I recently stumbled on an article about the DNA test that supposedly proves that there was a man whose DNA traces back further than Adam and Eve (article here). The conclusion that scientists have made is that this debunks the bible, thus making it unreliable. I’m not going to argue with the science on this one, mainly because I am not that informed on the topic nor am I a scientist. But what I can say, is that this is just another “rabbit hole” we tend to go down to debunk the bible. Again, I’m not well informed but after reading the article I’m also not ignorant and going to ignore the science. With that said, I’m also going to look into my own research to see just how solid the scientific evidence is. From the article by Discovery News it does not seem completely solid, thus giving me reason to speculate.
With that said, I’m not writing this post to prove the bible or science correct. I’m writing this post in response to The MadMan Chronicles post. As I read the post, I became aware that how the author sees Christianity is in a very dark light. This is fabricated on the belief that a group of individuals actions goes across the board. For example, the comment was made that:
so now creationists have quite a conundrum to ponder:
a. the entire basis of Judaism (and therefore Christianity) is myth or
b. irrefutable proof that Adam and Eve were Black and created in God’s true image (a true horror to white Christian fundamentalists)
Although the author does specify that this is a “horror to white Christian fundamentalists”, this is not true for the majority of Christians. I go to a bible college, where I study the bible with a few hundred students and I can assure you that we are not on the same boat that Adam and Eve were of white ethnicity. There’s no real evidence in the bible of their race, thus no reason to argue they are not. Neither is there proof that God is white. The minority of Christians hold the belief that Adam and Eve were white. So before we go pointing fingers at Christians because of what a few people believe, let’s check into what the other million Christians say. On the behalf of Christians all over the world, give us the opportunity to speak for ourselves instead of placing words into our mouths. I will extend you the same courtesy even if you did not return the same to me because I’m not going to try to suppress anyone. It’s not what I believe and I know Jesus’s example is one of peace and love. Beyond that, what really set my point of writing this blog was the Editor’s note:
Editor’s Note : please keep your dissertations, short novels, and epic fictions you call comments to yourself. You have an enormous wealth of forums you can Bible thump in… This is not it. If you don’t believe in reality, that is your right, as it is mine NOT to believe in white Jesus, Yahweh or whatever you choose to name the superstition that prevents you from understanding the human genome.
This article is for the people who are awake. I AM that I AM … And that is the person who won’t waste our readers time with your diatribes.
If you truly believed in this god you cry about, you would be out doing charitable works, not trolling scientific articles. Now go in Peace sleepwalker.
The editor here asks us to not respond in comments and I understand their plea. They do not want arguments to be spun and a ruckus to be had. I completely understand why they honestly do not what to have a bunch of people arguing the bible on a post where they don’t want to listen to it. They do not want their blog to become a Christian Vs. Non-Believer showdown. I respect that. What bothers me is how they speak of oppression, but then basically make me feel as though Christians should be oppressed through their post. Maybe I’m taking their words too far, but again they did say I don’t believe in a “reality”. I’m not living a Christian dream. There are many reasons to believe the bible is very real and there are many professionals who can explain why there is logic behind Christianity. The famous C.S. Lewis has a great perspective. The book More than a Carpenter by Josh McDowell also offers some insight. The statement that my God is superstitious is obviously going to set a fire in me and to any other Christian. What I believe in is not some superficial fabricated lie passed down for centuries. Christians are not lunatics who have no sense, I bet you know some Christians who are very logical and knowledgeable. To simply state that because we believe in a God who did create a man named Adam and from his rib a woman named Eve unrealistic, I’m sorry but a majority of science does prove that we’ve all come from one line. Beyond that, where is the authors logic that there were suddenly several of beings who procreated? In any respect, I am not trolling and neither are the other Christians that are claimed to in the article. For many of them, the internet and blogging are an outlet to share what we have found. Which is to say: Grace, Forgiveness, Purpose, and a true understanding of Love. A love that so boldly gave up a lot for our species, but has given increasing joy to me personally. What is wrong with wanting to share that with others? Yes, some may go about in the wrong way. That happens because humans are not perfect, I’m sure you have found that out. My plea is that you see Christians are not all the same. We’re all different, we all believe different things about the bible and that’s okay. There are many who want to find reason in every part of the bible, find the answer to all our questions.
As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things. Ecclesiastes 11:5 (NIV)
Solomon was given much understanding and wisdom through the Lord and even he could not explain everything. We’re not supposed to. Some of who God is will always be a mystery. The humbling fact is we do not need all the answers. I’ve struggled with this fact time and time again. It seems so crazy to believe in a God who created everything. I understand why many do not believe. I’m not ignorant of that, though I do hope that someday you may seek the Lord and find what He has for you. This is apart of my faith, if what I believe in is true, then would it not be selfish for me to keep you from a love far greater than we can possibly comprehend. What I’m asking you readers is that we come to some kind of mutual understanding between each other. I do not want to thump a bible on your head, but I do want to express to you that I have a belief that does have supporting science and reason. I want to express that not all Christians are the same and yes, many times we are human. No matter if you extend this courtesy or not, I will respect you as a person and love you for that.
I’m just a college student, I don’t have a degree. I am a normal 20 year old woman, who honestly is still finding her place in the world. I’m not a professional nor am I claiming to be more intelligent than anyone. As one human to another, let’s find a middle ground where we respect where each person comes from in a reasonable way. I’m tired of seeing people unequally represented from all sides. I pray we all learn to go about each situation of differences in love. It might not always be easy because there are debates, such as the one presented in the article. But even through such debates, we can find a common ground to say we respect each other enough to say what we need to say and step back. This is problem on both sides and one we all have to come to see.
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. Romans 1:16 (NIV)