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Creation and evolution paradigms

The evolution paradigm begins by doubting ancient peoples and ancient history.  They’re all seen as primitive peoples with worthless myths.  Compared to modern societies and technologies, they don’t have anything to offer us.  We should dismiss them, ignore their writings, and start from scratch.  It’s no wonder we come up with evolutionary theories that place modern society at the top of the process and feed the modern ego.

The changes we observe must be extrapolated back in time.  There’s really no other option.  The past is just more of the present.  We get very excited about even small changes because we run with them as far as they will go.  With this paradigm we can imagine explanations of everything from astronomy to zoology.  Even ancient history can be studied but only within the evolution paradigm.

In contrast, the creation paradigm begins with taking ancient peoples and histories seriously.  Not that we naively accept them.  In fact we find much to question.  Many ancient writings have little concern about the truth.  They puff up a particular people or king.  There is clearly much exaggeration going on.  But there is one people who have a genuine interest in truth.  Their writings show the bad and the good about themselves.  One set of writings in particular they carefully copy to avoid mistakes or changes creeping in over time.  Can it be that this is the key to ancient history?

Yes, this book, the Bible, is the key to understanding ancient history.  Compared with it the writings of other peoples are mostly legends and myths.  We can even see much of the other writings as corruptions or exaggerations of people described in the Bible.  For example, the ancient Greek myths can be seen this way (see the Parthenon Code, for example).  Many cultures have stories of a great ancient Deluge.  The Bible shows us what really happened.

From the Bible we note several salient historical facts:  (1) the universe and the earth began a relatively short time ago, (2) all life forms began a relatively short time ago, (3) something happened at the beginning to make a paradisical world into a flawed world, (4) a catastrophic worldwide Deluge happened in very ancient times, and (5) an explosion of language differences happened in very ancient times.

These historic facts form the backbone of the creation paradigm.  A few inferences from these facts tie them to things we observe today:  (1) all life forms observed today are biologically related to the life forms at the beginning, (2) major geological features originated with the Deluge and its effects, and (3) all languages observed today are linguistically related to the language used by the earliest people.

The creation paradigm is based on ancient history but is open to scientific investigation today, which can provide details and explanations that fill out the paradigm.  However, such science is secondary to the historical facts of the creation paradigm.  This paradigm does not feed the ego, either ancient or modern.  It glorifies the Creator.

Which paradigm is superior?  The one that explains the present with reference to the past or the one that explains the past with reference to the present?  How do we explain a person?  Do we explain their past by reference to their present state or do we explain their present state by reference to their past?  The latter.  That is the only consistent approach to the past and present.

October 2012

 

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