Since this topic is so much a matter of opinion, I shall not present a standard argument here, but rather will present an 'out of the box' theory that
will hopefully provoke thought (based on some ancient teachings from a Time before Jesus came.)
In the beginning, all that existed was God.
In order to create something that was not God, He would have had to separate himself from his Creation, and while He was in all of Creation, He was
not all of creation. Some of the ancients believed that God wanted to see himself "from the outside" so he fashioned parts of himself in his likeness
- all of the creation.
The rocks, the plants, the dinosaurs, human beings, the suns and stars, the animals, were all in God's image, thereby enabling Him to see His likeness
"from the outside" in all of His creation. As time goes by, God creates more and more facets of his likeness (which to date requires an entire
universe). The Bible says humans were created in God's likeness. It never says that everything else isn't too!
We, as humans are just too arrogant, thinking that we are the only ones fashioned in His likeness. All of creation is in his likeness. Evolution is
creation, but just allowing The Almighty to examine different facets of himself from the outside at different times.
Evolution is creation over time. Time is man made. God, being infinite, does not follow the rules of time like we do. Why then, is the time of the
creation such an issue to men. Animals (dinosaurs ) were there before man in Genesis too, no? Does the bible specify HOW God created things? Have you
ever considered that perhaps God did not click His fingers to make trees and plants, but instead commanded the earth to produce them. The precise
methods of his creation are not described.
In answer to your question, What do Masons think of the creation - we are fully aware that we cannot know the whole nature of God nor how He thinks,
but we are charged to think about it, examine all possibilities, and make a conclusion - each Mason for himself - which will ultimately affect that
Mason's behavior in a good way and make thereby make a positive change in the world. And, since all the world may just be in his likeness, making a
positive change in the world is the best way to Glorify God.
edit on 11/6/2013 by Saurus because: (no reason given)