According to a report by MSNBC’s Daniel Berger, Pope Francis broke with widely-accepted Catholic tradition on Monday, declaring the theories of evolution and the Big Bang are real, even going to so far as to state that when reading Genesis, we “run the risk of imagining God was a magician, with a magic wand able to do everything. But that is not so.” The highly publicized statement has made huge waves in the Christian community with responses flying on both ends of the spectrum. As Creation believers, there has never been a more opportune moment to share the truth than now, when the entire world has it’s eyes turned this way. Below are a few responses and resources we thought you might helpful as you do just that. I pray they bless you and strengthen your resolve. From Ken Ham at Answers in Genesis:
Following in the tradition of other recent popes, Pope Francis has compromised biblical authority in favor of man’s ideas in the area of origins. He said, “The Big Bang, that today is considered to be the origin of the world, does not contradict the creative intervention of God; on the contrary, it requires it. Evolution in nature is not in contrast with the notion of [divine] creation because evolution requires the creation of the beings that evolve.”
Now, of course God is not a “magician.” Nothing in Scripture ever hints that He is—especially not in the creation account. Scripture portrays God as the all-powerful Creator who is capable of making anything, whether that’s creating the universe out of nothing, parting the Red Sea, saving people from a fiery furnace, walking on water, or raising the dead! God even says the following:
Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me? (Jeremiah 32:27)
Because God created nature and natural laws, He alone has power over them. The God of Scripture who can do anything* (Job 42:2; Matthew 19:26) is absolutely able to create out of nothing, just as He said He did: “By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible” (Hebrews 11:3). And most importantly, God does not change (James 1:17).
“The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever” (Isaiah 40:8). God and His Word are not open to arbitrary change simply because society changes as it is influenced by false religions.** God’s Word “endures forever” (1 Peter 1:25) and is “profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16) regardless of the generation.
From the team at The Institute for Creation Research:
According to the Vatican Information Service in a news release on October 23, Pope John Paul II was reported as saying that evolution is “more than just a theory.” This seems to mean, despite the tenuous wording, that he now considers evolution a scientific fact. His written message to his science advisers, the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, speaks of “a series of discoveries made in different spheres of knowledge” which have convinced him to make this bold statement supporting evolution and suggesting that his millions of followers do the same.
It is too bad that Pope John Paul II (who is not a scientist) did not consult such real Catholic scientists as Wolfgang Smith before glibly stating, as he did, that “new knowledge leads us to recognize in the theory of evolution more than a hypothesis.” Just what new knowledge would that be, Pope John Paul II? Possibly the Mars rock? Or the fantasy of a walking whale?
One wonders whether he might be thinking of Teilhard’s famous definition of evolution when he says it is more than a hypothesis. Here is what Teilhard said:
Is evolution a theory, a system, or a hypothesis? It is much more: it is a general condition to which all theories, all systems, all hypotheses must bow . . . .Evolution is a light illuminating all facts, a curve that all lines must follow. (The Phenomenon of Man. Harper and Row 1965, p. 219.)
Evolution was, to all intents and purposes, Teilhard’s “god,” and his goal was globalism, a unified world government, culture, and religion, with all religions merged into one.
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