Spiritual Implications of Evolution Being True or Not
There’s been a long-running discussion entitled “What are the empirical data to which evolutionary religions submit?”
Neither side seems to have convinced the other of anything, so I’m going to try to start up a related thread that might generate more light than heat.
Let’s say there isn’t compelling evidence that evolution is a fact. If so, how does that change one’s approach to spiritual growth? Please respond with any ideas you have.
For me, if evolution is a fact it explains a lot about the Nature of God. It means that God is not a super-human engineer who designs the Cosmos like a human would design a machine. At least, not yet. It’s more likely then that the ability of God to function like a human engineer is just now emerging through humanity. This makes a pretty big difference for me. For one, it solves the problem of theodicy (Google it if you’re not familiar with the word). Rather than being just low-life who should always bow down in worship, evolution means (like Jim Marion would say) that I must grow spiritually to someday claim my own divinity and co-creatorship with God, so that, as a joint heir with Jesus of the Kingdom (Rom. 8:17), I will myself know how to manifest on this Earth not only what is needed, but true abundance (John 10:10).