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Answer: Pope Francis!
This, I am sure, comes to you as a surprise, a shock or even a bad joke, meaning that for some of you this statement cannot be true from Pope Francis “This must be a mistake!” or "Somebody quoted Pope Francis incorrectly!” or "The Pope did not really mean this!".
Well, let the benefit of the truth/fact
override any doubts or suspicions with following article:
“Critics of Pope Francis have been loud and increasing as the remarks of social justice
and climate change have excited the leftists in America, the Pope went a step further
when he discussed the “failure" of Jesus’ life and the “failure of the cross.”.
Pope Francis’ first stop in New York was at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan, where, at an evening prayer,
he touched on the spirit of gratitude and hard work before making the shocking statement
“The cross shows us a different way of measuring success. Ours is to plant the seeds. God sees to the fruits of our labors. And if at times our efforts and works seem to fail and not produce fruit, we need to remember that we are followers of Jesus Christ and his life, humanly speaking, ended in failure, the failure of the cross.”.
Needless to say, evangelicals are outraged and will likely expect an apology or explanation". *
In my Bible I read and clearly see Victory not Failure!
Well, if I read the Bible correctly, which I did and believe me, I can read, the event of the cross is far from being a failure but THE victory of Christ over sins and much more.
This is a central truth in our history being constant and full active in our Christian life.
By the grace and love of God for the world of sinners God provided His only begotten Son (Jesus Christ) for us who was willing also because of the motivation of love to give His live as a sacrifice at the cross for us in conjunction with His resurrection 3 days later. This is the victory of the cross and not the failure of the cross (John 3:16-18).
But the Pope did not really mean that!
Now for the benefit of the doubts about what I just wrote as a simple lay man vs the statement of the Pope about the cross I will give you 2 options what the Pope could have meant but are from Scripture - radical deceptions for the sake of humanity and not for the sake of what Christ alone achieved on the cross.
Why am I doing this?
Because some people (clergy included) says that the Pope did not really mean in his speech that the cross is or was a literal failure but that he meant something else.
Then we will examine, meaning that I included you and your entire attention with the "we" here, what the Pope could have meant apart from the cross being a literal failure which again those 2 options that I will share with you are still not biblical at all.
So you have been warned!
When it comes to the truth of Scripture I do not
give any ground to contradictive opinions,
even mine if it would come this this!
What was the Pope meaning or thinking
when he stated this about the "Failure of the cross"?
One - Pope Francis could mean that Christians are responsible for the failure of the cross because of their bad behavior
and their lack of works which is basically our lack of social and humanitarian works on earth.
Second - It could be a statement signaling other religions, that the cross is actually a failure because it should never have
been the central power source of Christianity, causing centuries of chaos, pain, wars, disputes, separations
of faiths and religions.
Analyzing those 2 options in a nutshell!
. Lets start with the second option first!
Pope Francis is a very humanistic figure and has difficulties with the package deal (Grace) of
the cross when it comes to other religions who don`t believe in the works of the cross,
wanting the unity of faiths The cross clearly disunites us from other religions, if
taken literally from Scripture with the belief that the Word of God, the Bible, is authoritative "Sola
Scriptura" - Scripture alone.
As Pope Francis is concerned, the cross "Is a failure" disuniting of us Christians from other
religions ,then admitting in a sense that the cross was an unnecessary act and a failure that
so many Christians hold on to through centuries which caused much troubles and divisions
of faiths all over the earth.
Think about this for a minute - if I am a Buddhist, a Muslim or of another faith apart from
Christianity who has nothing to do with the cross ,then I would rejoice, hearing this
formal statement from Pope Francis, and I would interpreted this as a failure from the
Christian faith because if the cross is a true success, then it becomes a stumbling block to me
and my faith.
. Then lets take the first option!
Could Pope Francis really believe that the cross is a total failure because of us, Christians?
According to this Pope we, the Christians are responsible through social works to make
the cross a victory which is actually catholic belief system.
But think about this, the cross has nothing to do with our good works but all to do with THE work
of Christ over sin which is achieved and fully active ever since.
We cannot use the cross the make things better, to please God for the cross to become active
in our lives and the lives of others.
Boy! This is so clear in the Bible but mankind loves to twist the Word of God being the truth,
like a journalist does, for his own purpose, benefit and belief system.
Controversial and different Pope!
Francis is a very controversial Pope which fascinates many people all over the world and makes the Vatican to be in the defensive/apologetic mode all the times with his statements "What Pope Francis really means is not this... but this...".
Nevertheless with his charisma and belief the Pope is deceiving lots of born again believers and ministers, even those we used to love and listen too.
This Pope is very different from others not fully following the Catholic traditions, trying to reform them in his own way and surely not God’s way.
But one thing is for sure about Pope Francis, he stays true to the Catholic tradition to be an anti Luther who declared long ago “Sola Scriptura” which means “Scripture alone” because for him much of what the Bible contains as truth is irrelevant, not conform to this dispensation, incorrect and leading to such statements as“...,the failure of the cross.” or in other word– humanly speaking, the cross is a failure to humanity which makes Pope Francis to be a humanist and an universal Pope.
As for me and my house, we believe totally and only in the Word of God.
We believe in the love of God too, the sacrifice of self and to help people which is charity. But it is totally clear to us that the cross was NOT a failure but a total success of our Lord Jesus Christ, still being in effect today. Therefore the benefit of the success of the Cross is to believe in the Word of God, accept and receive Christ’s sacrifice with the heart and through our confession which is simply to believe in the Good News, the real Gospel of Christ (John 3:16-18).
“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing,
but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
For it is written:“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
And bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.”
Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age?
Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God,
it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.
For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified,
to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, but to those who are called,
both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men,
and the weakness of God is stronger than men.”
1 Corinthians 1:18-25
“That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and
believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
For with the heart one believes unto righteousness,
and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”
For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek,
for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him.
For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
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