How does evolution fit with the Bible’s view of creation?

Asked by Steve

What is your position on the theory of Evolution and the Bibles Genesis?


Evolution is a scientific attempt to explain the source of life.  It does this in terms if chemistry and biology.  Genesis is a literary revelation of the source of life.  It explains life in regards to the creator and sustainer of life, God.  Genesis gives us what evolution can’t, an explanation of the purpose of life.  It tells us that the universe was created by the eternal God, and that people can have a relationship with him.  Genesis also tells us that the first people rejected the terms of that relationship.  They rejected the loving authority of their creator.

So the rest of the Bible, and history itself, is about God’s work to restore the creation into a right relationship with him.  It is for this reason he came into the world himself as the man Jesus.

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”

Science is able to make valid observations about this world because God created it with order.  Scientists see patterns in the way God runs the world and can describe theories and laws that fit those regular patterns.  Evolution is just one way scientists have tried to make the world they observe fit with the limited knowledge we have of how God’s world operates.

You might also want to have a look at these questions on the site as well:
http://www.christianity.net.au/questions/if_evolution_is_true_how_can_christianity_be_true
http://www.christianity.net.au/questions/how_do_you_reconcile_creation_with_dinosaurs

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