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07-12-2012, 07:54 AM
"How could you believe that?"
So, one of the questions that comes up is how anyone, knowing about dinosaurs, evolution, etc. could believe in creationism. (Not to mention deal with things like the flood.) Thought I'd throw what I did, years ago, out there to make it kinda-sorta make sense to me at the time. Some people just go on "faith it's true," but that didn't quite work for me even in the deepest indoctrination.

Like many kids, I was *fascinated* by dinosaurs at a young age. I knew they were extinct, we found them as fossils, we burned them as oil (well, not precisely, but I knew of the process.) On the flip side, "God created the heavens and the Earth, 7 days, adam didn't get eaten by a tyrannosaur," etc. I never believed people walked with dinosaurs, fortunately, outside of the Flintstones.

I felt like I could make the various contradictions make sense. So, my timeline generally went like:

- God creates earth.
- God creates life.
- Wipes out part of life, dinosaurs rise. Big experiment.
- God decides it's time to make intelligent life. Dinosaurs would be bad for this. Sends meteor to wipe out dinosaurs.
- Odd, hazy period where there's an ice age. Ice age *obviously* occurs after creation in Eden, probably as part of punishment of Adam's descendants. And/or to hide Eden. Likely after tower of Babel. (After all, it was all so long ago.)
- God simplifies it when explaining to not-particularly-advanced people by turning all this into "days" of creation. Bible written, Jesus does his cheerleader act ("Gimme a T!" - because everyone wants to nail a cheerleader - insert other punchline here) etc.


Of course, young-earth literalism could never accept that, either. Just glad I never got into that mindset.
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"How could you believe that?" - Ricochet180 - 07-12-2012 07:54 AM
RE: "How could you believe that?" - Chas - 07-12-2012, 10:05 AM
RE: "How could you believe that?" - Vosur - 07-12-2012, 10:14 AM
RE: "How could you believe that?" - Chas - 07-12-2012, 10:53 AM
RE: "How could you believe that?" - Chas - 07-12-2012, 12:05 PM
RE: "How could you believe that?" - Chas - 07-12-2012, 12:11 PM
RE: "How could you believe that?" - Chas - 07-12-2012, 12:51 PM
RE: "How could you believe that?" - Chas - 07-12-2012, 01:03 PM
RE: "How could you believe that?" - Vosur - 07-12-2012, 01:08 PM
RE: "How could you believe that?" - Chas - 07-12-2012, 01:09 PM
RE: "How could you believe that?" - Chas - 07-12-2012, 01:17 PM
RE: "How could you believe that?" - Chas - 07-12-2012, 01:21 PM
RE: "How could you believe that?" - Chas - 07-12-2012, 01:23 PM
RE: "How could you believe that?" - Chas - 07-12-2012, 01:49 PM
RE: "How could you believe that?" - Vosur - 07-12-2012, 02:34 PM
RE: "How could you believe that?" - Chas - 07-12-2012, 03:02 PM
RE: "How could you believe that?" - Chas - 07-12-2012, 03:43 PM
RE: "How could you believe that?" - Vosur - 07-12-2012, 04:05 PM
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