Allegedly according to this priest, it was jealousy that forced me to come up with this article. I do not have any motive to be jealous in whatever manner to the Roman Catholic Church! In fact, it is God who for the last two millennia has this feeling because of Catholic idolatries. God said he is jealous because of idols being adored and served.
7 Thou shalt not have strange gods in my sight.
8 Thou shalt not make to thy self a graven thing, nor the likeness of any things, that are in heaven above, or that are in the earth beneath, or that abide in the waters under the earth.
9 Thou shalt not adore them, and thou shalt not serve them. For I am the Lord thy God, a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon their children unto the third and fourth generation, to them that hate me,
Let us set aside first the charities being done by the present pope which this priest is boasting of. The Ang Dating Daan group, (Sarcastically, he called it “Ang Daming Daldal”) have charitable works also and on a daily basis. Surely, it’s not you alone that have charitable works. In fact, even atheists have charitable works. Even the hypocrites do charities to be praised by people.
Therefore when thou dost an alms – deed, sound not a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be honoured by men. Amen I say to you, they have received their reward.
Please don’t get lost. Charities are not the present point of argument. The point of argument is what the pope said that “Jesus Christ is not a spirit but a person, a man.” See video.
The priest alleged that the “teachings and examples of his pope serve as lessons that can save all Catholics”
Let us see the teachings of the present pope. For me, what counts most is the teaching if you are a preacher.
17 If any man will do the will of him, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.
18 He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh the glory of him that sent him, he is true and there is no injustice in him.
But what are the teachings of Pope Francis?
- Atheists have no problem going to heaven so long as they have clean conscience. http://www.elisoriano.com/blog/pope-told-to-be-more-biblical-in-pronouncements/
- The Jesus Christ is not a spirit but a person, a man. http://www.elisoriano.com/blog/greatest-fallacy-roman-catholic-church-ever/
For complete discussion, see my blog.
The teaching of Pope Francis that even if you do not believe in God you will go to heaven or be saved as long as you have clean conscience denounces the belief of all Catholics in the past which says:
Your pope now is against all previous popes who insisted that outside Catholic Church, there is no salvation.
Now let us go to the point of discussion. To say that Jesus Christ is not a spirit but a person, a man, now is a big lie! If he said this while Jesus Christ was on earth with a body of flesh and bones, he can partially be speaking of the truth! We must be reminded that before he came to earth Christ was a spirit being – as he is now.
Wherefore, when he cometh into the world he saith: Sacrifice and oblation thou wouldest not: but a body thou hast fitted to me.
After the resurrection, the body of flesh and bones is changed into a glorious body.
I CORINTHIANS 15:50-52
50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot possess the kingdom of God: neither shall corruption possess incorruption.
51 Behold, I tell you a mystery. We shall all indeed rise again: but we shall not all be changed.
52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet: for the trumpet shall sound and the dead shall rise again incorruptible. And we shall be changed.
The same thing happened to Jesus Christ when He ascended to heaven!
20 But our conversation is in heaven: from whence also we look for the Saviour, our Lord Jesus Christ,
21 Who will reform the body of our lowness, made like to the body of his glory, according to the operation whereby also he is able to subdue all things unto himself.
To say the least in this present moment in time that Christ is not a spirit is to speak against the Apostles and the Bible.
II CORINTHIANS 5:16
Wherefore henceforth, we know no man according to the flesh. And if we have known Christ according to the flesh: but now we know him so no longer.
Why did Apostle Paul say, “if we have known Christ according to the flesh: but now we know him so no longer”? The reason is, from His being in the flesh Christ became again a spirit!
II CORINTHIANS 3:17
Now the Lord is a Spirit. And where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
I CORINTHIANS 15:45
The first man Adam was made into a living soul; the last Adam into a quickening spirit.
The priest alleged that there is nothing wrong about what the pope said. Is it not wrong to say that Jesus Christ is not a spirit when the Bible says, “Now the Lord is a Spirit” and “a quickening spirit”?
Let us go to the issue of Hebrew and Greek language. The priest said: “The real problem is the malicious thinking of the Leader of Ang Dating Daan who cannot explain the Hebrew Alphabet…The leader of this ADD does not know the Greek language.”
Lack of knowledge in the Hebrew or the Greek language will not necessarily make the thinking of a man malicious! Among the apostles, Paul was privileged to know more tongues than the other apostles!
GOOD NEWS BIBLE
I CORINTHIANS 14:18
I thank God that I speak in strange tongues much more than any of you.
Most of the apostles were illiterate.
THE ACTS 4:13
Now seeing the constancy of Peter and of John, understanding that they were illiterate and ignorant men, they wondered: and they knew them that they had been with Jesus.
There is no record in the Bible that says all the apostles are masters of the Greek language! And there is no record also that their being illiterate made their thinking malicious! The fact is – if this priest really knows Hebrew and Greek – his knowledge made him think malicious of me and the members of the Church of God International!
I CORINTHIANS 1:20-21
20 Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this world? Hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
21 For, seeing that in the wisdom of God, the world, by wisdom, knew not God, it pleased God, by the foolishness of our preaching, to save them that believe.
If Catholics from the Pope to the defenders know Greek, why are they teaching that the rock (“petra” in the Greek language) where the true church was built, is Peter or petros?
Apparently a primary word; a (piece of) rock (larger than G3037); as a name, Petrus, an apostle: – Peter, rock. Compare G2786.
Feminine of the same as G4074; a (mass of) rock (literally or figuratively): – rock.
Peter or petros was never the foundation of the true church! There is no other foundation than the petra: a rock mass – (not a piece of rock, petros) – which is the Lord Jesus Christ.
I CORINTHIANS 3:11
For other foundation no man can lay, but that which is laid: which is Christ Jesus.
In fact, Peter was one of those who was laid upon the foundation rock which is the Lord Jesus Christ.
Built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone:
The apostles including Peter are built upon the foundation which is the Lord Jesus Christ!
The Catholic Church named only by the cardinals in the Vatican Council in 1830 as the “Holy Catholic Apostolic Roman Church” is an invented church, with Peter as its foundation, and allegedly its first pope!
Will this doctrine of the Catholic Church prove that you are masters of the Greek language? I doubt!
The challenge of this priest to a one-on-one debate with me is most welcome, so long as you have the authority from your pope that you are authorized to speak for and on behalf of the Roman Catholicism. By this I mean that if I can prove in the debate the fallacies of Catholic doctrines, with you as their defender, Catholic authorities should admit the defeat of the Roman Catholic Church!