EVOLUTION OR CREATION?In a coherent world like ours people are questioning their religion and not knowingwhether to believe in creation by God or evolution, Through out my research I havefound four possible answers to this question to incorporate both theories . Which proveneither wrong and belief in both at the same timeOne approach would be to believe that when God when created the trees in 4004BCE, he would have formed them complete with growth rings. So too with other plants,animals and minerals. Everything in the world would then appear as if they had existed inthe period of time prior to creation. In other words, God created the world as if it has hada past. One would interpret the evidence to show that the world was created only a fewthousand years ago, but that it was created looking as if it had evolved over billions ofyears .
A second approach would involve a relatively small change in the belief system of the”Genesis believing” creation scientists. The change would be to accept the Genesisaccount of creation as God’s initial creation message which He revealed to the ancientIsraelites who lived in a pre-scientific age. This would have been the only type ofexplanation that they could understand at the time. This would require one to abandon theliteral interpretation of Genesis in favor of the belief that it is a historical myth. Onecould argue that Jesus used parables to make a point about human nature; the parables didnot necessarily describe real people.
Perhaps the authors of the Hebrew Scripturesadopted some existing parables about creation and the flood from nearby Pagan culturesin order to make a point about God’s creative power and rejection of evil behavior.Perhaps God gave humanity the intelligence to eventually develop the skills to find outthe reality of evolution. Most Christians believe that God’s revelation has been graduallyreleased to humans. There is ample evidence in the Bible for this. Evolution may be onemore example. A third approach would be to define the “days” in the first chapter of Genesis ashundreds or thousands of millions of years in duration.
This would allow time for thevarious evolutionary processes to occur. However, this concept has some serious flaws.some plants which depend upon birds, ants, etc. for pollination could not survive thehundreds of millions of years between the creation of plants and the creation of birds andanimals. A final approach is to accept the established findings of science.
This requires that thefirst few chapters in Genesis be seen as creation myths – similar to myths of many otherreligions worldwide. This approach obviously requires that one abandon Biblical belief1. L. E. Elliott-Binns, English Thought, 1860-1900: The Theological Aspect, (London:1956), p. 136.
2. Rogerson, Old Testament Criticism, pp. 220 ff. See also L. E. Elliott-Binns. EnglishThought; T.
K. Cheyne, The Founders of Old Testament Criticism, (1893); H. B. Swete,Cambridge Biblical Essays, (Cambridge: 1909).