Let me now directly answer the following complaint raised, and endorsed, in the comments section of this blog:
it makes no sense to imagine that an all-powerful God would need to devise this vast universal Rube Goldberg contrivance for the sake of creating life, rather than just doing it in one fell swoop of His mighty hand.
In the last message, I showed that 13.7 billion years of history that predates the origin of humankind not only poses no challenge to the Christian understanding of God, but actually reinforces such understanding. So now let me directly answer why it is that creation is so old and why it is that creation existed as long as it did without humans, why it is that God was so patient.
In that essay, I asked: “Why bother with 13.7 billion years of irrelevant history when what matters is the origin of humankind?”
Well, what makes anyone think that this history was “irrelevant?”
Y’see, the answer to this challenge/complaint has been looking you in the face the whole time – Because of us.
As I noted, “However we came into existence had to be because that was the way we came into existence. It’s a package deal.”
That 13.7 billion years of history that predates the origin of humankind is actually part of OUR past. We could not exist in any other universe with a different past because it wouldn’t be our past and thus we would not exist. Other sentient beings could exist in these alternative realities, but they would not be us. After all, if we rewound the tape of the Universe back to the beginning, can we be confident that our solar system would have formed (as it did) and the Earth would have formed (when it did) and the life would have begin (as it did) and humans would have evolved (as they did)? I think not.
It’s a package deal. The ancient universe and “vast universal Rube Goldberg contrivance” exist because we exist and its all part of our past.
Once this is realized, we get a deeper appreciation for Gods’ patience. He waited almost 14 billion years for us to come into existence because the alternative was our non-existence.
He loves us that much.