The subject of Creationism and the people who believe that the world is only 5 or 6 thousand years old just came up on the blog's Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/watmab for those of you haven't been there yet) and it got me thinking again about my personal take on the matter. Strict Creationism to me is intellectually lazy and really, when you think about it, it is actually an insult to God and God's infinite power if that is what you believe. I'm not going to go into my exact beliefs here because they are open to change and more complicated than what I want to explain at the moment. However, let us look at those people who believe in Young Earth Creationism (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Young_Earth_creationism), those are the most flawed of all.
I remember growing up and being told that's how the world was made and if you thought otherwise, you were basically a God-hating liberal who had been brainwashed by Hillary Clinton and her army of librarians. Yes, libraries were the enemy because they held information which might cause you to question what you had been taught and library cards for kids was part of their secret plan. Kids having access to books without direct parental censorship, that was the goal. Anyhow, back on topic.
YEC (Young Earth Creationism) is really lazy and while I know some otherwise smart and successful people, they hang on to this belief and I don't know exactly why. I have a friend who is one of the seemingly most intelligent, driven and professional people you'll ever meet but he will really get offended and testy if you start talking about evolution, dinosaurs and such. To me, YEC as well as an outright rejection of evolution is putting God in a box. I do not understand how people can state that God is infinitely powerful but then turn around and claim there is no way the world could be 5 billion years old. At the same time, I kind of get why they do it and that's because it's easier for them that way. If that's what you were taught in church growing up and you were sheltered from science and such, it is easier intellectually to just stick with that rather than think deep and hard about how truly insignificant we are in the grand scheme of the universe.
At the same time, if you are one of those people who believe that God is involved with every bit of your day to day life, it would be really mind-blowing that in the massive landscape of space and time, God would be so powerful, and one heck of a multi-tasker, to watch you and the billions of others on this Earth.
So really my point is that accepting the theories of evolution and that the Earth is not a rejection of God's power, it's actually an acceptance and giving God far more credit for being omnipotent. Think about it like that.