Big Bang ‘Gravity Wave’ Discovery Supports Biblical Creation, Say Old Earth Creationists – but wait a minute…

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“The Bible was the first to predict big bang cosmology,” according to Hugh Ross, president and founder of Reasons to Believe, an Old Earth Creationist organization that believes Christianity and science are complementary.

In an interview with The Christian Post on Tuesday, Ross explained that the detection of gravity waves from the universe’s rapid expansion, referred to as “inflation,” shows that “when the universe was a trillionth of a trillionth of a trillionth of a second old, it expanded faster than the speed of light.”

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Because God has the power to “speak” all things into existence, he never runs out of love … or anything else. As his faithful adopted children, neither should we.

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The divine institution of the natural law

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From the Catechism of the Catholic Church

II. THE VISIBLE WORLD

337 God himself created the visible world in all its richness, diversity and order. Scripture presents the work of the Creator symbolically as a succession of six days of divine “work”, concluded by the “rest” of the seventh day.204 On the subject of creation, the sacred text teaches the truths revealed by God for our salvation,205permitting us to “recognize the inner nature, the value and the ordering of the whole of creation to the praise of God.”206

338 Nothing exists that does not owe its existence to God the Creator. The world began when God’s word drew it out of nothingness; all existent beings, all of nature, and all human history are rooted in this primordial event, the very genesis by which the world was constituted and time begun.207

339 Each creature possesses its own particular goodness and perfection. For each one of the works of the “six days” it is said: “And God saw that it was good.” “By the very nature of creation, material being is endowed with its own stability, truth and excellence, its own order and laws.”208 Each of the various creatures, willed in its own being, reflects in its own way a ray of God’s infinite wisdom and goodness. Man must therefore respect the particular goodness of every creature, to avoid any disordered use of things which would be in contempt of the Creator and would bring disastrous consequences for human beings and their environment.

353     God willed the diversity of his creatures and their own particular goodness, their interdependence and their order. He destined all material creatures for the good of the human race. Man, and through him all creation, is destined for the glory of God.

354     Respect for laws inscribed in creation and the relations which derive from the nature of things is a principle of wisdom and a foundation for morality.

V. THE PROLIFERATION OF SIN

1865 Sin creates a proclivity to sin; it engenders vice by repetition of the same acts. This results in perverse inclinations which cloud conscience and corrupt the concrete judgment of good and evil. Thus sin tends to reproduce itself and reinforce itself, but it cannot destroy the moral sense at its root.

1866 Vices can be classified according to the virtues they oppose, or also be linked to the capital sins which Christian experience has distinguished, following St. John Cassian and St. Gregory the Great. They are called “capital” because they engender other sins, other vices.138 They are pride, avarice, envy, wrath, lust, gluttony, and sloth or acedia.

1867 The catechetical tradition also recalls that there are “sins that cry to heaven”: the blood of Abel,139 the sin of the Sodomites,140 the cry of the people oppressed in Egypt,141 the cry of the foreigner, the widow, and the orphan,142 injustice to the wage earner.143

1868 Sin is a personal act. Moreover, we have a responsibility for the sins committed by others when we cooperate in them:

– by participating directly and voluntarily in them;

– by ordering, advising, praising, or approving them;

– by not disclosing or not hindering them when we have an obligation to do so;

– by protecting evil-doers.

1869 Thus sin makes men accomplices of one another and causes concupiscence, violence, and injustice to reign among them. Sins give rise to social situations and institutions that are contrary to the divine goodness. “Structures of sin” are the expression and effect of personal sins. They lead their victims to do evil in their turn. In an analogous sense, they constitute a “social sin.”144

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A totally sexist story about fathers

When the good Lord was creating fathers, he started with a tall frame.

A female angel nearby said, “What kind of a father is that? If you’re going to make children so close to the ground, why have you put the father up so high? He won’t be able to shoot marbles without kneeling, tuck a child in bed without bending, or even kiss a child without stooping”

God smiled and said, “Yes, but if I make him child size, who would children have to look up to?”

And when God made a father’s hands, they were large. The angel shook her head and said, “Large hands can’t manage diaper pins, small buttons, rubber bands on pony tails, or even remove splinters caused from baseball bats.”

Again God smiled and said, “I know, but they’re large enough to hold everything a small boy empties from his pockets, yet small enough to cup a child’s face in them.”

Then God molded long slim legs and broad shoulders, “Do you realize you just made a father without a lap?” The angel chuckled.

God said, “A mother needs a lap. A father needs strong shoulders to pull a sled, to balance a boy on a bicycle, or to hold a sleepy head on the way home from the circus.”

When God was in the middle of creating the biggest feet any one had ever seen, the angel could not contain herself any longer. “That’s not fair. Do you honestly think those feet are going to get out of bed early in the morning when the baby cries, or walk through a birthday party without crushing one or two of the guests?”

God again smiled and said, “They will work. You will see. They will support a small child who wants to ride to Branbury Cross or scare mice away from a summer cabin, or display shoes that will be a challenge to fill.”

God worked throughout the night, giving the father few words, but a firm authoritative voice; eyes that see everything, but remain calm and tolerant.

Finally, almost as an after thought, He added tears. Then he turned to the angel and said, “Now are you satisfied he can love as much as a mother can?”

The angel said nothing more.

by Erma Bombeck

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This Week’s Ask Alice: “RCIA Issues” and “Trouble With Bible Interpretation”



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Kimberly writes: I started my RCIA in September and have been enjoying learning about God. I have run into the fact that I don’t believe in everything they are teaching and the fact that I’m feeling judged. They even went as far as to tell me I should leave my boyfriend because he was married and has not been granted a annulment yet.

I’m going through some major pain and am starting to resent the church I really want to baptized in to Jesus name and I have worked very hard to do so. I love the church and most of what they stand for but there are some things I just don’t know about.Also I believe God is ever loving and forgiving and as long as your trying your best to be a good person and follow him he will be with you and forgive you for the mistakes you have made.

Please help me. I’m very torn. Do I look into other churches, or do I get baptized Catholic even know I don’t believe all their teachings??

Alice answers: Your RCIA struggles deeply touch my heart. In 1999, my 69-year-old neighbor, Bob, was dying from lung cancer. Although he lived next door for 22 years, I never knew that Bob, his wife and foster daughter never were baptized. After learning that they did not know the Lord, I began praying with my 8th Religious Education students that Bob would be baptized before he died.

At the start of every class, my 8th graders would ask, “Did Bob get baptized yet?” Every week I’d bake cake, pie or cookies for Bob in the hopes that my frequent visits would help bring him to the Lord. One evening Bob confided to me that he was in RCIA classes when he was 27 years old. Gently, I asked what happened. “The priest called to ask me why I stopped coming. I quit going to RCIA because I was afraid I couldn’t obey all the commandments. I had some doubts,” Bob answered with tears in his eyes.

I explained to Bob that none of us obeys the 10 commandments all of the time. All of us struggle with doubts and weaknesses. “All men have sinned and are deprived of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) That’s why Jesus instituted the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Ours is a God of love and mercy. Each day we fail in many ways. But the Lord is always waiting with His arms wide open to forgive us.

Back to Bob…….. My students kept praying, and I began calling priests to come to Bob’s house since he was too weak to get out of bed. No priest would visit Bob. At the end of November my 8th graders asked, “Did Bob get baptized yet?” That night I went home and sobbed wondering how I ever could face my 8th graders if Bob died without Baptism. The next morning I brought a bottle of Holy Water and baptized Bob, who died 10 days later. In 1999, my 8th graders taught me an unforgettable lesson about the power of prayer. Bob’s wife and daughter attended RCIA and became Catholics in 2004.

Kimberly, please, please stay in RCIA! God knows that you and I are not perfect. Don’t concern yourself with what people in RCIA think of you. All that matters is what God thinks of you. Kimberly, God loves you more than you can ever imagine. Do not seek baptism in another faith. The Catholic religion is the one true faith, founded by Jesus Christ Himself in 33 A.D. Don’t settle for another religion because it seems easier.

You still can see your boyfriend if you don’t have sex with him. Easy? Not at all. Why not ask for God’s grace to make this sacrifice? If your boyfriend really loves you, he will be understanding and seek an annulment.

Easter Vigil is just one month away. You are so close to becoming a Catholic. Remember my neighbor, Bob. Don’t run away and risk missing all of the sacraments and graces God has waiting for you. Kimberly, I’m praying that you will stay with RCIA and become a Catholic at Easter Vigil. Please let me know what happens.

In Christ’s Love,

Alice

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A.P. Asks: In the Bible under Genesis 2:7, it states: “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”

Within this one verse it says that one is not living until the first breath of the nostrils. I have always been taught by the Catholic church says life starts at conception. If you could please inform me of some resources as to why the Church teaches one way when it clearly states the opposite in the Bible. In what law of the church does it state that life begins at conception? I also understand that a lot of the church’s teachings are implied from the Bible. What can you say to something written so clearly?

Alice Responds: Actually, the Bible does teach us that life begins at conception. However, we must read more than the first two chapters of the Bible (Genesis 2:7) to discern God’s gift of human life. Here are three Scripture passages which describe the beginning of human life at conception:

“Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you.” (Jeremiah 1:5)

“Truly you have formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mother’s womb. I give you thanks that I am fearfully, wonderfully made. My soul, also, you knew full well; nor was my frame unknown to you when I was made in secret, when I was fashioned in the depths of the earth.” (Psalm 139:13-15)

“Oh, remember that you fashioned me from clay! Did you not pour me out as milk and thicken me like cheese? With skin and flesh you clothed me, with bones and sinews knit me together.” (Job 10:9-11)

Like the creation account in Genesis 2:7, these Scripture verses reveal God’s creation of each person in his/her mother’s womb.

Scientific evidence supports these Biblical truths, since a human embryo has its first heartbeat at the age of 3 weeks. At 6 weeks gestation, an embryo’s heartbeat is visible on an ultrasound. Although an embryo can’t breathe on its own, the umbilical cord gives the baby a constant supply of oxygenated and nutrient-filled blood from the placenta.

Clearly, science complements Scripture in illuminating God’s precious gift of life!

In Christ’s Love,

Alice

Doug Lawrence adds: Genesis records a series of unique, one-time events at the very beginning of man’s creation, where God literally hand-crafted Adam, the first man, from dirt. Then, as you point out, God brought him to life.

Prior to that seminal, life-giving event, Adam was no more than a piece of clay. It was also much the same with Eve (except for that rib). But shortly afterwards, the normative, procreative, human reproductive process would proceed in a totally different way.

All future “souls” would be created by God with man’s cooperation, as the result of a two-into-one flesh union. The little children who resulted from that flesh union would all be truly human … not clay … from the moment of their conception.

The Catholic Church clearly understands and appreciates the profound difference between creation and procreation, so the Church infallibly teaches that a new human life begins when the sperm and the egg meet and become one … at conception. Based on all the scientific evidence in existence, the Church is absolutely right!

It’s always important to read the Bible in the proper context … and that context is always in accordance with the infallible teachings of the Catholic Church … since it is the Catholic Church … not the Bible  … which was given the awesome power and authority to teach, govern, and sanctify in Jesus’ name … for the purpose of our salvation.  

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What Does the Catholic Church (Officially) Teach about Origins and Evolution?

· God created everything “in its whole substance” from nothing (ex nihilo) in the beginning.
(Lateran IV; Vatican Council I)

· Genesis does not contain purified myths. (Pontifical Biblical Commission 1909)

· Genesis contains real history—it gives an account of things that really happened. (Pius XII)

· Adam and Eve were real human beings—the first parents of all mankind. (Pius XII)

· Polygenism (many “first parents”) contradicts Scripture and Tradition and is condemned. (Pius XII; 1994
Catechism, 360, footnote 226:  Tobit 8:6—the “one ancestor” referred to in this Catechism could only be
Adam.)

· The “beginning” of the world included the creation of all things, the creation of Adam and Eve and the Fall
(Jesus Christ [Mark 10:6]; Pope Innocent III; Blessed Pope Pius IX, Ineffabilis Deus).

· The body of Eve was specially created from a portion of Adam’s body (Leo XIII).  She could not have
originated via evolution.

· Various senses are employed in the Bible,  but  the  literal  obvious sense must  be believed unless reason
dictates or necessity requires (Leo XIII, Providentissimus Deus).

· Adam and Eve were  created upon an earthly paradise  and would not  have known death if they had
remained obedient (Pius XII).

· After their disobedience of God, Adam and Eve were banished from the Garden of Eden. But the Second
Person of the Trinity would subsequently pay the ransom for fallen man (Nicene Creed).

· Original Sin is a flawed condition inherited from Adam and Eve (Council of Trent).

· The Universe suffers in travail ever since the sin of disobedience by Adam and Eve. (Romans 8, Vatican
Council I).

· We must believe any interpretation of Scripture that the Fathers taught unanimously on a matter of faith or
morals (Council of Trent and Vatican Council I).

· All the Fathers who wrote on the subject believed that the Creation days were no longer than 24-hour-days.
(Consensus of the Fathers of the Church)

· The work of Creation was finished by the close of Day Six, and nothing completely new has since been
created—except for each human rational soul at conception (Vatican Council I)

· St. Peter and Christ Himself in the New Testament confirmed the global Flood of Noah. It covered all the
then high mountains and destroyed all land dwelling creatures except eight human beings and all kinds
of non-human creatures aboard the Ark (Unam Sanctam, 1302)

· The   historical existence of Noah’s Ark is regarded as  most important in typology, as central to Redemption. (1566 Catechism of the Council of Trent)

· Evolution must not be taught as fact, but instead the pros and cons of evolution must be taught.
(Pius XII, Humani Generis)

· Investigation into human “evolution” was allowed in 1950, but Pope Pius XII feared that an acceptance of
evolutionism might adversely affect doctrinal beliefs.

For more information contact:
The Kolbe Center for the Study of Creation
952 Kelly Rd., Mt. Jackson, VA 22842, (549) 856-8453
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