God Just Wants to Make You Happy, Says Pope

Benedict XVI said:

When the Blessed Virgin rescues us from plight, “with a mother’s tenderness, she wants to make us understand that our whole life should be a response to the love of our God, Who is so rich in mercy. ‘Understand,’ she seems to say to us, ‘that God, Who is the source of all that is good and Who never desires anything other than your true happiness, has the right to demand of you a life that yields unreservedly and joyfully to His will, striving at the same time that others may do likewise’.

(Vatican Information System, 24 September 2011)

Let’s leave aside the adoration of Mary issue and consider the doctrine that Ratzinger puts in her mouth.  According to the pope, God “never desires anything other than your true happiness.”  This is so typical of man-centered religions.  God just wants to make you happy.  But is that what Scripture says? In fact, it does not.

Romans 9:22-23 
What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction: and that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory,

Even if Scripture were silent on this topic, though, one really has to wonder.  If God really desired nothing other than the “true happiness” of anyone, why would hell exist?  Does hell bring any men “true happiness”?  What about purgatory?  Is unnecessary suffering in purgatory something that brings men “true happiness”? 

These questions alone should be enough to reject the errors of Benedict XVI.


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