I’m disturbed with how the Church uses their money. They spend more on themselves, and less on those who truly need it. The Church is incredibly wealthy. Also, Jesus often spoke against the wealthy.
The rich man is wise in his own conceit; but the poor that hath understanding searcheth him out.
And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
Luke 16:19-31 **
There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:
And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,
And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;
And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.
But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.
And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.
Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house:
For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.
Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.
And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.
And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.
How can a Church with so much wealth, which glorifies and exalts themselves be the true church? I personally keep thinking that Catholics are like modern Pharisees. Think about it. Catholics with high positions (especially the Pope) in the church love to walk in flowing robes, have the most important seats in various places, and the place of honor at banquets. They make lengthy prayers (the rosary), and did devour widows’ houses (celibacy was made mandatory, if I remember correctly, due to money issues when a priest died).
"Beware of the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and love to be greeted in the marketplaces and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets.
They devour widows’ houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. Such men will be punished most severely."
Matthew 23 also makes me think of Catholics as modern Pharisees.
I also see that giving yourselves authority lets you interpret the Bible and mend it the way you wish to see fit. Scripture can speak for itself, for it was written in man’s language, for man to interpret. In Acts, a man bowed to Peter and adored him. Peter rebuked him saying, “I am just a man”. I believe Peter would be disgusted with the way the Pope is venerated and, yes, worshiped (whether it is called worship or not, it is). The Pope does nothing to rebuke men who honor him, which Peter would be ashamed of.
This is not an attack on the church. Just my personal feelings and concerns. I assure you that in this I am hoping that I am and trying to be humble in my approach. Thank you.