It is written: “I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future” -Jeremiah 29:11
“For you used to be like sheep gone astray, but now you have turned to the Shepherd, who watches over you.” -1 Kefa (1 Peter) 2:25; (Isaiah 53:6); Jewish New Testament, David H. Stern
The Popes and the Roman persuasion throughout History have been very fallible, and, thus, offending the world at large to the offer of abundant life in Christ, Messiah Yeshua who is true and without defect (sin). There are far too many misguided Christians that have not learned directly from Jesus (Hebrews 7:24-25). From the very beginning, the power of Western Christendom was based on hierarchical power not based on Holy Scripture. Neither the Pope nor America has done justice to the Biblical Jewish teaching of covenant. The Bible emphatically teaches that trust must be earned… clearly the Jews have reason to be suspicious of many! Real Christians have exclusively unfailing love for Israel!
Blasphemous Replacement Theology Word of Caution: The Roman Pontiff claims supreme and universal power over the whole Church (CCC 881, 882); however, Jesus himself is head of His Church through His Holy Spirit! Know that all of the Pope’s eternal Salvation comes from the Lord Jesus Christ!
The Fourteenth century “Disputations.” These Disputations were public debates forced on the Jews by their Catholic oppressors. A Disputation might occur when a Catholic bishop sent his storm troopers into a nearby synagogue and dragged the local rabbi into the public square. The rabbi would then be forced to defend the Jewish faith on the spot. If the rabbi lost the local Jewish population could be forcibly converted to Catholicism; if he won he could be charged with insulting the Catholic religion and be forced to flee for his life. The Disputation was really a no-win situation but most Jews would agree that becoming a refugee is preferable to being forcibly converted to Catholicism. -The Hebrew Yeshua vs. the Greek Jesus, Nehemia Gordon
Inevitably there came the temptations of power and prosperity within the [Roman Catholic, “Universal”] church and opposition to its growing power and prosperity from without. Then came the Reformation. Roman Catholic scholars readily admit that there were corrupt individuals within the church, that many of its members had sinned and that some of its hierarchy had done wrong, and that reform was necessary. Indeed, reform was under way before the Reformation broke; Martin Luther himself was a Catholic reformer within the church before he became a Protestant. Erasmus and Savonarola wrote and preached against the corruption and worldliness of certain Roman Catholic leaders and laymen, but they stayed within the church. That all these reformers had a case against the members of the Roman Church is not denied by the Roman Catholics; they do, however, maintain that while priests and bishops and even popes may err, the one true church cannot err, and that Luther was wrong in rebelling against the church. But rebel he did, and the Roman Church suffered its most fateful division. There were, too, other reasons for the revolt. There was the growth of nationalism and secularism, the ambitions of political princes and rulers with great personal ambitions who wanted no interference from the church. And there was the Renaissance, with its revival of Greek and Roman pagan influences and emphases. All these forces worked together to produce the Reformation; even the Counter Reformation already at work within the structure of the Roman Church, which came to a head in the Council of Trent, could not stop it, for the Protestant insistence upon Christ as the head of the Christian church, the Bible as its authority, the Holy Spirit as its inspiration, the fellowship of its membership as its strength, personal experience in Christ as the way to salvation, and the right of individual interpretation of the Scriptures denied too much of the authority and dogma of Roman Catholic church for any compromise to be effective. -Protestant Churches, Handbook of Denominations, Frank S. Mead, pg 196; © 1961
The Roman Catholic Church supported chivalry (medieval knighthood) and feudalism (the economic end social system in which land, worked by serfs, was held by vassals in exchange for military and other services to overlords).” –Handbook of Denominations, Frank S. Mead
“[The] feared fighting machine in Christendom-besides their military prowess they also possessed immense wealth and political power, becoming bankers and credit brokers to Medieval Europe and the allies of kings and popes. –The Templars by Edward Burman
“By the 12th century the Roman Catholic Church had become the world’s most powerful institution. It used its unlimited religious and political power to set up and depose kings and queens. It taxed people mercilessly and confis cated property to become the richest institution on earth. The pope offered crusading armies riches and eternal bliss to kill Muslims, heretics, and anyone who rejected papal supremacy.” -Mike Gendron