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Post by ZachAmick on Tue Nov 06, 2018 8:50 pm

1.Can someone be a sincere Christian and believe in evolution?

Do we live in a created or a happenstantial world? Many who espouse evolution reject the notion of creation and deny God instead offering a theory of happenstance and inevitability. For those the answer would obviously be no. There are however some who profess both a creator God and an evolutionary process married in some form of syncretism.
The Genesis 1 account of creation show that God created things in a particular order and actually brought forth new things from what He already created.
Day 1 He established the primary things(water) which provide the basic blocks upon which He builds the rest of creation. It is out of this that God creates a new separation forming Heaven and Earth with the space between being identified as the sky. Then out of the waters which He placed the sky over(Earth), He brought about dry ground. This shows that what God was creating is dependent on that which God has already created. We see this pattern continue with the creation of plants, animals, and man.
Evolution offers a similar narrative stating that what we currently have is dependent of what was prior and indeed comes from things that existed before. However, Genesis 2 tells us is that man was formed out of the dust and became a living creature when God gave man the breath of life. This stands starkly opposed to the theory of man evolving from animals. As Christians, we must believe in the New Testament writings where we are again told that we were made in God’s image and we see this breath of life being restored, which confirms the Genesis accounts of creation.

2. Why is revelation necessary?
Revelation is necessary because without it we would all be doomed. If God did not reveal Himself to us then we would not know Him. If we did not have experiential knowledge of God then we would not have a relationship with Him. If we have no relationship with God then we have no hope, nor salvation, nor promise of eternity. The only thing that awaits us is the promise of death and destruction. Perhaps we could invent some sort of clever story to try and make sense of things, work really hard at advancing society and living a meaningful life, or maybe even develop a technique for reaching some sort of blissful state of mind, but the unfortunate reality of whatever these false hopes promise is that they have no hope at all. Only through the God who has revealed Himself to the world through His Son do we find true hope and salvation. Apart from revelation given by God we cannot have this nor will we achieve or find it.
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Re: Theology Questions

Post by Jessica Rodriguez on Wed Nov 07, 2018 1:02 pm

ZachAmick wrote:1.Can someone be a sincere Christian and believe in evolution?

Do we live in a created or a happenstantial world? Many who espouse evolution reject the notion of creation and deny God instead offering a theory of happenstance and inevitability. For those the answer would obviously be no. There are however some who profess both a creator God and an evolutionary process married in some form of syncretism.
The Genesis 1 account of creation show that God created things in a particular order and actually brought forth new things from what He already created.
Day 1 He established the primary things(water) which provide the basic blocks upon which He builds the rest of creation. It is out of this that God creates a new separation forming Heaven and Earth with the space between being identified as the sky. Then out of the waters which He placed the sky over(Earth), He brought about dry ground. This shows that what God was creating is dependent on that which God has already created. We see this pattern continue with the creation of plants, animals, and man.
Evolution offers a similar narrative stating that what we currently have is dependent of what was prior and indeed comes from things that existed before. However, Genesis 2 tells us is that man was formed out of the dust and became a living creature when God gave man the breath of life. This stands starkly opposed to the theory of man evolving from animals. As Christians, we must believe in the New Testament writings where we are again told that we were made in God’s image and we see this breath of life being restored, which confirms the Genesis accounts of creation.

2. Why is revelation necessary?
Revelation is necessary because without it we would all be doomed. If God did not reveal Himself to us then we would not know Him. If we did not have experiential knowledge of God then we would not have a relationship with Him. If we have no relationship with God then we have no hope, nor salvation, nor promise of eternity. The only thing that awaits us is the promise of death and destruction. Perhaps we could invent some sort of clever story to try and make sense of things, work really hard at advancing society and living a meaningful life, or maybe even develop a technique for reaching some sort of blissful state of mind, but the unfortunate reality of whatever these false hopes promise is that they have no hope at all. Only through the God who has revealed Himself to the world through His Son do we find true hope and salvation. Apart from revelation given by God we cannot have this nor will we achieve or find it.

I completely agree with Zack that the happenstance and chance proponents of evolution cannot be agreed upon by a true Christian. I also agree that as Christians we must believe that we, humans, were made in God's image. If this were not true, everything would change about our identity and Jesus being incarnate as man and Him being able to take our sins upon Himself. We are in God's image and were given dominion over the rest of the earth by God. We didn't just happen to evolve by survival of the fittest. Possibly, in a small scale of the succession of nature, such as the natural succession of shrubs into trees and forests, you could believe in evolution as a Christian, but only in microevolution and only with the understanding that God is the force behind all of it and that He has complete control.
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