Yet again the debate of a literal Adam and Eve vs evolution has reared its ugly head. Tomorrow I will be working through this debate with a group of young adults and the wisdom that I will be dispensing, the answer to this age old debate? Well my answer is – I don’t care.
You heard me. I don’t care. I know some people may be shocked, and tell me that the whole of the Bible depends on Adam and Eve being true. Others may chide me by saying that I am a foolish dreamer for even being open to the possibility of the world starting with just two people. Yet despite this I still don’t care. Why? Because I don’t believe that my eternal destination depends on my conclusion about this issue. I don’t believe that when I stand before God that His opening gambit will be: “Ah Mr Welford good to see you, now before we show you around and get you settled, just a few questions. First Adam and Eve real or not?” No my eternal destination depends on Jesus and His advice on what to focus on – love God, love others. I wonder how loving it is to proclaim our stance correct and make it a prerequisite to belief?
Romans 14:13 ‘Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling-block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister.’
Romans 14:1 (MSG) ‘Welcome with open arms fellow believers who don’t see things the way you do. And don’t jump all over them every time they do or say something you don’t agree with—even when it seems that they are strong on opinions but weak in the faith department. Remember, they have their own history to deal with. Treat them gently.’
Are our beliefs about evolution more important than people hearing about Jesus? What would you say to someone who wanted to believe in Christ but could accept Adam and Eve as literal?
As for me? Of course I hold a position on the debate. I have decided which camp my tent is in. I tell you all about it in heaven.