Creation vs. Evolution

My little sister recently asked me a short, but difficult question: “What are your thoughts about evolution?” Here are some excerpts of my response: Whenever I have tough questions, http://www.gotquestions.org/ is a GREAT starting point. They usually give concise and biblical answers, point to scripture references, and direct you to good resources as well. Here is a list of questions they have answered on creation: http://www.gotquestions.org/search.php?zoom_sort=0&zoom_query=creation I would read the gotquestions answers before you go anywhere else. Dr. Mohler (president of my seminary, and nationally-known Christian commentator) wrote a good blog today about how Christians should regard/consider archaeological evidence. http://www.albertmohler.com/blog_read.php?id=1184 Here are some other websites if you want to go even deeper: http://www.answersingenesis.org/ http://www.icr.org/ I used to use http://www.reasons.org/ and Hugh Ross as a resource, but John MacArthur pointed me to some very good points about his methodology in prioritizing general revelation through nature over God’s special revelation in Scripture. Things to keep in mind regarding Creation/Evolution discussions: 1) lots of discussion on evolution (like the end times) can degenerate into prideful/"I know more than you" type arguments 2) God's Word trumps Science over and over and over. The Bible is true and can be trusted for all things. The creation account in Genesis 1-3 is literal and not figurative. 3) You will never have all the answers in regard to God. He is infinite and we are finite/limited, to include in our academic/reasoning ability. Be careful not to limit God with human logic/reason and our own limited capacities. 4) Bottom line of creation: God created. Some of my specific thoughts to Christian responses to evolution (keep in mind I am limited in my understanding on these things...hence my usage of “probable”) Serious Doubts/Probably Unbiblical Interpretations: Day-Age, Framework, Old-Earth, Theistic Evolution, Gap Theory More probable/biblical: Mature Earth (created mature), Young Earth, 6 Literal Days Some good quotes from John MacArthur: "evolution was invented in order to eliminate the God of Genesis and thereby to oust the Lawgiver and obliterate the inviolability of His law” "Scripture, not science, is the ultimate test of all truth" "Absolutely nothing in the text of Genesis 1:1–2:3 speaks of evolution or long geological ages in the creation process" "In other words, what God made did not evolve. He gave the order, and it came into existence complete and fully functioning." THE BATTLE FOR THE BEGINNING: The Bible on Creation and the Fall of Adam by John MacArthur seems like a good reference for you if you want to go more in depth. I just finished skimming through it, and it is a solid, biblically-based resource. By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, And all the host of them by the breath of His mouth. He gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap; He lays up the deep in storehouses.Let all the earth fear the Lord; Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him. For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast.(Psalm 33:6–9)

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