Monday, August 15, 2016

A Problem of Papal Proportions

Pope Francis in one of his homilies said regarding Jesus:
He is the intercessor, the One who prays and prays to God with us and before us. Jesus has saved us, He gave us this great prayer, His sacrifice, His life, to save us, to justify us: we are righteous through Him. Now He's gone, but He still prays. Some ask, is Jesus a spirit? Jesus is not a spirit! Jesus is a person, a man, with flesh like ours, but full of glory. Jesus has the wounds on His hands, feet, sides, and when He prays to the Father He shows the price of justification, praying for us, as if to say: But, Father, let this not be lost!

Thus he believes in the standard teaching that Jesus never sacrificed his body in that he got it back, and that he still has his original stigmata.

However, both the Pope and everyone else who agrees with him on this would do well to take seriously the Atonement Day drama where the High Priest passed though the curtain from the Holy to the Most Holy on Atonement Day with only the blood and not the body of the sacrificed animal. Also, the High Priest did not have to sprinkle the sacrificial blood continuously, but only 7 times. (Leviticus 16:14) Thus, Jesus would not need to be continuously suffering with gaping wounds showing them to his Father and God.

Also, it’s interesting that he says Jesus is praying now to his Father, and yet sees no contradiction to Trinitarianism where they are supposed to be equals.

Lastly, how in the world can Jesus now be a man “with flesh like ours” yet simultaneously have flesh that is ‘glorified’ which is not like ours? (Is it like a “force field” preventing his flesh from disintegrating in outer space?) Why is that obvious contradiction not addressed?

Sticking to the Bible would have prevented these problems of Gordian knot proportions.

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