Pope Francis addressed the Pontifical Academy of Sciences at the Vatican on Monday and what he said may shock many Christians, though not those of us who know what he truly is. The Pope said that God is not “a magician with a magic wand” and that the theories of evolution and the Big Bang, which have never been proven, are real.
According to the Independent:
Francis explained that both scientific theories were not incompatible with the existence of a creator – arguing instead that they “require it”.
“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,” Francis said.
He added: “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.
Well, God is no magician and He needs no magic wand for sure, but then the Bible is not the authority for this Pope, nor has it ever been the ultimate authority of any Pope. These comments should come as no surprise.
While he rightly says that Christians should reject that the world came into existence by chance, he then goes on to side with those who don’t believe in the actual Creation account of Genesis as written. He declares that the Big Bang is compatible with Creation and that God carries out the Creation by means of the Big Bang and evolution, but fails to explain just how that is accomplished.
At the heart of the issue is the idea of epistemology. Where do we get our knowledge from? Do we get it from science with a preconceived notion that there is no God, or do we get it from God Himself and science comes along to back up that information?
The reality is that both Christians and atheists alike can view the same exact information and yet filter it through their worldview. When it comes the beginning of matter, neither was around to view what brought it into existence nor can they recreate it. So, the reality is that both views rely on…. Faith. Frankly, it takes a lot more imagination to buy into evolution than it does to believe that God merely spoke and things came into existence and over the course of a few days He created all things. However, the difference between the two views is that the one who believes in Creation has a reason for the purpose of Creation. That reason was to glorify God and that He might demonstrate His attributes in the course of history towards His Creation.
But continuing along with Pope Francis, he said that the Big Bang “doesn’t contradict the intervention of a divine Creator, but demands it.” Really?
My friend Dean Garrison found these comments by Wayne Jackson at The Christian Courier, which I think sum up how I tend to respond to these claims:
Are the Bible and the big bang theory in agreement? No. And informed persons, on both sides of the issue are aware of this fact. Paul Steidl, an astronomer, has noted:
[N]o astronomers would ever think of the big bang as the creation event of Genesis. The big bang was invented specifically for the purpose of doing away with the creation event. An astronomer would laugh at the naivety of anyone who chose to equate the two events (1979, 197).
Evolutionist Paul Davies, in a discussion of the big bang, says that this theory of origins “differs greatly in detail from the biblical version.” He then quotes Ernan McMullin of Notre Dame University:
What one cannot say is, first, that the Christian doctrine of creation “supports” the Big Bang model, or second, that the Big Bang model “supports” the doctrine of creation (1983, 17-20).
The fact is, there are significant contradictions between the big bang theory and the Bible record.
This Pope continues to demonstrate that he does not believe the Word of God, much like many who are his predecessors. He has blasted Capitalism as the new tyranny, welcomed Islam with open arms, overseen Vatican bishops that declared “homosexuals have gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community,” talked about establishing a united nations of religions and possibly laying the groundwork for a one world religion.
When are the Roman Catholics going to abandon the Pope… and the papacy in general?
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