Vatican: Christianity is not an ideology or philosophical belief

Vatican: Christianity is not an ideology or philosophical belief
Pope Francis holds Book of the Gospels as he leads the Easter vigil mass in Saint Peter's basilica at the Vatican, April 15,... MAX ROSSI April 15, 2017 05:20pm EDT

Pope Francis on Wednesday offered a reflection on Christ’s Resurrection and the start of Christianity, saying it’s not about us and what we do, but what the Lord has done for us. In his weekly “General Audience” before thousands of pilgrims Wednesday, the Pope underscored the interpersonal aspect of Christianity as faith in the person of Jesus Christ as savior and revealer of the FatherHe emphasized that Christianity is not so much our search for God, but rather God's search for us. 

In his recent sermon Pope Francis has refuted the idea of Christianity as a philosophy or political ideology, proposing rather that it is a journey of faith with its roots in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. The words directly confront any Easter season criticism suggesting that Christianity is anything else but real. Reflecting on the witness of Saint Paul, Francis noted that Christian faith is not the outcome of a reflection of some wise person, but a simple fact that intervened in the lives of some people.

“Paul sums it up this way: Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and on the third day he rose again and appeared to Peter and to the Twelve,” the Pope said. “This is the fact: he died, was buried, is risen and has appeared. That is, Jesus is alive!”

“This is the core of the Christian message,” Francis said.

The Pope insisted that Christ’s resurrection was central to the preaching of the early Christian community, because it highlighted the sense that death did not have the final word. If everything were over with Christ’s death, Francis reasoned, he would have given an example of supreme dedication, but he would not move us to faith in Him. He would have been one more hero to admire.

“No!” Francis said. “He died but rose again.”

To those calling themselves Christians but do not believe in the Jesus' resurrection,  Faith, he said,

“is born from the resurrection. To accept that Christ died on the cross is not an act of faith; it is a historical fact. Believing that he rose, on the other hand, is an act of faith.” The Christian faith “was born on Easter morning,” Francis asserted.

Catholic News Agency / Breitbart News / TRUNEWS contribution. 

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