The new pope claims that evolution does not contradict the Bible in an address to the Vatican Pontifical Academy for Sciences.
"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." (Vatican’s Pontifical Academy for Sciences, http://www.casinapioiv.va/)He stated that the RCC will no longer teach creationism because the accounts in Genesis are an "allegory" for the way God created the world.
"The Catholic Church no longer teaches creationism – the belief that God created the world in six days – and says that the account in the book of Genesis is an allegory for the way God created the world." (Vatican’s Pontifical Academy for Sciences, http://www.casinapioiv.va/)This has also been the position of liberal Protestant denominations as well as the RCC. Brian McLaren, whose background is United Methodist and who is one of the main leaders of the Emergent Church, said this:
“Evolution fits beautifully in the good world of Elohim,” ... “If we believe that the same God who created an evolving universe is revealed in an evolving Bible, we can derive some fascinating insights from contemporary studies of genetics. (Brian McLaren, “A New Kind of Christianity - 10 Questions That Are Transforming theSo according to McLaren not only the world is evolving but also the Bible.
Faith”, pg. 267 & 273)
"Christians should reject the idea that world came into being by chance." (Vatican’s Pontifical Academy for Sciences, http://www.casinapioiv.va/)This is true but not in the sense the pope means it. He is saying that Evolution does not teach chance when the chances of life evolving by chance are so astronomical as to be impossible.
Considering only the racemization aspect of 19 of the 20 amino acids, this process would require about 400 x 19/20) x 124 = 47,120 successive selections each with probability ½. This probability is approximately .547,120= 10-14,184 This statistic is only an estimate of the selections necessary to have the right amino acids in the right form (L) to form these 124 proteins and does not take into account the order of amino acids for the proper protein formation or other aspects of cell formation. (Applying Probabilities to Evolution - The Effect of Time on Improbable Events by Jerry R. Olsen on September 12, 2012, https://answersingenesis.org/evidence-against-evolution/probability/applying-probabilities-to-evolution/)I often use the illustration of the chance of life evolving as about the same as a junkyard where every part for a 747 are strewn everywhere and one day a wind comes up and assembles a fully functioning 747.
"Evolution was all part of God’s plan" (Vatican’s Pontifical Academy for Sciences, http://www.casinapioiv.va/)The Bible says absolutely nothing about Evolution having anything whatsoever to do with the Creation. This brings into question, as it has again and again, whether this pope or any of the others actually know anything about the Bible.
"The development of each creature’s characteristics over millennia ‘does not contrast with the notion of creation because evolution presupposes the creation of beings that evolve" (Vatican’s Pontifical Academy for Sciences)This is also not true. Evolution has long stood against the idea of God creating the universe and still does. The pope is trying to influence scientists to include some kind of "intelligent design" into their theory of Evolution. But we can even see from current events, when soft tissue was found on some dinosaur bones that were discovered, it was hushed up by the media and not published in scientific journals (CSUN Scientist Fired After Soft Tissue Found On Dinosaur Fossil, http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2014/07/24/scientist-alleges-csun-fired-him-for-discovery-of-soft-tissue-on-dinosaur-fossil/). Why not? Because it would prove that dinosaurs have existed with man, thus disproving Evolution, thus proving they have been wrong to take the flood, the ark and God out of the picture.
2 Peter 3:5-6 But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water. By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed.So is God a wizard or not? According to the pope God did create life and creatures but they developed by the false laws of Evolution.
“Reading Genesis we imagine that God is ‘a wizard with a magic wand’ capable of doing all things. But it is not so. He created life and let each creature develop according to the natural laws which he had given each one." (Vatican’s Pontifical Academy for Sciences, http://www.casinapioiv.va/)
Francis praised his predecessor, Benedict, who initiated attempts to shed the Catholic Church’s image of being anti-science, a label that stuck when it condemned the astronomer Galileo to death for teaching that the earth revolves around the sun. (Vatican’s Pontifical Academy for Sciences, http://www.casinapioiv.va/)When people who claim to be followers of Christ misinterpret the Bible they either come up with a "flat earth" as in the past or try to mix Evolution with the Bible which is oxymoronic.