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United States In Bible Prophecy
  
Yes PHYSICALLY -"the whole world" which includes the land mass currently occupied by the US, but No POLITICALLY (as a political entity, the US and the UK did not exist, only the land they now occupy).

The rest of the "discussion" is lost in personal attacks and "one-upmanship" that many reading here would (or should?) be horrified at so-called Christian behaviour. So childish... Well done Mark Eaton - Christ-like response within a sea of attacks. And yes, I'm as guilty as anyone in wanting to "win an argument" or think "I'm defending the Faith" but I'm not sure some of the responses are here are what Paul envisaged when he said to be ready in season and out of season to give a response!


Atheistic Evolution By Christians
  
I'm with Warwick on the creation issue. I don't see how these periods would fit - assuming (yes, I realise I'm basing this on God being consistent...) that each "period" that is referred to in Genesis as "yom" is the the same/consistent throughout the creation process, then we have man/animals created on Day 6. Day 7 was pronounced "good" (Gen 1 v31 NASB). There was also evening and morning on the days in question (Gen 1 v5, 8, 13, 19, 23, 31). Adam died at the age of 930 (Genesis 5 v6) so that suggests that day 6 (and hence if consistent, all the other "yom"s) cannot be more than 900-odd years in length... Hardly millions.


Is Evolution A Biblical Concept
  
Alan, how do you account for Matthew 3v17, 17v5, Mark 1v11, Luke 3v22, 2 Peter 1v17-18?

We might not claim to have heard the literal voice of God but there is a Biblically sound case for agreeing that if God spoke directly and literally then why would he not literally use what would appear to Moses as His finger. Or have caused the inscription to appear in whatever way He deemed appropriate - He is all powerful after all, I think we're over-burdening the details that could be seen as unnecessary - For the foolishness of God is wiser than man's wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man's strength (1 Corinthians 1v25)


Is Cursing UnBiblical
  
Rob, I'd read 1 John 4 v1-6 and "test" Benny Hinn. He is a wolf in sheep's clothing. Coy Wylie looks at this passage in relation to cults and sects and it's worth a read. Another place worth looking is to search for "False Teachers and Charlatans Exposed" - there's too many references and comments to quote here although if you require a few specifics let me know.


Is Evolution A Biblical Concept
  
Dolores, I do wonder which book you're referring to as it seems more like something I'd relate to Scientology than Christianity. As StrongAxe said though, if you can quote chapter and verse as to where you read this, it would help immensely.

Relating back to the original question, I find that most (and I stress it is most, not all) of those I come across who want to find a way to fit long age theory into the Bible (e.g. Gap Theory) is because they lack faith in the authenticity of and accuracy in the Bible. This is not intended as an accusation but merely a general observation.


Is Evolution A Biblical Concept
  
Delores, I know that "to the Lord a day is like a thousand years", but "a thousand years is like a day - God is eternal, that is, He is outside of the dimension we quantify as time. He existed before the world began and there isn't a time he didn't exist. Now, you could say from that He would have plenty of time to set in motion millions of years of evolution, or as you pointed out, 6,000 years.
Consider this using your model. Each "day"/period is 1000 years long. On day 6, God created male and female in His image (Gen 1v27). Now read v31: "And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day." Note the words "very good".



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