I received this email today. Any help on it would really be appreciated.
The things that most upset us can be our biggest learning experiences. I
hope that you can be open-minded and take advantage of what I am about
to write. I also hope that you believe what you said about ignorance.
Your belief may be about to be put to the test. Are you Christian enough
to embrace truth?
First, I spent ten years in Catholic schools being trained in Catholic theology. I know what Catholic theology is and I know what God’s Word (yes, it is God’s Word) says a Christian is.
Second, I reviewed Tolkien, not his works. A man’s works do not stray from his passions. His passions were self-admittedly centered avidly on paganism. This is not my consensus. It is Tolkien’s. Third, on that basis and the reading of certain passages from his works, yes, an informed individual can reach intelligent judgments about those works.
If you bite into a piece of fruit and find it intensely rotten, do you
consume the whole thing to make sure it is rotten in its entirety, or do you spit it out and seek decent nourishment?
Now, I am going to get you started on a path to the possibility of the knowledge to separate true faith from some of its counterfeits. I doubt that you have ever known any of this before, but I warn you, should you read any further, you, as you stated, will lose all excuse for ignorance. Read on at your own risk.
The Catholic church, during its inquisition, slaughtered an estimated sixty-five million people who refused to become Catholics. These were not just murdered. Most were tortured in ways that nearly exceed believability. A great place to start in verifying this is a book called The Martyr’s Mirror. Did Christ teach this way? Now, the church is doing all that its worldwide influence and its undercover Jesuit agents can do to rewrite history to erase this fact. Did Jesus teach this way?
The Catholic church’s tentacles are so widespread that you probably think that John Wilkes Booth acted alone in assassinating Lincoln, but a whole group of high-ranking Catholic operatives were hung for being co-conspirators and assisting him. (See Fifty Years in the Church of Rome by an ex-Jesuit who Lincoln defended against charges brought by the Jesuits, which cost him his life. There are also enlightening accounts
of more current activities by Jesuit covert operatives in the writings by Alberto Rivera, another ex-Jesuit who turned from Catholicism to Christ.)
I see from your Terri Schiavo postscript that you value human life. You may have to decide whether you are a Catholic or a Christian. The Inquisition did not value life at all. Nor did the Catholic church
during World War II. Hitler received the very highest award that the Catholic church bestows upon a “defender of the faith.” I expect that you did not know that the church supported Hitler until it became evident that he would probably not win. Was the Holocaust what Jesus taught?
I am partially of Serbian descent. My father converted from Eastern Orthodox to Catholicism after marrying my mother. It is difficult for me to understand why. During the war, Croatian Ustasi troops, led by Catholic priests in uniform, murdered over a million Serbian civilians for no other reason than they were not Catholic. A favorite method was to bind pregnant women hand and foot and allow them to be killed by their own birthing process. Is this how Jesus taught? This is the distinguishing behavior of the Catholic church through the ages and through this century.
Even a Catholic monsignor when confronted by my then young wife with Bible in hand (She was not even yet a Christian, but was seeking truth.) said, “Who can know where truth is. Certainly, the church does not have it. Anyone can see that by our history.”
The Catholic church has changed its tune since World War II, realizing that it cannot now make the world its empire through the methods of the Inquisition and the Holocaust. So, it has decided to recognize Christians as “divided brethren.” However, if you read your papal encyclicals, you will see that it still takes the position that all of those “brethren” are going to hell. In fact, the Jesuits still take the same oath to annihilate such Christian “brethren” as heretics if they should find such opportunity. Is that what Jesus taught?