed us and the earth. After the flood, the world was a different place. Lands had moved, the atmosphere different. Animal began eating animal for food – we begin eating animals for food (albeit clean ones). Only after the flood.

    I will argue that carbon dating is based on assumptions, for we do not know how much carbon was in the air 5,000 years ago, let alone millions of years. Yes, the logic is sound in determining the age of things but the method is based on assumptions and therefore is not sound. I believe the fossil record or layer to be a direct result of the flood. Fossils only become fossils from a dramatic event such as being buried alive.

    My point though, is that to believe otherwise (evolutionary creation), one would be saying God said death and disease is a good thing. And that undermines the gospel. Science is good. Science is beneficial. But it is manmade and therefore fallible and prone to error. God is not prone to error. Again, merely trying to show you a different perspective. I believe science to be a good thing, but I believe God to be better.

    1. Thanks for taking time to read and comment, eliezer40.
      I can tell that your thoughts come from a place of concern for ultimate truth and the well-being of my soul. I honestly and sincerely appreciate that.
      I am indeed a Christian of a more “liberal” or “progressive” persuasion. You and I share a common love for Jesus and the Bible, but probably view them in very different ways.
      People like Diarmuid O’Murchu (the original author of the passage in this post) and myself tend to be less traditional and more experimental in our approach to theology. If you would like to hear perspectives from professional scientists who are more traditional Christians, I highly recommend the fine works of biologist Francis Collins and physicist John Polkinghorne. Thanks again for reading! Be blessed and be a blessing!

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