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Catholics are not Christians

09 June 2014, 11:12
Yesterday we were told on Atheitis's article about the 800 kids in Ireland that Catholics are not Christians. I decided to do some research and see if the rumour that the Roman Catholic Church was the anti-christ had any validity. I started on Google and asked what the Catholic Church believed in a nut shell. I came up with this statement.
"Catholics believe that God created the human race to know, love, and serve Him. Through the disobedience of the first man and woman, the human race separated itself from the grace of God. In his infinite love, however, God sent his only begotten son to die for their sins. The sacrifice of Jesus on the cross opened abundant grace and reunited mankind to God. Men are saved by the grace of Christ alone. To accept this grace, they must have faith and a deep, personal relationship with Jesus Christ." swansontec.com/ofaith.html
There was more but as I am not in the habit of copying and pasting whole articles, I figured this pretty much outlines the belief system of most Christian Churches. The basic tenets of the catholic faith are
God Created Man and The WorldMan Sinned in the garden of ParadiseGod sent his son to die on the cross for the sins of man.In order to accept this grace, Man must have a deep personal relationship with Christ. 
So far so Good, The basic tenets tell me that the Roman Catholic Church is a Christian organisation and this was pretty much what I was taught by a priest that did not abuse me 40 odd years ago. It was about then that I stopped attending the Catholic Church except for midnight mass on Christmas with my Aunt when we visited. My family is on the whole devided into Atheists, Christians and Catholics. The most devout being my Aunt who does not smoke, drink or do unything else contrary to her religious beliefs. The woman is a saint. no seriously my Aunt is the nicest Christian Lady I know. She has been known to chide me for bad language as recently as only a few months back. You couldn't call this lady the anti Christ, not even close.
The Catholic Church also believe in intercession, According to the new comers on the block this is praying to saints and not at all Biblical. But the question is as children how many went to their mothers to get her on side when asking Dad for something. This is the basis of intercession. The Catholic Faith is that the saints, his Mama and all those that have passed through are sitting on the right hand of Christ and thus have his ear, They also listen to the people that want them to intercede on their behalf. 
So lets say as a child you had done something you knew would enrage your Dad, you would always try and get Mom to be the buffer right? Same concept. 
Considering that the Reformers broke away from the Catholic Church and still follow most of the Catholic beliefs, If the Catholics are the Anti Christ, The Reformers are not that different, They removed a few books from the New Testament and made a new Bible. The King of Englands reason for creating his own Church was just because the Pope would not grant him an annulment, if the Pope had granted said Annulment the Brits would still be Catholics and the Irish wars would never have occurred.
Originally The Catholic Church was formed because of a difference in opinion between the Gnostic Church and The Romans on the divinity of Christ. The Romans won the battle and became the mightiest church ever. 
The first great division in the Christian church occurred in 1054 when the Eastern church (what are now known to us as the Eastern Orthodox churches) broke away from the Western church and its Roman pope. The Great Reformation was the second such division. For Protestants, this was not only a re-formation of the church, but a reclaiming of the Gospel which had been obscured and overshadowed by the institutionalized church of the day. patheos.com/Resources/Additional-Resources/Reformation-in-a-Nutshell
Since the 1517 Protestant Revolution, The Church has had many differences of opinion and it is estimated the 40 000 schisms have occurred. 
The fact that The Holy Bible is so badly written that there are 40 000 differing Churches means that God was awesomely incompetent at making his wishes known. The scribblings of ancient men still affect the way people think today. Yesterday I saw a 5th grade paper from the Bible belt where a kid had scored 100% for the most nutty Science questions, It seems the people today because of these ancient scribblings have man riding Brontosauri. 
The Theory of Evolution is discarded as only a Theory, Gravity is also just a Theory, Why aren't you floating away? 
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