There are a surprising number of global organisations currently working towards harmonising and uniting the world’s religions under one set of ‘values’;
- United Religions Initiative – The URI is meant to be for religions what the UN is for nations. Its purpose is to be the world religious authority and is strongly supported by the Pope- ‘We, people of diverse religions, spiritual expressions and indigenous traditions throughout the world, hereby establish the United Religions Initiative to promote enduring, daily interfaith cooperation, to end religiously motivated violence and to create cultures of peace, justice and healing for the Earth and all living beings.’
- Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations – ‘The Committee is a coalition of representatives of national and international organizations that define their work as religious, spiritual or ethical in nature and are accredited to the UN. The Committee’s focus is twofold: It serves as a forum to inform and educate its constituencies about the global challenges of our time, and the constructive role that the UN can play in addressing those issues; and it serves as a forum for exchanging and promoting shared religious and ethical values in the deliberations of the UN.’
- Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions – ‘Religions are different roads converging upon the same point. What does it matter that we take different roads so long as we reach the same goal?’ – Dr Arun Gandhi – The CPWR was‘created to cultivate harmony among the world’s religious and spiritual communities and foster their engagement with the world and its guiding institutions in order to achieve a just, peaceful and sustainable world.’
- World Council of Churches – ‘The World Council of Churches (WCC) is the broadest and most inclusive among the many organized expressions of the modern ecumenical movement, a movement whose goal is Christian unity. The WCC brings together churches, denominations and church fellowships in more than 110 countries and territories throughout the world, There are now 350 member churches.’
- WARP (World Alliance of Religions’ Peace) – ‘Our work is motivated by a unique vision for peace centring on the establishment of a new and universally applicable set of values. This is the time for us to come together and unite as one family of humanity; to lay aside our differences, and find ways to bridge the rifts between our ideologies.’
- Arigatou Interntional – ‘An international faith-based NGO (Non-Government Organisation)promoting interfaith cooperation to realize child rights, intended to mobilize people from diverse religious traditions to improve children’s lives through prayer and practical acts of service.’
- Religions for Peace – ‘The largest international coalition of representatives from the world’s great religions dedicated to promoting peace. Respecting religious differences while celebrating our common humanity.’
- Tennanbaum Center for interreligious Understanding – ‘Develops programmes to foster inter-religious understanding and dialogue. These focus on religious diversity in the workplace, in health care and in education, as well as conflict resolution.
- Tony Blair Faith Foundation – ‘Aims to promote respect and understanding of the world’s major religions and show how faith is a powerful force for good in the modern world.’
- World Faiths Development Dialogue (WFDD) – ‘It has two central objectives: to reinforce, underscore and publicize the synergies and common purpose of religions and development institutions addressing poverty; and to explore issues on which there is little consensus and where common ground is unclear among different faith traditions, within faiths and between faith and development institutions.
Amidst this global drive to religious unity, the Pope, in particular, is extremely active:
4th September 2014: Former Israeli President Shimon Peres asked Pope Francis to head a parallel United Nations called the “United Religions” to counter religious extremism in the world today. In September 2014, leaders of the world’s major religions gathered in Seoul, Korea to sign an agreement to unite all religions unconditionally for the sake of ‘world peace’.
September 2015: Pope Francis travelled to New York City to deliver a speech that kicked off a conference during which the United Nations unveiled a “new universal agenda” for humanity.
November 2015: Pope Francis declared that fundamentalism, even Christian fundamentalism, is a “sickness” during remarks in which he stressed the similarity of the major religions.
January 2016: The Vatican releases video in which Pope Francis declared that all of the major world religions are “seeking God or meeting God in different ways” and that ultimately “we are all children of God.”
May 2016: Pope Francis welcomed one of the top Sunni clerics in the world to the Vatican, and he reportedly told the cleric that “our meeting is the message”.
January 2017: Pope Francis has decided to begin 2017 in much the same way as he did last year: praying for Christian unity. And it’s this drive for unity – not only among Christians but with other religions as well – that’s emerged as sort-of personal manifesto from practically the moment he took office – CNA
February 2019: From the Catholic Herald 5th Feb 2019 – Catholics, Muslims and all who believe in God must work together to build a culture of love, peace and human fraternity, Pope Francis said in a joint statement he signed with Ahmed el-Tayeb, Grand Imam of al-Azhar, during an interreligious meeting in Abu Dhabi. In the interreligious meeting, Pope Francis said that people of different religions must work to build the future together “or there will not be a future.”
What does this mean?
The world is being prepared for a One-World Government and a One-World Religion encompassing all ‘faiths’, as foretold 3,000 years ago by Old Testament prophets and 2,000 years ago by the Apostle John, the culmination of which will be world-wide rule by a single person, and we are witnesses of that ongoing process today;
Psalm 2: 1 – 2 – Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together against the Lord and against his anointed, saying, “Let us break their chains and throw off their shackles.”
Revelation 17: 16 -Then the angel said to me, “The waters you saw, where the prostitute sits (The One-World Religion), are peoples, multitudes, nations and languages (rules over the whole world).
Revelation 13: 11 – 12– Then I saw a second beast (person), coming out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb, but it spoke like a dragon. It exercised all the authority of the first beast on its behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast…
2 Thessalonians 2: 3 – 4– Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.
What else does the Bible tell us?– The Future
What does that mean for you?– Good News