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Old 09-06-2007, 01:15 PM
 
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Are the two mutually exclusive?
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Old 09-06-2007, 01:19 PM
 
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It depends on how hardcore you are. Many evolutionists have been and are religious. They can see evolution as their god's means for creation. Religious literalists however can't accept that, and need things to completely jive with their holy book, like a 6000 year old Earth and man coexisting with dinosaurs like some crazy Flintstones cartoon.
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Old 09-06-2007, 01:29 PM
 
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Yep, Philly Chief and I agree for once. Several Christians on this forum believe in evolution. I, being a literalist, as Philly Chief put it, think that it has to exactly square with the Bible and there are several scriptures which would seem to indicate otherwise.
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Old 09-06-2007, 01:33 PM
 
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It depends on how hardcore you are. Many evolutionists have been and are religious. They can see evolution as their god's means for creation. Religious literalists however can't accept that, and need things to completely jive with their holy book, like a 6000 year old Earth and man coexisting with dinosaurs like some crazy Flintstones cartoon.
Flintsones.. nice. You crack me up.

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Old 09-06-2007, 01:40 PM
 
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Flintsones.. nice. You crack me up.

Just call me Wilma...or Betty has a nice ring to it!
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Old 09-06-2007, 01:44 PM
 
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So do most Christians believe the earth is only 6,000 yrs old?
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Old 09-06-2007, 01:54 PM
 
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So do most Christians believe the earth is only 6,000 yrs old?
Again, the strict Bible literalists do. I don't know the breakdown of whether that would be a majority, minority or what.
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Old 09-06-2007, 01:55 PM
 
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So do most Christians believe the earth is only 6,000 yrs old?
I'd like to believe they don't, but I have little faith
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Old 09-06-2007, 02:17 PM
 
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Yep, Philly Chief and I agree for once. Several Christians on this forum believe in evolution. I, being a literalist, as Philly Chief put it, think that it has to exactly square with the Bible and there are several scriptures which would seem to indicate otherwise.
I'm with kaykay here.. If I believe that God is all-powerful and that He created the world, why couldn't He have done it in six days?
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Old 09-06-2007, 02:30 PM
 
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Well, I am another "literalist" PhillyChief alluded to. I believe the Bible is truth. Therefore, evolution and biblical creationism are mutually exclusive. IMHO, they cannot be merged because to do so would basically undermine the entire salvation message of the entire Bible (not just one part of Genesis) and basically render Jesus meaningless.

Some very prominent evolutionists (who happen to be athiest also - like Dawkins) already understand this and mock Christians who try to incorporate evolution into the Bible because even they understand you cannot do that without destroying the whole bible.

So in short, I believe the earth is ~6,000 years old. I believe everything was created by God in six literal 24 hour days. I believe what we see today is not a true or complete representation of the original creation due to the effect of sin entering the creation at the Fall. I also believe the Noachian flood and Noah's Ark are true historical occurrences.
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