Anjeze Gonxhe Bojaxhiu – Mother Teresa – died in 1997 but her extremely popular legacy continues. The Catholic nun is recognized for her work among the poor of India and elsewhere. Even Evangelical Christians cite Mother Teresa as an example of a modern-day “saint.” Southern Baptist, Rick Warren, “America’s Pastor,” wrote the introduction to Time Magazine’s tribute to Teresa, “Mother Teresa at 100: The Life and Works of a Modern Saint.” At a get-together of some of the men from my former church several months ago one of the attendees used Mother Teresa as an example of a “great” Christian.
But Mother Teresa’s own words betray that she was a Universalist who trusted in merit rather than Jesus Christ for her salvation.
“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. We believe our work should be our example to people. We have among us 475 souls – 30 families are Catholics and the rest are all Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs—all different religions. But they all come to our prayers.”
“There are so many religions and each one has its different ways of following God. We never try to convert those who receive [aid from Missionaries of Charity] to Christianity but in our work we bear witness to the love of God’s presence and if Catholics, Protestants, Buddhists, or agnostics become for this better men — simply better — we will be satisfied. It matters to the individual what church he belongs to. If that individual thinks and believes that this is the only way to God for her or him, this is the way God comes into their life — his life. If he does not know any other way and if he has no doubt so that he does not need to search then this is his way to salvation.”
Asked what she said to terminally ill Hindu patients to prepare them for death and eternity, Mother Teresa replied, “We tell them to pray to their Bhagwan, to their gods.”
Yes, Mother Teresa devoted her life to “helping” the poor but she was also an ambassador of a heretical works-righteousness religious system that teaches all men, even atheists, will merit Heaven if they lead “good” lives.