This is just a collection of personal thoughts, opinions and comments on the Scriptures and matters of religion in general. They were put here together without any predetermined thematic or chronological order. I just thought that sorting them out might not be worthwhile, as it might be suggested to me that it is just too unorthodox for publication.
I often contemplated the same topic more than once. That is why many of my thoughts and quotes from the Scriptures are repeated, like a chorus in a song, because I thought that it was necessary. In my opinion, the Bible should be considered a unique book by everyone because, as it is, we are all on “death row” without any possibility of appeal. There is no greater fear than the fear of death and this book is the only thing that can take this fear away because for believers the Bible is a kind of road map and the key to the gate to immortality.
Many people are put off religion by the despicable conduct of some priests – being preached contradictory and illogical interpretations of the Scriptures or because it forbids the indulgence in various pleasures and passions. Others doubt everything that is written in the Bible because there are some things which were obviously not inspired by God.
In addition to pointing out what in the Bible, in my opinion, is completely misunderstood, I dug up a lot of dirt from the Church’s past history and even more from the present as well.
I believe that the truth must be faced and not avoided in order to put it in the right perspective.
I just want to present my point of view and let the reader consider my arguments and form his own objective, unprejudiced judgement.
The most perplexing question for all Christians is: Why did Jesus die and why did he have to suffer the way he did?
The leaders of all Christian churches of various denominations still keep saying the same: “Christ died for our sins”; “He was the sacrificial ‘ransom’ paid to God, made angry by our sin”; “He was punished instead of us”; “He gave his life for many” and “He had to atone for our sin”.
Someone said: “The atonement is the centrepiece of Christianity”.
Unfortunately, it certainly is, but it shouldn’t be because, in my opinion, it is not the reason at all why Jesus had to die. In other words, the reason why God wanted His son to be nailed to the cross and suffer so much horrible pain still remains completely misunderstood. It shouldn’t be because it is very obvious to me and also should be to every thinking person.
It must, surely, appear preposterous and even insane to suggest that for 2000 years nobody could see and understand God’s true motive. Unbelievable – but in my opinion – true.
My opinions and understanding of the Scriptures might be completely wrong. Therefore, I quote all the relevant verses from the Bible, on which I have based my opinions, to allow the reader to form his own opinion and prove, if he can, that I drew erroneous conclusions.
I would be sincerely grateful for this, as there is nothing more important to me than the correct understanding of the Truth.
I have always been aware that I have no writing skills at all. On top of this, I have written in a language that I don’t know very well. I’ve never thought that I would ever write anything, let alone something which could be of interest to anyone.
Why then did I decide to start writing? I’m really not sure why. Despite great reluctance and much hesitation, somehow, I felt compelled to put down my thoughts in writing. The reason for my strong reluctance to write it down was that it would contradict St Paul. Therefore, as a simple and average religious person, I thought that I couldn’t possibly be right!
However, no matter how hard I’ve tried, I cannot see how I could be wrong. I submit my arguments to the reader to judge whether I am right or wrong. I am not stubborn; I have an open mind and am easily persuaded by rational arguments.
Once I overcame my strong reluctance to write, I put down many other things that were on my mind. Those thoughts, my arguments and the way I put them might be childish but I believe that many ordinary churchgoers will find there, apart from cold logic, quite a few interesting historical facts related to religion which are not talked much about in churches. Nevertheless, some knowledge of ancient history is important to better understand the Scriptures.
As Pascal said in his Penses: “It is a beautiful thing to watch with the eyes of faith, Herod, Caesar.” (700).
Also, “It is beautiful to see with the eyes of faith, Darius and Cyrus, Alexander, Romans, Pompey and Herod working, without knowledge about it, for the glory of the Gospel.” (701)
The main purpose of writing this was to provide, in my opinion, irrefutable arguments based on quotes from the Bible, which convincingly support the following opinions:
· Jesus did not suffer and die for anybody’s sins.
· Jesus was not offered as a sacrifice to God which He, allegedly, demanded.
· Jesus did not institute the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.
· The souls of little babies who died without being baptised will not be cast into
· Catholic priests have no power to forgive sins.
· The only way to stop the immoral conduct of priests is to follow what Jesus
· Israel was established in 1948 against God’s will.
Apart from this, and among other things, I am certain that a closer look at some parts
of St Luke’s Gospel will be rather surprising to everyone.
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The existence of so many different Christian churches and sects is proof that there must be some irreconcilable differences of opinion among the faithful on some of their religious beliefs. This was obviously the reason for breaking away from the first Church and establishing their own. Different interpretations of the Bible continued and resulted in further breakaways and new churches being established.
There can only be one correct interpretation of the Scriptures but every one of those numerous churches believes that it has the right understanding. Therefore, the members of each of those churches must consider followers of all the other churches as “heretics” because they disagree with their beliefs.
One of those churches considered by others as “heretical” for adhering to wrong beliefs might actually be right – but then again, not necessarily. They might all be wrong. The problem is that there is no way of knowing for certain which one of those many churches is right. Who has the authority to pass judgement? Could it be the Catholic Church because it traces its history back to the apostles and claims it was established and authorised by Jesus? Could the leader of this Church – the Pope – be the judge because he, like all the Popes, declares that he is “infallible” in all matters of faith?
It appears that being decisive and declaring that all Christians outside the Catholic Church are heretics is the last thing that the Pope is willing to do. It is obvious that he doesn’t want to be a judge of other people’s beliefs which, in my opinion, is actually his duty!
Today it is not even appropriate to talk about Popes from the past who were not so tolerant and when the Church condemned thousands of “heretics” to be executed. Many of them were even tortured beforehand.
Today many top American politicians, instead of using the ugly word “tortured” would rather say that the Inquisition’s torturers subjected those unfortunate people to merely “enhanced interrogation techniques”. I wonder if those politicians, who only until very recently were still ordering their subordinates to torture prisoners (suspected terrorists), were issuing such orders because Jesus said, “Do to others what you would have them do to you.”
It took a few hundred years before the relatively recent Pope – John Paul II – must have at last realised that torturing, burning them alive or occasionally even boiling these “heretics” in oil was not really necessary and was wrong. Maybe because even an innocent person, when brutally tortured, would “confess” and admit to any crime, preferring a quick death to unbearable pain. Therefore, John Paul II issued an apology, saying that the Church treated those “heretics” in an un-Christian way! I would say that it was not just “un-Christian” but inhumanely cruel and against God’s commandment of “You shall not kill!” (or inflict any pain).
Today, in respect of tolerating what people believe in, the Catholic Church has changed completely. Today it seems unthinkable to call anyone a heretic; that might be offensive! Today, even real heretics and sinners must be respected by everyone, including the Pope, no matter what. Therefore, the Pope does his best and goes out of his way to prove that the times when Jesus so bitterly criticised the Pharisees, calling them ‘Sons of the Devil’, are long gone.
The Pope’s show of respect for the breakaway churches and people of non-Christian faith is very much admired by most political leaders and lots of common people.
You can irrevocably reject Jesus as the true God from the true God and believe in whoever you want but still may be welcome in the Vatican. “Blessed are the peacemakers...”
It is understandable why the Pope is so reluctant to declare anyone a heretic, remembering that in the past the Church has wrongly accused people of heresy and killed thousands of innocent people. Besides, the “heretic” might not necessarily have been wrong. On the contrary, he might have been right, while even the greatest authority could have been wrong. It has already been proven more than once.
Let us recall some examples from the history of the Church.
It was once an unforgivable heresy to say and stubbornly believe that the Earth moves around the sun. Such a heresy would be punishable by death. It was considered a heresy not because we can all see that the sun rises in the east and moves across the sky. It was considered heresy because saying that the sun does not move contradicts the Bible!
The Pope declared that the Bible, which is the Word of God, clearly says that Joshua stopped the sun for a few hours over the town of Gibeon by saying: “Sun, stand still...” and “The Sun stood still in the middle of the sky and did not go down for a whole day.” (Js. 10:12-13)
We all know of the ultimatum given by the Pope to Galileo Galilei. Galileo, contrary to his own firm conviction and the results of his scientific research, knew that Copernicus’ discovery of the sun being stationary was correct. But in order to save his life he had to publically deny the truth and say that it was a heresy. Copernicus also knew what would have happened to him regarding his “heretical” discovery and only allowed his “De Revolucionibus Orbium Celestium” to be published after his death.
Another unforgivable heresy would be, considered by many even today, if someone said that Adam and Eve never existed, and to say that “it is just a religious story invented for religious purposes”. This would be unthinkable, bordering on insanity, because again it would contradict the Bible’s description of the creation of the first humans.
Chapter 5 of Genesis:
“When Adam was 130 years old, he had a son who was like him, and named him Seth.”
Then, Adam’s other descendants (firstborn sons) are mentioned by name up to Noah and his three sons –Shem, Ham and Japheth – who were also saved from the Flood with their father.
Therefore, Adam must have existed because the Bible said so! Anyone who says that Adam did not exist and that the whole story of Adam and Eve is a myth would have to be out of his mind! He would surely be branded a heretic if he refused to correct his opinion. The bad news for those who still believe in Adam and Eve’s story as described in the Bible is that it is not true and that, indeed, Adam and Eve never existed!
Don’t call me a heretic yet, for it is not my own opinion, although, admittedly, I agree with it. In case you don’t know it yet, it is the opinion of one of the most reliable authorities on this matter, who surely knows what he is talking about. If you are a Catholic (like me), you must believe him. Why? Because, the person who said that Adam never existed and declared it in front of television cameras and a large audience was his Eminence, the former Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell. To be exact, he made this statement on 9th April 2012, and you can download this and other reports and comments about it yourself. Here is one of them to save you time:
Adam and Eve
In comments that may shock some staunch Catholics, Cardinal George Pell has described the biblical story of Adam and Eve as a myth. He appeared alongside renowned evolutionary biologist and atheist, Professor Richard Dawkins, on the ABC‘s Q&A program last night.
Cardinal Pell said the existence of Adam and Eve was not a matter of science but rather a mythological account.
“It‘s a very sophisticated mythology to try to explain the evil and the suffering in the world,“ he said. “It‘s a religious story told for religious purposes. According to Genesis, God created Adam and Eve as the first man and woman and all people are descended from them.“
Cardinal Pell‘s explosive comments came after he was questioned about evolution. He said it was impossible to say when there was a first human.
It is widely accepted in the scientific community that life on Earth has evolved over about four billion years.
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