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I'm a little confused about the whole Creation story - Catholics believe that it didn't actually take seven days, that it really took billions of years. What do other Christians believe?

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Hi Going

Out of curiosity, are you a Roman Catholic or were you raised in the RCC?

There are other Christians who believe as the RCC, there are those who believe in the "Gap Theory" supposedly there are millions of years between Genesis 1 and 2. but for the most part, mainline Christianity believes in literal 7 days. I believe in literal seven days of creation, well six days and He rested on the seventh. Don't ask me what took Him that long ;-)
I believe six 24 hour creation days about six thousand years ago is the most scriptural answer you can come to

Hope it helps, Going
Phabs - I was baptised Roman Catholic.

That's what we've been learning at school - that the Genesis story is merely a myth, and should not be taken literally. That the Hebrew people that wrote the stories used symbolism and things like that. We've been learning that we have to take all the different 'truths' into account - like historical, scientific, etc.

I myself believe in the literal seven days - I was reading through the Bible and came across something which strengthened my belief - God had said to one of his followers after being questioned, "Is anything impossible for the Lord?" and that's when I saw that I had my answer. :)
Hey, I would encourage you to check out www.allaboutgod.com and search on the word "creation" once you arrive. There is a ton of info about a literal 6-day creation and lots of videos on evolution vs. creation by Randall Niles you'll enjoy.

There are not only biblical reasons (like the one you mentioned) but many scientific reasons supporting a literal 6-day creation as it is taught in Scripture. Arm yourself up with this great info before going back to school.
Thanks - I had no idea there were actually scientific reasons supporting a literal six-day creation! :)
I really beleive in the Bibilical theory that this world was created in six days and the 7th day God rested from His work and asked all of us to rest on the 7th day of the weekly cycle. If the earth was created billions of years ago why the population of this earth reached 1 billion mark only during the 1800s, you can get the correct picture of population growth by going on their website. Actually it fits very much in to
Novah's flood theory the way it developed from 8 people who were saved from the flood.If we continue to multiply these 8 members in 4000 years the population that we have on the earth maches much more better than the theory of millions of years!
PS : Actually all the Christians will be better off, if we all follow the Sabbath rest theory!
devadas. cherukuri.
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The reason for belief of billions of years is the use of radiometric dating. One thing I'd have to ask is: How old was Adam when he was created? We know he was a full grown man. Perhaps a 20 year old? 30? Could God have created a mature universe the same way? Of course radiometric dating is not exactly an exact science so . . . .
Hey everyone - just thought I'd let you all know that the topic was brought up (just as I had predicted).

I've noticed the teachers seem to have a NEED to remind us that the seven-day creation story is just a myth. But it was nice to know I wasn't alone in my beliefs - there were other girls in the classroom who were armed with reasons as to how it would be true!

One girl said that if the seven-day creation story isn't true because it's not supported scientifically, then how can we believe in Mary's Immaculate Conception, or Jesus' many miracles? They're not supported by science. The teacher replied with "because that's our faith - that's what we believe".

I put up my hand and said that it looks like people seem to be picking and choosing what they believe is true or not. She said she saw where I was coming from, but she still never seemed to be able to explain why we should believe in one thing from the Bible but not another...

It's actually quite fascinating because I read a section from what I think was the Pope's Catholic teachings, and it says that God employed the authors of the Bible, and they only wrote what He wanted. If that's what is meant to be believed, then why are we being taught the complete opposite?

Another thing my teacher brought up was, if the story is true, how could the world become populated with people other than Adam and Eve, and why are there two creation stories in the Bible saying slightly different things? I said that it's just like the four Gospels - each one has their own particular account, but they're all about the same thing with just a few minor differences. I said that just because the author wrote about Adam and Eve being created, doesn't mean he had to write about all the other humans God created and how that happened.

I don't know - it was quite interesting, just to see that my teacher couldn't really back up her arguments in the end. Obviously it's not the most important thing to be worrying about, whether the world was created in six days or not, but it's just the thought of people coming up with the idea that the sacred text that Christianity is based on isn't trustworthy.
Hi there GoingMyOwnWay,

Your discussions with a teacher who's has not based her faith on the Bible, (God's Word), must be very confusing and misleading for you to follow.

The bible is a history book...a true account of what happened in the past six thousand years.

Where did you get the idea that there are two creation stories???
And that God created more humans than Adam and Eve???
Am I reading that right?

We all stem from Adam and Eve, and because they sinned, we are all under the curse.

MaryAnn
i know where out of Gen.1:1 and just as you come from 1:2
Rob, when you say that you know where the idea of two worlds came from…between Genesis 1:1 & 1:2. Are you referring to the 'Gap Theory'?...implying that God created a world before this one, which suffered some sort of destruction? This theory is not supported anywhere in Scripture, and implies that God's purposes were defeated by some evil power. Such a possibility contradicts the God of Scripture, whose power reigns supreme, no matter what defies Him.

You claim (on the note you left on My Page), that between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2 something terrible happened. You also asked ‘Why did He, God, tell them, Adam &Eve, to be fruitful and multiply and to REPLENISH the earth?’ and that God also told Noah and his sons after the flood be fruitful and multiply and to REPLENISH the earth. (The word REPLENISH seems to be what got you stuck.) In the Hebrew, the word Replenish simply means ‘fill’, not ‘fill again’.

Isaiah 45:18 For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; He hath established it, He created it not in vain, He formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else.

2 Peter 3:18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:
(This verse refers to the timelessness of God, contrasted with the time frames God has provided for man. Eternity is always in the present, but for man's sake, He created time.)

Gen 1:14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days and years:

Isa 44:6,8 Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts: I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God. Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any.

Isa 44:24 Thus saith the LORD, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the LORD that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself;

Isa 45:5,6,7 I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me: That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else. I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.
Amen!!! Go to my page i explain my theory there! Amen God Bless

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