It is shocking that a certain statement that makes void Christianity in the Pope’s speech was never given the attention it required. The Pope has been making serious theological statements in his speeches that have stone after stone sought to destroy the foundation of our belief in Christ.
We won’t forget at the United States Congress, the Pope stated that Christ’s life ended in failure, that of the cross.
“And if at times our efforts and works seem to fail and produce no fruit, we need to remember that we are followers of Jesus… and his life, humanly speaking, ended in failure, the failure of the cross.” Pope Francis
Heb 2:9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.
And so, statement after statement, the Pope has made a mockery of the death of Christ and his more recent blow was in November 2016 during his visit to Kenya. This part of his speech is in detail in the video below.
You can read the full speech here.
Here is an excerpt on that specific statement.
A question Manuel asked. It’s a question that a professor in theology might ask. How can we understand that God is our father, how to see his hand in the tragedies of life, how can we find God’s peace? This question men and women all over the world ask themselves. And they can’t find the reason. And there are some questions that you can turn around in your minds over and over again and never find the answer. How can I see the hand of God in tragedy? I was going to say there’s just one response but no, there’s no response. There is a path. To look at the Son of God. God endured death to save all of us. God became a tragedy. God allowed himself to be destroyed on the cross.
When you don’t understand something, when desperation hits you then look at the cross. That is the great failure of God, that is the destruction of God, and it’s a challenge to our faith. And this is hope, because history did not end in that failure. Rather it’s in the resurrection of Christ that renewed all of us.
God is destroyed on the cross, Jesus failed at the cross; one statement without the other to someone that seeks to defend the Pope would say it was taken out of context.
But put the two statements side by side and you realize this is a pagan teaching that is taught and believed to be true by the Pope. In the first instance, he says we should be encouraged for if we fail, even Jesus at some point failed.
In the second statement, he further goes ahead and calls the cross, ‘the great failure of God, the destruction of God. So according to the Vicar of Christ, God was once destroyed.
With this kind of rhetoric, the Pope joins other pagan religions that believe God could not die at the cross. Like Muslims, it seems the only way the Pope accepts the death of Christ at the cross is by equating it to failure. They see the cross as a failure in the powers of God and put it as a ‘mistake’ that should not have happened.
Yet the bible shows the cross as a promise of God to all the people of the world. God promised a solution for salvation, one that would be given for free to anyone that believes.
Joh 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Act 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
Heb 9:28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.
If the Pope has decided to selectively view the death of Christ, the very act by which we are all saved, as a disaster, as a momentary victory by the devil, then it clearly means he has no understanding of the very significance of the cross.
Rom 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
And what is the gospel of Christ?
Act 2:22 Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:
Act 2:23 Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:
Act 2:24 Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.
The death of Christ is the foundation, of our salvation. He died for us. He died that we all can live. There is no way that any believing Christian would call that a failure.