Quoting: PerMariam Quoting: CrimsonTideGirl
The rapture as you know it was a money making scheme. The rich romans would confess their sins to a man in a private booth, and then "tithe" to avoid punishments Quoting: Anonymous Coward 12593029
what a joke the catholic church is.
I am not Catholic, I have never ever study that religion. I don't understand why they ask forgiveness from a priest vs Jesus himself.
The Catholic Church has never endorsed Rapture theology. The notion of
a "rapture" was an 1830 invention by one John Nelson Darby, an ex-Anglican (not a Jesuit and not Catholic at all) who misinterpreted 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17
Saint Peter and all the other apostles, and all of their priest successors, were given the power by Christ Himself to forgive sins in His name.
John 20: 21-23
The Catholic (meaning universal) Church was founded in 33A.D.by Jesus Christ, who placed St.Peter authority over the Church its first Pope. Matthew Chapter 16:18-19)
There is an unbroken succession of popes from St. Peter to Pope Francis.Succession of popes
[link to www.newadvent.org
All of the early Church Fathers were "Catholic".
The Catholic Church compiled and canonized the Bible, in 397 A.D..
If you are a mainstream Protestant, your denomination derived from the Catholic Church.
The Catholic church is no different than those who killed Jesus.
Both of them, then and now, believe that vain tradition is necessary for redemption. They both continue to insist that the service of other men is required for salvation.
God sent Jesus, His only begotten Son, to do away with the old covenant. No longer can a mere man approach God for the remission of the sins of others. All who wish to live Godly must recognize Jesus as the only one who is able to give intercession before God.
The old covenant brought division to the church. The new covenant brings unification.
With Jesus as the High Priest forever, one needs to only believe and ask Jesus for forgiveness. The actions of other men in this regard became obsolete. No longer are other men placed in a position of importance over other men. All are equal in Gods eyes.
Jesus brought all men low and none can claim to be higher than another, because this was the purpose for which Jesus came.
The true church is not made up of differing classes of believers.
The true church is a body of believers that hold Jesus as the head and all other men as fellow brothers in Christ with no advantage over one another as it should be.
If you as a christian are elevating other men, or other men are elevating themselves above their brethren, then, you and they are in fact denying Jesus. You deny the purpose for which He came and instead bring division. You reject Jesus in order to continue practicing the doctrine of men.