It is understandable some complain about what I write here.
I’m not sure any nonbeliever’s criticism of Christianity can be as biting as the criticism which occurs within the faith. Today, Albert Mohler Jr. of the Southern Baptist Convention, pointed out very clearly why his branch thinks the Pope has no legitimate theological claim to a lofty perch. To accept the legitimacy of the papacy, he said, would be to compromise biblical truth and reverse the Reformation.
To explain the error Mohler finds in Catholic theology, he goes deep into the big words people in theology use. It has to do with whether you are absolved of your sins by the simple expression of your faith in the Jesus, as his church teaches, or, whether a Pope has some role to play in this.
Catholics, he says, claim the Pope has the power to absolve sin. That error is something of an anatheme, absolutely foreign and in direct opposition to what Mohler believes the scripture says. He continues on to criticize other more liberal branches of Protestantism who treat the Pope and Catholicism as equals in the faith.
Some claim these differences are not important. It is true the two branches agree on the meaning of some events in the Bible. But, they are miles apart on the basic part of the faith that is imprinted in peoples’ heads, “How do I get to heaven?”
Without that agreement, there is nothing called, “the truth”. There are only meaningless turf battles.
Red River Freethinkers Spring Equinox Potluck, Sunday, March 17, 1 PM, Fargo Public Library, Fercho Room. Visitors welcome.