Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Origin of Roman Catholic Church - 69

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But one thing Jefferson didn’t answer: If Jesus falsely claimed to be God he couldn’t have been a good moral teacher. But did Jesus really claim deity? Before we look at what Jesus claimed, we need to examine the possibility that he was simply a great religious leader.
Surprisingly, Jesus never claimed to be a religious leader. He never got into religious politics or pushed an ambitious agenda, and he ministered almost entirely outside the established religious framework.
When one compares Jesus with the other great religious leaders, a remarkable distinction emerges. Ravi Zacharias has studied world religions and observed a fundamental distinction between Jesus Christ and the founders of other major religions. All religions provide instruction for a way of living. But it is only Jesus who offers deliverance, forgiveness for sin, and transformation. “Jesus did not only teach or expound His message. He was identical with His message.” However, he has made a mistake by saying this about Jesus. Because, Jesus never said God should forgive, he actually wanted man to forgive man and not punish in the name of god. He always suggested that man has no right to replicate God. In other religion for example, Islam prophet Mohammad clearly says that Allah forgives if you do such and such thing. In many instances, Jesus suggested that you would pay for what you do. That means he clearly suggests that God or Nature's Laws do not permit anything as unnatural as forgivens. Concept of pardon is essentially a human idea to attract masses.
In The World’s Great Religions, Huston Smith observed that of all religious leaders only Jesus claimed to be divine.
In addition, that leads us to the question of what Jesus really did claim for himself; in fact specifically, Jesus never claimed to be God.
So what is it that convinces many scholars that Jesus claimed to be God? Author, John Piper explains that Jesus claimed power, which uniquely belonged to God.
Jesus’ friends and enemies were staggered repeatedly by what he said and did. He would be walking down the road, seemingly like any other man, and then turn and say something like, ‘Before Abraham was, I am.’ Or, ‘If you have seen me, you have seen the Father.’ Or, very calmly, after being accused of blasphemy, he would say, ‘The Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.’ To the dead he might simply say, ‘Come forth,’ or, ‘Rise up.’ And they would obey. To the storms on the sea he would say, ‘Be still.’ And to a loaf of bread he would say, ‘Become a thousand meals.’ And it was done immediately.”
But what did Jesus really mean by such statements? Is it possible Jesus was merely a prophet like Moses or Elijah, or Daniel? Even a superficial reading of the Gospels reveals that Jesus claimed to be someone more than a prophet. No other prophet had made such claims about himself; in fact, no other prophet ever put himself in God’s place.
Some argue that Jesus never explicitly said, “I am God.” It is true that he never stated the exact words, “I am God.” However, Jesus also never explicitly said, “I am a man,” or “I am a prophet.” Yet Jesus was undoubtedly human, and his followers considered him a prophet like Moses and Elijah. Therefore, we cannot rule out Jesus being divine just because he did not say those exact words, anymore than we can say he was not a prophet. From what we get of that time, it is clear that Jesus only wanted to improve working of Jew priesthood.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Origin of Roman Catholic Church - 68

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In my last post, I had suggested term Popians to mention Christians. This I say because what they teach in Churches is not what Jesus had told his companions in his teachings. What they propagate is what St. Peter and St. Paul and more of the line of Popes had told. They were not seers like Jesus. In this connection, more study shows me that former professor from Cambridge University, C. S. Lewis came to a startling conclusion about him that altered the course of his life. So who is the real Jesus? Many will answer that Jesus was a great moral teacher. As we take a deeper look at the world’s most controversial person, we begin by asking; can call Jesus merely a great moral teacher?


Even those from other religions acknowledge that Jesus was a great moral teacher. Indian leader, M. K. Gandhi, spoke highly of Jesus’ righteous life and profound words. Likewise, Jewish scholar Joseph Klausner wrote, “It is universally admitted … that Christ taught the purest and most sublime ethics … which throws the moral precepts and maxims of the wisest men of antiquity far into the shade.”
Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount has been called the excellent teaching of human ethics ever uttered by an individual. In fact, much of what we know today as “equal rights” actually is the result of Jesus’ teaching. Historian Will Durant, a non-Christian, said of Jesus that “he lived and struggled unremittingly for ‘equal rights’; in modern times he would have been sent to Siberia. ‘He that is greatest among you, let him be your servant’—this is the inversion of all political wisdom, of all sanity.” In my opinion, Jesus did not just talked of moral values but his intentions were to impress people then, to revolt against Jewish priesthood, which was subjugating common person. Jesus was a freedom fighter of his time not just a moral teacher! That ultimately caused his crusification!
The approach of one of America’s Founding Fathers, President Thomas Jefferson, differed in many ways from others. He cut and pasted a copy of the New Testament, removing sections he thought referred to Jesus as a deity, while leaving in other passages regarding Jesus’ ethical and moral teaching. Jefferson carried around his cut and pasted New Testament with him, revering Jesus as perhaps the greatest moral teacher of all time.
In fact, Jefferson’s memorable words in the Declaration of Independence were rooted in Jesus’ teaching that each person is of immense and equal importance to God, regardless of sex, race, or social status. The famous document sets forth, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights …”
More we shall how teachings of Jesus differed from the teachings of Popes in the Roman Catholic Church.
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Monday, January 1, 2018

Origin of Roman Catholic Church - 67

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The question is did Jesus have anything to do with the central book called Bible? Did Jesus write that book? The word bible means originally A BOOK, same as the word Koran also means a book. That shows that in those days there were not many books and the only book was bible. Who wrote Bible? Historical evidence does not point at Jesus as a sole writer of that first BOOK. Many suggest that this bible was the aftermath of first book knows as Old Testament. This Old Testament was creation of some unknown authors, belonging to Jewish priests. Old Testament is actually recordings of stories from antiquity. They are considered as myths, not part of authentic history. New Testament what is known as Bible is also similar type of recordings of notations from unknown period. The authors of Bible are unknown person or persons. We do not know if it was written in one time by a writer or it is a contribution of many writers from different times. We should also find out what relation is there in old Roman religion and the New Testament stories. Most probably Bible is creation of some smart priests from Church and under guidance of Peter and Paul and may be more such smart persons these are written. There are some more pertinent questions those we have to study and they are about what relation is in Jesus and these stories given in Bible? At present, what teachings they give in Church is from the ideas established by people from Church and it seldom has anything to do with teachings of Jesus we see in Gospel of Mathew. Almost all that Jesus wanted to tell his people is recorded in that original gospel of Mathew. What more teaching we see is directly from the ideas Peter and Paul and many other officers of The Church thought. The trick of Key to Heaven is one more gimmick Church created to hold on simple people who were afraid of the unknown. That Key to Heaven was lost due to in fights among ambitious Popes and Kings from European countries. Today Church does not have that key to heaven, and then what does it have to offer the faithful?
This subject does not end here, more queries we have to work on to know more about this august body of Christian religion. We should know, whether the term Christian is correct in today's context? Alternatively, should we call it by some more appropriate term, Popians?

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Friday, December 22, 2017

Origin of Roman Catholic Church - 66

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Now we are watching if Church can really improve and instead of preaching Peter's religion move to preach real Christ teachings. So far, we observe that Church has been preaching the teachings of St. Peter while using name of Christ. Days are changing from all sides and now time has come for the Church to come to terms with the enlightened intellectuals. The number of such people is increasing over the period. The type of control Church had on masses is no more experienced. People have other option due to wide spread use of You Tube and Face book and other internet sites where they go and learn other ideologies and teachings of those ideologies. Church has to accept if it is indulging in wrong ideologies by its officers. Let us here, we see what some intellectuals want to say about Jesus who is the center of the subject.

There is dialogue on the subject if Jesus is a god or incarnation of God or he is just another prophet or just a saint? In this post, I want to show how other sites project Jesus by their differentiated viewpoints. The greatness of Jesus is in his personality but we actually do not know how he actually looked, then how to accept this claim? Nobody ever attempted to draw his picture as at that time these things were not in vogue. Therefore, what we have today is just some imaginary concept about how exactly he looked at all. Then, why people of Jerusalem were captivated by him? In those days, there was no so-called qualification to show one's credentials. Today, we see qualifications of person to accept his or her and then we bother to listen or read to him or her. What was capturing people around him? One surmise suggests that it was his capacity to perform miracles! Miracles keep attracting people even in these days of scientific revolution. So that possibility is one that we can accept for his popularity.

However, when we study what he was telling people it seems that the capacity to perform miracles was not the only thing that attracted people around him. His teachings were radically opposite what Jew priests were imposing upon Jews of then days. Therefore, we may say people were attracted to this unusual approach of Jesus, that he was actually challenging the authority of those powerful priests from the synagogues. In those days, there was no Church since it was invented by later period professional priest such as Peter who had even never seen Jesus!

Jesus did not know how to write, read and so what we have today is the writings of only one disciple St. Mathews. Mathews was a tax collector, he has provided all the teachings of Jesus that is considered as most authentic and today we work mostly on that material.
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Friday, December 8, 2017

Origin of Roman Catholic Church - 65

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As always after a long pontificate, a new page was opened in the history of the Church with the election of a new pope. Pope Benedict XVI was elected in 2005. In his inaugural sermon, the new Pontiff explained his view of a relation with Christ: It like remembering god when bad time comes! As European community began to understand what is god when they were exposed to Hinduism and many could feel that, what Church preaches is not true. The business approach of Church became obvious to them and they began to ask questions. Before things go out of hand, it is good to be with Christ for future. Century old imperial style working, during what the Church and Popes had forgotten Christ, will not work any more they realized. We see due to these realizations now we see Church has begun to play low. Many Clergy openly recommend their followers to practice Yoga. However, at the same time they do not want to admit openly that they are changing. The fears that due to more influence of modern science already a large number of followers of Church have left Church. Concept of god that Church proposed has been found to be not acceptable to modern science.
Are we not perhaps all afraid in some way?
If we let Christ enter fully into our lives, if we open ourselves totally to Him, are we not afraid that HE might take something away from us? No! If we let Christ into our lives, we lose nothing, nothing, absolutely nothing of what makes life free, beautiful and great. No! Only in this friendship do we experience beauty and liberation when we give ourselves to Him, we receive a hundredfold in return. Yes, open, open wide the doors to Christ – and you will find true life. This is usual way Church would canvass for their hold on faithful. However, that is not having any effects on new generation. They cannot be fooled by such talk. Since they are observing that Church officials do not do what they preach!
On February 11, 2013, Pope Benedict XVI announced that he would tender his resignation on February 28, 2013, less than three weeks later. On March 13, 2013, Pope Francis—the first Jesuit pope and the first pope from the Americas—was elected to the papacy.
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Monday, November 20, 2017

Origin of Roman Catholic Church - 64

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He became the first pope to visit all five continents. Paul VI systematically continued and completed the efforts of his predecessors, to turn the Euro-centric Church into a Church for the whole world, by integrating the bishops from all continents in its government and in the Synods which he convened. His August 6, 1967 Motu Proprio Pro Comperto Sane opened the Roman Curia to the bishops of the world. Until then, only Cardinals could be leading members of the Curia.
An inner joy seems to have been a characteristic of Paul VI. His confessor, the Jesuit Paolo Dezza arrived at the Vatican every Friday evening at seven p.m. to hear confession of Paul VI. The only words he ever spoke about his long service to Paul VI during his pontificate were, that this pope is a man of great joy. After the death of Pope Paul VI, Dezza was more outspoken, saying that
"if Paul VI was not a saint, when he was elected pope, he became one during his pontificate. I was able to witness not only with what energy and dedication he toiled for Christ and the Church but also and above all, how much he suffered (!) for Christ and the Church. I always admired not only his deep inner resignation but also his constant abandonment to divine providence".
It is this character trait, which led to the opening of the process of beatification and canonization ((Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Church) the act of admitting a deceased person into the canon of saints) for Paul VI.
With the accession of Pope John Paul II after the mysterious death of Pope John Paul I (who only survived as pope for 33 days), the church had, for the first time since Pope Adrian VI in the 16th century, a non-Italian pope. John Paul II has been credited with helping to bring down communism in eastern Europe by sparking what amounted to a peaceful revolution in his Polish homeland. Lech Wałęsa, one of the several founders of the Solidarity worker movement that ultimately toppled communism, credited John Paul with giving Poles the courage to rise up. The last Soviet premier Mikhail Gorbachev acknowledged publicly the role of John Paul II in the fall of Communism. The pope himself stated after the fall of Communism that "the claim to build a world without God has been shown to be an illusion" (Prague, April 21, 1990).
But this world without God exists in Capitalism too. Therefore, as did his predecessors, so did John Paul repeatedly, the content of Christianity (righteousness), its religious and moral messages (various rituals and other methodologies), its defense of ordinary human person and warned against the dangers of capitalism. Finally he suggests that, "Unfortunately, not all that West proposes as a theoretical vision or as a concrete lifestyle reflects values of Gospel".
The long pontificate of John Paul is credited with re-creating a sense of stability and even identity to the Catholic Church after years of questioning and searching. His teaching was firm and unwavering on issues, which seemed to be in doubt under his predecessor including the ordination of women, liberation theology and priestly celibacy. He virtually stopped the liberal isolationistic policy of 'problem priests' policy', of Pope Paul VI, which inadvertently may have contributed to problems in the USA. His authoritative style was reminiscent of Pope Pius XII, whose teaching he repeated in his own words, such as the identity of the Catholic Church with the Body of Christ and his condemnations of capitalism "viruses": secularism, attitude of indifference to life, epicurean (enjoying life) consumerism, practical materialism, and also formal atheism (believing God, but not exactly Jesus). Pope feared that all these attitudes may challenge the position of Church within the Christian society, particularly educated ones from America.

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Origin of Roman Catholic Church - 63

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On December 7, 1965, a Joint Catholic-Orthodox Declaration of His Holiness Pope Paul VI and the Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras I, lifted the mutual excommunication against Catholic and Orthodox which had been in force since the Great Schism of 1054. This was sign of spiritual maturity on the part of Churches since their history. Papal power began to come to age after several years of Roman Catholic Church life.
The bishops agreed that the pope exercises supreme authority over the church, but defined "collegiality", meaning that all bishops share in this authority. Local bishops have equal authority as successors of the Apostles and as members of a larger organization, the Church founded by Peter and entrusted to the subsequent apostles. The pope serves as a symbol of unity and has additional authority to ensure the continuation of that unity of all faithful however, they continue to have that superior position over all other Churches! Pope also wanted to be leader of that unity of churches. During the Second Vatican Council, Catholic bishops drew back a bit from statements, which might anger Christians of other faiths. Cardinal Augustin Bea, the President of the Christian Unity Secretariat had always the full support of Pope Paul VI in his attempts to ensure that the Council language is friendly and open, to the sensitivities of Protestant and Orthodox Churches, whom he had invited to all sessions at the request of Pope John XXIII. Bea also was strongly involved in the passage of 'Nostra aetate', which regulates relation of the Church with the Jewish faith and members of other religions. This adjustment had become essential as more and more intellectuals were interested in other philosophies such as Hinduism, Buddhism and Brahmanism. In many 1Universities, subject "Comparative religions" had become regular.
The establishment of national conferences of bishops tended to erode papal authority to some degree, and Pope Paul VI's encyclical Humanae Vitae (1968), reaffirming the prohibition of artificial birth control, was met with both evasion and defiance in the USA and Western Europe but warmly welcomed in South America, Eastern and Southern Europe.
Pope Paul VI (1963–1978), however, continued the ecumenical efforts of Pope John XXIII in his contacts with Protestant and Orthodox churches. He also continued John XXIII's attempts to make discreet moves in the direction of pragmatic accommodation with the Communist regimes of Eastern Europe, a policy that were possible in the eras of Krushchev and Brezhnev. Paul VI also reorganized the curia and spoke strongly for peace and social justice.
Pope Paul VI faced criticism throughout his papacy from both traditionalists and liberals for steering a middle course during Vatican II and in the course of the implementation of its reforms thereafter. His passion for peace during the Vietnam War was not understood by all. The urgent task of overcoming World poverty and start real development resulted partly in benign neglect of papal teachings by the influential and the rich. On basic Church teachings, this pope was unwavering. On the tenth anniversary of Humanae Vitae, he strongly reconfirmed his teachings. In his style and methodology, he was a disciple of Pius XII, whom he deeply revered. He suffered under the attacks of his predecessor for his alleged silences, knowing from personal association with the late pope the real concerns and compassion of Pius XII. Pope Paul is not credited to have had the encyclopaedic culture of Pius XII, nor his phenomenal memory, his amazing gift for languages, his brilliant style in writing, nor did he have the Charisma and outpouring love, sense of humor and human warmth of John XXIII. He took on himself the unfinished reform work of these two popes, bringing them diligently with great humility and common sense and without much fanfare to conclusion. In doing so, Paul VI saw himself following in the footsteps of the Apostle Paul, torn to several directions as Saint Paul, who always said, I am attracted to two sides at once, because the Cross, always divides.

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