Monday, March 29, 2010

Ontogeny Recapitulates Phylogeny

...or so they say. This historical phrase from the biological sciences meant/means that the developmental stages of a human from the fertilized ovum to birth essentially expresses the stages of evolution; the subject of which is much debated on the campuses of many (historically) Christian colleges. World magazine recently told the story of one college that fired the Board of Directors and is searching for dedicated men and women who will encourage the teaching and modeling of fundamental Christian beliefs: e.g. Creation. Ejected board members are planning to file (or have filed) a civil suit.
The issue of Creation vs. Evolution is now being fought in Adventist Colleges...who prefer to call themselves universities. ("university" has a more sophisticated sound to it than does "college;" such as in, Loma Linda University vs. College of Medical Evangelists.) I digress.
Follow this thread of thought and decide whether or not  you agree: If Seventh-day Adventist institutions of "higher" education abandon teaching Creation in favor of Evolution, goes Creation so goes goes Creator so goes goes Sabbath so goes any shred of excuse for continued existence of the Church.
Reading Revelation 14: 6 and onward goes something like this: ...And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven having the everlasting Gospel to preach to them that dwell on the Earth; to every nation, kindred, tongue and people. Saying with a loud voice; 'Fear God and give glory to Him for the hour of His judgment has come; and  worship Him who made heaven, earth, the sea, and the fountains of waters...
My summary of the last sentence of the verse is this: One cannot truly worship God outside the context of His claim as Creator.  Probably sounds a little judgmental to some but one has to draw a line. God has drawn lots of lines and we have to figure out both what is the line, and on which side we wish to be. The Ten Words (Commandments) are a good example of drawn lines. As with survey lines, one needs to know boundaries so as to rightly build and not face condemnation from the Building Inspector. I've had that happen both literally and spiritually. Tearing down what one has built is costly and depressing. I can't afford to be depressed!
Blessings as you think on these things. e.c.

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