Creation and Evolution
Two of the main aspects about our reason on this highly sophisticated
universe. No one knows which theory is the right one. It has been a
mystery for many years to all mankind. Who knows how long until the
mystery is solved. Your view could differ from many others around you.
This is my view…
Creation focuses on one point: God. The Bible and the Qur’an are the
best source for this topic.
For Christianity, the stories of the Creation are found in the first
two chapters of the book of Genesis in the Bible. They show how God
created the world in six days and rested on the seventh.
This account says that God created the world from nothing:
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1
After creating the earth, the sky, the seas and plants, God made birds
and fish on the fifth day and animals and humans on the sixth day.
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created
him; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27
Some Christians take this account very truthfully and believe that
this is exactly how the world was created. In the 17th century, Bishop
James Ussher calculated from the Bible that God began creating the
world at 9am on October 26, 4004BCE.
As early as the fourth century St Augustine was writing that God
probably only created very simple life forms in the beginning and that
these developed over time.
There are two different scientific theories about this:
þ Cosmology is science deals with the way in which the universe came
into being. Unlike the creation story from Genesis, cosmology argues
that the way in which the earth came into existence was as the result
of a Big Bang, a huge explosion in the universe, which created all the
stars and planets, including the earth.
þ Evolution This science argues, rather like Augustine, that the
higher and more advanced forms of life, like human beings, have slowly
developed or evolved from the original simpler life forms, which
originally appeared on the earth. This topic will be covered
Today most Christians accept the theories of cosmology and evolution
and do not take the Biblical account of the Creation literally. They
believe that the Bible is there to explain why God created the world,
and the relationship between God and nature, rather than a scientific
account of how the world was created.
In the Qur'an there is an account of the Creation:
Your Guardian Lord is Allah, who created the heavens and the earth in
six days, and then He settled Himself on the Throne. He draws the
night as a veil over the day, each quickly following the other. And
the sun and the moon and the stars are all under His command.