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.......21/// Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.
22/// And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: 23 Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.
Sacrament of Repentance.
The first time He said to the Apostle Peter that He will give him the keys of the kingdom of heaven so that whatever he will bind on earth will be bound in heaven and whatever he will loose on earth will be loosed in heaven (Matthew 16:19).(this is given also to all of the twelve Apostles)
Some time later He gave the authority to forgive and to retain sins to all the apostles. [...]
Originally posted by ACTS 2:38
reply to post by CookieMonster09
The woman of Revelations is the Church
 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:
 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.
 And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.
No other church has such influence over leaders of the nations.
No other church has a city/nation all to it's self.
whore from Strongs Concordance
1) a woman who sells her body for sexual uses
a) a prostitute, a harlot, one who yields herself to defilement for the sake of gain
b) any woman indulging in unlawful sexual intercourse, whether for gain or for lust
2) metaph. an idolatress
a) of "Babylon" i.e. Rome, the chief seat of idolatry
So it seems that the Vatican which happens to be in Rome is the Chief seat of idolatry.
You can find a statue of just about any saint to bow down to and buy a replica of it in the stores of the Vatican.
Look at the Pope, cardinal or bishop and you will see them robed in scarlet and purple decked in jewels
Notice the Catholic religion calls herself a woman. The Bible calls Catholicism a whore, and what a GREAT WHORE she is—committing spiritual fornication with the kings and rulers of the earth (nearly every king throughout history has had some type of political, economic or religious ties with the Vatican).
 And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not.
 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.
 And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.
 I receive not honour from men.
 But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you.
 I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.
The Missal contains the structure of the Mass
1.  But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness.
2.  Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone;
 How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only?
[edit on 23-5-2010 by ACTS 2:38]
Whe you kiss the Pope's ring are you really worshipping God?
Who is being Worshipped here, God or the Pope?
What would God/Jesus say about all the money spent on this church instead of helping a starving child?
Originally posted by CookieMonster09
Read. Educate yourself:
The Catholic Church is by far the largest philanthropic institution in the world, donating more money to charitable causes than any other institution bar none.
But, if just one more child could have been saved by building something a little cheaper, what would be the correct choice?
Are buildings more valuble that a childs life?
I would be very happy if we just kept it as a "What Would God Do?". It is that simple, What would God do?
What would God say to the Pope standing there dressed up in thousands of dollars worth of Gold CRAP!
Well, we have a big difference in opinion.
In my opinion it is totally illogical to spend in that much excess just so they look good.
I think it would have made God happier if they had build a cheap church and took the extra money and helped a family. True or False?
Do you want him to dress down in drab
You dance around logic.
The fact is, God isn't materialistic as you suggest.
Not surprising that the Vatican has large investments with the Rothchilds.
The Pope (institution, not the man) has done the complete opposite.
Cookie; I didn't say that they were evil.
I'm talking about the rigid dogma that they adhere to and my perception of how that is diametrically opposed to the example that was set by Christ.
I'm not suggesting you should abandon your faith or convert to another denomination. I'm simply saying that there are some things in the Holy Roman Catholic Church that absolutely don't jive with what we read in the Bible.
Last example I'll give. Jesus commanded respect and authority through a humbleness and constant display of self sacrifice. Do you think the Pope has ever gone to share a meal with the college of Cardinals and proceeded to wash their feet?
Or instead do the Cardinals circle around and kneel to kiss his ring?