The first thing to point out is the problem of generalities. What I mean is that whatever the Pope says, even though it doesn’t matter a hill of beans to me since I am not Roman Catholic, is taken, by the world, to be what Christians believe (or should?). So this is why I wish they would add a muzzle to his clothing attire.
Recently the pontiff stated, “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.” (Click here to read more) We need to understand there are a few respectable views about the creation account in Genesis and they all have pretty good merits to them. At this point in our Scientific knowledge one could say we should be hesitant to plant our flag too quickly on which interpretation is the best and just affirm that however creation may happened we know the important thing is who caused it. And if, just because, God used his miraculous power during the creation week, that does not make Him a magician.
Unfortunately the Pope has envisioned himself as modern Neil Armstrong who has staked his flag in the evolutionary camp and claimed this new plot as the Church’s position. But the rest of us are looking at him like a contemporary Buzz Lightyear (Toy Story reference…its funny…go ahead laugh). In fact he is just going along with previous popes (Pius XII, 1950) who have gone on record as saying there is no opposition between evolution and Catholic Doctrine. Well I don’t know what Bible the Catholics are reading but macro-evolution (not be confused with micro) and the Bible are like oil and water.
Just look at a few of the problems an evolutionary mindset has with the Biblical account
- When and how did humans (or their ancestors) evolve a soul? Did God wait until a primate of some sort evolved to a certain level and then endow them with a soul or is the Bible right that we are created in the image of God (Gen 1:27)?
- Did death enter through sin or not (Rom 5:12)?
- How can Jesus be the second-Adam (1st Cor 15:45) if Adam was an animal or a non-historical person?
Well I guess this comes at no surprise. We have known for a long time the Catholics don’t rely on their Bibles but rather the Church councils and the Pope’s inspiration. So the real question comes down to this: Who/What is the final authority for faith and practice? The Pope? Church councils?…or…The Word of God? I don’t know about you but I believe in God’s Holy Word. Since I do then macro-evolution is false and will never be true. There are ambiguous things about the creation account but of this I am sure: