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Monday, June 15, 2009

Is the god of theistic evolution the Christian God?

When you ask "who is that?" You expect to hear information about that person's present or past. "He's a computer programmer born in Kansas City, MO. Last time I saw him, he was leaving his office with a green plumbob hanging over his head." You expect to hear things about his personality, "He's a bit quirky, and a computer geek." And, perhaps something about his goals, "He wants to start a business making aglets."

A: Who is the god of theistic evolution?
B: Who is the God of Israel?

A: He created the heavens and the Earth extensively utilizing predominantly natural phenomenon over vast, perhaps unimaginable, spans of time and is still creating using these same means.
B:"in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day." (Ex 20:11, by the mouth of God Himself)

A: He subjected all innocent life to billions of years of careless tinkering, causing all manner of genetic diseases and suffering in his death based specie diversification project...and is still doing it!
B: He is "the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles" (2 Cor 1:3-4) "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 6:23)

A: He is unreliable (after all, he can't seem to make a good genome); he is the bringer of death (death is his tool); he's uncaring, as previously stated; for all appearances, he is limited in power or lazy (he started space/time by letting a bunch of matter/energy explode, but mostly just let it go from there).
B: "he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commands." (Deut 7:9) "This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him." (1 John 4:9) I'm not even going to go into how many times He is called Almighty.

A: His plan seems to be to let the universe just run down into an icy coldness in billions of years destroying all innocent life with the guilty; no plans seem apparent for the survival of mankind.
B: "But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare." (2 Peter 3:10) "By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men." (2 Peter 3:7) "Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea." (Revelation 21:1)

A: He appears to have let us come to our own understanding about who he is, portraying some part in most religions.
B: "Jesus answered, 'I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'" (John 14:6) "Blessed is the man who makes the LORD his trust, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods." (Psalm 40:4)

There is much more that I could say, but it should now be clearly obvious that the god of theistic evolution is not the God described in the Bible.

Now, some of these may not apply to some ideas of a god of theistic evolution, but these are compatible with the most consistent views I've seen. Especially in the plans for the future and viewpoints of other religions, there are those who may disagree. The essence of the idea of a god of theistic evolution is for religion to comply with the interpretations of fallible (though maybe well intentioned) men instead of relying on the unwavering truth of the perfect God. I find it inconsistent to try to merge the past of the god of theistic evolution (as dictated by conforming to secular views) but not the future or the view on religion in general.

But, even if only one of these sections applied, it would still be enough to say that these are not the same two entities.