Originally posted by Monsoon X
First of all a day isn't a "human" day to God. (2Pet 3:8- Which says "like" a 1k yrs so that's not literal either. We just know it's not 24hrs)
That being said God made the Earth and the Animals and Man on the 6th day but the Animals dwelled on the Planet first, covering God's paradigm of a "day". It says in Gen 1:24 "Let the land produce living creatures" so I believe that God designed the land and us to evolve.
While I do believe in Evolution, what I don't believe is that Man evolved from Apes. Because the Animals were made first and then God made Man from the dust of the ground like he first made the animals.
Which came first? The chicken or the egg? The chicken of course!
Sweet! A Christian that doesn't believe a "God Day" is equivalent to a "Man Day"
I've been in many a debate with hard core Christians who can't seem to fathom the idea that a being that works outside of time wouldn't be constrained to the rules of our concept of time. I've even tried breaking it down using our concept of time and how one day on Pluto is like 4 hours on Earth (as a day is defined by one full rotation of a planet), but a year on Pluto is 242 years on Earth (one full orbit around the sun)... that time is measured differently based upon your perspective. It was like talking to a brick wall.
I guess by now you know that I also believe in Evolution, in it's literal meaning, to evolve and adapt to the environment.
No being can gain and put to use DNA stucture that it does not have!
Not without genetic mutation, no. But genetic mutations do account for changes to the DNA structure, that can either add, take away, or simply alter chains of genetic information.
I don't think so. I think God created Man, in the plural sense, picked a certain Man (Adam) and placed him the Garden. If not, SOMEBODY PLEASE TELL ME WHERE CAIN FOUND HIS WIFE?
I'm with ya man! I've always believed that the story of Genesis was just that: A story. It's not to be taken as absolute truth. I believe that God did create other humans besides Adam and Eve. The idea that Adam and Eve were the sole proprietors of the Earth is pretty far fetched to say the least. After Cain killed Abel, he was banished to exile. He found his wife outside of Eden. It also doesn't explain how people were on other continents, separated by hundreds of miles of ocean ... boats at that time were not capable of oceanic travel. Not going to get into thoughts on the Flood here, maybe another time
For Cain's wife to also be a decendant of Adam and Eve, that would suggest that incest was hunkie doorie back then. I know people who strongly believe that incest was accepted before the flood, but I personally don't believe it.
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Cain thought that "people" would try to kill him after he killed Able and God said He would put a mark on him so they would know not to.
Thank you for bringing that up! I almost forgot that little detail.
At the time of his banishment, if you believe that Adam and Eve were the first and only people until they had children, then that would mean it was just Adam, Eve, and Cain on the Earth ... yet Gen 4:14 Behold, thou has driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that
every one that findeth me shall slay me.  And the Lord said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the Lord set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.
From there he heads to Nod, and finds a wife. No discernable timetable there, but it certainly doesn't sound like a long time after his banishment ... and by that passage, it suggests that there in fact were
other people on Earth besides Adam, Eve, and Cain.