Raymond Ibrahim: Pope Francis’ Jihad on Christianity
Sunday, May 22, 2016
Christ cautioned the disciples about dealing with people at large when he said “16 “See, I am sending you out like sheep into the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.
17 Beware of them, for they will hand you over to councils and flog you in their synagogues;” (Mat 10: 16-17).
That is definitely not to be doormats. Christ also taught us to not throw away our jewels in front swines lest they are trampled.
The moral of the admonition is that we have to be wise in spreading the treasures and not waste it on those who may not appreciate its worth and value. Mat 7:6 “Do not give dogs what is holy; do not throw your pearls before swine. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces.
The man known as the pope and the vicar of Christ – but who in light
of what follows is probably best referred to by his real name, Jorge
Mario Bergoglio – recently gave an interview demonstrating why “so many people think he is the anti-Christ.” The more salient features follow:
Christ as Warmonger
In classic relativistic fashion, Jorge claims:
It is true that the idea of conquest is inherent in the
soul of Islam. However, it is also possible to interpret the objective
in Matthew’s Gospel, where Jesus sends his disciples to all nations, in
terms of the same idea of conquest.
Only someone who is ignorant of or hostile to Christianity can make
such a claim. To state the obvious: yes, both Christianity and Islam
seek to win converts. However, Jesus’s call to his disciples to “go
forth and make disciples of all nations” in Matthew’s Gospel was
understood and practiced peacefully.
Disciples preached; people
converted. No violence, no coercion. In fact, it was Christians –
chief among them disciples and evangelists – who were persecuted and
killed simply for preaching Christ, first by the pagan Roman empire and
later (and still) by Islam.
In the same Gospel of Matthew that Jorge disingenuously cited to
conflate the mission of Jesus’s disciples with the mission of Muhammad’s
jihadis, Christ declares, “Beware of false prophets. They come to you
in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. By their
fruit you will recognize them.”
If ever there was a person whom this admonition seems to pertain to –
a man who holds the authoritative office of “representative of Christ,”
but who empowers the historic (and ongoing) enemy of Christianity,
while urging Europeans to suppress their Christian heritage and express
their faith exclusively by the “washing of feet,” that is, by meekly
lying down before Muslims – surely Jorge Mario Bergoglio fits the bill.