So that means you, me, the Pope, and even those gone on before us, Mother Theresa, for instance, we are all equal in the sight of God. God is no respecter of persons, His Word says so, again in black and white for you and I to see. Down through the generations back to the first Man and Woman, Adam and Eve. A sinful nature is within us. We are sinners by virtue of inheritance. The Pope included. We all walk on this earth and have the same sinful nature, the Pope included. We're all of equal position in the category of sin. In times past, prophets were chosen by God and anointed into their position. God usually chose a man whom man would not have chosen. There was no papal conclave in which men chose a leader whom God would use to speak to his people.
We do not need an elected Man to speak to God in our behalf for us. We can go directly to the High Priest in heaven ourselves.
Jesus is our High Priest of the order of Melchizedek, and Jesus, the Messiah, of the tribe of Judah is also our King and Savior.
To put it bluntly. unlike the Pope, Jesus never retires, never grows old or tired, never will he need to be replaced by a successor. Forever he will he be The High Priest. There's no higher position in all the universe and heavens. And to add to that, he wants to personally know you and for you know him. He's bled for you, prayed for you, took brutal beatings, endured extreme humiliation, and ultimately he was cruelly sacrificed and died for you. He's proven his love for you and God has accepted all Jesus did. Jesus being perfect, and God being well- pleased with all he did is proof that Jesus is the Son of God and was sent to us so we would not have to die spiritually, but have life and be at peace with God.
The retiring Pope has introduced some 'cracks' in the notion of the Pope being infallible. But the question still remains regarding God has no respecter of persons ' Who will pay for the Pope's sins? Even the Levis, had to offer sacrifices for their sins as well.
|Vatican City, where the Pope resides|
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Many claim it's Biblical to have a Pope as the head leader of the Catholic Church.
But the Pope needs saving as a sinner just the same as you and I. Read this question and answer regarding the infallibility of the position of Pope vs, the person, the Pope.
For an opposing point of view, see this writing for points made of the false doctrine on papal infallibility and on Peter not being the first Pope.
Peter, the apostle was imperfect. He needed a Savior.
God's Word is sharper than a two-edged sword and will stand the test of time. God's Holy Word is infallible. Jesus is infallible.
Another link for questions regarding the Catholic Church, Mary, etc.
My question regarding Mary being without sin, goes back to saying there is no person without sin, and if they claim to be, they are lying. Mary was born to parents who were sinners by human nature and her grandparents and all the way back were sinners. She may have lead a godly life and had a heart pleasing to God, but she was human and henceforth, a sinner just like every other man, woman and child.
|Mother Mary with infant Jesus|
Photo credit: anon from morguefile.com
Mary was in need of a Savior, too.
Click here to see what the Bible says about the virgin Mary.
Here are some interesting points pertaining to the story at a wedding feast, Mary brings it to Jesus' attention that the wine has run out. Mary knows to go to Jesus to make things right and she tells the servants to do whatever he tells them to do. Click here for some interesting points regarding this story.
Jesus is the only person born who was and is without sin. He knew no sin but was counted as sin for our sake.
Thank God for his perfect plan to send part of himself to be born of flesh to be the perfect sacrificial Lamb and be given for the sake of our souls for all eternity. Thank the Holy Spirit for raising Him from the dead. He is alive and we are with him as well when we believe, accept, and put our trust and faith upon the One whom the angels sing and worship, our Lord, the Messiah, our Savior, Jesus the Christ.
And in case you hadn't thought about it, you are in need of a Savior as well.
Want to receive God's forgiveness, get a fresh new start, and receive the promises of God with a ticket to heaven and have eternal life. You can have it no matter your history or your past faults. All it takes is believing you can't save your self and believing Jesus is who he says he is and asking him to be the Lord and Savior of your heart and life. It's your second birth- this time of your spirit. The beginning of your new life in Christ. Let it start and grow and blossom as you begin a fresh start in which you will be at peace with the Heavenly Father with Jesus as your friend. Watch short vid with Charles Stanley-
Remember you can't work, or pray or buy your way into heaven or into God's good graces. It's only through the saving grace of Jesus. It's what Jesus did for you. Period. Nothing else. But once you're saved you can do good works as glory unto God for all He's done for you. It's like bringing a present to present to the one who's having the birthday. You won't want to go to heaven empty-handed and stand before Jesus and nothing to present to him. But only works done by those who's sins are wiped away will stand the fire and be worthwhile.
Until next time,
I remain on my daily journey following the One who IS High and Mighty.