"It is not necessary to believe in God to be a good person," says Pope Francis.
I like that. Religion has nothing to do with being good or bad.
The Roman pontiff goes on, "in a way, the traditional notion of God is outdated."
He is right. The traditional notion was that God belonged to a particular people.
And the same thing applies to other people and races.
The vicar of Christ has not finished yet. He says, "one can be spiritual without being religious."
This is what we call metaphysics. Substituting one jargon for another.
What is spirituality? What is religion?
Both are two sides of a coin.
Then the Pope dropped a bombshell. "It is not necessary to go to church and give money- for many, Nature can be a Church."
Did you all hear the Pope?
If I had uttered such words, many would have called me a carnal man. But the representative of Christ on earth said it. "It is not NECESSARY to go to church."
Word on marble!
Hear the climax of Pope Francis' asseveration. "Some of the best people in history did not believe in God, while some of the worst deeds were done in His name."
What more can I say?
History vindicates the assertion of Pope Francis.
Vanini did not believe in God. He was a kind man.
Robert Ingersoll did not believe in God. He was a noble soul.
Charles Bradlaugh did not believe in God. He was one of the best human beings that ever lived.
There were/ are so many atheists who have lived and still living a noble life.
But think about the Massacre of St Batholomew. Think about the Spanish Inquisition. Think about the incarceration of Galileo Galilei, the columniation of Thomas Paine, the murder of Vanini, Servetus, etc by those who believed in God.
History is filled with gory tales of those who believed in God and what they did in the name of God.
Think about jihads, conquests, colonialism, etc.
All these were done by men who believed in God.
But I will stop here.
Thank goodness the Pope has abandoned many acquired prejudices.
History will be kind to Pope Francis.
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