There are some who believe as the pope supposedly said—that hell being “the second death” means an actual cessation/termination of your soul. I’m not sure what Bible they are reading to come to that conclusion, however... If you believe the Bible is true, then you should also believe there is a hell, because it is definitely in there.
Except we don't do any of those things. I have issues with the Church too, but mine are based on facts, not on false statements.I've long had issue with the Catholic church, from it's flaunting of riches, to it's frequent use of "graven images" of Christ, to it's apparent worship of saints, angels, and the holy mother, just to name a few points of contention. The Catholic church is now experiencing pressure to be all things to all people and to that end I expect they will likely sell out completely and eventually declare something along the lines of "God is whoever you want him to be", or that "All gods are God", or some other such new age semi-secular dribble. Eugenio Scalfari likes to reconstruct interviews from memory rather than doing things properly so his account of the Pope's quote is questionable, but it wouldn't surprise me if it were in fact accurate.
2 Timothy 4
I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound[a] teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
No. We don’t. Not in the way that violated God’s commandment. And it’s more than just hyperbole. There’s a massive difference between asking that a saint or the Holy Mother pray for us, and praying TO the saints and the Holy Mother. It’s not hyperbole, it’s a non sequitur.The Catholic church doesn't flaunt it's wealth?
They don't frequently use graven images?
While the term worship in my above post may have been a bit hyperbolic, praying "through" the saints and the holy mother is common practice and it appears that an inordinate amount of focus is centered around them. However, I concede this is one outsiders perspective.
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