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Does the bible discredit evolution 100%?

I am a firm believer in Creator Guided Evolution. Meaning that while the Gods did create the earth and start the process of evolution they did not create each individual animal and plant species... They simply guided things along (and continue to) to aid in creation.

I don't see how this is discredited biblically. The Bible states that God (IMO Gods) created the Heavens and the Earth... But never actually states that each species was created individually...

Now I can see how traditional Darwinistic evolution does not fit in to the beliefs that the bible teaches. But I don't see how the bible shows that beliefs such as creator guided evolution can not be.

**As a note, I am not a bible believeing person. But because of the recent discussions on here about the subject I wanted to get opinions... Please do not bash my beliefs or those of others, everyone is entitled to their own path!

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SabrinaMBowen

Asked by SabrinaMBowen at 9:39 AM on Aug. 10, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • 1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was[a] on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. 3 Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. 4 And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day. 6 Then God said, “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.” 7 Thus God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and it was so.

    dedicatedrider

    Answer by dedicatedrider at 9:54 AM on Aug. 10, 2009

  • 8 And God called the firmament Heaven. So the evening and the morning were the second day. 9 Then God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so. 10 And God called the dry land Earth, and the gathering together of the waters He called Seas. And God saw that it was good. 11 Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so.

    dedicatedrider

    Answer by dedicatedrider at 9:56 AM on Aug. 10, 2009

  • 12 And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 13 So the evening and the morning were the third day. 14 Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years;

    dedicatedrider

    Answer by dedicatedrider at 9:56 AM on Aug. 10, 2009

  • 5 and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so. 16 Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also. 17 God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth, 18 and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 So the evening and the morning were the fourth day.

    dedicatedrider

    Answer by dedicatedrider at 9:57 AM on Aug. 10, 2009

  • 20 Then God said, “Let the waters abound with an abundance of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the face of the firmament of the heavens.” 21 So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” 23 So the evening and the morning were the fifth day.

    dedicatedrider

    Answer by dedicatedrider at 9:58 AM on Aug. 10, 2009

  • 24 Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to its kind: cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth, each according to its kind”; and it was so. 25 And God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

    dedicatedrider

    Answer by dedicatedrider at 9:59 AM on Aug. 10, 2009

  • 26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all[b] the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

    dedicatedrider

    Answer by dedicatedrider at 10:00 AM on Aug. 10, 2009

  • 29 And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. 30 Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food”; and it was so. 31 Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

    dedicatedrider

    Answer by dedicatedrider at 10:01 AM on Aug. 10, 2009

  • You are incorrect in stating that the Bible only mentions that God created the heavens and the earth, as shown by these verses in Genesis 1. It also clearly states that each event happened in one day, even more clearly by the statement of "evening and morning", preceding the day.  The earth and everything in it was created in 6 days.  In verses not included here we are told that God rested on the 7th day.

    dedicatedrider

    Answer by dedicatedrider at 10:04 AM on Aug. 10, 2009

  • Its only discredited if if you believe in an absolute literal interpretation and reading of the Bible.

    I personally believe that the Bible (especially the OT) is meant to be read metaphorically/allegorically/symbolically/etc, and therefore have no qualms with believing in Creator assisted evolution.

    As Karen Armstrong says in her History of God, these accounts were "not intended to be taken literally, but were metaphorical attempts to describe a reality that was too complex and elusive any other way", and "the story was not a factual account of the physical origins of life upon earth, but was a deliberately symbolic attempt to suggest a great mystery and to release its sacred power. A literal account of creation was impossible, since nobody had been present at these unimaginable events: myth and symbol were thus the only suitable way of describing them" (pages 5 and 7)

    I love her, and highly recommend her books!
    bandgeek521

    Answer by bandgeek521 at 10:24 AM on Aug. 10, 2009

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