Below is the Vatican Radio translated statement from Pope Francis following the tragic attack in a gay night club that claimed more than 50 people and left many injured;
The terrible massacre that has taken place in Orlando, with its dreadfully high number of innocent victims, has caused in Pope Francis, and in all of us, the deepest feelings of horror and condemnation, of pain and turmoil before this new manifestation of homicidal folly and senseless hatred. Pope Francis joins the families of the victims and all of the injured in prayer and in compassion. Sharing in their indescribable suffering he entrusts them to the Lord so they may find comfort. We all hope that ways may be found, as soon as possible, to effectively identify and contrast the causes of such terrible and absurd violence which so deeply upsets the desire for peace of the American people and of the whole of humanity. en.radiovaticana.va
It seems to be a very difficult day today to stand at a place of compassion for the people in this tragic accident and still be ‘right’ on your Biblical principles and it seems Pope Francis like the rest of the world have decided that love wins.
The Pope joins the families in prayer and compassion. It is like the world just used one evil to justify another evil. Ellen White wrote saying;
The greatest want of the world is the want of men – men who will not be bought or sold; men who in their inmost souls are true and honest; men who do not fear to call sin by its right name; men whose conscience is as true to duty as the needle to the pole; men who will stand for the right though the heavens fall. Ellen G. White
The world was just tried and found wanting. Justifying one act over the other makes one wonder what happened if we lived in Biblical times?
Noah was ridiculed n public for 120 yrs and had to watch as the whole world was destroyed. Noah on getting out of the ark made an offering to God. Clearly while in the Ark Noah was not condemning God for the destruction of the world. I bet he was thanking God for being saved.
It also makes one wonder about Abraham’s feelings after pleading with God to save the Cities of Sodom and Gomorrha. When he saw the balls of fire dropping down on the City and had their cries as they succumbed, am not so sure if Abraham was looking at God as a tyrant or as a merciful God who would have passed over the City had there been even 10 righteous people.
Then there is Elijah. News breaks that Elijah and other Israelites had killed seventy prophets of Baal. Elijah’s own words were;
1Ki_18:40 And Elijah said unto them, Take the prophets of Baal; let not one of them escape. And they took them: and Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon, and slew them there
In all these, there were certain clear lines drawn.
Exo 32:26 Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the LORD’S side? let him come unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him. ‘
The attack in that club, tragic as it were did not come out with the call for the world to repent. It did not come with the call for such clubs to be closed. It did not come with the US recanting their position on homosexuality, it comes with a passionate appeal for “love wins”. Leave the hate alone. Let people live as they so wish.
Clearly, the Pope agreeing with this position is very precarious. It simply means, the world now agrees, God’s laws are wrong.
This will not be the first time that a tragic event led to a call for people to choose sides. The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrha was actually confirmed after those people tried to break into the house and were blinded.
It was after the deaths of all first borns in Egypt Pharaoh decided to let the Children of Israel go.
And with both the Pope and the US president deciding to put their attention on the ‘hate’ element of the attack, not the ‘religious’ motivation behind it, makes it clear that religious freedoms in the world are about to get a thrashing defeat. By making it a crime of ‘hate’ means Muslims and Christians who hold on teachings that homosexuals should be killed are both guilty.
This also means that the fight against this new ‘terrorist called hate speech’ will include both Christians and Muslims, leave alone the fact that not a single terror attack was done by a practicing Christian who confessed to holding”radical Biblical teachings”.
As the Pope said, you don’t need a doctrine to be a christian. So the world might as well tear away those sections with ‘hatred’ towards homosexuals in the Bible and still be Christian.