This is a WordPress repost of an excellent article on Origins that dates back to 2016 that was originally authored by J. Warner Wallace from Cold Case Christianity. There are a variety of perspectives within Christianity that attempt to define how life began which sometimes causes frictional disagreement within the body of Christ. Even within this disagreement there can be unity if we endeavor to focus on the end state objective and as of this point in time, I haven’t seen any statement that better articulates how in my estimation, I feel, we should approach this subject when speaking to non-Christians and fellow Christians alike.
I am relatively convinced of the particular perspective that I hold but there are many other dedicated and sincere Christians who are equally convinced on their particular perspective. Short story is there are differing beliefs on this particular subject and you can be assured that it’s not the only one in the Bible that we can have differing perspectives on. Is it important, yes it is, but not to the point where it should divide us on the reality of the Gospel of Christ. Take the time to read J. Warner Wallace’s post on this subject and I hope you’ll agree.
I get the chance to speak around the country and talk about how we, as Christians, assemble circumstantial evidence related to the reliability of the Gospels and the existence of God. As a result, I meet all kinds of Christians who hold a variety of views related to the Genesis creation account. Many are “Literal Day” creationists, while others lean toward some version of “Gap Theory”, “Day-Age Creation Theory”, “Creation Revelation Theory”, “Progressive Creation Theory”, “Genesis Creation Day Theory” or “Genesis Literary Theory” Creationism. Some believe that the universe is very young, others that it is very old. Some believe that God created everything in the form we see it in today (as the result of some form of “instantaneous” creation); others that God shaped His creation through some process of progressive interaction. When you ask these folks about the Bible, all of them will tell you that they believe the Bible to be the inspired word of God. All will agree that the Bible is the final authority. All will tell you that they believe what the Bible teaches. Christians simply disagree on how to interpret the first book of Moses.
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