lately in my research on the subject of the feasability of taking the bible literally, i ran across this very interesting article about the flood. this website has some other great resources if the evolution/creation debate interests you, as well as some thought provoking articles on JW belief here:
??the flood of noah's day....evolution?? can you take the bible literally
I am taking the Bible less and less literal and more to fantasy. I have not checked these sites yet that you have posted but i sure will .
The bible says the "stars will fall upon the earth". Considering our sun is one of the smaller of the "stars" it is impossible to consider even the sun "falling on the earth" if taken literally. We would fall into the sun, not the converse. Long before we approached the surface of the sun we would be a carbon cinder. You tell me if the bible is to be taken literally!
Given the contradictions contained just in the first two chapters of Genesis, it should be obvious that the Bible was written by people who simply did not have access to accurate information.
It is also obvious to anyone who has read the myths of any ancient culture other than that of the Hebrews that the myths contained in the Bible are not original, but borrowed from these other cultures. Since you mentioned the Flood in your original post, you should be aware of the similarities between the account in Genesis, and the much older account in the epic of Gilgamesh.
So, perhaps the question should be, "Can you take the account of Gilgamesh literally?"
I loved the Nat Geo on Ballard and the Black Sea, which is one explanation to Noah's flood. A large, but localized event.
Here in the Pac NW one of the earth-moulding events is considered the Missoula flood. An iceage glacial dam broke and flooded the whole region.
Creaton vs. Evolution? Personally, I believe in the big bang and evolution as being the process of creation.
However, when I am able, I intend on talking with Himself discussing some design issues I have with women, being one myself.
Can we take evolution literally?
: Have you ever observed evolution with your own eyes
: Since no one has ever observed the process of evolution at work and cannot even prove that this process is an on-going endeavor, are we not accepting the teaching, the preaching, of anothers opinion?
Aniron: Have you seen God with your own eyes? Have you witnessed a creative process with your own eyes?
I believe it is self-defeating to try and argue against evolution in such a manner, for creation itself crumbles under those very questions.
In reality, evolution *has* been observed in both the lab and the real world.
Have you witnessed a creative process with your own eyes?
Doc's been getting into the aspartame again.
I've given birth to two babies. Seemed rather creative to me.