In the topic, “Giving up Darwin”, i brought up an idea which i would like some feedback on. It is a concept that, though seemingly “far out”, could possibly reconcile cosmology / macro-evolution theory and Creationism.
Suppose God “imagined/planned” each minute detail of the universe before creating any of it in 4 dimensional reality (or more dimensions if you like), as we experience it. So there would be a complete “track record” of the development of the “Universe Idea” available at the Beginning.
Then, as He created the phases of the various layers in the first 6 Days, He manifested the development process, the planning details, into the Creation itself. Thus, light would seem to have been traveling for millions or billions of years to reach earth, trees would have rings, rocks would have fossils (showing the development plan), etc.
Since God is all-powerful, He could easily manifest every minute modification of all aspects of the Great Concept within the acr of Creation. And thus, cosmologists and evolutionists (macro-, since micro- is stil observable) would be actually studying the “pre-Creation Planning Mind of God”, so to speak.
Why would He do so? Several reasons i can think of are: the beauty value of the resulting “artwork”, the great opportunity for mankind to eventually discover the Plan, and the choice we would have to make as to whether to believe His account in His Book, or to believe our senses which make the universe appear to be very, very old.
Our Creator would not be actually deceiving us, if this were true, since He is telling us the Truth in His Scriptures, while allowing us to reject that truth if we would rather trust our best guesses as to how the universe could have “evolved” that way without a Creator. If we are then deceived, it is by our own choice, not by His deceptiveness.
Since He wants us to “walk by faith”, He must provide an environment which enables complete lack of faith as well as growth in faith. And thus, from this point of view, the new Universe was “Very Good”, even though it would look like death had existed long before Adam and Eve could have been created.
Well, that’s a lot of verbiage – hope it gets across the major points in the concept. Anyone care to tackle its possibility, or impossibility"? If it is possible, doesn’t it allow a reconciliation between standard cosmology / macro-evolutionary theory and Genesis? Has someone else already proposed the idea?
Last thought : if a regular person (like little old me) can conceive of this reconciliation, in something like “a 4D mental-movie manifested”, why in the world (pun) couldn’t our Infinitely powerful and wise God have prepared billions and billions of years of appearance in less than nanoseconds? And then said, Let there be, and there was…