[quote="jennapope, post:1, topic:274531"]
My ex-Catholic, now-Protestant step-mother told me that God cancelled the priesthood. I know that that is not true. Can somebody give me a good defense?
Here is what she said:
"The Priesthood was canceled in the old testament when God spoke to Isaiah, 'I am sending my son. He will be the only Priest between God and man.'"
She has obviously been taught an offbeat doctrine. Help!
The Book of Joshua, Chapter 3, Verse 13 and 17 says:
13 When the soles of the feet of the priests carrying the ark of the LORD, the Lord of the whole earth, touch the waters of the Jordan, it will cease to flow; the water flowing down from upstream will halt in a single heap.”
17 The priests carrying the ark of the covenant of the LORD stood on dry ground in the Jordan riverbed while all Israel crossed on dry ground, until the whole nation had completed the crossing of the Jordan.
Those Words made me think about how God's chosen Priests help to save souls even today through the Sacraments of the Catholic Church.
Just as our feet have “soles”, our bodies have “souls” too.
How appropriate that part of God’s plan to bring the Israelites into the Promised Land would be the use of His Priests to carry the Ark of the Covenant thru the flood waters of the Jordan River and how God worked that miracle through the soles of the Priest's feet.
And, how appropriate that part of God’s plan to bring all people of all nations into Eternal life would be the use of His Priests dispensing the Sacraments of the Church today which saves souls. How appropriate that God’s chosen, His Priests Forever, should administer to our “souls” and help lead us into Eternal Life with Jesus forever.
Perhaps to better understand The Priesthood, we need to better understand what a Sacrament is because the two work side by side.
Also I just want to say it saddens me when Christians leave the Catholic Church because they are led out with lies and the person leaving justifies it by saying how the catholic church didn’t teach them certain things or they weren’t being spiritually fed by the catholic church.
They pin all the blame on the Church when they own part of the blame by not bothering to learn anything about their Catholic Faith. Pray for the conversion of our lost brothers and sisters to return to the One, True Church that worships the One, True God. Amen