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“POPE LAMENTS 'AMNESIA' ABOUT GOD" 1
(posted: August 2011)

* All scripture references are from the New King James Version (NKJV) of the Bible, unless otherwise noted.

Pope Benedict XVI was in Madrid Spain this week in celebration of Catholic World Youth Day. On Friday, August 20th, the pope was speaking to a gathering of nuns when he lamented that western society has became so secularized that it has all but lost its Christian faith. As Europe has largely divested itself of all things Christian and with the US in a type of spiritual malaise, the pope’s observation appears well founded.

“... we see a certain eclipse of God taking place, a kind of amnesia which albeit not an outright rejection of Christianity is nonetheless a denial of the treasure of our faith, a denial that could lead to the loss of our deepest identity.”
                                                                         Pope Benedict
                                                                         August 19, 2011

While I personally am neither Catholic nor a big fan of the Catholic hierarchy, the pope’s commentary is not only valid, it’s in perfect synchrony with the biblical patterns. The year pattern applicable to August 2011 is Psalms 11, 111, and 71. The answer to the pope’s lament is found in Psalm 111.

    1. The works of the Lord are great, studied by all those who have pleasure in them.
    2. His work is honorable and glorious and His righteousness endures forever.
    3. He has made His wonderful works to be remembered; ...
    4. He has declared to His people the power of His works ...
    5. The works of His hands are verity (truth) and justice; and His precepts are sure.
    6. They stand fast forever and ever, ...
                                                                                      Psalm 111:2-4, 6-8

The people of the West are greatly influenced by science and technology. With each passing scientific discovery, there seems to be less and less need for a god (Stephen Hawking, 2011 2). In the US, it’s not so much a rejection of God but more a replacement of God with computers, smart phones, social media, etc. The works of God are the events of history, as well as the mechanisms of science. It is a fascinating study to see how these unfold in the biblical patterns. His works are to be remembered, not forgotten as Pope Benedict referenced. Facebook will fade away but the word of our God will live forever.

In summary, the elderly Pope Benedict was speaking to a million strong youth conference about bringing a strong message to today’s world. All three of these elements - youth, old age, and a message for this generation are captured in Psalm 71, also of the current year pattern.

    1. O God, you have taught me from my youth; and to this day I declare Your wondrous works
    2. Now also when I am old and grayheaded, O God do not forsake me until I declare Your strength to this generation, Your power to everyone who is to come.
                                                                                      Psalm 71:17, 18

The works of God did not end two thousand years ago. They continue to this day and are captured in the biblical patterns as a testimony to this generation.

 

Amos

 

 

    1. Pope laments amnesia about God, Associated Press, August 20, 2011
    2. Curiosity, Discovery Channel, August 2011

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