Obama and Compassion Forum

I had the opportunity to watch bits and piece of the Compassion Forum on CNN with Obama.  I am not sure how recent this was but it was very informative.  Some of the questions asked dealt with religion and faith.  It was interesting to see his answers. 

One question was about if Obama believed in a literal translation of the six days of creation from the bible.  His answer was typical, as many believe that the six days were not actual 24 hour days but literary figures of speech. Many believers are split on if it is literal or figure of speech.  I was actual good with his answer until he interjected with his belief that evolution was involved with the process of creation.  He did not want to offend anyone out there and I wished someone would have followed up with if he believe we evolved from apes or if God created man.  Obama stated ” I do believe in evolution. I don’t think that is incompatible with Christian faith.”  I think Obama should read Genesis 1-2 and study the theory of evolution and realize it is very incompatible.

Another part of the discussion dealt was “You have spoken about how your former pastor in Chicago, the Jeremiah Wright was critical in helping bring you to Christianity and is like part of your family. Can you tell us how he helped bring you closer to God?”

I felt his answer to this question was vague and he really did not talk about how it helped him to be closer to God.  His reply made me feel he is just playing the faith card.   

Towards the end of his this forum he made this statement, “On the other hand, what those of us of religious faith have to do when we’re in the public square is to translate our language into a universal language that can appeal to everybody.”

A person of faith, any faith, should never have to change their language just to appeal to others.  It is a known fact that you can never make everyone happy.  I am a Christian and I know that my beliefs are contrary to every other faith out there.  I am not going to change what I say to appeal to others.  No matter what anyone does in life they should never hide their faith, I believe that extends from every aspect of life including the public square such as politics.  i think politicians should not play the faith card but be who they are.  i believe the Democrats are playing the faith card to get votes.

Here is the transcript from the Compassion Forum on CNN.

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6 thoughts on “Obama and Compassion Forum

  1. Hey, thanks for bringing up Obama’s comment about evolution. It’s good to know he’s a believer in theistic evolution.

    I’m not sure why you think Genesis 1-2 is so incompatible with evolution though, especially if it isn’t taken literally.

    While you may not care if you’re not Catholic, even the popes have said several times that evolution is perfectly compatible with the Christian faith as long as it doesn’t try to delve into theology (which it doesn’t, no scientific theory does)

    But even aside from the Catholics, there’s also the Clergy Letter Project, which currently has over 11,000 signatures by clergy of various denominations who see evolution as being perfectly in line with their Christian faith.

  2. Pingback: Obama believes in Theistic Evolution « Dracil’s BlogJournal

  3. If you read Genesis 2:7 it says “7Then the LORD God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. ”

    I cannot see from that verse how man evovled from any other organism. It clearly states that God formed man and breathed life into him. This verse clearly is incompatible with evolution.

    It understood in Genesis 1-2 that God created everything but the question that arrise is did Creation take place in an actual 24 hr days or if the days mentioned were literary figures of speech.

  4. The Bible is true, and some of it actually happened.

    The Bible is not a science nor a history textbook. It is a message about our faith and salvation. Yet it is also literal. One of the things that has happened over the centuries is that the meaning of literal as it applies to the Bible has diverged from its original meaning. If you read stuff from the early church fathers, like Augustine, you will realize that to them, a literal reading applies to the spiritual meaning, not the physical meaning.

    So God formed man indeed, through evolution and the other natural laws of the universe, all part of God’s Creation.

    To me, there is no other way of looking at the universe, aside from what we see in science, without also acknowledging that God is deceitful.

  5. Note though, I am certainly not claiming that my interpretation here is the best or only interpretation. But it is one that I feel reconciles all of God’s truths, both in the Scriptures and in all of His Creation.

    It is certainly not as incompatible as you make it seem, or else, as I mentioned above, there would not be so many people who have devoted their entire lives to the Christian faith, and yet see no conflict. Would their interpretations all match with mine? Probably not, but that’s more evidence that there are many ways of looking at Genesis that does not conflict with science and what we know of His Creation.

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