Mr. Christensen; you are quite correct, God would not create a race of humanity so defective. Nor did He. Almighty God created humanity in His image. Not a physical image, but a spiritual and mental image. Humanity could think, decide and make choices - self-aware and self-determining. Shortly after that, humanity made a conscious choice to disobey God. In doing so, humanity screwed itself up rather badly and the result is what you see about you now. At this point, usually the agnostic (or drooling atheist, I deal with both) says, "Well, God SHOULD have made us so we didn't screw up!" In other words, God should have made us without free will? Much like dogs, dolphins, cockroaches and Jack's platypus? Or are you going to argue God should have made us with free will, but not capable of screwing up? That is a logical impossibility and remains a logical impossibility even if one throws God's name into the mix. Humanity is terribly flawed, not due to God, but due to mankind. The Universe - as we understand it - is in fact nearly 15 billion years old. God created it, established the rules that run it and watches it. The God with whom I deal is that big, that old and that patient. Frankly, I like the Biblical version of pre-history than I like the Bishop Ussher version.