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Today's Creation Moment

Apr
16
Do the Bible and Science Mix?
John 3:12
“If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things.”
Scientific principles learned in the Bible have led to countless scientific discoveries and saved millions of lives. It’s true. Without the Bible, we would never have the blessings of modern science...
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There certainly is much misunderstanding going on, as there always is with this debate and so we tend to use sharp words and talk about right and wrong about things that we don't really understand. I appreciate that someone else reminded us that this is a blog about Theistic Evolution, not Evolution. Evolution is a nondirectional, nonpurposeful mechanism of the history of the world and universe. Theistic Evolution (there are various views within this group, so I can't speak for everyone) generally states that the God of the Bible created the world and the universe and that the events in Genesis were real, historical, actual events in time (they are not dismissed), but that from our human perspective, God's acts in the Creation "look" natural, or like evolution happened. Similar to the parting of the Red Sea. The parting was a historical, actual event in time on earth, and it occurred exactly as the Bible states it. However, if Moses and anyone else had not heard the actual voice of God, to let them know that God was about to do something, it would "look" like a natural, all be it, very unusual, event in nature. Where the winds blew all night at just the right direction and with just the right velocity to blow a dry path across the Red Sea. The Egyptians were not afraid to follow the Israelites into the Red Sea. It probably seemed to them as the wind "caused" this "natural" event to happen. They didn't stop and immediately conclude that the Israelite God had done this and fall to the ground and worship God. So what was the difference between how Moses viewed the parting of the Red Sea and how the Egyptians viewed the parting? It's possible that the only difference is that Moses knew God was the ultimate cause of the wind, whereas the Egyptians had their ultimate cause be just one step short of God and concluded it was a natural, but unusual wind. Evolutionists have their ultimate cause be nature. Theistic Evolutionists have their ultimate cause be God, and acknowledge that God's miracles don't defy His laws of nature, they just "appear" to be very improbable events of nature, but they give God the credit as the ultimate cause. Therefore, Theistic Evolution, as stated here, does not contradict the Bible and is not contrary to the God of the Bible. It acknowledges everything in the Bible as Truth, actual and historical, it is merely pointing out that God's acts in nature may "look" like the mechanism of nature, be it, highly unusual in some cases and highly usual in others. So to study evolution, from a Theistic Evolutionist perspective, is to study God's acts in nature.

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