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Post by Jessica Rodriguez on Thu Oct 18, 2018 8:04 pm

1. Can Someone be a sincere Christian and believe in evolution?
I don’t believe it is possible to be a sincere Christian and believe in macroevolution. The idea of evolution is that everything just happened, on accident. It also says that the world keeps evolving into better and better versions or editions of itself or into completely new entities, because it started out as a single cell or unfinished product. This is contrary to creation, because nothing that exists is random, it all serves a purpose, but also, God didn’t create anything that was unfinished. Nothing needed to evolve to get better. God created the earth and saw that it was good. Of course, because of the fall, sin plays a huge part in the state of creation. So, now we do see humans improving and growing, in light of the Gospel and the new life we have in Jesus. We do see people micro-evolve and adapt to new situations and ways of life. So, I don’t think it’s impossible to believe in microevolution as a sincere Christian, as long as the triune God is the force that is allowing and sustaining all of the change.

2. Pg. 231 #6. What does nature tell us about God? What is the limitation of nature for the knowledge of God?
Nature tells us and demonstrates to us the love of God, as well as the intentionality and omnipotence of God. Nature is completely out of our control, which is why being out in nature all alone is a very awing, sometimes scary, and humbling experience. Nature is God’s creation and it follows His voice and His command. At the utterance of God’s voice, the earth melts and the mountains quake. Yet, we live in a fallen world and things are not the way they were when God first created the earth. We look through sinful, fallen lenses and the creation that we see is also fallen. There is no way that we could come to the right revelation about God without His divine intervention with us, through the blood of Christ that bridged the gap between us and God. God speaks to us through His scripture and through the Holy Spirit. We will see God more correctly in nature when our thoughts are aligned with God’s Word and the prompting of His Spirit.
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Post by Jacob Gulka on Fri Nov 02, 2018 1:35 am

Concerning question one, that was a great response! Specifying the distinctions between macro and micro evolution is incredibly important when talking about this. The Bible doesn't state that species evolve outside of their kind but we do see them evolve in nature within their kind (e.g. breeding) which demonstrates such a difference. I believe it is important to initially define what it means to be a sincere Christian and what evolution is particularly before making any sharp conclusions, which you demonstrate effectively.

Concerning the second question you answered, that was incredibly poetic. God is expressed deeply through nature with as its vastness and diversity. To understand that it yields to Almighty God further illustrates His vastness as it exceeds earth and the cosmos.
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