This question has been plaguing me ever since I have stepped back into religion. And really is the reason why I started the blog. But I feel as though this has been somewhat answered for me now through my class. These are my conclusions…Creation is not really a story of how the world came to be but a story that is told so that we have to learn from it. I believe now that science and religion answer different questions. Science answers the question of “How we came to be?” Religion answers “How powerful is God?” How humans try to come grips with Genesis is to put it into a historical context. When the author’s of Genesis wrote they did not think in terms of history, they just used images that people could relate to, to understand God’s power. So, it is not Creation vs Big Bang it Big Band and the Creation of God’s Power.
Easter- It is the day before the most holy day in all of Christianity. Is it more important than Christmas? I think so, for me at least. On Christmas I wake up half way in a “coma” from the previous night’s inhalation of food. As well as from the previous week of preparation to insure that the gifts I want to give are in proper order. I also don’t feel I grasp the true meaning of Christmas due to the previous 2 months of over-commercialization of the holiday. But Easter, is less commercialized, and I actually feel like I am renewed and clean. I actually feel a calmness of God’s presence and I feel as though I grasp the true meaning of it. It may have to do with it being the unofficial start of Spring or what God is trying to do in my life. I don’t know, but in any case I feel more connected to God at this time than any other time of year. Happy Easter I feel as though this quotemost embodies my feelings:
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. John 3:16-18