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Can Christians believe in Evolution?

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I have always believed that Science (Evolution in this case) explains the"How", and Religion (Christianity in this case) explains the"Why", and that they go hand-in-hand when describing the design and creation of the universe and mankind.
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But doesn't Macro Evolution contradict the Bible? The Bible says that God made creation in 6 days and the proponents of macro evolution say that it took millions of years. They think that God made man out of a monkey over a long period of time instead of out of dust in one day(and a woman out of man's rib).

God reiterated in the book of Exodus that the world and its creatures were made in 6 days,"For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy."
(Exo 20:11)

I think it's too scary to believe in macro evolution… 'cause that would mean that we Christians couldn't take the book of Genesis seriously, or any of the other references in the Bible to the creation of the world, and if we can't read those as accurate descriptions of creation then what if the rest of the historical accounts in the Bible aren't to be read as accurate accounts of history either?
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But doesn't Macro Evolution contradict the Bible? The Bible says that God made creation in 6 days and the proponents of macro evolution say that it took millions of years. They think that God made man out of a monkey over a long period of time instead of out of dust in one day(and a woman out of man's rib).

God reiterated in the book of Exodus that the world and its creatures were made in 6 days,"For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy."
(Exo 20:11)

I think it's too scary to believe in macro evolution… 'cause that would mean that we Christians couldn't take the book of Genesis seriously, or any of the other references in the Bible to the creation of the world, and if we can't read those as accurate descriptions of creation then what if the rest of the historical accounts in the Bible aren't to be read as accurate accounts of history either?
But we have proof for evolution, we have heaps of evidence to go through that proves evolution to be true. The Bible relies on nothing but faith to believe that what is said on creation to be true. What do you think or say when you see the evidence? This is not me being facetious or anything. I am genuinely just curious to know from a Christians perspective? What goes on in your head when you are presented with the evidence?
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But we have proof for evolution, we have heaps of evidence to go through that proves evolution to be true. The Bible relies on nothing but faith to believe that what is said on creation to be true. What do you think or say when you see the evidence? This is not me being facetious or anything. I am genuinely just curious to know from a Christians perspective? What goes on in your head when you are presented with the evidence?
I just want to say that for Christians"FAITH" is everything. We don't have any problem seeing your evidence of evolution, it is not going to sway us away from what we believe in. God exists and present in my heart. I don't see Him or hear Him talk in front of me but His presence in my daily life is inexplicable. For non believers, of course they will call it craziness.
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But we have proof for evolution, we have heaps of evidence to go through that proves evolution to be true. The Bible relies on nothing but faith to believe that what is said on creation to be true. What do you think or say when you see the evidence? This is not me being facetious or anything. I am genuinely just curious to know from a Christians perspective? What goes on in your head when you are presented with the evidence?
Hi, Sirena, thanks for the question :) There is evidence for micro evolution, changes within species (this is where we get different breeds of dogs for instance), but not macro evolution, change from one species into another, for instance, we do not have evidence that fish turn into dogs.

When I see on tv, or read in a book, that any particular"ape" skeleton is my ancestor, or that"such-and-such a fossil is millions of years old", I automatically realize that the scientists are misinterpreting what they are looking at. They are either looking at an old ape skeleton or an old human skeleton, but not an"ape-man"(unless they mixed together the bones of an ape and a human). And if they say a fossil is millions of years old then I know that their dating method is flawed. Christians and evolution scientists are both looking at the same physical evidence, they just have different interpretations of that evidence. If you'd like more information about how Christians interpret the physical evidence you can go to the Answers in Genesis website - they have many plausible explanations as to how the fossils and other things ended up the way they did and look how they look today.

As Christians, we start with having faith that God, the Creator, knows what He is talking about. As it says in Hebrews 11:3,"By faith we understand that the universe was formed by God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible."

The Bible says that the earth, and all that is in it, was made by God in 6 days,"For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy."
(Exo 20:11)

God's word says that God made monkeys on the same day that he made man. Mankind did not come from apes, but existed at the same time they did, and was to have dominion over them, and over all of the animals:"And God said, 'Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds—livestock and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds.' And it was so. And God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds and the livestock according to their kinds, and everything that creeps on the ground according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. Then God said, 'Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.' So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them."(Gen 1:24-27)


Either way I look at it I would have to have faith, either in God the Creator's Word, or in the scientists' interpretation of what they are looking at AFTER creation. We Christians are supposed to put our faith in the Creator, not in created man.


So, you see, If I claim to believe that the Bible is the Word of God then it would be contradictory for me to trust man's theory of how the earth was made over God's revelation to us, in the Bible, of how He, the Creator Himself, made Creation
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Sorry, I meant for that to have paragraphs, hopefully it's not too hard to read :)
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Hi, Sirena, thanks for the question :) There is evidence for micro evolution, changes within species (this is where we get different breeds of dogs for instance), but not macro evolution, change from one species into another, for instance, we do not have evidence that fish turn into dogs.

When I see on tv, or read in a book, that any particular"ape" skeleton is my ancestor, or that"such-and-such a fossil is millions of years old", I automatically realize that the scientists are misinterpreting what they are looking at. They are either looking at an old ape skeleton or an old human skeleton, but not an"ape-man"(unless they mixed together the bones of an ape and a human). And if they say a fossil is millions of years old then I know that their dating method is flawed. Christians and evolution scientists are both looking at the same physical evidence, they just have different interpretations of that evidence. If you'd like more information about how Christians interpret the physical evidence you can go to the Answers in Genesis website - they have many plausible explanations as to how the fossils and other things ended up the way they did and look how they look today.

As Christians, we start with having faith that God, the Creator, knows what He is talking about. As it says in Hebrews 11:3,"By faith we understand that the universe was formed by God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible."

The Bible says that the earth, and all that is in it, was made by God in 6 days,"For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy."
(Exo 20:11)

God's word says that God made monkeys on the same day that he made man. Mankind did not come from apes, but existed at the same time they did, and was to have dominion over them, and over all of the animals:"And God said, 'Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds—livestock and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds.' And it was so. And God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds and the livestock according to their kinds, and everything that creeps on the ground according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. Then God said, 'Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.' So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them."(Gen 1:24-27)


Either way I look at it I would have to have faith, either in God the Creator's Word, or in the scientists' interpretation of what they are looking at AFTER creation. We Christians are supposed to put our faith in the Creator, not in created man.


So, you see, If I claim to believe that the Bible is the Word of God then it would be contradictory for me to trust man's theory of how the earth was made over God's revelation to us, in the Bible, of how He, the Creator Himself, made Creation
I admire the fact that you do stick to your faith absolutely, and not pick and choose what you want to take from the Bible as fact or fiction, as that does not make you a believer in any religion,and many people will still call themselves a Christian, even though they do not believe in his word fully. I really respect that, and thank you for responding to my question, and not just attacking it or fighting me on it. 😊

I just simply cannot understand how you can look past so much evidence that has proven to be fact, based on faith, which technically, is not fact at all.

But that's just me, so thank you. 😊
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I don't think so.
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As a Christian myself, the evolution that Science wants us to believe is unacceptable. Even if Science give me tons of evidence, I will stick to what the Bible says.
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As a Christian myself, the evolution that Science wants us to believe is unacceptable. Even if Science give me tons of evidence, I will stick to what the Bible says.
Me too.
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I don't think so.
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As a Christian myself, the evolution that Science wants us to believe is unacceptable. Even if Science give me tons of evidence, I will stick to what the Bible says.
Sorry, but the evolution that"science wants us to believe" has been determined through endless research, analysis, trials and evidence. Why is that unacceptable? It gives more fact and proof on the subject than the Bible does, and has mountains of tangible evidence, whereas the Bible has nothing but faith to rely on. How is the latter more acceptable?
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Opinions given here should be respected. We have different views in life as well as religion. If he said it is unacceptable, he was saying what he just feels about it. It has nothing to do with what you believe either. So be nice.
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Christians only believe in one true God and His way of creating us.
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I don't think Christians will ever believe in evolution. That would ruin everything they believed in for so long.
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I don't think Christians will ever believe in evolution. That would ruin everything they believed in for so long.
You are right.
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Christians won't even think about it, I guess.
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Evolution is not included in the Christians' vocabulary.
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Yes, it does contradict the Bible and we cannot believe in such thing as evolution.
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It is something that a Christian cannot believe. I am just guessing. I mean, given the fact that what Christians believe for is the creation.
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