During my quest of becoming a better disciple of Christ, I thought it only fair to try and understand some other beliefs. I understand that the bible can be left open to interpretation to whom ever reads it. And to some degree must be evaluated to different times. But evaluation should not lead to amendments.
Anyone who has ever heard of the Bible knows it has two sections, the Old and New Testaments. Some religions follow some Old Testament rules such as ‘an eye for and eye’ and having 10 wives. I guess they never made it to the second part of the bible called the New Testament. Or the men read the second section and say, heck no I need all my wives and we’ll just tell them they need us to get salvation. Everything one should need for salvation is in the Bible. There is no need to add rules or follow only the ones you like.
So if the Bible is all the word we need, why does the Roman Catholic Church add additional laws on the verge of occultism? Some rules and doctrines that are hard to grasp are their beliefs that the Pope is above scripture and is infallible along with some of his minions. They hold themselves in higher order than Christ in that, they may forgive you of your sins. In 1 Tim 2:5 it says there is only one mediator between God and man, Jesus. They do more praying to Mary and Saints than they do the son of God. Sounds like a modern day Pharisees to me.
Speaking of Pharisees, we read how they adorned themselves with fine robes jewels and head wear. Again in the first book of Timothy is speaks of being free from the love of money and sordid gain. I’ve yet to see any one in the Dioceses or even the Pope wearing a 50 dollar outfit, traveling in their Pacer.
Wait…. There’s more. When they have Mass and take communion they actually believe they are drinking the blood of Christ, not a symbol of it. But poor us, if we do not belong to the Catholic Church we are all going to hell. Even if you truly believe in the salvation of Jesus Christ and have been baptized, you are still doomed.
Roman Catholics also baptize infants, believing they are getting rid of original sin, another slap in the face of God. How can one be baptized if they have no idea what it means? My two older children were baptized on their own accord, but had to do several weeks of classes and had to understand what baptism was about. If they failed to get it or failed to believe in the salvation of Jesus, then they just spent several weeks reading and learning for nothing.
Martin Luther almost got it right, but still held some traditions of the Catholic Church. However, it seems hard to believe that some unknown tribe in the middle of some unknown jungle that has never heard of Christianity is going to hell because they didn’t attend Mass. When Jesus comes back, the Catholics will probably persecute him because according to them no one on earth is above the Pope.