It is interesting that as we approach the celebration of Martin Luther’s attempt to reform the Roman Church because it had set aside the clear teachings of the Holy Scriptures and usurped for itself the authority to teach contrary to God’s Word that we have such a brazen example that the head of the Roman Church remains opposed to Christ and His Word.
The definition of “antichrist” is “one who opposes Christ.” There are many “anti-Christs” who stand in opposition to Jesus and teach contrary to what He taught. And in his most recent comments concerning evolution and the origins of man, Pope Francis places himself into that category.
In his comments, Pope Francis claims that the creation went forward for centuries and millenia to become what we know today. According to Pope Francis, God had given “freedom” to creation in order to develop according to the laws He had laid down and allowed them to grow and reach their fullness. Implying that God had created things in a nascent form and allowed it to develop according to this “freedom.”
He does assert that human beings differ from the rest of the animal kingdom, but not because of a special, individual creation. Rather, he seems to imply that man is different because God has added something new to one of the creatures to make it into what we see as a human being.
Pope Francis implies that the creation of man on the sixth day was not a special creation wherein God formed man from the dust of the earth, as Moses records in Genesis. Rather, when we read that on the “sixth day” man was created, this is to be understood as God giving to one of those creatures that developed according to the laws He had laid down, “autonomy.” And it is this special gift of autonomy, not a wholesale special creation of humans, that differentiates humanity from the rest of the animal world.
This interpretation of the Genesis account may be plausible if Genesis 1 were the only description of how humanity came into being. However, in His infinite wisdom and mercy, God caused Moses to go into more detail regarding the process God used to create both man and the animals. Because we have Genesis chapter 2, Pope Francis’ bible-twisting becomes evident.
then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. 8 And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed. – Genesis 2:7-8
God revealed to Moses that He “formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life.” God moulded Adam, shaped him, “from the dust of the ground.” And into that moulded and shaped form, God “breathed into his nostrils the breath of life.”
Likewise, God, who spoke “mouth to mouth” with Moses and inspired him to write the book of Genesis, revealed that He, “formed,” the animals also from the ground evoking imagery of a potter or a sculpter who gives them individual forms and shapes not merely establishing “laws” according to which they would “grow and reach their fullness.”
When the Divine Son who is the Word of God enters into our world by taking on human flesh and argues with the Pharisees about divorce, He had a most excellent opportunity to correct this misunderstanding of a special creation of the human body and set the record straight. But, instead, Jesus affirms Moses’ words, even quoting them saying, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female…”
Here, Jesus affirms individual creation of male and female and gives the divine seal of approval on Moses’ account of the special creation of humanity.
We can see in Pope Francis’ recent comments proof that He is “anti-Christ”, that is, he stands in opposition to Christ or against Christ.
By providing a contradictory interpretation from the one that Jesus affirms, the Pope speaks against Christ and sets himself up as an authority above and beyond the Lord and Savior of the universe and thereby disqualifies himself as an authority in the Church of Jesus Christ.