However this debate gives you just that. Each argument has its variations, however it comes down to either God created the Earth and all things in it as they are now or that life today has evolved from a single one-celled organism. According to Genesis God created the Earth and all things in it in 7 days (actually six days and one day for a little R&R). There are within the belief wide ranges of explanations for the scientific discoveries in modern times. In 2000 the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) created a committee to study the first three chapters of the Book of Genesis.
Christians believe the Bible, the story of creation, and that God created the world in seven literal days. However, evolutionists continue to believe that there is evidence that the universe and the earth took billions of years to form. They also believe that life on Earth has come about by the process of evolution, as proposed by Charles Darwin. Scientists are studying different processes and trying to reconstruct the past, but no one can scientifically prove or agree on any one view of history: creation or evolution, old earth or young earth, uniformity, or Noah’s flood. The best one can do is to identify one’s view of history, interpret the evidence within that, and see which view gives the best explanation.
To find out how old fossils are, scientists use a method called radioisotope dating, which measures the amount of uranium or lead lost over the years. Creationists deny evidence from this testing because they assume no uranium or lead has been lost over the years. The process of evolution, which all living things developed from unicellular organisms, over billions of years Exactly how evolution occurs is still debated but it is a scientific fact that it does occur. Most biologists believe that the modern theory of evolution arose from a history of mutations either physically or chemically and it is still occurring. All organisms can be traced back to a common ancestor from inanimate matter.
The first humans, Adam and Eve, were made by God “in his own image…male and female created he them,” (Genesis 1:27). Even the concepts of day and night and seasons and years were of divine origin (Genesis 1:14). All of these objects and ideas were created in the course of six days, and all were formed by the work of God. On the other hand, believers in science take a completely different approach in explaining the origin of the universe. Although there is more than one theory, the most popular today is the concept of the big ba... ... middle of paper ... ...rs old.
Perhaps this is why the religious society is so unwilling to find a happy median. Although that is completely understandable, science did embarrassingly undermine their entire belief system, or did it? A growing number of people from each belief system are beginning to understand that science and religion depend upon each other to give the best answer available to the questions where did I come from, where am I going? Scientists believe that the universe was created 15 billion years ago, where as the chapter Genesis in the bible indicates the world is less than 10,000 years old. Genesis says the first life form was created 10,000 years ago when god created us out of dirt and when the earth was formed, scientists believe the first life form was 3.5 billion years ago and that humans evolved from apes.
It is not only because I am a Christian, it is because I cannot wrap my mind across the fact that a huge light of energy randomly exploded one day, millions of years ago, when there was no life here to prove it. No one can necessarily prove the existence of God either, but there are many historians, as in the Bible that talk about when God was here, and more importantly how He created the earth, and man. A study shows that 25% of people do not believe in God (christianpost.com). Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. There are many firm believers in evolution as well as creation.
Creation vs. Evolution The argument over how the earth was created has been an ongoing battle for many years. Who really knows if some supreme being created the universe, or if it was the end result of a massive explosion from a single atom? Creation, as defined by Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary, is "the act of bringing the world into ordered existence" (Webster's, 304). This seems to imply an immediate action, where the world just appeared and existence all of a sudden began. One argument against Creation is the theory of Evolution, which is defined as "a theory that the various types of animals and plants have their origin in other preexisting types and that the distinguishable differences are due to modifications in successive generations" (Webster's, 431).
Creationism deals with the theory that the world was created in a brief amount of time by a higher being. Creationism has been the way humans explain the making of the earth and the inhabitants on it for thousands of years. This has been depicted through ancient hieroglyphs, stories, and popular mythology. Al... ... middle of paper ... ...on. The only people who do think there can be coexistence are those who are less educated on the topic.
Chapters of Genesis have been interpreted in non-literal ways since around 1820; discoveries in geology before the arrival of Darwin’s theory have shown that the Earth is much older than Archbishop Ussher’s proposal that the world began in 4004 BCE (Ferguson 2012: 84). St Augustine himself suggested that the early books of the Bible were metaphorical and were written so the Bible would be accessible to those who were uneducated (Stewart-Williams 2010: 58). Many Christians today do not take the literal view of Genesis but still view God as the Creator despite Darwin’s theory surfacing over a century ago. Numerous believers maintain that discoveries in science that explain the process of creation just register the power of a Creator to ordain those laws (Ferguson 2012: 85). An explanation for this may be that many people who hold the belief that God is the Creator held this belief before encountering the theory of evolution (Stewart-Williams 2010: 51).
The Bible states that the earth is only a few thousand years, but for evolution to be possible, the earth would have to be several millions of years old if not more. The Bible also suggests that all species were put on the earth at the same time and in the same form that they are in today, including humans, rather that the common ancestry and speciation that evolution supports(Silverstein 10). But whether they choose Creationism or Darwinism, it is difficult for one to deny the facts and proofs that are put forth by the theory of evolution, and every day another step is made towards finding the true origin of species.