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Christian responses to scientific explanations of the world
Transcript of Christian responses to scientific explanations of the world
So how do Christians respond to the Big Bang and evolution theory?
Some Christians believe that science is WRONG and the
Bible is right
. They claim that all the evidence for the Big Bang and evolution can be explained by the effects of Noah's flood and the Apparent Age theory.
Many Christians believe that the scientific explanations of how the world was formed are TRUE. However they believe that if they are true, it doesn't meant that everyone has to be atheist or agnostic. They believe that the scientific explanations prove that God exists because:
The big bang had to be at exactly the right time (which was God's plan) - if it had been too soon it would have been too soon to form stars, and if it was too late, everything would have flown away too fast for the stars to form!
There had to be scientific laws such as gravity for the universe to form, which God obviously made before the Big Bang.
Life on Earth requires carbon to be able to bond with four other atoms and water molecules. This could not have happened by chance, so God must have ensured it was planned.
Apparent Age theory:
If you accept the Bible creation story, then when Adam was made, the earth was only 6 days old, but to Adam it would have looked billions of years old. (e.g. the tree trunks would have rings on them, and everything would look weathered and old).
Write this down in 5 yr-old speak!
Both the Bible and science is right because the main points of the creation story fit with science too.
One of God's 'days' could be millions of years.
When Genesis 1:3 says 'Let there be light', these Christians say that it is a direct reference to the Big Bang Theory, and the same order that God created the plants, trees and fish - is the same order as described in the evolution theory.
'The universe could only have been made by God
Do you agree? Give 3 reasons why. (3 Marks)
Now explain 3 reasons why some people might disagree with you. (3 Marks)
In the time before time, God was. And when God wants to create something, all he needs to say is "Be", and it becomes. So it was that God created the world and the heavens. He made all the creatures, which walk, swim. Crawl and fly on the face of the earth. He made the angels, and the sun, moon and the stars to dwell in the universe. And consider, as the Qur'an says, how God poured down the rain in torrents, and broke up the soil to bring forth the corm, the grapes and other vegetation; the olive and the palm, the fruit trees and the grass.
Then it was that God ordered the angels to go to the earth, and to bring seven handfuls of soil, all of different colours, from which he could model man. God took the seven kinds of earth and moulded them into a model of a man. He breathed life and power into it, and it immediately sprang to life. And this first man was called Adam. God took Adam to live in Paradise. In Paradise, God created Eve, the first woman, from out of Adam's side. God taught Adam the names of all the creatures, and then commanded the angel to bow down before Adam. But Iblis, one amongst the angels, refused to do this, and thus began to disobey God's will.
God place the couple in a beautiful garden in Paradise, telling them that they could eat whatever they wanted except the fruit of on forbidden tree, But the evil one tempted them to disobey God, and eat the fruit. When God knew that Adam and Eve had disobeyed him, he cast them out of Paradise and sent them to earth. But God is merciful. The earth was created to give food, drink and shelter to the human race. The sun, moon and stars give light. It is a good world, where everything has been created to serve people. And people, the Qur'an teaches, should serve God and obey his will. For those who submit to the will of God will be saved, and taken to live for ever in Paradise.
Are Christians changing their beliefs to fit in with scientific discoveries?
The Mystery Run!
I'm going to place you into groups of 4, and number you 1-4. When I call the no1's up, you must come to my desk, and memorise anything you can see on the paper- run back and draw it for your team!
To explore how Christianity responds to SEOTOTU.
To be able to explain all three Christian responses to the scientific explanations for the origins of the universe with evidence.
To be able to describe the age apparent theory.
To state the different Christian responses including the Genesis story from the Bible.
Personal, Learning and Thinking skills:
To write in paragraphs.
CHRISTIAN RESPONSES TO THE SEOTOTU