Pope John Paul II (1978-2005) once kissed an Islamic Koran during a meeting with the Patriarch of Chaldean. This action no doubt resulted in controversy, as one has to wonder precisely what this man was thinking. After all, the Islamic religion rejects the gospel. It denies the crucifixion and bodily resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. So it is quite evident that Islam and biblical Christianity are incompatible with each other.
Whatever the case, there is no wisdom in Christians (especially the supposed earthly head of the Christian church) bowing their heads and kissing the sacred texts of different religions. There is literally no excuse for such conduct, as such communicates endorsement. Christ made an exclusive truth claim (John 14:6). If other belief systems are acceptable to God, then Christ would be a liar and false messiah. That charge would be blasphemous to the utmost.
If the pope is truly the Vicar of Christ on earth, then why would he display so much reverence for a religion that fundamentally contradicts his own? His action so clearly resembles that of an apostate (Galatians 1:8-9; 2 John 9-11). He also could have mislead those who are unlearned by his irresponsible act. Why then do Roman Catholics try so hard to defend this sort of behavior? The rightful thing to do would be to simply admit that the pope erred. Moreover, it is not as though we will ever see an imam kissing the Holy Bible.
It seems that the pope these days will do anything to gain political influence. That appears to be the motivating factor behind the Vatican associating with Islam. The Roman Bishop definitely seems to be a figure who has charisma. Even today, millions flock to Rome just to behold him as he lectures. Faithful Roman Catholics bow before him and kiss the hand which wields the ring molded for his coronation. All of this is idolatry, pure idolatry.
Hi Jessy, I don’t think that Islam is much different to Catholicism.ReplyDelete
Some Islamist women wear a black burka just the same as some Catholic woman wear a black burka, called nuns.
Whether they call it a burka or another name makes no difference, and both are antichrist.
I think that every religion is separated from the Lord Jesus Christ because they don’t believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.
By that I mean, every religion who does not believe ONLY in the Lord Jesus Christ, is antichrist. Even those who acknowledge Jesus Christ, but don’t believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is the only one God, are also antichrist.
If you want to draw parallels between Islam and Catholicism because of a particular item of wear (nun's habits are not even close to the burka), then you are looking at non sequiturs.Delete
There is no resemblance between Rome and Islam other than they have an erroneous view of God. Islam is a religious political system with one goal in mind - total subjugation of the world, including the extermination of Jews and Christians.
I would say that Roman Catholicism and Islam are similar in that both religions exalt Mary, the earthly mother of our Lord Jesus Christ. Parallels in that regard can certainly be drawn.
There is no god except the One of the Bible. Amen to that.