Skip to comments.Bush: Bible, evolution not at odds
Posted on 12/09/2008 12:32:05 AM PST by marthemaria
WASHINGTON (AFP) US President George W. Bush said in an interview Monday that the Bible is "probably not" literally true and that a belief that God created the world is compatible with the theory of evolution.
"I think you can have both," Bush, who leaves office January 20, told ABC television, adding "You're getting me way out of my lane here. I'm just a simple president." But "evolution is an interesting subject. I happen to believe that evolution doesn't fully explain the mystery of life," said the president, an outspoken Christian who often invokes God in his speeches.
"I think that God created the Earth, created the world; I think the creation of the world is so mysterious it requires something as large as an almighty and I don't think it's incompatible with the scientific proof that there is evolution," he told ABC television. Asked whether the Bible was literally true, Bush replied:
"Probably not. No, I'm not a literalist, but I think you can learn a lot from it." "The important lesson is 'God sent a son,'" he said.
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I know I’m in the minority here, but I completely agree with the President.
Nah, you’re not in the minority, I don’t think.
Well at least we can finally dispense with the "George Bush is a Christian" myth.
I agree with the President.
As a Christian, I agree with him too.
God tells us that He wrote the Bible. Now we have George Bush, like so many atheists, declaring that the Bible isn't "literally true".
Do you happen to know which parts of Scripture George Bush knows to be untrue? Because we weren't treated to that bit of information in the article.
Talk about "good grief".
Ok, someone gets to explain how they are compatible..please:)
What is true is of the Lord, since the Lord is Truth.
We believers were able to accept the earth-shaking idea that the earth does not literally have four corners, and that “the sun stood still” for a certain period of time or moved back so many degrees in the sky does not mean that it is literally moving around the earth.
We have quite a bit of evidence that the Lord’s creation included a change in species over time, and that the age of the earth is much more than 6 thousand years or so. There’s no truth in denying geological and fossil evidence of the age of the earth, anymore than there is in denying that the earth is round and revolves around the sun in a year.
(He created Adam and Eve fully grown and they may have even had belly buttons, although I doubt it. I certainly don’t believe they were created with wrinkles or age spots, much less the equivalent of well healed scars that made them look much older.)
I agree with him, too.
Now, I'm sure that we'll have plenty of fundamentalist types telling us that we're not Christians, either.
Isaiah 38:8 was used to prove that the Bible “literally” said the sun revolved around the earth. We believe that the shadow of the sun went back 10 steps, but can now understand that the truth is that the earth revolves on its axis and also revolves around the sun.
In the same way, we understand that the four corners of the earth in Revelations 7 is not literal and that it was possible in Genesis to have an evening and a morning before there was a moon or sun.
How did death come before sin?
thats 2 of us
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16)
Just because fallen man, apart from the guidance of the Holy Spirit, is incapable of understanding the things of God and the Word of God, does not negate the fact that the Scriptures were written by God and are infallible and absolutely true.
There have been many, many instances through the thousands of years since the Scriptures were completed that they have been twisted, misunderstood in the light of the limitations of the time in which they were read and understood to mean something quite different years later when science and technology made advances, denied in light of the fact that prophecies which have been fulfilled were, in years past, seen as nonsensical and impossible by people living in a time before events occurred that brought those prophecies to pass.
The fact that man cannot fathom the thoughts and words of God without the help of God and the revealing of the Holy Spirit to man of what Scripture means, does not mean that the Bible "is not literally true". God has also said:
18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. (1 Corinthians 1:18)
You have to know God personally to understand His Word. If somebody claims that the Bible is "not literally true", then they are revealing something about themselves.
Both take faith and belief. Bush is a methodist. Methodist are moderate, milqutoast, believers.
He clearly needs Ken Hamm to whack him over the head and then take a tour of the Creation Musuem in Cincy.
I agree with The President. To all the Bush- haters, you have rejected a true man of God, humble and gracious. I was upset with his immigration policies and such, but never at the man.
Make that 3 and a bravo for President Bush.
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