Few people would recognize the name of Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu. But Agnes came to be known as “Mother Teresa of Calcutta” and this title was a name recognized worldwide by the time of her death in 1997. Mother Teresa was a Roman Catholic nun who also actually won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979. She spent a great part of her life caring for the sick and dying, the “poorest of the poor,” in the slums of India.
Mother Teresa is an icon in the Catholic Church and has influenced multitudes, causing many to want to be like her. It has been said of her that:
- She “spent her life with the Lord”
- [Upon her death] “The world has lost a saint on earth, but gained an extraordinary powerful intercessor in heaven”
- “I am convinced that she is already in glory”
- “Mother Teresa imitated Christ and her life was a lesson in love”
- She was “an extraordinary missionary”
- “She was in every sense a woman of the Gospel”
- “She is the United Nations. She is peace in the world”
- She has “opened for mankind the portals of heaven and shown us the Heart of God”
These are just a few of the things said about her by archbishops, cardinals, fellow nuns, and a former U.N. secretary-general. See the quotes on the Catholic EWTN link here:
But Mother Teresa has made some comments that should be disturbing to any true Christian. According to an EWTN article, Mother Teresa is quoted as saying:
“There is only one God and He is God to all; therefore it is important that everyone is seen as equal before God. I’ve always said we should help a Hindu become a better Hindu, a Muslim become a better Muslim, a Catholic become a better Catholic.” See here:
On another website devoted specifically to Mother Teresa, a priest who knew her states:
“Here is a short testimony of someone who was closely associated with Mother Teresa for 23 years: ‘I am a Hindu and I never saw the slightest evidence in all my 23 years of knowing Mother Teresa in the Missionaries of Charity, of converting [other people to Christianity]…’”
“When I asked her whether she converted, she answered, ‘Yes, I convert. I convert you to be a better Hindu, or a better Muslim, or a better Protestant, or a better Catholic, or a better Parsee, or a better Sikh, or a better Buddhist. And after you have found God, it is for you to do what God wants you to do.’ She wanted people to come closer to God (however they understood Him)…” See here:
So Mother Teresa was concerned about making you a better “whatever you are.” Really? And if you were a Satanist, would she have helped you to become a better Satanist, as well? Is it an act of Christian love to cause someone to be more deeply entrenched in false doctrine than he is already? It seems so, according to Mother Teresa. But this is not love at all and this is not the gospel of Jesus Christ. The truth of the gospel will help a person to remove himself from that false doctrine, not embrace it (2 Corinthians 6:14-18).
In encouraging them to be a better Hindu / Muslim / Sikh, etc., she absolutely ignored the fact that Jesus said that He is the only way to God (John 14:6).
To make matters worse, many of those whom she steered more deeply into their false religions were on their deathbeds, desperate for one last chance at the hope of eternal life. Herein was a small window of opportunity for real hope and real help for those dying souls, and she held back the truth of the gospel from them!
She could have attempted to turn them away from their error. But what began as an incredible opportunity for salvation in a place of deep spiritual darkness, ended up being a wasted opportunity. Those poor heathen souls in India had great physical needs, but their greatest need, salvation, was not met by Mother Teresa’s message. What they needed was the simple, biblical gospel of Jesus Christ, which is “the power of God unto salvation” (Romans 1:16).
We have seen attempts by Catholics to justify Mother Teresa’s method, but no argument and no amount of damage control can justify this clearly unbiblical behavior. This is not how a Christian should share the gospel or convert the lost. Instead of having “profound respect for all religions,” she should have presented Jesus Christ alone as the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6).
Not only was Mother Teresa a voluntary victim of the Catholic Church’s unbiblical works-based system of salvation, she was also a voluntary victim of her own unbiblical universalist idea (the idea that everyone is a child of God).
Sadly, in spite of her undeniable faithfulness to the Catholic Church and her unmatched labor and continual sacrificial giving, she experienced what she called “the dark night of the soul” for many years during her ministry. In her very personal writings to her superiors, she wrote:
“How cold – how empty – how painful is my heart – Holy Communion – Holy Mass – all the holy things of spiritual life – of the life of Christ in me – are all so empty – so cold – so unwanted. The physical situation of my poor, left in the streets unwanted, unloved, unclaimed – are the true picture of my own spiritual life, of my love for Jesus…” [Emphasis added] See the link below.
What an incredible statement to make by someone who claims to belong to Christ! She wholeheartedly held to the Catholic Church’s teachings, and a more faithful follower could hardly be found. Yet, the pitiful Mother Teresa felt miserable, alone, and desperate. By her own admission, she never knew God’s peace during these many years, if she ever knew it at all. Maybe – just maybe -- God intended through this to show the utter futility of salvation by works, by using someone of her caliber to reveal that truth. If Mother Teresa (who was so totally devoted to her works) could not have peace about her salvation through good works, then how could anyone?!! (Philippians 3:2-9)
We fear that the canonization (sainthood) of Mother Teresa is inevitable. She was so loved by so many that she will be eagerly rushed by the Catholic Church to the status of “saint.” This makes her increased influence all the more disturbing. Multitudes will end up in a Christless eternity (Matthew 7:13-14) because of her words. She should have heeded and shared the simple biblical gospel (Acts 16:31), rather than her false universalist / Catholic “gospel” (Galatians 1:8-9).
Please prayerfully read the link below. It is an article from a former priest who makes a hard-hitting, yet compassionate, case concerning Mother Teresa’s work and her pitiful plight: