Isn't it funny how the Pope is free to change his mind whenever he pleases?

United States
May 4, 2007 4:31pm CST
What, now Limbo doesn't exist anymore. How many times has the Catholic church changed its views on things because it doesn't suit them or cater to their comfort zones. Hmmm...we can't stand the fact that babies could go to Hell if they're not baptized so they must go to Heaven. Of course Limbo doesn't exist. Let's think about this one. Maybe, babies never go to Hell because they are INNOCENT! A baby does not need to be baptized because they have no sin. To be baptized you must first hear, believe, repent, confess, then be baptized. How can a baby do this??? Matthew 18:3 says, "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven" God is saying we must be like children...innocent. They have no sin. So of course if a baby dies or even a young child, they are automatically going to heaven. Think about it...how can you follow a religion that is constantly changing? How many Popes "called by God" have passed through this world? Why follow a man who has flaws and makes mistakes. Follow the true God and Him only.
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@tombiz (2039)
• Philippines
4 May 07
And that is the power of the Catholic Church!! Imagine, in a single pronouncement with the approval of the Pope, a spiritual dimension could be deleted or even created. Whew! I hope the Pope has the power to just redefine the whole world we live in -- I mean I hope he could just pronounced the end of poverty, terrorism, dictatorship and all problems wracking humanity, in a single stroke of a pen. of course, Catholicism is never based on the Bible. So if you are a bible-believing and following person, don't get disappointed because Catholics are basing their faith in tradition. And tradition could change from time to time. They could formulate new explanations of many things. Hey, the Catholic Church has that power because the true head of the Church (Christ) had already resigned and voluntarily give his full powers (in heaven and earth) to the papacy. I am laughing. Catholic faith is a very big joke. A joke to the tune of a billion followers. Even a billion could be wrong.
@DeenaD (2688)
• United States
6 May 07
Without tradition and a central teaching authority, the Church fragments into a bewildering array of sects. We do not believe that this is what Jesus intended. IMO, you should not base your faith on your own individual and likely-flawed interpretation of what you have read, or on the warm fuzzies you get at church. The fact is that Jesus DID leave a teaching authority here (in the form of an early priesthood), and he said he would send the Holy Spirit to guide it. Did he renege on his promise?
• United States
7 May 07
But, too many religions rely more on MAN'S traditions then God's word. They tend to lean on those traditions and forget the truth and what God thinks about many things. Men are full of error. That is why the Pope continues to change his mind concerning many factors. God's word is the only thing we need to be using as our sole basis. If we rely mostly on men and their traditions, then we are all doomed.
@DeenaD (2688)
• United States
6 May 07
Two things: (1) Limbo was not official church doctrine anyway. It was more of a idea philosphers toyed around with in the Middle Ages, and a "popular" belief upheld by local priests and nuns. (2) Christianity does NOT teach that babies are born innocent. For their first moment, they are conceived and born already tainted with the sin of their first parents, known as original sin. This is why we need a Savior in the first place.
• United States
7 May 07
Original sin again is a Catholic thing. We are not born with sin, we choose to sin throughout our lives. Because we choose to sin, we need a Savior. We are not punished for things our "first parents" did. If your great grandfather committed murder, does that mean that as soon as you're born you're sent to jail and sentenced to life in prison? When we are born, we are pure. How can God look upon a baby and say they have sin? Babies are not held accountable because they are sinless, therefore not needing baptism. To have sin you must realize what sin is. Babies are not aware of this. To be saved from sin you must be able to repent and confess your sins. Babies are unable to do this. And like I say above, God requires us to be innocent like little children. Innocent=pure=sinless. Therefore, God did not consider children to have sin.
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@DeenaD (2688)
• United States
7 May 07
I am quite sure you are wrong about original sin being just a "Catholic" thing. I am quite sure it is a basic premise of Christianity in general. I will try to open this up as a new discussion to get more people involved. Look for and feel free to post a comment there.
• United States
12 May 07
We are all born with sin. The thing is God does not hold that to young children and babies (or even those with severe mental handicaps) until they reach the age of accountability. They need to know right from wrong before God will hold anything against them.
• Philippines
5 May 07
the only constant thing in this world is change as an old cliche goes. there are certain things that happen and they do for a reason.. for the betterment of all people concerned. all of us are entitled to deliver opinions and stand for our belief. we also have a so-called choice and that depends on our free will and faith..