Let me remind you what you said again: "I choose to follow the word of God. Not man's thoughts and beliefs."
That's great, but so do we. Evolution or no evolution, we all as part of the Orthodox Church follow the word of God. What you are implying is that you are following it better than most, which I'm contending you're making standards for which the Orthodox Church hasn't.
I don't choose to follow the word of God because I believe or disbelieve evolution. I choose to follow the word of God because of the Church, as you say. But earlier, you said you choose to follow the word of God because of Young Earth Creationism. That means that those in the Church who believe otherwise are not following the word of God. You are essentially condemning as outside the Church, or using a standard that's not in accordance with the Church.
So which is it, do you follow the word of God because it teaches young earth creationism? Or do follow the word of God regardless of whether we have a young or old earth?
It is getting kind of complicated here but I'm going to say what I already said more clearly.
YEC is Biblical idea, Evolution is mankind idea. Following YEC is following the Bible on that matter, following Evolution however, is following mankind on that matter.
So, if you are Christian who believes in Evolution, then you are contradicting what the Bible says on that issue which is very clear. But does that mean you are NOT Christian ? NO!
Okay...so next question.
Is evolution heresy? Or do you just simply feel more comfortable with ancient Hebrew cosmology? (for example stationary, non-spherical round earth; sun, moon, and stars move around; the four ancient elements, fire, water, wind, and earth; etc.)
I don't like to use the word "heresy" that much and I think it is very very strong term that should be used carefully. But is Darwinian Evolution false ? Yes! Darwinian Evolution is false, it is a BIG MASSIVE LIE.
And the nonsense you claimed about the Hebrew cosmology, read about it instead of making such false accusation against the Bible.
This isn't a false accusation. If mankind can look at the world and perceive it in the manner they wrote it on Genesis, it's as if a 2-year-old can make his father proud by being able to record his Nick Jr shows on a DVR. The Holy Spirit used this and fulfilled in it a beautiful poetic view of the universe with prophetic undertones of Christ. It has nothing to do with dogmatically following exactly what is taught.
The author of Genesis chapter one is very clear about the cosmology. He talks a God who created four elements: "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth, and the earth was without form and void, and darkness was on the face of the deep, and a "roh" of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, "Let there be light'."
So you have earth, roh (wind or spirit), waters, and light/fire. And then poetically, Genesis separates the 6 days into two parts, the first 3 days and the second 3 days. And there's a pattern, light, water, earth, light water earth.
The first 3 days is when you have separations: light from darkness, water in sky from water in ground, water from earth (and then poof! plants). The second 3 days is when you have living creatures that move around. So the creatures of light, the creatures of water, and the creatures of earth (and then poof! humans).
Plants were sort of a "non-living sustenance" from the highest of foods around, made in the "image of life" so to speak, so the author wanted to allude to the only natural thing man was to eat was plants among all other non-moving creation, and they are the pinnacle of the first half of creation.
Humans were living animals that were different from everyone else by having the Image of God in them, so they are the pinnacle of the second half of creation.
And here comes the prophecy: Man eats plants in Eden now, but in the incarnation, man eats the flesh and blood of God.
The issue is this. If you are to truly be "true to the Bible", you need to believe this cosmology. A stationary earth, with moving lights, moving sea creatures, and moving earth creatures (animals and birds) around you. Modern day chemistry with 100+ elements is all man-made knowledge, and there's really four elements as is clear from the Bible. The element of light made the bodies of light. The element of water made the sea creatures. The element of earth made the land animals, with birds able to navigate the winds.
Unless, you're true to the prophecy intended in Genesis, that's different. Then you can't claim evolution is false. You can only claim the Bible is true because it proclaims Christ, not because of the cosmology that the writer believed in.