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Dear Precious Brothers and Sisters,
During a space of time around 400 AD the Catholic Church attempted to change the commandments of God by declaring Sunday to be the Sabbath Day which it is not. They also attempt to remove the second commandment:
?Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in the heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: thou shall not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; and shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.? (Exodus 20:4-6.)
The commandments of God are not changeable, however, attempting to change the commandments of God is wrong and wrong is evil and evil never was power or beauty and never will be power or beauty. The real Sabbath Day is Friday eventide to Saturday eventide. The Catholic Church is an abomination in the sight of God and never did have any divine authority and never will have any divine authority. I have been supporting Sunday as the Sabbath Day and working on Saturday and I was wrong. I apologize to each of you my precious brothers and sisters for the bad example that I have set. I am rededicated and recommitted to choosing the right only. Each of my precious brothers and sisters is so very important and I desire that not one of them should perish, nevertheless, they are agents unto themselves. I love all my brothers and sisters with all my heart and I really do care about each and every one of you. I ask that you make choices that reinforce how truly precious and of great worth you really are. I bear record and testify and I also bear my testimony that the contents of this message are true, in the name of Jesus the Christ, amen.
Loving regards with all my heart,
Joshua Shain Murphy
One of the big and early losers during the Transformation will be the organized religions of the world. They are already losing membership, though this is rarely reported, and anxiety is gripping those in the corridors of power as a result. The Catholic religion has long experienced depletion of their ranks in the United States, and as entrenched as Catholicism is in South America, this continent is not far behind. The trend toward tolerance and open mindedness does not incline one toward rigidities and the acceptance of authority that organized religions rely upon. Where there are enclaves of control, as within Islamic states, the rest of the world has shown a steady trend toward free thinking and independence from the mandates that organized religions impose.
What does this mean for the church? Shrinking membership means shrinking profits, but for many organized religions this does not represent a pinch as the numbers interested in devoting their lives as free workers to an organized religion are also shrinking. The Catholic church has long had a much underreported exodus from the priesthood and nunneries, and other religions with rigid doctrines have experienced similar trends. The ranks grow older and new members from the youth of society join less often. In many enclaves of the devout, there are none but the old, and the entire establishment will close when the geriatric members die off. Thus, where the corridors of power are still filled with the same iron grip of the power hungry, the empire they rule continues to shrink.
Thus, in those rare instances where church and state merge, such as some Islamic states, the church can do naught but fret. Changing the message to one of tolerance fools few and actually raises more suspicions than it dampens. For the Catholic church to accept the concept of evolution, when it tortured scores of humans during the inquisition for free thought now routinely accepted by the scientific community, is considered hypocrisy, which it is. No one is fooled, and if anything these false maneuvers turn away those who looked to the church for a sense of continuity and security. Even where church and state have temporarily merged, this is subject to change, and can suddenly be upset so that the church is again reliant upon the diminishing faithful.
Ahh.. another one wondering into the jungle full of tigers.. Why don't you try forums.anandtech.com. Every week there are threads on religion, it will gain you much wider audience. Though, I won't promise you the welcome will be warm.