If I am a Christian who believes in both Creationism and Evolution, then what does that make me?
I believe that 1 day for God might be a hundred, thousand, or maybe even million years for man. In that sense, I think that even though the bible clearly states that on this day, God made this and that, yada, yada, there is a chance that it wasn't all just formed in a day, and we know that it really did take hundreds, thousands and millions of years for these stuff to take form. And I was thinking, maybe that's why humans were created on the 6th day--because it took that long for humans to evolve. I'm baffled but I'd like to believe in both if it's even possible.
That makes you open-minded. It's entirely possible to believe in both as they are very much compatible. Even traditional religious institutions are beginning to get on board with this, as even the Vatican now accepts evolution. We all have to keep in mind that the way in which Genesis has been interpreted traditionally has been based on a limited knowledge of history. As St. Augustine once said, "Interpretation of biblical passages must be informed by the current state of demonstrable knowledge." In Augustine's view, God reveals His nature to us through both the 'book of scripture' and the 'book of nature'. If at any time the two appear to conflict, then it is human interpretation that is flawed. I whole-heartedly agree. Science doesn't conflict with or contradict God. Personally, I feel science should be embraced by believers as it gives deeper insight into God's methods than has ever before been available.
"The parallel between nature and Scripture is so complete, we must necessarily believe that the person who is asking questions of nature and the person who is asking questions of scripture are bound to arrive at the same conclusions." - Origen
"Let no man think or maintain that a man can search too far or be too well studied in the book of God's word or in the book of God's works, but rather let man endeavor an endless progress or proficience in both." - Sir Francis Bacon, pioneer of the scientific method and considered by many to be the father of Empiricism. This quote was included by Darwin at the beginning of his book, On the Origin of the Species.
Job 12:7-9 - But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee: Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee. Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the Lord hath wrought this?
Romans 1:20 - For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
Emily, You are so totally right. Did engineers, architects and a construction firm build the skyscraper, or was it a tornado? How can it be both with all those hammers going in a circle?
How is it impossible? Kindly explain. To me, it'll be like, a multi-millionaire decides to create a skyscraper for his new business and he hires various people--engineers, architects, and a construction firm-- for the skyscraper to be built.
Random processes is behind evolution, by their own admission. Entropy makes this, significant structures, impossible. Your millionaire analogy supports the Creator. The people you mentioned are not random processes, or work randomly.
What if we only think it is random but it isn't?
That is my point, xmags. God created the universe and Christ holds it together. I believe He stores information in the structure of space by stretching it specifically, then the EMF accesses this information to construct proteins. Random? No Way!
You can not be a Christian and yet believe in evolution. Believing that God is the Creator through Jesus Christ is foundational to Christianity, and it is believing the way God said He did it. Besides, evolutionary theory is the most simple-minded conjecture ever put forth upon an easily duped society.
but then again, not every piece if writing is to be taken literally. There are a lot of symbolisms in the bible and i just thought maybe that was the way God did it. How would you explain the adaptation in animals then?
Adaptation within species is ok( Genesis 30:37-43), but adaptation across species is impossible. Even within species it is God's design. Random processes can not and will not improve anything. Do not get duped with the idiocy of evolution.
Xeng, That makes you a "Atheist-Christian" as I call myself.
When you finish reading Genesis 1:1-2:3 carefully you will find a second creation contradicting he first I call "the sunrise of civilization" that completes itself at the flood Noah and his family survived. In 1:14 you will find the sun, moon and stars are for "signs," season, days and years so what does the signs mean needs to be answered.
Check out some of my hubs and you will see how I see the Bible shows evolution of life-forces from matter through whatever is beyond earth and back in a cycle without end.
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