On March 24th, 2023, The first Jesuit Pope, Pope Francis, stated to Christians and Muslims in his “Message of the Dicastery for Interreligious Dialogue to Muslims for the Month of Ramadan“:
“Dear Muslim brothers and sisters,
The month of Ramadan is important for you, but also for your friends, neighbours and fellow believers of other religions, in particular Christians. Existing friendships are reinforced and others are built, paving the way for more peaceful, harmonious and joyful coexistence. This corresponds to the divine will for our communities, and indeed for all the members and communities of the one human family.”
“We are aware, dear friends, that peaceful and friendly coexistence faces many challenges and threats: extremism, radicalism, polemics, disputes, and religiously motivated violence. The threats are fueled by a culture of hate. We need, then, to find the most appropriate ways of countering and overcoming such a culture, enhancing instead, enhancing love and friendship, in particular between Muslims and Christians, due to the bonds that unite us. “
“Differences can be perceived as a threat, but everyone has the right to his or her specific identity with its diverse components, yet without ignoring or forgetting what we have in common: “One is the community of all peoples, one their origin, for God made the whole human race to live over the face of the earth. One also is their final goal, God. His providence, His manifestations of goodness, His saving design extend to all men, until that time when the elect will be united in the Holy City, the city ablaze with the glory of God, where the nations will walk in His light”
“A world where justice, peace, fraternity and prosperity reign please the Almighty and brings joy, calling, therefore, our sincere and shared engagement. Dear Muslim brothers and sisters, may you enjoy the Almighty’s abundant blessings during Ramadan and celebrate ‘Id al-Fitr in the joy resulting from fidelity and love for the Almighty and all persons you live with or meet.”
This is nothing more than an ecumenical speech, and I want to point out a few things.
- Pope Francis says that “The month of Ramadan is important for you, but also for your friends, neighbours and fellow believers of other religions, in particular Christians.”
But where is the bible does God talk about ramadan? No where. In fact, God’s word calls these things out as abominations, and idolatry instead.
- Pope Francis says: “until that time when the elect will be united in the Holy City, the city ablaze with the glory of God, where the nations will walk in His light.” He believes and is making it sound as if the “elect” and “nations” that he mentions, are speaking of Muslims, Christians, and different faiths of all kinds that will be in heaven. This is not true at all. Psalm 96:5 “For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the Lord made the heavens.” The nations that gain heaven in the Bible are those who have repented from their sins, put their faith and trust in Jesus, and walked after God’s commandments from each nation throughout the world.
Revelation 21:23-24 “And the city (heaven) had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. And the nations of them WHICH ARE SAVED shall walk in the light of it (heaven): and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.”
- Muslims are not our brothers and sisters. We are all of the same human family, yes but, we are not of the same faith. We are not spiritual brothers and sisters in the heavenly family. Yet Pope Francis says otherwise this: “Dear Muslim brothers and sisters“.
Amos 3:3 “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?“
Yes, we should pray for muslims, and jews, and sihks, and all of those who have not found peace, hope, and eternal life in “the way, the truth, and the life:“, which is Christ. But we should never join with them in agreement, or do anything that is not in accordance with God’s word.
2 Corinthians 6:17 “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.”