Pope’s letter to non-believers in Italian paper La Repubblica

https://i0.wp.com/media01.radiovaticana.va/imm/1_0_727606.JPGDoes God forgive non-believers? Does absolute truth exist? And is God merely a creation of the human mind?

In a lengthy letter to the former editor of the Italian daily ‘La Repubblica’, Eugenio Scalfari, Pope Francis shares reflections on these three questions and urges all non-believers to engage with Christians in an open and sincere conversation.

In the letter published on Wednesday, the Pope laments the impasse that has grown up over the centuries with those who see Christianity as ‘dark and superstitious,’ in opposition to the ‘light of reason’.

Quoting from the recent encyclical ‘Lumen Fidei’, the Pope stresses that, on the contrary, faith must never be intransigent or arrogant, but rather humble and able to grow in relationship with others.

Responding to the three questions posed by the Italian journalist and writer, the Pope says the key issue for non-believers is that of “obeying their consciences” when faced with choices of good or evil. God’s mercy, he stresses, “has no limits” for those who seek him with a sincere and contrite heart.

Reflecting on the question of absolute truth, Pope Francis says he prefers to describe the truth in terms of a dynamic relationship between each Christian and Jesus, who said, ‘I am the way, the truth and the life’. The truth of God’s love, the Pope insists, is not subjective, but it is only experienced and expressed as a journey, a living relationship with each one of us, in our different social and cultural contexts.

Thirdly, Pope Francis considers the question of God as a creation of the human mind, who will thus disappear when human beings cease to exist on earth. In my experience, he says – and in that of so many other Christians past and present – God is not merely an idea but is a “Reality” of infinite goodness and mercy, revealed to us through his son, Jesus of Nazareth.

Reflecting on the originality of the Christian faith in relations to other religions, the Pope stresses the role of Jesus who renders us all sons and daughters of God, therefore also brothers and sisters to each other. Our arduous task, he says, is that of communicating God’s love to all, not in a superior way, but rather through service to all people especially those on the margins of our societies.

Finally the Pope spoke of his deep respect and friendship for people of Jewish faith – especially those with whom he worked so closely in his native Argentina. Reflecting on the terrible experience of the Shoah, he said, we can never be grateful enough to the Jews who maintained their faith in God, thus teaching us too to remain always open to his infinite love.


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Bombay Laity Ezekiel’s Chapter 3 Task as Watchman 17 “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. 18 When I say to a wicked person, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn them or speak out to dissuade them from their evil ways in order to save their life, that wicked person will die for[b] their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. 19 But if you do warn the wicked person and they do not turn from their wickedness or from their evil ways, they will die for their sin; but you will have saved yourself.
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3 Responses to Pope’s letter to non-believers in Italian paper La Repubblica

  1. Cedric Vaz says:

    The use of words like ” NON-BELIEVERS ” must be relegated forever to the dark ages by the Church of today if they want peace and harmony for Christians and Catholics all over the world. This is the only way we and people of all other religions can co-exist together in a civilised manner and thereby pay more importance to progress and prosperity. Religious conversions is no longer relevant today and must be made redundant forever !

  2. Praise the Lord Alleluia ! The Holy Father has stressed on very important points for us as followers of Jesus. The way, the Truth and The Life. The Rock of Peter stands firm, and,the very words of Jesus Himself.”Upon this rock I will build my Church and the gates of Hell shall not prevail.”It is for all of us brothers and sisters In Christ to live up to what Our Lord expects from our calling day in and day out. We should the people of The Kingdom Established by Jesus.

  3. Whilst most of us believe that God is just not some phenomenon invented to keep control of the state by the clergy, there are many who wonder why, that if this God is so good and loving, why is it that problems and hardships only come in plenty to the poor and downtrodden; the millionaires and upward never have to hope and pray for their next square meal. No one has the option to choose which family he/she is born into; if there was a choice most would choose to be born into a billionaire family, and not into a hut or hovel family, or just ordinary lower middle class !!!!
    Till there is some understandable and believable clarification on this, there will many who wonder
    “WHY ME LORD ??? ” It is human to do so !!!!

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