Letter: Blatant bashing of Catholic f...

Letter: Blatant bashing of Catholic faith

There are 21 comments on the NewsTimes.com story from Jun 5, 2008, titled Letter: Blatant bashing of Catholic faith. In it, NewsTimes.com reports that:

In response to Kenneth T. Brooks . The Inquisition was a series of tribunals set up by the Roman Catholic Church to deal with heresies which were abundant at that time and existed between the 13th and 19th ...

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Knight

Andover, CT

#1 Jun 5, 2008
The clearest answers to this can easily be found by anyone who can read. Simply open up your Bible and read what Peter wrote in his two letters and what the apostle Paul wrote about the Christian faith. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to find out the true answers and it is neither complicated to read nor understand. It isn't even open to any "interpretation". If I wrote you a letter and said "The cure for your disease is neomycin" then you shouldn't say "Gee I wonder what he means?"

Well The Apostle Peter wrote: "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." Peters first letter. Well to continue the analogy...peoples sin is the disease and Christ is the cure... No mere man, nor church, nor ritual paid for your sins and mine on Calvary's Cross. Only Jesus Christ, God's Eternal Son chose to become a Man and be born into this earth and live a PERFECT life and then chose to offer Himself on the Cross as a perfect "once for all sacrifice" for man's sin. And Then be raised again from the dead three days later as 500 people at the time testified. You know what ? the popes "message" is very different from God's Word, the Bible. Don't take my word for it...read it for yourself.
why not

Staffordville, CT

#2 Jun 5, 2008
Knight wrote:
The clearest answers to this can easily be found by anyone who can read. Simply open up your Bible and read what Peter wrote in his two letters and what the apostle Paul wrote about the Christian faith. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to find out the true answers and it is neither complicated to read nor understand. It isn't even open to any "interpretation". If I wrote you a letter and said "The cure for your disease is neomycin" then you shouldn't say "Gee I wonder what he means?"
Well The Apostle Peter wrote: "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." Peters first letter. Well to continue the analogy...peoples sin is the disease and Christ is the cure... No mere man, nor church, nor ritual paid for your sins and mine on Calvary's Cross. Only Jesus Christ, God's Eternal Son chose to become a Man and be born into this earth and live a PERFECT life and then chose to offer Himself on the Cross as a perfect "once for all sacrifice" for man's sin. And Then be raised again from the dead three days later as 500 people at the time testified. You know what ? the popes "message" is very different from God's Word, the Bible. Don't take my word for it...read it for yourself.
Look the Catholic Church has plenty to answer for the least of which is the child sex abuse which was not just here in this country but all over the world. Christians in general have been just as blood thristy as any other religion so what the beef here.
Mr Banana

Danbury, CT

#3 Jun 5, 2008
Knight wrote:
.peoples sin is the disease and Christ is the cure... No mere man, nor church, nor ritual paid for your sins and mine on Calvary's Cross. Only Jesus Christ, God's Eternal Son chose to become a Man and be born into this earth and live a PERFECT life and then chose to offer Himself on the Cross as a perfect "once for all sacrifice" for man's sin. And Then be raised again from the dead three days later as 500 people at the time testified. You know what ? the popes "message" is very different from God's Word, the Bible. Don't take my word for it...read it for yourself.
Amen!

Many many people think that by belonging to a church or by doing some good deeds they are saved. But they can't back that up with scripture.

God offered the free gift of Salvation through His Son Jesus Christ to any who repent and trust in Christ alone (not church membership or good deeds).
Sheep

AOL

#5 Jun 5, 2008
Mr Banana wrote:
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Amen!
Many many people think that by belonging to a church or by doing some good deeds they are saved. But they can't back that up with scripture.
God offered the free gift of Salvation through His Son Jesus Christ to any who repent and trust in Christ alone (not church membership or good deeds).
Sad that the sheep believe anything that is fed to them by some "minister" who thinks he knows it all. Open the Bible and really read through it and have your eyes opened. Just going and professing this or that does not mean anything.
newmilman

Windsor, CT

#6 Jun 6, 2008
Kenneth T Brooks... you need to go back to college and re-learn history before you publish anything so blatantly wrong. Well done Miss Gregus.
rider

Hermitage, TN

#8 Jun 16, 2008
Ok folks, hate the true Church all you want. It's not going to change a thing, and it's not going to make you right. Christ said to Peter "you are the cornerstone of my church". He didn't use the plural form of church. Protestants by definition are ones who protest. Protest against the true Church in order to feel better about their wrong doings.

Couldn't be more black and white.
Booboobat

Spring, TX

#10 Jun 17, 2008
Mr Banana wrote:
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Amen!
Many many people think that by belonging to a church or by doing some good deeds they are saved. But they can't back that up with scripture.
God offered the free gift of Salvation through His Son Jesus Christ to any who repent and trust in Christ alone (not church membership or good deeds).
What you describe is called "cheap grace". Google it if you're clueless.

“Hail Mary, full of Grace”

Since: Dec 07

I'm ProLife :)

#11 Jun 17, 2008
rider wrote:
Ok folks, hate the true Church all you want. It's not going to change a thing, and it's not going to make you right. Christ said to Peter "you are the cornerstone of my church". He didn't use the plural form of church. Protestants by definition are ones who protest. Protest against the true Church in order to feel better about their wrong doings.
Couldn't be more black and white.
True, the Church is the pillar of Truth.

“Messenger w/ a Message”

Since: Sep 07

planet earth, for now

#12 Jun 17, 2008
rider wrote:
Ok folks, hate the true Church all you want. It's not going to change a thing, and it's not going to make you right. Christ said to Peter "you are the cornerstone of my church". He didn't use the plural form of church. Protestants by definition are ones who protest. Protest against the true Church in order to feel better about their wrong doings.
Couldn't be more black and white.
You misunderstand and blatantly misquote scripture. Jesus wasn't telling Peter that he was the cornerstone of the church. Jesus was telling Peter, after Peter answered the question, "Who do you say I am?", what the cornerstone of the church was. Peter replied that Jesus was the the Son of God, the Christ. And THAT is the cornerstone of the church, Christ not Peter.

Anyhow, all this is in the context of the Jews, to whom Jesus was talking. When one reads Paul's writings, one, through the Holy Spirit will come to realize that the message of salvation was a mystery hidden from before the foundation of the world to be revealed to the Gentile nations by their apostle, Paul. And this salvation through Jesus Christ could not have been wothout the resurrection. When Jesus and Peter were having their converstaion, Jesus hadn't been crucified yet, therefore resurrection was not not even a factor.

Hey, I'm not judging or condemning Catholics, but the traditions of men and the rituals of Judeaism have nothing to do with salvation, unless you're a Jew. And if my knowledge serves my well, I believe that Catholics are gentiles.

Christianity is not exclusive to any particular people group. It is for ALL who believe, and you may ask, "believe what?" And my answer to you is beleive that Jesus is the virgin born son of God who lived a perfect life and was persecuted to the point of crucifixion only to defeat death, Hell and the grave through His miraculous resurrection. And I can't find the word "catholic" anywhere in that explanation.

Since: Mar 08

United States

#13 Jun 17, 2008
why not wrote:
<quoted text> Look the Catholic Church has plenty to answer for the least of which is the child sex abuse which was not just here in this country but all over the world. Christians in general have been just as blood thristy as any other religion so what the beef here.
Yeah the sex abuse that has happened in the catholic church, is terrible. But if you think it only happens in the catholic church, you`re wrong. You hear more about it with in the catholic church, because the catholic church is huge. No other "christian" denomination comes close to being as large as the catholic churches. Kind of like when you hear about a Ford having a problem...It seems like Fords have more problems than any other manufacture, yet people fail to realize, that Ford has more cars on the road than any one else. Same thing with the catholic church....
Ok sure

Worcester, MA

#14 Jun 17, 2008
rider wrote:
Ok folks, hate the true Church all you want. It's not going to change a thing, and it's not going to make you right. Christ said to Peter "you are the cornerstone of my church". He didn't use the plural form of church. Protestants by definition are ones who protest. Protest against the true Church in order to feel better about their wrong doings.
Couldn't be more black and white.

True, the Church is the pillar of Truth.

Ok Sure.. I'll belong to an organization/church that allows the abuse of children by the priests and turned a blind eye by moving those priests to other parishes... wow what a great church to belong to!! no thanks.. I'll stick with my nice religion. My father left the Catholic Church in the 50's after he married my mother. I'm so glad they brought us up in the Protestant church.
Nemesys

Danbury, CT

#15 Jun 17, 2008
"Look the Catholic Church has plenty to answer for the least of which is the child **** abuse "

Percentage-wise, more teachers sexually abuse kids than do priests, but you don't hear the NEA apoligizing for them. Yet, the pope did.

Catholics are not saints... but at least they HAVE saints, and a positive direction to follow. They're trying to make things better. Who else can people do?
Not for me

Worcester, MA

#16 Jun 17, 2008
Sorry, but Catholocism isn't for me. I don't believe in praying to people that some church calls a "saint" now because they did good deeds. To worship another human is wrong in my book.. no matter how good they were while they walked the earth. I don't believe in all that gooble dee gook either about how perfect priests and nuns are and that they can't marry... blah blah blah... sorry just not true to what it says in the Bible. And praying to statues.. sorry, but that's breaking a commandment right there.. "thou shalt not make graven images, etc"... but the sheep still follow anyway...
booboobat

Spring, TX

#17 Jun 17, 2008
Not for me wrote:
Sorry, but Catholocism isn't for me. I don't believe in praying to people that some church calls a "saint" now because they did good deeds. To worship another human is wrong in my book.. no matter how good they were while they walked the earth. I don't believe in all that gooble dee gook either about how perfect priests and nuns are and that they can't marry... blah blah blah... sorry just not true to what it says in the Bible. And praying to statues.. sorry, but that's breaking a commandment right there.. "thou shalt not make graven images, etc"... but the sheep still follow anyway...
You are ignorant about Roman Catholicism.

Since: Mar 08

United States

#18 Jun 17, 2008
Not for me wrote:
Sorry, but Catholocism isn't for me. I don't believe in praying to people that some church calls a "saint" now because they did good deeds. To worship another human is wrong in my book.. no matter how good they were while they walked the earth. I don't believe in all that gooble dee gook either about how perfect priests and nuns are and that they can't marry... blah blah blah... sorry just not true to what it says in the Bible. And praying to statues.. sorry, but that's breaking a commandment right there.. "thou shalt not make graven images, etc"... but the sheep still follow anyway...
That's fine. You`re entitled to your beliefs. But catholics don't "pray" to statues. Saints can be traced back to peter. Sounds like you`re a little bitter there pal....
Just not for me

Worcester, MA

#20 Oct 23, 2008
booboobat wrote:
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You are ignorant about Roman Catholicism.
I've been to mass years ago with a guy I was dating and for a while thought about pursuing it further and converting. Then I started reading the Bible and did a lot of research and realized just like that post above what a bunch of silly stuff they were actually preaching to people. It's all man made nonsense just as most organized religions are. And the saints and the praying to statues.. is absolutely breaking a commandment about not worshiping "graven images". The Catholic Church is the "Harlot" mentioned in Revelation 17. Read through your Bible the Old and New Testaments and you will see how you are all being led astray and are blinded by falsehoods.
John 1 14

Norfolk, VA

#21 Feb 22, 2009
John 1:14 ~ To understand this, you must read 1-14, and so...
John 1:1-14 (New American Standard Bible)
John 1
The Deity of Jesus Christ
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 He was in the beginning with God.
3 All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.
4 In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men.
5 The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
The Witness John
6 There came a man sent from God, whose name was John.
7 He came as a witness, to testify about the Light, so that all might believe through him.
8 He was not the Light, but he came to testify about the Light.
9 There was the true Light, which coming into the world enlightens every man.
10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.
11 He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him.
12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name,
13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
The Word Made Flesh
14 And the WORD became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw HIS GLORY, GLORY as of the only begotten from the FATHER, full of GRACE and TRUTH.
This said...
Before you condemn the Roman Catholics, I submit you have not attend RCIA, watched EWTN, read and studied the cornerstones of the Roman Catholic faith and seven precepts of the Church established by Christ Jesus under St Peter. You don't know the Seven Corporal Works of Mercy, or Seven Spiritual Works of Mercy. You likely don't know or appreciate the Three Theological Virtues or four Cardinal Virtues. You might know the Ten Commands, but cannot recall but one or two, so how can you STAND with integrity for them. Your knowledge of the eight Beattitudes in Matthew Chapter 5 is likely in passing, and you do not draw spiritual strength from that which you do not know.
Mark 12:29 - 34:
28 One of the scribes came and heard them arguing, and recognizing that He (Christ Jesus) had answered them well, asked Him,“What commandment is the foremost of all?” 29 Jesus answered,“The foremost is,‘HEAR, O ISRAEL! THE LORD OUR GOD IS ONE LORD; 30 AND YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH.’ 31 “The second is this,‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” 32 The scribe said to Him,“Right, Teacher; You have truly stated that HE IS ONE, AND THERE IS NO ONE ELSE BESIDES HIM; 33 AND TO LOVE HIM WITH ALL THE HEART AND WITH ALL THE UNDERSTANDING AND WITH ALL THE STRENGTH, AND TO LOVE ONE’S NEIGHBOR AS HIMSELF, is much more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.” 34 When Jesus saw that he had answered intelligently, He said to him,“You are not far from the kingdom of God.” After that, no one would venture to ask Him any more questions.
If you carry the mantle of a man of Christ you will not be afraid but pursue the WORD, and the TRUTH and the LIFE, even unto your last day...
GOD Bless you...
John 1:14
John 1 14

Norfolk, VA

#22 Feb 22, 2009
Anyone who is a true Catholic realizes that statues are to help us recall the flesh that did so many wonderful things for HIS children, the statues are just that, but the faith that one walks with as a Catholic is not of a statue, as the faith found in believing carries many fine people to excel, and their lack of faith to follow the crooked path. For those who judge anyone in their faith journey are frightened and intimidated by those who have found the faith of a mustard seed. The size is not important, but the purity is, for the mustard seed permeates all that it touches and those who hold their faith deep to their hearts have been so touched.

You should not be afraid though, ask someone on their journey if is pleasant, for sometimes no matter what religion, it is not pleasant until wholely given to Christ...

GOD Bless you...
John 1:14
Get a Clue

United States

#24 Feb 22, 2009
Christianity:...the belief that a cosmic Jewish Zombie who was his own father can make you live forever if you symbolically eat his flesh and telepathically tell him you accept him as your master, so he can remove an evil force from your soul that is present in humanity because a rib-woman was convinced by a talking snake to eat from a magical tree... yeah. Makes perfect sense.

Faith belongs in the heart and in the home and needs to stay out of government and public schools.
Monettan

United States

#25 Feb 22, 2009
Oh Jesus lived allright... there is plenty of archeological evidence of that, as well as historical evidence in the form of writings by learned people of that time; Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, as well as the Roman Historian Josephus, and also a couple of Roman writers of that time.

Three days after he was crucified, SOMETHING happened. One would expect his small group of followers to either fade away, or else fight over who would take over the group, but instead they were energized by... something profound... and they went out and converted the known World. Try doing that sometime. Or try rising from the dead. No other person has ever risen from the dead. Maybe you should listen to what Jesus had to say!

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