Over the past several months I’ve been mulling a way to make steps toward reconciliation between the broad spectrum of science and the judeochristian texts. At odds I think are the impressions that science and “organized” religion’s seemingly mutually-immutable tenets — but I think the primary separation between the two is almost entirely an emotion reaction about the other, and perhaps emotion itself, rather than reason. Religion seems to swing foremostly upon the pivot of feelings and faith, whereas science seems more to operate on evidence, matters of true and false and whether those matters can be repeated in the presence of witnesses. I tend to view the world in matters of true/false but grew up in the church and still maintain a foot in its door.
The greatest attitude problem with these discussions is the inane politics between perceptions that the other party is speaking out of insistence of being actually correct instead of holding a serious discussion where one’s decided belief is held in suspension momentarily to consider as to whether one key does or doesn’t fit into that keyhole, despite a callous examination of its outward appearance — as iron sharpens iron of Proverbs 27:17 (neither being more right or sharper than the other). It is in this “perhaps this” kind of discussion that I pose you, rather than with a stern, furrowed brow of conviction that clouds most forum banter.
I would like to challenge both parties to consider, as a momentary suspension of belief, for consideration of judeochristian YHWH to be a personification of time itself, and approach the scriptures as matters of scientific claim rather than solutions to emotional instability.
Consider the scriptures as a technique to communicate deeper scientific principles to the education level of hunter-gatherers — perhaps the Adam’s rib missing concept is an attempt to communicate chromosomal differences that, when examined, illustrate the XY nature of men, versus the XX nature of women (with the “Y” being the rib missing, as if lying side by side the pairs illustrate a rib cage). Evolution is possibly the biggest point of contention, which the suggestion that God and Time are the same, I think, solves. By time, I mean, what has happened, what is now happening, and what will happen. I think we can all agree that things have happened, things are happening now, and things will happen in the future.
What set my thinking along this path was reading of the tendency for action to be determined by “casting lots” (more or less, a roll of the dice) to make a decision and, in essence, to determine God’s will. The idea appears in Proverbs 16:33 as, “The lot is cast into the lap, But its every decision is from the LORD” (NASB). This would seemingly reconcile evolution with scripture, as creation being a process through which the lots of survival are meted, that the “intelligence” with the now-evident “design” of animals was brought about by the natural survival of the most capable creature to fit an environment — just as surely as the children’s toy that fits square blocks through square holes.
Evolution could also be evidenced through Christ’s appearance — the dietary habits, for instance, of the Hebrew people permitted and disallowed various types of proteins from entering the systems of those obedient, eventually producing a person who was intimately familiar and ever-present in time. The concept that “time” is God, also more or less bridges the concept of evolution with the prophetic “elect” of Matthew 24:31 as those who are swept up from among those who are left behind, as it were.
I have no particular formal reading to offer other than an English major’s involvement in rudimentary university science, and no particular advancement in the realm of philosophical reference. I prefer to explain things out than abridge them with dictionary words like eschatology or anything-ism. I am a Christian (who claims Christ’s perfect-obedience merit as a replacement to my own imperfect obedience and thus gaining favor, through no works of my own) who is highly, highly critical of many uncited beliefs held by many Christians today such as the inerrant text lunacy that infects the vast majority of attempts sensible discussion. If I were to describe myself as part of “the body” of Christ, I would propose my role as an antibody in pursuit of those foreign objects latched unto portions of the body that ultimately must be rid, no matter what degree of pain will be involved in its removal.. or portions of the lower intestine whose task it is to accumulate and eliminate the wastes that come along with the nutrition that enter the body.
Sin, it might be said, might be a string of RNA consumed from the environment, or perhaps whichever evolutionary variable was responsible for separation from the intimacy with time that Christ could so easily grasp, and that sin (as scripture describes as death being the wage earned from it) is responsible for our departure from time, as death is a kind of removal from active presence in time. Christ being a genetic mutation of some prescribed kind, as with evolutionary survival thinking, was able to shed the time-restrictive aspects of death, being without one such evolutionary variable that the rest of us endure.
It could in fact be that those with the genetic predisposition producing an excitement and fervor for the scientific study of time, in fact, were the scientists who wrote the texts Hebrews hold dear, in attempt to communicate higher scientific concepts through the transcription and re-transcription of those who lacked such genetics, knowing that those who later held such predispositions would recognize the text and concepts for what it is and build upon it.. and the Hebrew texts are a collection of those works that contribute to the same analysis of time.