Is the assumed authority of the Roman Catholic Church world-wide based on a mis-translation of the words of Jesus Christ?

GOD exists and as our creator deserves our full respect. All glories to God in the most high.

I have great respect for the original teachings of Lord Jesus Christ.

I have great respect for the many good people within the Roman Catholic Church (RCC) and all good people in all religions, and all the good people that are not a member of religious institution  – for one does not need to be a member of a religious institution to worship GOD.

This article is not an attack on all these good people. This article is not meant to offend these good people – please accept my apologies if I have offended you in some way in this article.

Yet it is obvious to many people that there is corruption within the RCC and there has been over the centuries and in this article I will express some of my concerns with the RCC

These concerns include:

  • the Church Council of Nicea in 325 AD made changes to the doctrine of the original doctrine/teachings of Jesus Christ. Why?
  • Why has the RCC not allowed the teaching/dissemination of the Christian Gnostic Gospels / Gnostic scriptures or the Dead Sea Scrolls, these important scriptures describe the early church of Jesus Christ and its teachings and make first hand references to Jesus and his teachings, and the teachings of the Judaic Essenes (various historical sources refer to Jesus as an Essene). The Gnostic and Dead Sea Scriptures were originally part of the Christian Literary tradition but were later considered heretical by the Institution of the RCC, so I have to ask the question why?
  • why is 18 years of the life of Lord Jesus Christ missing from the modern-day Bible?
  • There is evidence that many freemasons are within the institutional hierarchy? (see my previous post on this subject) if it was a purely Godly institution they would be quickly expunged. Why have they not been expelled?
  • The RCC’s translation of Matthew 16.18 appears to be incorrect and suspect. The main focus of this article is on this translation and the immense implications of this incorrect translation.

 

Matthew 16:18

The following quote is a very important fulcrum. Yet it appears to me that many Christians have entirely misinterpreted it. It appears to be the single quote on which the entire basis of the authority of the RCC is based, but upon close examination it also appears to me to be incorrect translation.

The Bible says that Jesus said to Peter: in Matthew 16:18.

“And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”

Lets take a closer look at the original scripture and its translation. Jesus originally spoke Aramaic which was later translated to Greek and then later to English. This knowledge and study of the translation enables the realisation that Jesus did not actually say the word “church”. He said “ecclesia”, which means “assembly of free citizens”. There was no mention of a church building or the institutional power structure of the church, involving preists, bishops, cardinals etc, and no mention of the need for any rulers of the “ecclesia” assembly/congregation.

It is significant that this is the first occurrence of the word church (Ecclesia) in the New Testament, the only passage but one Matthew 18.17 in which it is found in the whole cycle of our Lord’s recorded teaching. Its use was significant. Partly, doubtless, it came with the associations which it had in the Greek of the Old Testament, as used for the “assembly” or “congregation” of the Lord.

The Ecclesia Jesus spoke of was the assembly of devoted free citizens not a church institution, such as the RCC. The mere use of the term was accordingly a momentous step in the education of the disciples. He was its real Head and Founder; but, outwardly, it was to be what the word which He now chose described. It need hardly be said that the word ecclesia did not lend itself so readily as the English equivalent does to the idea of building, institutional power, preists, bishops, cardinals, Pope etc. This is the obvious meaning of the passage; and had it not been that the Church of Rome has abused it, and applied it to what was never intended.

The gates of hell shall therefore not prevail against the “assembly” or the “spirit of devotion of Christ’s devotees”. This appears to be nothing to do with a building or an institution or priests teaching an doctrine involving an adjustment of Jesus’s words. It is to do with the power of devotion that exists with our hearts for love of God, and of all those that love God – that of course also involves the millions of good people within the RCC and genuine priests and bishops etc, that are genuine devotees of God and of Jesus Christ. However, as we shall discover Jesus’s words correctly interpreted mean that the devoted people are the real church not an institutional organisation or institutional power hierararchy, such as the RCC.

This verse is often misunderstood because it is often misused. The words written in Greek show a relationship not so obvious in English. The verse also shows that Jesus is responding to Peter’s declaration that He is the Christ, the Son of the Living God. He declared Peter blessed for understanding this and insisted this understanding was given to Peter by God the Father (Matthew 16:13–17).

The RCC point to what Jesus says here as evidence that Jesus established Peter as the first holder of a special office in the church on earth. They believe and maintain Peter to have been the first Pope, that Jesus gave him a spiritual authority over the other disciples and all believers in this moment. According to that claim another incorrect interpretation is that, the “rock” Jesus will build on is Peter, himself.

However, there is an element of wordplay involved here. As written in Greek, Peter’s name is Petros, meaning “a rock” or “a stone,” and the word Jesus uses for the foundation is petra, which means “rock” in the sense of a substance or material. Jesus does not say “you are Petros, and on this Petros I will build…” nor does He say, “you are petra, and on this petra I will build.” Rather, He says “you are Petros [a stone], and on this petra [rock] I will build my church.” The rock on which God will establish His church is in the confession Peter has just made: that Jesus is “the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16).

I.e. According to Jesus Christ the real church (assembly of devoted citizens) is to based on the principle of Peter’s solid (rock like) devotion to Jesus Christ being the Son of God

This is clear from the original words of the scripture. So the RCC Bible is a mistranslation and is therefore suspect as it has been used extensively to justify church authority and control over Christians worldwide.

Peter certainly becomes the leader of the disciples and first spokesman for Christ in the earliest days of the church. Peter, though, is far from infallible and his faith falters on several occasions, both before Christ’s death and resurrection (Matthew 16:23) and during the time of the apostles (Galatians 2:11–14).

However, the church — the collection of all people who come to faith in Christ as Savior ––exists only because of the central truth that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of the living God. That is the power that keeps the gates of hell from overcoming those who are in Christ, His people, the church. Therefore people that are devotees of GOD are the real church, Jesus does not call for any specific institution to take control or assume or implement a power structure to rule over his devotees, he does not call for any institution or building, such the RCC.

Peter plays a vital role for a time, but eventually disappears even from the story of the church’s beginnings after Acts 16. Just as was promised, the foundation of God’s new covenant is not centered around any fallible person or place, but in the hearts and minds of each individual person (Hebrews 8:6–13).

Jesus also importantly said:

For where two or three meet in my name, I am there among them” (Matt 18.20)

This is the essence of his teachings (no building or institutional power hierarchy required).

The early church was based around what Jesus called the “spirit of truth”. This was the real spirit of early church in the first centuries after Jesus. The living Christ empowered those who met in his name. Those people were inspired by the spirit of truth and by the inner word (speaking with divine inspiration) as God is within us all.

“The kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17.20)

Being a noninstitutional system it had the advantage that it could not be misused by ambitious people seeking power and prestige. This was the original church of Jesus – these self-purifying circles were immune against infiltration and ambition. Those seeking institutional power over the centuries became frustrated by this and they had to destroy it and replace it with another system – and they eventually mostly did.

In addition, most people were not able to read in the early centuries and middle ages, so replacing the teachings of Jesus with the adjusted and in some ways self-serving written words of the church was in effect a trick. The written word was used as a means of manipulating people and only the priests were allowed to read the bible. The general masses were not allowed to read the bible so they became controlled by the priests – in some countries unauthorised reading of the bible was even punished by death.

The church became an institution of power and control and this was often fear-based. This was not the joyful connection with God that Jesus spoke about in assembly with others in spirit of Christ. The Church kept Jesus Christ’s original words away from the masses and inserted their own interpretations as a subtle means of power and control – with the premise that only priests were allowed read these words. This whole situation could be compared to the corporate media of today being used to control people.

(Aside: It appears to me that various orders of monks were more aligned with the original teachings of Christ but that subject is not within the scope of this article.)

When people eventually got to read the Bible in later times – they got to hear what Jesus said about the arrogance of priests. Jesus called a certain line of priests

“A brood of vipers” (Matt 3.7) and “murderers of the prophets” (Matt 21.45)

Jesus appears to have been somewhat of a rebel against the establishment of the priests/pharisees, for example, he also said:

“Destroy this temple”  (John 2:19), and Revelations 2.9; 3.9 refers to the “synagogue of Satan”

Note the following words/prophecy of Jesus that I believe are very relevant today and imply that people will return to the original path of worshiping God – a path that is external to any manmade institution and is internal to all of us:

“A time will come when the people will worship the father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem … a time will come, and it has already begun, when those who are truly devoted will worship the father in spirit and truth “(John 4.21, 23)

In summary, the institution of the RCC replaced the early original church of Jesus Christ, which was based on free assembly of citizens (Ecclesia). The early original church existed without being dictated to by instutional power figures such as priests, bishops, cardinals or Popes and was not subject to the written word adjustments of those in any institution, it was based on the joyful love of God and inner word inspiration of genuine devotees of Jesus Christ and therefore was infused with a genuine connection to Christ.

Jesus Christ did not call for an institutional power hierarchy of priest’s cardinals and Popes – I am open to seeing evidence to the contrary. In my humble analysis to be subservient to the control and instructions of such people even the good ones was not Jesus’s teaching.

You do not need to be in a building called a church to worship God – a spark of God is within you – it is all around you in nature – it is at the mass rock in the valley close to where I live – I do necessarily need to go into a building to worship God although I am happy to do that too, and I have often prayed and gave thanks to God in the churches of the RCC. Yet, the RCC is a world-wide institution that has usurped vast  power, vast money, changed Jesus’s teachings in subtle ways that appear to have to suited their own institutional purposes, and today, despite the many good people in the RCC, the evidence exists that the institutional power structure of the RCC has been infiltrated by paedophiles and Freemasons and the occult.

The true Christ is inherent in the name of Christ our Lord. Where Christ’s name is spoke purification occurs.

All that is needed is for people who love God to come together in prayer to praise Christ – when people come together in divine love of Christ, they create a powerful energy which brings them into resonance with spirit of God which is simultaneously inside us all and is external in his material kingdom and in his spiritual kingdom

“The father is in me and I in the father, remain in union with me as I remain in union with you – Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it is in union with the vine, neither can you unless you remain in union with me (with God)” John 10. 34..15.4

That union is invoked by simply calling the name of Christ our Lord. I have seen it, experienced it and one does not need to sit in a building called a church to do so. What need is evidenced for a building or a priest or bishop or cardinal or pope here in these words?

The modern-day church as an institution has become corrupted – genuine devotees of God are not corrupted and therefore the corrupted institution is not the real church by simple observation of this fact.

You cannot reform the church any more than you can reform other corrupted organisations. If you are trying to reform a flawed institution you are completely wasting your time.  No institution can be reformed completely.

All institutions attract people seeking power and control. FULL STOP

End times ?

And there has appeared the wicked one, the bringer of destruction. he is the adversary (i.e., the beast described in the apocalypse) and will take his seat Gods sanctuary, declaring himself to be God (2 Thess. 2.1-4)

“And the merchants of the earth are made rich by her” (Rev 18.9)

This is modern day globalism, corporatism and the privately owned banking sector.

“And deceived by her sorcery” (Rev 18.23)

For example, the corona virus deception or the banking deception and corporate media deceptions etc.

Luke 21.12 describes the prophecy that “you will be persecuted… because of my name (Christ)”

Yet true devotees of God need have no fear. The book of Joel (2.28) proclaims that a time will come when those receptive to the spirit of God will regain a state of expanded consciousness and universal awareness – this will happen previous to the end times “The great and terrible day of the Lord”

Jesus himself said:

“I still have many things to say to you, but they would be too much for you to bear now. However, when the spirit of truth comes, he will lead you to the complete truth “

Real religion is not a pulpit of false position, real religion is not simply giving two euros at mass on Sunday. Real religion is praising the name of Christ the Lord with your friends and family or on your own and having a personal relationship connection with God and God’s original teachings.

The word Religion – its original meaning is “relinking with God” – not relinking with an institutional autocracy of priests some of whom are interested in personal power (although many are also very good and well intentioned and I mean no offence to all true devotees of God).

In these turbulent times the key information is to call on Christ our Lord because Christ will provide shelter.

“and everyone who calls on the name of God shall be saved” (Joel 2.28)

All Glories to God !

I also recommend this little book by Stephen Rosen, which focuses on the mystical aspect of the religious journey. Its mandate is to highlight the harmony of spiritual truth, not the divisiveness that separates the various religious traditions.

 

Christ & Krishna: Where the Jordan Meets the Ganges