‘Pope Francis’ Tells Boy Atheist Father Went to Heaven, Counsels Him to ‘Pray’ to His Dad

ROME — Jorge Bergoglio, also known as “Pope Francis,” claimed to a young boy on Sunday that his atheist father is in Heaven because he was a “good man” and God will not “abandon His children when they are good.” He also counseled the child to pray to his deceased dad.

Bergoglio was participating in a question and answer session at St. Paul of the Cross in Rome when a young boy named Emanuele approached the microphone. The boy, who began to cry, was asked by Bergoglio to come onto the platform and speak the question in his ear.

After consoling the child, Bergoglio told the audience what the boy had said.

“My father died a short time ago. He was an atheist, but he had his four children baptized. He was a good man. Is Dad in Heaven?'” Emanuele asked, as relayed by Bergoglio.

“It’s nice that a son says that about his father, that he was good,” Bergoglio remarked. “The one who says who goes to Heaven is God. But what is God’s heart with a dad like that? What? What do you think? A father’s heart. God has a dad’s heart.”

He suggested that God was pleased with Emanuele’s father for having his sons baptized despite not being a follower of Christ himself.

“And with a dad who was not a believer, but who baptized his children and gave them that bravura, do you think God would be able to leave him far from Himself?” Bergoglio asked, using a pushing away hand motion.

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The audience replied no.

“Does God abandon His children?” he pressed further. “Does God abandon His children when they are good?”

Those in attendance again called out no.

“There, Emanuele, that is the answer,” Bergoglio said to the boy. “Surely God was proud of your father because it is easier as a believer to baptize your children than to baptize them when you are not a believer. Surely this pleased God very much.”

He closed by urging Emanuele to “talk to” and “pray to” his father.

Gendron

Mike Gendron, a former Roman Catholic who now leads the Texas-based Proclaiming the Gospel Ministries, told Christian News Network that Bergoglio could have spoken truth while still being gentle, but instead he provided the boy—and anyone who hears his words—with unbiblical false counsel.

“The pope should never speak for God unless he speaks from God’s inspired, authoritative Word,” Gendron said. “It is good to give comfort to a young boy whose father died after living his life as an atheist. The pope could have told the boy about the thief who lived his life as a sinful unbeliever, but in his last hour he repented and trusted Jesus to bring him into paradise (Luke 23:40-43). He could have comforted the boy by saying, ‘Perhaps your dad trusted Jesus as his savior in his last moments on earth.'”

However, “[t]he boy had better theology than the pope,” he said. “He knew his dad was an unbeliever and deserved to go to Hell.”

Gendron explained that contrary to Bergoglio’s words, Scripture clearly states that not everyone is God’s child.

“The pope said God does not abandon His children, [but] God’s Word tells us everyone is either a child of God or a child of the devil,” he said, pointing to 1 John 3:10, which reads, “By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.”

Jesus also said in John 8:44, “You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires.”

Gendron additionally expressed concern that Bergoglio urged the boy to pray to his deceased father.

“Perhaps the pope does not know that anyone who consults the dead is detestable to the Lord (Deut. 18:10-12),” he said.

“It is tragic for Catholics to be led down the wide road to destruction by following the heretical teachings of this pope,” Gendron staed. “It is my prayer that Catholics will test everyman’s teaching with the supreme authority of God’s Word (Acts 17:11). That is the only way anyone can be protected from the false teachers that are leading people to Hell. The nature of deception is that people do not know they are deceived unless they are confronted with the truth.”

As previously reported, Christianity teaches that none are inherently good, and that all men are born with a sinful nature, being drawn toward distorted desires, such as to lie, steal, commit adultery, covet, dishonor one’s parents, commit murder, and to rebel against the very God who gave them life. Jesus outlined that lust is adultery of the heart and hatred is murder in one’s heart.

Romans 3 explains, “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one. There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit. The poison of asps is under their lips, whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness, their feet are swift to shed blood, destruction and misery are in their ways, and the way of peace have they not known. There is no fear of God before their eyes.”

As men are utterly incapable of changing themselves, Jesus said in John 3:3 men must be regenerated by the Spirit of God, and must pass from spiritual death into spiritual life. Without Christ’s perfect righteousness, none shall enter Heaven—the Bible teaches—and since all have sinned, none can justify themselves by their own works.

“Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God,” Jesus taught.


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  • Amos Moses – He>i

    is the pope even Catholic …………

    • TheKingOfRhye

      Does a bear….never mind.

  • “Christianity teaches that none are inherently good…”

    Which is probably a big reason prisons are so full of Christians.

    • Mark Vilen

      Oh, that is SO clever, yet you have no evidence of that whatsoever.

      • Croquet_Player

        Well, in fact some stats are available, although there are many deficiencies in the data. (Only Federal prisoners are asked, and tracked, although chaplains at regular prisons provide further data.) The site fivethirtyeight dot com has some detailed information in an article entitled: “Are Prisoners Less Likely To Be Atheists?” which you may look up if you choose. It should come as no surprise to anyone that here in the U.S, a country in which around 73% of the population identifies as Christian, a higher number of people who wind up in prison will identify themselves as Christian too. A surprise to me – apparently, based on these limited data, self-described “Pentecostals” are the least likely to end up in prison, by far, based on their numbers in the general U.S. population. Followed by atheists. So, congratulations Pentecostals. (Sort of. Again, the data are limited.) But it’s an interesting question, deserving of further research.

        What we’d like to know of course is, do religious people behave better in society than other people, and which religion is it (or isn’t it)? And of course, you have to account for bias. In a country in which certain religion(s), or a lack of religion, is banned, then of course more people will go to prison based on their views alone, and not for their societal behavior. And of course we must account for “perks” in prison. If you identify as “Z” religion, and you get a few hours on the weekend to get out of your cell as a result, and others don’t, well, then we may consider that “compelled”, and biased.

    • Amos Moses – He>i

      Every murderer and thief in prison says they think they are a good person ……….. belief in god or not is not a factor …………

      • Croquet_Player

        Well, I’m afraid that’s simply not true. Some people in prison are falsely convicted. As we have seen so often with DNA evidence now exonerating innocent people who have suffered in prison for many years. And of course there are the people who are rightly in prison, but have had a change of heart, and have repented of their ways, many in fact due to new (or regained) religious faith, or a simple recognition that they hurt others and it was ethically wrong. Many of them have no hope of getting out by conversions, yet they convert (or deconvert) anyway. How quick you are to disown them all. And what of people in other countries who are imprisoned simply because of their faith (or lack of faith)? What of them? Let’s not be too quick to judge.

        • Where, in his comments did he “disown them all”? The fact remains that those who commit a crime do so against God and man. Such is sin. No one here is condemning the innocent that we all know too often go to prisons around the world.

    • Vanessa Loy

      They may have converted while incarcerated.

  • Canis Vulpes

    The pope’s words to the young child were good and kind and thoroughly correct.

    • Mark Vilen

      No, they were thoroughly INcorrect.

      • Canis Vulpes

        Are you a Christian?

        • Kelly Kirkpatrick Martin

          I am a Christian, Canis. ❤️🙏❤️

          • Canis Vulpes

            Oh…yes, I am sure you are Kelly. Mark Vilen is the one I was referring to.

          • Oboehner

            He closed by urging Emanuele to “talk to” and “pray to” his father.
            Biblically Incorrect.

          • Canis Vulpes

            In your denomination, perhaps.

        • Jacob Waldmiller

          I am, and I don’t need to be in a particular denomination to know whether the pope’s words are correct or incorrect. Simply read the word of God, and they will reveal if he is in error or not (2 timothy 3:16). The pope may have had good intentions, but I think he was incorrect here.
          “We cannot know that this man went to hell. That’s not our call to make”
          ” these decisions are made by God and God alone”
          -I agree-

          • Canis Vulpes

            I don’t find the words of 2 Timothy 3:16 to be in conflict with what the Pope said. Catholics follow the Bible. Catholics are Christians.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            some of them are …. some are not ……..

          • I do not believe there is even one Catholic who is a Christian. One cannot partake of God’s table and the devil’s also. Catholics have made a choice to follow a way that is in direct opposition to the teachings of the Word of God. Now whether they did this with full knowledge or not is on their own head for we are commanded to study the Word of God and to seek Him for guidance and direction.

            Having read and studied much of their Catechism I have long known that Catholics and the religion they follow is not Christian. It is a carnal religion with no authority from God.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            i will agree with you about the catechism …… but there are greater and lesser degrees of true believers in all churches ….. God is sovereign ….. He can make people His followers in bad churches as a symbol of His sovereignty to save others in those churches ….. we are not in any essential disagreement on the RCC …..

          • I do wish I could agree with you but I cannot. The Word of God says to “come out from among them…” and I believe those who have been given the light of truth would flee as we can read so many have done over the years.

            Neither do I believe there are “degrees” of believers. One believes or they do not. However, perhaps you were alluding to the fact that some believers eat the meat and some are still on the milk. If such is in the Catholic Church I believe they are wrestling with their beliefs and God is dealing with them preparing them to come out and only THEN can they be born again. I find no evidence that the Bible teaches they can be saved while following deception.

            Hopefully we are not far apart in agreement on this.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            and many do …. and many stay as a witness … they have left in spirit …… but the best witnesses to catholics are other former catholics just as some of the best witnesses to mormons are former mormons ….

            “Neither do I believe there are “degrees” of believers. One believes or they do not. ” … i think you misunderstand …… a person is not divided by belief ….. but a mixture in churches of true believers and non-believers does exist ……… there are no perfect churches …. they do not exist …………..

          • I never suggested that there are perfect churches, and of course most of us, I would guess, know that there is a mixture of believers and non-believers in every church. Seems you may be referring more to “degrees” of church belief when I was referring to individuals who have no “degrees” of belief when we examine the bottom line as the Bible lays it out. Actually we are taught that a “little leaven leavens the whole lump”

            Former Catholics and former Mormons are often very good witnesses to those still caught up in the deception. However they do not make Godly or even effective witnesses while participating in the devil’s works.

            I still maintain that there are no Christians in the Catholic Church. There are however some very dear and moral people there, many whom I have known and loved over the years.

          • Mike Feehan

            AMEN, AMEN, AMEN….A bunch of lies which are not biblical, NOT EVEN CLOSE…WHY no BIBLES in the pews is my question?? The answer is because they don’t want folks like myself and tons of others who I know to actually start reading them and having all kinds of questions concerning their outright false teachings…

          • Mike Feehan

            Catholics follow the Bible, are you kidding me?? Come on…I am a former RC and have been in Bible Studies for the past thirteen years and have also been going to a BIBLE BASED church for the past ten years…Sorry, purgatory, indulgences, Mary being sinless, praying to Mary, believing that these priests, far too many of them homosexuals can forgive sins, holy days of obligation, infant baptism making one “born again”, different types of sins are NOT biblical…You have a bunch of man made rules in this church and teach that one must perform WORKS in order to be saved…WRONG….If one is truly saved as I am, they usually leave the RC church because they begin to see all of the outright heresies being taught….There may be some Christians in the Catholic Church, but they are few and far between…

          • Canis Vulpes

            I am not going to get in an argument with you about it. I think you have been misinformed. Let’s leave it at that.

          • Mike Feehan

            Misinformed how?? Those things that I mentioned are NOT in the Bible, not even close…The onus is on you…Prove that they are in the Bible by providing bible book, chapter, and verse/verses…You cannot do it because this information is not in there…Your church is made up of man made traditions which are not in the Bible….Unlike you, I have been attending Bible Studies for the past thirteen years and have read the Bible several times…Your church hides the bible from people and I know exactly why…So, please tell me where I am misinformed. Far too many of your priests are homosexuals, that is a fact…I live near Chicago and not only here, but there have been tons of cases of priests not only abusing children, but also being homosexuals themselves…I sure hope that you are comparing what your church is teaching to the BIBLE per Acts 17:11 because sorry, it just does not line up, not even close…

          • Canis Vulpes

            You keep saying “where in the Bible”. Bible-only is YOUR rule, not mine.

          • Mike Feehan

            Obviously, you don’t know what God’s Word has to say about adding to his word..Let’s see:

            1. Deuteronomy 4:2–Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the LORD your God that I give you.–***What does “do not add” to what I command you mean to you? Do you think that that means that you can just follow some teachings/traditions written by men and not included in God’s Word, is that what you think?

            2. 1 Corinthians 4:6: Now, brothers and sisters, I have applied these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, so that you may learn from us the meaning of the saying, “Do not go beyond what is written.” Then you will not be puffed up in being a follower of one of us over against the other.—What does “do not go beyond what is written” mean to you? D you think that that means that you can just follow some teachings/traditions written by men and not included in God’s Word, is that what you think?

            3. Proverbs 30:6—6 Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.—What does “add thou not unto his words” mean to you? Do you think that that means that you can just follow some teachings/traditions written by men and not included in God’s Word, is that what you think?

            ****You were probably not aware of these verses previously because far too many Catholics do not read their BIBLES and instead rely on what some clueless priest tells them….You have no excuse now as Ii have shown you what GOD’S WORD has to say about adding to his Word…Again, I could CARE LESS what your church tradition has to say as it is not only unbliblical, but you are adding to God’s Word..

            Let’s go over some other verses:

            —Acts 5:29:–Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.” —In following your church’s tradition and its magistarium, you are certainly not obeying God, but instead are obeying men…

            —Mark 7:13—***Thus you nullify the word of God by your***** tradition that you have handed down. And you do many things like that.”—-This verse even mentions that your church nullifies the Word of God by your “tradition”…Gee, I wonder who does that…

            —Colossians 2:8—See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human *****tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.—-Again,the word tradition is mentioned again, exactly what your church is doing…

            —Matthew 15:9– But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.—-Your church traditions and magistarium are commandments of men…God had nothing to do with them as they are not in his Word by your own admission…

            —–I have provided you with several verses in the BIBLE which conveyu that what your church is teaching is unbiblical because it is not in God’s Word and I have also conveyed how God feels about entities adding to his Word…..

            I have studied your church;s teachings quite extensively and there is no doubt that it is filled with false teaching created by men and not even close to being biblical…You want to rely on some sinner men over God;s Word, I’m not going to stop you….

  • Carole Pittman

    Pope Francis gave that child false info that his atheist dad was in heaven bcz he was a good man. The bible states clearly that you have to believe upon the Son of God in order to be saved. The pope also told the boy to pray to his deceased dad which is detestable by God.

    • Canis Vulpes

      We cannot know that this man went to hell. That’s not our call to make.

      • Oboehner

        Based on the statements the pope made…

        • Canis Vulpes

          There is no problem with the Pope’s statements.

          • CG Raine

            He’s a false teacher. Jesus, Paul and the other disciples warned about people like him.

          • Canis Vulpes

            He’s not. He’s simply the leader of the Catholic church, just as your church has a leader.

          • Mike Feehan

            He is a false teacher because he teaches things that are not biblical…Purgatory, homosexual priests forgiving sins, praying to Mary, believing that Mary is sinless, Holy Days of Obligation, indulgences, infant baptism, believing that one is “born again” by being baptized as a baby, etc, etc, etc…NONE of this is biblical and therefore is a FALSE TEACHER to the core…

          • Canis Vulpes

            You’ve been misled about those beliefs.

          • Mike Feehan

            Oh Really?? Show me in the BIBLE then where it states that Mary is sinless, that we are suppose to pray to Mary, that priests can forgive sins, that there is such a thing as purgatory, indulgences, Holy Days of Obligations, mortal versus venial sins, etc, etc…And don’t come back here and tell me what some Pope had to say years ago as I could care less what some man had to say ESPECIALLY if it contradicts God’s Word…Please provide me with bible book, chapter, and verse/s of all of your church’t teachings, and again, use bible reference…You cannot do it and I can prove to you via Scripture how all of your teachings are false….Priests/sinners forgiving sins, GIVE ME A BREAK…Not even close to being scriptural…

          • Canis Vulpes

            You are wasting your time asking “where in the Bible” to someone who isn’t a Bible-only Christian like you. I follow the Bible, the magisterium, and sacred tradition. All three.

          • Susan Perelka

            I recall Jesus telling the Pharises that the tradition of the elders, in order to be kept, kept people from actually obeying the instructions God gave them in His word. Be careful when keeping the traditions of men, that you aren’t neglecting Gods word in order to keep them. I was raised in the catholic church, and there are many traditions of elders that result in neglecting Gods word. I personally witnessed them, have repented of them, and have given my life to Jesus Christ. Gods word is the only thing we need to obey. Jesus is the only one who saves, no other. There is only one redeemer Jesus Christ, Mary is not a co-redeemer, she needed forgiveness of sins also. We pray to God (our father) directly because of Jesus sacrifice, in the power of the Holy Spirit, there is no longer the need of an earthly priest to go through for forgiveness of sins, Jesus is enough.

          • Canis Vulpes

            Traditions are lovely. Christmas is my favorite tradition.

          • robert boe

            Infant baptism is the safest baptism of all . They can’t dis believe and The bible says they can believe . Older people can lie about believing! Though the Bible never says you have to confess Jesus before your baptised Jesus says they can we may not understand them but he does.. Jesus says to baptize all nations babies are part of all nations.

          • Mike Feehan

            ***Sorry, infant baptism is not scriptural, just like so many of the other false teachings in this church…Nice try….The Bible is abundantly clear of what baptism is, who it is for, and what it accomplishes. In the Bible, only believers who had placed their faith in Christ were baptized – as a public testimony of their faith and identification with Him (Acts 2:38; Romans 6:3-4). Water baptism by immersion is a step of obedience after faith in Christ. It is a proclamation of faith in Christ, a statement of submission to Him, and an identification with His death, burial, and resurrection.

            With this in view, *********************infant baptism is not a Biblical practice. *****************An infant cannot place his or her faith in Christ. An infant cannot make a conscious decision to obey Christ. An

          • warriorbride

            you really don’t have a clue what the bible says do you ? STUDY to show yourself approved or you end up looking IGNORANT of the Word and FOOLISH! John 3:3 says you MUST be born again to enter heaven and to REPENT of your sins or PERISH Luke 13:3 an atheist DOESN’T’ believe in God or Jesus Christ or even heave so why do you THINK that he would go there ? You really need to do your research ok and to talk to dead people is ONLY what witches and satanists do and NEW AGE which I came out of so I know what i am talking about and the bible calls that an ABOMINATION which is called NECROMANCER. NO the pope does NOT follow the teachings of the bible and God says if you profess to know Jesus and do NOT follow His commandments, then you are a LIAR and the TRUTH and and GOD is NOT in you, so we know that by His FRUITS he is NOT a child of God for they follow a man made book called the APOCRYPHA which si a sin to ADD or take away from the Word, Deut 4:2 I know about this too as my mother was a catholic and they make MILLIONS of dollars lying to their people and telling them that if they want their family members to go to heaven they can PAY to get them out of pergetory which is another man made thing and NOT in the bible at all, and the ONLY way to get to the Father is through His Son Jesus Christ so a pope can NOT absolve you from sin ONLY JESUS can do that! And so much more like the rosary’s and praying to dead saints, all of it is to WORK their way into heaven which ALL cuts do this, but the bible says that its NOT by works that you are saved, not of yourself, should anyone boast but its by GRACE that you are saved, please read your bible and aligin it up to what your pastor says and if it doesn’t follow the bible then they are a false teacher which is what the pope is and they are NOT born again at all and the pope says that EVERYONE will enter heaven and that is a LIE from the pit of hell and also NOT to have a personal relationship with Jesus because he is afraid that if you DO, the HOLY SPIRIT will tell you the TRUTH and you will LEAVE that CULT !

      • Amos Moses – He>i

        if he was an A-theist and did not confess Christ as his Lord and Savior …. we certainly can ………… and it is Christ who made that call ….. not the pope or us or anyone else ………

        • Canis Vulpes

          It is spelled “atheist”, no dash, and no, generally these decisions are left to God.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            right … God and God alone ……. and the pope has no authority to say otherwise ….. but we do have the ability to RECOGNIZE when a person who has lived their entire life outside of that “God Alone” will …… has not been delivered …….. and even the child acknowledges this state of his fathers death ………. as an A-Theist ………..

        • Ryan Walsh

          Judge not that ye be not judged for with what judgment ye judge you shall be judged and with what judgment mete it shall be meted to you again. Woe to you for presuming to know the mind of God and the Heart of another of another man and casting your judgment upon it.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            WE ALL stand condemned before God/Christ ……. and the only path out of that is to CONFESS that our Lord and Savior is Christ Jesus ……. no PRESUMPTION …… SCRIPTURE ….. as you tried to METE out and FAILED miserably as your quotation is OUT OF CONTEXT ….. and the pope LIED to that child and told him to PRAY TO HIS DEAD FATHER ………. and in so doing taught that child IDOLATRY ……….

            Mat 18:6 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.

            Mark 9:42 And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea.

            Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.

          • Paul Topham

            John ch3 v18 .

          • George Schulte

            Are you talking about he pope judging the state of the atheist father presumptuously or people discerning scripture rightly and come to the conclusion that no unbeliever will see eternal life?
            The word of God admonishes us judge with righteous judgement which is true in God’s word without condemning others in a hypocritical fashion.
            It is possible that this atheist in his last moments of his life came to saving faith . We don’t know that , but nor does the pope. If he doesn’t, he should shut up because some people think the pope speaks on behalf of God, which he does not. In doing so he is giving false hope and is leading people astray. Just like satan does. Me saying this is merely a comparative observation from scripture and not judgement, either !

          • warriorbride

            We DON’T presume to know the mind of God, we KNOW what God says in His word and to FOLLOW it and if you do NOT then Jesus Christ says that you are a LIAR and the TRUTH and CHRIST is NOT in you! We are NOT judging we are going by what Jesus said in His Word !

          • Off Shore

            Just as the pope doesn’t know the Word of GOD you also are in error. You have taken that verse all out of context. If you claim to be a non believer than you are going to Hell and that’s not me judging, but he Word of God. If you claim to be a believer then by all means as a fellow believer I have a duty to judge your fruit and make corrections as necessary.

          • Ryan Walsh

            Your lack of understanding of Christ’s words is scary. He tried to warn people like you but in your case He truly failed. May God have mercy on your soul.

        • C. V. Driscoll

          The Good Thief wasn’t baptized by water and Jesus who hung on a cross next to the Good Thief told him, “This day you will be with Me in paradise.” This is called Baptism of Desire.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            yes and accurate …… SO WHAT …… HE CONFESSED with his mouth ….. did he not ………

      • Carole Pittman

        I didn’t say he went to hell. I said he gave the kid false info by stating that since the kid’s dad was good, he went to heaven. Instead, he should’ve told the kid that if his dad had accepted Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Savior on his death bed, then he would’ve been saved. You get to heaven through Jesus Christ alone, NOT good works.

        • Canis Vulpes

          That depends on what your denomination teaches.

          • Carole Pittman

            My “denomination” is the Bible itself, NOT any organized religion.

          • Canis Vulpes

            It doesn’t really work that way. Christianity is divided into denominations, and all Christians follow the Bible.

          • Carole Pittman

            Oh but it DOES work that way. I don’t belong to any denomination. A relationship with Jesus Christ is what I have.

          • CG Raine

            Yes!! It is not about religion it is a relationship with Christ

          • Canis Vulpes

            “Non-denominational” Christians are a denomination too.

          • Carole Pittman

            The word “NON-denomination” means that it is NOT a denomination.

          • Canis Vulpes

            I realize that, but when you look at all the beliefs, usually it’s a variation of fundamentalism.

          • Carole Pittman

            Denominations have their traditions. I personally go by the Bible PERIOD. No traditions

          • Canis Vulpes

            All Christians go by the Bible. I have never met one that didn’t. Traditions don’t mean you reject the Bible.

          • Carole Pittman

            The point is- I don’t belong to any denominations. I only go they bible. Why is that so hard for you to understand?

          • Canis Vulpes

            I understand that you go by the Bible. So do I. But why is it a bad thing to be part of a denomination? If you get a building full of people with a common belief, that’s a denomination.

          • warriorbride

            because that is why we have so many churches because they want to follow what they want to follow and add or take away from the bible which is a SIN -Duet 4:2 , that is why its bad to have a denomination so if you have a NAME then its a FALSE church with wolves in Sheeps clothing or if some man calls His church or ministry by His name He gives GLORY to HIMSELF which is IDOLATRY and a sin and they will go to hell, most churches teach false doctrines so I call myself a follower of Jesus Christ, most of those churches are a off-shoot of the catholic church, they did’t like what they taught so they left and started their own church and that doesn’t even include all of the CULTS. They have made God out to be whom they want him to be which is a sin in the 10 commandments, a graven image but he is NOT and they miss interpret the scriptures because they are NOT truly born again or spirit filled or have discernment or follow Mark 16:17 and take that out of the Word, do you research for you don’t have a clue what you are talking about most are lovers of money and greedy and are fleecing the flock and that is what Jesus prophesied would happen in the end days

          • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            You never read about the Pharisees in the Bible then, did you?

          • Canis Vulpes

            Of course. What is your point?

          • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            Well that went right over your head.

          • Canis Vulpes

            If you say so.

          • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            Did you get tired of posting as Sally?

          • Canis Vulpes

            I believe you have me confused with someone else. Have a great day.

          • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            I believe you have yourself confused in thinking that you can fool everyone. Hope you have a great day, too.

          • Canis Vulpes

            No, you truly are mistaken, and I tell you this as much for your own interest as those whom you believe you are addressing. Good day.

          • warriorbride

            Are you kidding me most Christians are not even born again and go to false churches that teach false doctrines! Most are lukewarm and think that they are saved because their pastor tells them that, but they have a FALSE conversion because they are NOT changed at all, not set apart and separate from the world, listening to secular worldly music and watching demonic movies and playing games with magic and sorcery which is detestable to God and an ABOMINATION to Jesus Christ, following martial arts is also worldly and of another god, but half of the Christians follow that half of christian s divorce and teens fornicate and have babies out of wedlock there is NO holiness and without holiness you will NOT see Jesus HEBREWS 12:14 no MODESTY at all !, you can tell if someone is truly born again, is if they had a 190 change when they got saved and do NOT do what they used to do in the world, the way that they walk , talk, act, dress are all HOLY and as like Jesus Christ, and most churches follow the catholic traditions of the holidays that are pagan and never meant to be followed which is traditions and God hates them and tells us NOT to follow them, for they are man made.

          • Mike Feehan

            Amen…This church has a TON of false teachings….Purgatory, Mary being sinless, the rosary, priests, many of them homosexuals, forgiving sins, indulgences, mortal/venial sin, holy days of obligation, and on and on and on…NONE of it is biblical…

          • roberto

            But the bad thing is every denomination has a different interpretation of the bible. One denomination believe that Jesus Christ is just a man other believe that Christ and God the Father Almighty is just one and the same Person while others not. Another believe that Heaven is also on earth. Another believe that their religion is the only one thst can be save. So what is the truth. The advent of religions is the result of the separation of men from God. The Muslims have no Christ but no body can say that they will all go to hell. The Jews also, and other group like the Buddish, the Aoist, the Aethist, the pagans, so they will go to hell even though they do good deeds. Every human is created equal in the eyes of God , does not matter if one belongs to any religion does not matter if one believes in Christ or not. Every human was given by God a soul. And that soul must go back to its root to God where it belongs. Now it depends on the behavior of the carnal body to whom the soul was given say for example to my body or to Pope Francis body. If Francis got no accumulated good deeds when his body expires and goes back to dust to where it belongs and his soul goes back to heaven to God to where it belongs to face the judgement of God, if Francis during his lifetime accumulated more bad deeds than good deed his soul would suffer.

          • Carole Pittman

            Oh, but It DOES matter if you accept Christ as your personal Lord and Savior or not. Jesus said “I am THE way”. He did NOT say “I am A way”. So there’s only ONE way to salvation and that is through Jesus Christ.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            God/Christ does not save churches or denominations or races or groups or any other type of organizations …… He saves individuals …………

          • Canis Vulpes

            Yes, but nearly all individuals are members of a denomination.

          • Terri Horn

            All Christians follow the Bible otherwise they are NOT ChrIstians. How can they be Christians if they do NOT follow and need what Christ says. Bible states only one who accepts Jesus into his heart is saved. Those who do NOT follow Jesus instructions are NOT christians. WE are to be like Jesus to bring others to Christ. By saying you are a Christian but do NOT follow/read the Bible you are fo!lowing sinful man. All men have dinner and fallen short of the glory of God. So by not reading and following Jesus advice how many will go to hell. Jesus stated not ALL men who call me Lord will be with me in paradise for I will tell you get away from me I never knew you. That’s right some have NEVER heard that as they do NOT read the Bible. Better talk to your saviour since what you said is that you can be saved without reading to The Bible. In ALL my decades as a Christian I have NEVER heard that. That comment is something I in Jones of Jonestown would say as ALL cults NEVER have their followers read the Bible because they can understand the Bible no interpretation by man. You listen to men who are all condemned to Hell unless they accept Christ into their heart and ok to believe men. Contact survivors of Cults who n believed no bed to read the Bible and see what they say. You can ALWAYS tell a church which is a true Christian church than one just mouthing the word they think Jesus OK’s. We are re responsible for ALL who reject Christ. I am not perfect but I hope when non believers are being judged none will ask why I did not act as Christians are to do. Jesus also said the world will hate you as it first hated me. Christians are being killed for their faith alone one every 6 minutes. If asked you would be told because they refused to reject Christ and lived as Christ wanted. Refuse to read the Bible or live for Christ should be easy for those who refuse to read the Bible especially thousands of prophecies fulfilled at 100% accuracy and it is astronomical impossibility. I am STUNNED someone saying they are a Christian but never reading the BIBLE? You have to know if read the Bible to be saved also Jesus the son of God tells us to!!!!!By not reading the Bible just became another excuse to do Satan’s works and say it is OK since NOT required to read the Bible so murder must be OK as well as adultery, worshipping Satan because ALL the commands and expectations of God the father and son which you say you do NOT have to obey God’s commands. Makes sense if you do not open the Bible. Hope you do not let others know you are Christian so some will not reject Christ. I am going to the Middle East to be a Christian evangelist and will probably die. Would you be willing. Jesus said the generation that sees Israel crime a nation again will NOT pass away before Jesus returns. That happened in 1948 a generation is 80-100 years so by 2048 at latest he will be here. Not date setting since we do not know the day or hour. I know you do not read the Bible but this statement is in Matthew 24. I hope you truly are question as once Jesus returns it will be too late to saved.

          • Canis Vulpes

            I never said I didn’t read the Bible. Of course I do.

          • warriorbride

            no not all Christians follow the bible, MOST of them do NOT! Some are lukewarm and Jesus even says, that He will VOMIT them from His mouth on Judgement Day, that is why the Word says that FEW will enter heaven

          • jh

            The Bible is a product of religion.

          • Patriot6870

            The Bible is God’s Holy Spirit inspired through the Apostles. Please research this.

          • warriorbride

            it has NOTHING to do with what denomination teaches its what the Word says and if you DONT follow it then Jesus says that you are a LIAR and the TRUTH and CHRIST is NOT in you. We dion’t follow man we follow God and the catholic church follows the pope and follow a man made book called the Apocrapha which is a SIN to ADD or take away from the Word, Deut 4:2, I would suggest you study the Word or you will sound ignorant and foolish

        • jh

          I believe the Pope’s word were that the father is not far from God. He also said that the one who says who goes to heaven is God.
          What should one say to a child who says, “I do not want to embrace a faith that excludes my father, from whom I have only known goodness.”?

          • Carole Pittman

            The pope should’ve told the kid the biblical TRUTH- that if his dad accepted Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Savior and repented on his deathbed (even in his own heart), he would be saved. INSTEAD, the pope gave the kid TWO false pieces of info- First, that you’re saved by your own works (being good) and second, that the kid could talk to his deceased dad.

          • Paul Topham

            He put his status as pressure on the children to answer “no” to his question and used their naivety to further his innuendo. The word ” disingenuous” comes to mind right here.

      • warriorbride

        The bible says that you will KNOW them by their fruits and you MUST be born again and REPENT of your sins and if he was an ATHEIST then he did NOT so according to His lifestyle and what his son said then according to the bible Jesus says that he will NOT go to heaven but hell, so I am just REPEATING what Jesus says in His Word

    • Laura Oliver

      Abou Ben Adhem
      BY LEIGH HUNT
      Abou Ben Adhem (may his tribe increase!)
      Awoke one night from a deep dream of peace,
      And saw, within the moonlight in his room,
      Making it rich, and like a lily in bloom,
      An angel writing in a book of gold:—
      Exceeding peace had made Ben Adhem bold,
      And to the presence in the room he said,
      “What writest thou?”—The vision raised its head,
      And with a look made of all sweet accord,
      Answered, “The names of those who love the Lord.”
      “And is mine one?” said Abou. “Nay, not so,”
      Replied the angel. Abou spoke more low,
      But cheerly still; and said, “I pray thee, then,
      Write me as one that loves his fellow men.”

      The angel wrote, and vanished. The next night
      It came again with a great wakening light,
      And showed the names whom love of God had blest,
      And lo! Ben Adhem’s name led all the rest.

  • Mark Vilen

    Do away with even having a Pope. There’s no need for one.

    • kenster777

      Ephesians 4:11 states the offices needed in the ministry and there purpose.
      Pope, Cardinal, Reverend which is attributed to God are not biblical;
      Acts 15 also shows there was not one Apostle who was in charge.

      • Mike Feehan

        BINGO, BINGO, BINGO…One of this church’s many false teachings….AMAZING what happens when one starts reading the BIBLE…

  • kenster777

    Jn 3:5 Says unless a man be born of water and of the spirit he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
    Romans 10: 9-10 says you must confess with your mouth Jesus was raised from the dead and believe with you heart unto righteousness in order to be saved.
    Unless this child’s father repented and believed this he will not be in the Kingdom of God.
    The pope and everyone who agreed with him it is better that a milestone were hung around his neck then deceive this child.
    Also to tell him to pray to the dead is wrong Ecclesiasties 9:5-6, Duet. 18:11, Isaiah 8:19.
    I Timothy says there is one mediator between God and Man whch is Christ Jesus our Lord.

    • Lumen

      If one has to be cognizant of the existence of God to be received by Him, what happens to babies and young children whose lives were dramatically cut short before they could even learn about Him? Will they be forever separated from God for not having a chance to know Him (which God Himself somehow didn’t give them)??

      How about the people with mental disabilities affecting their cognitive functions (ex. Down syndrome, severe autism)?? Also, 5-6 years olds could say “I believe Jesus is my savior”, mostly because their parents say that, but I’m not sure how truly “cognizant” they are of what they’re saying.

      What about the people living in totally different cultures or the primitive people living in a state of nature, and had never even heard of Jesus before they died? To me, it is unimaginable that God would hold that against them and forever shut His door on them.

      • kenster777

        In Luke 18:14 says not to hinder the children such is the Kingdom of God.
        That is also to those who are not able to make rational decisions because of some mental incapacity, God is merciful in that area.
        But to those who hear the Gospel and reject it they will be Judged accordingly.
        It is known most children are not able to make rational decisions until they come of age, when that is I personally cannot tell you maybe after puberty.
        To those who have not heard the Gospel they will Judged according to the Law which is written in our hearts. Romans 2:14-16

        That is why it is important not to sear the conscience with vile things. Like in Romans 1.

        • Lumen

          When the big earthquake and concurrent tsunami happened in Japan, I watched numerous news footage in horror… and there’s this one scene that’s stuck in my head where a man almost making the high ground away from raging water, looks back and notices that someone behind him falling, he immediately turns around and rushes to help that person, but both got swallowed by the water…

          I thought, that man has to go to Heaven no matter what he thought his religion was. Considering only less than 5% of Japanese are Christians, the odds of him being Christian is very slim.

          But for the life of me, I cannot comprehend why God wouldn’t receive someone like him… “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”, that’s exactly what this man did.

          • kenster777

            Salvation can only come through Christ.

            Acts 4:12

            Whether that person was saved I cannot Judge his actions or the rest of his life before that.

            But the question I have for you, are you saved. Romans 10:9-10.

            What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his own soul.

            Matthew 8:36

            Sorry going to work now look to the Lord Jesus anything other than that is not of any consequence in this temporal life. the whole duty of man. Ecclesiastes 12:13

          • Susan Perelka

            All have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God. Every one of us have broken His commandments and can’t stand in the presence of a Holy God. We are born in sin. We are in trouble and can’t save ourselves. God is “just” in punishing sin, but He also is “love”. What does He do in order not to violate His essence, His character? He does BOTH. No man can be a sinless perfect sacrifice to pay for another’s sin. We ALL have sinned, even that man who tried to rescue another. Sin is passed down through the seed of a man. All of us were fertilized by a sperm. We are born in sin. Thus the virgin birth, the only one to ever have occurred. God made Himself flesh, that child was not tainted by the sperm of a sinful man. God did a supernatural thing. Why? To save us. Jesus was the only one who could be the sinless sacrifice to pay for our sins, because He was without sin. He was God in the flesh, Immanuel. God’s justice was done, sin was punished on Jesus. He took our just punishment. He paid it in full. God can let us go free because Jesus took the penalty for us, He took Gods wrath for us. God placed His wrath upon Himself for us. That is the LOVE part. He loved us so much, that He willingly died this for us. WILLINGLY! He could have stopped it any time, but He didn’t because it was the ONLY WAY. All we have to do is “believe it”. It is by Gods grace (undeserved favor) through “faith” that we can be saved, by JESUS. He is the Way, the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father except through Him. Just “believe”

      • Terri Horn

        Age of accountability. Also Christ will not come back until ALL nations have heard the good news about 98 % this also includes nations whom were tilted the good news of Christ but the people rejected this due to becoming atheists or whatever. The pointer is they were told at one point. Helen Keller was dead and blind almost from birth. When they were finally able to communicate. Discussion turned to God. Her response? I always knew he was with me I just did not know his name. People all know about the creator God in the deepest recesses of the heart. The ones who do not believe are the we!l educated adults. Think about 500-600 years ago people believe earth was flat and those who believed smartness round were mocked and laughed at if not burned at the stake for believing the earth was round. Most people still believe God is a myth BUT by 2048 at the latest Christ wi!l come back as he said but it will be too late to accept him. I am NOT date setting. No one knows date or time BUT the generation who sees Israel return to get land will NOT pass away before Jesus returns. Anyone can mock and laugh at me!!!! Who cares? Jesus died and was resurrected so I could live and unlike non Christians and their faith ALL we have to do is accept Jesus as Lord and Savior no matter what. In Islam even if you do everything demanded if Islam still no guarantee you will get to heaven. Muslims whI convert to Christianity say they have NEVER felt such peace!!!!

      • Susan Perelka

        Gods word says that He is evident by His creation. It testifies there is a Creator. They are without excuse because they suppress the truth in unrighteousness. He said that anyone who seeks Him will find Him. Only IF they desire in their heart to know Him. If they do, God will reveal His Son to them. He is God, nothing is impossible for Him. He see’s our hearts, thoughts, motives, and intentions. He knows those who “desire” to know Him and those who don’t. You can fool people, but you can’t fool God. If a child is too young to understand yet, then God would not be unjust to destroy them. But only God knows when that occurs. We are not able to see into a persons heart, only God can. He is “just”, it is His character. He judges “justly” because He is the only one who can do it “perfectly”, man can’t. That’s why He is the only legitamit judge.

  • Croquet_Player

    I notice there’s a bit of a fuss here when the Pope says something. To the point where quotes are put thus: ‘Pope Francis’. I may not agree with certain religions or political parties, but I’ll generally agree, simply out of common courtesy, to use the title by which heads of religions, or states, or common convention, or in this case all three, are known by. Dalai Lama, Queen Elizabeth II, etc., etc. I mean if someone is on a committee with me as “Reverend (insert any last name here, and all following)”, “Rabbi”, “Doctor” or “President”, I’ll address him or her as “Reverend”, “Rabbi”, “Doctor”, or “President” until they ask me to call them by their first name, or something else. “Please, call me Pastor Bob.” (Not “Reverend Whipple”.) What a charming thing to say. I’m an American patriot, citizen, and not a subject of the crown, nor in any way a monarchist, but If I had the opportunity to meet Queen Elizabeth II at tea, I’d say “Good afternoon, Your Majesty”. Not, “Good afternoon, Mrs. Windsor-Mountbatten”. It would make me look ungracious and petty. Not her.

    • Amos Moses – He>i

      i just call them sir or madame …..

    • TheKingOfRhye

      I think people who call someone something other than what they want to be called and are commonly known as are just trying to draw attention to themselves. They’re effectively saying “hey, look at me, I’ve got something to say about this person and I want to make sure you know it whether you care or not!”

  • paul kuzichev

    Pope shmop this guy is a false teacher all in the name of the feel good feeling nobody wants to say anything bad at a funeral especially to a kid so the guy does one better he lies and says dads in heaven> Well surprise first of all the Bible does say baptize the children it has to be someone who knows what they are doing by their choice to follow Christ commandment to be baptized so the children are not even really baptized according to God and the Bible then also the Bible says we must ourselves confess our sins believe on the Lord jesus Christ then only then shall we be saved no after death excuse me sorry I didn’t know someone else pray me in quick plan that doesn’t exist because if it did then Gods a lier he gave us a mind to do and choose as we want while alive if we choose to not follow His will then it too bad very sad day and yes they will believe in Him at death but it will be too late to repent then

  • TheKingOfRhye

    Is it weird that I, as an atheist, have no problem referring to him as Pope Francis, yet a Christian site can’t bring themselves to do that? That feels a little backwards somehow.

    • Amos Moses – He>i

      nope …. it is perfectly aligned …………

  • Kelly Kirkpatrick Martin

    This is my take on Pope Francis’s response to the little boy after having asked if he would see his atheist father in heaven. First, I must start with a scripture that comes to mind.

    Luke 23:32-43, (NAS95) 32 Two others also, who were criminals, were being led away to be put to death with Him. 33 When they came to the place called The Skull, there they crucified Him and the criminals, one on the right and the other on the left. 34 But Jesus was saying, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” And they cast lots, dividing up His garments among themselves. 35 And the people stood by, looking on. And even the rulers were sneering at Him, saying, “He saved others; let Him save Himself if this is the Christ of God, His Chosen One.” 36 The soldiers also mocked Him, coming up to Him, offering Him sour wine, 37 and saying, “If You are the King of the Jews, save Yourself!” 38 Now there was also an inscription above Him, “THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.” 39 One of the criminals who were hanged there was hurling abuse at Him, saying, “Are You not the Christ? Save Yourself and us!” 40 But the other answered, and rebuking him said, “Do you not even fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 41 “And we indeed are suffering justly, for we are receiving what we deserve for our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” 42 And he was saying, “Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom!” 43 And He said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.”

    This is what I feel the Lord is impressing on me.

    1. Christ asked forgiveness for those who were killing him. (Luke 23:34 But Jesus was saying, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.”)

    Jesus, even knowing he was going to be killed by these men, went to the Father on their behalf and asked for them to be forgiven. Jesus interceded for non-believers then and in my opinion, Jesus intercedes for non-believers today.

    2. Right before the robber’s death, his heart softened and he responded to the Truth that Jesus is indeed the Son of God; he became a believer. That’s all it took for the Lord to say, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.”

    This is a testament to the Truth that the instant we believe, we are accepted into the house of the Lord forever.

    As far as The Pope’s answer to that little boy, I would have said something similar. We don’t know if there is some last minute revelation that the Lord gave his dad (and all unbelievers who are close to death) that softened his heart and made him cry out to the Lord just as the thief on the cross did on the day of sacrifice. So we can’t judge his father’s heart (or anyone’s) nor his salvation.

    Also, we don’t know if Jesus interceded for him and if so, what that means. We know it is possible and it is worthwhile because Jesus did it. He, on the day of Sacrifice, ask His Father to forgive those who crucified Him.

    Until we can prove that those things or other supernatural things aren’t happening, the door for salvation should never even appear closed nor should we think of another human as damned. We know the Lord loves us and wants His children (all of His children), Home.

    The believers who were watching on the day Jesus was crucified may have been surprised that Jesus offered the same forgiveness and promises to the thief as to His disciples and other believers, but He did. They may have even been upset to think of the “unfairness” of it all. Some had been serving the Lord for years. Yet, Paradise. They are all in Paradise together.

    The parable of the prodigal son teaches us this clearly. (Luke 15:11-32), When the prodigal son came home after wasting away his inheritance, his Father instead of being mad, showed compassion for his son, and celebrated his son’s return. This lesson that Jesus taught, demonstrates God’s love for each individual and His personal attentiveness towards all humanity. We see in this story the graciousness of the father overshadowing the sinfulness of the son, as it is the memory of the father’s goodness that brings the prodigal son to repentance (Romans 2:4).

    Luke 15:11-32 New International Version (NIV)

    The Parable of the Lost Son
    11 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.

    13 “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. 14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16 He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.

    17 “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ 20 So he got up and went to his father.

    “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.

    21 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’

    22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.

    25 “Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. 27 ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’

    28 “The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. 29 But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’

    31 “‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. 32 But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’”

    Thank you Pope Francis for walking with the heart of Jesus, operating in Love. Thank you for being open to the mystery of the Bible and for recognizing that even after thousands of years of studying and even after studying it a thousand more, we will never know all the complexities and the mysteries of the Bible. Thank you, Pope Francis. This Christian right here, supports you.

    • Canis Vulpes

      Beautifully written.

      • Kelly Kirkpatrick Martin

        Thank you so much, Canis. I felt the Holy Spirit in every word. 🙂

        • Amos Moses – He>i

          “This is what I feel the Lord is impressing on me.”

          your “feelings” are not relevant to the scriptures and their meaning …… nor did Christ die for the unrepentant sinner who chose Hell ….. sorry ……….

          • Kelly Kirkpatrick Martin

            Did you even read what I wrote, Amos? You are right about one thing. I should have wrote “this is what I know the Lord is impressing on me.”

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            i did ….. “this is what I know the Lord is impressing on me.” ….. that is better …. peace to you ……..

        • Reason2012

          Hello.

          Jesus, even knowing he was going to be killed by these men, went to the Father on their behalf and asked for them to be forgiven. Jesus interceded for non-believers then and in my opinion, Jesus intercedes for non-believers today.

          Jesus asked to forgive them for crucifying Him – for what they are doing at that moment. He didn’t ask to forgive them and let them into heaven even if they continue rejecting Him the rest of their life and continue living in unrepentant sin – that claim would be against Scripture and is not something the Holy Spirit would impress upon anyone. The Holy Spirit does not impress upon people things contrary to God’s Word. I would take care before using claims when stating what you think is truth’s of God. I would stick to “it seems to me” or something similar and of course check Scriptures to see if it supports claims we make or rebukes claims we might be thinking of.

          “2. Right before the robber’s death, his heart softened and he responded to the Truth that Jesus is indeed the Son of God; he became a believer. That’s all it took for the Lord to say, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.”

          Keep in mind this contradicts the first point you made, where God apparently just forgives anyone even if they do NOT repent, even if God does not “soften their heart and they respond to the truth that Jesus is indeed the Son of God”, even if they did not respond to the truth with humility / repentance / belief on the Lord Jesus Christ (all sides of the same coin, if you will).

          After Jesus’ death God did that to many – but there were many who still rejected Him – who continued to live in unrepentant sin – and they were still not saved even though God offered forgiveness for the act of helping call for the crucifixion of Christ at the time they didn’t yet know who He really was.

          “This is a testament to the Truth that the instant we believe, we are accepted into the house of the Lord forever.”

          We need to read the rest of Scripture to find out what it means to “believe”.

          For example, the devils also believe, but they tremble.

          James 2:19 “Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.”

          So it cannot mean just believing God exists.

          What about those who not only profess to believe and profess know Christ, cast out devils, performed miracles and even prophesied in His name, but Jesus casts out into hëll?

          Matthew 7:20-24 “Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. 21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. 24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: ”

          So we’re not really saved unless we’re seeking to walk in God’s ways, follow His commandments. Doing those things does not save us, it’s just evidence of whether we’re really saved or not. So those people who cast out devils, prophesy in His name, done miracles or other works in His name but are living in disobedience and do not care will be cast out as people who live that way God does not know even if they claim they do.

          It’s not just believing in Jesus or claiming in words to believe on Jesus. God saves us, giving us new birth, and we know God saved us because our entire outlook on life has changed and we seek to obey Him as best we can, living as a servant of God/Christ, our old view of life being completely shattered and discarded.

          John 3:3 “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

          2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

          Only God knows for sure who His children are, but we must be careful we do not teach a watered-down gospel of just believing, in that people who are continuing to live in sin and do not care for example ( as opposed to mourning their sins as they seek to follow Him) think they’re fine because “they believe” – when really their fruits show they have dead faith not living faith and are still not on their way to heaven. Faith is what saves, but people need to accurately understands what it means to be saved and not be deceived instead, never seeking the real truth of God.

          “We don’t know if there is some last minute revelation that the Lord gave his dad (and all unbelievers who are close to death) that softened his heart and made him cry out to the Lord just as the thief on the cross did on the day of sacrifice.

          This is Scriptural. Although it eases our minds to know this ourselves, it’s possible, however unlikely, God saves someone at the last minute – though we certainly do not want to count on this and not preach the gospel to others, let alone ones we love. Loved ones of the thief on the cross probably assumed he was in hëll as well.

          “So we can’t judge his father’s heart (or anyone’s) nor his salvation.

          Not always true. If a person admits to rejecting Christ, or admits to living in sin and does not care, we can discern that they are still not saved.

          1 John 2:3-4 “And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. 4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.”

          It doesn’t mean we’ll be perfect, but we certainly have no interest in sinning all we want, not caring and not trying to change.

          1 John 1:6-10 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. ”

          Jorge Bergoglio, also known as “Pope Francis,” claimed to a young boy on Sunday that his atheist father is in Heaven because he was a “good man” and God will not “abandon His children when they are good.”

          This is where Francis is speaking anti-God claims. God doesn’t save those that reject Him. He offers salvation but if they reject it He doesn’t just save them anyway. And we certainly aren’t saved by our own works of being “good”, as cited above. These sorts of claims will deceive many into hell.

          Luke 18:9-14 “And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: 10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. 11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. 12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. 13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted. ”

          “Until we can prove that those things or other supernatural things aren’t happening, the door for salvation should never even appear closed nor should we think of another human as damned. We know the Lord loves us and wants His children (all of His children), Home.”

          God can save anyone, true. But those who reject Him, who keep sinning and couldn’t care less, are not “His children”. One of satan’s biggest lies is that all people are “God’s children” – it makes people then think they’re fine and not really seek God’s truth, or have any reverential fear of God whatsoever.

          The parable of the prodigal son teaches us this clearly.

          But notice: the father said his son was dead and was only alive again because he came back to the father – he didn’t leave home to go find his son and drag him back. The son’s life was about coming back home and he actually did it. The coming back shows he’s alive still, if he didn’t come back he’d have remained dead.

          Thank you Pope Francis for walking with the heart of Jesus, operating in Love.

          it’s not love to tell people the false claim they’re all saved because God saves everyone even if you spit on Him and reject His forgiveness and refuse to repent – people will realize it when they’re cast into hëll thinking they were fine only to find out they were lied to and realize those who told them this false claim were themselves deceived.

          Would the prodigal son have been saved if he hadn’t actually gone back to his father but lived the rest of his life rejecting Him? No. The father waited for him to come back and met him on his way back. And the act of coming back shows we’re really God’s children – that God really did save us – that we really “believe on the Lord Jesus Christ”.

          I’m nothing and cannot convince anyone of anything – I can only point out what God’s Word says and pray that people accept it.

          • Kelly Kirkpatrick Martin

            Thanks, Reason2012. I appreciate you taking time to respond to my post. You make very solid arguments for your position.

          • Only those who’ve been born again by God the Spirit can discern God’s truth, may He give ‘ears to hear’ – John 3:3- Jesus answered and said unto him, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” ‘See’ – from the Greek ‘horáō’ – properly, see, often with metaphorical meaning: “to see with the mind” (i.e. spiritually see), i.e. perceive (with inward spiritual perception). Without the new birth, which is a supernatural work of God the Spirit, you cannot understand the truth of God’s word. If you do not understand, you will not enter His kingdom [vs. 5].

            Jesus said to His disciples, “It is inevitable that stumbling blocks will come, but woe to the one through whom they come! It would be better for him to have a millstone hung around his neck and to be thrown into the sea than to cause one of these little ones to stumble. Luke 17:2

            Telling this young boy that his Christ rejecting father is in heaven is horrific, it is a huge stumbling block. That boy now thinks his atheist, God hating dad is in heaven with Jesus, the God he despised while alive. The most severe punishment awaits false teachers.
            ‘But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.’ Revelation 21:8, this is the fate that awaits Pope Francis IF God does not show mercy and save him.

  • Jennifer

    5) Maintain a meek and humble spirit. If you disagree on a subject, be gentle in expressing your viewpoint. (Matthew 5:5; Philippians 2:3; Colossians 3:2; 1 Peter 3:8)

    ^ This site’s own commenting guidelines.

    I’m saddened at the hateful speech and vitriol directed at Pope Francis – a man who encourages mercy and service – and at others commenting. Such anger does not come from a heart full of love for Jesus.

  • Lumen

    What I’m repeatedly forced to realize is that what an individual claims to be (Christian, Buddhist, Atheist, etc.) has no bearing on the goodness of their hearts.

    • Jacob Waldmiller

      “The Christian faith, simply stated, reminds us that our fundamental problem is not moral; rather, our fundamental problem is spiritual. It is not just that we are immoral, but that a moral life alone cannot bridge what separates us from God. Herein lies the cardinal difference between the moralizing religions and Jesus’ offer to us. Jesus does not offer to make bad people good but to make dead people alive.”
      — Ravi Zacharias

      • Lumen

        I think that everybody that loves or knows Christ, whether they are conscious of it or not, they are members of the body of Christ… [God] is calling people out of the world for his name, whether they come from the Muslim world, or the Buddhist world or the non-believing world, they are members of the Body of Christ because they have been called by God. They may not know the name of Jesus but they know in their hearts that they need something they do not have, and they turn to the only light they have, and I think that they are saved and they are going to be with us in heaven. — Billy Graham

        • Such opportunities the man had. Platforms and microphones around the world were open to him. Yet he preached a false gospel, the devils doctrines and has led thousands, probably millions of souls down the path to a burning Hell.

          • Lumen

            Then I’ll ask you the same question I just posted for someone else here.

            When the big earthquake and concurrent tsunami happened in Japan, I watched numerous news footage in horror… and there’s this one scene that’s stuck in my head where a man almost making the high ground away from raging water, looks back and notices that someone behind him falling, he immediately turns around and rushes to help that person, but both got swallowed by the water…

            I thought, that man has to go to Heaven no matter what he thought his religion was. Considering only less than 5% of Japanese are Christians, the odds of him being Christian is very slim.

            But for the life of me, I cannot comprehend why God wouldn’t receive someone like him… “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”, that’s exactly what this man did.

          • You never got around to asking your question but I assume it had something with the hero of your story and whether or not he should go to Heaven.

            Your words, “I thought…” show your doctrine originates within yourself and not of God and His Word. It does not matter what we think. God IS and we cannot remake Him. We either submit to ALL that He is and commands or we will be broken by Him in the end. One way or another, He stands unchanging and un-phased by our opinions of Him and His ways.

            One cannot be a Christian until they have accepted Him in TRUTH as HE is.

            The Bible is clear, if the man had not previously repented of his sins and been born again by the Spirit of God then he does not get into Heaven by Jesus Christ nor by good works.

          • Lumen

            What about the people living in totally different cultures or the primitive people living in a state of nature, and had never even heard of Jesus before they died? To me, it is unimaginable that God would hold that against them and forever shut His door on them.

          • To you it is “unimaginable” and to many others as well, but what does the Word of God tell us? Isn’t that the foundation for the Christian faith? I believe it certainly is.

            Why did Jesus tell Christians to go and spread the Gospel? Because many in every age never hear of the Hope that could save them.Why did Jesus tell us that FEW would be saved?

            Out of millions living on the earth in Noah’s day, how many were saved? Eight people! The others were washed away and drowned. Some had heard the truth and rejected it. They were now beating on the hull of the ark demanding entry, but were refused. Some had never heard and had no hope yet they too perished.

            I am reminded of the tower of Siloam that fell and killed eighteen people. Jesus said they perished, referring to their Spiritual state. He was not alarmed that they were killed but that they had perished and were lost Spiritually.

            We seem to forget that humanity is in REBELLION AGAINST GOD! Satan is the God of this world because we elected to serve him. We will live out our lives under his tyrannical rule and for our sin our body will die. If we are to escape Satan and live under a loving God’s rule in the next life we HAVE TO GO THROUGH JESUS CHRIST! Why? because ALL mankind has ALREADY BEEN CONDEMNED! We belong to Satan until such time as we are born again through Jesus Christ. So all who do not come to Christ will suffer the devil’s Hell because Satan does not run a fair and compassionate world.

          • Lumen

            So, in your beliefs, God ‘chooses’ who would be introduced to Christianity and who wouldn’t (Are you a believer of predestination?). Then there’s no free will in believing in God or not for those who had never been even given a chance to read the Bible …Why would God do that to some people? I was taught He is just.

          • How you arrived at your erroneous conclusion about what I believe is beyond me. No I do not believe in predestination of some to be lost and others saved. In fact I had a pastor a few years back wiping his shoes on my lawn because I would not accept predestination. He told me I was wasting my time witnessing to the lost. I know firsthand the importance of witnessing to the lost and of giving out tracts. I once hated anything to do with any of it and resented being told about Jesus and God. Through the distant prayers of a couple of aunts, others who cared enough to witness to me, and through good tracts, the Lord opened my eyes and my heart working on me strongly for five months before I submitted, repented, and was born again April 20, 1993. 25 years ago to the day praise the Lord!

            God does not predestine anyone to Hell but sent Jesus so that ALL might come to repentance.

            Many will be lost because they refused the Word of God, others because they did not study and followed a false doctrine, and many because Christians did not do their part by spreading the Gospel.

  • Lydia Church

    “That is why I told you that you would die in your sins. For unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.” John 8; 24
    That is the truth from Jesus.

    See how seducing this operation is? I see it from all directions with the apostasy. That is how they want to sweep hell under the rug; “oh, we can’t tell this poor boy that his daddy went to hell because he wasn’t a Christian,” so they tell him what sounds ‘good.’ Only, it isn’t true. That is how most of Christianity has been swallowed up by the deception of the serpent, with little exception. The devil got them to toss out the window anything that didn’t sound ‘nice,’ ‘good,’ ‘loving,’ and ‘warm & fuzzy’! And the Bible went out the window… and they are now under the evil one, whose words they follow.

    • Lydia Church

      Bitter truth is better than sweet lies!

  • roberto

    I agree with the Pope. The Pope is right. It does not matter what religion a person belongs to. It does not matter if a person believes in God or not. What matter is the good deeds a person has. You claim to yourself that faith alone without deeds saves you. How can you say you have faith in Jesus Christ when you do not do what Christ teaches. Christ thaught DO NOT DO UNTO OTHERS WHAT YOU DO NOT WANT OTHERS TO DO UNTO YOU. This is the summary of all the teachings of Jesus Christ. Christ also thaught LOVE YOUR ENEMY AS YOURSELF. That is not all but Love Everything That Exist. Love your fellow human, love every animals, love the nature, love verything that God created. Every human whether he believes in God or not, Christian, Jew, Muslim, Buddhist, Atheist, whatever has soul given by God. The physical body or the human body has responsibility to its soul, that is, he is ought to do good deeds so when that body expires or dies the soul goes back to its root to God, to where it belongs while the body goes back to dust to where it belongs. The soul does not have anything in possession not even clothes when he faces God and the rest of the collective souls of man in the judgement hall. If the soul does not carry with him good deeds he would feel naked and would feel ashame to face God and the rest of the multitude of souls. His embarrassment would be as big as a mountain. And that would be his HELL. There is no such thing as a lake of fire. It is only an allegory to indicate shamefulness. That is what it means in Genesis 3:10 10 And he said, “I heard Thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.” Adam felt naked because he got no good deeds to show, no good deeds to serve as his garment to cover his shamefulness.

    • Christ did NOT teach what you are claiming in your bold print or in most of the other things you write. There is no good thing in any of us the Bible tells us and therefore we are incapable of doing “good.” All we can hope to do is to do what Christ commands in the Bible, His Word.

      What you are teaching here varies little from what many native tribes around the world have practiced for centuries. It is based in earth worship and is glorifying to the devil and is pagan to the core.

      A corrupted mind has no understanding and is a jumble of corrupted carnal doctrines. May the Lord prick your heart and mind to seek Him in truth, is my prayer for you.

  • jh

    Isaiah 49:14-16

  • Mark

    Sorry, good deeds mean you don’t need the Blood of Jesus to forgive sin. Why did God send His Son to die an adonizing death if being good was enough? The pope is a fool and sending millions of people to hell. He’s a liar and degenerate. He’s just a man. A man who hates Jews, loves fakestinians and fights against God. He will end in hell if he doesn’t get right.

  • Michael

    “17 And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?

    18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.”

    Mark 10:17-18 KJV

    Sorry Pope. Someone may be good by your standards, but if you tell ANYONE they’re “good”, you’ve just called the King of Kings a liar. You’d best repent el Papa, while you still have a pulse.

    • Mike Feehan

      Obviously, this Pope is not aware of Romans 3:10 and Romans 3:23 which convey that NONE of us are good…Oh, and he must have also missed Romans 3:23 and Luke 1:47 which convey that ALL are sinners, including Mary..And he must have also missed 2: Corinthians 5:8 which states to be: absent from the body is to be present with the Lord” which totally confronts this LIE of purgatory as does the thief on the cross account AND he must have missed the many verses which state that ONLY GOD can forgive sins, not some homosexual priest wearing some stupid uniform…

  • Indio22

    In the future we will see less of this kind of needless suffering the boy is facing, as people increasingly move away from religion, and the various myths about who rates for admission to afterlifes. Studies indicate over 1/3 of persons under 30 years of age are non-religious, so we are making progress.

    • Beeg Noyz

      I think it will be difficult to prove, that all the sensitive boys and girls on the face of this earth, such as the one of the story, will be overjoyed with unending happiness, when they are told that their all the loving and idealized fathers, mothers and grandparents have vamoosed into the nothingness in a second …. and that, logically, there is no point, to love one another and forgive one another and suffer for fellow beings as long as one’s needs are satisfied …..

    • Stef Verva

      not correct
      Please ask teachers about the pain and suffering and traumas of not religious kids.

      Emanuele not only ask about the afterlife of his father. He also asks about the sense of the dead and short life of his father. He begs for comfort.

      Please watch the better version of this event:

      Heartsick
      Boy Asks If Atheist Dad Is In Heaven. Pope
      Francis Reveals The Answer With A Hug.

  • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    This is why Spurgeon and many believed that the catholic cult is antichrist.

    • Canis Vulpes

      Catholicism cannot be a cult. It is far too old, and has far too many adherents.

      • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        By that logic you must be okay with Mormonism, Islam, Hinduism, etc. etc.

        • Canis Vulpes

          I elect not to follow them. It doesn’t mean I needs to scream “false religion” at them. I have manners. They can choose whatever faith they want.

          • There is only one faith that saves, and that faith is given by God to those He saves, see Ephesians 2:8,9. Having manners will not save your soul, cleaving to a religious lie will lead one down the broad road to hell. Jesus Christ is the only one who can save a sinner, Mormonism cannot save, nor can Jehovah’s Witness. They believe in another Jesus and deny His deity. Unless you trust in the Son of God, the Christ of the bible, you stand condemned, “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” John 3:36

          • Canis Vulpes

            I agree, but I let people make their own decisions about such things. You do not bring people to Jesus by pointing and condemning and judging…I keep such things to myself.

          • You haven’t a right understanding of ‘judging’. You claim I judge, yet you just judged me, by your standards. Proclaiming God’s truth to the lost is never, ever ‘judging’.

            Sinners do not make decisions about ‘such things’, the fate of the lost causes the true believer to warn them to flee the wrath to come, and to repent and believe in Jesus Christ. All love darkness and will never come to the light. “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.” John 3:19
            Sinners love sin, to come to Christ by their own accord will never happen. They do NOT want their evil exposed.
            Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. John 3:3

            May the grace and mercy of God open your understanding and cause you to cry out as the tax collector, “God be merciful to me a sinner.” Luke 18:13

          • Canis Vulpes

            Have a wonderful day, Jesus loves you!

          • Christ doesn’t love everyone, be careful in using that line. I encourage you to read this – mikejeshurunDOTwordpressDOTcom/2011/02/03/a-w-pink-god-does-not-love-everybody/

          • As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated. Romans 9:13

          • LynnRH

            Jesus said we are to share the true gospel with others. So we do. But we can not be held responsible when there are those that just will not listen to the truth. It doesn’t matter if they want to accuse us of condemning and judging. We are just to present it as it is and if those people will not accept it we are to “wipe the dust from our feet” and move on to share the true gospel with others.

          • Canis Vulpes

            Excuse me, but you might be mistaken in your understanding of the truth, even if you think you are right, and if that’s the case, should you be telling others they are wrong?

          • LynnRH

            From the King James Bible which is God’s Holy Word to us humans.

          • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            Manners has nothing to do with facts. The fact remains that there are false religions. catholicism is one of them.

          • Canis Vulpes

            No, that’s just an opinion. It was the earliest Christian faith, and remains the largest.

          • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            No it wasn’t. The early church was comprised mainly of Jews and then later Gentiles. Christ warned about wolves in sheep’s clothing entering in, and He described them for us so we’d know them: wearing dark robes, forbidding marriage, forbidding the eating of meats. Sound familiar?

          • Canis Vulpes

            No it doesn’t. Enjoy your day.

          • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            You really should read the Bible in its entirety, and by that I don’t mean the fake Bible the catholic cult has issued. Read the real thing, the Bible that Tyndale was burned at the stake for by the catholic cult.

          • Canis Vulpes

            That’s just wonderful, if a bit far-fetched. If you are truly interested in Roman Catholicism let me know and I can give you a better starting point than the one you had.

          • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            I prefer actual history to fairytales, but thanks.

          • Canis Vulpes

            The actual history is there, easily verified.

          • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            Yes, it is. You don’t know who Tyndale is then?

          • Canis Vulpes

            It isn’t relevant.

          • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            Of course it’s relevant, and Tyndale was not a heretic. He was a martyr. The catholic cult burnt him at the stake for printing the Word of God. The catholic cult did not want the people to know what the Word of God said so that they could continue to control them and rob them.

          • Canis Vulpes

            I truly sorry you have been taken in by charlatans and snake oil salesmen. I will pray for you.

          • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            You do know that Tyndale is an historical person and that even the catholic cult doesn’t dispute what they did to him, don’t you?

          • Canis Vulpes

            I’msorry you are so misled. You are in my prayers.

          • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            I’m sorry you are so misled. You are in my prayers.

          • Canis Vulpes

            Clearly you are someone who needs to be right even when he is wrong.

          • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            Clearly you are someone who needs to be right even when he/she is wrong. See how that works?

          • Canis Vulpes

            I see you repeating everything I say when it makes no sense for you to be doing so.

          • LynnRH

            Makes sense to me.

          • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            You don’t understand, do you?

          • Canis Vulpes

            I am not the problem.

          • LynnRH

            Well it will behoove them to choose the true Christian faith then if they want to be saved and live in Heaven eternally. lol

          • Canis Vulpes

            The problem is that every Christian believes they are following the true Christian faith.

          • LynnRH

            If they don’t read what God ACTUALLY does say in the Bible then yes they very well can be deceived by what others teach them.

          • Canis Vulpes

            They do read it, but they have different understandings.

    • Exactly. ‘AntiChrist’ means ‘ either one who puts himself in the place of, or the enemy (opponent) of the Messiah.’ from biblehub. The pope is called ‘holy father’, yet the Lord of glory specifically warned NOT to call anyone on earth your father, in the spiritual sense, in Matthew 23:9
      The succession of popes have claimed to be Christ’s ‘vicar’-noun, Roman Catholic Church. 1. the pope, with reference to his claim to stand in the place of Jesus Christ and possess His authority in the church. Origin of Vicar of Christ. from dictionaryDOTcom.

      The fact that the pope is seen as standing in place of Christ, and the bible’s warnings of such an antichrist, should cause alarm. Praise God for discernment to see the danger of dead religions.

  • This man is a liar and a deceiver, just like his father, the devil. The bible teaches ‘As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one’ Romans 3:10

    Salvation is by grace, through faith,not of yourselves, it is a gift of God, not of works, lest any man boast. Ephesians 2:8,9

  • disqus_bDYEptNH5o

    Pope Francis says there’s no hell. Then why be a Christian?

    • TheKingOfRhye

      Is the only reason to be a Christian to avoid Hell?

  • Jim

    Amazing responses. This is why I have no problem believing what the Pope said. After listening to the sanctimonious condemnations on here I can truthfully say that I would rather spend an eternity in hell with those that have good hearts than 1 minute in heaven with some of the posters on here.

    • Canis Vulpes

      Oh yes I agree with you!

    • LynnRH

      So sorry you are offended by the truth. God did say we (true Christians) would be hated by the world. And by George He was right!

  • Vibrant Rose

    Good people do not go to Heaven. You have to have your sins forgiven in order to go to Heaven and believing Jesus died for you already paid for your sins in full. You die in your sins, it’s straight to hell and its’ torments you go and after that the wicked stands before God at great white throne judgement, are convicted and thrown into lake of fire where the beast (devil) and false prophet are. Hell is a prison where lost souls go until they are convicted and thrown in to fiery lake. I don’t want that for anybody. Now this boy is going to carry this lie that his father who is an infidel (atheists don’t believe in God) is in Heaven told from the pope. I feel sorry for him. I hope someone tells this child the truth. Give him a bible. Truth is looked down upon in this world and instead, lies are promoted. Those that continue to lie on the Bible will pay heavy price I don’t care who you are, your status, background or where you come from or type of creature you are.

  • robert boe

    God’s child I gladly say it … Full version traditional children’s choir . Brows er it and enjoy the Bible verses that come with the hymn

  • roberto

    We humans, creatures of God should first find out the reason why the Creator made us, did not create us to just live life as we please and later die and back to dust where we belong. We must understand that aside from our responsibility to our carnal body we have mush bigger responsibility to the soul in our body. That is if we believe that humans, us, have soul. The teachings of Christ is all for the salvation of the soul not the carnal body If our carnal body expires, the soul that our body is carrying must go back to its root, to God the creator. If bad deeds is bigger than the good deeds the soul will suffer. So the reason why God created us is for the soul so it should go back to its root to where it belongs, to God. Seems too hard to grasp.
    To understand it first search the reason Why God the Creator created Mankind.. In Gen.1:27 So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them.
    So find first the reason why God created man. Do not say “In order to worship Him”, that’s a big bullxxxit. God does not need us to worship him. God the Creator, the Father Almighty does not need anything from us, to give Him.

  • Ed Perales

    I don’t think the Pope knows what’s in the bible.

  • Scott Peters

    Matt. 19:17. Jn. 3:3. 1Tim. 2:5.

  • Pope Francis displayed something far too many deeply religious people don’t have; enough compassion for a child’s pain such that he would, as I would, tell him anything that would comfort him in such a time of anxiety.

    I don’t agree with most of the pope’s beliefs, but I am with him on this one. As Thomas Paine wrote:

    I believe in the equality of man, and I believe that religious duties consist in doing justice, loving mercy, and endeavoring to make our fellow-creatures happy. (The Age of Reason, Published in three parts, 1794, 1795, and 1807)

  • terrymengle

    Sounds like the Pope is making it up as he goes. The infallible Pope just showed us he is not infallible. In fact, he is ignorant of the Word of God.

  • Chet

    Wow! This man is surely in the wrong line of work and ought to be selling used cars on the street corner. There, he could hawk those cream puffs with super low miles and meticulously well maintained with super low super low prices good for today only….

  • warriorbride

    Here is the false pope telling a little boy that his father is in heaven, because he was a good person but he was an ATHEIST! Then he told him to PRAY to his father ? This is totally NECROMANCER praying to dead people IS A SIN ! and NO, an atheist is NOT a child of God, and NOT born again thus, he is going to hell not heaven, FALSE HERESY once again I don’t know WHY catholics are so GULLIBLE and IGNORANT of the Word? Because they follow a man and NOT JESUS CHRIST! The pope teaches that everyone will go to heaven, and they dont read the bible but read the APOCRYPHA which is a MAN MADE book ADDED to the bible, which is a SIN- Deut 4:2 and what CULTS do this. Yet Catholics will follow BLINDLY like a sheep to the slaughter, we must PRAY for catholics to see and hear the TRUTH ! Before its too late, for many are coming out of that false church thank goodness but others cant leave, because they are brainwashed. Also when you teach false doctrine, and sit and continue to listen to it, the devil enters into you and lies and deceives you and blinds to the TRUTH! Yoi MUST be BORN AGAIN to enter heaven John 3:3 and REPENT of your sins, Luke 13:3 and OBEY THE BIBLE ! The pope also told his congregants NOT to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ ! How much more do they have to hear to LEAVE that church ???

  • Reason2012

    “They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.”
    Romans 3:12

    “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.”
    Isaiah 64:6

    “Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.”
    Mark 7:7

    “And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest [be baptized]. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”
    Acts 8:36-37

    “But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi. But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.”
    Matthew 23:5-10

    “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”
    Ephesians 2:8-10

    “Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.”
    Romans 4:4-5

    “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven [carved] image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:”
    Exodus 20:4

    “I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.”
    Isaiah 42:8

    “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;”
    1 Timothy 2:5

    “And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.”
    Luke 1:46-47

    “And it came to pass, as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked. But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.”
    Luke 11:27-28

    “And he answered them, saying, Who is my mother, or my brethren? And he looked round about on them which sat about him, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother.”
    Mark 3:33-35

    “Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he [Jesus] did once, when he offered up himself.”
    Hebrews 7:27

    “By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”
    Hebrews 10:10

    “Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.”
    Acts 16:29-31

    “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.”
    Matthew 7:13-15

    “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”
    Matthew 7:21-23

    “And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things. Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.”
    Revelation 22:8-9

    “And [Jesus] said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.”
    Mark 4:9

  • robert boe

    what is it about our own miserable works and doings that we think we could please God
    More than the sacrifice of his own son. Martin Luther

  • Velma Mitchell

    Pope Francis is right in so far as only God in Christ can possibly have the last word on who does/does not get into Heaven and not we ourselves, for only God fully knows the heart and knows whether or not the father turned to Him as he was transitioning from this world into the next, beyond what any mortals left behind could possibly be privy to. And as God is infinitely more merciful and compassionate than we are, the little boy can safely trust that God would take everything concerning his father’s heart into consideration. After all, Jesus Himself said on the cross, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do”, and only He gets to have the final word on any of us anyway. The best we can do is be assured of our own salvation and those we know love the Lord for sure. What we do NOT know is whether or not some unbelievers turn into believers as they are dying beyond what anyone left behind can see or ascertain. Some unbelievers have by the sheer grace of God have rec’d loving revelations of Christ while in a coma, thereby turning them into believers when they awoke. I dare say we will have some pretty big surprises when we get to heaven. The saved are saved by grace alone through Jesus Christ the Lord, Savior and Final Judge. We can disagree with the Pope’s advice for the son to ‘pray’ to his father without calling the Pope the Anti-Christ for giving the little boy some comfort.