Before you read this, let me just say that after reading this you will be one of three things:
1. Upset with me because you think I hate Catholics. This is not true. I know several Catholics personally and I love them. I want them to see and know the TRUTH of Scripture. I do, however, despise the religion of Catholicism. I believe that it has taken many good people and deceived them into thinking anything other than the truth of God's Word.
2. You'll be upset with me because you're a Christian who thinks that I am "one of those" Christians that just can't get along with everybody. You're right. We're not suppose to get along with everybody. We're suppose to take a stand against the evils of darkness and the Catholic church is an evil force that Satan, himself, has used for centuries to destroy countless souls.
3. You're like me because you believe the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. That the Holy Bible is God's Word, perfect from beginning to end, with nothing left out that needed to be retained in "other books" the Catholic church just happen to possess.
Now that I have that out of the way, here are my thoughts....
"Through humility, soul searching, and prayerful contemplation we have gained a new understanding of certain dogmas. The church no longer believes in a literal hell where people suffer. This doctrine is incompatible with the infinite love of God. God is not a judge but a friend and a lover of humanity. God seeks not to condemn but only to embrace. Like the fable of Adam and Eve, we see hell as a literary device. Hell is merely a metaphor for the isolated soul, which like all souls ultimately will be united in love with God.”
This is a quote from the new Pope Francis.
I've noticed several Brothers and Sisters leaning toward the wonderful world of Catholicism. Here are the lies coming out of the "great church" of Rome these days. As if their lies weren't bad enough, now we're being told that Adam and Eve is a fable and that Hell is not a literal place where people suffer. If you fall into those lies, you might as well take your Bible and chunk it out the window because it's not going to do you any good if you're listening to this mumbo jumbo.
OK, if you're not a Christian, and you don't believe in these things, that's between you and The Almighty God or between you and nothing. But if you ARE a Christian, and you've read the Bible and KNOW these things to be true, then where are your voices? These are lies straight out of Hell, being told by a molester of souls.
Christians who get all caught up in the beautiful and mystical, idolatry, and so-called worship of Catholicism are only headed in a downward spiral.
A fable, by definition, is A falsehood; a lie. One thing the Catholic church has tried to do for CENTURIES is make the Bible out to be a lie. People were murdered because they were learning to read the Scripture and realizing the Catholic church was leading them in the wrong direction. Still today, the entire world is being told by this great religious leader that the story of Adam and Eve is a falsehood. A LIE.
Another lie the "great church" is promoting is that there is no literal Hell where people suffer. Not so, Pope. There IS a literal Hell, according to Luke 13:28, "There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out." That sounds like suffering to me. Also in Revelation 21:8 "But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and IDOLATERS, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death." Second death, meaning after you die here, your SOUL will die for eternity in the lake of fire. That's not suffering??
But the BIGGEST lie of all in his statement is that God is not a judge, but a friend and lover of humanity.
Oh dear Heavens. God is a friend to those who are a friend to Him. To those who choose not to be His friend, HE WILL JUDGE.
Hebrews 9:27 says, "And as it is appointed unto men once to die [the physical death], but after this the judgment:" There will be a judgment. So who does the dear Pope Francis think is going to be sitting as the Judge? Himself? I don't think so. As a matter of fact, Pope Francis will be standing in judgment just like everyone else.
"And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire." — REVELATION 20:11-15
Oh, He is a JUDGE, my friend. A Mighty Judge. I can't make anyone believe what I believe. I know that. But I can speak up for what I believe. If the Pope can stand up and say that what I believe is a fable and a lie, I won't sit back and not defend the TRUTH. I believe that the Catholic church led by their Pope Francis is all a lie, leading many people away from the TRUTH of God's Word.
As Christians, we MUST be careful who and what we promote. It could be a life changing experience for those who actually listen to us.
As for those of you who aren't sure what to believe, then I challenge you to do what II Timothy 2:15 says, "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."
STUDY THE SCRIPTURE.
There are no books that go along with it. Just study THE WORD.