Saturday, April 02, 2005

Farewell Pope John Paul II

The Florida Today newspaper reports the Rev. Eamon Tobin of Ascension Catholic Church in Melbourne as describing the late Pope John Paul II as a modern day St. Paul.

I think not.

Whatever Pope John Paul II's faults are as a human, however untruthful is the doctrine that there exists a god who cares for us all, John Paul II was most unlike the lying Saul of Tarsus --- founder of the catholic church.

John Paul II sincerely believed in what he was preaching and in what he was doing. Saul of Tarsus, being the inventor of what later became christianity, knew that everything he was preaching was a lie. He invented meeting the dead Yeshua ben Yosef (Jesus son of Joseph) and he later invented the teachings that he falsely attributed to the dead Yeshua. Isn't it strange that a complete outsider had more to say about the teachings of the purported messiah than the disciples themselves? Saul of Tarsus was a charlatan and a crook, through and through.

I do not believe in God. I am an atheist. But I sincerely believe that John Paul II was an honest man and one of the greatest popes ever. He could have done more to lift the world away from superstition and to transform the church from a medieval anachronism to a modern day beacon of wisdom, of tolerance and of compassion. Perhaps the time is not yet ripe for that. He shall be sorely missed. Farewell Pope John Paul II. Requiescat In Pace.


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