What Evangelicals Can Learn from Pope

The millions of people who have watched the television coverage or made pilgrimages to Rome to pay their last respects to the pope lying in state at St. Peter’s Basilica are testimony to the yearning in people’s hearts for an example of someone passionately committed to loving the Lord God, undividedly, with heart, soul, and mind. Even those who disagreed with John Paul respected his spirituality and the conviction that would not bend in the face of disapproval and opposition. What can evangelicals learn from a man who inspires such an outpouring of respect and affection? What can we learn from a man who, despite his age and old-fashioned commitment to the ancient truths of his faith, stirred the hearts of young people and rallied them in multiple nations around the world?

watching the transfer of the Pope’s body on CNN in the bar with a crowd of people, I heard more than one person ask what the deal was with holding the big gold book aloft, the incense and so forth. When I told them that was the book of the Gospels and it is honored that way at every Mass, they were dumbfounded. One guy said he did not know we even read the bible, I said, oh yes, you can see how we honor the Word of God. Some people really got an eye opener that day.

[quote=asquared]One guy said he did not know we even read the bible.
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I honestly wonder WHERE people think the Bible came from? Where it was protected, preserved, translated, and loved?

I honestly wonder HOW people have come to think that Catholics have nothing to do with the Bible.

Truly, truly amazing.

Well most anti-catholics never think about where the Bible came from. But the one thing they seem sure about is that the Catholic Church did its best to hide the Bible from the common man. They say they transliterated it to Latin so no one would understand it.
OF course it was entirely the opposite few in the Roman Empire in the west few spoke Greek anymoe and Latin was the common tongue of communication. Only during the middle ages did it gradually fall out of favor and more nationlistic dialicts become the norm for reading. OF course you hear Martin Luther was the first to translate the bible to the vernacular in German fact is he was like the 13th. But people inisit there were no previous Bibles. No historian worth his salt claims this. You can go on and on but others think the King James Bible fell out of the sky and if its good enough for Jesus its good enough for me. Really there is a sever lack of critical thinking and research on this issue by many protestants.
Without the catholic church there is no Bible.

:ehh: SHHH.Don’t give them any ideas;)

[quote=Vinko]I honestly wonder WHERE people think the Bible came from? Where it was protected, preserved, translated, and loved?

I honestly wonder HOW people have come to think that Catholics have nothing to do with the Bible.

Truly, truly amazing.
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They’ll tell you that the ‘true canon’ was only formulated after Luther et.al. removed the ‘unscriptural’ books. As for the Pope, there’s something to be said for a man who would have people travelling from around the world to be at his funeral. I wonder how many of us would have people from other neighborhoods come.

I work in a Restaurant and on Saturday evenings we have a large group from the believer’s chapel come in for dinner. They can be very anti-Catholic at times, it almost makes me want to scream at how much they really don’t understand the Catholic Church and that they’re pointing their fingers at a straw-man. Things such as Catholic believe they get to heaven by working their way there. Or why do we confess our sins to a man, why not God. Too bad they don’t know what persona Christi is. Well anyways, one of the ladies from their group was at Mass last Sunday for the Pope, so I’m praying for a conversion.

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