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How Do Christians Who Believe Evolution Explain Creation?
« on: September 12, 2007, 12:09:18 PM »
There, no quotation marks.

I truly want to know the views of Christians who also accept evolution as true, and reasons behind their beliefs.

I will start with the premise that neither evolution nor creation can be proven, therefore the word theory should be kept out of the discussion and the term model used in its place.

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How Do Christians Who Believe Evolution Explain Creation?
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« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2007, 12:12:14 PM »
Nice OP, it would be nice to see a peace discussion actually take place about this topic for once.

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Re: How Do Christians Who Believe Evolution Explain Creation?
« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2007, 12:20:43 PM »
I believe it would be wise to define the terms though.

For one, what is meant by "evolution" in this case?  This could be anything from the acknowledgement that species adapt and change over time... to a belief that all life on earth came from amino acids in an ancient puddle.

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Re: How Do Christians Who Believe Evolution Explain Creation?
« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2007, 12:27:31 PM »
I accept that species adapt and evolve.  I accept that the Bible is neither a science book nor a history book.   

I accept that I do not know everything.
He hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? -- Micah 6:8

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Re: How Do Christians Who Believe Evolution Explain Creation?
« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2007, 12:34:26 PM »
I accept that species adapt and evolve.  I accept that the Bible is neither a science book nor a history book.   

I accept that I do not know everything.

Oh. So please tell us what the real history of the Jews was. I'd like to hear this along with how and when God created man. Since it has nothing to do with the bible (because you claim that the bible isn't a history or science book) then it will be an imaginary god because i don't know where else you would find God's word. maybe you can tell us.   ::smile::

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« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2007, 12:49:16 PM »
I accept that species adapt and evolve.  I accept that the Bible is neither a science book nor a history book.  

I accept that I do not know everything.

I don't know why you would say the bible isn't a history book, since the bible contains a more accurate account of historical events then all of the written documents of Greco-Roman culture combined.

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« Reply #6 on: September 12, 2007, 12:56:35 PM »
I accept that species adapt and evolve.  I accept that the Bible is neither a science book nor a history book.   

I accept that I do not know everything.

I don't know why you would say the bible isn't a history book, since the bible contains a more accurate account of historical events then all of the written documents of Greco-Roman culture combined.

I would say that because the purpose of the Bible, as far as I can tell, is not to provide a precise timeline of historic events.
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« Reply #7 on: September 12, 2007, 12:58:34 PM »
I accept that species adapt and evolve.  I accept that the Bible is neither a science book nor a history book.  

I accept that I do not know everything.

I don't know why you would say the bible isn't a history book, since the bible contains a more accurate account of historical events then all of the written documents of Greco-Roman culture combined.

I would say that because the purpose of the Bible, as far as I can tell, is not to provide a precise timeline of historic events.

I would disagree, since the bible is the single most historical document on the face of the earth.

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Re: How Do Christians Who Believe Evolution Explain Creation?
« Reply #8 on: September 12, 2007, 12:59:20 PM »
Then we disagree about the primary purpose of the Bible.
He hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? -- Micah 6:8

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« Reply #9 on: September 12, 2007, 01:03:04 PM »
Then we disagree about the primary purpose of the Bible.

We are not talking about the purpose of the bible, but application.

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« Reply #10 on: September 12, 2007, 01:04:05 PM »
Actually, I've been discussing the purpose, not the application.
He hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? -- Micah 6:8

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« Reply #11 on: September 12, 2007, 01:07:47 PM »
I accept that species adapt and evolve.  I accept that the Bible is neither a science book nor a history book.  

I accept that I do not know everything.

I don't know why you would say the bible isn't a history book, since the bible contains a more accurate account of historical events then all of the written documents of Greco-Roman culture combined.
The Bible is not a history or science text because history and science texts are created by human beings after, in the first case, reviewing historical artifacts - including records - analysing the materials assembled and reaching a conclusion, and, in the second case, after completing experiments or structured observations based on hypotheses and the subsequent analysis of the results.

Again, the Bible is neither of these things.

 

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« Reply #12 on: September 12, 2007, 01:14:29 PM »
Actually, I've been discussing the purpose, not the application.

When discussing any biblical issues other than salvation, you are no longer talking about the primary purpose of the bible. But that wouldn't mean the bible no longer applies.

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Re: How Do Christians Who Believe Evolution Explain Creation?
« Reply #13 on: September 12, 2007, 01:18:37 PM »
I would submit that the Bible was written by men, and that some of what it relates is true, while some may not be literally true.  It may be allegorical, metaphorical, or simply the result of passing down hundreds of years of oral tradition.

The truth of the Bible--and the primary purpose of the Bible, as far as I can tell--is to share the story of God's love for us.
He hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? -- Micah 6:8

Fundamentalism is a personality looking for a theology.

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« Reply #14 on: September 12, 2007, 01:20:23 PM »
I would submit that the Bible was written by men, and that some of what it relates is true, while some may not be literally true.  It may be allegorical, metaphorical, or simply the result of passing down hundreds of years of oral tradition.

The truth of the Bible--and the primary purpose of the Bible, as far as I can tell--is God's love for us.

This is where our disagreement lies. I believe the bible as the infallible, inerrant Word of the living God.