Originally posted by ecoparity
It's mainly about power and money.
The Church wants you to believe that it's a necessary connection to the Creator which is why so much of the history of the Christian faith involves
It's no coincidence the parts of the Bible most often removed during the occasional re-editing in the past were scriptures and even entire gospels
that focused on a direct connection between man and God, namely that anyone can talk to God anywhere, anytime without a representative of the Church
The useful role of the clergy is to provide guidance and help those with questions or conflict. Humans are fallible, however so you have to keep in
mind that the application of that role may be imperfect (most likely will be) and that any member of the Church is just as capable of sin as any other
Hi, eco, I do not wish to debate but for you to believe the truth of Confession of our mortal sins to a priest.
Repentance and Confession are gravely serious to the life of our soul. Look at the grace you receive and
the assurance of absolution. We can know of both, Our Lord set it up this way. To use your words...
"The Church wants you to believe it's a necessary" to follow all of her teachings because everything we know of Christ, less the Old Testament
prophecies come from the Roman Catholic Church.
The Bible is Catholic, by his God given authority, Pope Damasus decided the Canon in 382 A.D. No part of
the Canon has been removed, it remains the same to this day. Martin Luther was the one who threw out 7 books of the Canon. They showed his heresies
to be false. He failed in trying to toss the Book of James.
You are so right, we are all sinners even the Popes. That is why God has given them a special charism,
on faith and morals, they cannot error. The teachings of the faith, Our Lord's teachings given the Apostles can be known today. And proof, the
written Word of God is inerrant, all of the original writings chosen are divinely inspired.
I repeat and shall not tire of saying a logical, the RCC compiled the Bible, God gave her the gift to interpret
Scripture NOT every person reading the Bible. Important then to read a Catholic Bible. I suggest the English
translation of the first Bible, the Latin Vulgate called the Douay-Rheims Bible. The footnotes help so much
on tough verses. www.drbo.org...
God bless you ecoparity,