Assisi 2016: a Religious Babel

Excerpts from the Official “Declaration of Assisi”

  Here are some excerpts from the “Declaration of Assisi”, the official text approved for the occasion:[5]

  “Men and women of various religions, we gather as pilgrims in the city of Saint Francis.  Thirty years ago in 1986, religious representatives from all over the world met here at the invitation of Pope John Paul II.  It was the first such solemn gathering that brought so many together, in order to affirm the indissoluble bond between the great good of peace and an authentic religious attitude.  From that historic event, a long pilgrimage was begun which has touched many cities of the world, involving many believers in dialogue and in praying for peace.  It has brought people together without denying their differences, giving life to real interreligious friendships and contributing to the resolution of more than a few conflicts.”[6]

  Did the Lord Jesus Christ ever say anything even remotely along these lines – that Christians should have such inter-religious meetings so as to “bring people together without denying their differences”?  Never!  He made it clear, in no uncertain terms, that He is the only way to the Father (Jn. 14:6).  As for “bringing people together”, He only does this when people from different nations and false religions are converted to Him, forsake their false religions and are united into one body, the Church.  In the true Church “there is neither Jew nor Greek… for ye are all one in Christ Jesus” (Gal. 3:28); but He did not come to bring peace in the world: “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword” (Matt. 10:34).  Meaning, as He goes on to say, that whenever someone is converted to Him, becoming a true Christian, the people of the world hate him, even at times the members of his own family, and persecute him (vv. 35,36; also vv. 21,22).

  The official text went on: “This is the spirit that animates us: to bring about encounters through dialogue, and to oppose every form of violence and abuse of religion which seeks to justify war and terrorism.  And yet, in the years that have followed, numerous populations have nonetheless been painfully wounded by war.”[7]

  Oh, one could laugh out loud at this if it were not so tragic: apart from declaring that those who justify war and terrorism in the name of religion are abusing their religions, which is manifestly false as any study of either Roman Catholic or Islamic history will prove – they are simply living up to what their religions teach and demand – this text had just made the statement that praying for peace in the world had been going on since the first Assisi event thirty years previously; yet now the admission is made that “in the years that have followed [Assisi 1986], numerous populations have nonetheless been painfully wounded by war”! 

  Thirty years of interfaith prayers for “peace” – and what do they have to show for it?  Nothing.  There are wars everywhere, the world is being ripped apart by violence, and three decades of earnest inter-religious prayer and inter-religious dialogue haven’t made a dent in the way the world behaves! 

  And no wonder.  For the Lord does not hear the prayers of wicked people, uniting with the prayers of other wicked people, worshipping in whatever way they feel like, every man doing what is right in his own eyes, a religious smorgasbord which the Lord hates.  The sovereign Lord of heaven and earth has sent His own dear Son into the world to save sinners, and yet the men of the world think they can ignore the Son, and invent all kinds of ways to try to reach God, doing as they see fit, in their own arrogant and haughty eyes!  “Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little.  Blessed are all they that put their trust in him” (Psa. 2:12).  Well, these men do not kiss [reconcile with] the Son of God.  They reject Him, and follow the imaginations of their own hearts, worshipping as they see fit; and He is angry with them.  “God is angry with the wicked every day” (Psa. 7:11).

  The text also said: “May a new season finally begin, in which the globalized world can become a family of peoples.  May we carry out our responsibility of building an authentic peace… capable of preventing conflicts through a cooperation that triumphs over hate and overcomes barriers through encounter and dialogue.”[8]

  Of course, all decent men want peace in the world.  It would be wonderful if there were no wars and conflicts.  It would be great if nations co-operated instead of going to war with one another.  But in this present fallen world, this is simply never going to happen.  All men are sinful, war is in their hearts, and as long as the world lasts there will be conflicts.  No man, or group of men, will ever achieve world peace.  And Christ did not come into this world to create world peace either.  He came to save His people out of the world.  He gives them peace in their hearts, peace in Him, and it is a peace which the people of the world know nothing about, and can never know anything about (Jn. 16:33; Phil. 4:7). 

  The text then said: “Nothing is impossible if we turn to God in prayer.”[9]  Yet this is only true with regards to the prayers of true Christians.  Men who worship false gods do not turn to the true God in prayer.  The god of Francis I, and the gods of all the other representatives of false religions gathered at Assisi, are false gods.  Their prayers, then, are meaningless.  They are offered to heathen deities.

Excerpts from Francis I’s Speech at Assisi

  Let us now look at some of the things which Francis I said in his address on the concluding day of the four-day gathering in Assisi:

  He said: “Our religious traditions are diverse.  But our differences are not the cause of conflict and provocation, or a cold distance between us.  We have not prayed against one another today, as has sometimes unfortunately occurred in history.  Without syncretism or relativism, we have rather prayed side by side and for each other.”[10]

  “Our differences are not the cause of conflict and provocation”?  Tell that to the multitudes massacred by Rome through the centuries because they were not Papists and did not worship the false gods of Roman Catholicism.  Tell that to those being brutally killed by Islamic fanatics all over the world today.  Tell that to those being persecuted by rampaging Hindu mobs in India, just because they are not Hindus.

 “We have not prayed against one another today, as has sometimes unfortunately occurred in history.”  Well, he would know: his vile religious system prayed against all whom it termed “heretics”, century after long century.  Now he says it was only “sometimes”, and that it was “unfortunate”; but he knows he is lying through his teeth.  It was often, very often indeed, and his predecessors on the papal chair saw nothing unfortunate about it.  They saw it as a holy cause, a crusade.  And in truth, so does Francis.  It’s just that different times demand different measures. 

  As for saying that this religious Babel occurred “without syncretism or relativism”, that was an outright falsehood.  But in true Jesuit fashion he could say this, because the various religions had prayed separately according to their own rites.  This aspect has already been examined above.

  He then warned them about the danger of a “special paganism”, which infiltrates between religions, saying: “It is a virus that paralyzes, rendering us lethargic and insensitive, a disease that eats away at the very heart of religious fervour, giving rise to a new and deeply sad paganism: the paganism of indifference.”[11]

  Isn’t this rich?  This man heads up the religious system that has been well described as nothing but “baptized paganism”[12] – and he warns of a “special paganism”?  Here he was, leader of a massive pagan religion masquerading as “Christianity”, and addressing the leaders of many other pagan religions – and he warns about a “special paganism”?  He calls it “the paganism of indifference”, and with that he passes over the paganism of worshipping idols, the paganism of offering sacrifices, the paganism of praying to many gods and goddesses, the paganism of temples and mosques and cathedrals.  Surrounded by the priests of one pagan religion after another, high priest of a pagan religion himself, he ignores all that and focuses on “the paganism of indifference”!  Truly, this man is spiritually blind and dead in his sins.

  He also said: “We must never tire of repeating that the name of God cannot be used to justify violence.  Peace alone, and not war, is holy!… Our future consists in living together.  For this reason we are called to free ourselves from the heavy burdens of distrust, fundamentalism and hatred.”[13]

  And yet this is precisely what has been done, time and time again throughout history, and most especially by his own religious system, Roman Catholicism: the name of God has been used to justify violence.  But now, because it suits her in this day of ecumenism and interfaith, the persecuting Harlot on the seven hills wears a smiling face!  Now, its pope can say piously, “We must never tire of repeating that God’s name cannot be used to justify violence”!  His predecessors used it precisely in that way through many, many long centuries. 

  And then came the denunciation of “fundamentalism”.  Today, thanks to what the media labels as “Islamic fundamentalism”, most people in the world tend to think of fundamentalism as something evil, dangerous, vicious, the domain of wild-eyed, gun-toting fanatics who kill in the name of their religion.  But true Christians are fundamentalists, in the sense that they hold firmly to the great fundamental truths of Christianity.  These truths have nothing to do with violence.  But very subtly, with the subtlety of the serpent himself, true Christians have now become labelled alongside Muslim madmen and other dangerous religious crackpots.  And so, whenever the pope of Rome condemns “religious fundamentalism”, he and his servants make sure that people understand him to be meaning evangelical Christians as well!

  Slowly but surely, true Christians are being depicted as being part of the lunatic fringe of society, dangerous foaming-at-the-mouth religious fanatics who must be stopped at all costs, men and women who are seen to be a threat to society on all kind of levels.