Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The Pope Fails Again

The mark of true humans is that they fail, often. In contrast, the mark of the true God is that He never fails, ever. Therefore, it is entirely appropriate for the infallible God to declare man to be fallible. And, it is entirely inappropriate for the opposite to be declared by man. After all, for a man to declare God to have failed is in and of itself yet another human failure.

In spite of these obvious truths, the Catholic Church continues to hold as dogma that the Pope is infallible. However, as yet another piece of evidence to the contrary, last month, Pope Francis failed in his address to the Pontifical Academy of the Sciences. In that speech, he made the following false statements: “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 created human beings and let them develop according to the internal laws that he gave to each one so they would reach their fulfillment. He gave autonomy to the beings of the universe at the same time at which he assured them of his continuous presence, giving being to every reality, and so creation continued for centuries and centuries, millennia and millennia, until it became which we know today, precisely because God is not a demiurge or a magician, but the creator who gives being to all things. God is not a divine being or a magician, but the Creator who brought everything to life. Evolution in nature is not inconsistent with the notion of creation, because evolution requires the creation of beings that evolve.” That quote is a failure on almost every level.

If we had an audience with Pope Francis, and he were willing to discuss these declarations with us, we might consider respectfully asking some tough questions. According to what authority are you making such claims? How can you prove your claims to be true? Where in the Bible does it ever teach that God is anything other than divine? Bible aside, if “God is not a divine being,” then who is? If God is not divine, why are you serving Him as if He is? When you say “God is not a divine being,” and the Bible clearly disagrees with you, what does that say about what you declared? Since when has secular science ever conceded that "evolution requires the creation" as you suggested? In an effort to represent both sides haven’t you failed to faithfully represent either?

Clearly, as did his predecessors, the Pope is trying to reconcile the creation of the universe by God as clearly outlined in the Bible, with the arrogant declarations of unsubstantiated opinions held by the vast majority of secular scientists. But, these two positions do not reconcile as they are mutually exclusive. Either the clear account of the Bible is wrong or the Godless declarations of scientists are wrong. In an attempt to try to reconcile that which is irreconcilable, the Pope bowed in favor of the Godless and against the truth of the divine God. Said another way, in order to reconcile between the Rock and a hard place, the Pope removed the Rock. That was a very bad decision or failure.

This was a failed decision both because he stood in opposition to the very identity of God, and because it is a decision that is founded upon extremely poor logic. God is divine by nature. In fact, the Dictionary definition of “divine” is “God.” Therefore, the Pope is declaring that God is not God. In a very real sense, the Pope is attempting to preside over the definition of God, which makes the Pope declare himself as more supreme than God. The main problem is that God never delegated that role to him. In fact, the Pope embraces the concept that Popes are infallible while declaring that God spoke in error. At very least, the Pope is declaring himself more supreme than the Bible, God’s Word. There is no way in which the Pope’s declarations end well for him or for those who embrace them.

The second reason this was a failure on his part is due to poor logic. In order to reconcile the irreconcilable, he falsely removed God’s divinity or God’s nature. In doing so, he is declaring that it requires divinity to create modern humans and that God lacks divinity. In other words, the Pope’s argument is that since he believes God is not divine, then God could not have done that which requires divinity. However, since he is declaring that it takes something divine to result in modern humans, then what divine entity actually achieved this result? Is random chance more divine than the God of the Bible? The anti-biblical side which he defends, however, in its strictest form denies the divine. Therefore, how is it even possible for modern humans to exist? Using the Pope’s human logic, modern humans require a divine cause. But, he declared that God is not divine. Then, why/how are there modern humans today? Is there some other divine agent of evolution that we don’t know about? Or is this just another epic failure by another fallible man?

The Apostle John (among others) testified to the divinity of Jesus Himself in John 1:1-5, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” The irony of this passage with regards to this discussion is that it is referring to the divinity of Jesus (God) in how he created everything in the universe, including Adam and Eve. And, by the way, Adam and Eve in their original state were actually more advanced than you and I. In a very real sense we are experiencing devolution not evolution.

There are more passages of scripture where that came from. Romans 1:20 says, “For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.” And, 2 Peter 1:3-4 says, “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.” The Bible clearly states what the Pope foolishly attempts to discredit.

The primary reason that such foolishness is uttered by the likes of fallible men, is that we have worshiped men (like the Pope) for so long, that we have to that extent forgotten what God (the only One worthy of worship) looks like. We have made men the object of our worship for so long, that we have humanized the very notion of who God is. We have worshiped this man (the Pope) for so long, that we have reduced God to someone who is submissive to our foolish, human declarations. But, the truth is that man is man and God is God, and there is nothing in-between. Man is entirely not divine while God is the only being that is divine. Creating Adam and Eve did not require “magic” or a “wand.” All it required was the Word of the divine God to be spoken. His Word is that powerful. God is divine because that is God’s nature. There is only one shade or level of divine - God. God is fully divine and all else is fully not. God is without failure while every man (including the Pope) is drowning in it.

Christian, please see through and beyond the empty words of men and gaze in worship only upon the words of the divine God. And, when a man, no matter who he is, claims to speak for God in opposition to God’s word, what that man declares must be ignored and dismissed as foolish, lest God returns the disfavor. For God’s sake, filter your speech and actions as if God is God and you are not.

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