Today there was a news story about a televangelist who ran into trouble with the law for hawking miracle water on the air. Now, he sells the stuff on a web site. If you buy and drink a little plastic bag of his water, you will get rich. He posts testimonies.
Most devout Christians would not fall for such a shame. But, they believe in something equally empty in power and substance, words and ceremonies.
From the attached post, I learned there is branch of the Catholic Church which is openly hostile to the new Pope. This disappointment is from a branch of Catholicism that wants only “traditional” ceremonies using Latin. They take this so seriously anything different is heresy.
Over on the Protestant side, I have seen Pat and Gorden Robertson instruct viewers on the precise words to use when they pray. It is the same concept as Latin mass.
It is thought this notion words have magical powers comes from in human history. Development of language allowed inner thoughts to be expressed with spoken words. This gave language a magical quality, not unlike a god figure turning water into wine.
Pat Robertson recently said today’s public has become sophisticated and does not believe in miracles like it did during Biblical times. He thinks God prefers simple and less educated people.
Pat should not worry. The magic of Latin is there for many Catholics and saying certain words in English is the same to many Protestants.
Ironically, Jesus didn’t speak either language.