Let me say again at the outset that I have nothing against catholics, but I have much against their gnostic religion. Many of my relatives and friends are catholics. Without exception, they’re the finest people I’ve ever known.
The religion is a whole lot of un-biblical silliness. It’s satanism at its purest. He’s made himself god. At least there.
They go, unconvincingly, to great lengths these days to swear that they never said the pope is infallible, that they don’t worship the “virgin” Mary, etc. (Psst. She’s not a virgin anymore. She had a bunch of Joseph’s kids the regular way after Jesus was born. Some of ‘em even wrote books!)
I don’t really mean to make fun, but it’s hard not to. The Bible bears out almost none of their beliefs. I’ll even give them the benefit of the doubt and let them use their special Bible to prove them (or disprove me). After all, according to them, they canonized the Bible and Luther perverted it. Sounds good. But it’s just not historically accurate. Besides that, as I’ve pointed out, their own canonization of the Bible doesn’t support many of the beliefs they’re taught in the catechism.
Satan gave up on being openly, directly worshipped long, long ago. If he can pervert you enough to direct your attention away from scripture and worship of Jehovah, he succeeds. He knows his fate. He’s not looking for worshippers now, he’s looking for recruits because misery loves company. The catholic church is his greatest achievement in history.
“Pray to the saints. Set men up to decide who will be saints and your ‘pope’ – the supreme voice about what God says. The virgin Mary can get your prayers to Jesus. Confess your sins anonymously to another man that you call father and then do the penance he gives you. If you do, your sins will be forgiven. If you desire to serve God you must be celibate.”
Not a whit of that is scriptural. Even in the catholic perversion of the Bible. Most of it is directly contrary to what the Bible says. Even theirs. But that’s what they were taught. Maybe that’s what David was talking about in Psalm 44 when he said:
Yea, for thy sake are we killed all the day long; we are counted as sheep for the slaughter
I’ve never known a catholic that didn’t live the Word better than most protestants and we should all be ashamed for that. I’ve also never known one that didn’t believe the Bible was the inerrant word of God Almighty and also had no clue what it says. They can recite liturgies in a language they don’t understand, know when to sit stand and kneel, tell you nearly everything they learned in catechism, but they can’t tell you why they believe anything they believe beyond, “Because the priest said so.” (Paraphrasing.)
There will be many, many catholics in heaven. I’ll be proud to say I know some of them. But they mostly got there without knowledge. God can work in anything, even satan’s perversion of truth, and His mercy and grace never fail.
We’ve all got a lot to learn yet. One of the few things I’ve learned is that you’ll never get truth from one that doesn’t know it. The catholic “church” is the blind leading the blind. You’ll never get truth from the pope. He’s already thrown his life away on a lie. But they voted him in, so he must be God’s choice, right? Just like Adolf Hitler, Saddam Hussein, Abe Lincoln, FDR, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush… (pick your poison, I could go on all night). Right? They were all elected. Oh. I forgot, the pope was elected by a chosen few. Chosen by God, huh? Who was it that chose them? The last pope. Right! Now it all makes sense. An organization built by fallible men, run for centuries by fallible men and the fallible men have a popular vote on the “voice of God” whenever the current “voice of God” croaks. It’s OK. The smoke makes it all official with God. I saw that on the news.
I’m sure the pope would condemn my “gambling” at poker. My game is poker and his is catholicism. Two very different games of skill. He won. I often do, too.
Perhaps I should go to confession and see what the penance is. “Father, forgive me for I have sinned. My last confession was before you were born and I’ve done a bunch of stuff since then that is covered by the shed blood of Christ and is none of your business. What’s my penance?”
Recite a bunch of memorized prayers to a dead woman over and over? Cool! That’s easy enough. See ya next week.
The problem is that it’s both easier and harder than that.
But first we must get a decision from the god in Rom – er- we have to get a decision from the Vatican about whether or not “limbo” really exists. (That’s where babies go if they die before they’re properly “baptized” without their knowledge, understanding or consent.) I’m hoping he’ll give us a ruling on fairies – true or false – right after that one.