Friday, 27 December 2013

Awake Magazine Supports Evolution

The March 2014 Awake! magazine has been released and is available via the Jehovah's Witnesses official website. The cover story is entitled "The Untold Story Of Creation" which appears on pages 4 to 7.

But the section that caught my eye is on page 5 under the heading "Did God Use Evolution?":

"The theory of evolution is also embraced by many who claim to accept the Bible as the word of God. They believe that God produced the first burst of life on earth but then simply monitored, and perhaps steered, the process of evolution. That, however, is not what the Bible says.

According to the Bible, Jehovah God created all the basic kinds of plant and animal life, as well as a perfect man and woman who were capable of self awareness, love, wisdom, and justice.

The kinds of animals and plants created by God have obviously undergone changes and have produced variations within the kinds. In many cases, the resulting life-forms are remarkably different from one another."
(Awake Magazine, March 2014, page 5)

March 2014 Awake! Magazine - Page 5

So, "God created all the basic kinds of plant and animal life" which "have obviously undergone changes and have produced variations"? Is that not the whole basis of evolution? After all the Merriam-Webster dictionary defines evolution as:

"A theory that the various types of animals and plants have their origin in other preexisting types and that the distinguishable differences are due to modifications in successive generations." (Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary)

There is no difference in how the Awake! magazine describes creation and how the Merriam-Webster dictionary defines evolution.

The fact they state "animals and plants created by God have obviously undergone changes and have produced variations" is in direct opposition of the first paragraph which says that evolution has no part in the story of creation.

The first paragraph tries to suggest that all those that believe in evolution believe in the idea of 'the Big Bang theory' which is not true. Some evolutionists believe that over time mankind, animals, and plants have evolved - which is exactly what the final paragraph claims:

"The Bible account of creation does not conflict with the scientific observation that variations occur within a kind." (Awake Magazine, March 2014, page 5)

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