The Question For Modern Day Society

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The first words in Bible are, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1, English Standard Version). This statement leaves a question for modern day society. Does this verse mean God created the universe in six literal days and rest on the seventh? Or could it possibly mean this was a non-literal text that leaves room for the possibility of evolution. Evolution and Creationism have been battling over this issue for many years. What must be realized before examining these two theories is the fact that both require faith. Requiring faith means neither can be proven right completely. These two theories bring to light the literal and non-literal reading of Genesis 1 and 2. Creationism believes in the literal interpretation of the text, and evolution, specifically theistic evolution, believes in non-literal interpretation. The literal interpretation states God created everything in six days just as it states which leaves little wiggle room for the non-literal interpretation. However, there is some scientific reasoning and fact that can reinforce their system of thinking. While a non-literal theistic evolutionist approach is a plausible option of the account in Genesis one, the Creationist’s literal interpretation outweighs the non-literal because the analysis of the text agrees with the literal approach and the current scientific evidence, history, and authority of scripture point to a young earth. The non-literal interpretation of the Holy Scripture
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