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Are you sick of people putting Christian beliefs in a box labeled: ignorance? Because I am. I can’t begin to write down how many times people have come up to me declaring the stupidity of Christianity; claiming that Christians disregard scientific facts like the age of the earth or evolution.
On Tuesday Oct. 28, Pope Francis stated that the theories of the Big Bang and evolution are compatible with the Christian faith.
Now, many of you are probably thinking: well, duh. And, unfortunately, some of you may be thinking: HERETIC!
Pope Francis claimed that the role of God as creator is vital to our faith, but we mustn’t think of God as a “Harry Potter” sort of figure.
The Pope said: “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 continued to say that God did indeed create human beings in his image, but allowed them to develop according to “the internal laws that he gave to each one so they would reach their fulfillment.”
The Christian faith, along with the Catholic Church, has been labeled as uneducated and uninformed for far too long. I’ve had people ask me: ‘Since you go to a Christian school, do you guys have science classes? Do they teach you about what’s actually going on in the world?’
Whoa. We’ve officially been pegged as idiots. Thankfully, it’s looking like that stereotype is in for a change.
“The Big Bang, which today we hold to be the origin of the world,” the Pope continued, “does not contradict the intervention of the divine creator but, rather, requires it. Evolution in nature is not inconsistent with the notion of creation, because evolution requires the creation of beings that evolve.”
Who is to say that God isn’t behind the evolution and continual change in who we are as humans, what happens on Earth, what changes on Earth, and the universe in general?
It is quite monumental to have the most influential spokesperson of the Catholic Church vocalize the reality of our ever-developing world, and go further as to declare the importance of studying science.
Reporters from all over the world have been writing feature and opinion articles about the Pope’s proclamation. Thankfully, they are sending both Christians and non-Christians into a whirlwind of much-needed conversation.