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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. Mike

    Horribly biased and unintellectual (theologically speaking) article. First, when Christ said, "I am the Truth" we have to understand the context in which it was said. It was not, "I am searching for the truth" or "I want to know what is true..." It was a message to the Jews that He was the Messiah, He was God incarnite. He was the truth, the way, and the light to Heaven. In other words, at a time where there were many false messiahs, He was the the true one. He was the only way that man could enter Heaven, and no one would know the Father but by Him.

    Secondly, the article assumes evolution to be an absolute. Yes, evolution is a scientific theory, and is a theory justified by evidence. HOWEVER, people need to understand that the theory is constantly changing. Darwin's theory of phyletic gradualism is now debunk in the scientific community, leaving room for theories like punctuated equilibrium, punctuated gradualism, and quantum evolution theory.

    Also, a theory is not a proof. Theories change, and have been debunked. Man at one time had a theory that the world was flat. Even today (not saying I agree with this, just pointing out facts) the theory of evolution is being challenged. And in the news a 12 year old boy challenged Einstein's theory regarding the travel of light (to which scientists have no answer).

    We must keep everything in perspective, and carefully search for the truth, without becoming so bias that we completely miss it. There is a real loss of intellectual debate between creationists and evolutionists. (note, there will be a cheap shot on this statement... always is)

    To summize, would Jesus believe in evolution? The author says yes because Jesus cares for the truth. Again, a theological fallacy, Christ IS TRUTH. Also, it assumes that evolution is an absolute, which simply ends up begging the question. Leaving this article as nothing more than a rant about how many Christians don't believe in evolution, when the scientific community has some evidence to support it.

    Just my two cents worth,
    Mike

    April 11, 2011 at 9:30 am |
    • Mike

      "Even today (not saying I agree with this, just pointing out facts) the theory of evolution is being challenged"

      Note – I meant to say the theory of gravity

      Thanks for the understanding 🙂

      April 11, 2011 at 9:41 am |
  2. ProChoiceAtheist/Wife2AtheistSteve

    "joe wilson
    no. anna 2. you are possessed by the devil.
    i have reported you for abuse because of your other lies on this website. YOU REJECT GOD FROM YOUR SOUL. I WILL NOT HAVE IT.
    you are lucky we are not neighbors. i will have you embrace the LORD or have you evicted."

    Joe, Why is it okay for you to spout non-sense and what science has proven to be false but the second someone dis-agrees with you, you report them for abuse? Does free speech mean nothing to you or does it only apply to you? You are the one lying to people...you can not possibly back what you say without the use of the Bible and that book was written by too many men over the course of too many years and translated too many times. From what I have seen Anna is the better Christian...wrong in her opinions but still the better Christian...she has not once threatened you and yet you attack her...how unethical is that? It is not up to you to say that she doesn't have the right to an opinion nor is it up to you to state that others don't have that right. I don't normally back any Christian but she is obviously living it for what she believes to be true. You don't get that judgment...according to the Bible your God is the only one who gets to do that and until you can prove you are that God, let the woman have her say. I would think that your comment "you are lucky we are not neighbors. i will have you embrace the LORD or have you evicted" is more abuse than anything she has said and thus I have reported it as such. I'm trying to wrap my head around that statement...how would you have her evicted??? Is that not a potential threat of violence?? See you're really a bad Christian and a good part of the reason why I re-ject the fallacy. Why would I want to be around someone who treats other so horribly? I'm as.tounded by your au.dac.city to treat a fellow human like this. I think you're the one who needs a moral check-up.
    Evolution is a fact that more people than you will ever know about believes in. You can't dis.prove the facts...they are evidenced and will continue to be so. I suggest you get your facts straight before threatening any.one else.
    I presonally don't care

    April 11, 2011 at 9:27 am |
    • ProChoiceAtheist/Wife2AtheistSteve

      oops should have read "I personally don't care"

      @Anna2: I do apologize for associating you with this obvious lun.atic and any of his religious be.liefs...no-one deserves such poor treatment by another human.

      There is the vast difference between Atheists and Christians...given that as an Atheist I follow the moral code of the land as set out by the governing body of my country, I live within those morals and am quite happy to do so. We are mostly good people (even religion has its bad). Christians think that they can deviate away from it b/c they will be saved in the end. I'd rather live the here and now then for something that can't be shown to exist.

      April 11, 2011 at 9:52 am |
  3. Doc Vestibule

    A RESPONSE THE THE EVER PRESENT "IT'S JUST A THEORY" CROWD
    A theory is what one or more hypotheses become once they have been verified and accepted to be true. A theory is an explanation of a set of related observations or events based upon proven hypotheses and verified multiple times by detached groups of researchers. Unfortunately, even some scientists often use the term "theory" in a more colloquial sense, when they really mean to say "hypothesis." In general, both a scientific theory and a scientific law are accepted to be true by the scientific community as a whole. Both are used to make predictions of events. Both are used to advance technology.
    There are 5 LAWS in the Theory of Evolution.
    As for the relationship between religion and science...
    We are selfish creatures by nature, yet our survival depends on cooperation. In order to balance these two conflicting instincts, mankind has had to develop rules that allow room for both.
    These rules are not the same for all communities – hence we've had so many different types of religion and government throughout history.
    Religion binds communities together by giving a common frame of reference. Shared fears (like divine retribution), hopes (like going to heaven) and rituals allow the instinct for self preservation to extend beyond one's self and immediate family.
    This is why the great majority of evolutionary biologists find no conflict between religion and science – as long as religion is recognized solely as a social adaptation.

    April 11, 2011 at 9:26 am |
  4. CD

    There are only 3 options:

    1. God is not there
    2. God is there and he is silent (the position of this author, which contradicts the Bible)
    3. God is there and he is not silent.

    My position is position number 3 and it does not conflict with the observations of nature. I do believe the universe is approximately 13.7 billion years old and the earth is roughly 4 billion years old. Apply the scientific method to reading Genesis 1 – first establish your frame of reference and what we know about the early atmosphere and how it formed. Then review the fossil record (specifically, the Cambrian explosion). You will see God's creative process in the available objective data and the statistics supporting a requirement for a creator continue to get more and more compelling with the passage of time. The idea that God just kick started creation at the beginning and then disappeared is some kind of half-way house for creationists/evolutionists. If you believe in God but also in evolution, what do you have to say about God's intervention in human history as told by the stories in the Bible?

    And for those of you who don't like the idea of a Creator? Just wait six weeks and we'll add another order of magnitude of difficulty to the probability of complex life emerging strictly by chance – there simply has not been enough time since the earth was formed and became habitable for macroevolution to work. If you really want to put the Biblical story of creation to the test and your own thoughts/theories/beliefs about science and faith, I challenge you to check out Reasons to Believe – they have applied extensive scientific rigor to develop a testable model for the creation of the universe. And, if you find a mistake in their work, they are happy to revise their model.

    Ultimately, Christians should not be afraid of science because in the end, it WILL point to the existence of a creator. If you don't believe in God now, just wait, it's only going to get harder for you – the science is THAT compelling if you're willing to have an open mind and engage in a friendly intellectual debate.

    April 11, 2011 at 9:26 am |
    • JohnR

      Nothing in science, least of all evolutionary science, says that life happened "by chance".

      April 11, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
  5. J Ex

    We must be evolved from apes because I have never seen so much pompous chest pounding since "Gorillas in the Mist"

    April 11, 2011 at 9:25 am |
  6. Anna2

    IDSWIzzard, thanks, I am the latter. And thank you for not attacking me. BTW, half of the nonsense you read here in my name has been written by fanatic evolutionists who are ticked off at my questioning their dogma. Have a nice day 🙂

    April 11, 2011 at 9:25 am |
  7. NB

    To everyone who had the guts to reply and label me and had not the COURAGE to leave the reply option open;. I know myself and my belief, and knowing that I am not a failure. I just stated my opinion, people that believe in evolution are failures; and in school they teach that we come from monkeys, they say that we are their descendents and that is very hard to believe. Now, this all living creatures coming from the one "single" ancestor? Which ancestor? Do you have a name for it? Which ancestor? Can you picture such ancestor? Or name It? Just because someone have a PhD doesn't mean that person is right about his or her views or that he or she says is TRUTH or that such person KNOWS everything.

    April 11, 2011 at 9:21 am |
    • Craig

      You find it easier to belive in a book written by a man some 2,000 years ago just because he said he heard it from god. God whispered it in his ear. Have you ever asked your self why god choice the people he did? Why did god tell John the things he did and then John felt compelled to write them into a "little" book? I also find it funny when relgious people have to do another interpetation of the bible to get it to "work" for todays facts. Why can't your pretty little book just be wrong. Instead we are lead to belive that everything else is wrong and that one book written and compiled by men over 2,000 years ago is 100% correct and we are just to stupid to understand exactly what they are saying.

      April 11, 2011 at 10:17 am |
  8. Vulpes

    Evolution theory like all theories consist of a collection of facts to make predictions about any future observation in the realm of the given theory. Many people just don't understand the Evolution is based on the best available evidence. If you believe that a Creator created evolution, so be it. But one cannot deny the facts of Evolution to do so mean that one is not educated on the facts or being mislead by other who also do not know but who have an agenda.

    April 11, 2011 at 9:20 am |
    • Frespech

      No matter what you have heard from Hitchens or Dawkins fact is nothing comes from nothing- which implies that something or someone has always existed, which also implies eternity as fact. The best explanation of those facts leads me to believe in God.

      April 11, 2011 at 9:41 am |
    • Xander

      @Frespech: Evolution doesn't purport to answer the question of the origin of everything. That would be the Big Bang theory, and even that technically initially assumes that there was something. I don't think there's any scientific theory which observed something coming from nothing or tried to address how. Evolution theory assumes life already exists and makes no propositions about how life came to be in the first place (research the theory of abiogenesis if you want to know more about that). You can't lump different theories together and say you have a problem with one, therefore the others are false too.

      April 11, 2011 at 10:23 am |
  9. Tata

    There is no issue with evolution for Christians, the issue is to remove God from the equation. The plan of God included the slight adaptation of the nature through the times, all pieces fall in place naturally, and God is who designed it and does the little miracles (that some call coincidences) that make the evolution happen.

    April 11, 2011 at 9:18 am |
  10. JN

    To say Jesus would believe in Evolution is a very false statement. Evolution contradicts Christianity and was created to brainwash the masses into thinking that there is no God. I commend you for acknowledging that there is a God because most people that believe in Evolution do not believe in God. The theory of evolution is something that does not make sense to me because if we evolved from monkeys etc. why are there still monkeys? In the end, we will all know the truth and I hope that it will not be too late for people when that time comes. Jesus said "I am the way, the truth and the light" so that is what I believe in and have seen miracles happen. There is a Heaven and Hell and people need to repent and give God the glory and accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior because with the way things are now, the second coming might not be too far off. GOD BLESS

    April 11, 2011 at 9:18 am |
    • William Demuth

      Jesus is a lie, and his followers are an embarrassment.

      Please leave the Stone Age in the Stone Age.

      April 11, 2011 at 9:21 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      Why are there still monkeys?
      Evolution is anarchic, not a linear process of species "upgading" themselves.
      Humans are not Ape Version 3.0, rendering other simians obsolete.

      April 11, 2011 at 9:36 am |
    • LarryP

      Open your eyes, look around, you can believe what you see and still believe in God. Seek the truth and stop being a sheep blindly following what you are told.

      April 11, 2011 at 9:40 am |
    • LarryP

      most people that believe in Evolution do not believe in God
      And just how would you know that???

      April 11, 2011 at 10:05 am |
  11. CommonSensical

    Are we still evolving? Not if you ask me. The human condition is getting worse and worse. The Bible explains why. As some readers have said, you can't just take parts of the Bible and apply them where you wish. The idea of evolution implies that God didn't create the earth in a literal week, which ultimate denies his power as the creator and destroys the basis of Christianity(the belief in Jesus as the son of God).

    I'm happy to be a Christian, and I don't knock anyone for being or not being like me. If something doesn't make sense to you, don't believe it. Just don't try to tear down those who do.

    Happy Monday!

    April 11, 2011 at 9:13 am |
    • LarryP

      The idea of evolution implies that God didn't create the earth in a literal week, which ultimate denies his power as the creator and destroys the basis of Christianity(the belief in Jesus as the son of God).

      You know I never read that in "The Origin of the Species" I did read in the Bible that one day for God is a thousand years, so did God create the world in six days or six thousand years or was that maybe a story for the masses at the time to convey the idea that God had a hand in the creation of the universe. I don't think evolution and God are mutially exclusive, Christains have no problem "interpeting" Timothy in the old testement when he talks about beating your slaves, it's OK if the slave dies the next day but if he dies the same day you beat him....shame on you. Just relax and look around you the truth is where you find it.

      April 11, 2011 at 10:03 am |
    • Craig

      I said it in an earlier post the only reason most atheist choice to "attack" relgion is because we find that it is doing more harm then good. Its not just christians if you look through out the world right now people are dying and killing for relgion thats why it needs to be stopped. Here in America all the relgious people are saying its the lack of relgion that is bringing this country down no its not its not atheist going around hurting people you know why.Because we belive that this is our only life there is no eternal party in the sky with god.... Final thought I know it is your opionon that we are not evolving and I think that is because your thinking of evolution as a positive process it does not have to be in the "right" direction.

      April 11, 2011 at 10:06 am |
  12. Luke

    So where are the bones? If it takes millions of years to evolve each step, there should be millions of years worth of bones leading up to now. We have dino bones, mamoth bones... where are the part ape/part man bones? And there wouldn't be just one head or one leg bone.... there should be TONS of proof since it took that long to evolve.

    April 11, 2011 at 9:12 am |
    • Steve

      One of the best examples of the gap between men and apes is the oldest living "human" fossil that was found off the southern coast of Africa, the scientists dubbed it, "lucy." The skeleton they found shows that it has similar human characteristics, but had a much more curved spine, which would show signs of walking on all fours. Do your research ... serioulsy

      April 11, 2011 at 9:30 am |
  13. Glue

    “In religion and politics, people's beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second-hand, and without examination, from authorities who have not themselves examined the questions at issue but have taken them at second-hand from other non-examiners, whose opinions about them were not worth a brass farthing.” - Mark Twain

    April 11, 2011 at 9:12 am |
  14. Josh Nixon

    "But when it comes to the truth of evolution, many Christians feel compelled to look the other way. "

    As a Christian, I don't find this article offensive. I think we should constantly search for the truth, however I would like to share my own opinions on the subject. So many people complain that the Bible does not support any scientific evidence. The Bible is not a science book filled with detailed scientific facts. God knows everything, to display that knowledge in one book would be mind boggling. It would most likely be considered the largest book in existence. Realistically speaking, the Bible is not created to share that much detail, but to give an inside look into God's head and how we should act according to His word. Who do you think created science and allowed it even take place. If you want to convert a person to Christianity, do you hand them a science book filed with the inner workings of mitosis or do you hand them a book that describes all the wonders God has to offer. God simply KIS (Kept IT Simple) with humans.

    "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."

    "But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day." 2 Peter 3:8 Again, another reason why people make so many claims about the Bible and do not take the time to fully understand everything in it.

    Gods time is not equal to mans time. A day for a man based on what we have discovered through "science" is 24 hours, however a logical person would take the time to understand that God does not determine time like man. A day for God could be a 1,000 years. I personally believe that evolution is taking place everyday, even through humans, however I do not think we share that evolution with animals. With the millions of animals on this planet, it's not far fetched to find another one that shares similar genes.

    Random:
    One of the most interesting accounts to me in the Bible is the prophecy about the City of Babylon. The Bible was so precise, that it even named the ruler before he was born and told in detail about his downfall. Babylon is recorded in many history books and can be ruins can still be seen on earth today.

    "And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you." Luke 11:9

    April 11, 2011 at 9:10 am |
  15. Len

    Why is an atheist writing about Jesus?

    April 11, 2011 at 9:10 am |
    • RedBaren

      why do christians write about atheism?

      April 11, 2011 at 9:17 am |
    • William Demuth

      Because we all like a good story.

      In this case religious satire!

      April 11, 2011 at 9:19 am |
  16. Bryan

    It is a scientific fact that nothing does and creates nothing. Our exeistence necessitates a Creator. There has to be a first mover. A limitied object, which everything in this universe is (including you), could never be responsible for such a beautiful universe. One so extremely complicated and coordinated, it screams Design all over it.

    The idea of Truth, what we are searching for, only supports the idea of a creator. Without God, Truth does not exist. Neither does love, or any other emotion we have. Right and wrong, good and bad; who cares if there is no God. These ideas and feelings are instilled in us by someone far greater than we could imagine. To think other wise gives our kind more credit than is rationally thinkable.

    Finally there is a lot of science in the Bible. There should be if He created the Universe then he created scienc. Science says the Universe is expanding constantly. Isaiah 40:22 says He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like a canopy, and spreads them out like a tent to live in. I Don't think they had the scentific technology to know this 2000 years ago but its stated in the Bible 11 times. Just one of thousands of examples.

    April 11, 2011 at 9:08 am |
    • Vulpes

      "It is a scientific fact that nothing does and creates nothing." What are you saying here? Where are your references?
      Our exeistence necessitates a Creator. There has to be a first mover." Sounds like the load of BS that it is.
      Learn how to spell first before moving on to science.

      April 11, 2011 at 9:16 am |
    • William Demuth

      You are ina logic box.

      If this requires a creator, then the creator requires a creator.

      Your "Gods" creators’ were mortal men who were liars.

      Once you accept that simple fact, the rest is self-explanatory.

      April 11, 2011 at 9:18 am |
    • LarryP

      And the world is flat and the sun revolves arounf the earth.......

      April 11, 2011 at 9:30 am |
    • Andy

      I agree with Bryan, and there is no "logic box" that he is being limited to in his arguments. He just forgot to mention one extra detail that is implicit in his argument but is often neglected or missed. That is that the creator must be infinite, or eternal. Like Bryan said, "Something can't come from nothing," therefore there must be something that is eternal. Based on science advocating for a limited universe, aka: a dying universe, then there is one answer, that there is a creator and it is eternal.

      The question of where the creator came from is now moot. Do me a favor and try and comprehend the number infinite. As a concept, yes, you can maybe wrap your head around it, but don't think of it as a concept, think of it as an actual number. Eternity is the same, we can somewhat grasp the concept of forever, but we cannot actually understand what that entail because for us everything seems to have an end. That is because we are mortal, or finite. How can the finite comprehend the infinite? Answer: we cannot. Therefore asking where the creator comes from is illogical. The creator always was, always is, and always will be.

      April 11, 2011 at 9:36 am |
    • Rob

      How could any human ever know that God is God? It's all pointless. If there were a God and a Devil, there would be no way to distinguish one from the other. How does any Christian know for certain that the entire Bible wasn't written by the Devil in order to cause division and ultimately war?

      April 11, 2011 at 9:38 am |
    • Craig

      The idea that god exsist because there has to be a creator does not fit. It does not fit because if god created us who created god? Your scientfic fact does not point to a creator it points to an endless list of creators. Religous people remind me of a cat falling from a tree their claws digging and clawing trying to stop from falling, but it is hopeless they will fall. The question is the cat will land on its feet will you? I don't like puttin labels on people, so I don't like calling my self an atheist on my dog tags it says "No Prefrence", but like another atheist I heard once say "I would leave realigon alone if it was not hurting people,but it is people die all over the world because of relgion, so it must be stopped."

      April 11, 2011 at 9:42 am |
    • Charlie

      'Christians' that believe that the Theory of Evolution nullifies the Genesis account are not Christians at all. They cast Impotency upon their God and somehow think that they honor Him. This doubt that they carry instead impugns their entire faith in the One True God.

      "12 Why, as by one man [Adam] sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed on all men, for that all have sinned: 13 (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. 14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come."
      Romans 5:12-14

      "15 But not as the offense, so also is the free gift. For if through the offense of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, has abounded to many."
      Romans 5:15

      The True Christian does not doubt His God.

      April 11, 2011 at 9:52 am |
    • Craig

      @ Andy
      You can't just simply say that "everything comes from something" and then say that "God is infinite or eternal". Your making up your own rules as you go along. If you would have said everything,but god has to be created then you could say that, but its no longer scientfic fact its just something you believe. And i totally disagree with your arguement that we mortal beings can't understand infinte I think thats a fatal flaw, the human brain is more than capable. I like to say we are like computers you can put someone in front of a super computer capable of anything, but if you don't tell them how to turn it on then they can't possibly use it to its full capablility. We are the same way from birth we have to be told how to do just about everything. Could someone grow up on their own and learn how to survive sure, but they would not use their brain to their full ablility.

      April 11, 2011 at 9:54 am |
  17. AtheistSteve

    joe wilson
    you've been reported for abuse for constantantly reporting abuse to anyone who doesn't agree with your view. Not that I'm surprised since nothing you say can be backed up by anything outside your own head.

    April 11, 2011 at 9:07 am |
    • ProChoiceAtheist/Wife2AtheistSteve

      Kudos my love...I reported him also!

      April 11, 2011 at 9:53 am |
  18. Magdousha

    God created evolution.

    April 11, 2011 at 9:06 am |
    • radam82

      I agree, Odin created evolution.

      April 11, 2011 at 9:20 am |
    • LarryP

      BINGO!

      April 11, 2011 at 9:28 am |
    • Jonathan

      I believe in Numeh and everyone else is wrong!

      April 11, 2011 at 9:30 am |
  19. NB

    The gene that enables the production of vitamin C in humans and mammals is JUST that; a gene that helps humans and mammals get some C to help them fight infections and survive; it doesn't not translate into "family" or "evolution". Please.

    April 11, 2011 at 9:06 am |
    • Steve

      Its a "broken gene" that has evolved over the years to allow humans and other mammals to produce vitamin C. Unless you believe that genes are not passed from parents to children, they just magically do what they want...

      April 11, 2011 at 9:27 am |
  20. Hugo

    I don't understand the conflict. My comments are addressed to Christians who don't believe in evolution.

    God is all powerful. So, isn't it possible that he could have created the planet some 10,000 years ago with all the evolutionary and geological information and machinery already in place?

    April 11, 2011 at 9:05 am |
    • Hugo

      Oops, sorry, I meant He.

      April 11, 2011 at 9:06 am |
    • Vulpes

      Using that "logic" .. You could argue that *I* created the world in the same way 5 minutes ago with all your "memories" ... you can bow down now ... 😉

      April 11, 2011 at 9:12 am |
    • LarryP

      You could do so if you choose to ignore the truth.

      April 11, 2011 at 9:26 am |
    • Jonathan

      Nope.

      April 11, 2011 at 9:28 am |
    • klova

      that is the one theory i find the most interesting, because there really isn't a way to disprove that (yet) or prove it either.

      April 11, 2011 at 9:29 am |
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