The biggest problem with the Creation and Evolution debate, for me at least, is the fact that God didn’t do things in a completely natural way. Oh, he could have, and it would have saved us all a lot of trouble, but nooooo… God had to go and jump into the world a couple of times and that messes everything up.
For instance: In trying to rationally explain the burning bush scene in Exodus, many people have offered that the plant called Dictamnus, or “gas-plant” as it is also called, must have been what Moses saw. After all, the Dictamnus can excrete so much oil that if exposed to a flame or perhaps intense sunlight, it may burst into flames which then quickly die out and do not damage the plant in any severe way.
The problem with the idea is the Bible makes a point of saying the burning bush was in no way –rational. It was, say it with me: Weird!
Otherwise Moses, a guy who had spent something like 40 years in that part of the country and had seen the Dictamnus before, wouldn’t have worried about it. Yet in the story itself, Moses says “”I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.” He had to go check it out because it just wasn’t natural…
It also wasn’t natural to hear God’s voice speaking from the burning bush. Call me crazy, but I don’t think it’s very common for a voice to come out of the Dictamnus plant… Just sayin’.
That’s the problem with God. While we would like to explain things rationally, the fact is God has not simply allowed natural processes and natural physical laws to work without interference. God has interfered all the time making it impossible to explain the stories in the Bible without including him. As another example, take a look at Noah and the Flood. When atheists boldly proclaim there is no way Noah could have possibly gathered all those animals in one week, they are correct. It WOULD be impossible, especially for a guy his age.
The Bible, however, says God brought the animals to Noah. Actually, the Bible seems to say Noah entered the ark first and the animals came in to him. Genesis 7:7-9.
Even in the Creation story itself, we are left with the unmistakable problem of God sending light to the earth but not creating the sun until “day four.” Many Christian scientists try to get around this by saying the writer of Genesis was writing from the perspective of someone on the earth. From that perspective, the sun wasn’t visible until day four, although God had already created it long ago. (As the argument goes)
Unfortunately, the Bible makes a point of saying God “made” the sun and moon on day four and “set them” in the heavens. It’s difficult to read it any other way, but if you read Revelation 21 and 22, you discover something interesting: In Revelation 21 God shows us a new heaven and a new earth, “for the old order of things have passed away.” He says he will make everything new, and this time –there won’t be a sun and even without a sun there won’t be any night! “for the Lord God gives them light.” –Revelation 22:5
According to the Bible itself, God does not need a sun to give light to the earth. Therefore, on “day one” when God said “Let there be light…” I believe the light came from him. I can’t explain the story sufficiently without using God.
I find it interesting that if God exists, the way our world attempts to explain the origins of the universe will never be fully correct because they do not consider God as a factor, and refuse to consider him so. On the other hand, if we believe the God of the Bible exists, there is ultimately no easy compromise with a naturalistic-only view of the universe. God has not left us much of a fence to ride on, and I think he did that on purpose