More from the Disastrous New Pope
This time Pope Francis decides to correct Jesus’ faulty missiology:
“Proselytism is solemn nonsense, it makes no sense. We need to get to know each other, listen to each other and improve our knowledge of the world around us. Sometimes after a meeting I want to arrange another one because new ideas are born and I discover new needs. This is important: to get to know people, listen, expand the circle of ideas. The world is crisscrossed by roads that come closer together and move apart, but the important thing is that they lead towards the Good…more”
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”(Matt 28:18-20)
It’s a good thing we have the Pope to interpret scripture for us. I mean who would have known that when Jesus instructed his followers to make disciples of all nations and baptize them in the name of the Trinity and teach them to follow all his commands, he really meant: get to know everybody and tell them to follow their own consciences.
In answer to a question about whether or not there is an absolute “good’, the Pope answered:
“Each of us has a vision of good and of evil. We have to encourage people to move towards what they think is Good….Everyone has his own idea of good and evil and must choose to follow the good and fight evil as he conceives them. That would be enough to make the world a better place.”
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?(Jer 17:9)
“None is righteous, no, not one; 11 no one understands; no one seeks for God. 12 All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.” 13 “Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive.” “The venom of asps is under their lips.” 14 “Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.” 15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood; 16 in their paths are ruin and misery, 17 and the way of peace they have not known.” 18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.(Eph 2:1-3)
No one is good but God alone (Mark 10:18)
It’s difficult to believe that any pope asked about the nature of truth and goodness would encourage fallen human beings to follow whatever ‘vision’ of good they possess. Not only is it morally absurd (the Nazis, Khmer Rouge, and the Klu Klux Klan were/are all following their vision of the good) it is biblically repugnant. No one is good but God. The human heart is deceived. When groups of human beings do what is right in their own eyes, it never ends well. This is precisely why Jesus sends the Holy Spirit to convict the world of sin and rebellion(John 16:8) and commissions his church to call all human beings to repent and surrender to him. Apart from Jesus Christ the world is not and can never be “a better place” no matter how much people follow their vision of good.
Now we wait. It shouldn’t be long before we’re treated to the now familiar sight of conservative Catholic bloggers desperately trying to persuade us and themselves that Pope Francis really didn’t say what he said, that he was mistranslated or that he is misunderstood. Nonsense. The Pope is not a stupid man. He knows the import of his words and the media/cultural context in which he speaks them. At some point my Catholic friends need to face facts. This pope is a disaster for Rome. It’s not as if he is the first papal disaster…but he’s the first in quite a long time. He’s going to undo at least some of John Paul II’s and Benedict’s work. Liberal Catholicism will rise from the dead and gain ground. The sooner you realize that the more prepared you’ll be to endure the next 15 or so years of his papacy.
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