“God is not a divine being or a magician, but the Creator who brought everything to life.”
Do you have a problem with that statement? I sure don’t.
Creationists are pissed with the Pope. What’s new? So called “Christian” Ray Comfort says that anyone who agrees with Darwin cannot possibly be a Christian, including Pope Francis. I guess I’m not a Christian, right. I have no problem with evolution or the Big Bang. Fact is, people like Comfort are proof positive we evolved from some sort of sub-human species.
“…He said adaptations exist within species, but that has nothing to do with Darwin’s theory of evolution, and anyone who believed otherwise could not rightfully claim to be Christian. “They don’t believe Jesus,” Comfort argued. “This is because He ruled out any thought of evolution when He said ‘Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning made them male and female’ (Matthew 19:4).”…”
John Ransom, good Christian that he is, just wants the pope to shut up already yet. Tell you want, maybe Ransom should shut up. Ransom says the Pope said that God is not divine. Problem is, Ransom is getting it all wrong. He’s obviously not following the Pope on Twitter. (I’m not even linking to Ransom’s Townhall dribble). Problem is, that’s not what the Pope said. He said that God is the Creator, not some petty divine being, sort of like Q. God is the Creator of all.
Darn if Pope Francis hasn’t gone and rattled a few more cages. You gotta love this man, I sure do. Not only does he preach and leave the love of Christ, but he has no problem with the Big Bang Theory or Evolution! HOT DAMN!
“…“The Big Bang, which today we hold to be the origin of the world, does not contradict the intervention of the divine creator but, rather, requires it….”
Let’s face it, this is going to piss off Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Michele ‘Batshit Crazy’ Bachmann, and so forth and so on to the point where their heads, wearing those lovely white pointed hats, are spinning, while they vomit pea soup.
“…“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,” he said at an assembly 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.”
“God is not a divine being or a magician, but the Creator who brought everything to life,” he continued. “Evolution in nature is not inconsistent with the notion of creation, because evolution requires the creation of beings that evolve.”…”
Dang blast, I like this man! The next thing you know, he’s going to come out and say that Christ is not just for the rich and famous, or the far right, but for everyone. Wouldn’t that be radical? The poor man is going to say that gays have a right to go to heaven, and baptize children born out of wedlock. Oh – wait, hadn’t he already done that? What’s next, feeding the poor and needy?
Ken Ham, ignorant fool, but a conservative Christian, is far from amused.
“…“Of course God is not a ‘magician,’” Ham sniffed. “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!”
Ham was particularly offended that Pope Francis claimed “God is not afraid of new things,” which the creationist suggested a lack of deference to the Bible – which he believes was literally written by God.
“Think about it: if God and His Word are open to change, then God’s Word is not an authority on anything — man becomes the authority because he gets to decide when and how God’s Word applies,” Ham argued….”
What Pope Francis said is truly way cool. I love the way he put it, in pure science, scientific, science fiction, and down right Star Trek terms. God is the Creator. Golly, I guess the man read Genesis. Mark Shea wrote:
“...Conservatives are having their customary freakouts in comboxes, while non-Christians are likewise foolishly declaring that Francis “basically just admitted there may not be a God“.
Um, no. Francis is not denying the existence of God, nor his deity (indeed, how do you deny that God is deity?). That’s what that whole overlooked “God is… the Creator who brought everything to life” bit is all about. What he is (obviously, for anybody not bound and determined to misread him) saying is that God is not a sprite, elf, leprechaun or fairy who is perpetually having to “fix” his creation with patch jobs, magic dust, and tinkering–thereby constantly magicking new species into existence. In this, he is echoing post-Vatican II damn librul St. Thomas Aquinas…”
Oh, wait, it gets worse. The man has dared to say that caring for the poor is does not make a person a Communist!
“...With this in mind, I would like to remind you, as representatives of the chief agencies of global cooperation, of an incident which took place two thousand years ago and is recounted in the Gospel of Saint Luke (19:1-10). It is the encounter between Jesus Christ and the rich tax collector Zacchaeus, as a result of which Zacchaeus made a radical decision of sharing and justice, because his conscience had been awakened by the gaze of Jesus. This same spirit should be at the beginning and end of all political and economic activity. The gaze, often silent, of that part of the human family which is cast off, left behind, ought to awaken the conscience of political and economic agents and lead them to generous and courageous decisions with immediate results, like the decision of Zacchaeus. Does this spirit of solidarity and sharing guide all our thoughts and actions?
Today, in concrete terms, an awareness of the dignity of each of our brothers and sisters whose life is sacred and inviolable from conception to natural death must lead us to share with complete freedom the goods which God’s providence has placed in our hands, material goods but also intellectual and spiritual ones, and to give back generously and lavishly whatever we may have earlier unjustly refused to others….”
Geez, it looks like someone read the Sermon on the Mount! Talk about a horror story when you are far right, conservative, indoctrinated with the Gospel of Ayn Rand! My money’s on the guy in the white cassock. Ayn Rand may have friends in high places, like the Brother’s Koch, but Pope Francis has the ultimate Friend in High Places.