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Creation Vs. Evolution - The Debate Continues

Updated on June 19, 2013
Creation Vs. Evolution
Creation Vs. Evolution

Have you ever been subjected to the argument that God created the heavens and the earth or quite the opposite that the earth experienced evolution. Have you ever stopped to think that these theories aren’t dissimilar?

Recently I discussed evolution with a couple over a cup of coffee. These folks were very firm in his beliefs and actually stated that Darwin would denounce his theory of evolution in hell. I wasn’t surprised by this statement as I’ve heard it many times. As many times as I’ve heard the opposing view expelled just as harshly.

I often sit listening to these arguments wishing that the two sides of the coin would compare notes.

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God Created The Heavens and the Earth Vs. The Big Bang Theory

Genesis 1:1 says that “God created the heavens and the earth.” God then preceded to shape the earth and the heavens. God created the sun and moon. God formed the land masses separating land from water. God placed the stars in the sky.

Big bang theorists claim that in a place far, far, away a super dense particle exploded and created the universe. Materials came together and via gravity formed into planets. Gases coalesced forming stars. Stars so massive that their gravity pulled planets into their orbits. These planets developed unique qualities conducive to life.

This is a simplistic view of two theories yet if you think about it they aren’t that different. “God created the heavens and the earth.” This was a physical process. A process that the Bible says that God was actively involved in. Who is to say that God didn’t begin this process with a big bang then organized the chaos.

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Creation Vs. Evolution

Genesis says that God first created vegetation and then in verse 20 says “And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.”

Evolutionists believe that life evolved from the seas. The bible says that life came from the sea, but doesn’t state how it was created. One compliments the other.

Genesis 1:24 ” And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.”

Again evolutionist believe that animals evolved. The Bible says that God created land creatures, but doesn’t detail the process. Who is to say that God didn’t use adaption to create unique species?

Adam & Eve
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God Created Man Vs. We Evolved From Apes

On day six God created man in his own image. You’ll notice that Adam and Eve were not created until chapter 2, after God rested on day seven. These were the gathers we often hear about that preceded modern man. The Bible says that “God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.”

These folks ate little or no meat and if you look at the Neanderthals, meat played a minor role in their diet. They were ill equipped to hunt and why would they have to. Vegetation, fruit, berries, nuts, etc. were plentiful. Gathering could easily meet their nutritional needs.

Adam and Eve explain the missing link in human evolution. Adam was created from the dust of the ground in Genesis 2:7. He was created to be unique. God also planted the garden of Eden for Adam and placed him there so that he could “dress it and keep”. Adam was a farmer! This also distinguishes Adam from the “man” that was created on the six day as they were to consume that bounty that was spread on the face of the Earth.

Eve was created from Adams’ genetic material (his rib) and together they were the first Homo sapiens. Could it be that evolutionists can’t find the missing link, because it doesn’t exist? Could it be that neither adaption or evolution produced modern man? Sounds plausible doesn’t it.

Life on Earth Timeline
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Earth’s Timeline

The second chapter of Genesis confirms that God completed his creation then rested on the seventh day. What I find unique is Genesis 2:4

“These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,”

“Generations”, what a unique word to use. “Generations” in the scope of human time does not refer to a day. It refers to a long period of time. God’s days were not 24 hours.

Genesis 1:3-5 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.

5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

This is important. God created light and dark before he created the sun and moon and he called his evening and morning the first day. You noticed that the bible didn’t say anything about the sun or moon as these were not created at this point. God doesn’t experience time as we do. His day is immensely long.

On day four God created the sun and moon to project light onto the earth separating day from night. God establishes his day in Genesis 1:5, but did not establish Earth’s day until Genesis 1:16.

Scientist conclude that the Earth we live in today took billions of years to develop. It was not created in six 24 hour periods. It took extremely long periods of time. “Generations” of time.

Creation Vs. Evolution – The Debate Goes On

I doubt that anyone will ever put this debate to rest, but I wanted to throw in my two cents worth. I didn’t write this to offend anyone. I merely want to show the similarities between modern evolution and creation theories. Please accept this as my personal view and in no way a degradation of anyone's beliefs.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. You might be interested in the "play the movie backwards" theory.

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      PDXBuys 4 years ago from Oregon

      A more interesting question might be... "Can we prove that the Bible is the word of God?" The only reason the story of Creation is known today is because it is written in the Bible. However, in the opinion of many, there is no proof that the Bible is anything more than an interesting mix of fact and fiction written by man. The Anglo-Saxon poem "Beowulf" also deals with legends. It was composed for entertainment, and does not separate between fictional elements and real historic events. But my common sense tells me that the part about the dragon is fiction.

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      Mark G Weller 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      This is an interesting set of thoughts collegedad, and some that I have considered for many years. I found the references the scriptures to back up the thoughts refreshing.

      Mark

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      Nancy Yager 4 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      Why do we have to choose sides? Can the religious or spiritual side of us believe that God created the heavens and the earth while our scientific side wants to know how we evolved?

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      collegedad 4 years ago from The Upper Peninsula

      Mhatter99, I'll have to look into the theory. I enjoy entertaining the possibilities.

      PDXBuys, good point. If the Bible is just a storybook then the beliefs of billions are misguided.

      Thanks for the kind words curaid. I'm not a fan of articles that don't back up their statements with references. To many folks make it up as they go along.

      Lipnancy, I'm glad that you've commented. Your view is the same as mine. I told some recently that God made it and science tries to figure out how. Religion and science don't have to be at odds with each other.

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      PDXBuys 4 years ago from Oregon

      I suppose there is some room for religion and spirituality when we ponder the great questions such as "Why did the universe have a beginning?" But science has advanced enough that we have some pretty strong theories on star and planet formation. Scientists therefore CANNOT accept a story that says the heavens and the Earth were created in six days. This is a clue to scientists that Genesis and probably other parts of the Bible are works of fiction. Historically we have seen that, the more science discovers, the more religion is discredited. To me, this is an indication that these are myths created long ago by men with active imaginations. Inevitably, religion and science WILL be at odds with each other. But those great debates will hopefully lead to a revelation of truth. And we all want to know the truth - whether it's a convenient truth or not.

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      Megan Harvison 4 years ago from SW Florida

      I must point out one thing. Evolution does not claim that we came from apes. It simply suggests that we share a common ancestor because of the evidence shown by some vestigial traits and our DNA similarities. I ironically was just planning on writting a hab about evolution because I am tired of hearing the ignorance from religious fanatics about how stupid it is. Most of the people who dismiss evolution as rediculous don't have a clue what it is really about. By definition, evolution in a change in allele frequencies in a population over time. With that said I will get down from my soap box and publish a hub that I may firmly stand on as my soap box.

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      collegedad 4 years ago from The Upper Peninsula

      Glad you stopped in Learning in Life. Soap boxes are always welcome. My wife says that I have a closet full of them. Genetic drift (the random change in allele frequency over time) is part of the process of evolution, but one must also take into account natural selection, micro evolution, macro evolution, punctuated equilibrium, and a variety of other factors which impact the evolutionary process.

      I have taken part in countless discussion concerning evolution and creation. What it all comes down to for me is that genes are a wonderful mechanism for change.

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      Sanxuary 4 years ago

      The arguments on both sides never seems to point out that God has order. Science is the discovery of this order but always tends to dismiss the possibility God. The Religious claim order and rightly dismisses theory sometimes at its own peril. The same conviction can be made by legal, ethical and moral codes. God said that something was wrong and leads to evil implications verses Good leading to something better. This was never based on a legal system or any terms of punishment. A culture in its time period made its own laws and punishments then placed the reaction into the historical record. I find spiritual maturity involves the recognition of poor choices and sometimes sin and this is most important in changing who you our in order to spiritually prosper. The separation of Heavenly reason from Earthly reason is Worlds apart. The story of Job makes this very clear along with the fact that people do not have the understanding of how all things were created or how and why they exist. Science requires a very open mind and knowledge should not dismiss the possibility of God. This knowledge should not be a threat to anyone’s beliefs and we should not deny the possibility that we have named Gods order in the universe science. Still all theories should remain theories until they are absolutely proven by undeniable facts. A closed mind keeps us from learning the whole range of possibilities that may exist. Free will gave us the ability to better or worsen our lives on Earth. It also prevents God from stopping any disaster from happening as well. Especially disaster created by us.

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      R. J. Lefebvre 3 years ago

      I found your evolution debate very much interesting. I would like you to read my address on the subject, and comment what you see.

      There are few truths that I base my reasoning of existence on: 1. No knowledge is absolute, science and religion are evolving daily. 2. Tangible evidence of our being may be surreal journey through who knows what medium. 3. Although I have difficulty in accepting the diverse of known religions, my rational tells me that there has to some kind of supreme being (nothing like anyone of us can imagine, otherwise confining God to the limits of the mortal mind) to justify my existence. 4. If I may echo Shakespear 'life is but an act of which we all have a part,' The director and producer perform without our sphere of knowledge.

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