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Advent series ping.
Ping for later. I can think of at least three that even some Cardinals don't know.
Then I read items 4,7, and 8 and have to shake my head. I will still celebrate the common ground, though.
The following really stood out for me:
3. The Bible Is A Catholic Book Did you ever wonder how the Bible came into being? A little known, but easily documented fact is that the books of the Bible were compiled by the Catholic Church. For many years after Christ ascended into Heaven, there was debate about which scriptural writings were inspired by God. The canon of Scripture (the books of the Bible) was first formally decided at the Synod of Rome in 382. This decision was upheld at the Councils of Hippo (393) and Carthage (397). At these Catholic Church councils, the same 46 Old Testament and 27 New Testament books that appear in todays Catholic Bibles were declared to be inspired by God. As a side note, approximately 1200 years after this decision was made, Martin Luther and the Protestant reformers removed 7 books from the Old Testament. As a result, most Protestant Bibles are still missing these 7 books.
You like to be in the middle of it! LOL!!!
He made the There Is No Salvation Outside Of The Catholic Church way too simple.
The Vatican says that it It follows that these separated churches and Communities, though we believe they suffer from defects, are deprived neither of significance nor importance in the mystery of salvation. In fact the Spirit of Christ has not refrained from using them as instruments of salvation, whose value derives from that fullness of grace and of truth which has been entrusted to the Catholic Church
The fullness of grace and truth has been ENTRUSTED to the Catholic Church, but the Spirit of Christ is what saves. If a person does not know that the Church of Christ subsits in the Catholic Church, but Christ says they are saved, they are. Period.
What a list of hogwash.
However, the above one is the most outrageous falsehood as the below quotes document:
Here's the title:
And it carries the official sanctions of: .
1. Roman Catholic Church An attestation by a church censor that a book contains nothing damaging to faith or morals.
2. Official approval, especially of an artistic work.
WITH RICHARD CARDINAL CUSHINGS IMPRIMATUR
Let me track down the brief portion of quotes upthread . . . .
Here they are:
However, as we've seen through a variety of sources--a pile of them in Ferraro's manual about the Rosary--the Roman Catholic et al/Vatican Edifice disagrees with a lot of the claims of RC's hereon to the contrary. I guess some RC's feel quite comfortable being their own Pope and Magicsterical rolled into one. LOL. .
[Quixicated emphases below]
Mary is crowned Queen of heaven and earth, dispenser of all graces . . . .
4 - She became Queen of Purgatory, where she exercises her power as mediatrix in behalf of these suffering souls. .
5 - She became Queen of us sinners, to assist us through the dangers of this life and to help us in difficulties. .
6 - She became the ruler of hell, that trembles at her slightest gaze and is defeated by her power. .
"Just as a rock extracted from earth will precipitate into the abyss, so will man, left without Mary's help, quickly slide toward hell." --Richard of St Victor .
Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy kingdom come; Thy kingdom come through Mary! --Partial Indulgence .
"Mary is the tree of life to those who grasp her, and he is happy who hold her fast." --Prov. 3:18 .
1 - "Hail Mary, beloved daughter of the Father, Mother of the Divine Son, Spouse of the Holy Spirit, complement of the most august Trinity!" .
AS THOUGH CREATED MAN COULD ADD ANYTHING TO THE TRINITY! What unmitigated Ashteroth-Mary-Goddess-Cult-Worship UNBiblical blasphemous lunacy!
6 - To her was granted grace greater than that conferred upon all others, 'that she might vanquish sin in every respect.'
[Qx: I guess Christ's vanquishing sin was unnecessary--or ineffectual without Mary's assistance?]
7 - "Mary is the dawn of God because, just as the dawn marks the end of darkness and the beginning of day, so Mary indicates the end of vices and the beginning of virtue."
[Qx: I guess Christ's conquering on The Cross and HIS conquering trip to hell were unncessary? Perhaps Ashteroth-Mary could help Him get His money back on the ticket to hell. /sar] .
9 - God loved Mary so much that He gave her the keys to His heart. 'No one can go to God without Mary drawing him.'
[Qx: I guess Holy Spirit has been relegated to a 'Walter Mitty' role as spouse of Mary? That's SOME POWER to cancel & take over HOLY SPIRIT'S role to draw men to God!] .
4 - "Mary, trusting in the word of the angel, destroyed the sin Eve committed by trusting in the serpent.'
[Qx: Evidently, she beat Christ to the job of vanquishing sin! Or maybe she ordered Him to retire early in the interest of her Ashteroth-Mary !CONTROL! compulsions? /sar] .
5 - "She desired the safety of everyone, went in search of it, and obtained it; it was also through her that this salvation was wrought."
[QX: What an unnecessary waste of precious Blood and suffering on THE CROSS!!!/sar] .
10 - "As Noah's Ark saved all the animals that entered it, so Mary saves all the souls that entrust themselves to her care."
[Qx: Sounds like Ashteroth-Mary just bumped Jesus to the end of the God-head line-up--in terms of function & usefulness. /sar]
8 - "If she were not so holy as she is, how could God appoint her to be the ladder of Paradise, the advocate of the world, meatrix between HIm and us?" .
[Qx: Ladder, Super-lap; Super-orbed nurturance of Heavenly milk and goodies; Queen of Heaven; Queen of hell; Ark; Does Ashteroth-Mary also do windows? /sar] .
4 - "By becoming Mother of God, Mary belongs to the order of hypostatic union; hence she participates IN the infinite sanctity of God."
Great post. Thanks!
I love this. A very blessed Advent to you!
Thank you for the ping Salvation. A good article.
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Well, thankfully, according to the Word of God, salvation is available through Jesus Christ, not any single denomination.
A word of advice to every believer of any denomination: Do as the Bereans did. Check anything and everything your pastor, priest, spiritural leaders tell you against the Word of God. If it doesn't match, do not believe it.