Religious Functions of Today
Pope Francis adrressing people at angelus
Pope Francis in St. Peter Square
What religions do for us
Welcome to our article (107), religious function today
As we have said in our last article, our religious writing review, we are interested in religious issues, so we want to see what religions do for us and we want to continue to write religious articles. So, let us try to follow what is happening these days in the religious field. Then, we can talk about it, and compare them with our own religious views. Since we want to understand what is good and what is wrong about these religious happenings, after that we are going to compare them, and then, we are going to see, how they can fit or clash with our religious theory of, Reconciliation of the universe.
Perhaps to understand what is going on, we should start to follow religions at the highest point possible, so, let us follow the pope and what pope Francis does, since pope Francis is the most important person, in the western religious world. You see, we want to see and make up our minds if religions are helping us in our lives; so, let us describe what is happening these days.
Anyhow, pope Francis, on the 11th of December 2016- During the Angelus made a special appeal for prayers for the people of Aleppo and Syria, and for all those other people affected by this war, which has gone on for years, with disastrous consequence and many innocent people have died. We outsiders find hard to understand, if this war is a war between the rebels and the Syrian government, because they don’t like Bashar al-Assad regime. Or there are other things that we don’t know, like the rebels that include religions, therefore, they are religious rebels, who wage war because they want their religious ways imposed on other people.
Let me explain, in the news that we read or listen to, we hear that there are wars going on in the Middle East, sometimes they talk about, the Syrian government with the army waging war to some rebels, but they don’t explain whether these rebels are rebels against the regime only, or they are religious as well. Because at the same time there are these ISIS rebels that kill people left right and centre, and they are religious fanatics, since they kill in the name of their God Allah, so, they are religious people, even if they seem to us just plain killers that should have no place in our modern society.
Anyhow, let us go back to talk about the roles that religions play today, in these cases, we are with pope Francis, who asks the Christian followers to pray God for the people of Aleppo and Syria. In my views this is the best we can do and hope that God hears our prayers and influences the right people to do something about it.
Here we need also to mention the ISIS, but for us they are hateful people, so, we don’t want to talk about them much. Now let us see what else pope Francis does.
Photo of the ruins of Aleppo in Syria
Google map of Aleppo Syria
What else can we learn from the pope
I believe that if we want to compare religions, we need to pay attention to what is happening today, we should look at religious leaders, so, we can learn more about them. Having said that, what else can we learn from pope Francis by following him, so, let us talk about pope Francis, and what he is doing.
Saturday December 10- 2016, pope Francis spoke to young would be priests of the future, telling them about the problems that they can face in the future as priests, and telling them what he aspects from them, when they are religious ministers. To do that, pope Francis was talking about the three-fold ministry of the priest, which are, welcoming everybody, forming good relationship with God by following the religious rules, and they should avoid selfishness and think about themselves too much. So, in other words, one can say that pope Francis was warning them to be good priests.
Because, if they do that, then, they should have a high approval rate from everybody. So, we can say that the pope is doing well, even when some of us try to run him down by criticising him. Anyhow, I start to believe that this pope, who has made changes from the previous popes, since he does not follow strictly what the former popes did, may be the pope that this world needs today.
Now, what else does pope Francis teaches us today? He said, as Christmas approaches, the Nativity scenes found in churches and homes around the world bid us to make room for Jesus both in our lives and in society. This is what pope Francis said shortly before the lighting of the Christmas tree in St. Peter’s Square.
Here again the pope does all those things that make life more acceptable for everybody, so, we can conclude that this pope and Christianity work well together. Therefore, when we look at these examples, we can say that the Roman Catholic religions could be one of the best religions in the world. We know that it is not perfect, because of the criticism that we get from the atheists and other learned people. But that is another story that needs to be talked about at another time, because today we want only to compare a few things that we have found and written here.
Today refugees in Aleppo are desperate
Now let us try to compare religions
In this article, we want to compare what religious functions do for us. As you know we have written a few things about religions above, so, now let us try to compare what we have written in this article, so that we can see what religion is achieving and whether it is good or bad for humanity.
We have talked about pope Francis, where he has asked his followers to pray for Aleppo and Syria and the people that are affected from this war, we believe that it is a good call with noble intention, whether God hears our prayers and helps humanity solve this problem is hard to say; anyhow the pope is showing us the way, how it should be done, when the pope does these things, to me it means that the pope wants to end the division between religions.
This pope Francis is not like any other popes, but I believe that he seems to understand a few things that most people ignore completely. Personally, I believe that he is doing an excellent job and guiding humanity in a global and merciful way. We need to ask ourselves, which other religious leaders pray for people that could be their enemies, since in Syria and the Middle East religious fanatics kill the Christians because they don’t belong to their religion.
Now let me take another look at what we have written, we can only say that the pope has done well, owing to the facts, that he has been merciful and followed the teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ, just like the Roman Catholic and other Cristian religions would.
This same thing cannot be said about the Muslim religions, since they go around killing in the name of their God Allah. We of the western world and religions can only ask ourselves, what sort of God is this God that let his people kill in his name. There must be something wrong here, because we cannot comprehend how this is possible, but it happens anyhow.
Today we should ask ourselves this question here, while these terrible things are happening using God’s name. We need to do that because, the world populations today are moving around. So, the world will be different in a few years, this people movement has a name and it is called globalization. Now, we believe that for the world to reach consensus on globalization, it is impossible unless the world religions change, and a new religion is born from all existing religions. This could be only possible if a new religion is designed in such a way, that it can link all existing religions together, with God of the universe at its head. So, what pope Francis is doing is like he wants to bring all religions together; which can be similar to what we want to suggest in our religious theory of Reconciliation of the universe.
This is all I want to say in this article.
So, see you in our next article, where we will talk about Christmas, since Christmas is coming soon.
May God bless us all.
Some religious links from same author
- Believing in God and religions
We need God and religions, it has been so for a very long time, we would not live that well with no religions, because people like to believe, belong and to stay together, religion does just that.
- Prayers of Reconciliation
Prayers of Reconciliation, I come to you praying Father Most High and eternal life giver of every living thing, I am praying thee for forgiveness of my sins and reconciliation.. People prayers to God.