The Vatican Conspiracy
Many conspiracies have been told about what transpires behind the walls of the Vatican City. The conspiracies are based on leaked information or here say of many journalists who purport that the Catholic Church is hiding behind the veil of Christianity to accomplish its ultimate purpose of global dominion with a satanic agenda.
Here is yet another one on how the Catholic Church is a facade of human political power leveraging on gospel doctrines. This conspiracy is sorely based on keen observation of the history of the Catholic Church.
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Truth is relative and reason above all things may allow you to find the truth for yourself in this disclosure. Before you jot this down as one of the many conspiracies, allow me to tell you a story. Whether you believe it or not is purely up to you but never let faith get in the way of reason.
The story begins with the arrival of the Messiah whose work is the sole center of the church philosophy. After his ascension to heaven, Christ appoints Peter as the lead apostle among other apostles to spread the world to all nations, a noble cause indeed which took an abrupt turnaround when Roman politics was intertwined with religious doctrines.
Rome Senate, the paragon of political excellence legislated Christianity to become the state religion of the Roman Empire. The move was necessitated by the growing influence of Christianity over the mostly pagan Roman Empire inhabitants. Popes who had no temporal powers had thus acquired substantial influence equivalent to temporal rulers.
Roman Emperor Constantine had the greatest influence in the spread of Christianity. After attributing his victory to the Christian God when he became emperor, he issued the Edict of Milan which mandated the acceptance of all religions in the Roman Empire. Further to that, he heavily taxed other pagan religions whereas granting the church tax liberty and allocating them money and land. This led to the other pagan doctrines washing out and the church taking their roles as care taker of the poor. From here the strength of the church only grew and at one point they were the largest land owners in the Western world.
As Christianity grew, inconsistencies in the doctrines had to be stream-lined. Synods were convened like the First Council of Nicaea to discuss matters of doctrine inconsistencies. The Roman Emperor was always in attendance in most of the Synod meetings hence influence of temporal powers on spiritual faith is evident. The alterations in the biblical canon and holy trinity doctrine during earlier periods of Christianity are some of the results of the above Synod meetings which are still on going to this very day.
The final biblical canon that is in print today was decided by the Council of Carthage while the Council of Chalcedon adopted the Chalcedonian definition which led to the break of the Oriental Orthodoxy with the Catholic Church. The Chalcedonian definition which states that Christ the son was acknowledged in two natures; the human form and divine form which integrated into one person contradicted with the Oriental Orthodoxy Miaphysite definition which holds that the human and divine nature of Jesus Christ are unified and never in two forms.
Then came the renaissance age where the Catholic Church underwent massive transformation in acquiring temporal powers for the Pope. Under this age three popes arose from the House of Medici. The House of Medici was an Italian banking family who owned the Medici bank and had substantial political influence in Florence. The Medici became popes not from their religious beliefs but rather from their political connections.
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Pope Leo X of the House of Medici who failed to accomplish implementation of the Fifth Council of the Lateran recommendations led the church to wage war that extremely damaged the church finances. The need for church to wage political warfare in the name of gospel dominion is a true depiction of the church façade. Following the low finances, the pope was liberal to any indulgences that led to more financing for the church.
The indulgences allowed the church to reduce punishment for sin at a fee. Martin Luther started the protestant revolution following the writing of the ninety-five theses in disputation on the power of indulgences. Luther rejected that forgiveness of sin from the Almighty could be purchased with worldly money. This again is a confirmation of the fallacy of Catholic doctrine. Currently, Christian donate to the church in terms of offerings and tithes which is but a more convenient way of making you pay out of your pocket rather than asking you to pay for forgiveness.
The next notable phase of the Catholic Church was the break up with the Protestant Church of England which was instigated by the need of King Henry VIII to annul his marriage with Catherine of Aragon. The Catholic Church refused to ratify the annulment due to political rather than religious grounds.
The next major challenge for the Catholic Church came during the age of enlightenment. Unlike the protestant revolution which only questioned part of the Christian doctrine, enlightenment questioned Christianity doctrine as a whole. The age of enlightenment advocated reasoning over divine revelation. Great works on religion like age of reason by Thomas Paine were written during this age. Enlightenment age resulted in several wars waged by the Catholic Church supported by temporal rulers to oust reason based religions.
While all this is happening, the Catholic Church is amassing significant wealth allowing it to fund missionary emissaries. The missionaries spread Christianity to South and North America working hand in hand with significant temporal rulers like Portuguese and Spanish governments. The church gained mass followers and admiration following their stand on slavery and governments’ domination over the people. The missionaries followed the colonialists into Africa building churches, schools and hospitals. The missionaries always gained favor since they seemed to fight for the rights of the natives while colonialists plundered their wealth.
The other significant age of the Catholic Church was during World War II. The church condemned the invasion of Poland and the persecution of the Jews. Hatred for the Nazi only increased the love for the church; by the end of the war, the church had significantly increased its influence on the world’s population.
The Catholic Church continued to amass significant wealth and influence on the world population to this very day. There were several synod meetings like the Council of Trent, First Vatican Council and Second Vatican Council that shaped the continuous evolution of the Church to what it is today.
So much for the history of the church, let us now examine why the church doctrine may be a fallacy. From the above stated history, much criticism can be derived from the church structure, doctrine and nature.
The early church structure was greatly influenced by temporal powers especially during the Roman time. Change of church structure by worldly ruler’s power ambition was a usual occurrence in the early church. Rise of Popes who were not believers also contributed to the loss of direction of the church. The separation of the church and state has been an ever rising issue that remains unresolved today.
On the case of the doctrine, much alteration has been done over time to suit the ever-changing perspective of the world. The synod meetings have been and are being convened to meet the ever-changing demands of the Christian population. For example, the current church leadership is battling the issue of sexuality. The current Pope, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, has been extremely liberal on the issue of homosexuality and it is just a matter of time before it is accepted into the Christian doctrine.
In conclusion the whole doctrine of the Catholic Church is extremely questionable. The church has continuously evolved by changing its nature to suit the ever-changing needs for its followers. The church is hiding a lot of truth from its followers who blindly accept all this on the basis of faith. The underlying agenda of the Catholic Church may be acquisition of temporal powers by using the Christian doctrine to lure believers. The Catholic Church is but a more advanced Cult just like all other misplaced Cults who believe that their gospel is the true doctrine.
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