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Vatican : “Priest pedophilia not linked to celibacy”

April 27, 2010 Leave a comment

(Reuters) – It is homosexuality, not celibacy, that is linked to pedophilia, the Vatican’s Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone said on Monday, seeking to defuse the sex scandal that has battered the Roman Catholic Church.

On a visit to Chile, Bertone, dubbed the Deputy Pope, also said Pope Benedict would soon take more surprising initiatives regarding the sex abuse scandal but did not elaborate.

“Many psychologists and psychiatrists have shown that there is no link between celibacy and pedophilia but many others have shown, I have recently been told, that there is a relationship between homosexuality and pedophilia,” he told a news conference in Santiago.

“This pathology is one that touches all categories of people, and priests to a lesser degree in percentage terms,” he said. “The behavior of the priests in this case, the negative behavior, is very serious, is scandalous.”

Bertone’s visit to Chile comes as the Catholic Church has been buffeted by scandals concerning sexual abuse of children — most of them boys — by priests. There also have been allegations of cover-ups and even that the Pope mishandled cases when he was a bishop in Germany and a Vatican official before his election in 2005.

Original article at Reuters.

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Jehova’s Witnesses : A spotlight on the “Watchtower”

April 11, 2010 Leave a comment


“Until the release of the ‘New World Translation’, Jehovah’s Witnesses in English-speaking countries generally used the King James Version or American Standard Version of the Bible. In the literature they have produced, Jehovah’s Witnesses have quoted liberally from the King James Version and many other translations over the years.” – Wikipedia.

A key verse modified in the NWT, mentioned above, is John 1:1. Note the exegetical analysis of the Greek (words should be read in the order of the numbers shown to understand the Greek word order). The NWT contains an inserted “a” in “…the Word was a God”. Many translations also shown below to illustrate the error.

Introduction – Watchtower Theology…

Doctrinal Comparison Chart

Doctrine/Belief JW Support Christian Response
Only the Watchtower Society can interpret the Bible.  Individuals cannot. “…the Bible is an organizational book and belongs to the Christian congregation as an organization, not to individuals, regardless or how sincerely they may believe that they can interpret the Bible…the Bible cannot be properly understood without Jehovah’s visible organization in mind” (Watchtower, October 1, 1997, p. 587). Ephesians 1:17, 18 states that the Spirit will provide wisdom and illumination to the revelation of God in the Bible.  According to the belief espoused by JW’s, all people that lived until the JWs were Founded by Charles Russell must have been doomed to failure, not being able interpret the Bible.
The New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures (the JW Bible version) is the best translation of the Bible, and should be used over any other version. “Outstanding among Bibles is the New World Translation of the Christian Greek Scriptures…Accuracy, uniformity, clarity, and up-to-date language mark this excellent work.  Bible study aids without equal make this an indispensable help to sincere searching students of God’s Word” (What Has Religion Done For Mankind, 1951, p. 351. The JW Bible actually is plagued with errors.  Greek scholar Bruce Metzger said that “the Jehovah’s Witnesses have incorporated in their translation of the New Testament several quite erroneous renderings of the Greek.” (“Jehovah’s Witnesses and Jesus Christ,” Theology Today, April, 1953).
The Trinity does not exist, and is an evil doctrine that teaches the existence of 3 gods. “Never was there a more deceptive doctrine advanced than that of the trinity” (Reconciliation, 1928 ) “…sincere persons who want to know the true God and serve him find it a bit difficult to love and worship a complicated, freakish-looking, three-headed God” (Let God Be True, 1946)

“Satan is the originator of the trinity doctrine” (Ibid.)

Many religions have difficulty with an infinite God, and try to put Him in a box – to define Him in terms they can understand.  While the word “trinity” does not appear in the Bible as a description of God, the scriptures definitely indicate one God with a triune nature – existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Jesus Christ was Michael the Archangel before becoming a man. “…the Son of God was known as Michael before he came to earth” (Reasoning from the Scriptures, p. 218). There is no basis for this anywhere in the Bible.
After Jesus died, he was resurrected with His original identity as Michael the Archangel. “Read carefully the following Bible account: ‘War broke out in heaven: Michael [who is the resurrected Jesus Christ] and his angels battled with the dragon'” (You Can Live Forever in Paradise on Earth, 1982, p. 21). Michael, on his own, could not rebuke Satan (Jude 1:9), yet in Mark 9:25 Jesus Himself rebukes Satan.  Hebrews 2:5 says an angel can’t rule the world, but Luke 1:32-33 and Revelation 19:16 show Jesus Christ to be the one who will reign.  Therefore, Jesus and Michael can’t be one and the same.
Jesus is “a god”, and lesser than Jehovah God. In the JW version of the Bible, John 1:1 says, “In the beginning was the Word.  The Word was with God, and the Word was a god.” [emphasis added]  “…that is the Word was a powerful godlike one.  Clearly, Jesus is not Almighty God.”  (Ibid., p. 40). The JW Bible did not provide an accurate or legitimate translation of this verse.
Salvation must be earned through works “To get one’s name written in that book of life will depend on one’s works, whether they are in fulfillment of God’s will and approved by his Judge and King.” (Watchtower, August 15, 1972). “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.”  (Ephesians 2:8-9, NIV) (Emphasis added).
There are two classes of Christians: A “little flock” who are born-again children of God, and the “great crowd” or “other sheep”, who will live in “Paradise” on earth after the destruction of the unbelievers.  Only the “little flock” will go to heaven. “The Bible shows that only a limited number of persons, a ‘little flock,’ will go to heaven…The rest of faithful humankind will live on earth as the subjects of these rulers” (Watchtower, February 15, 1984) There is not a caste system in Christianity.  All are one in Christ (Galatians 3:28).  The “other sheep” Jesus referred to are Gentile believers who will one day join Jewish believers to form one body of Christians.
We will be gods when we join Christ in heaven. “…we are begotten of a divine nature…Jehovah is thus our father…we are divine beings – hence all such are Gods…Now we appear like men, and all die naturally as men, but in the resurrection we will rise in our true character as Gods” (Watchtower, December 1881, 1919 repr.). This obviously flies in the face of the JW claim that they are monotheistic.  Isaiah 43:10 and 1 Timothy 2:5 are but two of many verses that confirm there is only One God.  To claim we will become gods is blasphemy.
There is no eternal hell for the wicked.  All “unbelievers” will be annihilated, and simply cease to exist. “The fiendish concepts associated with a hell of torment slander God and originate with the chief slanderer of God (the Devil)” (Reasoning from the Scriptures, 1985). Oops!  The “fiendish” concept of hell actually comes from the Bible, not from a slanderer. (Matthew 25:46, Revelations 14:11, 19:20, and 20:10).
JW’s are forbidden from saluting the flag or engaging in political activities “..we view the flag salute as an act of worship” (School and Jehovah’s Witnesses, 1983) “…Jehovah’s Witnesses take no part whatsoever in political activities” (United in Worship of the Only True God, 1983). There is nothing in the Bible to keep us from being politically active or saluting our flag.  In fact, the Bible commands us to have respect and reverence for the government because it is an authority that God has allowed to be placed over us (Romans 13, 1 Peter 2:13-14)
Blood transfusions are strictly prohibited. Reasoning from the Scriptures, 1985, and Blood, Medicine and the Law of God, 1961, claim Acts 15:29 as a prohibition against receiving blood transfusions. Acts 15:28-29 addresses EATING blood – not having blood transfused into your body to replenish your life-sustaining fluids.
Christ returned invisibly in 1914 and began setting up His Kingdom.  World War I was a sign He’d arrived. “…Bible evidence shows that in the year 1914 C.E. God’s time arrived for Christ to return and begin ruling…Christ’s return invisible…Christ himself gave a visible ‘sign’ by which we may know that he is invisibly present…’NATION WILL RISE AGAINST NATION’…Surely you have seen this part of the ‘sign’ being fulfilled since 1914!  In that year World War I began” (You Can Live Forever In Paradise on Earth ) Revelations 1:7 makes it clear that when Jesus returns, we’ll know it!!  He won’t do so invisibly.   This is one of many false prophecies the JW organization has had regarding the end of the world/2nd coming of Christ.

Regarding Jehovah’s Witnesses

Issues and Answers

Problems in the Watchtower Organization

Jehovah’s Witness attacks on Jesus

Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Bible

Bible Verses Examined

Interesting Quotes from Watchtower Literature

Documentation from Jehovah’s Witness Literature

Evangelism Tracts

Other websites on the Jehovah’s Witnesses

Debate

Information included & adapted (where deemed necessary) from CARM & Contender Ministries.
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Why did the ‘Protestant Reformation’ happen?

April 10, 2010 3 comments

How many people know or care about this today? Ignorance in this is likely to, and does today, lead to ecumenical error that just reintroduces many of the Roman Catholic doctrinal problems back into Protestantism.

Note the great city, on seven hills, with clear influence over the rulers of the earth (more clearly in past, but also still today), and the controlling role she (the city) plays:
“The woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth. … Here is the mind which hath wisdom: The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sitteth” (Revelation 17:18,9).
…see ‘The Seven hills of Rome’, also, the Catholic Encyclopedia states: “It is within the city of Rome, called the city of seven hills, that the entire area of Vatican State proper is now confined” (The Catholic Encyclopedia, Thomas Nelson, 1976)

In accepting Roman Catholic doctrine today, you should consider why more people were willing to die (Rev 17:6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus) rather than subject to the will and heresies of the Roman Church (the ‘Inquisitions‘ Roman, Medieval, and Spanish – in Spain alone more than 3 million were killed) and this is why the ‘Protestant Reformation’ was necessary. Is the ‘new’ Roman Catholic Church different than it was back then? Not really – the ‘objectionable fundamentals’ remained as can be verified by the ‘anathemas‘ of the Second Vatican Council.

Several severe problems can be highlighted in the core Roman Catholic belief system e.g. the eucharist, purgatory and indulgences. Some lesser known examples:

  • “The infallibility of the Pope” which each Catholic has to believe in but is denied by some of the popes themselves for example Pope Adrian VI, 1523: ” It is beyond question that the pope can err even in matters touching the faith. He does this when he teaches heresy by his own judgement or decretal. In truth, many Roman Pontiffs (popes) were heretics.”
  • “Apostolic Succession”. This claims biblical succession from Peter in the Bible to the current pope, where, in reality no record of a pope in Rome can be found in the first few centuries. The Vatican offers a list of popes from Peter, but the list has been disproven a few times resulting in a few ‘official lists’ that now conflict with each other.

Protestant Reformation

See also: History of Protestantism

The Protestant Reformation was a movement in the 16th century to reform the Catholic Church in Western Europe.

Many western Christians were troubled by what they saw as “false doctrines” and malpractices within the Catholic Church, particularly involving the teaching and sale of indulgences . Another major contention was the tremendous corruption within Church’s hierarchy, all the way up to the Bishop of Rome, who appointed individuals to various positions within the Church (bishop, cardinal, etc.) on the basis of financial contributions.

In 1517, Martin Luther published his 95 Theses On the Power of Indulgences criticizing the Church, including its practice of selling indulgences. Church beliefs and practices under attack by Protestant reformers included purgatory, particular judgment, devotion to Mary , the intercession of the saints, most of the sacraments, and the authority of the Pope.

The Protestant zeal for translating the Bible and getting it into the hands of the laity was empowered by the invention of movable type which advanced the culture of Biblical literacy.

The most important traditions to emerge directly from the reformation were the Lutheran tradition, the Reformed/Calvinist/Presbyterian tradition, and the Anabaptist tradition. The Protestant Reformation is also referred to as the “Protestant Revolution”, “Protestant Revolt”, and “Lutheran Reformation.”

Sola scriptura

Sola scriptura (Latin ablative, “by scripture alone”) is the assertion that the Bible as God’s written word is self-authenticating, clear (perspicuous) to the rational reader, its own interpreter (“Scripture interprets Scripture”), and sufficient of itself to be the only source of Christian doctrine.

Sola scriptura was a foundational doctrinal principle of the Protestant Reformation held by the reformer Martin Luther and is a definitive principle of Protestants today (see Five solas)

Sola scriptura may be contrasted with Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox teaching, in which the Bible must be interpreted by church teaching, by considering the Bible in the context of Sacred Tradition.

Although Martin Luther did not break with all of the doctrinal problems present in the original Roman Catholic Church, most of which are still present today (see indulgences still offered by Pope and related news coverage), he triggered the reformation that purged itself from many problems through the ‘ Sola scriptura’ principle.

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