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  1. one.opinion

    7000 Years of Creation is Incorrect Speculation.

    @enoob57, right now we see through a glass darkly. There are some things we do not and cannot know until we are with Jesus Christ, THE Truth. Until then, we can offer our best understanding, but we should always be aware that our understand is imperfect. We can agree to disagree with the humility of admitting that our views may indeed be wrong and without denigrating those that hold an opposing view.
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    7000 Years of Creation is Incorrect Speculation.

    It is quite possible that this is intended to be symbolic. But while offering a scriptural critique, can you point out any critical errors in the theology I derive from Genesis 1-3 that I've posted earlier in this thread?
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    7000 Years of Creation is Incorrect Speculation.

    Agreed, human scholars can do their best to figure out exact dates, but it will always be a human endeavor. As such, it is prone to error. I would like to think that we can all agree to disagree without claiming someone that disagrees with us either doesn't believe the Bible, or is ignorant of facts.
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    7000 Years of Creation is Incorrect Speculation.

    I appreciate the work you put into this!
  5. one.opinion

    7000 Years of Creation is Incorrect Speculation.

    I must have gotten the wrong impression with all of the calendar talk. So what do you think of McLatchie's comments?
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    7000 Years of Creation is Incorrect Speculation.

    I didn't see anyone claiming to know better than God. Someone disagreeing with you about Biblical interpretation is not the same as not believing the Word of God. Otherwise, we come dangerously close to deifying our own limited knowledge and interpretation ability. Christian author and apologist Jonathan McLatchie has written a bit on this topic. He has written an essay with more detail (https://crossexamined.org/are-the-biblical-genealogies-helpful-in-establishing-the-age-of-man/), but wrote this in the introduction: It would be completely unfair to claim McLatchie (or @Scott Free) doesn't believe the Word of God because he wouldn't arrive at the same calendar that you do.
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    7000 Years of Creation is Incorrect Speculation.

    Thank you for the discussion and for sharing your story. Gid bless you!
  8. one.opinion

    7000 Years of Creation is Incorrect Speculation.

    Michael, please address the theological points I asked about earlier. I’ll be happy to address the subject of death after that.
  9. one.opinion

    Suspicion Against Scientists?

    Mutations occur in the DNA all the time. Some mistakes can be small-scale and only change a single DNA “letter”, but sometimes mutations occur that make large-scale deletions. I’m sorry, but I’m not understanding what you are saying here.
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    Suspicion Against Scientists?

    The biology isn’t quite that simple. In humans and other mammals, the “default” gender is female. Male development requires the specific expression of the Sry gene. If the gene is deleted or altered, it is entirely possible for a person with an XY combination of chromosomes to develop as female reproductively, but with some male secondary characteristics. Additionally, although it isn’t common, some individuals are born with both male and female reproductive organs. There are many other conditions like androgen insensitivity and nomdisjunction if the sex chromosomes that further complicate gender development. Now, most homosexuals do not exhibit these rarer characteristics, but the biology and development of gender is very complex and many things can go wrong. It is not always a simple issue of what chromosomes you are born with. It is not an unreasonable step to think that biology may also impact sexual orientation. Now, the choice of right and wrong actions is still available, but I believe biology very well could leave some individuals more prone to homosexual behavior. That’s why I was curious about the twin studies. That could reveal a lot.
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    7000 Years of Creation is Incorrect Speculation.

    They are not incompatible. This is what I wrote earlier to another poster: Basically, I don't see any reason that evolution would preclude the miraculous action of God in His creation of Adam and Eve. Evolution is limited, as science is in general, to only the physical realm. Science cannot reveal anything about the spiritual realm. I believe in a literal Adam and Eve, so Romans 5:12 and 1 Corinthians 15.21 do not refute anything I believe. I encourage you to ask me questions rather than making assumptions that may or may not be true. Furthermore, I'd like to read your opinion on the list of theological points from Genesis 1-3 I posted previously in this thread.
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    7000 Years of Creation is Incorrect Speculation.

    Why do you presume to know what I believe about Romans 5:12 and 1 Corinthians 15:21 and how they relate to Genesis? Perhaps you could ask instead of making inaccurate assumptions.
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    Suspicion Against Scientists?

    This is honestly a topic of science I haven’t followed much. What do you know about twin studies that have been done in homosexuality. That’s about the best control imaginable in genetics studies of humans.
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    7000 Years of Creation is Incorrect Speculation.

    I should probably clarify that my acceptance in evolution isn't the same as an atheist's acceptance of evolution. For example, being fairly familiar with the intricate details of cells lead me to believe that it is far more likely that God made the first organisms intact, rather than the evolution of abiotic chemical reactions eventually developing into a living cell. In short, what I accept from science is distinct from what an atheist would accept. Here is a good example - https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/questionofgod/voices/collins.html Dr. Collins is able to share his journey from an atheist to a follower of Jesus in this PBS interview. I haven't done an extensive search, but I'm sure there are other examples of how Collins leverages his notoriety as a prominent scientist to confess Jesus Christ as his Savior. Agreed. What do you think of the theological points that I derive from Genesis 1-3 that I posted earlier? Thomas, thank you for offering genuine conversation, it's a nice break from my usual experience here!
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    7000 Years of Creation is Incorrect Speculation.

    The big theological lesson I get from science (and scientists) is the incredible beauty of God and His creation. He is enormous - calling into being the vast expanse of the universe that is practically too large for the human mind to understand, yet He ordered the tiniest atoms (and subatomic particles) in such a way to sustain all that He has made. CLICK HERE for a short article with an embedded video (I'll have to check it out later) on the fine-tuning of the universe. Paul was extremely well-educated, and Luke was a physician. Sure, God has used many uneducated people throughout history, but He has also used well-educated scientists like Luke, back in history, and Dr. Francis Collins (Director of the Human Genome Project, current Director of the National Institutes of Health) to spread His good news. I am extremely careful about letting science (and scientists) form my view of the world, especially when what it says is in apparent contrast to what the Bible says. I was raised as a Young Earth Creationist and my gradual shift to an acceptance of an ancient earth and evolutionary explanation of life came through about a decade of work. You may be familiar with the great Francis Bacon and his "two book" hypothesis. He wrote “God has, in fact, written two books, not just one. Of course, we are all familiar with the first book he wrote, namely Scripture. But he has written a second book called creation.” Bacon far preceded the theory of evolution, of course, but Bacon was a strong proponent of studying the natural world as evidence of God's work. I'm sure you are familiar with Augustine of Hippo. One of his rather famous comments in The Literal Meaning of Genesis has been translated as Now Augustine put his thoughts in much stronger language than I would use, but there it is. I do not want to disparage anyone that has carefully examined scientific evidence, but makes careful effort to study the scientific claims of evolution and evidence. Rather, I include this to encourage Christians to choose, if they engage in discussions about evolution, to investigate the evidence and understand it as much as possible instead of depending on occasional quotes they have picked up here and there. I disagree with this interpretation. I believe God's complete reign over all He created is unquestioned. To me, the intricacies of all of the molecular interactions required to allow a single cell to function and survive points to a Designer with a plan in mind that took billions of years to unfold. The beauty and complexity of this developments leaves me in awe of my Creator. I've been writing a bit in two different threads, so I'm not sure I've mentioned this here, but science is completely unable to preclude any sort of God's divine action outside of the natural laws that He established. I believe it is a bit of a stretch to use this passage as evidence of a literal 144-hour creation. I have worked with children in church for about 15 years and one thing I love about them is that they do not build up walls of caution and acceptable behavior that we adults do. I believe Jesus taught us to enter His kingdom without reservation, pretense, or conditionally. This is something to consider, and it is certainly possible that I am mistaken. I am not foolish enough to claim 100% certainty in my position on something that happened long before I was ever on the planet. But I also know for a certainty that my Lord loves me very much and knows that I am genuinely attempting to understand what He did in His creation to the best of my ability.
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