<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="tahoma,verdana,arial" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote">Originally posted by MrCrowley
[br]Well it seems that way in this thread. At the moment we have Arborman saying god created everything and thats that. Then we have people saying there is no good its all evolution.(thats me) Then we have some confused people....Are you saying god created everything but evolution evolved Apes to Men?
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The Literalist, Static Christian says God created everything and presents us with an essentially static, unchanging system - Earth 4000 years old, All flora and fauna created as we see them now, including Man, but some of them die off due to the Flood.
The true Evolutionist says everything we see came about through random chance and obeys the Laws of Nature. They can trace these back to just micro - seconds before the Big Bang, but at the very moment of the Universe bursting into existance these laws break down. The question "What caused the Big Bang?" cannot be answered with out current understanding of the Laws.
Then there's option three, God as First Cause.
The Metaphorical, Dynamic Christian says God is the cause of the system we have, a dynamic ever changing system, which allows for nature to change, adapt and evolve. God devises the Laws of Nature by which all processes work including the Big Bang and all Evolutionary processes. God however remains outside these created Laws. Once the Universe is created, the important part begins, the relationship of God to that Universe, and ultimately the realtionship between Man and God.
In this case the Bible isn't a literal story of exactly how things happened. What the Bible is is a record of how humans explained their being, and of how their relationship with and understanding of God developped. The Bible itself documents the evolution of mankind's understanding of "What God Is" and "What Man Is".
Look at how God's apparent nature changes from Genesis, through Exodus, through the prophets and then on to Christ. Does this mean God actually changes? Or does it mean that Mankind comes closer to God and understands more about God, and Mankinds understanding of God develops?
The answer to FMJ's question, is Mankind re-interpreting the Word of God? Both yes and no, just as Mankind's understanding of the world around him has changed and developped and been re-interpreted, so has Mankind's understanding of God. 3000 + years ago when the first Creation stories were circulating round the tribe of Abraham, there was no science, their understaning of the Laws of Nature was largely based on the idea of the supernatural, if there was no visible explanation then the answer was "God did it". As scientific thought develops more and more Mankind says "It obeys the Natural Laws". What the Bible shows us is a living, dynamic, evolving understanding of the way the Universe works, and of the living, dynamic, evolving understanding of the relationship between Man and God; until we come to Christ, where we understand that our relationships with each other are as important as our relationship with God.
So even the Bible charts an evolutionary process.