Pope Francis prayed in a mosque, for we all worship the same God

There is only one God, the Creator of heaven and earth. He is all-powerful and all-knowing, a single being of infinite perfection. Christians, Jews, and Muslims all worship the very same God. We disagree as to the correct understanding of His Nature and His will for us. But the three great monotheistic religions worship the same God.

Non-Catholic Christians can be saved without converting to Catholicism, as long as they love God and love their neighbor as themselves. Jews can be saved without converting to Christianity, as long as they love God and love their neighbor as themselves. Muslims can be saved without converting to Christianity, as long as they love God and love their neighbor as themselves.

Other believers can be saved without converting to a monotheistic religion, as long as they love God (in so far as they might know Him) and love their neighbor as themselves. Non-believers can be saved without converting to belief in God, as long as they love their neighbor as themselves.

As Catholic Christians, we believe that God wants everyone to come to the knowledge of the whole truth. But those persons who sincerely but mistakenly, that is to say, in good conscience, believe that they should not convert to Catholicism, or to Christianity, or to belief in God, will not be condemned to Hell for this refusal to convert.

Only actual mortal sin condemns to Hell. And an objectively grave sin is not an actual mortal sin, unless it is committed with full deliberation and full knowledge of the grave immorality of the act. Refusal to convert is an objective mortal sin, but it may not be an actual mortal sin in many cases. Such persons can be saved without converting, if they sincerely and selflessly love their neighbor, in cooperation with grace. For the love of neighbor always includes, at least implicitly, the love of God.

by
Ronald L. Conte Jr.
Roman Catholic theologian and
translator of the Catholic Public Domain Version of the Bible.

Please take a look at this list of my books and booklets, and see if any topic interests you.

Advertisements
Gallery | This entry was posted in Pope Francis, salvation. Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to Pope Francis prayed in a mosque, for we all worship the same God

  1. Centurion says:

    I understand that Jorge Bergoglio can pray in a Mosque, for the very reasons sited above. But as the Bishop of Rome, is it worth considering that Pope Francis may be, even if inadvertently, lending weight to the cause of Islam or at least adding to the confusion of Catholics? I am not condemning his actions, merely wondering whether the message of outreach to Islam is worth the potential consequences (misunderstanding by Catholics who seem to be looking for arguments with Rome, possible propaganda for us by Islamic fundamentalists, etc). That a thing may be permissible is not the same as its being a good idea right now. Or perhaps those Catholics who would object would do so about something else anyway, and the present is very much the time for outreach. Merely interested to hear your thoughts.

    • Ron Conte says:

      Anything that Jesus or the Bible or the Church teaches might be misunderstood. The Pope and the Church still have the obligation to teach it. There is good in other religions, even though Catholicism is the most perfect form of religion. There is good in Protestant Christianity, even though Catholicism is the most perfect form of Christianity.

      Consider that when Jesus taught on the Eucharist (John 6), many of His disciples turned away. He must have known that would happen. But He taught the truth anyway.

      {6:41} Therefore, the Jews murmured about him, because he had said: “I am the living bread, who descended from heaven.”
      {6:42} And they said: “Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? Then how can he say: ‘For I descended from heaven?’ ”
      {6:43} And so Jesus responded and said to them: “Do not choose to murmur among yourselves.
      {6:44} No one is able to come to me, unless the Father, who has sent me, has drawn him. And I will raise him up on the last day.
      {6:45} It has been written in the Prophets: ‘And they shall all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has listened and learned from the Father comes to me.

      {6:61} Therefore, many of his disciples, upon hearing this, said: “This saying is difficult,” and, “Who is able to listen to it?”
      {6:62} But Jesus, knowing within himself that his disciples were murmuring about this, said to them: “Does this offend you?
      {6:63} Then what if you were to see the Son of man ascending to where he was before?
      {6:64} It is the Spirit who gives life. The flesh does not offer anything of benefit. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.
      {6:65} But there are some among you who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the beginning who were unbelieving and which one would betray him.
      {6:66} And so he said, “For this reason, I said to you that no one is able to come to me, unless it has been given to him by my Father.”
      {6:67} After this, many of his disciples went back, and they no longer walked with him.

      So it will be in the Church very soon. Pope Francis will teach truths difficult to accept, and many will turn back and no longer walk with the Pope and the Church. Prepare yourselves with prayer and self-denial. The great apostasy is very near.

Comments are closed.