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The Bible’s View on Evolution
The Bible provides a clear account of creation, stating that God created human beings and different “kinds” of animal and plant life. The term “kind” is broader in meaning than the word “species” used by scientists. Variations within a kind can often be seen as the evolution of a new species by scientists, but in the context of the Bible, it’s simply variation within a kind. (Genesis 1:12, 21, 25, 27; Revelation 4:11) The Bible states that the entire human race descended from Adam and Eve, our first parents. (Genesis 3:20; 4:1) It does not support the idea that God used evolution to bring about different kinds of life, also known as theistic evolution.
Did God Use Evolution?
Theistic evolution is a broad term that suggests that natural selection is one of the mechanisms used by God to direct the natural world. It also includes the idea that all living organisms descended from common ancestors in the past and that one kind of life-form can evolve into a completely different kind, also known as macroevolution. Some people believe that God is ultimately responsible for these processes.
Compatibility with the Bible
Theistic evolution implies that the Bible’s account of creation in Genesis is not entirely accurate. However, Jesus referred to the Genesis account as historical fact. The Bible also states that Jesus was involved in helping God bring all things into existence before coming to earth. Therefore, the idea that God used evolution to bring about different life-forms is incompatible with the teachings of the Bible. – Genesis 1:26, 27; 2:18-24; Matthew 19:4-6.
Adaptation in Plants and Animals
The Bible does not provide an explanation for the extent of variation that can occur within a kind, but it does not conflict with the fact that different kinds of animals and plants can vary as they breed or adapt to new environments. Although some view these adaptations as a form of evolution, no new kind of life is produced.
In conclusion, the Bible provides a clear account of creation, and the idea that God used evolution to bring about different life-forms is incompatible with its teachings. The Bible acknowledges variations within a kind and the ability of plants and animals to adapt, but it does not support the idea of macroevolution.