DIGITAL EDITION | April 2021


APOLOGETICS

Gravity and Evolution

If Evolution is only a theory, why is it taught as a fact? A common response from proponents of evolution is, “Gravity is only a theory and we teach that as fact. When you drop an object, do you not see that it falls? Do you call gravity only a theory? Creationism and Gods are not theories … they are unsupported hypotheses.”


How should we respond to such arguments? The response to the comparing of the Theory of Gravity to the Theory of Evolution is riddled with issues… fortunately; scientific theories are constructed in such a way that they can be verified (or not). The naming convention of “scientific theories” does not affirm or deny the verity of its claims; and claiming that one theory has been verified does not mean that another to which it has been compared can share in its truth. Most people assume that the (colloquially-named) “theory of gravity” states that gravity pulls things down to the Earth. This is incorrect. The theory is actually about how and why bodies attract one another. It is only a consequence of gravity that something falls down to the earth when it is dropped. Put simply, “theory” is a great word to use with gravity. Science describes some of the fundamentals of gravity fairly well; other aspects (such as the universal gravitational constant known as “Big G”) are unknown mathematically, and still others are outside the reach of feasible testing. The “Theory of Gravity” retort from Darwinists does not really answer any part of the original question…


EXPOSITION

“…In The Day…” (Within 24 hours or within 1,000 years?)

And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die (Genesis 2:16-17). The Edenic Law contained a prohibition (shalt not eat), a punishment (shalt surely die), and a timeframe for delivering the punishment (in the day). This article will focus on the interpretation of the timeframe in the day: exploring the two primary interpretations appearing in Christadelphian published works. Because the timeframe and the punishment are tightly connected, this analysis will necessarily touch on both topics. These interpretations can be labeled simply as “literal day” and “metaphorical day.” The following will review evidence for each interpretation, compare that evidence, and discuss the implications of each for our understanding of the punishment incurred in Eden, and the nature of Christ’s atoning sacrifice…


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