Benedict calls on all religions to tolerate one another’s differences in a spirit of peace. While peace and love for God and our neighbours is a most admirable thing. What is love except to tell the truth of God; and to proclaim that there is only one mediator between man and God?
1 Ti 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
If we loved God, we would seek to please him and become like HIM, through the keeping of all of his commandments.
Popes pay lip service to those commandments but do not keep them; having exalted themselves above God as judges of his commandments; with the Primacy of Peter heresy: Claiming the authority of God in the adsence of Christ, they choose for themselves what is right and wrong; binding, loosing and changing the very Word of God according to their own will!
God says to keep the Sabbath day holy, the very day kept by Jesus Christ on this earth! This day is from sunset Friday to sunset Saturday, and yet the popes have moved this day by their own authority and NOT the authority of God to Sunday. They also teach that there are other mediators between man and God in direct defiance of God’s Word.
Soon any kind of false teaching will be tolerated in the name of peace; with the only real sin being to stand on the truth of God and to proclaim that truth!
Sin separates us from God and God has commanded his people to declare the truth of God and to call sinners to repentance.
No Pope or church can bring true peace to the world while standing in rebellion against the commandments of God; and doing what they think is right instead of doing what God says is right.
The day is fast coming when the truth of God will not be tolerated, while any kind of false doctrine and error away from God WILL be accepted and tolerated in the name of peace, and a unity among the rebellious against the Word and Commandments of Almighty God!
This world will think that by following its own ways contrary to the commandments of God, they will find peace. God will allow them their error until they learn that Satan’s ways of rebellion against DO NOT bring peace at all.
This world is headed for several years of bitter hardship and violence before they learn that the ONLY way to real peace and harmony is unity with God through the zealous faithful keeping of all of His commandments and the doing of his will.
There is ONLY one Holy Father and he sits on his throne in the heavens: To call any man a Holy Father is to say that he is God to you, and is a tremendous blasphemy.
There is ONLY one Mediator between humanity and the Holy Father in heaven; and he sits at the Father’s right hand as the High Priest of the Father and Intercessor for the children of God.
Mary, Mohamad and Buddha are dead and unconscious, knowing nothing, until they are raised up by the Holy Father in heaven.
Ecc 9:5 For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, ” . . . . .
2012-09-15 Vatican Radio
(Vatican Radio ) On the evening of Saturday 15th September , Pope Benedict XVI met with young people from Lebanon and all over the Middle East, at the Maronite Patriarchate in Bkerké.
Seàn-Patrick Lovett tells us what he said:
Whenever the Pope meets with young people anywhere in the world there are two words that recur constantly in his discourses – because they are the two words we associate most with youth: “Hope” and the “Future”. Speaking in Lebanon this evening, these words echoed with special significance and strength – spoken, as they were, in the context of the violence and upheaval that is currently shaking the Middle East and the world – and, even more so, because they were addressed to Christians and Muslims alike.
In fact, everything the Pope said to the young people, who represented their peers throughout the region, stood in stark contrast to the images and news reports simultaneously flashing across our screens. Not only did he invite them to be “peacemakers”, he urged them to “resist everything opposed to life: abortion, violence, contempt for others, injustice and war”. Not only did he encourage them to “seek beauty and strive for goodness”, he praised their enthusiasm and creativity and reminded them that “Islam and Christianity can live side by side without hatred, with respect for the beliefs of each person, so as to build together a free and humane society”.
At the same time, Benedict XVI told the young people he is aware of their frustrations and difficulties, and the serious challenges they face because of the lack of security and unemployment in this part of the world. Still, he reminded them, it is here that Jesus was born and that Christianity grew: “Not even unemployment and uncertainty should lead you to taste the bitter sweetness of emigration”, he said, “You are meant to be protagonists of your country’s future”.
Speaking to the young people, it was as though the Pope were addressing the whole of the Middle East at this particularly dramatic time: “Be completely open to others, even if they belong to a different cultural, religious or national group…Respect them, be good to them…This is the true revolution of love!”.
But the paragraph likely to get most visibility across the world at this time, is the penultimate one, in which the Pope addresses young people present from Syria: He speaks of how much he admires their courage and adds: “Tell your families and friends back home that the Pope has not forgotten you…that he is saddened by your sufferings and grief”. Then Benedict XVI, in an unequivocal appeal to the entire world, concludes: “It is time for Muslims and Christians to come together so as to put an end to violence and war”.
Pope calls young people to a “revolution of love”
2012-09-16 Vatican Radio
(Vatican Radio) Saturday afternoon saw Pope Benedict XVI meeting with young people from Lebanon, from neighbouring Middle Eastern regions and from much further afar.
As Vatican Radio’s Tracey McClure reports, the gathering took place at the Maronite Patriarchate of Bkerké…
After a long day in the Lebanese heat, Pope Benedict found himself smiling and at home in this joyful gathering with thousands of young people from across the world who’d come for his words of encouragement as they face an uncertain future clouded by conflict, economic woes and joblessness . They came from neighboring countries in conflict; from the Americas and as far away as Australia – in their own way suffering from a rising secularism and loss of human values.
Young people from Syria braved the fighting raging in their country to pray here with the Pope Saturday and bring his message of peace back home. The Holy Father told them he admired their courage and to tell their families that the Pope has not forgotten them; he is saddened by their sufferings and grief and they are in his prayers. “It is time for Muslims and Christians,” he said “to come together to put an end to violence and war.” Speaking like a father to his children and calling them to a “revolution of love”, Pope Benedict offered powerful words of comfort and reassurance to the Middle East’s young people represented so widely at this gathering.
He spoke not just to Christians, but to Muslims who came in the hundreds to say they too are determined to live together with Christians and build a better future with them. Pope Benedict challenged them to do this and when they are older, he said, “to continue to live in unity and harmony with Christians.” Looking at you, he said, “it is vital that the Middle East understand that…Islam and Christianity can live side by side without hatred, with respect for the beliefs of each person.”
Like the Pope, Maronite Patriarch Bechara Rai spoke of the political, social, economic and cultural crises of today and the need to confirm the Church’s young people in their Christian identity and their attachment to these lands where violence all too often frightens them away. Here in Lebanon, just as many Christians as live here now also live abroad, having fled the violence of civil war and economic woes in search of a better and safer life. The Patriarch called on the Middle East’s Christians to strengthen their faith in contrast to a growing religious fundamentalism that “negates freedom of conscience and the right to be different” so often in this part of the world.
Addressing the Pope at the start of the evening, one young woman said now, more than ever, young people need the active presence of the Church in the Middle East “crushed by the weight of fear, desperation and suffering. “ The Holy Father’s presence in Lebanon, she said, “defies the logic of war and desperation; it is a sign of peace and hope.” Another young woman spoke of the “immense” difficulties confronting Christian families here today: the loss of the sacramental worth of marriage, atheism, religious and racial discrimination, and drug and alcohol addiction.
She urged young people to bring the Christian presence into the political and social spheres seeking the common good. The Middle East’s young Christians, she said, aspire to peace and dream of a future without war, a future where they can play an active role in the building together with young people from other religions a civilization of love where freedoms are respected and human dignity is protected. Condemning all forms of violence, she called on young people here to be “living bridges of dialogue and cooperation.” These young people told the Pope they want to be protagonists in every part of society and also in the Church and the new evangelization, bringing a youthful voice to the way the Church communicates through the media.
The young Christians of the Middle East today, with the future in their hands: bridges of dialogue in a revolution of love. In Lebanon with Pope Benedict, I’m Tracey McClure
Pope: Silence the weapons, cease all violence
2012-09-16 Vatican Radio
(Vatican Radio) From Beirut’s waterfront, beneath the outstretched arms of Our Lady of Lebanon, Pope Benedict XVI raised an urgent and heartfelt appeal to global and regional powers on Sunday, to silence the weapons of war and cease all violence. Listen to Emer McCarthy’s report:
In his Angelus address before 350 thousand people drawn from across the 21 Churches of the Middle East, on the final day of his Apostolic Voyage to Lebanon, the Pope spoke of the Syrian conflict and unrest plaguing the region. He implored the gift of peace there where “the din of weapons continues to make itself heard”.
The Pope spoke of the innocent victims of this violence and hatred that invades peoples lives, particularly women and children asking: “Why so much horror? Why so many dead?”.
And he appealed to the international community and Arab countries that, “as brothers, they might propose workable solutions respecting the dignity, the rights and the religion of every human person!”.
The Pope concluded “Those who wish to build peace must cease to see in the other an evil to be eliminated. It is not easy to see in the other a person to be respected and loved, and yet this is necessary if peace is to be built, if fraternity is desired”.
Earlier, at the end of Mass, the Pope handed his “roadmap” for the future of Christianity in the region to the leaders of the Eastern Churches. He expressed the hope that the post-Synodal exhortation will be a guide to strengthen communion in faith, hope and charity among the communities present throughout the Middle East, so as to make credible the Christian witness in the Land that first saw Christ’s actions and heard his words.
Lebanon: full text of the Pope’s homily during Holy Mass on Sunday
On September 16th , the final day of his three day Apostolic visit to Lebanon Pope Benedict presided over Holy Mass Mass of the consigning of the post-Synodal Apostolic Exhhortation at Beirut’s waterfront.
Below the full text of the homily:
Sunday 16 September 2012
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
“Blessed be God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!” (Eph 1:3). Blessed be God on this day when I have the joy of being here with you, in Lebanon, to consign to the Bishops of the region my Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Ecclesia in Medio Oriente! I offer heartfelt thanks to His Beatitude Bechara Boutros Raï for his kind words of welcome. I greet the other Patriarchs and Bishops of the Eastern Churches, the Latin Bishops of the neighbouring regions, and the Cardinals and Bishops who have come from other countries. I greet all of you with great affection, dear brothers and sisters from Lebanon and from throughout this beloved region of the Middle East, as you join with the Successor of Peter in celebrating Jesus Christ crucified, dead and risen. My respectful greeting goes also to the President of the Republic, to the Lebanese authorities, and to the leaders and followers of the other religious traditions who have elected to be present this morning.
On this Sunday when the Gospel asks us about the true identity of Jesus, we find ourselves transported with the disciples to the road leading to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. Jesus asks them: “Who do you say that I am?” (Mk 8:29). The moment he chose to ask this question is not insignificant. Jesus was facing a decisive turning-point in his life. He was going up to Jerusalem, to the place where the central events of our salvation would take place: his crucifixion and resurrection. In Jerusalem too, following these events, the Church would be born. And at this decisive moment, Jesus first asks his disciples: “Who do men say that I am?” (Mk 8:27). They give very different answers: John the Baptist, Elijah, one of the prophets! Today, as down the centuries, those who encounter Jesus along their own way give their own answers. These are approaches which can be helpful in finding the way to truth. But while not necessarily false, they remain insufficient, for they do not go to the heart of who Jesus is. Only those willing to follow him on his path, to live in fellowship with him in the community of his disciples, can truly know who he is. Finally, Peter, who had dwelt with Jesus for some time, gives his answer: “You are the Christ” (Mk 8:29). It is the right answer, of course, but it is still not enough, since Jesus feels the need to clarify it. He realizes that people could use this answer to advance agendas which are not his, to raise false temporal hopes in his regard. He does not let himself be confined to the attributes of the human saviour which many were expecting.
By telling his disciples that he must suffer and be put to death, and then rise again, Jesus wants to make them understand his true identity. He is a Messiah who suffers, a Messiah who serves, and not some triumphant political saviour. He is the Servant who obeys his Father’s will, even to giving up his life. This had already been foretold by the prophet Isaiah in today’s first reading. Jesus thus contradicts the expectations of many. What he says is shocking and disturbing. We can understand the reaction of Peter who rebukes him, refusing to accept that his Master should suffer and die! Jesus is stern with Peter; he makes him realize that anyone who would be his disciple must become a servant, just as he became Servant.
Following Jesus means taking up one’s cross and walking in his footsteps, along a difficult path which leads not to earthly power or glory but, if necessary, to self-abandonment, to losing one’s life for Christ and the Gospel in order to save it. We are assured that this is the way to the resurrection, to true and definitive life with God. Choosing to walk in the footsteps of Jesus Christ, who made himself the Servant of all, requires drawing ever closer to him, attentively listening to his word and drawing from it the inspiration for all that we do. In promulgating the Year of Faith, which is due to begin next 11 October, I wanted each member of the faithful to renew his or her commitment to undertaking this path of sincere conversion. Throughout this Year, then, I strongly encourage you to reflect more deeply on the faith, to appropriate it ever more consciously and to grow in fidelity to Christ Jesus and his Gospel.
Brothers and sisters, the path on which Jesus wishes to guide us is a path of hope for all. Jesus’ glory was revealed at the very time when, in his humanity, he seemed weakest, particularly through the incarnation and on the cross. This is how God shows his love; he becomes our servant and gives himself to us. Is this not an amazing mystery, one which is at times difficult to accept? The Apostle Peter himself would only come to understand it later.
In today’s second reading, Saint James tells us to what extent our walking in the footsteps of Jesus, if it is to be authentic, demands concrete actions. “I, by my works, will show you my faith” (Jas 2:18). It is an imperative task of the Church to serve and of Christians to be true servants in the image of Jesus. Service is a foundational element of the identity of Christ’s followers (cf. Jn 13:15-17). The vocation of the Church and of each Christian is to serve others, as the Lord himself did, freely and impartially. Consequently, in a world where violence constantly leaves behind its grim trail of death and destruction, to serve justice and peace is urgently necessary for building a fraternal society, for building fellowship! Dear brothers and sisters, I pray in particular that the Lord will grant to this region of the Middle East servants of peace and reconciliation, so that all people can live in peace and with dignity. This is an essential testimony which Christians must render here, in cooperation with all people of good will. I appeal to all of you to be peacemakers, wherever you find yourselves.
Service must also be at the heart of the life of the Christian community itself. Every ministry, every position of responsibility in the Church, is first and foremost a service to God and to our brothers and sisters. This is the spirit which should guide the baptized among themselves, and find particular expression in an effective commitment to serving the poor, the outcast and the suffering, so that the inalienable dignity of each person may be safeguarded.
Dear brothers and sisters who are suffering physically or spiritually, your sufferings are not in vain! Christ the Servant wished to be close to the suffering. He is always close to you. Along your own path, may you always find brothers and sisters who are concrete signs of his loving presence which will never forsake you! Remain ever hopeful because of Christ!
And may all of you, my brothers and sisters who have come to take part in this celebration, strive to be ever more fully conformed to the Lord Jesus, who became the Servant of all for the life of the world. May God bless Lebanon; may he bless all the peoples of this beloved region of the Middle East, and may he grant them the gift of his peace. Amen.