En fait, Dieu créé, l’homme détruit a d’abord été pensé comme une histoire hors-continuité car ses événements ne collaient pas avec la chronologie des épisodes des X-Men publiés à cette période. Il aura fallu attendre le début des années 2000 et la sortie de X-Men 2 pour que Marvel la rattache au canon (et il y a eu une suite dans la série X-Trême X-Men de Claremont).
Il y a alors eu une tentative d’explication pour placer le récit dans la continuité :
- This story did not fit into the continuity of the Uncanny X-Men title published at the time.
- For years afterward, there is no reference to the story in this graphic novel in the Uncanny X-Men title.
- Illyana is a teenager so it happens after issue 160.
- The mansion was destroyed in issue 154, then is seen being rebuilt in issue 163, so the story could not happen before the X-Men’s capture by the Brood.
- The X-men return to Earth in issue 167 and Xavier transfers Kitty from the X-Men to the New Mutants on the last page.
- Issue 168 occurs over several days when Kitty tries to proves herself to Xavier. She is still called « Sprite » by Xavier. Lilandra is his close companion in this issue and the concurrent issues of the New Mutants.
- Meanwhile Cyclops goes first to Florida to visit Lee Forester, then to Alaska to meet his grandparents and meets Madelyne Pryor. Wolverine leaves for Canada (then goes to Japan).
- The team shown in the graphic novel does not meet up again at the mansion until after they return from Japan and fight Mastermind in issue 175, whereupon Rogue is now a member of the team. Cyclops marries Madelyne at the end.
- Therefore, the events in this story most likely occur between 167 and 168, before Cyclops departs New York.
- Alternatively, it could be a What-if? story where they were not captured by the Brood.
However in 2003, God Loves, Man Kills would be made officially canonical and a sequel titled God Loves, Man Kills II was published.