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The Pope's Fallible on Evolution

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"When we read about Creation in Genesis, we run the risk of imagining God was a magician, with a magic wand able to do everything. But that is not so," said Pope Francis at a recent plenary session of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. "He created human beings and let them develop according to the internal laws that he gave to each one so they would reach their fulfillment."

That's his story.

It's not His story.

The pope discounts the biblical account of the Creation. He puts his faith in evolution — just about the time many scientists are wondering whether there is anything to it.

I wonder what else he discounts from the Word. Is there anything sacred in the Bible?

"God is not a divine being or a magician but the Creator who brought everything to life," the pope said. "Evolution in nature is not inconsistent with the notion of creation, because evolution requires the creation of beings that evolve."

Let's think about this.

The Genesis account isn't just some Old Testament fairy tale. It is fundamental to Christian belief. It was thoroughly affirmed by Jesus. In fact, if the Fall of Man is just an allegory, one wonders why Jesus would have had to come to atone for man's sin — a prophecy first revealed in Genesis.

If Jesus did not come to fulfill that prophecy, who was he?

In Genesis 3:15, we see the first prophecy regarding the redeemer who would come in the form of Jesus. In a warning to the serpent, God says, "And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel."

This is a reference to the Messiah to come.

Jesus himself affirmed Moses, the author of Genesis: "And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead" (Luke 16:31).

He affirmed the biblical Creation account: "But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.

For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder" (Mark 10:6-9).

Perhaps the pope forgot the teaching of Romans and other New Testament books that explain Jesus came as the second Adam: "Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come" (Romans 5:14).

What exactly did Jesus come to do if not redeem man as a result of the Fall?

If sin entered the world through Adam, how does the pope explain all the evolutionary death that would have to occur on earth before the appearance of Adam?

I don't understand Christians who discount Genesis. It makes no sense. Nothing in the Bible makes sense without the Creation account. If the pope doesn't believe the foundational aspect of the Bible, does he believe any of it? If he does, he really owes the Christian world an explanation of which parts of the Bible he believes and which he discounts.

As I recall my trip this month to Jerusalem, the Holy City of God, I wonder just how small the remnant of believers will be when Jesus comes again.

I also wonder whether the pope believes he will come again.

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Sir;... Seriously? Scientists are seriously wondering if there is anything to evolution. Maybe a hundred years ago. How many, exactly, now?
This reminds me of an Iroquois talking about an uprising at the Canadian reserve of Oaka over a planned conversion of their property taken without their permission by the Catholic Church into a Golf Course. One incredibly stupid police man got himself killed. It was that serious. There was a standoff. In any event, an Oneida in the room said a lot of Oneida went to that uprising. Mark Miracle, a physical presence of a man, and like many of those Mohawks, a wit, Said: A lot? What was that? A car full? It was certainly in reference to the fact that Oneida are not only vertically large, but horizontally large as well. A car full of Oneida is a whole lot of Oneida.

Be honest. No scientist worth the name would seriously question evolution. It is a concept that has found acceptence because it is true, and demonstrable. You want to blow nonsense into the brains on the right already so lathered up with falsehood that they can barely think except in an elementary sense. You are certainly proving reverse revolution, the devolution of humanity denied the fruits of science and their own labor.
We are all being brutalized by the churches, and by their grasp on the minds of the uninformed. And you just told them another lie. I call you on it, but there is no one saying enough is enough, and handing you your walking papers. The establishment press does not give one gob of spit for the intelligence and cultivation of the masses. This is not only what religious privilage has resulted in, but what press privlage has resulted in. If you are ever called to answer for your deeds, will you point to this day with pride, or try to explain it away? If God looked you in the eye, and said: Joseph, I work in mysterious ways indeed, and in more mysterious ways for the ignorant; would you agree?
I do not care what the constitution has given the churches, and you by way of privilages. You do not have the right to lie to people because their lives depend, as they have always depended, upon the truth. You fib, and humanity dies. And every society dies of its lies, so the move from healthy society to dying society is a form of suicide practiced as an art for the money that it pays.
Sir;... I would consider myself well educated with half the education of your average Jesuit. I grew up in a town named after The Jesuit, St. Ignacious. They were the black robes who took the Mohawks land, and they often knew Mohawk fire. They were God's atheletes, training both mind and body for the work of their lord. They have the sense to realize how awfully offensive is falsehood to reality in the eyes of the intelligent. Is not the creation of God more than marvelous no matter how it is understood? We know that for your ignorant supporters imbued with religion that the more rational it is, the more difficult is the irrationality of it to be accepted. If it is all irrational, all beyond understanding, all a mystery, then feeble minds do not trouble themselves with fact, but rest their case on faith. It is revealed truth, given them by many hands into their own. These morons do not learn their Bible, and do not explore the facts of the matter. The Bible has been touched by many hands and each have told their own story in the process of telling the story of God. You can fill a book with the contradictions found in that one book, and it is for that reason that the Catholic Church so long resisted teaching the Bible. Some people cannot handle the truth. For some the truth is an essential element of every lie. The Bible is no less a remarkable work because of its contradictions, but is more remarkable. For the church to stand on the side of falsehood while falsehood destroys it, is wrong. The church has too often stood on the wrong side of history, on the side of tyranny, on the side of ignorance, on the side of fear, and on the side of falsehood. This is not simply losing souls for God, but is costing it income when parents will not permit their children to get what is for the most part a first class education from the church. Intelligent people will not defend their own state of brutality. The evengelicals do defend that state of ignorance and resentment in the face of human progress, and deny a right of humanity to justice on this earth.
There is nothing here of pagan pride in the Catholic Church. No Catholic is forced to put himself apart to achieve perfection, and the goal of each is still salvation. What we have here is Theodicy, all over again. We have the admission that God might have made life any number of ways, and yet he made it thus. Everything is still for the best in this best of all possible worlds.
Thanks...Sweeney
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Posted by: James A, Sweeney
Tue Nov 25, 2014 7:39 PM
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