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"LARobert":2zvv4xlh wrote:
While the Pope is the Vicar of Christ, and the Supreme Head of the Church on Earth, he does not spend his day making infallible pronouncements on Scripture or any other issues. He does guide, teach and govern the Church, by virtue of the Authority given to Peter and his successors by Christ.[/quote:2zvv4xlh]
The position of a single, sinful man to lead millions of people is still based on misquoted Scripture. Because of Matthew 16:18-19, which reads [i:2zvv4xlh]And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.[/i:2zvv4xlh]
Catholics claim that the name “Peter” comes from the Latin word meaning “Rock.” It seems legitimate until one looks ahead a little bit [i:2zvv4xlh]Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.” ~Matthew 16:16-17[/i:2zvv4xlh] All in all, the Church was founded on the rock-like faith Peter had. It was built on “the ministry of the confession Peter made, in which he proclaims that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God.” (Tr 25) The Church was built his word, not the dude…

"LARobert":2zvv4xlh wrote:
While the Vulgate is looked to as the Primary and Official text of the Scriptures, there are any number of versions that are used in Scripture study. Prior to Dr. Luther there were a number of translations in both High and Low German, that the Catholic Church approved for reading by German Speaking countries, as well as dozens of French, Italian, a Bohemian, Slavonik, and Spanish versions that had the approbation of the Church. The main issue that prevented them from becoming widespread was the general illiteracy of the people[/quote:2zvv4xlh]
High and Low German are two different Germanic languages. Dr. Luther himself took the necessary struggle to unite all the different German dialects into a unified German language, an accomplishment made by Luther that you failed to point out or care to give credit. It may be true that there were bibles of different languages that were around, but only the educated could read. Luther was a pioneer in giving the public formal education in reading and other subjects and by translating the Bible into the vernacular of the German-speaking countries.