This is the case for the belief that God made everything by way of an evolving process (which was his creative idea) to disguise himself from man a little bit so that we believe in Him by faith.
I believe Jesus literally turned water into wine, I believe He is God incarnate. It amazes me how He spoke in constant parables. How, out of his love he mercifully hid the truth so that only those with an ear to hear could understand. Because if he spoke plainly and all the people heard him, and some of them still turned away after it was spoken plainly to them, then they would have been guilty of a far greater sin. A deliberate sin. He gave analogies to describe the truth so that the the people who weren't ready to handle it were only guilty of ignorance.
Now with that said we have to understand that everything in the bible is TRUE. However when Jesus told us to be like doves he didn't mean for us to try to lay eggs right? So obviously there are some figurative truths and rhetorical devices in the bible like prophetic language, psalms, poems, similes, metaphors, anthropomorphism (the rocks cry out), as well as the passages that are meant to be understood literally (Jesus rose from the dead). We have to be adults about this and read the Bible according to context...duh we all know that right? :-) So with that said.
I want to voice what I believe. And I'd like to hear feedback. And I'll probably debate. I've prayed about it for the last few years, and no one can type that Jesus Christ is Lord except by the Holy Spirit, So JESUS CHRIST IS LORD!...
I hated evolution. I knew all the Christian arguments against it. But now I have to confess that us Christians have evolution all wrong.
Here is a spiritual understanding of the creation story.
Each day is an evolutionary milestone from the perspective of human beings. When you take a step back (way back)you see that what happens each day corresponds with the evolutionary sequence science claims today.
1 God made light ....................... big bang explosion of energy
2 Waters from waters.................. atmosphere.
3 Dry ground appears...................H2O oceans develop
Vegetation photosynthetic algae sludge.
4 Stars, planets sun moon............Life is evolving according to the circadian rhythm
for telling times, seasons,
5 living creatures in water..............horseshoe crabs and fish to amphibians to reptiles to dinosaurs to birds
and then birds in sky
6 living creatures on earth............mammals
Obviously there are eons and eons in between the lines.
Here's some helpful hints in Genesis which point to evolution. "And the earth gave forth" (It doesn't say God created it out of thin air even though of course he could have if he wanted to do it that way) "And the earth yielded...after their kind and after their kind." (Describing the passing down of genetic traits in a language that a man 15 thousand years ago could understand.) Pantheism was the belief structure of people everywhere when the story of creation was first being told and pantheism is what it is trying to expose as a false understanding.
The word Spirit in Hebrew derives from the word breath. The breath of life that God breathed into Adam and Eve wasn't some kind of Frankenstein thing. It's describing the act of God giving two evolved homo sapiens spirits so that they could communicate with him. All the other evolved humans were simply hyper intelligent primates with a soul and body but no spirit. So in this sense Adam and Eve really are the first true humans like us today. That's why God makes the distinction between sons of God (spiritless humans) and human women (those with the spirit). The spiritless humans were evil so he wiped them out in the flood leaving only the people with the spirit. Oh and the mighty men of old, the giants, the nephilum it talks about -neanderthals.
Anyways to sum this up, when it says we were made in his image, the Hebrew word for "image" is better reflected by the word "likeness." In other passages likeness and image are used interchangeably. God doesn't look like a primate like we do lol. It means just like how God is made up of Jesus, God the Father, and the Holy Spirit so we are made up of three parts. Body, soul and spirit.
Our soul is a creative shadow of God the Father
Our spirit is a creative shadow of the Holy Spirit
Our body is a creative shadow of Jesus
This is how we are made in "His image."
Anyway doesn't this make more sense? If an all powerful and all knowing and all encompassing Creator were to create a reality with little self aware spirit creatures to talk to and to love wouldn't he do it by a structured system and not like some mere magician.
God loves us so much more than we can fathom.
PS. If you are a Christian please go buy a Hebrew and Greek lexicon so you can understand that Hebrew is a dynamic, spherical language. And our Greek based english is a static straight meaning language. Some things get misrepresented a little during the translation process.