Sunday, February 17, 2013

Jesus - No Other Foundation


After the investiture with the scarlet papal robes, the vest covered with pearls, and the mitre studded with precious stones, the new Pope is conducted to the altar, before which he prostrates himself in prayer, bowing as before the seat of God.  ...We read: "The Pope rises, and, wearing his mitre, is lifted up by the cardinals, and is placed by them upon the altar to sit there.  One of the bishops kneels, and begins the Te Deum.  In the mean time the cardinals kiss the feet and hands and face of the Pope."  This ceremony is commonly called by Roman Catholic writers "The adoration;" it has been observed for many centuries, and was performed at the inauguration of Pius IX.

...At the coronation of Pope Innocent X, Cardinal Colonna on his knees, in his own name and that of the clergy of St. Peter's, addressed the following words to the Pope: "Most holy and blessed father, head of the church, ruler of the world, to whom the keys of the kingdom of heaven are committed, whom the angels in heaven revere, and the gates of hell fear, and all the world adores, we specially venerate, worship, and adore thee."  Read More...

For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.  (I Timothy 2:5)  For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.  And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.  (Hebrews 9:24-28)  I am the LORD [Yehovah]: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.  (Isaiah 42:8)
From the comments section: And upon a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat upon his throne, and made an oration unto them.  And the people gave a shout, saying, It is the voice of a god, and not of a man.  And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost.  But the word of God grew and multiplied. Acts 12:21-24


Hannah Jane Graveling said...

This struck me as being incredibly similar to the scene in Acts 12, where the people are essentially worshiping Herod. Such blatant defiance of God's commands can only result in His wrath.

CarolineNot said...

Astute observation, Hannah Jane, and a parallel I'd not noticed. I appreciated reading the chapter again with your thoughts in mind. Of course, it then leapt off the page. :)