Adam is shoving some foodstuffs into the washing machine.
Guy B: Adam! What are you doing?
A: I’m trying to wash my groceries, but I think it’s broken!
B: Yeah, because you put your groceries in you wa–
A: Don’t you try tell me how to use my washing machine! It’s mine. What do you know, anyways?
B: Well, the repairman told me–
A: Oh the repairman! He’s nothing special. Just another human trying to get in between me and my washer. And who does he think he is anyways trying to tell me how to run my washing machine. I am completely happy.
B: Yeah, but now it’s broken.
A: That’s okay. I can fix it. I have a deep personal relationship with my washing machine. And that’s all I really have to go by. What, do you think, there’s someone else who knows my washing machine better than I do?
B: Adam, the repairman does. That’s his purpose!
So, to break this down, in this video the repairman is the Pope and the washing machine is God. And the groceries are… our misguided attempts to try to make an antiquated religion fit into our modern lives?
Don’t worry everyone! They have an explanation!
Now, while our relationship with our washing machine and our local repairman is substantially different than our relationship with God and his church, there is a point here.
If we try to figure out what’s morally right and wrong or what the Bible really means based solely on our experiences of God, we’re leaving out one of the most precious gift that God has given us. A living church built on the rock of the papacy. God left us the popes to speak for him. And it’s a good thing he did. Because otherwise our teachings, which have stayed constant ever since Christ gave them to us in the beginning, could have gotten corrupted and changed. We need the popes to remind us of what the truth really is in the face of ever-changing cultural opinion. Even the worst popes, you know, those who you’ve heard about who were murderers or had mistresses or ate ice cream in bed have never altered church teaching in the least. How is that possible? Because while he may not be personally holy, Christ has made their position holy and guards them from teaching in error. That way his Church will always be like him. True.
First of all, you really can’t make murdering and having mistresses playful by adding the “ice cream in bed” bit. Because ice cream in bed is the awesomest thing ever and murdering people is the complete opposite of that.
And let’s not just breeze past the whole nonsense about the “teachings have remained constant since Christ.” Yeah? Do you think Benedict has the same moral views and teachings on… oh, let’s say slavery as Paul III who affirmed the rights of Roman citizens to hold slaves?
Yeah, we certainly wouldn’t want the Catholic Church to be corrupted by people using their own morals to make good decisions.
Thank goodness for the Pope!
(Thanks to The Good Atheist for the link!)