Catholic religion is mind control. Defintely. They use religion as an excuse for money.
Really? That's funny. I have never seen a Catholic priest on TV asking for money. I have many times seen Pastors Hagee and Creflo Dollar on the
tube talking about members 'stealing' tithes (a mortal sin, I might add). So, just who is out there preaching guilt and selling redemption? Isn't
a 'pledge drive' just another way of saying "give us your money and we will (pretend to) give you salvation"?
This past Sunday, the Pastor at the local Bible Fellowship here asked us to repeat after him, "Jesus is Almighty God" several times. I have taken
in some of his other sermons, and having the congregation repeat what he says is a standard tactic. Isn't that an attempt at imprinting of some
sort, a form of mind control?
What Jesus actually said about His relationship to the Father was "I am in Him, and He is in Me."
If you have read the Bible, or are reading it, you would have/will notice that the Bible talks about how it came about. Moses wrote the first five
books, and they were kept with the ark of the covenant for ages. Joshua added his part, and the book of Judges took up where he left off. When David
came along, and the Israelites had their first real king, the books that had been written before were found when the ark was brought to Jerusalem, and
David, then Solomon, who built the first Temple, institutionalized them and added Psalms and Proverbs. The Temple scribes (Levites?) took over from
there, and we get Kings and Chronicles. The Israelites keep straying from the God of their fathers, run into trouble, get sold into slavery, etc.,
but the books are kept relatively intact from then on out, with additional books being added as time passes and more history is written. Then Jesus
comes along, and the Council of Nicea codifies the New Testament around 400 AD or so. I am no Bible scholar, so please, anyone, feel free to add to
or dispute this chronology. I can't leave out the Gnostic gospels, copies of which were found at Nag Hamadi in the 19th century. They are not,
however, part of the Bible.
I believe the Bible certainly contains the wisdom of holy men passed down through the ages. I'm reading it again lately, more thoroughly, and the
meaning it contains seems to jump off the pages at me now. I believe this is because the Holy Spirit has opened the eyes of my heart. I pray this
blessing will be extended to everyone in good time.