Pope Francis said in his first General Audience of 2019 that it is better to be an atheist than a churchgoing Christian who hates other people.
“How many times do we see the scandal of those people who go to church, and are there all day or go every day, and then they live hating others or talking badly about people. This is a scandal,” Francis declared from the Paul VI Audience Hall, Rome Reports said.
“It is better not to go to church if you live like that, like an atheist. But if you go to church, live like a child, like a sibling, and give a true testimony, not a false testimony,” he added.
The Roman Catholic Church leader preached on Jesus, the “Our Father” prayer, and the Beatitudes, which he said represent an authentic revolution for believers.
“This is the revolution of the Gospel. Where the Gospel is, there is revolution. It is as if Jesus said, continue on, you who carry in your heart the mystery of a God, who has revealed His omnipotence in love and in forgiveness!” Francis said.
He also warned that some people in church may be praying to God “like parrots” rather than as if they were genuinely talking to a father.
“The pagans think that by speaking, speaking, speaking and speaking they are praying. I also think of many Christians who pray, forgive me, speaking to God as if they were a parrot. No, praying is done from the heart, from within,” he positioned.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Stoyan Zaimov