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Response to beemer27 (Reply #4)

Fri Jul 8, 2016, 04:39 PM

5. Brings to mind Acts 15


What you were saying brought to mind this part of Acts 15;

Since we have heard that some of us, whom we did not commission, have gone out and have troubled you with words, unsettling your minds, saying, “You must be circumcised and keep the law,” it seemed good to us, being assembled in unity, to send chosen men to you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, men who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore we have sent Judas and Silas, who will also speak to you, saying the same things. For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to put on you no greater burden than these necessary things: Abstain from food offered to idols, from sexual immorality, from strangled animals, and from blood. If you keep yourselves from these, you will do well. Farewell. (Acts 15:24-29)

I think what they're basically saying was converts didn't need to do all that extraneous stuff, that there's just a few things they needed to do. I think they recognized that if the faith didn't adapt, if they made it too difficult to become part of the new faith that Christ started then it wouldn't work out in the long run, that the faith wouldn't grow and spread without converts from outside of Judaism.

I think it's what some of the best Popes of the last 100 years saw - that the Catholic church was laying down to many heavy burdens that benefited no one and wasn't keeping up with the times. They saw that in order for the faith to survive it must adapt and dispense with the burdens that really didn't do anything good. Of course the conservative reactionaries have been trying to stop that from happening even before the Second Vatican Council. And now are throwing fits that there's a Pope in charge who at least wants to see some adaptation to modern times on the part of the church.

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