I believe that God Almighty created the heavens and the earth, and all life upon the earth. He accomplished this process over billions of historical years. He has been in charge of this process since the beginning of time and He still is in charge. He directed the unfolding of life forms over time that many people call evolution.
My wife and I were close before, but we've been drawn even closer by a sense of common striving and the extra time we're spending together. A lot of that extra time is spent worrying together, fretting together, hyperventilating together — but !
C. We give up the idea that the universe outside the Garden of Eden was originally created as a perfectly safe and benevolent place, free from physical harm and danger. However, Genesis 1-2 does not say that there were no natural disasters, such as storms, earthquakes, and stray meteorites. Mankind is commanded to subdue the earth, and the Hebrew word here for "subdue" () is used elsewhere in the Old Testment to refer to violent, deadly conflict. There is only one verse (Genesis 1:30) that is interpreted to mean that all animals were vegetarian. We do not give up the idea that Sin came into the world with Adam's fall.
The Hebrew "kabash" is word 3533 in Strong's Concordance. It appears in: Gen 1:28, Num 32:22, Num 32:29, Jos 18:1, 2 Sam 8:11, 1 Chron 22:18, 2 Chron 28:10, twice in Neh 5:5, Est 7:8, twice in Jer 34:11, Jer 34:16, Mic 7:19, and Zec 9:15. (Blue Letter Bible, 1996-2002) "Kabas" is not just mowing the lawn and clipping the hedges!
The creation of the dinosaurs would seem like a waste of time on the way to creating mankind. They ruled the earth for millions of years and then were wiped out pretty suddenly. Why did God bother to create them? One may ask the same question in the field of astronomy. The other galaxies besides our Milky Way are magnificent to look at through powerful telescopes. But we won't get the chance to make much use of them, unless Jesus' return is a lot farther off than most people think. Why did God bother to create all those extra galaxies? One would have been plenty.
In the time of Galileo, church leaders declared that the moon, being created by God, was perfect in their eyes and therefore smooth (the lunar patterns reflected earth's imperfections). Galileo's telescope revealed that the moon has craters and mountains; the telescope did not deny that God created the moon. The United States Park Service suppressed forest fires in Yellowstone for many years until the great fires of 1988. Now the prevailing theistic viewpoint is that God has created an ecosystem where physical death and molecular decay are necessary in bringing new life. The wild animals already understood this concept in a sense; they continued grazing while the fire burned, and moved aside to let it pass.
The world needs God. The world needs miracles in time of need (John 2:1-11). The world needs God to destroy the barriers that divide groups of people (Galatians 3:28). The world needs examples of forgiveness in the face of death and murder (Acts 7:59-60), because human power alone cannot accomplish such a thing. The world needs an alternative to war and hatred and killing (1 Corinthians 13). The world needs the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1-17 and Deuteronomy 5:6-21). The world needs the Golden Rule (Matthew 7:12 and Luke 6:31). The world needs victory over sin and death (1 Corinthians 15:54-57). The world needs the assurance that nothing can separate us from the love of God in Jesus Christ (Romans 8:36-39).
You need God. You need God when a co-worker gets on your nerves, because Jesus teaches you to forgive (Matthew 18:21-22). You need God when you get on a co-worker's nerves. You need Jesus when bigger offenses happen, because Jesus could forgive even the men who killed Him as He hung dying on the cross (Luke 23:34). You need Jesus to pronounce salvation even to the worst sinners who believe in Him (Luke 23:39-43). You need Jesus if you ever stand at the grave of a loved one, because Jesus gives us the hope of the resurrection (John 11, especially 21-27 and 40-44).
The important thing in choosing a machine on which to learn iswhether its hardware is Linux-compatible (or BSD-compatible, shouldyou choose to go that route). Again, this will be true for almost allmodern machines. The only really sticky areas are modems and wirelesscards; some machines have Windows-specific hardware that won't workwith Linux.
It used to be that personal computers were rather underpowered andmemory-poor, enough so that they placed artificial limits on a hacker'slearning process. This stopped being true in the mid-1990s; any machinefrom an Intel 486DX50 up is more than powerful enough for developmentwork, X, and Internet communications, and the smallest disks you canbuy today are plenty big enough.
A difference is that evolutionary theories postulate a biological predecessor, while the conventional understanding of Genesis is that Adam had no biological parents. However, one should note that Abraham the Patriarch was chosen from a continuous line. We assume that Abraham's father Terah was a decent enough citizen of Ur and Haran, but it was Abraham whom God chose to bless. I think that Abraham's skull looks pretty much like Terah's skull looked. Abraham is a special spiritual creation of God's covenant, with a conventional biological successor. Jesus Christ is also a special spiritual incarnation with a biological mother. It is within the pattern of God's ways as recorded in the Bible for Adam to be a special spiritual creation from a natural biological process. God can and does choose to bless individuals in a biological line of succession.
This seems unlikely — so far, the open-source softwareindustry seems to be creating jobs rather than taking them away. Ifhaving a program written is a net economic gain over not having itwritten, a programmer will get paid whether or not the program isgoing to be open-source after it's done. And, no matter how much"free" software gets written, there always seems to be more demand fornew and customized applications. I've written more about this at thepages.
The Flood is a miracle, either global or local. Why is there a need to invent pseudo-science to "explain" it? We don't need 70-mile high geysers, volcanoes, massive earthquakes, and entire continents appearing and disappearing in a few months. These catastrophes are not reported in the Biblical account of the flood, and we don't need to add them. There are a few allusions such as in 2 Peter 3:6 "so that the world of that time was destroyed by being flooded with water", but not enough to base a history or a theology. Don't we believe in miracles? It's much better to say "I don't know" than to make up an explanation for Biblical events that we don't understand.