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Claim the Bible is unclear and make way for your Infallible organisation

September 6, 2013
  • “For the Scripture is not like other books, dictated by the Holy Ghost, it contains things of deepest importance, which in many instances are very difficult and obscure. To understand and explain such things there is always required the coming of the same Holy Ghost.” (The Great encyclical Letters of Leo XII, p. 227).
  • “We must, therefore, conclude that the Scriptures alone cannot be a sufficient guide and rule of faith…because they are not of themselves clear and intelligible even in matters of the highest importance…” (The Faith of Our Fathers, James Gibbons p. 73).
  • “Is it possible to misunderstand the Bible? Yes, even the Bible itself says so. ‘In these epistles there are certain things difficult to understand, which the unlearned and the unstable distort, just as they do the rest of the Scriptures also, to their own destruction’ (2nd Peter 3:16).” (A Catechism for Adults, p. 10).

Time and again various groups have either claimed the Bible is incomplete, error-ridden or obscure. All these claims make way for them to be the infallible interpreter. In the quotes above, it’s the Roman Catholic Church and its claims to interpret the Bible. But the Mormons and the JWs have the same general approach. All in all they detract from the clarity of Scripture.

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Mother Theresa – a false teacher

January 4, 2012

All is God—Buddhists, Hindus, Christians, etc., all have access to the same God.

‘Mother’ Theresa, 12/4/89 Time Magazine Interview with Edward Desmond, pp. 11, 13

 

Her universalism was taught on many occasions:

“If in coming face to face with God we accept Him in our lives, then we are converting. We become a better Hindu, a better Muslim, a better Catholic, a better whatever we are …. What God is in your mind you must accept” (from Mother Teresa: Her People and Her Work, by Desmond Doig, [Harper & Row, 1976, p.156]).

“I convert you to be a better Hindu or a better Muslim or a better Protestant. Once you’ve found God, it’s up to you to decide how to worship him.” (“Mother Teresa Touched Other Faiths,” AP, Sept. 7, 1997).

“I’ve always said we should help a Hindu become a better Hindu, a Muslim become a better Muslim, a Catholic become a better Catholic” (A Simple Path, p. 31).

“If the individual thinks and believes that his or her way is the only way to God, then that is their way of salvation” (pp. 74-75). (Mark Michael Zima, Mother Teresa: The Case for the Cause)

if the Catholic Church proclaims something to be black which appears to be white, we must accept that it is black

December 30, 2011

Setting aside all personal judgment of our own, we must keep our minds prepared and ready to obey in all things the true Bride of Christ our Lord, which is our holy mother, the Catholic Church…. To make perfectly sure of our orthodoxy, if the Catholic Church proclaims something to be black which appears to be white, we must accept that it is black. For we believe that there is one and the same Spirit in Christ our Lord the Husband, and in the Church His Bride. This Spirit governs and guides our souls to salvation; the same Spirit and the same Lord who gave the Ten Commandments guides and rules our holy mother the Church.

Ignatius Loyola, Spiritual Exercises

Faith misplaced!

The Rood of Boxley

December 30, 2011

Boxley is best known through its celebrated Rood of Grace, a cross with an image supposed to be miraculously gifted with movement and speech. More than a century before the Dissolution the abbey is spoken (fn. 25) of as ‘called the abbey of the Holy Cross of Grace.’ Archbishop Warham, writing (fn. 26) to Wolsey in connexion with claims against the abbey, says that it was much sought after by visitors to the Rood from all parts of the realm, and so he would be sorry to put it under an interdict. He calls it ‘so holy a place where so many miracles be showed.’ But the image proved to be a gross imposture. Geoffrey Chamber, employed in defacing the monastery and plucking it down, wrote (fn. 27) to Cromwell on 7 February, 1538, that he found in it certain engines and old wire, with old rotten sticks in the back, which caused the eyes to move and stir in the head thereof, ‘like unto a lively thing,’ and also, the nether lip likewise to move as though it should speak, ‘ which was not a little strange to him and others present.’ He examined the abbot and old monks, who declared themselves ignorant of it; and considering that the people of Kent had in time past a great devotion to the image and used continual pilgrimages there, he conveyed it to Maidstone that day, a market day, and showed it to the people, ‘ who had the matter in wondrous detestation and hatred so that if the monastery had to be defaced again they would pluck it down or burn it.’ The image was afterwards taken to London and exhibited during a sermon by the bishop of Rochester at St. Paul’s Cross, arid then cut to pieces and burnt. (fn. 28) The news of the exposure appears to have been widely spread, and probably nothing was more damaging to the case for the monasteries.

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Such were the con tricks used before the Reformation to deceive the people. Similarly the Blood of Hailes

My vision’s more amazing than yours

November 15, 2011

Bridget of Sweden (1303-73), founder of the Brigittine order of nuns, had a wonderful vision which revealed to her that the immaculate conception was true…Catherine of Siena (1347-80), had a wonderful vision which revealed to her that the immaculate conception was false.

N.R. Needham, 2000 Years of Christ’s Power, Part Two: the Middle Ages, 2005, p.275

Which proves once again the need to test all things by God’s written Word.

Why the laity were denied the communion wine

November 15, 2011

Aquinas developed the view that the entire flesh and blood of Christ were present both in the bread and the wine. So it did not matter if laypeople ate only the bread…they still received the whole of Christ in the bread. This (practice) became widespread only in the 13th Century, and seems to have grown out of a fear…that the blood of the Saviour would be dishonoured if any of the wine were spilt. Similar fears led to the use of a special wafer instead of ordinary bread: the wafer did not crumble.

N.R. Needham, 2000 Years of Christ’s Power, Part Two: the Middle Ages, 2005, p.270

This Royal Virgin does not have need of false glorification

November 15, 2011

The glorification given to the Queen of Heaven demands discernment. This Royal Virgin does not have need of false glorification, possessing as She does true crowns of glory and signs of dignity. Glorify the purity of Her flesh and the sanctity of Her life… [However] let one not say that the Holy Virgin was conceived of the Holy Spirit and not of man. I say decisively that the Holy Spirit descended upon Her, but not that He came with Her… only the Lord Christ was conceived of the Holy Spirit, and He alone is holy from His very conception.

Bernard of Clairvaux, Epistle 174

Bell’s Hell

April 29, 2011

So why do I say Bell is a universalist if he believes in hell? Because he does not believe hell lasts forever. It is a temporary “period of pruning” and “an intense experience of correction” (91). Bell’s hell is like purgatory except his “period of pruning” is for anyone, not just for Christians who die in a state of grace as Catholicism teaches. For Bell, this life is about getting ourselves fitted for the good life to come. Some of us die ready to experience God’s love. Others need more time to sort things out. Luckily, in Bell’s scheme, there is always more time. “No one can resist God’s pursuit forever because God’s love will eventually melt even the hardest hearts” (108).

Kevin DeYoung, God Is Still Holy and What You Learned in Sunday School Is Still True: A Review of “Love Wins”

Marian Dogmas believed on authority of the church not scripture

May 11, 2010

Mary is the Mediatrix of all graces because of her intercession for us in heaven. What this means is that no grace accrues to us without her intercession. We are not to suppose that we are obliged to ask for all graces through her or that her intercession is intrinsically necessary for the application of graces. Instead, through God’s will, grace is not conferred on anyone without Mary’s cooperation. True, scriptural proofs for this are lacking. Theologians refer to a mystical interpretation of John 19:26 (“Woman behold thy son, son behold thy mother”), an interpretation that sees John as the representative of the human race, Mary thus becoming the spiritual mother. They note the doctrine is reasonable because it is fitting. This is little consolation to fundamentalists, of course, who see little fitting about it and who put little stock in speculative theology and even less in mystical theology. As a practical matter, this kind of doctrine is one of the last accepted by someone approaching the Church, particularly someone coming to the Church from fundamentalism, and it is accepted, ultimately, on the authority of the Church rather than on the authority of clear scriptural references.

Karl Keating (Catholic apologist), Catholicism and Fundamentalism, p 279

The last sentence should read: “on the authority of ANY scriptural references” but that would be an even more damning admission.

Mary grants mercy from Jesus the judge, according to Rome

May 11, 2010

St. Anselm, to increase our confidence, adds, that ‘when we have recourse to this divine Mother, not only we may be sure of her protection, but that often we shall be heard more quickly, and be thus preserved, if we have recourse to Mary and call on her holy name, than we should be if we called on the name of Jesus our Saviour,’ and the reason he gives for it is, ‘that to Jesus as a judge, it belongs to punish; but mercy alone belongs to the Blessed Virgin as a patroness.

Liguori, in James White, The Roman Catholic Controversy, Bethany, 1996, p.216