man of G0d wrote:I don't believe in evolution. I just don't understand the common Christian belief that the earth is 6000 years old.
Reach2011 wrote:Ric, that wouldn't be how it works....
Although I don't buy into Evolution, I'm pretty certain Natural Selection is real, as science has actually been able to demonstrate it. Additionally, Noah only rescued 2 of each KIND of animal. So in order for there to be the variety there is today, diversification must have happened.
Additionally, I'm not necessarily "young-earth" either. Even though I'm pretty sure there were between 4000 and 10000 years between Adam and Jesus, we can't know how long Adam was in the Garden before the fall. And we cannot know how long after the eating of the fruit that God kicked them out. We're they in the Garden for a week? A year? A billion years? Let's not forget the reason God kicked them out is to keep them away from the Tree of Eternal Life. Adam and Eve could have conceivably lived billions of years in the Garden.
Also, the Bible never says Adam and Eve were the ONLY humans created. Genesis simply highlights them because they are the ancestors of the Jews, and the Jews didn't really care about anyone else, so those records wouldn't have been included. I find it very probable that God created men (and women) on the earth, outside the Garden, sometime after Adam. As (rather, because) Adam fell, they also developed a capacity for sin.
Genesis 4:17 mentions Cain, son of Adam, had a wife. It was AFTER God banished him for killing his brother, so it couldn't have been his mom. Thus, other people who never knew the Garden. This proves a point in Jewish theology that the Jews were chosen from the beginning of time - their ancestor had been the only one to know paradise, no other men had been in the Garden.
1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
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