Thursday, May 30, 2013
The Pope is Not Whistling Dixie
"Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world, red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in his sight, Jesus loves the little children of the world"
The Church is trying hard to do damage control to the inclusive words of the new Pope. Many have pointed out that he just echoed the sentiments of Vatican II and Catholic Church history as well. Those who do good in this world are pleasing to God.
The message in I John is not about a future reward but a present life that is overcoming evil and death right now, and since we are alive and have not been judged then we are working toward the kingdom of God showing forth right actions and love, therefore all men have a calling to join in this outworking. He who is not against us is for us sort of thinking.
So the church is correcting the Pope, when the Pope is not really talking nonsense but sense. He made the doctrinaires very nervous and I am enjoying reading more about it from various sources.
I ordered my own copy of Hellbound and am glad the church is discussing these issues. Hellbound the documentary interviews a number of Catholics, Orthodox and denominational leaders on the subject of final exclusion in a thought provoking and interesting way. Looking forward to sharing it with open minded folks, if I can find any?