First thing I'm going to do is quote parts of the first Creation story from Genesis. For reference, I'm using the New International Version of the bible, .. it was a copy given to me in 1990.. your translation may vary.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said "Let there be light," and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light "day," and the darkness he called "night." And there was evening, and there was morning-the first day.
Okay.. so as you can see, according to this, the earth came before God made life. He didn't make life and then look for a place to put it. There were the mineral parts of the earth.. including water, but nothing inhabiting it. Science tells us that the universe was like this, and earth took a long time to form before there was life.
Versees 6-8 talk about creating the sky and separating it from the water. To me this talks about the formation of the atmosphere of the earth.. it explains, in a way, why the sky is blue..;)
Verses 9 and 10 mention how God created land and separated it from water, to make seas and continents. I see this as explaining the reason for land, differentiating it, and having oceans. Science tells us that there are tectonic plates which shift and cause the land masses we know to constantly change and shift in relation to the world's oceans.
All of this so far took 2 "days" for God. 2 of 7 (one of which was spent resting.). So if you read it that way, it took almost half the time of creation just to make the earth as it was. I'd say that matches science fairly well.
On the second half of the third day (beginning in verse 11), God talks about the creation of the plants and other vegetation on the earth. When people study biology and evolution, this is exactly what we see. bacteria, other single-celled life, fungus, and plants are considerd to be less highly-evolved than animals. It's presumed that stuff like that came before animals did, at least in their initial forms.
On the fourth day, God created the sun, the moon, and the stars. So,.. okay, this doesn't exactly match what we know of the formation of stuff in the universe. It does specify that it was created, though.. so go figure. :)
On the fifth day, God created animal beings. He first created beings which live in the ocean.. (which we believe to be the first form of animal life anyway.) Now the bible also groups birds in with this, which doesn't exactly make sense again,.. but ah well.
On the sixth day, (note,.. AFTER fish), God created beings that live on the land.. this talks about livestock, creepy-crawlies, and wild animal type things. Lastly, near the end of the sixth day, God chooses to make humans.
On the seventh day, God rests.
Now,.. I don't know about anyone else, but this sounds an awful lot like the passage of evolution. I really don't see how they're at odds. If God is as believers claim (omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent), then how can we claim that we can understand how he makes things? I don't think it makes any sense to say "Well, if God made them, then he got right down in the dirt and just made them like *poof*. Therefore, evolution is wrong." How can a human,.. any human, presume to know how God did things? I really don't think it's so implausible to think that, just maybe, he worked through something like evolution to "make" things. And who says that, when they say "day", that they mean day as far as we are concerned?
In 2 Peter, 3:8, it reads : But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.
Now, I admit, if you read the verses immediately following, he is discussing why people would complain and be patient about the second coming... and he's telling people that God isn't being slow but is using his own time.
But if God is using his own time for the coming of the Messiah and the end of the World, why couldn't he do the same in the creation of the world? If we're using God's time and not our own, can't he take all the time he wants with things, and do things however he wants? I think he can. And, frankly, I don't see why Creationists vs Evolution people are at odds as much as they are.
My two cents for the day. Thanks for reading. And welcome to our third member!!