Pope Francis has been turning heads in the Catholic and Christian communities with his declarations recently. For a while, he was in the crosshairs for deciding that same-sex marriage isn’t wrong after decades of stygma, even performing the wedding himself.
The Pope is certainly gaining traction among new believers as a man who isn’t sticking to what could be considered old fashioned beliefs. His predecessor was even responsible for making pop star Ariana Grande turn away from the faith she was raised under, as previously reported by The Inquisitr.
The latest revelation involves something that could shake the very foundation of religions based on the belief in Jesus Christ. It has long been debated that the Big Bang theory and evolution were science’s ways of disproving the existence of God, but it seems Pope Francis has now declared the contrary.
The religious leader is likely to be vigorously attacked for his statement, as the church itself could have a difficult time accepting it. Even Atheists might disagree with his announcement, because it affects their stance as well.
The Pope announced his shocking revelation on Monday, according to The Huffington Post.
“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. 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.”
Francis wasn’t the first Pope to suggest the validity of evolution, as Pope Pious XII also embraced it, and Pope John Paul II stated evolution to be “effectively proven fact.”
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Giovanni Bignami, president of Italy’s National Institute for Astrophysics, says Pope Francis’ view on Evolution ignores “pseudo theories” and also ties in with the Big Bang theory.
“The Pope’s statement is significant. We are the direct [descendants] from the Big Bang that created the universe. Evolution came from creation.”
Of course many will contest the Pope’s revelation, such as Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn of Vienna, a close associate of former Pope Benedict XVI.
“Evolution in the sense of common ancestry might be true, but evolution in the neo-Darwinian sense – an unguided, unplanned process … is not.”
The Pope’s controversial statement will undoubtedly create ripples across the religious community and backlash against his authority as a leader. Steadfast believers will likely stand by the Holy Bible as the ultimate source of fact, even though Francis is now challenging it at what many call its roots.
Do you agree with Pope Francis that evolution and the Big Bang theory are true?
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