FACT: Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death. - Proverbs 11:4
This has been a topic of discussion for centuries. I wasn't going to include it in this paper, but I feel this matter must be addressed.
Let us look at a few examples of how the Church in Rome acquired some of its wealth.
History shows that during the middle ages, the church sold indulgences -
(made people believe that by giving them (the church) their money, they, or their
departed relatives would receive relief in Purgatory).
The people who received this teaching and gave were usually poor and illiterate.
FACT: He who oppresses the poor to increase his wealth and he who gives to the rich - both come to poverty. - Proverbs 22:16
Most Catholics at some time or another have heard of The Shroud of Turin. This piece of cloth was said to be used by Veronica to Wipe the face of Jesus, while on his way to be crucified.
After wiping his face, the image of his face remained
on the cloth.
For years the church has blocked the way of scientists, who want to carbon-date the shroud, (ie to determine its age), thereby to prove if its authentic.
It has been carbon-dated.
The age of the Shroud of Turin was traced back to the middle ages! Therefore, if the shroud is a fake, then the story of Veronica wiping the face of Our Lord (which is NOWHERE in the New Testament), automatically is false.
Please think of the thousands of faithful christians, who made a pilgrimage to see the shroud, not knowing they were looking at a LIE.
FACT: The scoundrel's methods are wicked, he makes up evil schemes to destroy the poor with lies, even when the plea of the needy is just. - Isaiah 32:7
I have had the opportunity of having a private audience with Pope John Paul II.
While being escorted to where he receives visitors, I could not believe the actual wealth of the church! Having had to go up two separate elevators, had many steps to climb, and all around me were priceless artwork.
Ask yourself, would our Lord stay even one night in the Vatican?
Surrounded by priceless treasures, when at the same time all over the
streets of Vatican City, there are beggars everywhere?
Our Lord would be ready to give you the shirt off his back and take the place of the
beggars in streets than sleep one night behind
the barricaded walls of The Vatican.
Ask your priests these hard questions. Do not be complacent, for it is your soul, that you are trying to save.
DO NOT BE AFRAID to confront a priest with these questions. If you see something is wrong, no, IF YOU FEEL something is wrong, SPEAK UP, speak up now.
Do not follow this spiritual infinite loop of a trap that has been set up. It has you going in circles, springing from holiday to holiday, but you never spiritually progress.
Yes, it looks genuine, with its grand churches and history, but take a closer look. What do you have to lose? If I am wrong, good for you, but as you know well, a true Christian should be able to defend his/her faith to anyone and The Christian faith is very justifiable, but Catholic practices are not.
Understand, faith is useless without action. Your actions solidify your faith, which in turn either strengthens or weakens your spirit in the spirit world.
The practices of the Catholic Faith has been designed to weaken your spirit, so that your stay here on earth is more difficult.
It is a known fact that many catholic churches and schools have had to close their doors for good because of LACK OF MONEY!!!
It is infuriating to think that our brothers and sisters in Chirst, would have to travel to another parish to hear the Gospels and to have their children educated.
These matters must be known to the clergy in Rome, but with
all its accumulated wealth, they are not even willing to lift a finger
even help out small parishes.
Even on the news, we hear that, as priests in the State of Connecticut (U.S.A.), were trying to raise money, the Bishop, moved out of the rectory and moved into a 6 bedroom, over $400,000 mansion, with swimming pool.
FACT: Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming upon you. Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. Your gold and silver is corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days. LOOK! The wages you failed to pay the workmen who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almightly. You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourself in the day of slaughter. You have condemned and murdered innocent men, who were not opposing you. - James 5:1-6
FACT: These men are blemishes at your love feasts, eating with you without the slightest qualm - shepherds who feed only themselves. They are clouds without rain, blown among the wind; autumn trees, without fruit and uprooted - twice dead. They are wild waves of the sea, foaming up their shame; wandering stars, for whom blackest darkness has been reserved FOREVER. - Jude 1:12-13
Now there is buying and selling in the back of churches all over the world. In the old days, these were animals for the temple sacrifice.
These days, the Catholic Church, tries to blind its followers by calling it 'religious articles'.
My fellow Christians: Isn't this exactly what Christ disapproved of by knocking down all the tables and whipping the traders?