The Catholic Religion, Evolution, And the Big Bang Theory are All True
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The Bible says that the world was formed in seven days, but this definition of "day" is referring to "a specified time or period" (www.Merriam-Webster.com/dictionary/day).
On the first day, the Earth was just an idea, but the Big Bang was happening. The Bible says "Now the earth was a formless void, there was darkness over the deep, with a divine wind sweeping over the waters" (Genesis 1:2). So it's saying the Earth was not physically existent yet, but an idea. "A divine wind sweeping over the waters" refers to the Big Bang, where there was a big gust of energy, mass, space, and time. Waters, in this context, is what "fills" the void before the Big Bang, because on the Earth when this part of the Bible was written by Moses, the land was what people mainly focused on, and the oceans, just a filler in between the land. When God was explaining the creation to Moses, He used many metaphors, because He didn't want to confuse Moses, because of the lack of scientific knowledge in that time period, and the fact that God didn't require everything to be written down. Also on the first day, God started to form the solar system. "God said 'Let there be light', and there was light" (Genesis 1:3). Now this was light from the point of view from earth, so the Sun, for lack of confusion. On the second day, God formed the atmosphere around the developing Earth. "God said 'Let there be a vault through the middle of the waters to divide the waters in two.' And so it was" (Genesis 1:6). Again, "waters" is referring to what fills space. They called the atmosphere in this time "heavens." On day 3, God finished forming the Earth. "God said 'Let the waters under heaven come together into a single mass, and let dry land appear.' And so it was" (Genesis 1:9). He also began to make plants. "God said 'Let the earth produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants, and fruit trees on earth, bearing fruit with their seed inside, each corresponding to its own species.' And so it was" (Genesis 1:11). On day 4, God cleared the sky to let the Sun appear clearer, and stars appear. "God said 'Let there be lights in the vault of heaven to divide day from night, and let them indicate festivals, days, and years" (Genesis 1:14). And of course, the stars and position of the Sun were used to indicate time. On day 5, God created birds and water creatures. "God said, 'Let the waters be alive with a swarm of living creatures, and birds wing their way above the earth across the vault of heaven.' And so it was" (Genesis 1:20). On day 6, God created mammals. "God said 'Let the earth produce every kind of living creature in its own species: cattle, creeping things and wild animals of all kinds.' And so it was" (Genesis 1:24). God also created man on this day. "God said 'Let us make man in our own image, in the likeness of ourselves, and let them be masters of the fish of the sea, the birds of heaven, the cattle, all the wild animals and all the creatures that creep along the ground. God created man in the image of himself, in the image of God he created him, male and female, he created them" (Genesis 1:26-27). Later, in Genesis 2, it goes a little more in depth of how He created animals and humans, saying that He "shaped them from the soil of the ground." This is metaphorically saying that He made animals and humans from what was rich on the Earth, and with much evolutionary evidence, that implies other organisms.
And the order in which these organisms were formed according to the Bible agrees with the order in which organisms were formed according to the Theory of Evolution. First came plants, then fish and birds, then land dwelling animals, then humans. Well, if you look at an evolutionary timeline, and notice that it says mammals originated before birds, back then God grouped animals we today might not classify as birds, such as pterodactyls, in the bird group, again for lack of confusion, resulting in birds originating before mammals. Same thing goes for the other groups of plants, fish, and land dwelling animals. Humans would be classified as Homo sapien sapiens, rather than just Homo sapien. Here is an evolutionary timeline: http://stuffpoint.com...
Also, in the Bible, the first humans were in the garden of Eden, which was in the present day fertile crescent. In the Bible it said, "A river flowed from Eden to water the garden, and from there it divided to make four streams. The first is named the Pishon, and this winds all through the land of Havilah where there is gold. The second river is named the Gihon, and this winds all through the land of Cush. The third river is named the Tigris, and this flows to the east of Ashur. The fourth river is the Euphrates" (Genesis 2:10-11, 13-14). And evolutionary scientists believe that Homo neanderthalensis and Homo sapiens met at the fertile crescent and mated, and eventually formed Homo sapien sapiens, and the Neanderthals and Homo sapiens became extinct, because their knowledge was not as good as Homo sapien sapien's. If you would like to learn deeper about this, you may watch a Nova video about decoding Neanderthals. http://video.pbs.org...
In addition, I believe my statements are not forced, but may appear to be, because of the complexity of considering all variables when interpreting the Bible.
Also, my opponent has said " Moreover, if my opponents claim that 'day' is a metaphorical word in the bible then the whole bible itself is rendered void." To clear up any misunderstanding, when I said "The Bible says that the world was formed in seven days, but this definition of 'day' is referring to 'a specified time or period'," I meant that that definition only applied to Genesis 1, in the Bible.
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Reasons for voting decision: Pro's reasoning appears to be flawed, though Con really didn't attack the points so between them I couldn't decide on a winning argument, expected more from Con, but Con left the building and a conduct point to pro.
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