Here’s a guy who calls himself “Father Joe” – and with that we know immediately that he doesn’t give a hoot about the Bible, after all Jesus Christ said, “And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.” Matthew 23:9. But what are the commandments of the Only Begotten Son of God Almighty in comparison to the illustrious traditions of the Vatican?! After all, “Father Joe” isn’t stupid – he knows where his monthly paycheck comes from.
Having ignored Jesus Christ’s commandments, we can have low expections that this smooth-talking Bible-denying goon – “Father Joe” – will do anything but terribly mangle the Old Testament Ten Commandments . Watch as the man responds to a confused papist, attempting to simply pretend away with pious talk the glaring iniquity of Roman Catholic idolatry:
Krupp alleges that there is nothing nefarious about Roman Catholics re-numbering the Ten Commandments, it was just a matter of preference. Protestants, he says, divide up the first commandments, and Catholics divide up the last commandment – who cares! No big deal. Nothing to worry about – go back to sleep.
In other words, we are to believe that God Almighty is sort of stupid, he doesn’t really know how to count to TEN – so when he gives Moses 2 tablets engraved with 10 commandments written by God’s own finger – but it is actually just sort of a jumble of words. It isn’t important how anybody decides to cut them up, just as long as they end up with 10 parts.
So what if we combine “thou shall not kill” with “thou shall not commit adultery” and pretend that they are just one commandment, what then? Why that would allow us to claim that God is only angry when we do both things at the same time – he doesn’t care if we commit adultery as long as we don’t kill while we are doing it. See how it works?
That is why Rome combines commandment #1 “Thou shalt have no other gods before me” with commandment #2 “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image.” They want to pretend both have to be violated together to break the commandments. That way they can make images as long as those aren’t their first-place gods. They want to be free to bow down to their little statues but then claim that since God is still in first place, therefore they didn’t break a commandment.
Here are the 10 Commandments with their proper divisions:
1 And God spake all these words, saying,
2 [First] I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
4 [Second] Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
7 [Third] Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
8 [Fourth] Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
12 [Fifth] Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
13 [Sixth] Thou shalt not kill.
14 [Seventh] Thou shalt not commit adultery.
15 [Eighth] Thou shalt not steal.
16 [Ninth] Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
17 [Tenth] Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.“
Rome splits up the final prohibition against envy in order to cover up for the way they combined the 1st and 2nd commandments together. What a deceitful bunch of hypocrites!
Krupp then gives for further justification for Roman Catholic idols, namely the images which God specifically told the Jews in the Old Testament to make. Is that sound reasoning? Not at all.
The 10 commandments are general prohibitions, not to be violated except by a specific command of God. In other words, nobody is to kill except how, when, where, who, and why God says to do otherwise. In fact, if somebody kills, they are to be killed.
So do we say, “Since killing is clearly commanded by God in certain circumstances, therefore the prohibition against killing can safely be ignored by everybody“? No way.
If somebody wants to make a graven image he better have a specific command by God telling him to do so – otherwise the general prohibition still applies.
Where is the specific commandment by God anywhere in the New Testament telling Christians to make statues of Jesus, Mary, the angels and of dead people – and to erect those statues in gentile churches, and to let people bow down before them, and to pray to them, and to erect altars in front of them for burning incense and laying out their petitions?
Don’t bother looking for it – it isn’t there. Since no exception was made, the 2nd commandment still applies. This is common sense – why can’t the Roman Catholics get it?
Joe, the papist idolater, says that because God knows we are physical, therefore he wants us to have physical statues to “help” us pray to a tangible substitute. What utter nonsense! Jesus said quite the opposite:
“But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” John 4:23-24.