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My Take: Jesus would believe in evolution and so should you
The most compelling evidence for evolution comes from the study of genes.
April 10th, 2011
01:00 AM ET

My Take: Jesus would believe in evolution and so should you

Editor's Note: Karl W. Giberson, Ph.D., is vice president of The BioLogos Foundation and is the author or coauthor of seven books, including The Language of Science and Faith.

By Karl W. Giberson, Special to CNN

Jesus once famously said, “I am the Truth.”

Christianity at its best embodies this provocative idea and has long been committed to preserving, expanding and sharing truth. Most of the great universities of the world were founded by Christians committed to the truth—in all its forms—and to training new generations to carry it forward.

When science began in the 17th century, Christians eagerly applied the new knowledge to alleviate suffering and improve living conditions.

But when it comes to the truth of evolution, many Christians feel compelled to look the other way. They hold on to a particular interpretation of an ancient story in Genesis that they have fashioned into a modern account of origins - a story that began as an oral tradition for a wandering tribe of Jews thousands of years ago.

This is the view on display in a $27 million dollar Creation Museum in Kentucky. It inspired the Institute for Creation Research, which purports to offer scientific support for creationism.

And it’s hardly a fringe view. A 2010 Gallup poll indicated that 4 in 10 Americans think that “God created human beings pretty much in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years or so.” (http://www.gallup.com/poll/145286/four-americans-believe-strict-creationism.aspx)

While Genesis contains wonderful insights into the relationship between God and the creation, it simply does not contain scientific ideas about the origin of the universe, the age of the earth or the development of life.

For more than two centuries, careful scientific research, much of it done by Christians, has demonstrated clearly that the earth is billions years old, not mere thousands, as many creationists argue. We now know that the human race began millions of years ago in Africa - not thousands of years ago in the Middle East, as the story in Genesis suggests.

And all life forms are related to each other though evolution. These are important truths that science has discovered through careful research. They are not “opinions” that can be set aside if you don’t like them.

Anyone who values truth must take these ideas seriously, for they have been established as true beyond any reasonable doubt.

There is much evidence for evolution. The most compelling comes from the study of genes, especially now that the Human Genome Project has been completed and the genomes of many other species being constantly mapped.

In particular, humans share an unfortunate “broken gene” with many other primates, including chimpanzees, orangutans, and macaques. This gene, which works fine in most mammals, enables the production of Vitamin C. Species with broken versions of the gene can’t make Vitamin C and must get it from foods like oranges and lemons.

Thousands of hapless sailors died painful deaths scurvy during the age of exploration because their “Vitamin C” gene was broken.

How can different species have identical broken genes? The only reasonable explanation is that they inherited it from a common ancestor.

Not surprisingly, evolution since the time of Darwin has claimed that humans, orangutans, chimpanzees, and macaques evolved recently from a common ancestor. The new evidence from genetics corroborates this.

Such evidence proves common ancestry with a level of certainty comparable to the evidence that the earth goes around the sun.

This is but one of many, many evidences that support the truth of evolution - that make it a “sacred fact” that Christians must embrace in the name of truth. And they should embrace this truth with enthusiasm, for this is the world that God created.

Christians must come to welcome - rather than fear - the ideas of evolution. Truths about Nature are sacred, for they speak of our Creator. Such truths constitute “God’s second book” for Christians to read alongside the Bible.

In the 17th century, Galileo used the metaphor of the “two books” to help Christians of his generation understand the sacred truth that the earth moves about the sun. “The Bible,” he liked to say, “tells us how to go to heaven, not how the heavens ago.”

To understand how the heavens go we must read the book of Nature, not the Bible.

The Book of nature reveals the truth that God created the world through gradual processes over billions of years, rather than over the course of six days, as many creationists believe.

Evolution does not contradict the Bible unless you force an unreasonable interpretation on that ancient book.

To suppose, as the so-called young earth creationists do, that God dictated modern scientific ideas to ancient and uncomprehending scribes is to distort the biblical message beyond recognition. Modern science was not in the worldview of the biblical authors and it is not in the Bible.

Science is not a sinister enterprise aimed at destroying faith. It’s an honest exploration of the wonderful world that God created.

We are often asked to think about what Jesus would do, if he lived among us today. Who would Jesus vote for? What car would he drive?

To these questions we should add “What would Jesus believe about origins?”

And the answer? Jesus would believe evolution, of course. He cares for the Truth.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Karl W. Giberson.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Bible • Christianity • Culture & Science • Culture wars • Opinion • Science

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  1. Tom

    Clearly, this author has no idea how Christians view Jesus. Belief in evolution requires faith just like Christianity does. No one ever observed evolution (observation is the basis for the scientific method). There has never been any historical record of evolution. Evolutionists try to validate their statements by starting with a theory and then creating dating methods that support their theory. Go look for yourself. Here's an example. Some rock layer that according to their theory shows its supposed to be a billion years old. They will use multiple dating records till they find one that fits the theory.

    Jesus claimed to be God. He was the creator so the idea that he would "believe" in anything is ridiculous. He could create with signs of age or not. If you don't believe the Bible then you have very little knowledge of Jesus. Pretty much all you know is that he was executed for causing trouble for Jews and therefore instability in the region. So, this author's ideas that Jesus was interested in the truth is based on legend which is precisely what he is accusing those who believe in creation of doing. It all boils down to faith. Either you have it or you don't.

    April 10, 2011 at 12:46 pm |
    • TampaMan

      Darwinism, not evolutionary theory, is a logical pillar of modern atheism. Remove that pillar and a great part of the idology is in danger of collapse.

      Science as a whole and Darwinsim in particular are not core values of Christianity (or any other religion). Therefore it isn't important whether a Christian affirms it or rejects it.

      Christianity stands upon the rock of God's promises. Atheism and Darwinist ideology stand upon the shifting sands of human logic; tenuous at best, dangerous in the extreme.

      April 10, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
    • Charlie Gilreath

      have faith in evolution is an absurd question – considering if you know the Christian faith he is part of the triune God therefore he would clearly know the origins and development of his creation – he does not need to have “fait” in a human theory about man. I love the hubris of Man to think a concept we create can explain that vast complexity of Man and our universe – as if the God who created all things has the mental capacity of a human – let alone the author of this article. Who is the author and where is an editor with some understanding of theology.

      April 10, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
    • Malkav

      Really? There is actual evidence for the "theory" of evolution. There is zero evidence for the death and resurrection of a man called Jesus. It doesn't take "faith" to believe in something already proven. And, before the responses, the Bible is NOT proof of anything. With that argument the Mormons, Muslims, and Scientologists are all "true" too since they also derive their faith from books written by men.

      The author is trying to bridge the gap. Science is far from the enemy of faith. He is saying it can help support one's faith. The Bible should not be interpreted literally. If one does, then one ends up with inexplicable contradictions. For example, let's go literal here for a second. The Bible says the "savior" will descend from the line of David. Jesus descends from the line of David through his father Joseph. However, according to the New Testament, Jesus is "God" and the "son of God" and Joseph's genes were not involved (immaculate conception and all). Therefore, by logic, Jesus is NOT a descendant of David and therefore he is NOT the coming "savior." Yet, all Christians say he is. Well, he can't genetically be both Joseph's son and God's son at the same time. If Jesus was truly human, and truly Joseph's son then he wasn't God. If he was God, then he wasn't Joseph's son and not the Messiah. See how literal interpretations can screw things up?

      April 10, 2011 at 1:05 pm |
    • MCR

      @Tom, Jesus didn't claim to be God, have you even read the bible? And if you take it that literally then you should have been stoned as a child, that's the punishment for any disrespect from a son towards his parents, and you can't tell me you never did that even once. It's morons like you who take reality and warp it for their convenience that ruin our society. The fact the 4 in 10 people in this country think the earth is 10,000 years old or less is just sad. The bible was never meant to be taken literally, whether you believe in God or not, it's a series of teachings meant to show us morality and civility.

      April 10, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
    • Sterling Archer

      Keep telling yourself that Tom. Close your eyes nice and tight at night when you pray, "Please God, I know it cant be true. I just know it cant." Just because you say something inst evidence or proof does not make it so. I shall now create a religion that believes water is not wet. Hence forth water is not wet because it is part of our system of beliefs. Any so-called "evidence" that water is indeed wet is nothing but a stable of lies. I can play the same game you do Tom.

      April 10, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
    • Fossils show us

      I strongly suspect that the author DOES consider himself a Christian, this from the wording he uses. As to Tom's notion that there is no evidence for evolution, I can offer one right here: I ask that Tom again consider the concept of rock layers, but we can leave the actual AGE of the layer for another time. In this example, we will look only at the shape and morphology of the fossil shells that are found in the rock layer, and in the other rock layers that are below, and above, the rock layer in question. Over a century ago, William Smith painstakingly collected and cataloged fossil shells from numerous layers in Britain, and other scientists have done the same, at other localities around the globe, for years. The evidence that comes from these exercises shows clearly that organisms, of the same species, have changed in shape and function over time. We can say "over time" because of the relative position of the rock layers: Older layers are below, younger layers are above. Whether we are talking about shells or whale carcasses, the result is still the same: the shapes and morphology of the animal is seen to change as younger rock layers are examined. This is just one of the many clear examples of the physical evidence for evolution. And Tom, if he were so inclined, could actually go out himself and "redo" William Smith's work, and see for himself. In contrast, I am certain that Tom could not offer myself any form of physical proof or evidence of the creator that he purports to know exists, other than the ancient book of writings known as the Bible, and the scholarly-type writings of others whose work is based on the Bible.

      April 10, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
    • TampaMan

      This statement is wholly incorrect. In addition to Biblical accounts, the life and resurrection of Jesus was recorded by several secular persons. A few examples are listed below:

      – Letter from Publius Lentulus (ruler of Judea), to Roman emperor Tiberius.(Letter is found in a private library in England, 1865 AD)
      – Report from the Roman governor, Pontius Pilate, to the Roman Caesar Tiberius.(written in Jerusalem, 28.III 4147. year since creation)
      – Recollections of the last occurrences from life of The Jesus Christ (Many believe that Pontius Pilate's wife wrote that letter)

      Roman Historians:
      – Cornelius Tacitus (55-120AD)
      – Pliny the Younger (62-114AD)
      – Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus (75-130AD)
      – and others less known living in Rome

      However, these sources may not be sufficient to persuade one who has convinced himself of a lie. One does himself a personal disservice when he refuses to believe the word of God.

      The post here is rather like Genesis ch. 3. That story illustrates the principle that the first function of the enemy of light and truth is to call God a liar. What we see here is clear evidence of an accusing writer who speaks with the voice of the unholy.

      April 10, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
  2. mary

    We are also comprised of the elements.. Does that mean we also evolved from rocks?

    April 10, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
    • jimmynog

      Actually YES! Even if you're religious (i.e. brain-damaged), you already accept without question that your god created you from clay. So life evolving from "rocks" should be no problem at all for you.

      April 10, 2011 at 12:49 pm |
    • Gen Mal

      Hey Mary
      You must enjoy ignorance. Good for you. While reading these responses I don't see anything that couldn't be cleared up with a 100 level science class. It's like people are posting and not even realizing how ignorant they are.

      April 10, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
  3. truth-seek

    I'll tell you for a fact what Jesus does know 100% He knows that without a single doubt that his mother was as pure as the ivory snow and never fooled around.

    April 10, 2011 at 12:44 pm |
    • jimmynog

      More likely Mary got laid by a shepherd. A German shepherd.

      April 10, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
  4. jimmynog

    Actually, "Jesus" was a very common name in those times, and if he existed at all, he was just another ordinary joe like all the other Jesuses, not some god's son born of a virgin birth (I mean c'mon, it's a laughable fairy tale). So who cares WHAT THE HELL he thinks of evolution? But of course, CNN is implicitly telling us he was indeed something extraordinary, even though CNN has no actual evidence of this. But that's the kind of shoddy news reporting we've come to expect from CNN. Likely, they're feeling all warm and fuzzy just before Easter, and since in their limited intellects -everyone- believes in god, they feel it's appropriate to print this stupid little article that even Yahoo would be too embarrassed to print.

    April 10, 2011 at 12:44 pm |
  5. ArtInChicago

    Why can't the Creator of the Universe also be a master scientist? A belief in science and a deity don't have to be mutually exclusive.

    April 10, 2011 at 12:43 pm |
  6. joe wilson

    the Evolution is a lie for the unfaithful. it is only transparent to those that see the LIGHT. only the saved from jesus can see that it is a hoax to stray you from the TRUTH.
    apparently the other 6 in 10 americans will rot in hell. oh how i wish there will be mercy for their souls.

    please. just read the bible and trust in it fully. OUR SAVIOR DOES NOT LIE.

    EINSTEIN THE SMARTEST MAN EVER SAID GOD DOES NOT PLAY DICE. THE EVOLUTION IS PLAYING DICE. HOW CAN PEOPLE THINK THEY'RE ABOVE BOTH THE LORD AND SOMEONE WHO WAS SO MUCH HIGHER IN INTELLIGENCE THAN THE REST OF US??!?!

    it saddens me to see people straying away from truth that was written to save them. instead they eat up all this "scientific proof" garbage.

    GOD IS THE ONLY PROOF YOU NEED. LORD HAVE MERCY ON YOUR SOULS. HIS ETERNAL LOVE WILL GUIDE YOU IF YOU LET HIM. ELSE, BURN IN HELL.

    THE SPREAD OF THIS IS A SIGN THAT WE ARE BEING TESTED. STAY TRUE TO OUR SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST AND OUR LORD.

    LOVE, AND GOD BLESS. COME TO THE TRUTH AND REJECT THE EVIL DARWIN DEMONS!

    April 10, 2011 at 12:41 pm |
    • jimmynog

      Joey.. you're not very bright, are you?

      April 10, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
  7. C

    The problem here is that its hard to have faith in God while accepting evolution.

    Evolution works by the death of the unprepared and the survival of the well-adapted. In this sense, in order to create the modern human being thousands of 'innocents' had to die along the way. At least SOME humanoids in the course of human evolution were not radically different in mind from us - this is true by how evolution works. Yet still they were subjected to a plethora of cruelties which resulted in the development of a more well-adapted modern human being.

    How can you have faith in God if evolution was His method? Evolution means killing thousands of humans by starvation, hypothermia, charging-bear, disease...the list could go on and on...in order to create a modern human that wouldn't be as vulnerable to these things.

    Would a good God use these methods? I don't think so. In fact, accepting evolutionary theory and the existence of God is tantamount to declaring God evil.

    So yes, while evolution is extremely well established, the author of this article is naive to think that Christians should just accept evolution. There's good cause to think it could destroy their faith.

    April 10, 2011 at 12:41 pm |
    • VInceRN

      @C – Perhaps you find it hard, but there are many millions, even scientists. Max Planck and Freeman Dyson are two fairly smart guys that come to mind. It is difficult, if not impossible, to reconcile a literal, biblical Christian belief with evolution, but that is hardly the same thing.

      Many, many millions believe in some sort of God and still believe in evolution, and in fact all of science. Belief in God does not automatically equal fundamentalist nut case, the "young earth creationist" whackos are only a fairly small subset of people that believe in God.

      April 10, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  8. The Saint

    It is more productive to take the Bible literally and then to interpret the actual facts of science within its revelatory framework. If the Bible cannot be understood, it is useless as revelation. If it contains scientific fallacies, it could not have been given by inspiration.It contradicts the Bible record of creation. Ten times in the first chapter of Genesis, it is said that God created plants and animals to reproduce "after their kinds". The Biblical "kind" may be broader than our modern "species" concept, but at least it implies definite limits to variation. The New Testament writers accepted the full historicity of the Genesis account of creation. Even Christ Himself quoted from it as historically accurate and authoritative (Matthew 19:4-6).It is inconsistent with God's methods. The standard concept of evolution involves the development of innumerable misfits and extinctions, useless and even harmful organisms. If this is God's "method of creation", it is strange that He would use such cruel, haphazard, inefficient, wasteful processes. Thus, evolution is Biblically unsound, theologically contradictory. and sociologically harmful.

    April 10, 2011 at 12:40 pm |
    • WriterWriter

      So, this would be a god who creates light on day two and on day FOUR creates the sun, moon and stars, from where light comes?

      Too stupid for words. It's a very poorly-written story, mate, and noting at all other.

      April 10, 2011 at 1:04 pm |
  9. joe wilson

    the Evolution is a lie for the unfaithful. it is only transparent to those that see the LIGHT. only the saved from jesus can see that it is a hoax to stray you from the TRUTH.
    apparently the other 6 in 10 americans will rot in hell. oh how i wish there will be mercy for their souls.

    please. just read the bible and trust in it fully. OUR SAVIOR DOES NOT LIE.

    EINSTEIN THE SMARTEST MAN EVER SAID GOD DOES NOT PLAY DICE. THE EVOLUTION IS PLAYING DICE. HOW CAN PEOPLE THINK THEY'RE ABOVE BOTH THE LORD AND SOMEONE WHO WAS SO MUCH HIGHER IN INTELLIGENCE THAN THE REST OF US??!?!

    it saddens me to see people straying away from truth that was written to save them. instead they eat up all this "scientific proof" garbage.

    GOD IS THE ONLY PROOF YOU NEED. LORD HAVE MERCY ON YOUR SOULS. HIS ETERNAL LOVE WILL GUIDE YOU IF YOU LET HIM. ELSE, BURN IN HELL.

    THE SPREAD OF THIS IS A SIGN THAT WE ARE BEING TESTED. STAY TRUE TO OUR SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST AND OUR LORD.

    LOVE, AND GOD BLESS ALL OF THE SAVED.

    April 10, 2011 at 12:38 pm |
  10. Jason

    This is the most stupid thing I have ever heard. Since Jesus is God and God created the earth with a spoken word, certainly he doesn't believe in Evolution. You can not believe in both Jesus and Evolution so this entire article is moronic.

    April 10, 2011 at 12:36 pm |
    • jimmynog

      No, Jason. YOU are the most stupid thing that's ever been heard.

      April 10, 2011 at 12:50 pm |
    • Mike

      As a christian, I completely agree with the authors premise. I have no issues with evolution at all. It is the most plausible theory on the origins of humanity. I have a hard time believing that the complexity of the human body evolved through chance though. Could evolution not have been a specific tool that God used? If the earth is only 5000 years old, are the most brilliant minds of our time liars? Of course not. God endowed us with incredible brains to use reason and to make decisions. There are no widely accepted scientific premises that go against Christianity. To believe there are is to deny the the beautiful minds that God gave us.

      April 10, 2011 at 12:51 pm |
    • enlightenedseeker

      I beg to differ...I believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior, sent to us by the most high God Our Father. But I also believe in the intelligence God has instilled in me and the eyes He has blessed me with. I don't see any problem whatsoever with the idea of evolution. I believe those ancient humans who were given the Word by God Almighty had limited intelligence and had no chance of understanding exactly how the heavens and earth were created and thus were given the "children's" version of those events.

      April 10, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
    • LetsThink123

      @enlightenedseeker

      you said, "I believe those ancient humans who were given the Word by God Almighty had limited intelligence and had no chance of understanding exactly how the heavens and earth were created and thus were given the "children's" version of those events."

      hahaha, i had a good laugh at that one. The hoops that believers jump through and the 'explanations' they come up with to keep holding on to their creation myth is astounding! Why can't u just admit that the genesis story is a myth and just let go? Is it because u r scared that u will go to that other mythical place called hell?

      How about this explanation:
      notice that all religions in the world, including western religions like Christianity did not tell us anything about the universe. What i mean by this is that if u read the creation story in the bible, there is no mention that god created the solar system with the sun in the center, with the other planets, with us in the milky way galaxy, and all the other billions of galaxies, and all the other solar systems. In the creation myth of adam and eve, god created stars after he created the sun, thats backwards! There is no mention that other planets existed either (which men at that time were not aware of).
      I ask you this question, how come the gods of virtually all religions in the world including christianity in their creation stories, only created things that people at that time knew existed (such as the earth, stars, sun, moon) and not about the other planets, our solar system, other solar systems, and other galaxies etc...? The knowledge of the gods when it came to the universe was limited to the knowledge of the men who lived at that time. Hmmm.......could these gods be man-made?

      Does this make more sense to u or not?

      April 20, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  11. tested

    Jesus was not concerned with evolution. He was dedicated to teaching man how to co-exist in peace and how to live righteous, purposeful lives. This is the essential common truth found in all religions. Be it Jesus or Budah, what matters above all else is how we treat each other.

    April 10, 2011 at 12:34 pm |
    • WriterWriter

      Jesus did not exist. Of the 38 or so first-century historians, not one mentioned Jesus. He is a myth.

      Secondly, the gospels were all written many years after the reported death of this person, so now you have a verbal history from non eye-witness sources that is not corroborated in any way by any reliable source.

      April 10, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
  12. joe wilson

    the Evolution is a lie for the unfaithful. it is only transparent to those that see the LIGHT. only the saved from jesus can see that it is a hoax to stray you from the TRUTH.
    apparently the other 6 in 10 americans will rot in hell. oh how i wish there will be mercy for their souls.

    please. just read the bible and trust in it fully. OUR SAVIOR DOES NOT LIE.

    EINSTEIN THE SMARTEST MAN EVER SAID GOD DOES NOT PLAY DICE. THE EVOLUTION IS PLAYING DICE. HOW CAN PEOPLE THINK THEY'RE ABOVE BOTH THE LORD AND SOMEONE WHO WAS SO MUCH HIGHER IN INTELLIGENCE THAN THE REST OF US??!?!

    it saddens me to see people straying away from truth that was written to save them. instead they eat up all this "scientific proof" garbage.

    GOD IS THE ONLY PROOF YOU NEED. LORD HAVE MERCY ON YOUR SOULS. HIS ETERNAL LOVE WILL GUIDE YOU IF YOU LET HIM. ELSE, BURN IN HELL.

    THE SPREAD OF THIS IS A SIGN THAT WE ARE BEING TESTED. STAY TRUE TO OUR SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST AND OUR LORD.

    LOVE, AND GOD BLESS.

    April 10, 2011 at 12:34 pm |
    • James

      See? More gibberish. Generally speaking, the people whose posts are more intelligent and coherent are for evolution. Those who type like they were dropped on their heads dozens of times as children are completely convinced when their parents tell them they were born that way.

      April 10, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
    • jimmynog

      Well said, James. And the only stuff they write that even approaches coherence and correct grammar is the bilge they regurgitate word for word from their brainwashing sessions on Sunday.

      April 10, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
    • Sam Snead

      Einstein was talking about quantum mechanics when he said "God does not play dice", not evolution. He was referencing the fact that probabilities govern the position and momentum of subatomic particles such as an electron. He was later proven wrong, by demonstrable facts, that God does in fact "play dice".

      April 10, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
    • joe wilson

      how dare you slander the LORD'S name.
      i have reported you for doing so.

      may your tainted soul rot in hell. my prayers are not worth your corpse. feed you to the demons below.

      April 10, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  13. Anna2

    And NO, IQ is not a measure of knowledge, only a tool to put knowledge together and to see through loopholes in something that doesn't make sense.

    April 10, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
  14. Massive Marbles

    ahhh...supposition, the next generation ape brain's attempt to imagine an inconceivable concept.

    April 10, 2011 at 12:31 pm |
  15. Jim1151

    Would Jesus believe his own resurrection story since it has been played previously in ancient Greece and many other mythologies? Religion is a joke.

    April 10, 2011 at 12:30 pm |
  16. VInceRN

    If Jesus was the Messiah, the Son of God, he would not believe, he would know.

    If Jesus was a just a man evolution wouldn't have made any sense at all to him two thousand years ago as a conquered Jewish citizen of the roman empire. His only education would have been religious, and nothing at all would have prepared him for the idea of evolution.

    April 10, 2011 at 12:30 pm |
  17. Calypso

    Anna2-
    Your response about there being witnesses to the creation make NO SENSE! Please explain how there can be a witness to the creation of humans?

    April 10, 2011 at 12:30 pm |
    • Anna2

      I didn't say they were witnesses to the creation. I said there could be some truth in the Bible, because those people lived during those times. (I am not religious by the way.)

      April 10, 2011 at 12:36 pm |
    • jimmynog

      No, Anna2, you're just dumb, so you may as well be religious as well. You'll fit right in with the rest of them.

      April 10, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
  18. LarryC

    Scientists don't seem to understand how fundamental the creation is to Christianity. With no Fall of Man and no implacable curse of a vengeful god, there is no need for a savior because there is nothing to save you from. Nobody in their right mind would believe in a god vicious enough to send thousands of generations of humans to hell on a whim.

    Judaism, Christianity and Islam stand exposed as false religions based on nothing but tribal fairy tales. If you want truth, follow the example of Thomas Jefferson, and respect the laws of nature and nature's god.

    April 10, 2011 at 12:30 pm |
    • Wisdom4u2

      God doesn’t send anybody to hell, that would be their choice!!!
      God did not send His son into the world to condemn the people, but to save them!!!
      And you’re right, “Nobody in their right mind” would believe God would send people to hell and He doesn’t, they make that choice themselves!!
      However, judging from your comment you’ll be going there soon enough, so, ’Buh-Bye’!!

      April 10, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
    • LetsThink123

      @Wisdom4u2

      you said, "God doesn’t send anybody to hell, that would be their choice!!!"
      Your god REQUIRES you to accept Jesus as your savior in order to get a passport to heaven. According to Jesus, all other gods are pagans. If i was born into a hindu, or muslim, or buddhist religion then i would obviously be fed another religious fairytale story when i was young. I would definitely not accept Jesus and accept these 'pagan' gods. So would i go to hell when i did NOT choose to be born into a religion other than christianity??

      you said, "God did not send His son into the world to condemn the people, but to save them!!!"
      This is where Christianity FAILS. That is why there is so much backlash against evolution because it shows that Adam and eve was a MYTH, hence there was no original sin, which means that there was no need for a savior!
      I will agree with you that Adam and Eve is true if you can clear up these contradictions for me:
      1. FACT: If a brother and sister have a child together, there is a high probability of that child suffering from retardation.
      Based on this fact, why isn't most of the world suffering from retardation if we all came from Adam and Eve?
      2. FACT: The first early humans were walking this earth 200k-500k years ago, and came out of AFRICA.
      Based on this fact, how does the Adam and Eve story hold up to such a vast error in timescale? God created the world in 7 days, and even if you say that 1 day = 1000 years, the number is still way off!
      3. FACT: The stars we see in the night sky are just other suns (some larger than our sun, some smaller). They were also formed BEFORE our sun.
      Genesis 1:3 says: And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. <– This means that the sun was created.
      Genesis 1:16 says: And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.
      Why did God make the stars AFTER our sun?? It contradicts FACT.
      4. FACT: Land animals were present BEFORE animals who could aviate.
      Genesis 1:20 says: And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.
      Genesis 1:21 says: And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
      Why did god do the reverse??

      This contradictions exist and cannot be ignored. If you contradict facts then you are wrong, everyone knows this. Therefore the Adam and eve story is made up.
      The basis of christianity is that Jesus gave up his life for us by dying for our sins and saving us with his grace because of the original sin committed by adam and eve.
      With Adam and eve now shown as false by the many contradictions it has with science of geology, phsyics, taxonomy, evolution, the very fabric that Christianity is founded on is broken!

      you said, "However, judging from your comment you’ll be going there soon enough, so, ’Buh-Bye’!!"
      I just showed u WITH EVIDENCE from the different sciences and plain rational logic, that Christianity is flawed and the places of heaven and hell are made up.
      You have believed this heaven and hell story from an ancient book WITH NO EVIDENCE, which is now shown to be false. Why can't you let go? is it causes it makes u feel comfy believing in fairytales? or if u admit that these things are false then ur god will send u to hell? Which one is it, i would like to know.

      April 20, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  19. Victor

    Hello, Judgment Day is May 21, 2011. http://www.ebiblefellowship.com/may21 http://www.familyradio.com http://www.biblecalculator.com http://www.the-latter-rain.com The Bible Guarantees it! Repent before it is too late!

    April 10, 2011 at 12:30 pm |
    • VInceRN

      I wonder if Victor cashed in his 401k and stopped paying his bills, since the world is ending and all?

      April 10, 2011 at 12:38 pm |
    • hardright

      Victor, sorry, no man knows the day. If you claim to know, or are spending time trying to figure it out, either way, you are a heretic and false teacher. Give it up, live your life as God has instructed in the scriptures and leave the worrying to Him.

      April 10, 2011 at 12:40 pm |
    • JPC

      Victor – you don't have a fax number, do you?

      If so I'd like to send you a little legal agreement to sign, that I get to take all your property on May 22 🙂

      April 10, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
    • Bill Y

      What are you going to do/say on May 22 when nothing has changed?

      April 10, 2011 at 12:49 pm |
    • jimmynog

      Hopefully all the "believers" will kill themselves on May 22nd, and the average IQ of the species will immediately jump 10 points.

      April 10, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
    • Mike

      As a Christian, you are rejecting what the bible teaches you about not knowing the day or the hour. God has a tendency of making people like you look bad. I fear that you will only be disappointed that your names with be added to lists along with David Karesh and the likes. Etc. Seek the good that you can do for others. You are so focused on the future day that you ignore the will of the moment. Keep your lamp with oil but do not become consumed with when the bridegroom will return.

      April 10, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
  20. Alfred W

    Do not be deceived by this author. Do your own research into the primary sources and you will find that you need more faith to believe in evolution than the Bible. Let's go back to the beginning: Darwin stated himself in Origin of the Species that the lack of fossil evidence was fatal to his theory. 150 years later, this fossil evidence never materialized, which led those invested in Darwin to devise "Punctuated Equilibrium" in an attempt to save the theory.

    Evolution is not "science", it is "philosophy". Science requires observation, predictability of results, falsifiability. Evolution has none of this.

    Jesus would believe in the 7 day Genesis creation story set forth in the Word of God, since Jesus is the Word becoming flesh (John 1:14.). John, an EYEWITNESS to the event he describes in his Gospel, states "that which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with OUR OWN EYES, which we have looked at and OUR HANDS HAVE TOUCHED...we have seen it and TESTIFY to it" (1 John 1:1). Can any evolutionist make this claim about evolution? Evolution doesn't even theorize how life BEGAN, just how it may have evolved.

    Do not be deceived. You are not a shaved ape. You are not the product of a beneficial mutation guided by natural selection. You were created in the image of the living God, crowned with Glory, and a candidate for salvation from eternal damnation by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ. Say it with me: "that if you confess with your mouth "Jesus is Lord" and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved" (Romans 10:9).

    April 10, 2011 at 12:29 pm |
    • Tony

      Alfred hate to burst your bubble on that diatribe, but over the past 150 years several examples of human evolution have been found and are on display for anyone willing to stop clutching the book of fairy tales long enough to go see.

      April 10, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
    • hardright

      Sorry Tony, you are the one that's wrong, you offer zilch, you have zilch, there is no evolution, that is the myth/fairy tale that modern 'intelligent' people believe in. Enjoy!

      April 10, 2011 at 12:39 pm |
    • stonedwhitetrash

      Oh sweet JESUS!! Here have a toke and settle down.

      April 10, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
    • Cosmos42

      Dinosaurs.

      April 10, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
    • Hassan

      TUre. WE ARE NOT SHAVED APES. AND TELL ME THIS WHO EVER BELIEVE IN EVOLUTION. WHY APES ARE STILL EVOLVE INTO APES. APES STILL EVOLVE APES.

      April 10, 2011 at 12:49 pm |
    • Ogo

      Thank you for this Alfred. You are spot-on!

      April 10, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
    • Kevin

      I seriously believe you were hit on the head with a hammer. You do not know what science is. You are not a licensed professional in any field relevant and your thought process you let out on the screen is absolutely disgusting.

      April 10, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
    • Mike

      As a Christian, I am insulted by the "protesters" of science. How can you possibily say that scientists are lying? There is so much evidence to support the earth being billions of years old. Even without the evidence, logic and reason suffice. If it irrational to think that dinosaurs walked the earth lately. If we can tell the age of trees by their rings, why can we not tell the age of the earth by its rocks, mountains, rivers, lakes, minerals, etc.

      April 10, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
    • tonyII

      Evil is a pure fantasy construct of religion. Without it, there would be nothing for their "protection racket" to struggle against! But there is no example of evil anywhere in the Universe. Just greedy or nasty people doing selfish or bad things.

      April 10, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
    • jimmynog

      Hassan, your momma is a shaved ape. Except she forget to shave the hairiest patch, I was in it last night 😉

      April 10, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
    • Hurley

      Your entire knowledge of evolution is based soley on what religious people want you to think. If you actually got outside your religious dogma and researched evolution you would know you are spouting off nonsense.

      April 10, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
    • Wisdom4u2

      I agree!!

      First off, this article is here to incite controversy (but that‘s what CNN does), because there is no mention of the scientist who would totally disagree with this bozo!!
      Second off, that explanation of the broken “Vitamin C” gene is about as foolish as Karl W. Giberson, Phool.Da people! Ha-ha!!

      Why didn’t CNN list the Scientist who were/are former Evolutionist??
      Here are just a few who would call Giberson a monkey!!

      Gerald E. Aardsma (physicist and radiocarbon dating),
      Louis Agassiz (helped develop the study of glacial geology and of ichthyology),
      Alexander Arndt (analytical chemist, etc.),
      Steven A. Austin (geologist and coal formation expert),
      Charles Babbage (helped develop science of computers / developed actuarial tables and the calculating machine),
      Francis Bacon (developed the Scientific Method),
      Thomas G. Barnes (physicist),
      Robert Boyle (helped develop sciences of chemistry and gas dynamics),
      Wernher von Braun (pioneer of rocketry and space exploration),
      David Brewster (helped develop science of optical mineralogy), etc.
      The list goes on and on!!!

      April 10, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
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