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AntiChrist Pope denies the Word of God

Last year (2014) the pope stood before the Church of Rome’s Pontifical Academy of Sciences and declared that the Creator God  the Almighty Jehovah used evolution to create all living organisms on Earth.  Francis’ reasoning was along the lines that God is not omnipotent and could not create anything that He might like to and so He had to use evolution (a very wasteful process) to develop life on our planet.  God also used the big bang apparently to create the Universe because He was not powerful enough to do it by himself.

One online news source headlined it with “Pope Francis declares evolution and Big Bang theory are real and God is not ‘a magician with a magic wand’ .” So Francis does not believe the plain reading of the biblical text. That means he denies the truth of Scripture. He denies the plain statements of the Lord Jesus Christ who said:

“But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.” (Mark 10:6)


“… he which made them at the beginning made them male and female.”  (Matthew 19:4)

The pope was speaking about creationism and intelligent design, which, some apparently argue was encouraged by his predecessor, Benedict XVI, but I seriously doubt that.

The pope is quoted as saying: “When we read about Creation in Genesis, we run the risk of imagining God was a magician, with a magic wand able to do everything. But that is not so.”  (my emphasis added)

What does that spell out? A denial of the Word of God. Jesus the Creator clearly said it; man and woman were created at the beginning of creation, not at the end, as billions of years of evolution were supposed to have preceded their arrival, with them evolving from some past apelike ancestor about a million years ago or so. A million years or less than that is a tiny fraction compared to the alleged 3.8 billion year timeline for evolution on planet earth. And it is even much less if you compare it to 13.8 billion years since so-called big bang. Either Jesus was telling a lie about the beginning of creation or pope Francis is calling Jesus a liar. Either way Francis hasn’t a clue. He said we cannot think of  God like a magician. Well He may not be a magician but He is the only One who has always been there and can and did create the Universe out of nothing — ex nihilo.

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. 3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.  (Genesis 1:1-3)

He created the whole Universe out of nothing. God spoke it into existence.

 Mine hand also hath laid the foundation of the earth, and my right hand hath spanned the heavens: when I call unto them, they stand up together. (Isaiah 48:13)

The pope heads up the false church that denies the Word of God. It is sad that so many hear his message in the world, that so many believe falsely in another gospel, which is antichrist. Only Jesus can save you. None of your good works earn you any merit before God. The living God created the Universe and all life on this planet. He created out of nothing.

…the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.  (Hebrew 11:3)

That is out of nothing. God is mightier than any magician. In that sense Francis got one thing right.

Beware! It starts with a denial of God’s Word and ends with a denial of Jesus Christ come in the flesh. That is the spirit of antichrist.

By John Gideon Hartnett

Dr John G. Hartnett is an Australian physicist and cosmologist, and a Christian with a biblical creationist worldview. He received a B.Sc. (Hons) and Ph.D. (with distinction) in Physics from The University of Western Australia, W.A., Australia. He was an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Outstanding Researcher Award (DORA) fellow at the University of Adelaide, with rank of Associate Professor. Now he is retired. He has published more than 200 papers in scientific journals, book chapters and conference proceedings.

5 replies on “AntiChrist Pope denies the Word of God”

I was bemused to see the Pope put this kind of spin on creation.

If God is not a ‘magician’ (a bad choice of words), I’d like the Pope to explain how God turned Aaron’s staff into a snake – in front of pagan magicians! (Exodus 7:8-12)

Using the Pope’s logic,  Jesus was also a magician (or alchemist) who turned water into wine.

The ironic thing is how the Pope believes in God using a different form of magic i.e. abiogenesis,  and a magical sequence of information-adding mutations, to turn microbes into men.

Is the servant wiser than his master? Is God’s hand too short? We would join Moses and Jesus in sying no – but it seems the Pope would say yes.

On a more positive note, it’s good to have you blogging again, following your break over the new year period. 


I think when the Pope said that “but that is not so” he did not mean that God was not able to create everything with the wave a magic wand, but rather that this is not the way that he apparently chose to do it in our case. If so then he might have worded it better, but it takes exceptional command of language to pick perfect wording while speaking extemporaneously. Consider all the unclear and/or ambiguously worded scriptures that scholars and pastors have spent millenia interpreting and explaining – and those words were written not spoken!

The catholic church having been the laughing stock of the scientific world – to the extent of having to apologise over the Galileo / Copernican revolution affair, I guess this Pope has been a bit more careful to get expert consultation to help interpret the writing on the wall before leading the church into fighting another embarrassingly lossy battle! Despite the fact that the protestant church was just as certain that the Bible taught geocentrism (Calvin, Luther and Melanchthon all spoke out against Copernicus), we protestants seem to have largely escaped the embarrassment of losing that battle so badly.

…Or maybe … just maybe … the church back then was right and we lost faith in the Bible by not maintaining geocentrism! Here is a snippit of what this PhD in astronomy has to say on the issue: “the Bible’s authority being weakened by heliocentrism stems from the firm manner in which the Bible teaches geocentricity …” Here is a fuller manifesto (amazing stuff!), and another interesting site.

I also have a problem with your “Only Jesus can save you” and Carl Gallup’s use of verses such as Acts 4:12 “Neither is there salvation in any other…”, John 14:6 “… no man cometh unto the Father, but by me”, and Rom 10:9 “if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus…, thou shalt be saved”. According to Jesus, old testament saints – while apparently meeting none of these criteria – were never-the-less saved.

So as far as the Pope’s reference that “atheists who do good are redeemed”, I suspect he is assuming that Paul is not speaking of nobody when he says (Rom 2:7) that God will give eternal life those who patiently continue in doing good. I think it is amazing that a person in his office can be so un-parochial as to consider church doctrine and sacraments of lesser eternal importance than simply doing good. If this guy was Pope in Luther’s day, then I think there would have been no protestant breakaway, but rather just one large reformed catholic church (as Luther hoped for)!


I don’t agree that the Bible teaches absolute geocentrism. All references in the Bible to an immovable Earth that are not poetry can be understood in terms of a Earth observer frame of reference, which is not the same thing as absolute geocentrism–an immovable Earth with all the rest of the universe revolving around it. The move to heliocentrism and the the Galileo affair was an argument about the bad science believed back in Galileo’s day. Scientist against scientist, not against the church. Even the Catholic church then was not dogmatic about it. Galileo politically made an enemy of the Pope. That is what got him into trouble. So when you speak of Calvin, Luther etc believing geocentrism, that was only due to their lack of knowledge revealed through science (or lack of acceptance of it at that time). So it was fallible man not understanding that the Bible never taught absolute geocentrism.

In regards to the Scriptures you cite on “Only Jesus can save you” we will have to disagree on that. I believe what the Scriptures say, period. But I do agree that the old testament saints were saved by grace through faith. No one can be made righteous by observing the law (Romans 3:20). All those who were saved looked forward in a sense to the salvation that Christ provided. This they accessed by faith. Abraham found grace and was saved.

“And he believed in the Lord; and he counted it to him for righteousness.” (Genesis 15:6, KJV) “Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” (Galatians 3:6, KJV)

Paul was quoting from Genesis.

Hebrews 11 describes the process of God working through faith. But particularly Hebrews 1:1-3 (KJVER):

“God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, 2 Has in these last days spoken to us by his Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, by whom also He made the worlds; 3 Who being the brightness of His glory, and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high:”

Jesus is the One who made the worlds and Who purged our sins. That includes the old testament saints.

The Scriptures must be taken as a whole. Romans 3:23 and 6:23 make it clear, all have sinned and no one can be saved by the law, by doing good, only by the free gift of Jesus Christ. Then what Paul is speaking about in Romans 2:7 is about those who endure on Earth against all trials, whose faith is such that it does not die, are those who have eternal life. The Reformers called this the perseverance of the saints. It is good works that come from faith but not the reverse. Those good works or deeds do not merit anything to salvation, otherwise we would not need a Saviour. Man could save himself.

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The apostle Paul amplifies a bit on how Abraham was saved …

Rom 4:2 For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God.
Rom 4:3 For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.”
Rom 4:4 Now to the one who works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due.
Rom 4:5 And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness,

According to the apostle (v 5), justification comes to him “… who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly …”

He could not have said it much more clearly than this. God does not save us by the good works we do, but by faith alone in God, who justifies the ungodly. In Ephesians 2:8-10, the apostle tells us that good works are the fruit, not the source, of our salvation.

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