In his attempt to reach atheists and gain sympathy from them, Pope Francis deliberately misinterpreted and misused the Bible and Jesus’ words in Mark 9:38-40. Here is what the verse says:
Mark 9:38 And John answered him, saying, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, and he followeth not us: and we forbade him, because he followeth not us.
Mark 9:39 But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me.
Mark 9:40 For he that is not against us is on our part.
Non-believers can go to heaven for doing good deeds?
Now which of these will go to heaven? The Bible plainly tells us that “whosoever believes in Him will not perish but have an eternal life” (John 3:16) . But Pope Francis says otherwise: “But do good: we will meet one another there” (pertaining to atheists, non-believer).
The atheists intentionally and deliberately do not believe in Jesus. In contrast, they abhor and hate Him most of the time. So Pope Francis, the man whom they called as “the new world spiritual leader’, is out of context here. Once again, we see how the Papacy ignorantly or deliberately misused the Bible.
On the other hand, it is true that all humanity (including atheists) can do good. That’s how it should be. But to teach that non-believers can go to heaven by doing good deeds is non-biblical, after all doing good works is not the way to heaven. Moreover, to use Jesus’ words to justify his (Pope Francis) own theology is wrong, that’s misrepresentation and misleading.