Do we prevent somebody being hurt by superstition or faith by rejecting and challenging those things? 

Is it mistaken to support organised religion in membership or donations?

If people do good because they are human, not because God prompts them then is it right to risk giving God any credit when they alone own their good?

 


CATHOLIC MASS IS AN IDOLATROUS SACRIFICE?
 
The Mass is the Roman Catholic rite in which bread and wine are believed to be turned into the body and blood of Jesus Christ on the altar by the priest.  Jesus during his last supper said over bread, "Take and eat . This is my body given up for you." And over wine, "Take and drink. This is my blood shed for the pardon of sins. Do this in memory of me." The priest re-enacts this during Mass thus causing the alleged transformation of bread and wine into Jesus who is presumed to be God in human flesh.

The Mass however is considered to be principally a sacrifice. The death of Jesus for sinners so that they might be forgiven is supposedly made present at Mass when the bread first and then the wine are changed. It is made present for the priest and the congregation to offer it to God.  Christians are paying for their salvation with the blood of Jesus. They are paying for it by his murder and agony.  It is striking how fanatical and extreme and barbaric and evil this doctrine is.

The Bible doctrine of idolatry is simple. To adore something as divine when it is not is idolatry. This simple doctrine dismisses such rationalisations as, "Deep down they mean to adore God but they just see him darkly." Idolatry is condemned as an utter evil in the Bible despite its occasionally beautiful trappings. Lots of the pagan gods were really just like Catholic saints - they had to go to a power higher than themselves in order to get help for those who honoured them. But they were still severely condemned. Lots of the gods were nice enough. Idolatry is not necessarily the worship of evil - it can be the worship of a good being instead of or more than God.
 
The Christian faith teaches that Jesus offered his blood as a sacrifice for sin. He gave his life to atone and to save us and this alone saves us. So it follows that we need to be cleaned from sin by his sacrifice in order to mean to worship God as God. Otherwise we end up worshipping what we think he is. We worship what we want good to be. Wanting to worship a God who fits our version of good does not mean we worship only a God who is prepared to do what we want. We like a bit of discipline if it is we who are calling the shots. It is not really discipline then though. It is just something we need to tolerate in order to be able to appreciate pleasure and happiness better. It makes our idolatry more poisonous and more subtle. It is more accurate to describe the work of Jesus as redeeming us from idolatry than as redeeming us from sin (though sin is a form of idolatry).
 
Catholics say the Mass redeems them from sin for it is the sacrifice of the cross.
 
If the sacrifice of Jesus is not really present at Mass then Catholics are trusting the Mass to forgive their sins and atone for them. If Jesus died to save us from sin, the Mass is a counterfeit of that sacrifice. The Bible never mentions the notion that something that happened years ago can be literally be made present today. This alone shows the Mass may contradict the Bible. The idolatry of trusting a fake sacrifice for sin would be far more dangerous than simply going to an idol to tell it your problems. The Mass can be understood as an (at best unwitting) attempt to murder Jesus over again assuming that it is impossible to make a past event present.
 
Priests cannot forgive sins when they try to use the Mass to empower their alleged absolution.
 
The Church says that sacrifice is about paying homage and honour to God and indicating that all things are his to do with as he pleases. It says that it does not see the sacrifice as an attempt to get God's favour. The pagans only offered sacrifices to their gods not because they loved the gods but to get blessings from the gods. How mercenary! But nonetheless, the Catholic Church DOES try to use the Mass to manipulate God's will. The First Friday Masses are said to guarantee that you will get to Heaven no matter what you do for God will arrange it so that you will repent in the end. And you have Masses to St Rita of Cascia. The Church says no prayer to her is refused no matter how impossible it seems.
 
The Church makes money from the Mass. Many silly people pay for this sacrifice. The Church cashes in on Jesus' murder. Masses were blatantly sold in the past and this is less flagrant today. But it still happens.

The Church teaches that the priest must complete communion to complete the sacrifice. If he takes the cup and no host and if he takes the host and no cup then there is no sacrifice. You can read the authoritive Mediator Dei, 112). This doctrine proves that bread and wine changing into Jesus does not mean necessarily that there is a sacrifice. Worse, it is up to the priest to turn the ritual into a sacrifice. This is not religion but magic.