Few Questions disturb me bad in my faith

Hello I have a few questions about my faith which are really disturbing me nowadays:

1- Jesus says: “Judge not, and ye shall not be judged:”, than how do we explain Tribunal Justice Courts? How do we explain that Jesus did not want thieves and others to be judged?

2- Why God ordered the destruction of other people in the New Testament such as the Canaanites? I can understand that they were bad guys, but there were babies amidst them, you can see that God ordered the destruction of everybody of the canaanites, Including… Babies. That’s the part which really bothers me, weren’t they innocent? (Please, I want better answers than just: Even babies are not innocent, God knows inside of everyone, i want an explanation better than that, please.")

3 - The Spanish Inquisition is an issue that really bothers me, it kind of embarassing to Catholics, i had listened that it killed 350,000 people, is this true? I had seen some pictures of protestant and other people been burned, and it really shocked me that the church had done all this. Anyone can recommend me some Good books (with serious historical information) about the Spanish Inquisition?

4- If God wants all to be saved why he was not clear about his own church? Why Jesus was not clear about his own church? Jesus could end the protestantism from the beggining if he only just could say: “There will be only one church, and everyone outside of it will not be saved.” But he allowed protestantism to happen, he allowed by not stating clear about his own church in the scripture, how is that?

Basically is this what I’ve been struggling at the moment, anyone could help me? Please.s

Because that is not what Jesus was talking about. He is talking about judging a person’s soul.

God is the author of life. It is his to give, his to take.

No it’s not true, and there is nothing to be embarrassed about regarding the holy office of the inquisition. I can suggest Hilaire Belloc and Warren Carroll as authors to read.

He was clear that there is one Body, one Church, one flock.

It is sin that has caused separation, not God.

Excellent replies 1ke!

Really not much to add other than, when in doubt, study, study, study. And be very careful and selective with your sources. There are A LOT of lies around regarding our beautiful faith.

Some scripture against denominationalism (#4). It is abundantly clear in the Bible that there should be no divisions.

In addition to Jesus praying that his followers be one;

Ephesians 4:4-6 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

Matthew 12:25 "Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, andevery city or house divided against itself will not stand.

1Corinthians 1:10-13 Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. For it has been declared to me concerning you, my brethren, by those of Chloe’s household, that there are contentions among you. Now I say this, that each of you says, “I am of Paul,” or “I am of Apollos,” or “I am of Cephas,” or “I am of Christ.” Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?

Phillipians 2:2 fulfill my joy by beinglike-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.

Psalms 133:1-3 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head, Running down on the beard, The beard of Aaron, Running down on the edge of his garments. It is like the dew of Hermon, Descending upon the mountains of Zion; For there the LORD commanded the blessing— Life forevermore.

Amos 3:3 Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?

1Corinthians 4:6-7 Now these things, brethren, I have figuratively transferred to myself and Apollos for your sakes, that you may learn in us not to think beyond what is written, that none of you may be puffed up on behalf of one against the other. For who makes you differ from another?…

Romans 16:17-18 Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them. For those who are such do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly, and by smooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple.

Jude 1:19 These are sensual persons,who cause divisions, not having the Spirit.

About point 1. You see a woman in church, she’s well dressed but only gives a quarter as an offering. You start to have uncharitable thoughts, inwardly calling her a cheapskate or what have you. Turns out he clothes are hand me downs from her well-off sis and she’s living hand to mouth.

About point 2. I once asked a similar question, mine was about the time Israelites offered their sisters to a bunch of foreign men, but first, they needed to be circumcised (ouch!), to which they agreed. BUT, right in the middle of masculine torment, the Israelites turned around and slashed their throats. Pope Benedict didn’t think God had ordered the Israelites to use such a crazy ruse to trap the foreign men. Not everyhting in the old Testament is factually true. Whether Jonas was for real in a whale is not really the point, the point is: don’t run from God. God would send his son to die an excruciating death to save ALL of humanity, the same God would order his chosen people to smash babies’ skulls against a rock? Yeah right. So in the OT, when it says “And the Lord said”, it may be best translated as “Some people in Israel would have loved if God had said”.

But then again, there is an eternal hell, which promises all kinds of torments and afflictions, God designed Hell and decreed its conditons and laws, so maybe God really ordered the killing of babies.

There was an article about the inquisition referenced on CAF a while back. Believe me, the protestants have done their own version of the inquisition.

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