Yesterday, not only did Pope Francis make it clear that you didn’t have to believe in God to be a good and righteous person, he believes even atheists will be redeemed.
I have problems with this Pope and organized religion in general, but this was very decent of him and it came at a particularly important time.
“The Lord created us in His image and likeness, and we are the image of the Lord, and He does good and all of us have this commandment at heart: do good and do not do evil. All of us. ‘But, Father, this is not Catholic! He cannot do good.’ Yes, he can… “The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! ‘Father, the atheists?’ Even the atheists. Everyone!”.. We must meet one another doing good. ‘But I don’t believe, Father, I am an atheist!’ But do good: we will meet one another there.”
In a world where some people are denying other people’s basic human rights, or worse, hacking to death those with different beliefs, this is a GREAT development. Jesus preached love. (The opposite, for instance, of this very un-Christian Christian.) I think it’s enormously compassionate of this Pope to envision a God that will not punish me for my disbelief, but instead embrace me for being a good person.
Whenever someone has told me I’m going to go to Hell (and I get told this from time to time) I always think that’s so insane. Even if I was wrong about there being no God, I can’t imagine that God would be so petty as to condemn a basically decent person like myself to be burned for all eternity. It makes no sense.
In other miraculous news, the Lion (Bleecker) laid down with the Lamb (Finney).