Pope Francis says to love the Bible as much as you love your smartphone

Pope Francis says to love the Bible as much as you love your smartphone
On Sunday, Pope Francis had a question to ask those who assembled to hear him at St. Peter's Square. "What would happen if we treated the Bible like we do our mobile phones? If we turned around to retrieve it when we forgot it? If we carried it with us always, even a small pocket version? If we read God's messages in the Bible like we read messages on the mobile phone?"

Keep in mind that this Pope is more familiar with the mobile world than any of his predecessors. He often poses for selfies with smartphone owning pilgrims that come to hear him talk each weekend. He also has an amazing 23 million followers on his English and Spanish Twitter accounts combined. But as recently as 2015, the Pope said that he was a disaster with technology, and did not know how to use a computer.

Last year, Pope Francis said that the internet, social media and texts were "a gift of God" if used wisely. Despite his willingness to live side-by-side with technology, he does believe that certain laws need to be laid down. He says that smartphones should not be used at the dinner table, and that children should not have computers in their rooms.


What the Pope might not understand is that if we treated the bible like we do our handsets, we'd be dropping the book on concrete often, watching it fall into the toilet more than once, and constantly argue with others over who publishes the best Bible.

source: Reuters

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1. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I'm good. I don't see the appeal of taking a book full of fairy tales, contractions, and hate rhetoric as LITERAL gospel. It's absurd and illogical to put stock in such arbitrary writings from religious hustlers pedalling God's word as though he offered to them to give. "If we read God's messages in the Bible like we read messages on the mobile phone?" We'd have even more dumbasses using it as a means to discriminate... because when you look at it objects, that's all books like that are for. Sure, you could say they are fables for which men and women should do good by, but how often does said "good" happen? Better yet, what justifies your "good" over my happiness, or the happiness of your neighbors? These are questions men in his position avoid like the plague because in the event they answer the true hypocrisy of it all seeps in. Faith without reason or questioning is the definition of being a sheep....

4. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Chill dude, you're looking like "oh look at me, I'm much smarter than anyone who has that belief". You can't judge a religion or belief just because some people under that belief are doing it wrong.

7. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I'm not judging beliefs. I'm judging using beliefs as an out for contradictions, lies, persecution, and discrimination. Personally speaking, I just cannot understand the appeal of it all, not that I go out of my way to sway someone on the subject because that's insensitive. However, back where I grew up....I saw several people severely scared by the effects of "God fearing" men and women using religion as a reason/excuse to commit atrocities. The concept of a God doesn't sound all that bad tbh, but people pretending to use his/her words to take advantage of others pisses me off.

11. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I don't know but this line: "I don't see the appeal of taking a book full of fairy tales, contractions, and hate rhetoric as LITERAL gospel." sounds absolutely anti-theistic, that line itself can be considered VERY disrespectful. There are absolutely bad apples among the bunch, who uses the Bible for selfish gains, but if you're going to judge anyone or anything, judge those people who did wrong, not the entire belief.

15. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

But you can be of faith without the Bible, right? Why is that one book written by several different authors such an important momento of modern religion? I mean, they could at least alter it somehow to make it less offensive, right? There are millions of gay Americans force-fed this drivel that something is "wrong with them" because they don't follow the Creed of a millennia old book....and that's a problem. Not the only one either, but just one of the more prominent ones that should be addressed. I get that it's a staple. I get WHY it's a staple. I don't get how so many people can see their strifes and anguish in such a piece and not question the reasoning for the piece itself.

77. disciple83

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 06, 2017

Your background would make a fantastic testimony on how to do it right, you know? I encourage you to take a second look, carefully, and thoughtfully. The problem today is that a lot of people have similar experiences as you: growing up in a community that uses "scripture" (personal, agenda-based interpretation instead of careful, provocative study) to condemn and segregate others, rather than encourage and serve others. Knowing this, coupled with the concept of God that you have, I have high hopes of the impact God can cause through you, and encourage you to explore it. If you don't know where to begin as far as reading the Bible itself, there was a kickstarter a couple years ago that presented the Bible as straight prose, none of the chapter:verse stuff people wanted to get wrapped up in. Look up "Bibliotheca".

75. Leo_MC

Posts: 7157; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Yes, I can. If the members of a religion are doing some bad stuff, BECAUSE of that religion (for instance Jehova witnesses refuse to receive blood), it's safe to say that religion is bad in it's whole.

78. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"If the members of a religion are doing some bad stuff, BECAUSE of that religion (for instance Jehova witnesses refuse to receive blood), it's safe to say that religion is bad in it's whole." So, what you're basically saying is, if a member of your family is a jerk, a murderer or a ritualist (your brother for instance) it's safe to assume that your family is bad and murderous in a whole (including you)... huh? That's ridiculous. Back on point: There are several fake churches created by evil men sent by satan under the guise of "Christianity" in order to satisfy their own selfish ego, while blaspheming God in the process. I personally have never vouched for the so-called Jehovah Witnesses, as they are not completely true to the Gospel of Christ, but rather half truth and half lies.

110. Leo_MC

Posts: 7157; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I am not talking about the people, I'm talking about the religion.

5. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

You're just as judgmental and condemning as you say the Bible is. It's funny how that works, isn't it? Bible or no Bible, a bigot will be a bigot.

10. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Wait.... I'm a bigot? How? Because I don't take the words of a 2000 year old book seriously in a modern era most of it's writers couldn't have even imagined? It's not like I go out of my way to chastise people for it or anything either. I just don't understand how people can look at it, and all the blood that has been spilled because of it, and not think about it more deeply. Certain concepts like compassion, lawful governance, ambitious aspersions, common sense, and virtue are all portions of the Bible. However, there also greed, indoctrination, discrimination, violence, hypocrisy, and repression within that very same book. I refuse to ignore that, despite what nonsensical standards religious individuals may have.

30. TheVarnimal

Posts: 45; Member since: Oct 22, 2015

"I don't see the appeal of taking a book full of fairy tales, contractions, and hate rhetoric as LITERAL gospel. It's absurd and illogical to put stock in such arbitrary writings from religious hustlers pedalling God's word as though he offered to them to give." A bigot, one who is intolerant towards those holding differing beliefs. You're belittling people for their beliefs, and nobody even said anything to you or singled you out. You said you aren't judging, you literally just judged everyone who is religious in your first post, you say you don't go out of your way, but you went out of your way to post a comment on a topic you clearly have some strong bias against. You'll be happier if you look at religion as a set of moral values. I was raised Catholic, went to Catholic school, I don't interpret the Bible literally, and most people don't. Nor were we taught to. It's just moral guidelines at this point, be kind to one another, treat each other how you want to be treated. Like it or not, religion is an important institution in this world. Don't be intolerant of billions of people just because others are. It doesn't make you right or better than them.

44. Awalker

Posts: 1973; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

The problem with using religion as a moral guideline is that everyone interprets their religion differently and there's no way to find out who's interpretation is correct. You have a society with people believing contradictory things. Not to mention, some people don't know how to keep their beliefs to themselves and want to force it others through legislation. It will lead to conflict. Unless you're a psychopath most of us have empathy and we all want to survive. We act a certain way in society because of that. I don't want murder to be acceptable because in a society like that my family and I could be killed. It's the same with other things we consider crime. Religion just complicates this.

20. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Tell'em, It all comes down to the person, who they are, not what they believe in or don't believe in.

9. Tabby_Tiger

Posts: 305; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

I'm no Catholic but the Bible's 10 commandments does say love thy neighbour, don't steal, don't murder, don't commit adultery, respect parents, etc. There's definitely some bad apples that don't follow the Bible commands or twist them to suit their own needs and still claim to be a Christian. As the saying goes...practice what you preach! Perhaps you are stereotyping religious people?

13. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"Perhaps you are stereotyping religious people?" Not all of them...no. After all, that'd make me a bigot myself. I'm okay with people needing faith in their lives. Hell, we all go through rough patches where divine support through some holy being sounds absolutely necessary to keep going. My problem lies with the advantageous hypocrites who use religion as a rouse to fool people into deeds that would otherwise be seen as crimes. Such examples include the crusades, the Salem Witch Trials, Hell, witch trials in general really, and modern day terrorism.

28. Tabby_Tiger

Posts: 305; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

"Such examples include the crusades, the Salem Witch Trials, Hell, witch trials in general really, and modern day terrorism." Totally agree, you need to add colonialism to the list. The term the Catholics use to describe such people is 'heretic'! These are the bad apples.

96. Lanx1998

Posts: 59; Member since: Mar 06, 2017

Bud, then blame those people because they are fooling peoples in the name of religion, don't criticize the whole religion because of some people. Also every religion has it's negatives and positives (atleast I think so). Well I'm saying that see the positive in every thing before pointing out the negatives. For ex. Before the rise of terrorism in the middle - east there was negligible discrimination to Muslims, they were identified as normal people but after the incident of 9/11 we developed a mentality that Islam preaches violence because of whom, the people who were responsible for the incident because they were projecting the wrong image of religion for their own profit. Some of the development of this mentality goes to media also. See the photos of Iran before the Islamic Revolution. I am simply saying that don't judge a religion because of some people misdeeds judge only when you've read their religious books or gathered sufficient information or an easy thing you can do if you've to judge then do but keep it to yourself only and near ones. Because who knows somebody (most likely the type of people you've mentioned) can get hurt by your opinion and then cause harm to you. Be tolerant to every religion after all God forbid if got caught in some bad situations than they might be the one to help you first. G'day.

22. lallolu

Posts: 732; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

A little correction there. The 10 commandments are not only for Catholics but for all Christians.

31. TheVarnimal

Posts: 45; Member since: Oct 22, 2015

The 10 Commandments are in the Old Testament, aka the Hebrew Bible. So not just Christians.

47. darkkjedii

Posts: 30959; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Shouldn't they be for all people? Why only Christians and Catholics?

53. AlikMalix unregistered

IKR? It's funny how easily the Bible is misunderstood as rules only for Christians, but the way it really is - those that choose to follow it are called Christian regardless who they were before: Atheist, Muslim, Hindi, Gipsy, Chinese, Native American, Russian, Liberal, Republican, Race Car Driver, Millennial, Dog Person, Single, Divorced, Gay, Killer, Iraq Rebel Fighter, Single Dad, Homeless, Biologist, iPhone Fan, etc...

98. darkkjedii

Posts: 30959; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I really find it odd that he feels that way.

54. hansip87

Posts: 226; Member since: Nov 10, 2015

well i believe he meant for all who believe in the book of Torah.. only that the most visible users of the book are Christian and Catholics. Jews definitely obey them. while Moslem, i'm not sure but they should. But only in Christianity (Catholics included) that the law has been fulfilled, through Jesus's sacrifice on Calvary. So those who repent AND believe in Him will receive Justification thoroughly.

99. darkkjedii

Posts: 30959; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

But Jesus wasn't a Christian, that's what his followers are called.

25. Gandalfdenvite

Posts: 18; Member since: Dec 15, 2016

The Bible also say that diseases and handicaps are caused by evil spirits, no need for any doctors because you only need to pray to get well! Cristians think it is OK that non Christians get forever tortured in God's Hell! The Pope himself have no justification at all in the Bible for being the leader of Christianity, and Catholics are not really "Christians" because the Bible do not support "saints"... with godlike superpowers! Fact is that the only real "life after death" is our children and grandchildren, so believing the lies/myths in the Bible are actually true is no different than believing the stories about Harry Potter or... actually are true/real!

29. hansip87

Posts: 226; Member since: Nov 10, 2015

"The Bible also say that diseases and handicaps are caused by evil spirits, no need for any doctors because you only need to pray to get well! " which point are we talking about? The cause or the solution? you can't jump into conclusion if you don't know the entirety of Bible. Yes, disease do started by evil spirits , a.k.a the sin inside human's, only it can be someone's sin that causes others sickness. That doesn't say we don't need doctors. But if we're being honest, if you believe in Ancient One (Doctor Strange nonetheless) quotes, the body does the healing. Doctors and medication can only give support. About Pope and Catholicism, while i'm not in one view with them, i still respect any of their wise words. No need to be the one who judges.. "Fact is that the only real "life after death" is our children and grandchildren, so believing the lies/myths in the Bible are actually true is no different than believing the stories about Harry Potter or... actually are true/real!" Nah, It is just a gamble really, if you don't want to believe, fine. Be prepared if it's true. If you want to believe, fine, because if it's a fake one, you'll be vanished and no more sorrow anyway..

16. notfair

Posts: 716; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

@kiko, I was too late for this article otherwise I would;ve said the same. Cheers.

24. hansip87

Posts: 226; Member since: Nov 10, 2015

It is a foolishness for those who doesn't believe, and the Bible said that already 2000 years ago. So it is normal if you hate the Bible for starters.

34. AlikMalix unregistered

Kiko, bro... I avoid religion and topics in tech forums and vice versa - it draws contradivtice lines where they're not necessary. I know it is modern to demote Bible and religion in whole. And I hear the same old argument my entire life - to which I can only shrug and go on with my day - arguing something with someone who "doesn't want to hear it" will only separate people. But I wanted to take it from what you imply regarding the Bible. We study history for millions great reasons. History is written by those that have experienced it and taken the effort to illustrate it either in words or in illuatrations. Then there's pre-history that our society has gathered either thru very limited or theoretical data (emphasis on theoretical also means "made up"). I for one, as many many people throughout history have found Bible to be enriching. Just like history books that would either inspire you or teach you from past mistakes - do does the Bible to those that look for enrichment, inspiration or simply learn from others mistakes. History and Bible were both written by individuals describing what they saw, felt, thought, experienced. Both tap into eachother - World history and Bible, to support and complete the findings or proofs. If you meet a modern Christian you'll find that they all live and lead their lives extremely similar. They all have similar ambitions, hobbies, regrets, jobs, etc. No Christian is embarking on a crusade to rid the world of some minoroties - quite contrary they're the first to aid in world's disasters and more willing to donate either time or money regardless of race, other religion, gender, or any creed. You are right though, there are many examples of people that use Bible to commit unjustified acts - you don't think we Christians support it, do you? What was said in New Testament is just as applicable to our lives today as it has been 2000 years ago. And for God to sound contradictive is true - he has changed His mind many times only because he expected something else from a man that He gave free will - it's that simple. And one last part, God never made hell for people - only for ONE being and his workers. He does not want people there, not ONE person! That's why he also made extremely easy to avoid it - regardless of who you are, what you've done, and how long or short your relationship was with Him. I get it, the media paints us as gay hating, no college education, religion shoving, bigoted hypocrits. And I get it, a lot of the Bible doesn't make a lot of sense to a lot of christians either. But what does make sense - makes our live a better experience. As far as you should be conserved there's socially nothing different between you and me - other the: I wake up in the morning on Sunday and join a group of peers for a book discussion, and have a paintgun fight with them that same day and you allow yourself to sleep in, lol both good choices on Sunday morning.

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