Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Part III The Sabotage of Biblical Christianity by the Roman Catholic Church...
It is my intent and purpose to show visitors in this writing of their Christian roots, using the Holy Scriptures, which have its origins in Judaism, and not Roman catholicism. It is not my intent to criticize those multitudes of followers of Roman catholicism whom have unwittingly been deceived and bought into the big lie, but to present the truth from the Holy Scriptures.
Thus far, in Part I and II of this study, it has been established, using the Holy Scriptures, the Bible, that it was the Jewish Apostle Paul who was commissioned by the Lord Jesus Christ to be the Apostle to the Gentiles, and it was the Jewish Apostle Peter who was commissioned by the Lord Jesus Christ to be the Apostle to the Jews. It has been determined that in all places mentioned, using the Scriptures that Peter never went to Rome, but in fact it was Paul who went to Rome, and Peter is never in all of Scripture mentioned as being a pope. The entire foundation that Peter went to Rome, became the first pope is the entire structure that the Roman Catholic church has built its foundation upon, which is a fraud.
Just how did the Roman Catholic organization come up with this lie, since there is absolutely no scriptural or historical evidence to prove their claim? This too can be explained by using the Holy Scriptures, and this will be much of the focus in this segment.
The Roman Catholic organization created by worldly minded men, twisted one Scripture text and applied it to their organization, and called themselves the one true church, the spokesman for Christ on earth, the only "church" who can forgive sins generations ago, in the same manner the cults of today advertise.
From The Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 16:18, we find:
"And I say unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it."
The Greek-Hebrew Biblical concordance describes the name Peter as follows:
Apparently a primary word; a (piece of) rock (larger than G3037); as a name, Petrus, an apostle: - Peter, rock. Compare G2786.
It can be very clearly seen here that the name "Peter" comes from "Petros", and delineates, a "piece" of a rock, and not THE rock, which is Jesus Christ!!
The early Christian Church was never founded upon Peter, as the Roman Catholic organization falsely claims, but upon Jesus Christ himself, as Peter himself tells us in his first epistle Chapter Chapter 2:4-9:
"To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious 4, Ye also, as living stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. 5 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a CHIEF cornerstone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.6 Unto you therefore: which believe, HE is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowd, the same is made the head of the corner. 7 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.8 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.9.
The Hebrew Biblical concordance describes Sion in this text as:
Of Hebrew origin [H6726]; Sion (that is, Tsijon), a hill of Jerusalem; figuratively the Church (militant or triumphant): - Sion.
From the above Scripture verses, you can see that all Bible believing Christians are living stones, having been sealed by the indwelling Holy Spirit, built up into a spiritual house. But the chief cornerstone is Jesus Christ, the Foundation Stone, and not the pope and the Catholic church organization.
This is again confirmed in Paul's letter to the early New Testament Church in Paul's writings to the Corinthian Church in I Corinthians 3:10,11
"According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. 10 FOR OTHER FOUNDATION CAN NO MAN LAY THAN THAT IS LAID, WHICH IS JESUS CHIRST. 11"
No foundation can be laid but by Jesus Christ. The Hebrew Torah/Old Testament, in Isaiah 28:16, prophesizes about Jesus Christ, which Paul and Peter were very knowledgeable in, because they were Israelites, and were chosen by Jesus Christ; Paul himself was a Pharisee, a teacher of The Law or Old Testament, before his radical conversion to Christianity. The prophecy correlates with the writings of the two great Apostles of Jesus:
"Therefore, thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste."
The Greek/Hebrew Biblical concordance describes Zion in this verse as:
The same (regular) as H6725; Tsijon (as a permanent capital), a mountain of Jerusalem: - Zion.
The Scripture text speaks of Christ as the foundation stone, a precious cornerstone, and not the Roman catholic church organization. Throughout the Old Testament, the Lord Himself is called a Rock. Psalm 18:2 reads "The Lord is my rock and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower."
It is clear that what Jesus is actually saying to Peter in Matthew 16:18, after a study of the Scriptures, is "Thou art Peter, "a piece" of the rock, and upon this rock [THIS ROCK being Jesus Christ Himself], I will build my church." Common sense dictates that the resurrected Lord of the universe would not build His church upon Peter because he was one of the original Apostles as Peter clearly explains in his Scripures quoted above, much less a pope. Peter, too, was human, and a sinner, who found His Salvation in Jesus Christ and in Him alone.
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