Sunday, February 8, 2015

SHOULD GOD HIT THE RESET BUTTON?

Is Creation a failed experiment? Is the "Grand Design" severely flawed? If humans are made in God's image what does that say about God? Or, did humans just make the story up to perpetuate a big con on the rest of creation?


A common position among young-earth creationists, and even the wider evangelical community, is that mankind has dominion on earth. This means that mankind has been given a special authority and rule over the creatures and the Creation. This concept is so widely applied and held that it has even earned a special doctrinal name, which is the dominion mandate.

From this concept, it has been inferred by many that a command was given to Adam, and all of his descendants, to have dominion and rule over all the animal kind, and the Creation. Therefore, all of humanity are recipients of this perceived Adamic dominion.

The dominion mandate, itself, is not named nor defined in Scripture, and so offering a deeper definition, which everyone can agree on, is not possible. However, it is possible to locate where the idea of the dominion mandate stems from. It is the biblical passage in Genesis 1:26–28:

Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

There's evidence beginning to pile up that humans have failed miserably in protecting their environment and the creatures they are accountable to. 

The problem seems to lie in how humans exercise their God-given gift of "free will." From day one the consequences have been disastrous. Much like a kid on a sliding board, humanity has been on a slide into self extinction and taking every other living thing with them;

Some scientists, Guy McPherson included, fear that climate disruption is so serious, with so many self-reinforcing feedback loops already in play, that humans are in the process of causing our own extinction. Are Humans Going Extinct?

You would expect that "survival of the species" would trump everything else. That's not case with humans;

As the global impacts of anthropomorphic climate disruption continue to intensify, corporations and the global elite continue to plunder our planet, subjecting areas of the planet that already face fresh-water scarcity issues and other environmental contamination problems to still greater risks from various forms of pollution. Planet or Profit?

So where does that leave us?

With atomic scientists' "Doomsday Clock" two minutes closer to midnight and a report from the National Climatic Data Center confirming that 2014 was the hottest year on record, Congress is trying to move us closer to ecocide. Reversing course will require urgent, concerted action. Three Minutes to Midnight: Can We Turn the Clock Back in Time?


So, is it possible to save ourselves from ourselves?  Or, will God come to our rescue? The prophets of old and today's Evangelicals (the Armageddon fans) would say No! Too Late! Sorry! The time has come to meet our Maker or; for some of us?

There are a few voices out there who still cling on to hope. Not in humanity as we know it, but a by-product in what could be what God had in mind all along;

Some futurists think the singularity — the point at which artificial intelligence can match, and then overtake, human smarts — might happen in just 16 years, while others say by 2100. Either way, it's near.   Intelligent Robots Will Overtake Humans by 2100, Experts Say