So what is harder for God- to create everything out of nothing, or to create everything out of nothing and with an inbuilt history that explains how it all came to be in accordance with the physical laws that he created too. If this is correct, He could have created man with an inbuilt history of evolution, but he could have done it all in a moment. So Evolution may just as well be a perfectly correct explanation for describing the history of man that God created. Both Creation and Evolution can be correct. None of this even requires you to question how long a day is- why can't it just be a normal, 24 hour day?
But, fortunately for theists, faith isn't based on logic.
All human beings belong to one ancestor, Adam, and Adam himself was created from mud, God created Adam and Eve, who was created from Adam's left ribs, then when Adam woke up, he found her beside him, to be his partner in life after he felt so lonely.
Moreover, the result of breeding of two animals of different species if any, is indeed sterile, can't reproduce, ie, no opportunity to give chance for a new species to develop. Another thing, the ordinary 'ants' we live with now, were found to be the same as ants found in fossils million years ago.
All this leads to the conclusion that the origin of life, animals and human, is being created by God, and God alone, and that each type of animal was created separately, and that the similarity in the building block of living creatures, which is the cell, strengthens the evidence that only one creator did all that, a creator who is able to bring all this vast diversity of living creatures form one building block.
God was the Cause
For every effect, there is a cause (observable)
There was not cause - 15 billion years ago for no know reason, the universe exploded itself into existence. Time, chance, and natural process created all things.
The creation of the universe is an effect with no cause (not observable).
The universe was spoken into existence by God's Word.
Matter cannot be created or destroyed by natural processes (observable).
Began with 'singularity', a tiny infinitely hot and dense point
Matter was created by a natural process (not observable).
We are devolving
Energy goes from a state of usable energy to less usable energy (observable).
We are evolving
Energy goes from a state of less usable energy to more usable energy (not observable).
Earth created first (day 1)
Stars came afterwards (day 4) with the sun and moon.
Stars formed first
Earth formed afterwards
6 Days - The creation of the World was FINISHED in six day and is no longer taking place (observable).
Infinite Time - 4.6 billion years ago the earth evolved by natural processes. The world is in a continuous process of creation evolution (not observable).
Life comes from life (observable), no known exceptions.
Forces of Nature
It is possible for life to come from non-life (not observable).
2 Days (Faith based) - all animal/human life was created on day 5 and 6.
Millions of years (Faith based) - They don't know how it happened but given enough time they BELIEVE it will.
Kind begets kind (observable).
Kind begets some other kind (not observable).
Birds first, then
Reptiles first, then
Man was created on day six
Man is made in the image of God.
3.5 billion years ago life evolved
Humans evolved from ape-like creatures.
After Adam sinned, not a process of creation - it is a product of man's sin.
Always been present, part of the creation process - the means by which man evolves into a higher being.
Sin, there was no death before Adam sinned (plant life not included), the breath of life was breathed into animals but not plants.
Natural process, existed from the beginning of life
Both physical and spiritual, you will give an account of your life after you die.
Physical only, no accountability after death.
Form rapidly (liquefaction). Witnessed during Mt. St. Helen (observable).
Form slowly. No evidence witnessed (not observable).
Catastrophic event, rapid burial in water, (observable).
Buried by dust over long periods of time (not observable).
Marine fossils on
Global flood, Genesis account
Rapid 40 day/night event
Springs of the deep broken up
All creation perished
All mountains covered by at least 20 ft.
About 200 legends from cultures all over the world.
Local floods, earth sinking into the ocean and rising again.
No written record or legend
Fossilized trees spanning many layers indicates rapid burial by water, observable with Mt. St. Helen. Can be created in one week (observable).
Over many years plant life died, sank into the earth, and coal formed (not observable).
Coal, Oil, Petrified Wood, can all be made in a matter of weeks, (observable).
Coal, Oil, Petrified Wood take millions of years to form (not observable).
Recognize that the Biblical day means 24 hours and accept it as fact
Hebrew word "Yom", in all cases, means short period of time
defined to be evening and morning
days are distinguished between seasons and years (Genesis 1:14)
God's own word (Exodus 10:11)
writing style of Genesis is narrative, not poetic
genealogy of human race given
Some, recognize that the Biblical day means 24 hours but reject the account as a myth.
Others, interpret the Biblical definition of day to mean millions of years.
Though one can claim to believe in Divinely-guided evolution, this is often not the case. The general paradigm in which Evolution is taught, is one of mere natural causes. This may then be taken as an implicit excuse for hedonism, as few people want "bothersome" rules, or limitations to their personal pleasure. Lack of self-discipline has led to epidemic obesity, drunkenness, divorce rates, violence etc.
Many think that science, and specifically Evolution, have proved that there is no God. They don't comprehend that even if Evolution was an unquestionable fact, it would not automatically follow that God isn't there. They also seem unaware that there are some highly-qualified scientists who do not believe in Evolution.
Those wishing to look for further evidence may find these links useful:See also:
Creation and evolution already coexist in the Catholic Church, simply because recent popes have been sensible enough not to put doctrine at odds with provable fact. The result is 'theistic evolution', the concept that evolution did indeed occur, but that God guided the process. Scientists do not accept theistic evolution as factual because it is incompatible with natural selection, but at least it allows traditional concepts of creation to coexist with scientific fact.
Now, not only the Catholic Church, but other mainstream denominations accept the reality of evolution and say that they see no incompatibility. Inevitably, Christianity must come to terms with our natural history.
They do not believe in evolution; only creation.
Evolution is scientific fact. Creation is religious faith masquerading as real science.
Yes evolution and Christianity can coexist. The Book of Genesis is not a science book and it simply conveys the truth that God is the ultimate maker of the Universe and Life. The means of which God did it are up for discussion , but evolution could very well have been the method God used to make man. Christian Intellectuals such as C.S. Lewis, Francis Collins, Tim Keller, and various others have had no problem with evolution coexisting with Christian teaching. Answer: No, evolution and Christianity cannot coexist. The Bible teaches that God created everything by His word, and there is no dispute about that. No where has the Bible said that God used evolution. He spoke the universe into existence.
Norman D. Newell has written: 'Creation and evolution' -- subject(s): Evolution, Creation
William A. Schmeling has written: 'Creation versus evolution? Not really!' -- subject(s): Creation, Evolution
creation because you need something to evolve
evolution can be proven that is why it is a fact, The biblical creation is a belief and not proven.
The church teaches that the bible account of creation is a divinely inspired story of creation to explain to man and woman of the time, and is not in conflict with evolution, should evolution be true.
Fundamentalists are at odds with the teaching of evolution because they believe it is not compatible with the teaching of creation. They believe the Bible teaches creation.