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Part 1: Defense against Catholic Bashers, for the summarily misinformed

Take just one pill, brethren, and you'll instantly become born-again and forever saved!!!!!!!  ... not  

Reality Check Time:  The caption above is the lazy man's doctrine, where you never prove your dedication to Christ, and where you never increase your capacity for love.  So, we need to begin with a general outline of the history of Protestantism, during its beginning decades.

Martin Luther was regarded as the pivotal founder of Protestantism.   He was presented as a strong, healthy, clear-mind advocate of Freedom-of-thought, with no mental illness within him.  He was the poster boy of bashing Catholics endlessly, being that he called the Roman Catholic Church the Whore of Babylon.  

Well, medical academia has written on Luther's "well documented medical condition."  It appeared to have been ignored by his modern-day propagandists.  It would be beneficial for humanity to be forewarned of this, in light of the mass media propaganda that "flies through the air with the greatest of ease," these days.  

The Anti-Catholic propaganda of the 19th Century "Know-Nothing" Political Party is being perpetuated again today, at the speed of electrons.  You need to know about their mentor.  Luther was also the mentor of the early Nazis, to the point of appearing in a 1933 Nazi Poster, as the great teacher of Germany.   The photo below is of the 1933 poster, itself.  It states:

                   “Hitler's Kampf und Luther's Lehr Des deutschen Volkes gute Wehr."                           "Hitler’s struggle and Luther’s teaching are the German people’s sure defense."

Above: The original Nazi of the Fatherland who called Jews "the Devil Incarnate" in a 1543 letter and who additionally stated in another writing that all the Jews should be deported from Germany ... by government officials ... and not by the common folk. Well, there was one German government who took Luther up on his directive, and you know the rest, in  photographic detail.

While Hitler's people were trying to be good Nazis, they regarded Luther as a damn good Nazi.   The link below is that of the abstract of "Martin Luther's Seizure Disorder."  It was written in German and published in 1989.   An abstract is a relatively brief intro to a peer-reviewed paper.

                                            https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/2529669/

The following link is of the abstract of the peer-reviewed medical paper written about Luther which was written in Japan and published in 2011.  It concurs with the previous paper.  And it can't be called a product of Roman Catholic prejudice, being that it comes from the opposite side of the world, in a country that sent Roman Catholicism underground from 1620 to 1873, making it invisible there for centuries.

                                         https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22586892/

Then comes the abstract of  Martin Luther's Attitude toward the Mentally Retarded, published in Volume 41, Issue 5, of Pediatrics Magazine, in 1968.  It should have stated, Martin Luther's "deadly" attitude.  We see why Luther was regarded as a damn good Nazi, to the point of being made a Nazi Party poster boy in 1933, directly before the rise of Adolph Hitler.  After the death of Hindenberg (August 2nd, 1934), Hitler pressed the "top floor" button on his political elevator, and you know the rest.

https://publications.aap.org/pediatrics/article-abstract/41/5/944/44482/MARTIN-LUTHER-S-ATTITUDE-TOWARD-THE-MENTALLY?redirectedFrom=fulltext

It is written in Sacred Scripture that "there is nothing hidden that will not become visible, and nothing secret that will not be known and come to light."  Luke 8:17. 

Enter Reality, Stage Center

At the outset, know this:  [1] Martin Luther added the word, ALONE, to the phrase, "Faith suffices."  The specific scriptural passage that Luther misrepresented was the one which stated that those who believe in Christ no longer have to follow the Law of Moses and all of its animal sacrifices.  Jesus ended the law for animal sacrifices.  And then Titus ended the ability for animal sacrifice, when he leveled Jerusalem to the ground.

[1b] There were 616 coded regulations in the Law of Moses, and Paul simply stated in writing that you don't have to follow them any longer.  That codification was put to rest, by the coming of the Messiah.  Luther completely distorted that scriptural passage, by adding one word which changed the entire meaning of it.  That word did NOT appear in the Vulgate (which see.) 

Of course, when telling people about how wrong Catholic doctrine is, the Evangelicals - Baptists - Pentecostals heavily quote the Epistles of St. Paul.  Well, St. Peter had wisdom about this, 1,421 years before Martin Luther was even born.

 And consider the patience of our Lord as salvation, as our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, also wrote to you,  16  speaking of these things as he does in all his letters.  In them, there are some things hard to understand that the ignorant and unstable distort to their own destruction, just as they do the other scriptures.  2 Peter, Ch. 3, v. 15 - 16.

In addition, Luther wanted to ban the Epistle of James from of the Bible, as much as the Nazis wanted to ban Einstein's book on Special & General Relativity.  That is the epistle which states, "So also faith of itself, if it does not have works, is dead." James 2:17  And also . . .  

"For just as a body without a spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead." James 2:26.   

In response to the claim that Catholics buried the Bible, never used it, and hid it from humanity:

[2a] Catholics officially use the Bible and teach the Bible far more often during any one day & any one year than do Protestants, ~as in the Divine Office (aka the Liturgy of the Hours) 8 times daily, ~at Sunday Mass 3 times each Mass, ~ at weekday Mass, 2 times per Mass, and in ~classroom instruction, being that there are far more Catholic schools in all levels of academia than there are Protestant ones, throughout the world.  

[2b] The Catholic Church preserved the Bible, to the point of making handwritten copies of it throughout the centuries.  Catholics were regularly doing this long before the word, Protestant, was ever spoken.  You don't spend 2,000 years making copies of the Bible just so that you can suppress it and hide it from humanity.  If the Catholic Church wanted to hide the Bible from the People, it would have simply stopped making copies of the Bible. 

[2c] All in all, if it were not for the Catholic Church, there would be no New Testament, in the first place. After all, there was no such thing as Protestantism for the first 1,450  years of Christianity.  Yet, the Bible was in full use throughout that entire time ... even with stained-glass window illustrations of Bible passages, on chapels, churches, and cathedrals.

[2d] Furthermore, Protestants are the ultimate Bible Frauds and Bible Hypocrites who refuse to follow the teachings of the Bible whenever the Bible infringes upon their lusts.  The ultimate example is in the Biblical teaching on the Indissolubility of Marriage.   Observe:

Christ expressly said, Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her;  and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.” Mark 10:11 ... Matthew 19:9 ... Luke 16:18   

Plus, the Letter of Paul to the Corinthians, at 7:10-11, states: To the married, however, I give this instruction (not I, but the Lord):  A wife should not separate from her husband.   11 — and if she does separate, she must either remain single or become reconciled to her husband — and a husband should not divorce his wife.

There is also the Book of the Prophet Malachi, Chapter 2, verses 15 to 16:::   "... and do not break faith with the wife of your youth.  16 For I hate divorce, says the LORD, the God of Israel"

Despite the undeniable proof that the Indissolubility of Marriage is completely Biblical, the Protestants have "divorce & remarriage," to their eternal detriment.  There are other examples that were cited in other discourses, at the Heart of the Virgin Mary, concerning Protestant Biblical Hypocrisy.   The lesson here is that, despite their centuries of sanctimonious Sola Scriptura Bible-only centrality  ======>

Protestants aren't the Sola Scriptura, Bible-only people they make themselves out to be.  Protestants are "the Bible-only-when-it's-convenient" people.

Now for the big, pivotal, and decisive question:  The Big Q:  What did Martin Luther himself say about Marriage?  ANS:  "Marriage is a contract.  You can always get out of a contract."

The truth is that Marriage is a COVENANT.  It's the living image of Christ's indissoluble covenant with the only church he has ever founded.  There is only one Jesus Christ.  There can only be one bride of Christ.  And there can only be one doctrine of the one and only Jesus Christ.   

It is never a matter of picking and choosing what you please amongst the Bible passages.  It's a matter of defining who the one Christ is.  Christ is changeless.  He's not going to change himself for Martin Luther.  Martin Luther has no power over him.  You should not act as if he does.  The Jesus Christ of 1521 CE was the Christ of 1221 and 821 and 421 CE.  Martin Luther described a Christ who was not defined that way by the Church magisterium in 1221 CE, 821, 421, or even in the Year 41. 

[3] In the 1520s & 1530s, Lutheranism was only established by law ... by edict ... by decree, and not by popular demand.  After all, it was too new of a religion to win a popularity contest.  Wherever Lutheranism was established by law, Catholicism was made illegal.  Thus, there was no freedom of thought with Lutheranism, at all.   Calvinism was the same.

[4] Moreover, a notable number of Catholic priests and non-ordained "religious" were martyred by Calvinists, even to the tune of 40 Jesuit seminarians and priests in Brazil, in one fell swoop ... and also by Dutch Calvinist pirates in Europe.  [5] In addition, at the end of the 19th Century, the cause for canonization was underway for 359 Roman Catholic martyrs under the reign of Henry VIII.   There's more.  There's much more, such as this reality:  The super epic Church Reformer was . . .  Saint Francis of Assisi.  And he was a very gentle person who accomplished all he did before bone cancer took him away, at the age of 43 ... or 44.

In as much, if you don't have a fear of the truth, and if you don't have a resentment for the Truth, then let's go to it.   Q:  Go to what, actually?  ANS:  The summit of truth.

First Truth:  The greatest & most epic Church Reformer of all time was Saint Francis of Assisi, and he was a very gentle person, as was his companion in Faith, Claire of Assisi, as well as his personal friend Saint Dominic de Guzm├ín, a major league reformer of the Church, in his own right.  The Catholic Church is arrayed with reformers.  Evil enters into society and someone counters the evil.  Are you still able to "handle it" and not go into an anti-Catholic freak-out?   Then go to Part 2.   If not, then go to a psychiatrist before you hurt someone.

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Part 2 of 7 parts ==>  http://www.theheartofmary.com/2023/02/summit-of-truth2.html

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