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Thoughts on Nostra Aetate by Pope John Paul VI

Updated on December 30, 2012
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Pope Benedict XVI prays alongside Mustafa Cagrici, the grand mufti of Istanbul, in the Turkish capitals Blue Mosque in November 2006
Pope Benedict XVI prays alongside Mustafa Cagrici, the grand mufti of Istanbul, in the Turkish capitals Blue Mosque in November 2006 | Source

Promoting Dialogue

Reflections on the Edict


Human kind is God’s children, whether or not they are Christians or not. In the bible it says, there is great rejoicing in heaven when a soul is saved, but when a soul is lost, there is great sorrow. And the bible also mentions that a Soul is worth more than the whole world’s value combined. However, I do not think that the Catholic church should accept all religions as they are, the intend may be true but they do not worship the real true God. Christ is indeed the way, the truth and life but the bible also mentions, only through him we can approach the father and no one else may approach the father without Christ. The bible also compares Christ as the narrow gate and the narrow road that leads to eternal life with God so by rejecting Christ, are you not rejecting that eternal path to salvation? Now I agree with this part of this document ‘The Church, therefore, exhorts her sons, that through dialogue and collaboration with the followers of other religions, carried out with prudence and love and in witness to the Christian faith and life, they recognize, preserve and promote the good things, spiritual and moral, as well as the socio-cultural values found among these men.” Dialogue between religions are necessary, no matter how different or hateful it may seem. Only through talks and interactions can we all get along in this global community. The synod may make the decision for the Christian community, but today, if you look carefully enough, there is not a Muslim synod or a commonality or ideology that can stand for the general Muslim populace. Yes those things that are mentioned of the Muslims may be true from the Quran and the teachings but in real life, many mullahs or imams ignore the moderate spectrum of Islam and teach the radical teachings, thus the reason why Wasabi sect is the fastest growing sect in Saudi Arabia and one of the more popular sects in the Muslim world. Take a look at many of the wars, terrorist groups and civil strife going on in this world, many of these regions are heavily Muslim population and many of these terrorist groups are Muslim. The reason? The failure of an adequate standard moderate teaching method within the Muslim religious schools and in mosques. Yes I agree, we are tied to Abraham, in the fact that the Christian community is the New Testament “Israel” or God’s chosen people. I also agree the death of Jesus cannot be blamed on the Jews or any race or group of people. It was meant to happen as the father God in heaven planned it to happen. I also agree since we are all the children of God, we need to start treating each other like so.

Chief Rabbi Israel Lau leaned in to speak to Pope John Paul II during the pope's historic visit to the Western Wall in Jerusalem on March 23, 2000.
Chief Rabbi Israel Lau leaned in to speak to Pope John Paul II during the pope's historic visit to the Western Wall in Jerusalem on March 23, 2000. | Source
Pope John Paul II, Jewish Rabbi and Muslim Imam meeting to promote interreligious dialogue, based on mutual respect and cooperation for the common good.
Pope John Paul II, Jewish Rabbi and Muslim Imam meeting to promote interreligious dialogue, based on mutual respect and cooperation for the common good. | Source

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