Dark History of the Popes (Dark Histories) by Brenda Ralph Lewis

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By Brenda Ralph Lewis

Within the tenth century, being head of the Catholic Church didn’t cease Pope John XII from allegedly committing incest together with his sisters, calling on pagan gods and goddesses, being an alcoholic and placing his mistress in control of his brothel. after all, being pope didn’t make popes well known both: in 896AD, Pope Formosus died, yet that used to be no situation to Lambert of Spoleto, who bore anything of a grudge, in exhuming the pontiff and placing him on trial. Formosus was once chanced on accountable of being unworthy of his papal place of work, had all his acts annulled and his physique used to be thrown within the Tiber. From corruption to nepotism, from campaign to witch-burning to Inquisition, from popes sanctioning homicide to popes being murdered, darkish historical past of The Popes explores greater than a thousand years of sinister deeds surrounding the papacy. starting from the ninth century advert to Pope Pius XII’s place in the course of global conflict II, the booklet examines political, spiritual and social background in the course of the skulduggery of popes and courtiers, the position the Borgias family members performed within the papacy, the persecution of Jews and the spiritual controversy over Galileo Galilei’s heretical perspectives, between different subject matters. utilizing diaries, letters, experiences from international ambassadors to the Vatican and reliable registers of the ecclesiastical courts, an image of either sinning and sinned opposed to popes is printed. jam-packed with greater than 2 hundred color and black-&-white photos, work and works of art, darkish historical past of The Popes is an eye-opening account of the background of the papacy that pontiffs might fairly now not point out.

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NAS) The Living Bible, which is not exactly a literal translation but a paraphrase, reads: 12 For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and, blood, but against persons without bodies—the evil rulers of the unseen world, those mighty satanic beings and great evil princes of darkness who rule this world, and against huge numbers of wicked spirits in the spirit world. (TLB) Whichever version you wish to follow, it is clear that as Christians we are engaged in a titanic conflict which staggers the mind to consider.

NAS) I was a teacher in Kenya, East Africa, for five years. I became acquainted with a number of the tribes and learned a little of their languages. One day, on the wall of a student's dormitory, I saw Proverbs 4:23 quoted in the Maragoli language. I translated it to myself literally and I have always remembered the translation. " What you have in your heart must ultimately determine the course of your life, for good or for evil. It is essential that we protect our heart from all kinds of evil.

He is the end of the law as a means to achieve righteousness with God. We are not required to keep the law in order to be righteous. The second relevant Scripture is 2 Corinthians 5:21: 21 God made him who had no sin [Jesus] to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (NIV) That is the divine exchange. Jesus was made sin with our sinfulness that we might be made righteous with His righteousness. Once we grasp the fact that we have been made righteous with the righteousness of Christ, then the devil cannot make us feel guilty any longer.

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