Thursday, September 4, 2014

Uniting Religions | Prophet of Peace? or The Man of Sin?

The pope had a meeting today with the former president of Israel, Shimone Peres. Mr. Peres wanted to promote his idea for a "UN for religions" to Pope Francis whom he described as "the only world figure respected enough to bring an end to the wars raging in the Middle East and elsewhere in the world". 

The group would be called the United Religions. The intended purpose for this group is to serve as a one world moral voice who would speak for God. Quoting the article from the Jerusalem Post:
“What we need is an organization of United Religions... as the best way to combat terrorists who kill in the name of faith,” Peres said. “What we need is an unquestionable moral authority who says out loud, ‘No, God does not want this and does not allow it.’”

Just to be clear, one who speaks for God is called a prophet. And since it is not God who is authorizing this group, that would make them false prophets.
And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.  Revelation 13:11-12

After Peres left, Pope Francis had a 30 minute closed door meeting with Jordanian Prince El-Hassan bin Talal, another well known proponent of interfaith. To be a fly on the wall...

Peres proposes ‘UN for religions’ to pope at Vatican

VATICAN CITY – Former president Shimon Peres emerged from a Vatican City audience with Pope Francis Thursday after proposing a kind of United Nations for religions.

Peres, 91, who was the world’s oldest head of state until his term ended six weeks ago, met with Francis amid heightened tensions in the Middle East.

He used the talks to highlight human rights abuses from Hamas and to discuss the rise of anti-Semitism in Europe.

But the main topic of conversation was Peres’s idea to create a UN-like organization he called “the United Religions.”

Peres said the Argentina-born pontiff was the only world figure respected enough to bring an end to the wars raging in the Middle East and elsewhere in the world.

“In the past, most of the wars in the world were motivated by the idea of nationhood,” Peres said. “But today, wars are incited using religion as an excuse.”

Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi confirmed to reporters that Peres had pitched his idea for “the United Religions” but said Francis did not commit to it.

“The pope listened, showing his interest, attention, and encouragement,” Lombardi said, adding that the pope pointed to the Pontifical Councils for Interreligious Dialogue and for Justice and Peace as existing agencies “suitable” for supporting interfaith peace initiatives.

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