ROME — Pope Benedict XVI brought together diplomats from more than 20 Islamic countries Monday and told them that Christians and Muslims must overcome historical enmities and join to reject all forms of violence and intolerance.
The extraordinary gathering at the pope’s summer residence just south of Rome was the latest effort by Benedict to quell the furor stirred two weeks ago by controversial remarks he made about Islam. He is attempting to channel the emotion into what he calls an authentic and respectful dialogue
Expressing his "esteem and profound respect" for Islam’s believers, the pope said world peace and the future of the human race depended in large part on the ability of Christians and Muslims to build "bridges of friendship" and engage one another as they confronted danger and challenges.
"Faithful to the teachings of their own religious traditions, Christians and Muslims must learn to work together … to guard against all forms of intolerance and to oppose all manifestations of violence," the pope said. And as "religious authorities and political leaders, we must guide and encourage them in this direction."
Hmmm, sounds good doesn’t it. Let’s sit down amid reason together and talk and maybe we can come to some kind of agreement that will bring peace in our time. The problem is that very tenants of islam give no place to any other religion except islam. If you are not a muslum, then you are an infidel. If you are a Jew, you are a pig and if you are a follower of the cross, a dog. Infidels must pay a protection tax until they convert to islam. If they refuse they could be killed.
Go to any muslum nation and see if those of other faiths are free to worship and live as they believe they should. Go and try and give out a bible in Saudi Arabia and see what happens. It’s against the law to even bring a bible into that country and they are confiscated at customs. And yet in the west people are free to worship in whatever faith they follow.
The pope should have stood his ground. What he said was the truth. Instead now he wants dialogue with the devil and is calling on all Christians to do the same. I’m sorry but islam is the total opposite to everything Jesus taught. It is a religion born in the pit of hell.
Satan tried to dialogue with Jesus in Matthew 4:1-11
Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”
But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’”
Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written:
‘ He shall give His angels charge over you,’ and,
‘ In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’”
Jesus said to him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the LORD your God.’”
Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.”
Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.’”
Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.
Jesus put the devil in his place. Further we are told that we should not have any partnership or fellowship with the darkness of this world.
Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers [do not make mismated alliances with them or come under a different yoke with them, inconsistent with your faith]. For what partnership have right living and right standing with God with iniquity and lawlessness? Or how can light have fellowship with darkness?
What harmony can there be between Christ and Belial [the devil]? Or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever?
What agreement [can there be between] a temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God; even as God said, I will dwell in and with and among them and will walk in and with and among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 2 Cor. 6:14-16
Do not mistake me. God loves the muslum just as much as He loves the Christian. It is the longing of His heart to see them come to the saving knowledge that is found only in Jesus Christ and no other. But there is no common ground between Christianity and islam. There will never be.
We as Christians need to speak up because the world is facing an evil much worse than what came through Hitler and yet most refuse to see it. The world has been blinded to this danger by those who are in the media and the leftists. Muslums who follow the true tenants of islam don’t fear death and embrace martyrdom. They believe it is their right to become rulers of this world and conquer it for allah. They will do what ever is necessary to achieve this.
Martin Niemoller was a protestant pastor in Germany who was arrested and persecuted under Hitler. Don’t think this could happen again, think again.
When the Nazis came for the communists,
I remained silent;
I was not a communist.
When they locked up the social democrats,
I remained silent;
I was not a social democrat.
When they came for the trade unionists,
I did not speak out;
I was not a trade unionist.
When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out.
Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892-1984)