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Who Died and Made Him Pope?

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from Yahoo News:

"Everyone loves Pope Francis. The statement is at this point so banal that it makes you want to stop reading here. Forget Time and Rolling Stone; President Obama is a Francis fan-boy. But if Francis’s popularity is rooted in his down-to-earth humility and man-of-the-people mentality, his authority is rooted in his position as occupant of the throne of St. Peter ...

"But what if Peter never went to Rome and was never the first Bishop of Rome? What if the idea of a Supreme Pontiff emerged hundreds of years after Peter’s death?

"This is precisely what a new book by Fordham University theology professor George Demacopoulos proposes. In The Invention of Peter, Demacopoulos argues that Peter never visited the city of Rome, never founded a church there, and was not the first Pope. In fact, the very idea of Peter as the Supreme Pontiff and leader of a worldwide church is a much later idea that took its rise in the ecclesial politics of the fifth century.

"The evidence for Peter visiting—much less dying in—Rome is pretty thin on the ground. It simply never comes up in the New Testament: the Acts of the Apostles, our first history of the Jesus movement, never mentions Peter journeying to Rome. And when Paul nervously greets the Christian community there in his Letter to the Romans, he never refers to Peter’s presence in the city. In the two letters attributed to Peter in the New Testament the author is said to be writing 'from Babylon.' Babylon could be a euphemism for Rome or it could just be a metaphor for imagined exile ..."

http://news.yahoo.com/died-made-him-pope-104500443--politics.html

"nervously," "imagined exile"? But doesn't Babylon clearly represent Rome in Revelation 17:1-6 (see also 1 Peter 5:13).

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Praying For The Beloved Still Within The RCC

 

If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. John 8:36

 

For Jesus Loves Them So

 

But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. John 5:8

 

However

 

Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; 1 Timothy 4:1

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Whether the Bible shows Peter in Rome or not is inconsequential.  The Bible doesn't even mention some of the Disciples and a great many of the apostles lived, served and died, and you know absolutely nothing about them (there were hundreds).

 

So, I personally don't care if the Bible mentions it or not.  All I know is that history seems to suggest that Peter was killed by Rome.  That means either he went, or was taken their for trial.

 

... or did ya'll forget that it was the foolish emperor Neru who set fire to Rome and then blamed it on Christians, sparking a wave of persecution and hatred?  Don't forget about that little bit of history, because it is more important than you realize.

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... or did ya'll forget that it was the foolish emperor Neru who set fire to Rome and then blamed it on Christians, sparking a wave of persecution and hatred?  Don't forget about that little bit of history, because it is more important than you realize.

 

 

It goes on even today....

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