Posted by: fvbcdm | February 7, 2014

Feast of Saint Richard of Lucca (7 February 2014)

Around the year 1850, the British Government sent out a scientific team to study the fauna and flora of the South Pacific, as well as the sea itself. One member of that team was a scientist named Charles Darwin—a name that would become both famous and infamous as a result of his scientific observations and conclusions.  When Darwin returned to England, he wrote a book called the Origin of Species, which explained his views on the subject of evolution.

That book opened an incredible can of worms and caused people around the world who took the first chapters of the Bible literally to think of Darwin as the devil himself.  In their minds, Darwin was contradicting the Bible, and therefore was evil.

The Church, on the other hand, assures us that the God of the Bible is also the God of science, and that there can be no discrepancy between the two since they come from the same divine source.  The problem is that some human beings don’t know how to interpret the Bible and don’t understand what are called literary genres.  For example, we say that the sun rises in the east and goes down in the west.  It doesn’t, of course, but we still speak that way because that is what it seems like to us.  The first chapters of the Bible also tell us that God created the sun on the fourth day of creation.  Well then, where did the first three days come from?  After all, it’s the sun that causes the day, and its absence causes the night.  Obviously the early chapters of the book of Genesis were not meant to be taken literally but rather figuratively.  I speak of this today because on Monday and Tuesday of this week, we read at Mass the story of creation as we find it in Genesis.

Since those early chapters are not to be taken literally, what DO they assert that is meant for our instruction?  A number of things. First, that there is a God. Second, that all creation is the work of God, and that there is only ONE God who is the creator of all other things. Third, that God is an intelligent creator who does all things in an orderly, methodical way, and produces all things out of nothing, thus showing his supreme power, since only He can create. And then, that when he came to the apex of his creation of the material world, he made us. Not just as simply as he had created the rest of material things, but by taking careful consultation with himself  and indicating the model that he used for the creation of the human race: “Now, let us make man in our image according to our likeness.”  We are far above any other material thing in the perfection of our being.  We are made in the image and likeness of God.  Thank you for seeking God’s truth.  God bless you.  Father Victor Brown, O.P.

Note:  This message was composed some years ago.

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