[quote=Lazerlike42]There are two points that need to be made:
First, we have to remember that whatever drew those may not in fact have been human in the sense that is necessary to worry about if they worshipped God. IF God used evolution to get us where we are, then whatever drew those things would have been one of the various types of cavemen (neanderthal or cro magnon or whatever). In this case, it is not clear whether these creatures had souls or not. If they were just evolutionary steps toward humanity, then it is possible and in some cases likely to say thatGod did not give them souls. It would work like this: God creates, life, God creates monkeys, God evolves monkeys to caveman, God evolves caveman through various sorts of caveman, God evolves caveman to Adam and gives him a soul. Up until Adam, non of the other creatures needed to worship God anyways because they were not human.
That doesn’t mean God did use evolution. A lot of people, for instance, present very convincing arguements that the systems we use to date things are very flawed and can be affected by different factors present in all of nature. They have, for instance, tested certain things which they know to be only a few years old and resulted with a result of a few million years. These experiments have led them to be able to figure out just why the test was so wrong. They then realized that this reason tended to be present in every test that we do, which could indicate that all of our tests resulting in dates of millions of years are off incredibly. If you want to read about that, go answersingenesis.org/home/area/faq/dating.asp for tons of great info. Also check out answersingenesis.org/home/area/faq/young.asp and
I personally am not one of those completely set on these ideas, but the fact is that they are very convincing and too many Catholics just ignore them and call creation science bogus. I think because the Church rightly tries to live in harmony with science, a lot of Catholics almost feel as if we ought to embrace every theory that’s put out there. People have some sort of Galilleo complex where they are afraid of disagreeing with science for fear that it will disprove their faith or something. I don’t think that creation science has everything right, but they have a LOT of ideas backed up by a LOT of good evidence. There’s nothing wrong with looking into it and even agreeing with it if it turns out to be right. Remember that quantum physics seems to disagree with a lot of previously accepted science too, but we don’t say it’s bogus, we just realize that we don’t know everything and have to keep learning to figure out the truth. There is some aversion to creation science because its got an alliance with religion, but there’s nothing wrong with that. Of COURSE there is an alliance, both religion and science are God’s truths, how could they not be deeply connected?
Now that I’m done rambling,
- Think about your traditional view of God creating Adam. Do you imagine God creating a baby? Do you imagine God creating a man about 30 years old? If you’re like the vast majority of people, you imagine God creating Adam about 30 years old. But Adam wasn’t thirty years old, he was one day old he was just created! The point is that God created (or could have if He didn’t) Adam with the apperance of age. Why couldn’t He do the same thing to the earth? He plopped Adam down looking like he was 30 years old even though the man was just created. In other words, He skipped over infancy, childhood, puberty, and such. Why can’t God create the earth with the appearence of age too? Is it impossible for God to make the earth so that our testing shows it to be so many billions of years old, or so that the ground would be filled with fossils, or that the caves would have paintings on the walls? Wouldn’t it even make sense for Him to do that, knowing that we would need things like oil which takes millions of years to form?
It’s either that or some person back in the 1800s (the same year the cave with the drawings were “accidentally” found) decided to take a crayon and found a cave and started
"drawing away", who knows! Then maybe it was the person that drew the animals was the same person who discovered it, WHO KNOWS!!! I’ll have to go back to my book and look it over again.
Just to let you know, these caves are somewhere in cetral France I think…maybe some of you know about it.