Even without reading the actual Biblical story of creation, most people have heard the basic idea of Genesis before. Most are also aware of the controversy across the country (the U.S.) about teaching creationism in our schools.
First, I AM NOT TAKING SIDES. So, relax, everyone, take a deep breath (ha-ha).
There are three basic views when it comes to Biblical creation. (This is a great topic for discussion, so please post what you think, why, but please remain respectful of others' beliefs.)
Theory 1: The Bible is simply a metaphor. Or is inaccurate. Or is simply a fairy tale/legend. Therefore, the idea of creation falls into the category of fiction. Scientific theories are the only valid concepts for creation.
Theory 2: Intelligent design. The universe (and Earth) did not arise by chance, but had an intelligent creator (in this case, God). The Bible is a metaphor of what God really did. It is completely compatible to believe in evolution and God in this theory. God directed evolution; Genesis is our way of understanding what he did. While the story of Genesis, including the six days, is a metaphor, not a literal explanation of events.
Theory 3: Creationism. Genesis is a factual representation of creation, including the time line. In this theory, this is an exact account of what occurred.
In ancient Israel, the day was considered to begin at sunset.
Jennifer Becker Landsberger
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~~~Prayer before Writing-
Oh creator of the universe, who has set the stars in the heavens and causes the sun to rise and set, shed the light of your wisdom into the darkness of my mind. Fill my thoughts with a loving knowledge of you, that I may bring you like to others. Just as you can make even babies speak your truth, instruct my tongue and guide my pen to convey the wonderful glory of the Gospel. Make my intellect sharp, my memory clear, and my words eloquent, so that I may faithfully interpret the mysteries what you have revealed.
To my readers & fellow writers,
1. I will pray that God's grace helps illuminate all of our interactions- both those of simple reading and more active conversations.
2. I will communicate with you respectfully and civilly. These are (rightly) issues which we feel passionate about. But even in disagreements, I will respect you fellow "seekers of truth."
3. I will not fall into negative behavior or words, such as insinuations, exaggerations, blames, or personal attacks. I respectfully ask you to do the same.
4. I will pray we will all find the truth and strive to fulfill the two greatest commandments: "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these." (Mark 12:30-31)
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