Pretty close to the Truth


One of my sons-in-law forwarded these to me this morning.  Any comments ?

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2 thoughts on “Pretty close to the Truth

  1. The only thing missing on that first one is a *suggested* price list 😉


  2. John, ask and ye shall receive. 🙂

    Indulgences: Bonus Points for Heaven

    indulgence: a partial remission of the temporal punishment, esp. purgatorial atonement, that is still due for a sin or sins
    (See “indulgence” Random House Dictionary, Random House Inc, 2010; See also The American Heritage Science Dictionary, Houghton Mifflin Company, 2010)

    In order to believe in indulgences, one must also believe in purgatory. To receive an “indulgence” from the Catholic Church is their belief that certain works-based blessing from a priest can earn someone bonus points to get out of purgatory and into heaven.

    The reformation was sparked on the rejection of the Catholic belief of purgatory, and the mass had to be said over and over for the remission of sins, and that if you want to get out of purgatory, you have to get the good graces of the preists. These correlating beliefs have turned an un-calculatable profit for the Catholic Church, and this love of money is best expressed by the famous saying of Johann Tetzel (commissioned by Pope Leo X):
    “As soon as the coin in the coffer rings, the soul from purgatory springs.”
    (See Roland Bainton, Here I Stand: Life of Martin Luther, New York: Penguin, 1995; also James Kittelson, Luther The Reformer, Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress Publishing House, 1986)

    Not only does the concept of indulgences reject the faith in Christ’s death on the cross and ressurection for the sins of man, but it also has robbed countless men and women of their wages.
    Beware of the scribes, which desire to walk in long robes, and love greetings in the markets, and the highest seats in the synagogues, and the chief rooms at feasts; Which devour widows’ houses, and for a shew make long prayers: the same shall receive greater damnation.
    -Luke 20:46-47

    For example, when a Catholic widow loses her husband, she is under fear that her husband is stuck in purgatory, suffering because of his sin. She spends what little wealth she has left to care for herself, and for the love of her deceased love, pays the priest to sing the mass for her husband, and the Catholic Church, unknowing how many masses must be sung to get her husband into heaven, accepts her money as often as she is willing to give it.

    Even the pope does not know how many masses must be said for the souls in purgatory to gain entrance to heaven. That is occult mysticism. When a pope dies, no one in the Catholic Church can tell if he got to heaven or not, which is why mass is held for a pope when he dies, to sing for his soul in purgatory.

    The Catholic Church has practiced “selling salvation” by allowing people to pay money to be absolved of their sins. This is a short list of some of the sins and the prices that could be paid to be forgiven by the church:

    -From The Gospel Day by Charles Ebert Orr, p. 195, The Echo Library, ISBN 978-1-40685-080-2

    These people that paid for their sins to be absolved were called “annointed malefactors,” and could NOT be prosecuted by any civil authorities. That means rapists, thieves, and murderers were getting away with crimes because they had a priest in their pocket to make them immune to the law of the land.
    (For examples of annointed malefactors, see Notes and Queries, Oxford University Press, 1866, p. 359; See also Henry Worsley, The Dawn of the English Reformation, published Elliot Stock, 1890, p. 8)

    There are twenty complex rules concerning indulgences. None of them have anything to do with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, but to demonstrate the point, let’s take a look at one:

    “The faithful who use with devotion an object of piety (crucifix, cross, rosary, scapular, or medal) after it has been duly blessed by any priest, can gain a partial indulgence. But, if this object of piety is blessed by the Pope or any bishop, the faithful who use it with devotion can also gain a plenary indulgence on the feast of the Apostle Peter and Paul, provided they make a confession of faith using any approved formula.”
    -Austin Flannery, Vatican Council II: The Conciliar and Post Conciliar Documents, 1988, p. 77-78, ISBN: 9780918344151

    I would challenge any Catholic to show me one passage of Scripture in the New Testament Gospel that supports the use of “relics” that were to be blessed by a priest. If one believes that a material item can help them get into heaven, then that falls under the category of idolatry. (We’ll discuss the idolatry of the Catholic Church later.) Despite having no backing from the Bible, millions of people are brainwashed into thinking they need to get indulgences to get them to heaven.

    These indulgences also have certain degrees of power, depending on who you get them from. If you get a normal priest, that might be an equivalent of +1 bonus point. If you get a high priest, that might be equal to +3 bonus points. But if you can get the pope to give you an indulgence, that’s worth about +100 bonus points, which is why you see so many people begging for the pope to bless them everywhere he goes.


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