Pope Francis: 'Christians and Muslims are brothers and sisters'


Extract published on November 30th 2015

Pope Francis has told worshippers in a mosque in the Central African Republic that "Christians and Muslims are brothers and sisters".

He was speaking to Muslims who had sought shelter in the capital Bangui after nearly three years of violence between Christians and Muslims.

The mosque visit was seen as perhaps the most difficult part of his Africa tour, a BBC correspondent says

Pope Francis then held the final Mass of his Africa trip in Bangui.

He was speaking in Latin, which was then translated into the local Sango language.

His message of reconciliation appeared to have an immediate impact, as a reporter from the AFP news agency spotted a group of Muslim rebels turn up at the Mass wearing t-shirts with the Pope's image on them.

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TTGM Comments on Highlight from article: Christians refer to themselves as brothers and sisters because they serve God their Father, through their understanding in Jesus Christ. In the same way Muslims refer to themselves as brothers and sisters because they serve Allah through their understanding as given by the “Prophet” Muhammad.


Consider the following scriptures as you read on.

Mark 3:35 [KJV] - For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother.


From Mark 3:35: Is the will of the Koran the same as the will behind the Bible?


The Bible claims to be inspired by God. After reading the Koran and the Bible can anyone sincerely come to the conclusion that the inspiration comes from the same source (God)? If the inspiration came from the same source, why is it that the two systems of worship (to God) are like night and day?


Can you be a brother or sister to someone that believes in a different God (outside of natural birth)? Will not the spiritual connection/family be different?


Will you call someone your brother or sister if they have a different father and mother than you?


Did any of the Church fathers, old testament prophets and or apostles of Jesus Christ ever refer to anyone outside the faith of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as their brothers and sisters?


The Bible of the Christian states that no one can come to the Father but by Jesus (only). So how can we expect to see “our” Muslim brothers and sisters in heaven if they have chosen a different path (by way of Muhammad)?  


In light of the Word, we at TTGM must disagree with Pope Francis on this one. There is no evidence in scripture that supports that a believer in Christ considered someone outside of the faith (in Christ) as a brother or a sister. Outside the Jewish faith, people were referred to as gentiles (a gentile would never be considered a brother/sister to a Jew). In the Christian faith, only after conversion to faith in Christ was the title brother/sister bestowed on a person. Pope Francis has no scriptural or historical support for this statement. Interesting to note; a Muslim would never consider a Christian or a Jew to be his brother/sister. It is important to note that in the homeland of a Muslim, a Christian cannot worship his God in total freedom; in fact it may cost him his life. Lets not get bewildered by Pope Francis’ statement.     



The Greatest Love of all (John 3:16) 

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life"

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