Did you know that accepting evolution doesn't make one an atheist?
I keep seeing conservative evangelical Christians trying to prove Yahweh is real beyond a shadow of a doubt using the fact that they don't believe evolution occurred or occurs.
Why do they bother? Most of the people in the world who think evolution happened and continues to happen believe in some kind of God or another. The official position of the Catholic Church is that their Yahweh is powerful enough to use elegant, logical tools like evolution to achieve His goals.
Why do people try to prove God exists by trying to disprove evolution when evolution says absolutely nothing about God?
I believe it's possible to believe in God or a higher intelligence but not believe what is written in the bible or other scriptures. Such people should not be considered "atheists" in my opinion.
God made man and man made religion.
An atheist does not believe in the existence of god.
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I'm trying to figure out why some people feel their beliefs in the invisible and intangible are threatened by the study and scientific interpretation of the physical universe around them. Thanks for your insight.
I'm aware. It could have taken God millions of years to make the earth--but to God, one day can be like a million years, since He is outside of time. God is in control of everything. You can be a Christian and support evolution.
How are we to know when a "day" is a "24 hour" period and not a million years? The bible states Jesus fasted for 40 days. Most of us assume it was 40 (24 hour days). Christians also assume God created the world in 6 days and rested on the 7th.
I have a friend who studies under an experienced Hebrew scholar. He says the word "day" in Gen. 1&2 can only mean a literal, 24-hour period, according to the Hebrew grammar. Therefore, a literal 6-day creation is not compatible with evolution.
It specifically states in the bible (2 Peter 3:8) With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.
I wouldn't put any stock into the writings of a man tasked by the Roman government to tame this strange new religion and make it more Roman. I'll trust the Hebrew scholars' interpretation before that of the Roman shill's. So yeah, six literal days.
I'm baffled by the idea of some kind of conflict between belief in the unknowable and intangible and in the study of the physical universe. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Stargrrl.
A belief in God does not automatically mean a litaral belief in the the creation story found in Genesis. I accept and trust in evolution theory and the continuing search for scientific truths. I believe in God and in Christ in my life. It's a personal thing, a beautiful thing. Have a nice day.
I think it's just the whole Science vs Religion thing that sets the stage mainly. And that the common ideas behind evolution challenges the idea that God created everything.
And if you think it's hard getting people to agree that religion and science are not exclusive, wait til you drop something like "Magic can be a science". Then you'll really see people flip out.
Of course, in the context of the story that line appears in, it makes sense; there really WAS a science behind how magic worked. It was just the author playing on how people try to make magic and science be exclusive towards each other.
I'm trying to understand from what mental place the study of how reality works presents a threat to believing in ephemeral things that are immune to cognitive dissonance and require zero evidence or proof to be believed in. Thank you for your answer.
A God is mostly used as something OUTSIDE of themselves and an all-knowing being of some sort. Most religions put that supposedly "all-knowing" being before them. The Bible, if read with a science is very scinetific and explains lots of things that are in the stars and in the heavens andall sorts of things like that.
God, as man transcribed his deeds, said that he made man and all creation and creatures. What he did not say, in the bible, was that they could not morph or adapt to the variations of the changing environment. That would be evolution and God's creations happening in sync and as science as you would have both the religious God doing the creating and the science of man and the explanation of adapting at the same time. God and Science can and do co-exist.
Thank you for your response. Any insight into why some people seem to feel belief is threatened by what average theists seem to see as a fascinating study of their God's magnificent creation?
They are taught that way. Keep them in the dark at all costs is what was in the Catholic books. If they stray tell them they are going to hell and are very bad ppl. Religious Politics.
Yes! This is a concept that young-earth creationists specifically can't seem to grasp. Though I don't believe in a diety, evolution is indeed compatible with the idea of a creator.
However, evolution is NOT compatible with the Bible's account. That's the reason many Christians oppose it. The fact of evolution positively destroys the Six Day Creation Theory.
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