Re: Old Earth and Original Sin
Except that there is nothing in the Bible that went contrary to Galileo's teachings. The belief in geocentricity did not originate in the church, but in ancient civilizations that preceeded the church, including Greece in it's philosphies. People werent against heliocentricity on a biblical basis, ( even Bellarmine said that there needed to be further research before accepting it or condemning it), they accepted geocentricity because that was the prevailing view for centuries, and the Geocentric view did not originate in Christianity but preceeded it by centuries.
Originally Posted by Athanasius
Unlike Copernicus, this teaching that the earth is billions of years old necessitates either denying scripture ( atheism), adding to scripture ( gap theory) , or turning scripture into allegory or myth. Genesis 1 says that God created the world in six days. Now we know that the word "Day" does not necessarily mean 24 hours, yet we also have the additionally statements " and the evening and the morning were the first day, second day, etc. So now if we want to believe that the earth took billions of years to form, we have to not only change the meaning of days, but we also have to change the meaning of evening and morning.
On top of this, it says that God made Adam from the dust of the earth and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul. So we change the meaning of this verse as well. We also have the Divine institution marriage in Genesis 2, yet now we are going to say this is a myth as well? What of the fall? Did all men fall in Adam, or is this a myth as well? In one fell swoop, the statement that "Genesis 1-11 is a myth" undermines the vital doctrines of the nature of man, the institution of marriage, and how sin came into the world. And on and on it goes.
The modern theologians are turning the first 11 chapters of Genesis into myth. Did Galileo do this? Did Copernicus? Go ahead and do your science things, and come to whatever conclusion you want, but trying to mold the bible, and cut off pieces of the Bible or explain them away in some fashion in order to make the Bible conform to your scientific hypothesis just doesnt sit well with me.
1 John 1:7- But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
2 Corinthians 7:1- Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.