Wednesday, July 11, 2007

A Couple of Thoughts

First off is Global Warming.

Is it happening? Yes on earth (where it's blamed on greedy capitalists and the unthinking unwashed masses who need to be led to utopia by His Supreme Holiness, the High Priest of Mother Earth, Al Gore by obeying his edicts from on high.) It's also happening on Mars which His Holiness, Al Gore, conveniently chooses to ignore because it can't be blamed on Americans.

The American Thinker has an intriguing essay on the history of global warming and the fact that at the moment, earth's mean temperature is lower than it has been through much of history, and what is now happening (on both Earth and Mars) may be a return to normal. Temperatures have been rising since the end of the Little Ice Age some 250 years ago.

On another note, the Pope who has made some very wise proclamations, has now said something very, very foolish. He claims that churches that don't recognize his primacy are not true churches.

I beg to differ with him. When I was much younger I believed that only Protestants, preferably of my own denomination, were truly saved and that the Pope was the beast of Revelation 13 (which was a common belief in the 18th through early 20th century, as described in Alexander Hislop's book The Two Babylons.) I later got to know a lot of Catholics who were faithful Christians and my beliefs did not so much change as they grew.

If I wished to further this divide I could demonstrate through the Scriptures and ecclesiastical history that Jesus never ordained the Papacy but that it is a human institution superimposed on the Church. Jesus is the only head of the Church and there is no earthly head of one person authorized to speak ex cathedra on His behalf. He speaks through the Scriptures and the Holy Spirit.

I believe the Pope is a sincere and dedicated believer but he is wrong on this issue and when the Church is facing a murderous foe on the outside, we do not need this on the inside.

He'll apologize to Muslims for telling the truth. Will he apologize to Protestants when he is wrong?


Blogger Little Miss Chatterbox said...

I don't mean to offend anyone but I often find that the Pope has too much power and thus it leads them to say things that often times aren't Biblical.

1:00 AM  
Blogger pete in Midland said...

Pope? Pope? Is that someone who matters?
OK ... sure, just like poofyhair in North Korea, the Pope is appointed by God ... but, not really. He's chosen by a bunch of influential cardinals to be the church's spokesman.
As spokesmen, Popes (in general) have been remarkably human. This one as much as most.
So, I consider anything he says as his personal opinion ... and put as much weight on his words as I do any other speaker supposedly respresenting millions. After all, we're talking a church that makes consessions for pondscum like Castro ... what does that say about their "values"?

1:29 PM  
Blogger Patrick Joubert Conlon said...

I was a Catholic but as I got older the idea of the papacy put me off. In fact I still think like a Catholic on many things but the idea of papal "infallibility" is anathema to me.

3:43 PM  
Blogger Lone Pony said...

I've always considered Catholicism a religion that puts more faith in the pope than faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

9:46 AM  
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