Can you be a christian and still believe in Evolution?

I'm not christian but my mum is she is a Liberal protestant but she also believes in the theory of Evolution. Can she do that??

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What does Darwin being a racist have to do with whether he was right or wrong about how life was created?

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago
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    No, I don't believe so, That is Theistic evolution, One of the most unfortunate trends in modern Christianity is that of reinterpreting Genesis to accommodate evolutionary theories. Many well-known Bible teachers and apologists have caved in to the evolutionists and have come to believe that adhering to a literal interpretation of Genesis is somehow detrimental to the credibility of Christians. If anything, evolutionists lose respect for those whose belief in the Bible is so tenuous that they are willing to quickly compromise it. Although the number of true creationists may be dwindling in academia, several faithful organizations such as Answers in Genesis, the Creation Research Society, and the Institute for Creation Research have affirmed that the Bible is not only compatible with real science, but affirm that not a single word in the Bible has ever been disproved by true science. The Bible is God’s living Word, given to us by the Creator of the universe, and His description of how He created that universe is not compatible with the theory of evolution, even a “theistic” understanding of evolution.

    The Author of this Book speaks of that in great detail, It is a Good read and totally destroys that arguement

    The Battle for the Beginning

    By: John MacArthur

    http://www.christianbook.com/the-battle-for-the-be...

    It is to note that some Christians here may Claim to be a Scientist,

    These Men are aslo Scientist and in the same field of study one answerer claims to be, But disagrees, Hmm

    Israel Hanukoglu Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Chairman The College of Judea and Samaria (Israel)

    Dean Kenyon Emeritus Professor of Biology San Francisco State University

    Mae-Wan Ho Ph.D. Biochemistry The University of Hong Kong

    Russell Carlson Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology University of Georgia

    Scott Minnich Professor, Dept of Microbiology, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry University of Idaho

    Michael Atchison Professor of Biochemistry University of Pennsylvania, Vet School

    Donald Clark Ph.D. Physical Biochemistry Louisiana State University

    There is a Much Longer List here

    http://www.discovery.org/scripts/viewDB/filesDB-do...

    People need to understand that For those who hold to the Bible as the word of God, theistic evolution should not be a viable option. The Bible says, "Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us..." (Psalm 100:3). The Scriptures state that God created. God said, "Let there be..." and there was. The Scriptures speak of the creative word of God. When God speaks, it occurs. He said "Let there be" and it was so. It does not say, "Let there be a slow development through an evolutionary process."

    God said in Genesis 1:26, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground." The Hebrew word for "make" in this verse, and in verse 25 where God makes the beasts, is "asah." It means to do, work, make, produce. This is not simply the limited Hebrew understanding of evolutionary principles.

    The land animals were made differently than man. The animals were made from the ground, but man was made directly by God: "the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being" (Gen. 2:7). Evolution states that man evolved from life forms that developed in the ocean. Here, God made man from the dust of the ground--not the water of the ocean.

    If evolution is true and the Bible is true, then how is the formation of Eve explained? She was created out of one of Adam's ribs (Gen. 2:22). There is no way to explain this if theistic evolution is true; that is, unless you want to say that Eve wasn't made from Adam's side. Then, if you do that, you are doubting the very word of God.

    Also, Jesus said in Mark 10:6 "But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female.'" The beginning was not evolutionary slime; in the beginning of creation there was Adam and Eve.

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  • 9 years ago

    If you note in Genesis , it says he crated Adam and breathed into him the breath of life and he became a living soul.

    If he had ancestors he would not have been the first human.

    Why do we see so many dinosaur bones and skeletons , many fully intact.

    And many of these remains are huge and yet so many survived fully intact and yet.

    They died out millions of years ago?

    But mankind is still here, and all the bones found, professed to be cave men , put all together would only fill one coffin.

    And I am not aware of even one fully intact "cave man"

    Even Darwin said we should see a clear progression of evolving from ape to man.

    But that is not the case . There is only one coffin full , if all put together.

    Many , many dinosaurs and a handful of professed neanderthal remains.

    Why is that? Maybe because the Bible is telling it as it truly happened.

    We were really were created and are in fact going downward from perfection , not the other way around.

    To me that alone should tell the tell . We should see far more apelike man skeletons that dinosaurs but the opposite is the case.

    google problems with "evolution" "carbon dating"

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  • 9 years ago

    Let us now examine some of the problems faced by a Christian when he or she does not accept what Genesis says about a literal Creation.

    There is a slippery slope into unbelief that accompanies disbelieving any part of the Word of God. If some part of the Bible is not true because it does not mean what it says, how do we know that other parts, such as the Virginal Conception of Jesus or the forgiveness of sin, are true? In the 1940s and ’50s, American evangelist Charles Templeton’s preaching helped lead thousands of people to profess faith in Christ, but then he began to compromise with long-age evolutionary concepts. As a result, he had no answer to the spurious claims of evolutionist scientists and their atheistic theories about the origin of the Earth, life, etc., and no answer to the problems of suffering and evil in the world.

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  • 9 years ago

    If you mean theistic evolution, then I would say NOT while being intellectually honest and consistent with Scripture. The life, actions, and teachings of Jesus are the complete antithesis to natural selection(survival of the fittest). Since the Bible says Jesus was responsible for the creation of everything, it only makes sense that His method of creation would be consistent with His character. God does not call eons of suffering, starvation, disaster, and mass extinction "good." Yet that is what they accuse God of using to create this world. The Bible makes it clear that death came from sin when Adam and Eve rebelled, not because God uses it as his chosen mechanism to weed out the genetically nonviable in a population. If you take the six day creation account as some type of metaphor you do a few things, but I will name just two. 1. You make God out to be a liar. He certainly could have explained to simple minded men(even though they were smarter than we are) that he made the world a long long time ago by starting small and making things more complex over time. He didn't have to lie to them.

    2. You destroy the very foundation of our need for a savior. If man did not sin in the garden, why begin the sacrificial system? Why point to our need for Jesus? After all, we are just getting better and better over time, right?

    The process of adaptation and evolution certainly allows populations of animals and people to survive in a now hostile and scarcity riddled planet, but it is only a back up plan, it was not the original design. Unless you accept the Biblical account of how God made earth and how it was tainted by man's sin, you might as well throw out your Bible. I certainly don't recommend that since the Word of God is an anvil that has worn out many hammers, and there is plenty of evidence to back up its history of the earth.

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  • 9 years ago

    Well one can be a Christian yes, but when you do that, you are kind of saying your don't believe at least part of what the Bible says, which is compromising God's word, and can be a dangerous thing to do.

    For your mom's information:

    Micro-evolution is true, such as mutations or selective breeding in one species, how you get so many types of dogs. This happens in relatively short period of time, but you never get a new animal, a dog never turns into anything else but a dog.

    Macro-evolution is false, such as a fish turns into a bird over millions of years from mutations. This is a lie that has never been proven, only dis-proven through experiments over 20 years and no proven fossil records. Once something mutates so much it just ends up dying, but never turns into any new animal.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Biblical literalism and its mentally-challenged handmaid, creationism, are not essential or even core Christian doctrines. They are fringe conceits invented only in the last few centuries. Before that, theologians had no problem understanding and preaching the Old Testament creation stories as illustrative of poetic truths, not literal truths. So in short, yes, one can be a Christian and still accept the overwhelming scientific evidence of evolution.

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  • 9 years ago

    Yes, but you will be compromising the gospel. Just look at what they have to do in order to fit evolution into Genesis. And, Genesis is the basis of almost everything christians believe. Even Jesus quoted it like it actually happened. Why would he name Adam and Eve, and even Noah and the flood, if they were only myths? I would read some good books by creationists and perhaps you will see how difficult it is to reconcile the gospel with evolutionism. And, evolutionism is self-defeating anyway. It's impossible, and takes way more faith to believe in than to believe God created everything. Hope that helps you.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Dr. Kenneth Miller is a staunch catholic and destroyed creationism on the stand in the Dover trial. Robert Bakker is a double PhD geologist and paleontologist, totally supports evolution and is an ecumenical minster. Evolution exists, it is not a matter of belief, and you can still be christian as long as you have brains.

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  • Ashnod
    Lv 7
    9 years ago

    Yes. There are many mainstream sects of Christianity that don't interpret the creation myth in Genesis literally, and consider evolution to be the mechanism by which God created the various species.

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  • 9 years ago

    Most Christians accept evolution by natural selection (Anglicans, Methodists, and Roman Catholics all formally support the position).

    Most people who oppose evolution are not Christian (Sikhs, Muslims, Hindus, and Jains all have creation myths).

    The present fashion for opposing evolution from 'Christian' churches is mainly backed by Muslim money (see link).

    'Christians' who oppose evolutionary theory do so because they want to move their beliefs closer to the Koran.

    Perhaps your mother isn't a Muslimah.

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  • Demi
    Lv 7
    9 years ago

    If someone claims to be a Christian and does not accept the sciences in general they're really saying "My God is too stupid to create complex processes we humans are still trying to figure out through science". That doesn't sound like a very good idea, calling your own deity stupid. Sadly, it does sound a lot like entirely too many American Christians though.

    Source(s): Nordic Heathen - my deities have a smrt. S-M-R-T. SMRT.
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