=Faith1960;11931050]Note: This is not a debate. I want an answer to my quesion without all the usual arguing.
I just recently read something on CAF that said we must believe Eve was formed from Adam, but I believe that we came from previous life forms, and eventually were given souls, which is compatible with Humani Generis. Is it a fact that we must believe woman was formed from Adam and if so, any helpful explanations or theories on how it came about?
I just thought that maybe way down the line, at the very beginning of life, females came from males in some way and that eventually led to one thing then another, which eventually led to humans as we know them to be.
Helpful thoughts only.
Faith, dear friend,
Your position of a Darwin evolution of man is NOT compatible with the teachings of the RCC.
Everyting, BUT MOST signifiantely MAN [humanity] is a DIRECT non-evolutionary CREATION of God:
Gen. 1: 26-28 is Literal in its teaching of this FACT>
“And he said: Let us make man to our image and likeness: and let him have dominion over the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the air, and the beasts, and the whole earth, and every creeping creature that moveth upon the earth. And God created man to his own image: to the image of God he created him: male and female he created them. And God blessed them, saying: Increase and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it, and rule over the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the air, and all living creatures that move upon the earth”
Perhaps this explaintion will aid you:
Your position brings to mind two questions:
 Have you ever considered WHY we exist?
Isaiah 43: verses 7 & 21
“And every one that calleth upon my name, I have created him for my glory, I have formed him, and made him. & This people have I formed for myself, they shall shew forth my praise”
[2a] The Book of Genesis cleary sates that humanity Cf. “Is MADE in the Image and likeness of God”
Gen. 1: 26-27 “And he said: Let us make man to our image and likeness: and let him have dominion over the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the air, and the beasts, and the whole earth, and every creeping creature that moveth upon the earth. And God created man to his own image: to the image of God he created him: male and female he created them.”
Now God never showed “His face” [His person] in the Old Testament, but only as a voice, a flaming bush, a cloud, and so on. WHY? Because He IS a Spiritual Reality. John 4: 23-24 " But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true adorers shall adore the Father in spirit and in truth. For the Father also seeketh such to adore him. God is a spirit; and they that adore him, must adore him in spirit and in truth."
So then my friend this raises two additional questions:
HOW does humanity emulate our Spiritual God?
WHY does humanity resemble our Spiritual God?
[2 b] In the Universe their are BILLIONS of stars, galaxies and planets; BUT ONLY ONE; Planet earth can be PROVEN to support the life forms we are aware of.
On Planet Earth, with hundreds of thousands of “Living THINGS” ONLY ONE; only humanity can choose to rationaize, choose to love and or choose to hate: WHY IS THIS?
In order to rationalize, love or hate requires in an absoulate sense the following attributes:
a mind [not speaking here of the brain]
A intellect [not meaning ones "IQ]
and a freewill
All of these attributes are “spiritual things” LIKE OUR GOD; and are permantey attached to mans Soul [defined here as the source and activator of all life forms]
Like God who is ETERNAL; this “other self”; our Spiritual self cannot be killed and never dies. Its the part of us that WILL face Gods necessaryly Just and Fair Judgment; based on our lives decissions here on earth, while we still have our bodies; which, I remind you return to DUST when we die.
Genesis 3:19 “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread till thou return to the earth, out of which thou wast taken: for dust thou art, and into dust thou shalt return.”
It is precisely the manner that humanity alone DOES emulate our God that REQUIRES God follow His owh physical laws of “Cause and effect” with actions DO cause consequences.
These Consequences MUST [fairness and Divine Justice] last for Eternity; and that is where Heaven, Hell and Purgatory are a critical part of God Plan for Creating man “in HIS Image.” Amen!
FROM the Catholic catechism:
375 The Church, interpreting the symbolism of biblical language in an authentic way, in the light of the New Testament and Tradition, teaches that our first parents, Adam and Eve, were constituted in an original “state of holiness and justice”. This grace of original holiness was “to share in. . .divine life”.
399 Scripture portrays the tragic consequences of this first disobedience. Adam and Eve immediately lose the grace of original holiness. They become afraid of the God of whom they have conceived a distorted image - that of a God jealous of his prerogatives.
While their NAMES may or may not have been “Adam and Eve”; their Creation directly by God, thier Grave Sin and its consequences is Catholic Doctrine.
God Bless you faith; your is a dnagerous position. Pray much.