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“To be sure, there are tangible goals: Ramp up frank interfaith dialogue. Return Catholics to regular, traditional worship that reminds them of their long history. But his biggest aspiration for his six-day trip is to encourage Christians to believe in Jesus -- to really believe in him, not as a metaphor but as a real miracle meant to deliver human beings from misery and war. The challenge, experts say, is trying to sell this message in a culture dominated more by reason than faith.”
I do not know the information is correct or not, for I was told that the pope has accepted the theory of evolution. If it is so, the pope is fatally wrong, he is an anti-christ who rejects the clear teaching of Jesus Christ.
IT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO BE A CHRISTIAN AND AN EVOLUTIONIST AT THE SAME TIME. FOR EVOLUTIONARY THEORY REJECTS THE ACCOUNT OF CREATION AND REFUTES THE WORD OF GOD. I WOULD RATHER BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST, MY LORD AND MY GOD, THAN ALL THE UNBELIEVING SCIENTISTS PUT TOGETHER. THE POOR UNBELIEVING SCIENTISTS DO NOT EVEN KNOW WHEN THEY ARE GOING TO DIE. MY LORD AND SAVIOR DIED FOR MY SINS, ROSE AGAIN FROM DEATH, ASCENDED INTO THE HIGHEST HEAVENS WITH ALL POWER AND AUTHORITY AND GLORY AND HE IS COMING AGAIN TO REIGN AND RULE WITH SAINTS FOR ETERNITY.
A tsunami of secularism in America, Europe, Latin America and Asia caused the Roman Catholic Church losing ground and losing millions of its members. Realizing the risk of diminution, the Catholic leaders are calling for a campaign dubbed: The new evangelization. That is one of the core problems deep rooted in the Roman Catholic Church. Ever since it became the state religion of the Roman Empire, its power and wealth have been the means of proselytizing to attract people around the world. Historically, the Roman Catholic Church married to imperialism and colonialism has been a tool of oppression and exploitation. For example, the Roman Catholic Church had an infamous record in China and in fact in Europe, America, Asia and Africa also. Recently, how do Catholics answer to the fact that many priests and nuns have committed sexual abuse and rape of boys and girls around the world and the Catholic church has covered up the crimes and sins for decades. Catholics cannot take up evangelization because they do not know the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Catholics do not have the message of good news. You cannot sow good seed in the field if you have no seed. The Catholic church teaches many false doctrines, stressing the power of Mary and the dogma of the church, not the salvation of God by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Unlike a born-again Christian who can testify like the blind man did,
Jhn 9:25, “He then answered: Whether
He is a sinner, I do not know; one thing I do know, that though I was blind,
now I see.” The teachings and practices and traditions of the Catholic Church are
contrary to the faith in Jesus Christ. A blind Catholic cannot lead another blind
man to the Light of life. The world is not interested why Catholic teaching
opposes in vitro fertilization, birth control, priest marriage, etc.
The Modern Chinese Dictionary says the Roman Catholic Church is the old branch of Christianity and Protestantism is the new branch; the Roman Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Protestant Church are the three branches of Christianity. It is all wrong. The Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church were split due to political and hierarchical reasons. The Protestant Church is not a new branch or brand of Christianity; Martin Luther did not establish a new version of Christianity. Martin Luther brought the church back to the original Christianity completely based on the Holy Bible. The Roman Emperor Constantine made Christianity the official or state religion of the Roman Empire, and the Roman Catholic Church was the result of the apostate church. God raised up Martin Luther to protest against the false doctrines and heresies of the Roman Catholic Church. The Protestant Church or the true church of Jesus Christ does not recognize the pope or anyone as the head of the church except Jesus Christ. The pope is not the sole representative of Jesus Christ on earth, the Holy Spirit is. The body of Jesus Christ accepts no other authority except the authority of the Word of God.
Christianity is neither superstition nor science. Superstition is based on false and unfounded beliefs and fears. Science is limited by human and empirical and tentative knowledge at a time and place. Christianity is the revealed religion. Only God makes revelation of the ultimate truth and wisdom. Revelation cannot be achieved by human discovery or wisdom. Christianity is the revelation of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ was God who became Man to reveal God and spiritual things to human beings.
1. The Church of Jesus Christ is the pillar of truth.
2. The Roman Catholic Church is historically false, full of heresies and wrong doctrines and superstitions.
3. Science cannot provide ultimate truth and wisdom because science at best is human tentative knowledge at a given time and place.
4. Human philosophies cannot provide ultimate truth and wisdom because they are limited human thoughts confined to limited intelligence.
5. All religions except Christianity are man-made.
6. Christianity – the revealed religion – explains and exalts the Supreme Being, Wisdom and Truth.
7. Neither science nor religion can save mankind.
8. Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth and the Life – outside of Christ there is no salvation.
9. The wisdom of the living is to know the Most High rules the universe and over the realm of mankind.
10. It is of infinite truth and wisdom that human beings must submit themselves humbly to the Will of God.
1. You may be Catholics but not Christians if you do not believe in Jesus Christ.
“But as many as received Him (Christ), to them He gave the power of right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.” (John 1:12) Thus to be a Christian means to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and believe that He rose from the dead by the power of God for our salvation.
2. To believe in Jesus Christ does not mean to be delivered from misery and war.
To believe in Jesus Christ means to be saved from your sins and eternal damnation and to receive the eternal life. Jesus Christ says, “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
Rom 4:25, “He who was delivered over because of our transgressions, and was raised because of our justification.”
Note: Jesus Christ was delivered into the hands of sinful men to be crucified because of our sins. Transgression in Greek is paraptōma which means a sin, misdeed, deviation from truth and uprightness, offence, fault, trespass; - it occurs 23 times in the New Testament. Jesus was raised means He rose from the dead by the power of God. Justification in Greek is dikaiōsis which means the act of God declaring men free from guilt and acceptable to Him, abjuring to be righteous, to be counted as righteous; - it occurs only twice in the New Testament. Because the Lord Jesus died for sinners on the cross, all who come and believe in Him may be counted righteous before God and to receive eternal life.
Rom 8:31-34, “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? Who will bring a charge against God's elect? God is the one who justifies; who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.”
Note: God is the One who justifies, and the One who condemns. Jesus Christ is the Redeemer of believers and the Mediator between God and men.
|3. The Western culture is not exactly a culture dominated by reason.|
In fact the Western culture is a culture dominated by love of money, sex and power. For that reason the Western culture is a destructive culture. Proof: Except Japan, all colonial and imperial powers were and are Western nations with the unholy ambition to dictate and dominate the world. Most of the world problems were and are created by this aggressive, oppressive and exploitative civilization.
VICTOR L. SIMPSON and NICOLE WINFIELD reported, “Nevertheless, the Institute for Religious Works is a bank, and it's under harsh new scrutiny in a case involving money-laundering allegations that led police to seize euro23 million ($30 million) in Vatican assets in September. Critics say the case shows that the "Vatican Bank" has never shed its penchant for secrecy and scandal...The new allegations of financial impropriety could not come at a worse time for the Vatican, already hit by revelations that it sheltered pedophile priests. The corruption probe has given new hope to Holocaust survivors who tried unsuccessfully to sue in the United States, alleging that Nazi loot was stored in the Vatican Bank. Yet the scandal is hardly the first for the centuries-old bank. In 1986, a Vatican financial adviser died after drinking cyanide-laced coffee in prison. Another was found dangling from a rope under London's Blackfriars Bridge in 1982, his pockets stuffed with money and stones. The incidents blackened the bank's reputation, raised suspicions of ties with the Mafia, and cost the Vatican hundreds of millions of dollars in legal clashes with Italian authorities.”
A culture dominated by reason is characterized by truth and justice, not deceit and falsehood.
American officials and American media do not dare to tell the truth about Diaoyu Islands, they always tell a big lie of “territorial dispute” to cover up American violation of international law and sovereignty of China in 1971 by illegally giving administrative control of China’s Diaoyu Islands to the unconditionally surrendered war crime nation of Japan. Diaoyu Islands belonged to China long before Japan and America have existed. American and Japanese leaders talk and walk craftily and deceitfully to fool the uninformed and distorted historical facts to beautify their inglorious past and present. How can be any dispute in a robbery? How can be any dispute in blatant aggression? How can be any dispute when America and Japan violated international law?
Isa 5:20-21，“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness;
Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!
Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes
And clever in their own sight!”
Woe to American and Japanese leaders who habitually practice calling evil good, and good evil; substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; aggression for peace and injustice for security. They are wise in their own eyes, and clever in their own sight because they have military alliances and hundreds of overseas military bases to encircle China and Russia, and poised to strike at China’s nuclear capabilities.
4. There are many Catholics who really believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God and the Savior of the world.
However, the Roman Catholic Church has taught a number of false doctrines, among them:
(A). The Bible does not recognize papacy.
The fact that Pope Benedict XVI acknowledged “mistakes” that he “deeply regretted” because of his embrace of an excommunicated bishop who denied that Nazis killed Jews in gas chambers is more than sufficient to invalidate the doctrine of “infallible papacy”. There is no need to look at each pope in the past of the multitude of mistakes they made.
It was reported on Jan. 17, 2011 that a vial containing blood drawn from Pope John Paul II shortly before he died will be installed as a relic in a Polish church soon after his beatification later this year. A Catholic official said this is the most precious relic of John Paul II and should be the focal point of the church. The tradition of relics comes from medieval practices of the Roman Catholic Church. The Catholic Church has many un-Scriptural practices. The blood of John Paul II could not save himself, much less to save anyone. Catholics should pay attention to what Apostle Peter wrote by inspiration of the Holy Spirit,
1Pe 1:18-19, “Knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.” The tradition of men may be contrary to the Word of God, and there is no use for relic in the church. The only thing precious to the Church of God is the blood of Christ which redeemed us and washed away our sins.
The Roman Catholic Church calls its pope the Holy Father. That is the name Jesus Christ called God,
Jhn 17:11, "Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are.” Holy Father is the name of God; no human can adopt or use it. Apparently, the Roman Catholic Church has committed blasphemy.
It is the Holy Spirit, not the pope, who is the Sole Representative of Jesus Christ on earth. Peter was never a pope, he was an Apostle.
(B). The worship of Mary (Mariolatry) is un-Scriptural.
Catholics are guilty of blasphemy in calling Mary, the Mother of God.
(1). God is Self-Existent, Eternal, Holy and Omnipotent. God does not and cannot have a mother.
(2). Mary was a virgin selected to bear the Son of God, Jesus Christ was God who became Man.
Mat 1:24-25, " And Joseph awoke from his sleep and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took Mary as his wife, but kept her a virgin until she gave birth to a Son; and he called His name Jesus."
(3). After giving birth to Jesus, May had sex with Joseph her husband and bore several children. Mary was not Virgin in perpetuity.
(4). Mary was never called the Mother of God in the New Testament.
(5). Mary called her self a bonbslave of the Lord.
Luk 1:38, "And Mary said: Behold, the bondslave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word. And the angel departed from her."
(6). Mary does not have power to save anyone, she herself needs the Savior. Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world.
Mary was not the mother of God. God was eternally self-existent, and God could not have a mother. If God had a mother, the mother of God would be greater than God. Mary was the mother of Jesus because she was the virgin who was conceived by the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ was God who became Man in order to save mankind. The Holy Trinity means the Holy Father, the Holy Son and the Holy Spirit. There is no such a thing called the Holy Mother – that is a blasphemy! It is unscriptural to pray to Mary or any saints. Mary, apostles or saints have no power to help anyone on earth.
cult of Mary or Mariology propagated by the Roman Catholic Church is
un-Scriptural, heretical and contrary to Biblical teaching. True, Mary was a
virgin when she gave birth to Jesus the Son God, God who became
Mar 6:3, "Is this not the carpenter, the Son of Mary, and brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? And are not His sisters here with us? So they were offended at Him.” How could Mary be the perpetual virgin since she bore several children after Jesus? The doctrine of perpetual Virgin Mary is absurd and false. Mary who herself confessed to be the handmaid of the Lord,
Luk 1:38, “Then Mary said: Behold the handmaid of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word. And the angel departed from her.” Handmaid in Greek is doulē which means a female slave, bondmaid; - it occurs only 3 times in the New Testament. Mary further said,
Luk 1:47, “And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.” If Mary was the handmaid of the Lord, how then could she be the Holy Mother, the Mother of God? If Mary needed God her Savior who is the Lord Jesus, she was not sinless. No where in the Bible ever teaches of Mary’s power or records of Mary’s supernatural power or performance of miracles, yet the Catholics believe Mary has power. A Catholic woman said, “We need the Virgin Mary’s protection, and for her to keep an eye on our soldiers, too.” A Roman Catholic Bishop declared in America “with moral certainty the apparitions of Mary “of a supernatural character” that are “worthy of belief.” No one can validate the power of Mary; the power of Jesus Christ was validated by God and the Holy Spirit through resurrection and ascension and countless miracles. You can come to Jesus Christ wherever you are; there is no shrine you need to visit. You do not need to make any pilgrimage; but you need to repent and believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. What does the Bible say worthy of acceptance? And who is worthy?
1Ti 1:15,“This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.” My Catholic friends, Mary was not and is not the Savior, and does not have any power to do anything for you. Jesus Christ is the Lord and Savior, there is no other. Jesus Christ is worthy of belief, not Mary or pope.
Rev 5:12,“Saying with a loud voice: Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing!” The Lamb of God is the coming King of kings and Lord and lords.
(C). The church does not have absolute authority.
The Holy Bible which is the Word of God is the absolute authority on faith and Christian conduct. Jesus Christ, the Head of the church, has absolute authority.
Popes have been wrong about many Scriptural interpretations, but this one interpretation is Scriptural. Benedict said Jesus' death wasn't about punishment, but rather salvation. Jesus' blood, he said, "does not cry out for vengeance and punishment, it brings reconciliation. It is not poured out against anyone, it is poured out for many, for all." Jesus’ death was substitutionary for sinners so that all who believe in Jesus as Lord and Savior may be saved. Jesus’ blood brings reconciliation between God and repentant sinners. The Word of God is the highest authority of the church, not any council. Anti-Semitism is wrong. The Bible does not teach cry out for vengeance because the Jews then crucified Jesus. Jesus says,
Mar 14:21, “The Son of Man indeed goes just as it is written of Him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been good for that man if he had never been born.” The Bible calls those who had taken and crucified Jesus as “lawless hands” (Act 2:23) The Bible also teaches,
“Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced
Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen.”
(D). Transubstantiation is un-Scriptural.
The bread only symbolizes the body of Christ, and the wine the blood. The bread used in the Holy Communion does not change into the body of Christ; and the wine or grape juice does not change into His blood.
(E). There is no purgatory.
There is Heaven which is the eternal place of happiness for the children of God. There is Hell which is the place of eternal punishment for unbelievers and the wicked.
(F). The Bible does not prohibit marriage for the servants of Christ.
Peter had a wife, and his mother-in-law was cured by the Lord. It is a great tragedy and pathology that Catholic priests and nuns raped so many boys and girls around the world!
Pope Benedict begged forgiveness from abuse victims for the sins of priests and promised to "do everything possible" to ensure that Roman Catholic clerics never rape or molest children again. The abuse of the little ones in many nations was at first covered up, then denied, defended, and at last admitted and begged for forgiveness. There are four basic problems. One is to continue the false and unbiblical doctrine of celibacy. Priests and nuns should be allowed to get married so that their passion and carnal desire will not victimize the little and helpless children. Prevention is better than cure. Secondly, the Catholic Church has structural problem that grants bishops and priests almost limitless power over their members. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Thirdly, there is no severe penalty or deterrence for priests and nuns who committed rape and sexual abuse of children although they have committed crimes. Fourthly, there is no built-in supervision to restrain the behavior of church leaders. The pope has made a promise he cannot keep, it is just like to promise that Wall Street will never defraud and loot the public again. Unless fundamental changes are made, for sure Roman Catholic clerics will rape or molest children again and again.
The New York Times’ Editorial (Feb 14, 2011) said, “The
Roman Catholic hierarchy in this country has promised accountability and
justice for children sexually abused by priests. We fear it has a long way to
go. A new inquiry has found that nearly a decade after the scandal engulfed the
American church, children are still in peril and some leaders are still
stonewalling investigations. A grand-jury report released Feb. 10 accused three
priests and a teacher in the Philadelphia Archdiocese of raping two young boys
in the 1990s. It also accused a senior church official of knowingly endangering
thousands of children by shielding accused priests for years. The Philadelphia district
attorney brought sexual-assault charges against the priests and teacher, and
charged Msgr. William Lynn, with two counts of child endangerment, apparently
the first time a church leader has been criminally charged with covering up
abuse... These are not the first accusations against the Philadelphia
Archdiocese. A blistering grand-jury report in 2005 exposed the abuse of
hundreds of children by more than 60 archdiocesan priests, lamenting that the
church’s cover-up had succeeded since the statute of limitations made it
impossible to prosecute the predators.” Shame! Shame! More Shame!
(G). The priest has no power to forgive sins, only God does.
Act 10:42-43,“And He ordered us to preach to the people, and solemnly to testify that this is the One who has been appointed by God as Judge of the living and the dead. Of Him all the prophets bear witness that through His name everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins.”
Everyone and anyone who believes in the One who is Jesus Christ, the Judge of the living and the dead, receives forgiveness of sins.
It is a great folly to confess sins to priests who themselves commit rape, sexual immorality, corruption, etc. No human being can forgive your sins.
(H). Salvation is not by good deeds, for no one is good enough to go to heaven.
Salvation is a gift of God to whoever repents and believes in Jesus Christ. You are saved by grace through faith.
(I). The idea of “apostolic succession” is un-Scriptural.
The Roman Catholic Church is totally wrong and completely false. The Bible does not recognize pope, and there is no such a thing called “apostolic succession.” Since the last twelve apostles (Judas lost and replaced by Paul), no one has ever succeeded any apostle. If anyone claims to be an apostle, he must be a fraud. The Lord did not entrust Peter and his successors to be the center of this communion. That was an invention of the Catholic Church. Believers are not in communion with the apostles, angels or Mary. Believers cannot pray to apostles, angels, or Mary. It is a false doctrine that teaches “Only through communion with the successors of the apostles are we in contact with God incarnate.”
2Cr 13:14,“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.” Communion in Greek is koinōnia which means fellowship, joint participation, association, fellowship in the dignity and blessings of the Son of God; - it occurs about 20 times in the New Testament. Only through communion with the Holy Spirit – who is the sole Representative of Christ on earth – that believers are in contact with God Incarnate, the Head of the Church. Jesus Christ says,
Jhn 14:26,“But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” The Holy Spirit will teach believers all things. Just as the apostles were taught by the Holy Spirit, believers after the apostles are taught by the Spirit of Truth and the Word of God.
2Ti 1:14,“Guard the truth that has been entrusted to you by the Holy Spirit who dwells within us.”
1Pe 1:12,“It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things which have now been announced to you by those who preached the good news to you through the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look.” Peter, which the Catholic Church cited so much to support their false doctrines, said by inspiration that the Gospel was preached through the Holy Spirit sent from heaven; the good news did not come from any apostle.
Eph 5:23, “For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the Head of the church; He is the Savior of the body.” The church is the body of Christ, and Christ is the Head of the church. The pope is not the head of the church; pope was invented by the Catholic Church. Jesus is the Messiah through whom God gives salvation.
Col 1:18,“He is the Head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that in all things He may have the preeminence.” To have preeminence in Greek is prōteuō which means to be first, have supremacy, hold the first place; - it occurs only once in New Testament. Jesus Christ is the Head of the church and holds the first place in all things.
(J). The true meaning of Sainthood.
Beatification is a Catholic false doctrine, NOT supported by the Scriptures. Sainthood is NOT what a man (no matter who he is) can bestow upon another man. The blood of any man is sinful (no matter who he is), it does NOT have any power to heal. A dead man cannot perform miracles. What is a saint? What is sainthood?
Phl 4:21, “Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren who are with me greet you.”
Note: You do not greet a dead person. Saint in Greek is hagios which means a Christian whom God has selected, that under the influence of the Holy Spirit, he may be rendered, through holiness, a partaker of salvation in the Kingdom of God; - it occurs 229 times in the New Testament. Thus a saint can be defined as a saved and sanctified believer in Christ Jesus. Apostle Paul wrote to all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi. You see Paul wrote to the saints who were alive and living in Philippi. Paul did not write to or greet dead saints. A believer in Christ sanctified by the Holy Spirit is already a saint here on earth while alive, not until he is dead or beatified by a pope. Paul and apostles did not recognize any pope. The Bible does not recognize any pope. How is a believer sanctified?
Act 26:18,“To open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.” To be sanctified by faith in Christ, one must turn from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God. Those who are sanctified by faith in Christ receive the forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among the saints. Every Christian is sanctified by faith in Jesus Christ, not by his own good or holy deeds. How is a believer sanctified by faith?
Rom 15:16,“That I might be a minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the Gospel of God, that the offering of the Gentiles might be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.”
Believers in Christ are sanctified by the Holy Spirit.
1Cr 1:2,“To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all who in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours.” Jesus Christ by His own blood bought and sanctified believers.
Hbr 10:10,“By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” Through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ, believers are sanctified positionally before God once for all.
such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you
were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.”
Thus, a saint is a believer saved and sanctified in Christ; and sainthood is
the position and privilege of being a saint in Christ; not something canonized by the pope or anyone.
A Catholic priest wrote, “If Christmas is the season opener, Easter is the Super Bowl.” God does not recognize the Super Bowl; Super Bowl is nothing to God.
Rom 1:4,“Who was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead, according to the Spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord.” The resurrection of Jesus does prove His divinity. It is not the day that matters, not the church’s liturgical calendar that matters; it is the Word of God that matters. It is silly to argue whether Easter is more important than Christmas or vice versa.
Rom 14:5-6,“One person regards one day above another, another regards every day alike. Each person must be fully convinced in his own mind. He who observes the day, observes it for the Lord, and he who eats, does so for the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who eats not, for the Lord he does not eat, and gives thanks to God.” Gal 4:10-11,“You observe days and months and seasons and years. I fear for you, lest I have labored over you in vain.” The Roman Catholic Church has many man-made doctrines and traditions of men which are not in the Bible. The Bible never says the Christmas season lasts 12 days or the Easter season lasts 50 days.
What Catholic theologians and scholars say are unimportant. The Gospel of John does not mention the birth of Jesus because the Gospel presents Jesus as the Word, and the Word was God. God certainly did not have a birth day, for God is Self-Existent and eternal, from everlasting to everlasting. Catholics are wrong to believe that Mary remained a virgin her entire life. Mary was a virgin because Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit. Certainly Jesus was not the carpenter’s son; Jesus was the Son of God.
Mat 1:18,“Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: when His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit.”
Jesus was conceived before Joseph and Mary came together (had sex). How could Mary remained a virgin in perpetuity when she and Joseph came together and produced sons and daughters?
Mat 13:55-56,“Is not this the carpenter's son? Is not His mother called Mary, and His brothers, James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? And His sisters, are they not all with us? Where then did this man get all these things?”
Mar 3:31,“Then His mother and His brothers arrived, and standing outside they sent word to Him and called Him.” The Bible does not say how many children Mary had with Joseph, we are told they had 4 sons and daughters, not knowing how many daughters and without giving names of their daughters. There is no Christmas Mass, midnight or not. Mass was a Catholic invention, contrary to the Bible. The Bible teaches about the Lord’s Supper, to remember the death of Jesus Christ.
(K). The issues of birth control and abortion.
Reproduction is a private affair between a man and a woman, husband and wife. The Roman Catholic Church opposes birth control because it counts every baby born to a Catholic family as a member of the church. Birth control practiced by husband and wife is neither sinful nor un-Scriptural. To take birth control pill to prevent conception is like to take vitamins to remedy diet deficiency or to wear eye classes to correct vision. Birth control is unnatural just like vitamins and eyeglasses are unnatural. It is sinful to commit sexual immorality such as adultery, fornication, homosexuality and promiscuity. Birth control by itself is not sinful. It is better to have birth control than for a couple to bring children to the world they cannot support. It is better to have population control than to have famine, poverty, starvation, and abandoned children. Politicians that get into controversy about birth control are busybody, emphasizing the unimportant and overlooking the important. Married couples have the right to have children or not to have children, it is not constitutional provision. Birth control and abortion are two different issues. Which is better, to have birth control or to have single welfare mothers continuously and promiscuously producing children that their men do not want to support and they cannot support and let society bear the costs for their sexual pleasure? It is not within the power of the federal government to tell married couples to practice birth control or not. It is the power of the federal and state and local governments to mandate birth control for women who are on welfare. A single unwed mother who gives birth to a child, the man who got the woman pregnant must bear all financial and parental responsibilities. Those who can pay for contraceptive device and birth control pills should pay. Those who are on welfare must be provided by government.
Abortion is quite another issue because it is a failure of birth control or unwanted pregnancy. Abortion is an issue much more complicated than birth control. If women have successful birth control, there would be no need for abortion. If a woman is raped and pregnant, abortion would not violate the Christian principle. Abortion for deformed and diseased fetus is not against the Christian conscience. Abortion of early pregnancy is a matter of conscience between the woman and the Lord. Late abortion is clearly against the Word of God. The Catholic Church that insists life begins at conception is a false argument and a farce. The existence of a fetus is not the same as the life of a human being. The life of an animal is not the same as the life of a human being. I would kill a thousand coyotes to save the life of an innocent child. It is proper for ordinary citizens to pay for their own abortions. The government has no choice to pay for the abortions of women on welfare and do it at the earliest time possible. Those who are against abortions are not against sexual immorality, adultery and fornication and promiscuity are hypocrites. If there is no illegal sex, there will be no need for abortion. Whether contraception can be provided for teenagers is another issue. Parents are responsible for their teenagers. Men who get teenagers pregnant are responsible for the consequences of the pregnancy. It is entire out of the provision of constitution. A doctor is illegal to perform abortion on an under aged girl without parental consent. Parents bear the costs for the behavior of their children. The government has no choice to pay for the unwanted pregnancy of a teenaged girl of a mother on welfare, but the government has power to punish the mother on welfare for failing to disciple her own teenaged daughter who got pregnant. The government has power to punish the man who got the teenaged girl pregnant. The real American issue is not birth control or abortion, it is morality. An immoral people commit immoral sexual behavior that has dire consequences.
Any faith which is not based in the Holy Bible, the Word of God, is vain, void and meaningless.
The Catholic Pope Benedict seems to be an interesting fellow. Benedict said on Friday (March 23, 2012) that communism had failed in Cuba. The pope said only half-truth. He should also say: Capitalism had failed in America. Capitalism had also failed in Europe. Capitalism has failed everywhere. American democracy has also failed. The evil of Wall Street, Washington and Hollywood has done great harm to the world. The theory of Deng Xiaoping has worked in China, can also work anywhere. China is in danger of being infected by capitalism; greed has become pervasive in China today which resulted in all kinds of fraud and social ills. Wherever a society is driven by greed, there corruption and all sorts of evil prevail. Above all, Benedict should say many doctrines and traditions of the Roman Catholic Church had violated the teachings of the Holy Bible. In fact, the office of the pope itself is contrary to the teaching of Jesus Christ who is the Head of the Church, and the Holy Spirit who is the Sole Representative of Christ on earth.
The pope said, “I carry in my heart the just aspirations and legitimate desires of all Cubans, wherever they may be." I say to the pope, billions of Christians and common people in the world carry in their hearts the empathy and sympathy for hundreds of thousands of children (boys and girls) raped and sexually molested by Catholic priests and nuns all over the world for decades, and asking for more freedoms to help the Roman Catholic Church to change their un-Scriptural celibacy policy and control and discipline the immoral behavior of Catholic priests and nuns.
The pope cannot save you. The Catholic church cannot save you.
Only Jesus Christ can save you.
It is hoped my Catholic friends will come to the true knowledge of Jesus Christ through the Word of God.
January 1, 2017
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