Ok, I won’t go so far as to actually say that he is the devil himself. But why do I ask that question? Most, if not all, of you readers probably believe in God. As such, you also probably believe in Satan. The Bible often speaks of Satan, calling him the great dragon and snake and deceiver of the world. But when you think of Satan, what do you picture? Probably a 6’ tall red guy with horns and legs like a goat, wielding a trident.
By that description, he seems rather silly. Who would believe that such a being could exist? That’s part of the reason why so many people today don’t believe that Satan exists. The Bible doesn’t describe him that way, though. In fact, aside from being described as a snake and a great dragon, he is never really described physically. All the Bible says of him in terms of physical attributes is that he was “perfect in beauty”, according to Ezekiel 28:12.
Satan was created as the perfect creation. Not the perfect BEING, mind you. That title belongs to God and only God. But Satan was God’s masterpiece. His perfect creation. He was given the most wisdom, talent and beauty out of all the angels. On top of that, he was given the highest honor and greatest job an angel could have: guarding and protecting God’s throne. His job was to protect the very holiness of God! That’s the best and most honorable job anyone could hope to have, but Satan wanted more.
He wanted to be ABOVE God. And so, he rebelled against Him. That’s how Satan became a fallen angel.
So you see, Satan was created not as the ruler of Hell and a disgusting creature in terms of physical looks. He was created to be God’s GREATEST ANGEL! He doesn’t look like a half-goat half-man mix with a fancy pitchfork and some serious skin problems. He was created to be PERFECT! But even the most perfect of creations is still just that, a CREATION. Satan wanted to be a CREATOR. To be ABOVE GOD.
So we know that Satan doesn’t look the way people usually picture him looking like. In fact, Satan started to be described this way during the Middle Ages. Back then, the Church was very aware of the presence of Satan. They were deathly afraid of him. So they decided to ease their worries by attacking Satan. How, you may ask? Well, it wasn’t going to be a battle with weapons. It was going to be a psychological battle. Knowing what they knew about Satan, they knew that he is a proud being. So, they decided to make fun of him. After all, someone who is prideful can’t stand public ridicule and humiliation.
And so, they had artists draw Satan as an ugly, inhuman-looking creature that represents the evils of the world. But that’s not what he looks like. That’s the thing about it.
And that’s why I ask the title question, is the pope the Anti-Christ? Well, first, I have to explain my reasoning as to why I’m picking on the pope as opposed to, say, Obama or Hitler or Stalin. All were evil in their own right. All wanted to, like Satan, be kings of this world. All thought they could be higher than God. But they were all too obviously evil. Their evil could easily be recognized. Yes, they all had followers that loved them and those followers didn’t think they were evil. But we, who follow Christ, all know that the three are evil (though, with varying résumé’s of evil actions).
Satan, however, will not be seen as evil by a large majority of the world. And he will appear as though he is God Himself. In fact, the Bible speaks of this. Revelation 13:4 “And they (the world) worshipped the dragon, for he had given his authority to the beast, saying ‘Who is like the beast? And who can fight against it?’”
He will perform miracles and signs and the world will worship him. The point I’m trying to make here is that Satan won’t one day emerge and kill millions upon millions of people. He won’t destroy anything in this world. He’s not like a comic book villain that appears out of nowhere, laughs evilly and makes buildings explode. He will appear to be the world’s SAVIOR. It’s one of the ways he intends to BECOME LIKE GOD!
So he won’t be someone that is clearly evil and will kill and destroy people and civilizations. He will appear like an angel of light, ready to lead his followers to greatness. He will say the right things at the right times. People will love him, all throughout the world. He’s basically a politician. But in all seriousness, his evil won’t be painfully obvious to the world. People will actually believe he is God. And so, I ask: is the pope the Anti-Christ?
The pope is the head of the Catholic Church. He is, in many people’s eyes, the representative of God and light and goodness. He is, after all, called “His Holiness”. And we all know he's just a man like you and me. The title "His Holiness" can only be attributed to GOD.
Pope Francis is a notorious climate change believer, so he doesn’t trust that God is in control, but rather believes Man is in control of the climate. He is also rather lenient when it comes to gay or lesbian Christians (which is rather oxymoronic) - the Bible is very clear on this. Practicing gays or lesbians by definition cannot be Christians, while former gays or lesbians can be if they repent.
And now, to answer the title question: no, he’s not the Anti-Christ. He doesn’t fit the physical description of the devil nor is he a clear God-like figure that the majority of the world follows. That doesn’t mean, however, that this pope is not a tool for the devil to use. This pope is as far from God as I’ve seen a pope be. He doesn’t trust God. He trusts Man. He may not be the Anti-Christ, but he certainly is no Christian.
Sorry to any Catholic readers on here, but that’s the truth.
2 Corinthians 11:3
“But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.”
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