As my transformation of thought continues, I am striving to come up with a descriptive term that best reflects my view of where I’m at in my faith….Realist seems most appropriate at this point in my journey, because it reflects the approach I use in determining how to interpret not only Scripture, but the world around me. The words of Romans 1: 20 'For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:' are more alive to me than ever before. Through the discoverability of the world around me and my ability to use reason, and logic I am able to hear God speak through all of creation, thus allowing myself the freedom to perceive truth from everything that exists in the Universe….whether that be the process of evolution or the contradictions of the Bible, I am free to look at the facts and use my reason to understand them, thus giving God the freedom in my mind to have created the universe anyway He desired.
As I was listening to a theoretical physicist named Lawrence Krauss the other day speaking about the origins of the Universe, he mentioned that with todays advances in understanding the beginnings of the Universe it appears that the starting point of creation was 'nothing' meaning the absence of matter….instead there was pure energy. That got me to thinking about how the Bible speaks of the beginnings of the Universe in the same manner….from the tohu and the bohu (emptiness, confusion and nothingness) comes light (pure energy, with no mass that cannot decay) and from light comes everything.
Gen.1:1-3 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form (tohu), and void (bohu); and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.If the starting point of everything was the energy of emptiness then it seems the Universe was created by God in such a manner as to be able to design itself. From the beginning the 'code' DNA was given that allows what forms from those elements created from the energy of emptiness to be able to design the Universe in which they exist, and God becomes the force that ignited that process, thus evolution is the process by which God chose to create the diversity of life.
All the Best,