Pope: Christian and Muslim Coexistence “a beautiful flower that promises to bear fruit”

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Israel Wire: Pope:coexistence with Muslims ‘is a beautiful flower that promises to bear fruit,’” Asia News, April 1, 2019.

Vatican City (AsiaNews) – Coexistence between Christians and Muslims “is a beautiful flower that promises to bear fruit. We must not give up ”knowing that there will still be difficulties, many difficulties because unfortunately, there are intransigent groups”.

Pope Francis confirmed his belief in dialogue on his return from Morocco, a country where “there is freedom of worship, there is religious freedom”, in speaking with journalists during the flight back to Rome. He also said that “now we see the flowers, the fruits will come later. But the flowers are promising ”. more …

Opinion: Almost 98 percent of the people in Morocco are Muslim, just over 1 percent are Christians, and a fraction of a percent are Jewish. While Morocco is known to be moderate towards Christians, attempting to convert a Muslim to another religion — also called “shaking the faith of a Muslim” — is a crime punishable with up to three years imprisonment and a substantial fine.

Editor and I have missionary friends who once spent a few years in Morocco who were warned about evangelizing.

In January 2018, Christianity Today (here) posted the top 50 countries most dangerous for followers of Jesus Christ.

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In the top 10 countries where persecution of Christians is greatest, 8 are Muslim countries. The pictures do not look anything like a beautiful flower …

Afghanistan:

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Somalia:

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Sudan:

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Pakistan:

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Libya:

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Iraq:

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Lebanon:

Iran:

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Catholic theology is Amillennial (Catholics  are gathered to Christ at the second coming, no millennial reign) as taught by Augustine, despite (somewhat ironically) the term “rapture” is derived from the text of the Latin Vulgate of 1 Thess. 4:17—”we will be caught up.”

Premillennial Christian theology (Dispensationalism) teaches that the persecution will continue until Jesus removes the church (rapture) before the tribulation (1 Corinthians 15:51-52; Revelation 3:10), to be caught up (Greek harpazō) to meet Him in the air (1 Thessalonians 4;16-18). Literal millennial reign on earth.

(See doctrines that divide Christians in Bible Prophecy 101 here)

4 COMMENTS

  1. “The flower that promises to bear fruit.” Sorry folks, but this pope is an idiot! (There, I said it.)

  2. Boy the Pope sure is an optimist. Hard to have an open dialogue when the very mention of Jesus will get you jailed or killed.
    I wonder when he makes these trips, if he does any evangelizing with his muslim counterparts or does he break out the rug and bang his head against the pavement while praying toward Mecca?

  3. Sorry! He’s a politician, not a theologian or an evangelist. Sometimes, the implacable most be noted for what it is. Jesus noted that of the Pharisees numerous times. Checkout Matthew 23.

  4. Matthew 23. That’s a good reference. Do as I say, not as I do.
    Sort of like saying walls are not christian while living in a compound surrounded by walls.

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