Thank you for the ping. But since your senseless rantings are on the religion formum I will allow you to post in peace.
I usually try to stay away from religious threads because I do not want to be a stumbling block to anyone. That being said, I like to say I was a Baptist back when Baptists still believed in dinosaurs and that the Bible was inspired but not every word of it was literally true.
For some people, they have to believe the Noah’s Ark story or they can not believe in Jesus. So while I disagree, I would rather someone believe in Jesus AND Noah’s Ark, then not believe in Jesus at all. Those whose faith is strong enough to separate the two are usually going to find their way out to different denominations and groups of believers.
That being said, I think God created us and evolution was one of his tools. I don’t think “life” is an accident, even at the amoeba level. IMHO science only confirms the non-accidental basis of life, but by and large it ain’t worth risking another person’s faith over by arguing it.
To consider just one one point, #5, I'll return to others later, in the comment about the Greek word “Aion” which at Matt. 28:20 is used for the Hebrew ‘olahm’.
“Aion”, according to the examples given in Thayer’s Greek/English Lexicon, indicates an indefinite time period marked by something peculiar to it, as in the “age of steam”, or as Matt. 28:20 uses the “aion” as the end of a system marked as Paul said at 2 Cor. 4:4, the influence and sway of Satan. Often “aion” is translated as “world” which carries a wrong idea.
So “aion” would not be an appropriate translation for a time period of definite duration however long.
Thanks for the ping.