November 6, 2014
In his continuing quest to win the favor of liberals and pagans around this fallen world, Pope Francis I last week said, “God is not a divine being.”
He made this astonishing remark during an informal speech defending something called “theistic evolution.” That’s a doctrine much favored by squishy Christians who want to be accepted by the world. Oh, sure, says the pope: God is still the Creator. But He doesn’t actually “make” things. He just sort of starts the ball rolling, and then sits back and watches. Although how He can do even that, without being a divine being, the pope did not explain.
Before dropping this clanger, Francis got his wings clipped by the assembled bishops recently when he exhorted them to ease up on homosexuality, shacking up, and divorce. The bishops weren’t buying it.
Does this man understand he’s the pope, and not the governor of California?
Some of you will say, “Well, what do you expect? The pope is Catholic, and Catholics aren’t Christians.”
But what has Francis said that countless flatline Protestant church men have not already said? If you want Tibetan Buddhist prayer chants, goddess worship, labyrinth walks, openly “gay” clergy performing same-sex parodies of marriage, or Sufi dervishes spinning around the floor like tops, you can find it at a nearby Episcopalian, Evangelical Lutheran, United Methodist, or Presbyterian Church USA facility. Don’t think for a moment that Catholics have a lock on pseudo-Christianity.
As a Protestant affiliated with no particular denomination, when an unbeliever taxes me with howlers spoken by Rick Warren or Joel Osteen, I can always shrug my shoulders and say, “It’s got nothin’ to do with me.” But Catholics have a single, supposedly authoritative spokesman, and it’s hard for them to distance themselves from anything he says. They’re stuck with it.
So we soon saw a lot of “what he really meant was…” pieces on the Internet, by Catholic writers trying to sanitize the pope’s remark.
“God is not a divine being.” Think it over. If God is not a divine being, who is? If Pope Francis is not just Joe Biden in clerical robes, what could he have meant? One of my liberal friends says he only meant that God is “not some old man with a white beard, like Zeus.” Well, okay—but is there any Christian, anywhere, who doesn’t already know that? “God is a spirit,” Our Lord Jesus Christ told the Samaritan woman at the well, “and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24). Michelangelo painted God as an old man with a white beard on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel; but we don’t presume God posed for him.
Not having been granted an interview with the pope, I can only speculate on what’s going on inside his head. Is he suggesting that there really is no such thing as a divine being, as we mortals have always understood the term?
Not long ago, Francis said that atheists, heathen, and what-have-you can go to Heaven, whether or not they accept Jesus Christ as their Savior, as long as they do nice things. So we must then ask just how many good works will earn you salvation. What if you miscounted, and you realize, with your dying breath, that you’re one or two works short?
Pope Francis seems to have joined with assorted flatline Protestant churchmen in the exciting pastime of making up Christianity as they go along. Maybe they can come up with a generic Christianity Lite that the secular world can tolerate—a Christianity without a divine being, without immutable moral laws, without a need for faith, accepting and even embracing the secular values of socialism, self-esteem, and sexual liberation. Maybe they can come up with a Christianity that’ll even be approved of by the lesbian mayor of Houston.
Only then, of course, it won’t be Christianity at all, in the Biblical sense of the word—only a collection of flabby platitudes and flabby believers who bow to Baal whenever there’s a conflict. But at least no one will get down on those believers for rejecting Evolution and doubting Global Warming.
There’s already too much of this among the churches. The world hated Christ, and He warned His disciples that it would hate them, too, for His sake (John 17:14). Would we rather have the truth, or the good opinion of Christ’s enemies? We cannot surrender to the world, except at the price of our souls.
And if God is not a divine being, how can He give us eternal life?
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Lee Duigon, a contributing editor with the Chalcedon Foundation, is a former newspaper reporter and editor, small businessman, teacher, and horror novelist. He has been married to his wife, Patricia, for 34 years. See his new fantasy/adventure novels, Bell Mountain and The Cellar Beneath the Cellar, available on www.amazon.com