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originally posted by: bucsarg
Please help me by letting me know what beliefs are contradicting
a reply to: TzarChasm
OK, let's assume mankind created religion (meaning to make it out of nothing, not that mankind could have invented it).
There is a difference in creation and invention.
create or design (something that has not existed before); be the originator of.
bring (something) into existence.
So what does mankind creating religion have to do with the creation of God?
And since the context used here is the Christian God, then mankind creating religion long before Christianity makes it a non-valid argument.
originally posted by: rossacus
a reply to: Illumin
People who believe in God/deity etc etc need to incorporate evolution in this day and age to be deemed as sane, logical thinking beings. It can be incorporated into the ideology as evolution does not explain a beginning, just a process, thus it can easily fit into there paradigm. Only problem is, deep down, RELIGIOUS people don't believe evolution as it diminishes the core belief that God made us in his image, god being a he of course. I realised when I was young that there is a 98% chance there is no god, as my family believed in free speech and to think for myself.
Concerning human evolution, the Church has a more definite teaching. It allows for the possibility that man’s body developed from previous biological forms, under God’s guidance, but it insists on the special creation of his soul. Pope Pius XII declared that "the teaching authority of the Church does not forbid that, in conformity with the present state of human sciences and sacred theology, research and discussions . . . take place with regard to the doctrine of evolution, in as far as it inquires into the origin of the human body as coming from pre-existent and living matter—[but] the Catholic faith obliges us to hold that souls are immediately created by God" (Pius XII, Humani Generis 36). So whether the human body was specially created or developed, we are required to hold as a matter of Catholic faith that the human soul is specially created; it did not evolve, and it is not inherited from our parents, as our bodies are.
Interestingly enough, the RCC teaches that evolution is not in conflict with creationism.
originally posted by: Septimus
a reply to: TzarChasm
You make it sound as though the Church is anti progress. I seem to recall it being quite active in the promotion of beneficial science throughout the years. To quote Brother Guy Consolmagno: "Science is an act of worship.'" To not embrace science and incorporate it into faith is to deny part of humanity. That sounds like faith based reasoning, not a veiled control agenda. I think the government has ruined much of our perception on established leadership.
God does not think of evil things to do. God does not make evil happen. God does, however, allow evil things to take place.
God is not kind hearted. God is not a humanitarian. God, however, allows these good things to take place.
Good and evil are human characteristics.