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History of the Rise and Influence of the Spirit of Rationalism in Europe, Vol. 2: “That the Church of Rome has shed more innocent blood than any other institution that has ever existed among mankind will be questioned by no Protestant who has a complete knowledge of history.” Some historians estimate that over 50 million lives (mostly Christians from Christ’s true Church), were taken by this so-called “holy” Inquisition to which they have never apologized. Throughout recorded history, no organization on the face of the planet has hunted down and killed more Christians than the Roman Catholic Church. The Woman is Drunken With Blood--at the instigation of her popes, Rome has shed rivers of blood of Christians who would not bow down to the Pope and Roman Catholic heresies and blasphemies--the martyrs of Jesus Former Roman Catholic priest Bernard Fresenborg in his book Thirty Years in Hell puts it at a higher number-- Authentic history, and history that cannot be denied nor disputed, nor even questioned, gives the appalling record of 70,500,000 Protestants who were slain by the greatest curse the world has ever known--Roman Catholicism.
The religious persecution that drove settlers from Europe to the British North American colonies sprang from the conviction, held by Protestants and Catholics alike, that uniformity of religion must exist in any given society. This conviction rested on the belief that there was one true religion and that it was the duty of the civil authorities to impose it, forcibly if necessary, in the interest of saving the souls of all citizens. Nonconformists could expect no mercy and might be executed as heretics. The dominance of the concept, denounced by Roger Williams as "inforced uniformity of religion," meant majority religious groups who controlled political power punished dissenters in their midst. In some areas Catholics persecuted Protestants, in others Protestants persecuted Catholics, and in still others Catholics and Protestants persecuted wayward coreligionists. Although England renounced religious persecution in 1689, it persisted on the European continent. Religious persecution, as observers in every century have commented, is often bloody and implacable and is remembered and resented for generations.
Or... you know, the last twenty years of Western interference in the affairs of the Middle East, the setting up of proxy armies (terror networks) by the CIA and other international partners, including the British intelligence services, which spawned a situation so severe that entire nations have been toppled, leaders dethroned and murdered, and MILLIONS of people have been blown apart in wars for profit, by soldiery who did what they did for God and country, to "protect their way of life" from organisations which would have no power without the involvement of our own intelligence agencies... Thats a pretty big, recent activity that kind of places things in perspective.
originally posted by: 5StarOracle
a reply to: teddyvetter
Simon magus died in front of Christs followers when he was levitating high in the air claiming to be christ or the like...
Then when Christs followers began to pray he fell to his death...
originally posted by: dawnstar
heck, in some countries there are probably still some amount of persecution going on between the two branches of the same religion.
John 14 King James Bible
The Way, the Truth, and the Life
5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? 6Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.
Jeremiah 7:18 King James Bible "The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke me to anger."
Proverbs 7King James Version (KJV)
Warning Against the Adulturous Woman (Worship of Queen of Heaven)
7 My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee.
2 Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye.
3 Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart.
4 Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; and call understanding thy kinswoman:
5 That they may keep thee from the strange woman, from the stranger which flattereth with her words.
6 For at the window of my house I looked through my casement,
7 And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding,
8 Passing through the street near her corner; and he went the way to her house,
9 In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night:
10 And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart.
11 (She is loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her house:
12 Now is she without, now in the streets, and lieth in wait at every corner.)
13 So she caught him, and kissed him, and with an impudent face said unto him,
14 I have peace offerings with me; this day have I payed my vows.
15 Therefore came I forth to meet thee, diligently to seek thy face, and I have found thee.
16 I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry, with carved works, with fine linen of Egypt.
17 I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.
18 Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning: let us solace ourselves with loves.
19 For the goodman is not at home, he is gone a long journey:
20 He hath taken a bag of money with him, and will come home at the day appointed.
21 With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him.
22 He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks;
23 Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life.
24 Hearken unto me now therefore, O ye children, and attend to the words of my mouth.
25 Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths.
26 For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong men have been slain by her.
27 Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death
Isaiah 29 :15-16 King James bible
15Woe unto them that seek deep to hide their counsel from the LORD, and their works are in the dark, and they say, Who seeth us? and who knoweth us?
16Surely your turning of things upside down shall be esteemed as the potter's clay: for shall the work say of him that made it, He made me not? or shall the thing framed say of him that framed it, He had no understanding?
originally posted by: LittleByLittle
All three Abrahamic religions bear the cancer of duality separation. Paul is worse than Yeshua but some things Yeshua have told to be said in the bible do not measure up when weighed on the logical scales. Where Yeshuas mistakes are hard to find Paul:s are easier. Muhammad is even more insane. Judaism is also insane.
The blind ones leading the blind instead of the blessed ones.
originally posted by: PhilbertDezineck
originally posted by: TerriblePhoenix
a reply to: Raggedyman
The True Church is in Golgotha.
Is there a building in the hill of Golgotha? If so then it is just a building. A building is not the church.Do you know what a church is?