If there were more than one way to heaven and if all religions worship the same God, why would God make Jesus be sacrificed in a horrific way on the cross and say it was the only way for salvation? Jesus himself said “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life and no one comes to the Father except through me.” The Pope is making a public campaign going against scripture and against thousands of years of church history declaring that all religions worship the same God and all who believe in “a god” need to join forces for peace. (Btw…Jesus said in the end that people would say ‘Peace! Peace!’ There is something significant about this, because Jesus himself is the prince of peace….so he is not against peace. There is a deception involved in the end times with a call for peace.)
The idea that all ways lead to heaven is not based on reality. This doesn’t even make logical sense to assert that all religions worship the same god. Many religions worship no god at all, but instead focus on becoming one with energy. Other religions claim thousands, and in some cases millions of gods. This cannot be true at the same time Christianity and Islam claim there is one God. Even then, Islam claims Jesus is not God’s son and that it is blasphemy to say that. Yet, Jesus claimed to be the great I AM that Abraham worshipped. It is purely illogical to take the stance many people take that all of these realities can exist at the same time. It is also a flat out heresy for Pope Francis to make this implication. He is leading BILLIONS of people astray. Not millions….BILLIONS!
As my husband put it, American values that allow people freedom to worship and get along with mutual respect comes from a Christian culture. Respecting and even loving your enemies is a teaching of Jesus. That is why we appreciate this type of harmony and safety, because we were raised in a nation that was founded on Christian principals.
If that is what the Pope was saying, that we should respect each other that would be great. But he is saying we all worship the same God/god which is a heretical deception.
Before you ask me, Who are you to question the Pope, I would ask you, who is the Pope to question God? And in history, men who stood in the role of high priest for Israel were condemned by God for leading the people into sin and deception. Jesus even said this about the religious leaders of his day (in all their pomp…)
“Then Jesus spoke to the multitudes and to His disciples, saying: “The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. Therefore whatever they tell you to observe, that observe and do, but do not do according to their works; for they say, and do not do. For they bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. But all their works they do to be seen by men. They make their phylacteries broad and enlarge the borders of their garments. They love the best places at feasts, the best seats in the synagogues, greetings in the marketplaces, and to be called by men, ‘Rabbi, Rabbi.’ But you, do not be called ‘Rabbi’; for One is your Teacher, the Christ, and you are all brethren. Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven. And do not be called teachers; for One is your Teacher, the Christ. But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted. “ But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither go in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in. Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. Therefore you will receive greater condemnation. “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel land and sea to win one proselyte, and when he is won, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves. “Woe to you, blind guides, who say, ‘Whoever swears by the temple, it is nothing; but whoever swears by the gold of the temple, he is obliged to perform it. ’ Fools and blind! For which is greater, the gold or the temple that sanctifies the gold? And, ‘Whoever swears by the altar, it is nothing; but whoever swears by the gift that is on it, he is obliged to perform it. ’ Fools and blind! For which is greater, the gift or the altar that sanctifies the gift? Therefore he who swears by the altar, swears by it and by all things on it. He who swears by the temple, swears by it and by Him who dwells in it. And he who swears by heaven, swears by the throne of God and by Him who sits on it. “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone. Blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel! “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee, first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish, that the outside of them may be clean also. “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness. “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous, and say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.’ “Therefore you are witnesses against yourselves that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets. Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers’ guilt. Serpents, brood of vipers! How can you escape the condemnation of hell? Therefore, indeed, I send you prophets, wise men, and scribes: some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues and persecute from city to city, that on you may come all the righteous blood shed on the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah, son of Berechiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar. Assuredly, I say to you, all these things will come upon this generation.”
Matthew 23:1-36 NKJV
So, a final warning, if you fear God, is to pray and ask God to protect you from deception and for his Holy Spirit to lead you into all truth. Read his Word, to be sure you are not deceived by those who would twist it. Many of the epistles in the New Testament give teachings and safeguards against the very deceptions that are in the pulpits of many (sadly) churches today.
Do not be deceived. http://youtu.be/-6FfTxwTX34