posted on Dec, 1 2011 @ 09:47 PM
reply to post by lambs to lions
The question of the personality of Adam, regarded as the first man, and sole progenitor of the human race, is not the only one in regard to which
the religious convictions of the world have necessarily undergone modification.
The hypothesis of the rotation of the earth round the sun appeared, at one time, to be in such utter opposition to the letter of the Bible, that
every species of persecution was directed against it, and against those who advocated it. Yet the earth continued to move on in its orbit in defiance
of anathemas; and no one, at the present day, could contest the fact of its movement without doing violence to his own powers of reasoning.
The Bible also tells us that the world was created in six days, and fixes the epoch of this creation at about 4000 years before the Christian era.
Previously to that period the earth did not exist. At that period it was produced out of nothing. Such is the formal declaration of the sacred text,
yet science, positive, inexorable steps in with proof to the contrary. The history of the formation of the globe is written in indestructible
characters in the worlds of fossils, proving beyond the possibility of denial that the six days of the creation are successive periods, each of which
may have been of millions of ages.
This is not a mere matter of statement or of opinion. It is a fact as incontestably certain as is the motion of the earth, and one that theology
itself can no longer refuse to admit, although this admission furnishes another example of the errors into which we are led by attributing literal
truth to language which is often of a figurative nature. Are we therefore to conclude that the Bible is a mere tissue of errors? No; but we must admit
that men have erred in their method of interpreting it.INfo
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