windyhill4.2 wrote: franco b, i will pray for you that you too will come to know God's plan for mankind.
Thank you for the prayers. As for knowing God's plan we know far more about how it has unfolded than is contained in a relatively modern book written by men who had only their own recent history and ongoing myth and legend plus a dash of inspired intuition. It took an even later conclave of men to decide what to include in that Holy Book. To accept modern scholarship is not to deny the basic truths of the Bible which all the great religions hold to. I find no conflict when others refer to God's ordering of the universe as the dance of Shiva. The thought is the same and derived from far older scripture.
The figure of 6000 years for the age of the earth comes from bishop Usher, I believe in the 1840s, who calculated it from the begats in Genesis. Its absurdity should not be used as accepted church doctrine, which it is not.
Man's descent from monkeys is also an absurdity that early opponents of Evolution used. The Theory of Evolution evolves just like everything else does. It is now known that there were a lot more man like creatures running around than previously thought.
Most conflict, I think, arises from the arrogant attempt by man to define the nature of God. Aspects of god must include concepts of timelessness and eternity which we can define but never truly intellectualize. As stated by John in the Bible God is Logos and any departure from that truth is heresy and error.