The Pope Misinterprets Scripture
The following information was taken from an article entitled, "General Audience: Mary in the Public Life of Jesus" as found in the March 12, 1997 edition of the Vatican Information Service. Here the antichrist, the pope, misinterprets scripture:"the Blessed Virgin was among the people at the moment that her Son gave her "great praise, showing a much higher bond with Her," when he said: "My Mother and my brethren are those who hear the Word of God and do it." [note that "Her" and "Mother" are capitalized]
You may say, what's wrong with the above statement? Much. Though he does not give the Bible reference, the pope is referring to an account in the gospels found in Matthew 12:46-50 as well as Mark and Luke). The Lord Jesus is talking to the people and Mary and His half-brothers are trying to interrupt so that they can speak with him. Someone says to the Lord, "Thy mother and brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee."
Then Jesus said, "Who is my mother? and who are my bretheren?" Then He stretched forth His hand TOWARD HIS DISCIPLES (not Mary and His half-brothers) and said, "Behold my mother and my brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother."
Now go back and look at the antichrist's statement. He said that Jesus was showing Mary great praise. Is this not a lie? Yes, it is! Jesus was making it clear that His family are those that hear and do God's will. He made clear that His blood ties with Mary and his half-brothers and sisters are not of consequence. What is of consequence is hearing God's word and doing it. A woman once said to Jesus, "Blessed is the womb that bare thee and the paps that gave thee suck." Jesus said, "Yea, rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God and keep it." See what I'm saying?
It is no wonder Catholics aren't encouraged to engage in serious Bible study. It would be crystal clear that the Catholic religion is built out of lies and deception. The pope and priests have on fancy robes, carrying incense in ornate cathedrals, and marching in processions with the monstrance that includes their wafer god, but the bottom line is that there is nothing there. It is all vain. When Catholics write me with hate mail, they NEVER quote scripture. They just call me idiot, and worse. The devils that inhabit the Catholic religion have strongholds on these people's lives--but they can be saved. With God, nothing is impossible.
Back to the V.I.S. article. The antichrist goes on to put in a plug for Mary as co-reedemer/co- redemptrix with Jesus. [Co-redeemer means they believe that Mary is also an author of salvation to those that believe. This is a lie and a blasphemy.] Look at this mumbo-jumbo without a supporting scripture to be found (for there is not one)--Mary participated in Jesus's sufferings, through which "she shared in her Son's journey 'toward Jerusalem' and, more and more united to Him in faith, hope and love, cooperated in salvation."
Just another day in the life of an antichrist. Spreading blasphemy and 20,000 people "in the audience" eating it up. May their eyes be opened to the truth of God's word (the Authorized Version of 1611 of the Bible).
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