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Musings 2006/213

Evolution

Evolution as prescribed by Darwin has been proved to be thoroughly wrong - no surprise!
For over fifty years scientific proof has flooded in pushing Darwin's theory further and further from reality, (refer
Science of Today and the Problems with Genesis by Rev. Patrick O'Connell, B.D., 1959, and Creation Rediscovered, by Gerard J. Keane, 1999) and yet the erroneous theory continues to be urged upon the public every which way, including schooling and the mass media.
Even some scientists persist in clinging to the failed theory.
On the other hand, there are more ways of looking at evolution then through the eyes of Darwin for John Paul the Great has indicated that another form of evolution is not impossible.
The Devil
In considering the devil for example, I have long been amazed that he perseveres in his reign of evil, knowing the futility.
Yet, is it really futility?
From the devil's point of view - it seems obvious - he believes that he can actually defeat The Almighty!
When he rebelled in the first place, taking an army of angels with him, he must have considered that he can make himself a god or, like many a human, think he can run things better then God. It may be only pride-in-ignorance and
envy that brought about this consideration, but I feel that there must have been more to it.
P 20 1 6  Now on a certain day when the sons of God came to stand before the Lord, Satan also was present among them.
20 1 7 And the Lord said to him: Whence comest thou? And he answered and said: I have gone round about the earth, and walked through it.
20 1 8 And the Lord said to him: Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a simple and upright man, and fearing God, and avoiding evil?
20 1 9 And Satan answering, said: Doth Job fear God in vain? 20 1 10 Hast not thou made a fence for him, and his house, and all his substance round about, blessed the works of his hands, and his possession hath increased on the earth? 20 1 11  But stretch forth thy hand a little, and touch all that he hath, and see if he blesseth thee not to thy face.
20 1 12  Then the Lord said to Satan: Behold, all that he hath is in thy hand: only put not forth thy hand upon his person. And Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord.
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Here we observe the devil attempting to outwit God.
It seems to me that he
does actually think that he can outwit God.
Again, we have the historical event wherein Pope Leo XIII had a vision of the devil being given the twentieth century to do his worst against The Church.
(From this vision came the prayer to the Archangel Michael which used to be said after Holy Mass up until 1960.)
Obviously, the devil was of the opinion that he could defeat The Universal Church on earth in 100 years in spite of Christ's promise of protection - and on review, he came perilously close to doing just that.
The point I am trying to make is that the devil must have some incentive to think he can defeat The Almighty in creation and I can only think of one reason for this:-

God has given mankind absolute freewill.

His freewill is so absolute that man may choose to ally himself with the devil! And go with him to the kingdom of hatred and deception!
Indeed it seems to me that The Almighty created the physical universe for these reasons:-

  1. to bring about the incredible phenomena that is time - yesterday, today and tomorrow - which means that a person might offend his Creator today but have the opportunity, tomorrow, to repent and return to God's Embrace;
  2. to provide an environment in which man is able to function and have absolute freewill. Because God's purpose in creating man is to raise him to the very dignity of Divinity - Christ's Divinity - which requires that man be free and able to choose and be conscious of this fantastic Gift;
  3. to provide the possibility where the spiritual creation can interact with the physical creation which in turn, makes it possible
(a) for man to have a soul;
(b) for man to interact with spiritual beings;
(c) for man to interact with God.
Fruition
With regard to the fruition of creation (I use this word fruition to replace evolution which has joined the list of words whose meaning have been perverted)

we must also consider the spiritual sphere

in which man lives - not just the physical.
It is clearly obvious too, that the fact that God is Creator and that all things outside the Divine are created by Him, must be realised and accepted in considering the fruition of creation.
It is further obvious that Scripture gives us historical facts and guidelines which may not be contradicted when we consider creation's origin. Genesis must be protected and venerated in full accord with The Church's every requirement.
Genesis
This most marvellous book of Scripture is God's Word on the matter of the beginning.
Genesis gives us
a procession of events whereby God brought forth creation, beginning with a void and empty earth, which was in darkness but The Spirit of God moved over the waters.
Thence God brought forth
light, the firmament, separated the waters, vegetation, lights in the firmament to separate day and night, the sun and the moon, creeping creatures and the birds, fish and whale, cattle and beasts, and man.

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