So, let's get started.
The disciples, Pope Francis explained, "were a little intolerant," closed off by the idea of possessing the truth, convinced that "those who do not have the truth, cannot do good." "This was wrong... Jesus broadens the horizon." Pope Francis said, "The root of this possibility of doing good - that we all have - is in creation." (source: catholic.org)
Well, okay, the disciples could be a little intolerant at times, even Jesus Himself knew that. They were trying to get all these kids away from Jesus, He had to step in and tell them not to, it was crazy. So anyway, that "Jesus broadens the horizon" statement grabbed my attention. Speaking of things Jesus said, what does Jesus have to say about broadening horizons? JESUS SAYS: "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it." (Matthew 7:13-14) How can someone who directly contradicts obvious scripture like this possibly be in a position like the leader of the biggest "Christian" church on earth? How does this happen? I'm seriously confused. What's going on here?
But it doesn't stop there.
"The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ, all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! 'Father, the atheists?' Even the atheists. Everyone!" We must meet one another doing good. 'But I don't believe, Father, I am an atheist!' But do good: we will meet one another there."
In case you think I am misconstruing that quote, the Catechism of the Catholic Church explains it even more clearly:
Since it rejects or denies the existence of God, atheism is a sin against the virtue of religion but the imputability of the offense can be significantly diminished in virtue of the intentions and the circumstances
Lies. How can anyone even say that? This isn't just a misconstrued Bible verse or something here. This isn't a debate with different possibilities backed by well-meaning people like that whole Lordship Salvation vs Easy Believism debate going on lately; this is absolute lies. This is literally leading people into Hell. I am so sickened that anybody claiming any ties to the Christian church can say something like this. This man is leading people into eternal punishment.
I am very aware how it looks to unbelievers. This looks like the world's hero, Pope Francis, is being progressive again and is willing to change with the times, which makes "his" church looks nice, unlike "intolerant conservatives" like me. Here's the issue with that: that's not how Christianity works, and is actually the most hateful thing anybody could EVER do. Allow me to explain. Let's assume (even unbelievers now) that the Bible that Pope Francis supposedly defends is speaking absolute truth. The Bible (which is true!) teaches that people who do not accept Jesus Christ as their savior will face eternal punishment for the debts they did not pay. What you think of that statement is irrelevant, it's in the Bible and is truth. Surely, somebody who is leading a church based on these teachings should want to use all that power to spread the true Gospel of Jesus Christ, because you'd have to really hate or not care about people, to truly believe that atheism leads people to eternal punishment and then lie about it, which the catholic church is doing. Regardless of whether you believe in Hell or not, the pope is perfectly okay with teaching you things that he claims to believe in his heart will lead you straight to it.
Am I getting this through? NO BIBLE-BELIEVING CHRISTIAN who loves others will claim that atheism is okay in God's eyes; they believe in their heart that it is a path to eternal punishment. Again, regardless of whether you believe in it or not, that person does, and is leading you to it. That is hatred, not "tolerance", not "being progressive", not "respecting others' beliefs". The most disrespectful, most spiteful thing anybody could ever do is exactly what pope Francis and the vatican cult leaders are doing.
I know I probably sound quite angry right now, but I think it's for good reason. I believe in love, I believe in truth and justice, and as someone who makes such a generically heroic (albeit true) claim, I couldn't possibly live with myself if, after all my years of reflecting on our world, of determining conclusions based on sound logic and reasoning, of learning about scripture, I had the audacity to turn around with my full knowledge of God's word, and (knowingly) mislead anybody about it. I feel so strongly about such matters that I recently went through my old posts on two separate websites and removed all (possible) content that I felt did not align with God's will, because I don't want to lead anybody else astray. I'm not saying this to make myself sound good (all glory to GOD!), I'm doing this to inform you of what a loving Christian will do - remove lies in the world. The pope, on the other hand, promotes them.
God bless all of you, according to His perfect will. In Jesus' name. Amen.