Gabriele Amorth is a Catholic priest, the official exorcist of
Vatican City and the honorary president for life of the International Association of Exorcists, which he founded in 1990. Amorth recently said that reading Harry Potter and practicing yoga both lead to Satanism.
Belief in Satan and demons are ways Christianity keeps people in fear and feeling their only protection from these make-believe entities is through Christianity. In fact, “revealed” religions all use fear to control people. Even the Buddhists believe in demons and in exorcisms by their clergy.
Amorth makes a statement about “the Anti-Christ” which can help to lessen the fear people have about this man-made nonsense. He said that all the sexual abuse cases in which Catholic priests raped and sexually molested innocent children, which have occurred within the Catholic Church around the world, are due to the Anti-Christ waging a war against the Catholic Church. In short, the Devil made them do it! (Compare this twisted type of thinking with this statement which the Deist Elihu Palmer put in his thought provoking book Principles of Nature: “Every person is accountable for themselves.”)
Anyone who seriously looks into “the Anti-Christ” sees that the Christian Bible at 2 John 1:7 defines “the Anti-Christ” in such a way that literally BILLIONS of people since the time that it is believed Jesus Christ lived until today qualify as being the Anti-Christ! It reads, “For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.” This Biblical definition includes Thomas Paine, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Gandhi, Albert Einstein, etc., etc., etc.
This fear and superstition of the Anti-Christ is not only weakened by the above Bible definition, but also because the Christian myth-makers couldn’t even get “the number of the beast” right. The oldest known copies of the Bible’s Book of Revelation shows the number is NOT 666 but is 616!
Another Biblical error which should bring comfort to people who live in fear due to the Book of Revelation’s frightening claims of things which will come to pass and which will climax with the end of the world through the Battle of Armageddon is found at Revelation 1:1 which says all these horrible things in Revelation “must shortly come to pass.” That was almost 2,000 years ago and none of it has come to pass!
Deists and all free thinkers can find comfort in the words of the Deist Thomas Jefferson who wrote regarding the Book of Revelation that it was “merely the ravings of a maniac, no more worthy nor capable of explanation than the incoherences of our own nightly dreams.” And we can find useful instruction from Jefferson who told his friend General Alexander Smyth, who spent a lot of his time and energy studying the Book of Revelation, regarding Revelation, “There is not coherence enough in them to countenance any suite of rational ideas. You will judge, therefore, from this how impossible I think it that either your explanation, or that of any man in ‘the heavens above, or on the earth beneath,’ can be a correct one. What has no meaning admits no explanation; and pardon me if I say, with the candor of friendship, that I think your time too valuable, and your understanding of too high an order, to be wasted on these paralogisms. You will perceive, I hope, also, that I do not consider them as revelations of the Supreme Being, whom I would not so far blaspheme as to impute to Him a pretension of revelation, couched at the same time in terms which, He would know, were never to be understood by those to whom they were addressed.”
God gave us reason, not religion; Thomas Jefferson v. Pat Robertson; Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
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