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Originally posted by FollowTheWhiteRabbit
Francis just lost a superb amount of respect from me.
Such a shame. He was doing so good, up until he spouts of universalist nonsense.
I'm an optimist, but I hope it's not the image. I hope people are saying "Yes! That's true! That's the message of God I and the world need!"
In my opinion many non Catholics and Christians like Pope Francis more because of his nicer image. Pope Benedict 16 was too conservative and against abortion, homosexuality, etc.
Matthew 16:19 "And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven."
Those cookies were delicious
Jesus came and offered to get our souls out of hock. He paid Satan for them, and returned them to us, saying "Take care of these souls, I died so you could get them back, don't screw it up this time." (That's not a literal translation. )
We can either set God up as the model we aspire to and follow His instructions, or use ourselves as the highest authority and sell ourselves back to the pawnshop
Do you think we redeem ourselves? Or do we need an outside "something?"
if somebody pushes me out of the path of a speeding car, I think I owe him some gratitude even though he succeeded without my belief.
Remember the verses? Love God, and your neighbor as yourself?
I am suspicious of it.
He was doing so good, up until he spouts of universalist nonsense.
He doesn't want to retract it, why should he? It's true. The spokesman is only trying to clear up the misunderstandings people are having.
The Pope has come out and said "even atheists are redeemed"...too late for a retraction.
Do you believe that? If so, you're well on your way to being Catholic. I can put you in touch with the right people. Of course, if you're only mocking . . .
One of the last sacred promises imparted to Peter, the first Pope, by the Son of God before He left was... "Whatever you hold true on earth I'll hold true in heaven". It's dogmatic law. The Catholic Church says it's so, God must adhere.
I think he means redemption is available to us all by Christ dying (past tense). There's also the language barrier.
Originally posted by Akragon
Anyone else get a bad feeling this pope is gonna get himself shot one day?