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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By: Msgr. Charles Pope

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
www.kolbecenter.org


Seen at: Bellarmine Theological Forum

Beautiful 5-minute music video video rejoices in wonder and awe at what God has made.

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Can Catholics (Licitly and/or Faithfully) Accept the Theory of Evolution?


This is a great, two-part series by Monsignor Charles Pope, of the Archdiocese of Washington, who is a constant teacher of the authentic faith of the one, holy, apostolic, and Catholic church.

The reader comments tend to be almost as interesting and informative as the article’s content.

Read part one here

Read part two here

“It’s possible to be educated beyond your intelligence.”

Hawking

Tom Roeser takes physicist Stephen Hawking to task for his latest comments about gravity and other natural forces … making God unnecessary, and creation pretty much automatic.

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More on this, from Father Robert Barron

We now have scientific proof that shows (in fact) the chicken came first.


British scientists believe they have found the answer to an ages-old question: Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

Scientists cracked the puzzle after discovering that the formation of eggs is possible only thanks to a protein found in chicken’s ovaries. That means eggs have to be formed in chickens first.

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Editor’s note: No serious Bible reader/student would have thought it could have been any different!

A comprehensive article on life and justice by St. Louis Archbishop Robert J. Carlson

Since the first century, the Church has addressed the moral evil of abortion and the killing of a defenseless baby in the womb. People who are casual about the sin of abortion and who choose to view it as a political issue rather than the serious moral issue that it is are guilty of violating the Fifth Commandment. You cannot be “pro-choice” (pro-abortion) and remain a Catholic in good standing. That’s why the Church asks those who maintain this position not to receive holy Communion. We are not being mean or judgmental, we are simply acknowledging the fact that such a stance is objectively and seriously sinful and is radically inconsistent with the Christian way of life.

The Fathers of the Second Vatican Council said, “God, the Lord of life, has entrusted to men the noble mission of safeguarding life, and human life must be protected with the utmost care from the moment of conception: Abortion and infanticide are abominable crimes” (“Gaudium et Spes,” No. 51.3). That’s why formal cooperation in an abortion constitutes a grave offense. The Church attaches the canonical penalty of excommunication to this crime against human life (see canons 1398,1314, and 1323-1324).

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What did God do before creation?

Q: What did God do
before he created all things?

A: Nothing.
He didn’t have the time.

Attributed to St. Thomas Aquinas

Infinite questions about a universe created by God, from nothing at all

We speak of a ‘Big Bang’ but don’t mean a ‘bang’ like an explosion, which has a centre and a shock wave that moves spherically out into air from the explosion.

Instead, the ‘Big Bang’ happened everywhere in the Universe at once, with no centre. Shortly after the ‘Big Bang’, density and pressure of the Entire Universe were the same everywhere. So, pressure difference could not possibly create an explosion. The ‘Big Bang’ wasn’t a bang at all.

About 13.7 billion years ago, the Entire Universe increased by 10^30 (a million trillion trillion) times, in less than a second. We call this remarkable phenomenon, the ‘Big Bang.’

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Evolution vs Creation

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Question:

Recently my son and I were talking about the origins of humankind. He said that he was offended by the belief that man had descended from the ape family, and was adamant that we all came from Adam and Eve. I on the other hand believe Darwin’s theory to be a more reasonable explanation of our evolution, and think it is ridiculous to continue teaching children the creation myth. As this discussion can go round in circles are you able to shed some light on this age old topic?

Answer:

An elderly rabbi was once on an airplane to Israel sitting next to a self-professed atheist. They were amicably chatting the whole trip.

Every now and then, the rabbi’s grandchild, sitting in another row, would come over to him, bringing him a drink, or asking if he could get anything to make him more comfortable. After this happened several times, the atheist sighed, “I wish my grandchildren would treat me with such respect. They hardly even say hello to me. What’s your secret?”

The rabbi replied, “Think about it. To my grandchildren, I am two generations closer to Adam and Eve, the people made by the hand of G-d. So they look up to me. But according to the philosophy which you teach your grandchildren, you are two generations closer to being an ape. So why should they look up to you?”

Beliefs have consequences. Why do you think children today lack respect and are unable to honour their elders? Why is tradition looked down upon, and the values of the past all but forgotten? Is it not a natural consequence of modern education? If we teach our children that they are merely advanced animals, then they will act that way. And they will treat their parents and teachers like the obsolete versions of humanity that they are.

We have to be aware of the affects of our beliefs. If we believe that humans came about by accident, then life has no meaning. There can be no meaning to something that happens by chance. A random explosion or mutation cannot give us purpose. My life, your life and all human history has no real significance whatsoever. Whether I live a good life or one full of evil makes no difference. It is all a big accident anyway.

We only have purpose if we were created on purpose. Our lives only have meaning if we were created by a meaningful being. If we teach our children that they were created on purpose with a purpose, then they will know that more is expected from them than from an animal. The Adam and Eve story needs to be taught, not just because it is true, but because it is the basis of morality.

Both creationism and Darwinism require faith. To accept that G-d created man and woman requires faith. To accept that a single-celled organism spontaneously mutated billions of times to form the human being also requires faith. But only one of these beliefs demands that we live a moral life. That’s the one I want my kids to know about.

Good Shabbos,
Rabbi Moss

The believer in God has to account for the existence of unjust suffering; the atheist has to account for the existence of everything else. ~Rabbi Milton Steinberg

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Evidence of a Creator is tough for many scientists to “swallow”

FrSpitzerDenver, Colo., Sep 30, 2009 / 03:35 pm (CNA).- Contemporary astrophysics hold the scientific key to prove the existence of God, but unfortunately very few know the scientific facts, said Fr. Robert J. Spitzer, S.J, PhD, during a conference delivered on Sunday at the John Paul II Center for the New Evangelization in Denver, Colorado.

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Why do humans have the fundamental belief that we are the end result of creation and therefore own the earth?

Q: Why do humans have the fundamental belief that we are the end result of creation and therefore own the earth?

A: The Judeo-Christian belief system and the Bible both agree that God created all things for his own pleasure, that he created man, and that God gave dominion over the whole earth to him.

Genesis 1: 27-28  And God created man to his own image: to the image of God he created him: male and female he created them. And God blessed them, saying: Increase and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it, and rule over the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the air, and all living creatures that move upon the earth.

Furthermore, the facts seem to prove it.

Better ask Al Gore where your thought process went off the track, since he might be the only one smart enough to figure it out for you.

God-like questions for Catholics?

Q: God-like questions for Catholics?

I use to be a strong Catholic but no more. I’m happy without religion.

A lot of you will say “God always was” and other of this non-sense. What was before God and heaven?

Also, i have a slight-counter response to that. If the bible says “man (and woman) were created in God’s image” then wouldnt that mean that God was also created like us humans? Maybe not literally, i know, but as a figure of speech.

Also, if we ‘were’ created in his image, then wouldn’t God, have also had experienced and known the feeling of being corrupt, sad, happy, or confused? Where do the emotions we as humans feel, come from?

A: The image of God is grace, and the likeness of God is love. Mankind was initially created full of grace, and with an unlimited potential for love.

Eternity has no beginning and no end. God, who dwells in the eternal realm with his angels and his saints, doesn’t either. Odds are, prior to Adam’s fall from grace, Eden was merely the earthly extension of God’s eternal realm.

God is the “Uncreated First Cause” of all things. He is not in any way affected by human emotions, flaws, laws, or corruption of any kind, and God is patently incapable of committing any type of sin.

Like it or not you’re still Catholic by virtue of your baptism. God still loves you, and you’re not going to get off that easily.

Those who understand the authentic Christian faith know that it’s about perfect freedom. It has nothing at all to do with control.

“Laminin” and Colossians 1:15-17

Laminin and Colossians 1:15-17

“My uncle just passed this on to me from a friend of his:

A couple of days ago I was watching a DVD sermon by Louie Giglio…and I was BLOWN AWAY! I want to share what I learned….but I fear not being able to convey it as well as I want. I will share anyway.He (Louie) was talking about how inconceivably BIG our God is…how He spoke the universe into being…how He breathes stars out of His mouth that are huge raging balls of fire…etc. etc. Then He went on to speak of how this star-breathing, universe creating God ALSO knitted our human bodies together with amazing detail and wonder. At this point I am LOVING it (fascinating from a medical standpoint, you know.) …..and I was remembering how I was constantly amazed during medical school as I learned more and more about God’s handiwork. I remember so many times thinking….’How can ANYONE deny that a Creator did all of this???’Louie went on to talk about how we can trust that the God who created all this, also has the power to hold it all together when things seem to be falling apart…how our loving Creator is also our sustainer.

And then I lost my breath.
        
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