Scientific truth does not disprove spiritual truth. Spiritual truth does not disprove scientific truth. The two can lead to the same conclusion: theistic evolution, not to be confused with intelligent design. Subscribers to theistic evolution include Teodosius Dobshansky, a leader in evolutionary studies during the 1900’s, Francis Collins, leader of the Human Genome project, and Pope John Paul II. Here are the guidelines of theistic evolution:
The universe began out of nothing around 14 billion years ago. Despite infinitesimal odds, the properties of the universe are pretty much perfect for life. We still don’t know the exact way life started on earth, but once it did, evolution took over. Humans are a part of this process. Humans are also unique in ways that defy evolutionary explanation and point toward spirituality. This includes the moral law and conscience. From these basic facts, some conclusions can be drawn:
God is not limited in space or time. He created the universe and establish natural laws that govern it. To populate the universe with life, God chose evolution to create great viodiversity. God chose the same mechanism to give rise to special creatures, us, who have intelligence, knowledge of right and wrong, free will, and a desire to connect with God. And although belief in God is always a leap of faith, many people, including scientists have made the jump, so long as it does not interfere with fact.
This theory is known as BioLogos: the belief that God was the source of all life and all life expresses God. Some people say that BioLogos is another God in the gaps theory. But BioLogos does not wedge God into gaps in our understanding f the natural world. Instead, it strengthens evolution and attempts to answer questions like, “How did the universe originate?” “What is the meaning of life?” and “What happens after death.” It is not a scientific theory, mind you, but an expression of soulful logic.
So many creationists say this theory says God did everything at random. Not true. Evolution is a wonderfully intricate mechanism. Also, if God made us in our image, does that not mean spiritual image? Does God have an appendix? God also does not have human limitations like space and time. He is outside of nature, space, and time. God could be in the moment of creation and the moment of the end of the world (very quantum physics). Thus, God is involved in the creation of all species. To us, this may appear random, but to God it is perfectly ordered. Creation is occuring over all of time, not at a single moment. You cannot use scripture as a biology textbook. Adam and Eve is an allegory for God’s plan for the spiritual nature into humanity.
I cannot believe that God who created the universe and commute with His people thorugh prayer and spiritual insight, would force us to deny the obvious truths of the natural world to prove our love for him. The God of the Bible is the God of science. He can reveal himself to us in churches, nature, and laboratories.