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    He is actually the most 'Christ-like' pope I have ever seen. He has thoroughly impressed me, and I have a newfound respect for the head of the most corrupt institution ever. He's changed the entire face of the catholic church.
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    While I am not a Catholic, this Pope seems to not be very Pope acting, or even religious for that matter.

    Reckon he forgot about this?

    John 14:6
    Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

    Now I don't know about you, but I have a tough time getting you can raise hell all your life and not believe in god and still be right there with the decent people.

    I kinda thought we would be getting away from that trash.
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    There is a difference between an evil person who believes in God repenting at the Judgment and a good person who does not believe in God repenting at the Judgment.

    That wasn't the point, though. This Pope seems to be an all-encompassing leader, and not an egotistical jerk. Quite a change from the last one.
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    This Pope is turning out to be interesting. He realizes that Atheism is just another religion, and that he cannot condemn atheism and not condemn other religions and beliefs as well, and where does that get anyone other than everyone being more divided about silly issues.

    Seems the skeptics (Agnostics) are completely left out of these discussions.
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    Atheism is not a religion. It does not worship anything. It does not have a formal structure. It does not have formal rituals. It does not have a hierarchy or organization. It's a belief system -- though I would agree that fanatical atheists and fanatical religious folks have much in common.

    I agree with you that this Pope's inclusiveness is a very good thing but, to be honest, I know why the Vatican is upset. His statement runs directly counter to the most fundamental of Catholic beliefs: Be a Catholic or go to hell.

    It's been one of their biggest recruiting points since... since Catholicism began, really. For a Pope to acknowledge a man or woman can lead a good and virtuous life and that counts for something *even if they aren't Catholic* is huge. No, let me correct that... it's HUGE.

    I hope he doesn't turn up unexpectedly dead some day soon. He has got to be agitating folks who prefer the status quo.
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    @NormalFlora Mmmm... no. Most atheists are content to lead their lives as they see fit.

    But as with belief in religion, belief that there is no deity can lead a person over to a place that's awfully bossy. Some atheists forget that it is a belief, or best guess, and so feel it's their duty to "convert" everyone to "the truth." It's all too familiar from when religious folks try the same thing for the same reasons. Fanaticism is never good, no matter the philosophy, I think.
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    And you know this based on what evidence? Oh that's right you have none, you rely on unquestioning gulliblity a.k.a. FAITH to justify belief in things that make you feel good but are not true.
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    So basically talk to yourself while pretending that an invisible, intangable, disembodied mind, which created the entire universe just for you, is listening and actually cares what you have to say. Yea, that sounds like a winning plan. You have fun with that.
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    @John_Tremblay People have since the dawn of mankind and know what-- they often get an answer. Folks who have never experienced it are often smart-assed but those who have are less flippant, no matter what conclusions they come to about the experience.
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    It is so nice to be forgiven by imaginary friends. I hope the tooth fairy and the herd of unicorns forgive me as well... LMAO
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    There is no sin, however it is not right to go against one's conscience. Listening to one's conscience and abiding by it, means that someone is doing what is right and good.
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    There is sin. Sin is an old archer's word for a shot that misses its mark. I think you would call something "not right" instead of "sinful" but I think they mean the same thing.
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    @Zazziness My understanding of sin is that it is something that separates you from God, since God is everywhere that is simply not possible. Instead there are actions which are right and actions that wrong, our conscience is almost always able to tell the difference. What we do determines who we are... who we are, determines our relationship with the Divine.
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    @MarkColwell Yes, that's right. But despite His omnipresence, we can experience separation from God by being unaware of our unity -- and "wrong actions" or actions I would call "sinful" increase that unawareness. You'll notice most things defined as sinful cause harm -- to self, to community or to our relationship with God.

    What we do is determined by what we think and feel -- I'd call that the basis of our identity, though I agree our actions matter. A lot.
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    @Zazziness

    I agree with what you've said, however, why must our actions be determined by God, who is actually controlled by religion? A belief in God is fine, but religion has been the bane of man's existence since it began.
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    Conscience is a collection of information learned. If your never taught that adultery is wrong. When you cheat on your spouse your conscience will not single to you you doing something wrong. If you do not know god. How will you know what offends God in your conscience?
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    love him or hate him,he,s not biblical! good works won,t get you there.".But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away."bible teaches there is only one way.period!..."Jesus answered,“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.""
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    Had this guy ever read the bible? Smh what a joke and he has many people hollowing him. Smh. Catholics should learn to read the bible themselves and they'd know about false teachings and false leaders
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    If god exists and intentionally hides his presence, then he would be a major a-hole for condemning those who don't believe in him.
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    @Knightkore who did he say it too and how do we know he said it? Is he playing peekaboo and just wanted to drop in and say hi then go back to hiding?
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  • #29
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    Uh nice gesture, but that's like saying Santa forgives me. But It's nice to know that he actually believes in a forgiving God rather than the one with brimstone and hell fire.
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    I like this guy. Rational. Compassionate. Realistic. It's no wonder some of the thumpers here don't like him. Strikes me as a guy that it would be nice to throw down a coupla beers with while he indulged in some sacremental wine. I enjoy intelligent conversation while having a few.
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    Someone who thinks they are the sole representative of a god invented by Paul of Tarsus a mere 2000 years ago is neither "Rational" nor "Realist". Compassionate maybe but still delusional.
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    Puhleeez, they're polar opposites. Pat Robertson filthifies Christianity with his constant condemnation, money-grubbing and downright fraud. More like a modern pharisee.
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    @RoyFloyd Sadducees, the Greek-speaking writers of the New Testament got that one wrong. The Sadducees were the faction in bed with the Romans and engaging in much hypocrisy. One can only suspect that the Pharisees, the Jewish equivalent of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), had POWERFUL enemies among the Paulist Christians and their sponsor, Rome.
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    @GedankPol I'm not big on bible study so I'll take that at face value. I do remember Catholic school, catechism, and the nuns' ruler whacking my knuckles. What I got out of all that was what JC was all about: humility, generosity, forgiveness, compassion, and responsibility for one's self and fellow humanfolk. This pope seems to have all that, walking the walk. Rather relevant that he was the first pope to choose the name Francis, a saint who rejected the money and privilege to which he was born and decided to throw his lot in with regular masses . Hoping Pope Pancho enjoys at least another decade of life and health so that he might solidify his reforms.
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    I do think he is "Christ like" with is good but I as a Christian believe Accepting Christ as your Lord and Savior is the only way to heaven. John 14:6 says (this is jesus speaking btw) "I am the way the truth and the life no body comes to the father except through me" with this being said I believe God does love atheist however they are not saved.
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    Also works without faith is nothing Ephesians 2:8-9
    For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
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