Guest Blooger – PPS Report Apologist – Matt Brunet!

Matt Brunet

Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Ahmed Al- Tayyeb, Culture and Apologetic

The Roman Catholic Church has always had an interesting relationship with Islam. According to the “Catechism of the Catholic Church” …

841 The Church’s relationship with the Muslims. “The plan of salvation also includes those who acknowledge the Creator, in the first place amongst whom are the Muslims; these profess to hold the faith of Abraham, and together with us they adore the one, merciful God, mankind’s judge on the last day.”[330]

Here the RCC seems to infer that Muslims and Catholics worship the same God that Abraham placed his faith in some 3500 years ago. This misconception is hard to understand in light of Islams clear

teaching against the trinitarian concept which defines Christian belief.

Islam teaches…

“They do blaspheme who say: Allah is one of three in a Trinity: for there is no god except One Allah. If they desist not from their word (of blasphemy), verily a grievous penalty will befall the blasphemers among them,” (Quran 5:73, Yusuf Ali).

Islam not only denies the Trinity but fails to accept Jesus and His messianic ministry and His divine nature. One must ask, how can the RCC be so wrong and claim to be the one true church? With this in mind, let us look at this recent document that the Pope signed and what exactly are they agreeing upon.

The document starts with the statement “In the name of God who has created all human beings equal in rights, duties and dignity…”

The term is used broadly in order to make it possible for Islam and Catholicism to sign on to. With no clear defining of who God is, Mormons, Jehovah Witness, New Age and all the other false religions might be able to sign on to this document seeing that the term God can mean anything. This type of ecumenical compromise is dangerous if not heretical because it gives the false notion that we all worship the same God at some level. God is not something we define and characterize but He defines Himself through His own revelation and we either accept His definition or we worship false images.

Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Ahmed Al- Tayyeb, Culture and Apologetic

This last February Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al-Ahmed gathered together to work on a document called HUMAN FRATERNITY for world peace and living together. (http://w2.vatican. va/content/francesco/en/travels/2019/outside/documents/papa-

francesco_20190204_documento-fratellanza-umana.html)

The document was signed by both parties on February 5th, 2019 and has been the topic of discussion ever since. This coming together by these two religious leaders is a noble attempt to promote peace and put an end to terrorism while promoting a climate of tolerance. On the surface most people would be excited by this agreement and it’s attempt to solve many of the social ills plaguing the world but as one begins to read this document, concerns and questions begin to arise.

Pope Francis, who became the first Jesuit ever elected to the position of Pope, has been a controversial figure from the very beginning. Many comments such as an earlier homily in May where Francis stated, «The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ, all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! ‹Father, the atheists?› Even the atheists. Everyone!» Or when Francis had this to say about homosexuals: “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” His approach is clearly a departure from traditional doctrinal statements within the Roman Catholic Church. As these departures seem to become more frequent by Pope Francis, one must now study and scrutinize statements, talks and documents he signs on to. What are we to make of this man who holds the position of “Vicar of Christ” (earthly representative of Christ) and claims to speak on His behalf.

A term used and implied throughout the article is the idea of “tolerance”. Here the document hopes to spread the “culture of tolerance” in the hopes of ending “war, conflicts, moral decay and cultural decline.” Intolerance is said to be one of the causes of the strife and wars over the history of mankind. To be intolerant is the great sin of our time.
The word tolerance has morphed in meaning over the last forty years or so. The idea of acceptance of other people’s ideas or opinions has changed to the idea that all opinions are of equal value and moral relativism is something we should all accept. Everyone is entitled to their own truth in our culture. The search for truth is now meaningless because absolute truth no longer exist. This idea as developed in the document HUMAN FRATERNITY continues when speaking of
“the importance of awakening religious awareness” and the “truth of religion”. The term religion is universal in nature much like the idea that truth is universal in meaning. When you call people to “religious awakening” which religion are you referring to? Islam? Christianity? Baal? Molech? Are all religions equal? Shouldn’t we be searching for truth and knowing the one true God? Not in this document.
The universalistic approach taken by this document is seen in the following statement. “The pluralism and the diversity of religions, colour, sex, race and language are willed by God in His wisdom, through which He created human beings”. All religions are part of the great plan of God. This universalistic approach as promoted throughout the document “constitutes an invitation to reconciliation and fraternity among all believers, indeed among believers and non-believers, among all people of good will”. Truth is sacrificed on the altar of tolerance, the great virtue of our time. In the quest for peace, compromise and tolerance are the means by which the Pope and the Iman hope to find
“universal peace” in this life. Scripture tells us differently.
This Pope may claim to be the Vicar of Christ but from a Biblical lens, nothing could be further from the truth. Many of his views and much of the teachings held by the Roman Catholic Church are no longer aligned with Biblical Christianity. The reformation was one of many attempts to reform the RCC but they failed to listen. The compromise promoted by this document seems to open the door to the idea of a «one world religion» spoken about in the Book of Revelations. The ecumenical tone promoted in this document is appeasing to our “culture of tolerance” but it has nothing to do with
the gospel message of scripture. The culture wants you to believe that all roads lead to heaven which helps to promote universal salvation. Unfortunately, scripture tells us differently. When speaking of Jesus, Acts 4:12 claims “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”
The exclusive claims of Christianity can never be compromised for the sake of tolerance. Jesus, the God/man, came and died for our sins. No other religion makes that kind of truth claim. Nothing close.
The document HUMAN FRATERNITY is useless in its quest for world peace. Its humanistic values and pleas for tolerance under the idea of all religions will never cure the social issues and bring about lasting peace. If you want peace then look upon who is called “the prince of peace”. Jesus of Nazareth!
“For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;
And the government will rest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).

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