I wasn't really sure where to put this, but this article on CNN came up today and it really bothered me. It's about a human skull they found that is supposed to be an ancestor of ours. I don't like to read things that could shake my faith, but this bothers me and it makes me wonder whether or not we really evolved but it was just done by God's hand. I mean if we really were created then why all of these controversies with the human skulls and our supposed ancestors? Anyone?
Love you my brother. :)
In regards to talking a snake and a talking donkey, here's an exert from an article which says it better than I can:
Talking snakes, donkeys that speak in a human language, a crucified Jewish carpenter that comes back from the dead... These things, skeptics point out, aren't things we routinely see and experience, and so we must reject them as being false and see them possessing no more real substance than a tale in Aesop's fables.
But what's the real issue here? Is it truly a talking snake or something else?
At its core, the real problem is that the skeptic imports their anti-supernatural bias and philosophical naturalistic presuppositions into their view of the Bible. From the outset, their a priori position is that God does not exist. That being true in their worldview, then miracles become impossible, and since the Bible contains miraculous accounts, the Bible becomes impossible to believe.
But what if God does exist? Then might we expect a book that describes some pretty spectacular and rare things? We certainly might. As C. S. Lewis observed, "But if we admit God, must we admit Miracle? Indeed, indeed, you have no security against it. That is the bargain." 
In truth, a talking snake or donkey is much less miraculous than the odds of life popping up on our planet all on its own, given the universe as we know it and the number of cosmological constants that must be in place for us to actually exist. Or DNA arising on its own accord. Or... take your pick of a variety of astonishing things that are incredible to believe, but somehow still exist.
The question is not if a snake or donkey can talk, but if a supernatural God exists. If the latter is true, the former is a walk in the park. That's the question the skeptic should heartily pursue instead of using a talking snake as an excuse to opt out of the real conversation.
If you want to read the full article here is the link:
In regards to the miracles, I agree with what you have said.
However, I'm not making/understanding the connection you are making as to the age of the earth.
Again.. just for the record, I believe in a literal 6 day Creation.
One more point of clarity...
I don't believe there is room for belief in evolution as scripture does not allow for that.
When I say 'the age of the earth'... this still means uncomprising that God has Created all there is, but could have done so with the appearance of age.
I should have probably clarified that sooner.
I do not know how He did it. You are very correct to say that He made the universe with the appearance of age. We have no way to explain what we see based on a young earth explanation. I believe God made the earth in six days simply because He said He did. I believe His Word. I do not believe I have the authority to say anything differently from that. There are so many things that I do not understand. I feel I have less understanding than many of these that say He did not do it in six days. For me it comes down to the authority of Scripture. I am not willing to compromise on that. I am willing to readily admit there are many things that I do not understand. I don't understand how He did any of the miracles in Scripture yet I believe in them all.
How did He make that lame man from birth get up and walk? How did He walk on water? How does God know all about those things that have not yet happened or know those things that have happened before they came to be. We serve a God that does things beyond our ability to know or understand. My mind tells me that I should be held responsible for all my sins. My faith tells me, however, that I am forgiven of all of them. He is my Father and I am going to accept what He said and encourage others to do so as well. I am not in disagreement with all of you. I am just stating some things from a little different perspective. I don't know how He did it. Since God created time, space and matter, He has an answer for all of this. None of us can understand even the simplest of cells. Maybe someday He will open our minds to understand. I'm not sure that we will ever understand these things. The Bible does indicate that I will know as I am known. Maybe I will understand these things. I do enjoy reading how God could have done all these things in six days but I would rather read how all my sins are forgiven. Tell me the story of Jesus and tell me of His wonderful love.
I agree with you.
Yes-- Amen. I think it is more edifying and freeing to focus on the things which we can be completely certain.. Such as God's forgiveness and Love. Many things are beyond our comprehension, except that which He has made clear... Let's focus on those things and constantly bring each other back to the message of the gospel and how we can disciple others and be a disciple as we walk through this life.
In regards to unbelievers, Share the gospel, and leave the rest to the Godhead, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
You make great points and i am in agreement with you, but these verses also come to mind (I know the context is referring to other things):
3The one who eats is not to regard with contempt the one who does not eat, and the one who does not eat is not to judge the one who eats, for God has accepted him. 4Who are you to judge the servant of another? To his own master he stands or falls; and he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand. 5One person regards one day above another, another regards every day alike. Each person must be fully convinced in his own mind.…
Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters.
We want all to come to the true understanding about all matters pertaining to God and godliness, for ONLY the truth sets us free.
Good words sis. Love back at you.