A second doubt I am having relates to the world's origins. Of course there is much evidence of the truth of evolution, and most people think that this is compatible with the Bible, because the creation stories are not literal or reflect different amounts of time than they seem to and so on. But the difficulty I have is that I wonder whether these interpretations are not just ad hoc adjustments to save faith. After all, pretty much everyone took creation literally before Darwin came up with his theory.
A class I am currently taking (a colloquium on John Milton - the major focus being Paradise Lost) has forced me to think a lot about the nature of time, and the way men function within it and God functions outside of it. It is easy and logical to look at our faith and wonder, are we making it up as we go along? Ever since our first parents ate from the Tree of Knowledge (allegorical as that may have been), we progress in one direction, towards one goal: to know/understand more. It's inevitable. And so the state of our world has changed, as we progress, become "civilized," and find solace in "knowing" things by way of scientific, objective proof that can be seen and understood by our human comprehension. Needless to say, the world continues to change as we know more.
What I came up with, during class one day while working through some of this out loud during discussion, is that God reveals himself to us throughout all of time, but it is due to man's own inability that we do not always see these continual moments of revelation. We have blinded ourselves with all our knowledge. And yet as we gain knowledge, it is necessary for God's Truth to be, for lack of a better word, translated
(definitely a poor word choice) so that it can still be perceived by us through all the junk (knowledge
) we have inevitably filled our collective mind with. Our intrinsic inclination to always learn and understand more became a part of us the moment Adam and Eve ate the apple.
The simple truth is, God is incomprehensible to our human minds. This was so even for Adam and Eve, pre-Fall: the difference is, they didn't care, and loved and worshipped God anyway. We do (care). So in the example you described - before Darwin, the biblical story of creation was believed literally (barring the examples Anastasios mentioned), and after it was not, as a result of Darwin's scientific discoveries - my response to that would be this: Before Darwin, we knew less, and so had the ability to believe in God's Truth in a simpler format, but by knowing more, through Darwin, our conception of God's Truth needed to be reworked in order for it to find its way to our hearts through our now more complex minds. The Truth did not change. Our "distance" from it did...we took a step away from it. So it may seem the Truth became more complex. It did not. We did.
Hmmmm, not sure how well I addressed what I set out to address in your post. I hope I was of some help, but if my poor attempts at philosophical and theological considerations are just a jumbled mess, know this: you are not alone, for I go through the same types of questions that you do...I am plagued with a strong case of that inclination to know and understand more, that Adam and Eve made a part of us all...and it is
a plague, in my humble opinion.
Hopefully knowing you are not alone will comfort you a bit.
I will pray for you, that God's Truth find its way into your heart, despite all this stinkin knowledge (hehe). And trust me, in your heart is where his Truth wants
to be, more than anything, so I have faith it will find its way in there eventually.