Monday, April 20, 2009

Is Genesis Correct After All?

I found this page (don't ask me how) very interesting. Gerald Shroeder has written a book about of all things, the Age of the Universe. It seems that the more physicists ponder Einstein's equation, the more they see in it. It now appears they have discovered that as space expands, time expands with it. So, viewed from our perspective, looking back, the universe is 15 billion years old. But, looking forward from the Big Bang, it is only six days! Could a writer, writing 3000 years ago have simply stumbled upon this by himself, or was he inspired? For me, it is more evidence of the hand of God moving through history, and still today moving through our lives.

Of course, this still doesn't answer the great question I have, namely the question of "original sin." Original sin is central to Christian theology, in that because of Adam and Eve's sin in the Garden of Eden, all future people are born sinful. Because we can not extricate ourselves, God has to do it for us. So, he sent his only begotten Son to suffer the fate of every man, woman and child for us, thus saving mankind. Now, when God looks upon His Creation, he looks through the eyes of Christ, and does not see our sins. Grace upon grace.

So far, so good. But then the claim is made that before man's original sin, all of creation was perfect (what is meant by the saying that "it was good" after each day of creation.) We are told that no animal preyed on another, that if Adam planted something somewhere in the Garden, weeds would not grow to choke it out. We are told that everything in Creation was in perfect harmony with everything else. After man's original sin, Adam and Eve were kicked out of the Garden, and the world was corrupted. Henceforth, they had to slave away all their days to eke out a living in the dust, only to return to the dust themselves. So, the whole of Creation was corrupted by man's sin.

But we also know that long before man as created, there were fishes who preyed on other fish, there were the dinosaurs, some of which preyed on other dinosaurs. There is evidence that man himself was shaped by our meat eating past, and that we would not have had the brain capacity to see the wonders God has created without having preyed on other animals for food. What to make of this?

My quest continues. But I have faith that the question will eventually be answered, and the answer will show once again God acting throughout history, protecting His Creation and ourselves. But will those who have a stake in the idea that there is no Creator be able to see it?

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