FROM: Right to Carrie: The Smuggness of O’Reiley.
By CJ Rachel: As a former Catholic I still pay attention to issues concerning the Church. Last week was exciting for my Catholic brothers and sisters not just because Obama was too busy lunching around D.C. with a few R.I.N.O.s to tell the church how it will conduct it’s businesses and what beliefs will be permitted, but because a new Pope was elected. The Pope has this unique position that allows him to go just about anywhere and speak to almost any situation. I hope this can continue with the new Pope because the world seems to be moving in two different directions very rapidly. There are people who want to look to government and a “leader” for everything and people who want to be self governed and look to God to lead them. I pray that Pope Francis will stand with the latter.
So he dives right in smirking and all puffed up with the same air of smugness and self righteousness that I’m used to seeing on Bill Maher. It was extremely off-putting but I endured. He begins by inquiring about the beginning – the creation. He asks in a condescending manner: “Adam and Eve, did they literally live in the garden of Eden and usurp the evolutionary process?” Dr. Jeffress immediately got blown off because he answered “yes”. I wondered if O’reilly or any of the secular Catholics I’ve known have gone back into the Bible on their own with an open mind and heart or delved deeper into the arguments and evidence for and against evolution and the age of the earth once they’ve been out of school? Have they ever looked up an article by a Christian Molecular Biologist just to explore another point of view? Most of the secular Catholics I know are conservatives and they became conservative because eventually they questioned the mantra of liberalism. So why don’t they bother in the same manner to question what they’ve been taught regarding science and the bible? I know the Catholics and secularists in my circle believe in supernatural phenomenon like demonic possession or ghostly activity but they can’t believe the Bible?
Anyway, back to the beginning. Something intriguing about verse 1 in Genesis, “In the beginning God created the heavens & the earth.” And verse 2, “Now, the earth was formless & empty…” The heavens & earth already existed before creation starts later in verse 3. The word “now” in verse 2 indicates there was a “then” state and the word “was” I’ve learned translates to “became”. Remember the Bible is God’s book to man concerning his story. Some speculate that our account of creation is also the restoration of earth. Moreover, there are verses that speak of Lucifer (before he was Satan) having widespread trade (like in the heavens and on earth) but being expelled from Heaven and cast to the earth where he took one third of the angels with him. And God made a spectacle of him before kings and all the nations who knew him were appalled at him. Some speculate Satan and his angels destroyed the earth along with whatever sort of kingdoms (human or other) and nations were on it. This would make the earth very old.