The leader of the catholic church, Pope Francis, has criticized the double life that Christians live, suggesting that it’s better for one to be an Atheist than a bad Christian.
The Pope, speaking during morning mass at the Casa Santa Marta on Thursday said a Christian, who exploits people, lives a double life or manages a ‘dirty’ business should not call themselves a believer.
“It is a scandal to say one thing and do another. That is a double life,” said Pope Francis.
He continued saying that there were those who proclaim catholicism saying: ”I am very Catholic, I always go to Mass, I belong to this and that association” but do not live Christian lives.
He said that some of these people should rather say “my life is not Christian, I don’t pay my employees proper salaries, I exploit people, I do dirty business, I launder money, (I lead) a double life.”
“There are many Catholics who are like this and they cause scandals. How many times have we all heard people say ‘if that person is a Catholic, it is better to be an atheist’,” the Pope asked.
He added that the scandals that come from the double lives lead to destruction.
Pope Francis’ sermon, as is customary, was an extensive explanation of Thursday’s Mass readings, which include a passage from the Gospel of Mark where Jesus says it is better to be drowned than to cause others to sin.
In Catholic theology, a ‘scandal’ is any sin that hurts another person spiritually. The pontiff is saying that when Catholics are hypocrites, it causes scandal, and makes people think they should not be Catholic (which is bad for them spiritually).
Therefore, whoever wants to be a Christian at heart must be mindful of the sayings and teachings of Jesus which are pointed out in the bible.
If we live a good life full of love and devoid of scandals then we can uplift the hearts and souls of people around us. If we keep the commandments of God then we will have a hope of partaking in eternal life.
But if we live a life full of deception, corruption, destruction, hatred and hurting other people’s feelings, then, we cannot be fully confident about ourselves as Christians.
Our Christianity should be reflected in all things, not just things of the church.