Christianity was founded 2000 years ago and still the media does not have it right.
One thing about Pope Francis, he does convey the humility and grace of what Christianity represents and what the vast majority of Christians are already practicing, and that is to demonstrate the love of Christ.http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/29/pope-francis-gays_n_3669635.html
Those never going to or being exposed to Sunday School Christian theology thought what Pope Francis recently articulated about gays is a fresh revelation towards the controversy surrounding gays and their role in the Christian church. Anyone exposed even to the basics of the teachings of Christ are already quite acquainted with the attributes of humility, grace, and not being judgmental.
Pope Francis repeated the teachings of Christ, “judge not and ye will not be judged; condemn not and ye will not be condemned”.
We have continuously heard from what the media thinks about Christianity, we have continuously heard from what the gay advocates think about Christianity, however rarely are mainstream leaders as the Pope quizzed about what Christianity really represents.
The media loves to interview fridge groups as the Westboro Baptist Church or renegade thinkers that liberally sprinkle in their own opinion which disqualifies many from being classified as Christian theology. Pope Francis was peppered with questions that he knocked out of the park, questions not really requiring much effort for someone following correct doctrine.
“Who am I to judge?” was a refreshing reminder by the Pope of what Jesus instructed followers to do likewise concerning condemning any type of sin, particularly sexual activity that falls outside Bible teaching. It may have been astonishing to those lacking understanding about Christian doctrine as “who am I to judge?”, however the statement reflects the proper attitude of those claiming to know and follow Jesus.http://www.capalert.com/judgenot.htm
Homosexuality has been overemphasized by a culture preoccupied by sexual preferences. Sexual immorality in general was a problem during Biblical times, but it was not the main focus since there were much more numerous heterosexual issues the Bible addressed as fornication and adultery. The same issues represent a far more number of sins plaguing the Christian churches today.
During Jesus’ ministry the Pharisees brought forth a woman caught in adultery, in the very act. The fallen woman was brought to Jesus with another trick question of what should be done with her, because after all, the law of Moses stipulated that an adulterer should be put to death by stoning. It was interesting that the male was not anywhere to be found even though she was caught “in the very act”.http://www.biblegateway.com/resources/commentaries/IVP-NT/John/Jesus-Forgives-Woman-Taken
If Jesus said to put her to death, then the Pharisees could accuse Jesus of hypocrisy concerning forgiveness and mercy. If Jesus said to let her go, then they could accuse Christ of being a false teacher not adhering to the law of Moses. It was apparently a no win scenario as were many of the questions regarding homosexuality that was fielded to Pope Francis by a media more interested in stirring up controversy.
Jesus gave the requirement that “let that person that is without sin cast the first stone”. Everyone is a sinner, and the mob was convicted by their own conscience and left one by one instead of stoning the accused woman. When Jesus asked the woman caught in adultery regarding her accusers and if anyone condemned her, she replied, “No Lord”.
Then Christ set the standard for all sin that is unacceptable to God by saying, “Neither do I condemn you, but go and sin no more”.
This is an issue that is being sidestepped by anyone that engages in sexually immoral behavior today, including homosexuality. Pope Francis merely sets the standard for any sexual activity that deviates from Bible guidelines is sin. A homosexual priest has always been welcomed into the ranks of the Catholic religion as long as they turned away from their homosexuality and did not practice it.http://www.biblehelp.org/wounded.htm
Celibacy from heterosexual activity was just as expected as priests were required to conform to not engaging in illicit heterosexual activity as long as they took their vows. Pope Francis made it clear that homosexuals were not allowed to continue their sexual activity but be abstinent from practicing any sex.
Allowing priests to marry is an issue of the traditional Roman Catholic Church out of the Vatican and the Eastern Orthodox Catholic Church. The Bible teaches it is better for one to marry than burn with passion should sexual expression become a problem.
Compassion is suppose to be demonstrated towards any sinner from the church, but as Jesus expected the woman caught in adultery to “go and sin no more”, that same expectation is true for ANY sinner that is forgiven their past sins. There is no change in God’s standard for sin as Malachi and Hebrews declare.
Turning from sin or repenting is a distinction that makes Christianity quite unique through the religious experience. A change of heart towards evil and embracing God’s forgiveness through the cleansing blood of Jesus Christ creates a newly generated spirit that empowers one through the Holy Spirit to resist sin. The promise of 1 John 4:4 which states, “greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world” helps one to resist temptation.
Pope Francis merely restated what the Christian experience already established for nearly two thousand years.