[quote=FightingFat]As part of a long running discussion I’m involved in with a Bible Christian type fellow, I have been given Dave Hunt’s ‘A woman rides the beast’ to read. Jolly little book, isn’t it!
There are pages of Pope this did this and Pope so-and-so did that. It’s rather depressing reading. I have read the articles about the book in ‘This Rock’ but was wondering if anyone had any advice about these sorts of allegations. Personally, I feel that without thoroughly researching each and every quote, I have little hope of successfull defense- any ideas?
The Gospels really, really rip-into Peter. He denies Christ three times the very same night he swears that he would never do so, after Christ gives him the benefit of a prediction. Christ tells him, “Get behind me, you Satan!” (!!!) ten seconds after He says, “You are Peter and upon this rock I will build my Church.” Peter tries to walk on water, but sinks! Jesus has to tell him three times, “Feed My sheep.”
Why do the gospels do this???
Because we are being prepared for the fact that God’s Holy Church will be run by the same morons who run everything else! For example, note the sin and stupidity of Church leaders in the Church sex cases, currently slamming the American Church.
But note well: Christ wouldn’t have warned us of this in the gospels if it would not be His Holy Church, despite the sin.
Do you understand what I am saying? Because of the defects and sins we see in the Church over the ages, the Church conforms very well to the bleak forebodings of Christ inherent in His treatment of Peter. I.e., be of good cheer! Love your Church, despite its sins and betrayals! It is still the Church which the Master set up!