In an interview published Tuesday with France’s La Croix, Pope Francis argued that Jesus’ call to spread the Gospel differs little from the jihad waged by radical Islamic terrorists.
The pope explained how ISIS’ “war of conquest” has bred a non-justified fear of Islam among Western countries.
“Pope Francis: Today, I don’t think that there is a fear of Islam as such but of ISIS and its war of conquest, which is partly drawn from Islam. It is true that the idea of conquest is inherent in the soul of Islam. However, it is also possible to interpret the objective in Matthew’s Gospel, where Jesus sends his disciples to all nations, in terms of the same idea of conquest.”
Earlier in the interview, Pope Francis had claimed that the global economy, which “has descended into the idolatry of money,” has widened a perceived gap between Christianity and Islam.
“The initial problems are the wars in the Middle East and in Africa as well as the underdevelopment of the African continent, which causes hunger,” explained Francis. “If there is so much unemployment, it is because of a lack of investment capable of providing employment, of which Africa has such a great need.”
“The great majority of humanity’s wealth has fallen into the hands of a minority of the population. … A completely free market does not work. Markets in themselves are good but they also require a fulcrum, a third party, or a state to monitor and balance them. .”
He goes ahead to make a pitch about his merger of Islam and Christianity.
Pope Francis -Ultimately, co-existence between Christians and Muslims is still possible. I come from a country where they co-habit on good terms. Muslims come to venerate the Virgin Mary and St George. Similarly, they tell me that for the Jubilee Year Muslims in one African country formed a long queue at the cathedral to enter through the holy door and pray to the Virgin Mary. In Central Africa, before the war, Christians and Muslims used to live together and must learn to do so again. Lebanon also shows that this is possible.
A few months ago we published an article on how the Pope was going to use Islam and ISIS as justification to prosecute Christianity. Here he has hinted on how that will work.
The Pope is working to create a sort of ‘compromise’ where the rest of the world has failed. We are at the edge of a Nuclear war with some experts claiming that NATO and Russia could be at war in 12 months.
The angle the pope is using is to claim these meaningless wars are fueled by radical beliefs (not Islam). In this regard, by associating the murderous works if ISIS in the same context as the great commission, the Pope is thus saying, those who preach the Biblical truths are just as capable of such horrific killings and should be looked at in the same light as ISIS terrorists.
Again, the other day, the Pope said that to be a christian, one does not necessarily need to have a doctrine that they abide by. Again, in this sense, the Pope is working to create that compromise. If the Muslims will let go of their doctrine and Christians too let go of their doctrines then ‘maybe’ we can co-exist in peace.
Remember the quote above? Ultimately, co-existence between Christians and Muslims is still possible. According to the Pope, the only thing holding back this co-existence is the doctrine.
Of course true Christians will not put their doctrine aside for momentary false peace. Now these are the people that get to be hunted down and soon.
Rev 13:7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
Rev 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.