[quote=Kane]“The fundamentalists are not correct. Their way is to take the bible only at face value which would mean literally God created the world in six days and rested on the seventh. The Catholic way is the contextual approach where we would study when, where, why, and by whom the book was written and conclude that Genesis 1 teaches religious truths and not precise scientific data.
There is of course history in the bible as well as parables, laws, poetry, songs and many other forms of writing each of which can teach religious truth in its own way.
This is part of a Catholic study course I am doing called “We Believe” and is cross referenced to the Catechism of the Catholic Church which gives us what the Catholic Church believes about God and the meaning of life.”
They are quite correct. Do you have something wrong with the fact that God could have created the world in 6 days? Or are you a person of little faith? Reading the Bible with not a literal approach, but a plain understanding of what it contains is the only way. Excerpt from Answers in Genesis of what the Bible contains. :
" *Poetry—as in the Psalms, where the repetition or parallelism of ideas is in accordance with Hebrew ideas of poetry, without the rhyme (parallelism of sound) and metre (parallelism of time) that are important parts of traditional English poetry. This, by the way, is the reason why the Psalms can be translated into other languages and still retain most of their literary appeal and poetic piquancy, while the elements of rhyme and metre are usually lost when traditional Western poetry is translated into other languages.
*Parables—as in many of the sayings of Jesus, such as the parable of the sower (Matthew 13:3–23), which Jesus Himself clearly states to be a parable and about which He gives meanings for the various items, such as the seed and the soil.
*Prophecy—as in the books of the last section of the Old Testament (Isaiah to Malachi).
*Letters—as in the New Testament epistles written by Paul, Peter, John, and others.
*Biography—as in the gospels.
*Autobiography/testimony—as in the book of Acts where the author, Luke, after narrating the Apostle Paul’s conversion on the road to Damascus as a historical fact (Acts 9:1–19), then describes two further occasions when Paul included this conversion experience as part of his own personal testimony (Acts 22:1–21; 26:1–22).
*Authentic historical facts—as in the books of 1 and 2 Kings, etc."
And guess what the author of Genesis intended it to be? In context, it is simply meant to be taken as historical fact, nothing more nothing less.
God can not have used evolution to create us, because it begs the question where did evil come from? And what does Jesus redeem us from? Without a first Adam there is no need for a second Adam. Perhaps in the future the Church will admit it made another blunder just as it did in Galileo’s time.
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Your profile says you are Catholic. You must then accept the Church’s teaching and not the fundamentalists.