jewish leader Pinchas Goldschmidt and leading European rabbis are set to meet with the Pope to discuss anti-Semitism in Europe.

Jewish leader Pinchas Goldschmidt put his hope in the Pope as a "peace broker".
Jewish leader Pinchas Goldschmidt put his hope in the Pope as a “peace broker”.

Leading European rabbis are set to meet with Pope Francis on Monday. The meeting will take place in the Vatican, the first time that a delegation of leading rabbis has ever met with the Pope there. The delegation will be led by Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, President of the Conference of European Rabbis.

Commenting on the upcoming meeting, the Interfax news service quoted Rabbi Goldschmidt as saying that “An era of constructive dialogue between the Vatican and Europe has arrived. We are allies today and we deeply respect Pope Francis as a person who has played an enormous role in promoting the development of inter-faith dialogue and in establishing peaceful relations between nations and religions. We hope that jointly we will ward off the danger of Islamic radicalism threatening Europe.

“We are also deeply concerned about the fate of European Jews, many of whom are leaving their homes under this threat,” Rabbi Goldschmidt added. According to EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor, “many streets in our European cities have become hunting grounds for Jews, and some Jews are now forced to avoid community institutions and synagogues as a result. Some are choosing to leave the continent, many are afraid to walk the streets and even more are retreating behind high walls and barbed wire. This has become the new reality of Jewish life in Europe.”

Source: Israel National News

My comment:

It is never wrong to talk and have a dialogue with people of other faiths.  Like Jewish leaders visiting the Vatican to have a conversation with the Pope.

The problem with this President of the Conference of European Rabbis, is that he accept the authority of the Pope. That the Pontiff has a special role in “establishing peaceful relations between nations and religions”.

If the Pope was a representative of Jesus the Messiah, “peaceful relations between nations” would not be on his agenda. The Messiah explained that he did not come with “peace’, but with a sword. And that the “peace” the World can offer is rather pointless.

 Matteus 10:34-36

 “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword.  For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’;  and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’

Jesus did not promote “peace between religions” either. He said that all who had come before Him were “thief’s and robbers”. Including Buddha and thousands of Hindu “gods”. And that only He could save a man from his sins.  Only when you understand that you are an enemy of God, the true peace that Jesus offers can be understood. Accepting the death and resurrection of the Messiah as the lone salvation there is, will lead to a surrender to His Lordship.

Only as a follower of Jesus the Messiah, a man can have peace with God. And all Christians should pray for the chance to share the gospel with other people. Even in a hostile environment, where they run the risk of being martyred.

Written by Ivar