I began another long reply, which I want to post, but last night I realized something. Perhaps God brought it to my mind? Whatever the case, I think I should say it.
I want to be very frank. I have been thinking about our debate, and realized that maybe I haven’t been as straightforward with you as I should have been. Your sister mentioned that I was “interested in learning,” which I am, but I want to give you all the facts.
Because of a dramatic personal encounter about 15 years ago, I unconditionally committed to believe in God and his Word, even when it didn’t seem to make sense. (Thankfully, this isn’t one of those times! ) Since I made this commitment, my life is worthwhile and meaningful, which it wasn’t before.
When I chose to believe the Word of God, I chose to believe it all. There is absolutely no chance that you will change my mind about how the world began. As you may have noticed, none of your “evidence” seems plausible to me, because I honestly am quite sure I already know what happened. God told me through his Word. To me, it’s all about faith, not proof. I am very interested in learning about the theory of evolution (I wasn’t lying!) but only because I feel that being informed will better equip me to share the Word of God with those who are deceived. And yes, I’m afraid I would count you among those. Sorry.
But it suddenly occurred to me that maybe it’s not ethical for me to be asking you, who don’t believe in the inerrancy of Scripture, to help with my education. If you feel I’ve been taking advantage of you, I am very sorry. I truly didn’t intend to do that. I was just curious, since you seem so very deeply committed to the idea of evolution. If you care to continue exchanging ideas, that will be fine, but I thought I should make sure you understand where I stand. If you don’t want to communicate any more, that’s fine, too. As I said, I have enjoyed it, I’ve learned a lot and I thank you for all your time and thought.
More later. For now, I’m off to clean the church.