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Is Genesis Just the Beginning for the Vatican and the Pope?

Updated on March 13, 2013
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Now that a new Pope has been named by the Conclave, how will this affect us all. The first time a Pope from the Americas and the first time a Jesuit. How will his views differ from the European ones? He is not against condoms in certain circumstances, will this now be common place among Catholics? He suggests that gays adopting is a discrimination and has chastising priests for not baptizing children of single mothers.

Is this new Pope going to lead the way to new revelations of the thinking of the Catholic Church and the Vatican?

Should We Believe the Bible?

How much of the Bible are we to take literally? Even the Vatican has said that parts of the Book of Genesis are an “allegory” for the way God created the world.

What does this mean?

Allegory is a derivative of a Greek word meaning “to speak as to imply something other”. In other words, parts of the Book of Genesis should not be taken literally.

Examples of allegories in other books: “Pilgrim’s Progress” [1678] and “Animal Farm” [1945]. An example of an allegory in movies is “Avatar” {2009].

This week the Pope said that the Big Bang, proposed by scientists as what created the Universe, was a deliberate act by God and not an accident.

The Catholic Church are stepping away from the concept that God created the heavens and earth in seven days, creationism. They are also stepping away from the concept of Adam and Eve. They now say God may have used evolution to create man.

Ever since the Catholic Church rejected Galileo’s theory that the earth revolves around the Sun, they have been trying to reconcile themselves with the scientific world.

So now that the Church considers, at least one part of the Bible to be just a metaphor of the truth, how long will it be before the rest is viewed in the same light?

Perhaps, when in the future scientists claim they have found something that goes against the teachings of the Bible, we should use our own judgment as to whether to believe them or not, instead of waiting for the Vatican to catch up.


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      Druid Dude 6 years ago

      The divine marriage, one to the other, was Pre-told and is a much spoken tale. Two rings, two paths, one going one way, one going the other way. The natural CURVATURE of time space dictates that the general polarity, positive to negative will always attract and that the opposite will always repel. This forces the flow of energy into a circular path, the arc of which must eventually return to it's point of origin, only to repel once again. Ad infinitum. Two rings. One material ring, one which is not. One reality which is perceptual to the material being, one reality which is perceptual only to that ethereal being within us all...the soul.

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      lookatmenow 6 years ago from Canada

      religion and science are soon going to combine to form a super combo belief everyone can believe!

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      Druid Dude 6 years ago

      gg: Not laughing at the confusion...caused the confusion for a reason. There is more to Genesis that anyone suspects. A comprehensive reading of the first page alone, reveals concepts and understanding beyond shepherds. These concepts are evidence of something occurring on a scale which will boggle the minds of even our best, Philosophers and scientists. Take the word Genesis itself. Draw a line between the "E" and first "S"., then take one "S" and reverse it. This forms the Double Helix representative of DNA. Superimpose the two combined "S's" over the "I", and that forms the Cadeucis(Greek) w/ the "Staff Of Life", now read the tale of the first seven days, paying attention to what you are actually reading. It is a description of the internal human pysche. Conscious/Sub-conscious. Only a blind person should be unable to see it, but I bet they would understand it, if it were adequately explained. Can this be coincidental? Hardly, too much info is in one place. Then, we have to consider time travel, or something which effectively stands outside of time. Go one step further, and the story of the creation of Eve is a tale of CLONING, complete w/ bone marrow for a growth medium. Hmmm. How long ago did Moses live?

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      greg g zaino 6 years ago from L'America- Big Pine Key, Florida

      Hi rafken, interesting topic.

      Rome is falling for the second time in the history of that great city.

      Keep questioning. Aman or woman who lives life on blind faith alone goes nowhere and stagnates. They themselves become blind to alternative viewpoints.

      If there is a single God, he- she- or it, is laughing and perplexed at all the controversy...

      peace ~ gregZ

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      Don A. Hoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      The real point is that there is scientific truth and there is religious truth. They should not conflict with one another. If there appears to be a conflict than further study is needed to determine which is right. I wrote about this in my own hub about Jonah.

      The views you cite about the Catholic church are not all that new. I leaned this in about 1960.