Evolution/Religous Beliefs

first off, 60% of the points from this post are going to Kradon666 since he gave me the idea. http://www.sharenator.com/evolution_or_creationism/

So I was reading through Kradon666 post about beliefs, so I thought I might as well share my thoughts about how we came to be.

I am a Christian, so I believe in the Genesis story, but I am also a man that takes stock in facts such as "there are remains from prehistoric species that are not explained in the bible." So through numerous debates with friends, family, and other persons of intellect, I finally came up with a valid hypothesis to explain both the scientific phenomenon of adaptation(aka evolution) and my religious foundation.

In the Book of Genesis, it is said that God created the Earth and everything in it in just six short days and then had one day to rest. I find this amazing that a being of any sort can create a complete and total system of living and non-living things in the period of 144 hours. Then it struck me, what if God's time is different from our time? This would explain why God could create so many things in such an inconceivable amount of time; for God, the creation could have taken six days, but to us, it could have been billions of years.

The next topic I want to discuss is straight up evolution. If you are not in the know (which most people on this site are, but you never know) there are the remains of prehistoric species that were of this earth and then died out. As it stands now, evolution is the only thing that is taught in schools about how we came into being, but evolution can only take you so far. I do believe that evolution has will continue to take place. The bible says the God created all creatures, but it doesn't say which ones. Yes it mentions birds and livestock, etc., but nothing specific. http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis+1&version=NIV So my point being, God could have created the first set of species and then let natural selection take its course, but then I know someone is going to read this and say, "But God created Man in His image on the sixth day." To which my response is that He did. The Man that God created was Adam, who was semi-divine, but what about all of the rest of the peoples that inhabited the Earth after the fall of Man? They evolved from primates just like scientist lead you to believe.

Another part of evolution that is tricky, but has to do with God's time, is the subject of dinosaurs. You can go to just about any museum and find a skeleton of a dinosaur in some way, shape, or fashion. But if dinosaurs are not in the bible, and God created all things, why are they not in the bible? There are two reasons for this. First, the writers of the bible probably did not know of the dinosaurs at the time, so therefore only thought of the creatures that they could observe (even-though none were specifically given). Secondly, we do not know how long Adam and Eve were in the Garden of Eden, so who is to say it was not long enough for the dinosaurs to die out and modern species to take hold over the Earth.

Some people try to take stock in Intelligent Design, which is just fancy bull crap for saying, "I believe in God, but I don't want to publicly announce it." A few of the ideas in I.D. are that an omnipresent force created everything, and then backed off and let the system (Earth) take its course; like winding up an old clock and letting it tick away without disturbing it. I think that this is one possible way that the world was created, and then God just let it run, because He had already built in a system that would pick the best species to survive (aka natural selection or evolution).

Yes, these ideas are a bunch of "what if?" and "could have" things, but that is exactly what they are, ideas. Ya, it kinda turned into a rant on religion, but it is about my beliefs. Positive feedback and constructive criticism is welcomed, but tom-foolery and immaturity has no place here on this post or on this site.

If you have a question about an idea or don't understand some of my rationalizations, just ask.

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    I actually understand where you are coming from on the whole time displacement between heaven and earth. I used to go to church and one of the things I remember is my sunday school teacher telling everyone that time has no meaning in heaven. On a different note. I never thought that my post about evolution vs creationism would have gotten so much attention in the first place. To everyone else who comments here. THIS IS NOT A REPOST!

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    That last line you put in there cracked me up, cuz i explained that in the very begining, but some knucklehead is gonna come and say it is, and then we get to call him a dumbass lol

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    That's exactly why I put it in there.

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    THIS IS A REPOST!!!!!

    just kiding
    I agree with how you say that you see some tricky parts to the evolution theory and intelligent design and all that, its just like how I find parts of the book of genisis tricky. Really, I think all explainations of how life started are tricky because every explanation has some parts of them that don't really make sense.
    I am the kind of person, like many on this site, that look at the evidence. And to me, the theory of evolution makes more sense to me. It is just the way I see things. I think that "God" is what we perceive of him inside our selves. I do like talking about beliefs, but right now it is making my head hurt lol, so I am just going to stop here and maybe I'll come back to discuss it later

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    well something for you to think about before you come back is that science is really only concerned with "How?" and religion servers to answer the "Why?"

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    I appreciate your worldview, and have absolutely no issue with it. I don't have issue with religion, as long as it's not oppositional to science or harmful to people. Yours is neither of these things.

    Kudos for thinking for yourself, and wading through the constant barrage of facts, dogma, feelings, and more that we are pelted with.

    I would recommend reading up on Ken Miller, I think he would interest you. He is an evolutionary biologist (if I'm not mistaken) who is also a devout Christian. I recommend his book, "Finding Darwin's God."

    And here's a short Youtube clip if you are interested.


    I really appreciate putting yourself out there like this. Takes guts.

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    I know a guy who is a scientist and still a devout christian. I heard someone ask him one day how he can be both and he anwered saying, "They are both correct, one does not disprove the other." Which is actually true. They don't disprove. They simply give different points of view. Thanks for the free bit of college education.

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    Very very interesting, but it didn't get me to believe the theory. Yes I know it's 'proven' and all but I think God just made it like that. Faith is the belief in things unseen. How would anybody have faith in God if everything was known? This might sound kind of high headed but its what I believe. And its in faith! +3

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