In first prayer video, Pope stresses interfaith unity: ‘We are all children of God’
.- The Pope’s first-ever video message on his monthly prayer intentions was released Tuesday, highlighting the importance of interreligious dialogue and the beliefs different faith traditions hold in common, such as the figure of God and love.
“Many think differently, feel differently, seeking God or meeting God in different ways. In this crowd, in this range of religions, there is only one certainty that we have for all: we are all children of God,” Pope Francis said in his message, released Jan. 6, the feast of the Epiphany.
At the beginning of the video, a minute-and-a-half long, the Pope cites the fact that the majority of the earth’s inhabitants profess some sort of religious belief.
This, he said, “should lead to a dialogue among religions. We should not stop praying for it and collaborating with those who think differently.” read more…
Vatican’s ecumenical movement: antichrist pope wants a one world religion
After a media firestorm erupted last week when a Wheaton College professor was suspended for asserting that Muslims and Christians worship the same God, a handful of Christian theologians have written about whether or not the professor was right.
Soon after The Christian Post reported that Wheaton professor Larycia Hawkins posted to Facebook that she was going to wear a hijab during Advent to show solidarity with Muslims and stated “we worship the same God,” the school placed the tenured professor on paid administrative leave because her “theological implications” appear to be “in conflict with the College’s Statement of Faith.”
While students at Wheaton have protested in support of Hawkins and claimed she has not violated the school’s statement of faith, prominent Evangelicals such as Franklin Graham have chastised Hawkins’ “same God” as shameful and “absolutely wrong.”
But coming to Hawkins’ defense is Yale theology professor Miroslav Volf, a croatian Protestant theologian whom Hawkins cited when defending her “same God” claim in a follow up post on Facebook.
Volf, who wrote the recent book Allah: A Christian Response and wrote a Washington Post op-ed condemning the school for suspending Hawkins, has maintained that Arab Christians have worshipped a God named Allah for centuries and that many Christians have long believed that “Muslims worship the same God that they do.” read more…
Pastor Ed Young Sr. Prays With Caitlyn Jenner in Texas Megachurch
Transgender activist Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Olympic gold medalist Bruce Jenner, prayed with Pastor Ed Young Sr. at a Christmas pageant at Houston’s Second Baptist Church for a reality show. The pastor’s son, Ed Young Jr., who leads Fellowship Church in Grapevine, Texas, posted their photos and tweeted about it.
Jenner attended the church of Young Sr., who opposed the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, or HERO, for the reality series “I Am Cait.”
“Dad has always taught me to love everyone. Here he is praying with @Caitlyn_Jenner at tonight’s service,” Pastor Young Jr. tweeted Thursday, followed by another tweet the following day, “Dad and @Caitlyn_Jenner had a great conversation and prayer after last night’s service! #grace”
Jenner also attended a family Christmas service at Grace Church Houston, whose founding pastor, Steve Riggle, was also against the ordinance championed by lesbian Houston Mayor Annise Parker, which was passed by the city council in May 2014. The measure, which was repealed last month, allowed people to use public bathrooms of the gender they identify with, which means that men could use women bathrooms. read more…