Thursday, 3 March 2016

Yes, an introduction to plus the video of  Atc Two | Temptation...Adam and Eve and Evolution

Catching up from Act One | Conversations between Dust and God

Conversations with God sounds a very unlikely possibility. Yet it has formed the basis of Jewish and Christian spirituality down the ages. Sometimes it is called prayer, sometimes meditation, and sometimes it is seen as a mystical way where the human soul achieves an extraordinary degree of insight or communion with the Creator, God.
As we have already seen, eternity is to be found in an instant. So now the idea of something very small - a human being - conversing with something unimaginably huge - God - is a similar kind of paradox.
In fact, a most profound idea  is at work here. In Genesis 3:8 we read that Adam and Eve heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden. It was as if God had scaled himself down in order that the smaller could comprehend the larger. This scaling down is like taking the immensity of the unknown universe and even beyond, and then making it human-size. Otherwise conversation would not be possible at all between God and humanity. But it is.
Now if we put that alongside of the image from Genesis 2:7, where God forms man from the dust of the ground, we begin to comprehend what we really are. The human creature is thinking dust, feeling dust, breathing dust, living dust, which stands upright upon the dust. Now a bold leap of the imagination  has to be taken. The dust must scale itself up. It is only possible if God scales down.
Conversation with God, then, no matter what the forms of the prayer, are the biggest, boldest, most imaginative steps of the human imagination. Is that hard to swallow? Try this question then.
Which of the following two choices is the harder image to comprehend? A God who would converse with thinking dust and love it, or an evolution that says the clay evolved to think, but for no purpose whatsoever?  “For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven.”(Ecclesiastes 3:1)