Does Christian doctrine change over time?
For example, the Church used to teach that the 6 days of creation literally happened. Now most Christians accept the theory of evolution.
So does Christian doctrine change over time? And when it does change, does it produce offshoots of fundamentalist breakaway groups?
- antoniusLv 71 month ago
How could the story remain the same with thousands people all trying to tell a different story? There must be over several thousand differences.
- CarymLv 61 month ago
"Truth" is unchanged and it has a Name, "Jesus." [John 14:6] Jesus said to him, "I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life..." He is called, "Faithful and True," His Name is called, "The Word of God." [Revelation 19:11; 13].
Many have tried to argue that billions of years could be inserted somewhere before the creation of Adam, through ideas like the Day-Age Theory and Gap Theory. However, they neglect the fact that Jesus said Adam was created "at the beginning." [Matthew 19:5]; [Mark 10:6].
So, if God was the one who measured the length of the first three days, and if He revealed that the first three days were a period of "evening" AND "morning" just like the last three days, then it shows that the literal concept should be applied.
Also, God confirmed in [Exodus 20:11] that these six days, plus God's day of rest, comprised one week and formed the basis for our workweek. This is repeated in [Exodus 31:17–18], with the additional comment that these words were written by God Himself.
EDIT: I will answer here because some of my comments to Annsan, were removed.
"Truth" is simple... You don't need a scientific calculator to determine the age of the earth---just a basic one. Unless one wants to change the meaning of simple words, to make them mean things they don't mean...
Look how this regular described her pet theory:
(1) "Genesis was never about HOW God created - just that He did"
Excuse me... I don't think so. God's creation was Supernatural and mature. He told us "HOW" in that He spoke everything into being in six solar days. Genesis explains the actual events of the origin of life; it describes the Lord God, who is infinite and all-powerful, creating everything that exists (instantly) by the power of His spoken Word, out of nothing; He essentially creates material matter out of nonmaterial nothing. This is why HE = GOD!
[Genesis 2] focuses primarily on the sixth day of creation and clearly presents us with the Supernatural Creation of the first man from the dust of the ground [2:7] who was alone [2:18] until God made a wife for him [2:21–23].
On this view, Adam, being the first man to be made in the image of God, would have been the first human to break God’s trust, right? Paul's literal view of Adam being the first man can be found in [2 Timothy 2:11-14] and [1 Corinthians 11:9]. Paul certainly assumed that Adam was a person and the progenitor of the human race. <So, there was no other before Adam>
(2) "Nor does the New Testament require anybody to say it took six literal, 24-hour Earth days," sayeth some hell-recruiters. Who (most of the time) present a very loose association of Biblical truth, out of context and in a convoluted manner.
The Bible is very clear that Adam was Created on Day-6. Yep, the first Adam, from head to toe and then life was breathed into him. Why was Jesus called the Last Adam? Are we *that stupid? To understand the Word as God intended it to be understood, the believer must be filled with the same Holy Ghost that inspired those who wrote the Word. Only the Spirit of God in us can search the deep things of God.
More evidence from the NT: The NT provides two accounts of the genealogy of Jesus, one in the Gospel of Matthew and another in the Gospel of Luke. One starts with Abraham and the other with Adam. Interesting! Jesus Himself referred to "the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world" [Luke 11:50]
Now if the Bible is fallible in *some aspects, and *moreover, the introduction, then the rest falls with it---one thing wrong at the start does make everything else off-kilter. Therefore, be careful not to insert your own timelines by sacrificing the clear teaching of the Bible to fit with a particular evolutionary view of Earth’s history.
If you cannot understand how this could have been done in six days, then grant the Holy Spirit the honour of being more learned than you are. You can't turn God's Word in the direction you wish it to go.
Some seem to have a natural tendency to reject God's Word as Truth. Just remember, *they won't get off easy... Good luck with that! <May their sleep be without nightmares>
For the second part of the original question, please go to this link and see my response:
- PaulLv 71 month ago
The teaching of the original and true Christian Church has been unchanged for 2,000 years. Jesus Christ promised His Church the fulness of God's truth from day one. and truth cannot be changed, except to untruth. Once Protestantism came into existence, virtually every belief of original Christianity has been changed by one denomination or another, but that doesn't affect true Christianity. The fact that living species change (evolve) over time does not in any way conflict with the fact that God brought into existence all that exists - matter, energy, time and space.
- Annsan_In_HimLv 71 month ago
The doctrine you use as an example (the length of time it took God to create) was not taken as literal days by the people of God to whom it was first given - those who became the nation of Israel. They've always appreciated the symbolic nature of the creation account, and so have many Christians. After all, Genesis was never about HOW God created - just that He did - nor does the New Testament require anybody to say it took six literal, 24-hour Earth days. Doctrines for Christians are in the NT, such as Jesus being the Son of God who was crucified and resurrected; that anyone distorting the gospel about Christ is anathema etc.
Even before the end of the 1st century, the apostles were warning that men would creep into their congregations, wolves in sheep's clothing, bringing in destructive heresies. But Christian doctrine in the NT has never changed. It may become better understood, but breakaway groups only happen when some men try to get a following after themselves and their pet theories.
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- Not ApplicableLv 61 month ago
The answer is "somewhat". It is often brought as a challenge with various groups either accepting the new information and adapting, or others continue to argue its falsehood. This has lead to a brought range of beliefs about and within Christianity over time. One sad outcome is that it has created a kind of tribalism where various groups spend a great deal of time and energy defining who's "in" and who's "out". I heard an interesting question recently which asked: what if we discover intelligent life on another planet, how does that affect the Christian narrative, if at all?
- Chi girlLv 71 month ago
No. You should learn the definition of "doctrine."Source(s): Greek Orthodox Christian
- 1 month ago
That was never a doctrine. A doctrine is like the Holy Trinity. The Resurrection of Christ, etc. . Very few things in the Old Testament are doctrines for Christians (because that’s not our religion).
There were “theological speculations” around the methods/length of creation (which is quiet different than a doctrine)
- yesmarLv 71 month ago
Yes, drastically so at some times.
- gillieLv 71 month ago
All the time. Anyone who has studied church history knows that it changed dramatically over time, especially in the first several centuries of the religion. In my own lifetime churches went from teaching that interracial marriage was a sinful defiance of God's plan for the races to "there is only one race, human."
- Anonymous1 month ago
Only the Catholic Church has the fullness of truth. While disciplinary laws of the Church can change, Divine Law never changes.