Originally posted by Doward
I read an interesting article written by an Rabbi. Its worth a look by all:
A nice article, thanks.
Of course the issue in contention is not one of 'facts' it's one of spiritual belief or unbelief; for example if the Bible stated that the universe and the Earth were created in 14 billion years, those who are atheist would still not accept that there was a God.
I remember once asking an atheist; if they saw someone truly raised-up from the dead [in the name of God] in front of their eyes, would they believe that that God had done it - they said absolutely not. The raising of the dead person would in that situaton have been a 'fact' but it could also be evidence of something else if that something else was a predisposed hypothesis or belief structure.
'Facts' are not 'truths'; they are temporal and based on the most recent level of revealed/discovered evidence, and importantly, the interpretation of that evidence. Faith in God has nothing to do with so called apparent 'facts', it is a spiritual condition.
To me, whether or not the Earth was created in 6 actual days, or 6 million time stretched days is completely irrelevant; if God as creator exists he could have done it is 6 seconds! The faith given to me by God, I have chosen to apply and to believe in him - and most importantly, in his given name.