My belief in creation

Evolution v. Creation

     I have a wonderful friend who believes in the theory of evolution.  I love this friend to death, but I have to disagree with her, and I support the biblical belief of creationism.
     Now I know that even if evolution was proved to be a fact (instead of just a theory), the Church would never have been wrong.  Archbishop Sheehan said, “But even if the proof were forthcoming tomorrow, that the body of hte fist man was evolved from lower animals, it would not be found to contradict any solemn, ordinary, or official teaching of the Church.”
     Yet I wanted to explain my thoughts on creation and the origin of man.

Here’s a monkey…I think I’ll name him Adam.

   One of the main beliefs held by my friend is that, at one point during creation, God breathed a soul into a primate and that soul made the monkey the first man.  This is a belief I cannot support and here is why:
     “The LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” – Gen. 2:7.
     Some thoughts.  First part of the verse: “…formed the man from the dust of the ground.”  Looking at this closely, it doesn’t really “jive” with the belief that the first man was evolved from a monkey.  God clearly made man from the dust of the earth, a fact we acknowledge on Ash Wednesday when we are told that we are dust and to dust we shall return.  We are not told that God decided it was time for man to make an appearance, picked up a monkey and breathed him a soul.  He made man from the dust, not some random monkey. 
     Second part of the verse: “…and the man became a living being.”  This would mean that the materials used to make man had never been alive until this point.  Now, if this was a monkey that had been used to now have a soul, the verse would have read: “…and the man became existent, no longer an ape, but a man in the image of God.”

Cross this line to de-evolve
Believing that Adam and Eve were the first on the earth, we believe that they existed very happily, even walking with God, in the garden of Eden.  Then came original sin, and due to their blame game, Adam and Eve were kicked out of the garden, but with the promise of a savior that would come and rescue them from their sin as to open the gates of Heaven.
     Here is where my next thought comes in.  Adam and Eve were obviously advanced in knowledge enough to converse with God, name animals, and function as human beings.  So when they crossed the threshold of the garden of Eden, did they de-evolve?  Did they become reduced to grunting “cave men,” hunched over, uncivilized, and animalistic?  This would actually go against this bible verse:
     “Then God said, “Let us make man in our image
, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” – Gen. 1:26
     Man was created to have dominion over animals, not to be reduced to being animalistic himself. as this would be de-evolution,
     Also, one thing you have to love about God is that He is a God of order.  For man to be created in God’s image, then to be reduced to what we have learned as  the “cave man,” would go against God’s beautiful plan of order in the universe He has created.

Just some thoughts on the amazing love of God.  Studied some of this in religion class tonight, had to share some of my thoughts!

Let me know what you think in the comments below!
God Bless you all,

Chloe M. 

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