Conservative leaders in our community are attempting to add to the basis of fellowship between Christadelphian congregations in Australia by adding further definitions/understandings. In attempting to define how God created, they are adding to our creeds and to scripture. Of course they frame their actions as preserving our traditional understanding. Sadly a tradition of division is also possibly going to get strengthened. They complain of Evolutionary Creation being promoted on the internet as if we want to convert you. This is fundamentally untrue. Evolutionary Creationists have no problem with traditional views on creation. Continue reading
Discipleship is about wonderful growth – the baptised believer rises from the water on a promise to imitate Jesus, to be made anew in his image. Some time later, it goes bad. Piety and traditions obscure our understanding of God, His ways and works. Reverence becomes the enemy of clarity. Tradition inhibits growth. Reality is too painful, we argue based on what we think God should have done, based on what we think his character should be. It’s an affliction.
Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend but their geological history is no friend of the literal creationist. Many literalists decry those who read Genesis 1-4 differently to them. Most of the same individuals (for they are usually men) at one time purchased a diamond ring for their wives. But diamonds demonstrate our planet has operated for billions of years. For a basic overview of diamond ages and formation see here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diamond#Ages
Essentially most diamonds formed 1 to 3 billion years ago deep below the earth’s surface and in a few rare cases a number of them are brought to the surface.
These sparkling gems have been formed through long geological process. They witness to the wonder of God’s creative power. However they also witness to a long continuous process quite different to the young earth, or even old earth, readings of Genesis. Can you insist Genesis 1 is literal in all its details and buy your wife a diamond – who provenance and age contradicts your assertions? Should we ban geologists or diamond rings (or both?) for contradicting a favoured traditional interpretation of God’s word? Or do we listen to the evidence of God’s creation?
(PS banning diamond rings would save a lot of money which could be better used elsewhere)
One of our team was little surprised to get an email from a national wine merchant offering a selection of Georgian wines with the headline “8,000 years in every bottle”. A little research and it becomes obvious that once again a literal reading of Genesis 1-3 as favoured by most creationists doesn’t match reality. Georgia has been making wine for some 8,000 years.
The December 2017 Tidings Magazine caused a small stir with an article that referenced at least 10,000 years of human activity. The comments were challenged and responded to in the February 2018 issue. It is great to see our community’s old (but often neglected?) view of God’s word and works being applied and the facts of God’s creation being accepted rather than brushed aside. Increasingly people are coming to positions not dissimilar to COD’s, because of the God’s facts. Continue reading
Christadelphians believe in adult baptism. Our children are not automatically Christadelphian – sometimes we rejoice when they make their own adult decision to be baptised, and sometimes we can’t. Now, our children face another barrier to baptism: please help us to get it out of their way! Continue reading