Jews, Guns, and the Holocaust that Never Was

Ever watch one of those old clips from the early 1940's; those horrific scenes of the bodies piled up, mostly naked in heaps of pure wretchedness? Then you also see scenes from the same clips of people lining up in train cars and meekly walking to their deaths? Don't you wonder why they are so passive? Ever think that if it were you, that you would at least try to tackle one of those guys with the guns and take a few of the bad guys out before it was your turn? Probably everyone has. 

Let's move to another scene. An evil plan to exterminate the Jews is hatched. It will happen on a particular date. There is no hope. All is lost. 
And letters were sent by posts into all the king's provinces, to destroy, to slay, and to cause to perish, all Jews, both young and old, little children and women, in one day, even upon the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month Adar, and to take the spoil of them for a prey.
However at the last minute, a plan is hatched that will save the Jews. What is that plan? Let's see.
And the Jews smote all their enemies with the stroke of the sword, and with slaughter and destruction, and did what they would unto them that hated them. 
The plan was that the Jews in the second story defended themselves. What did they do? They armed themselves and fought for their lives. In the first scene, Nazi Germany made certain no Jew would be able to defend himself. They were defenseless against an evil government. Was in overnight? No. It was incremental.  The second story is from the book of Esther. It ends with people exercising their God-given rights. Do not allow yourselves to be put in the position like those in the 1940's no matter what seems most expedient at the time. An emotional crisis is not a good time for passing legislation.

The Case Against Catholicism

Catholicism is attractive for many reasons. These include stability and longevity; the historicity of the faith. Others include its homogeneous nature meaning the lack of fracturing you see in Protestants. Some may whence at the top down approach. However, this is not only appealing, but needed. The leaders of the Roman Church have not done enough to make sure those who profess the faith actually adhere to its tenants. Even those attributes that are the most objectionable such as appealing to "saints" and such are appealing, but not for the best of reasons. However, there are objections. Here are just a few in summarized form: 
  1. Mariology - The contention that Mary was immaculately conceived; or that Mary was sinless. There is only One who was sinless, Jesus. 
  2. Praying or appealing to "saints". There is One Mediator between man and God, the man Christ Jesus. 
  3. Transubstantiation - The belief that the communion elements are the actual body and blood of Jesus which sacrifices weekly Jesus again and again when he actually died once for all.
  4. Baptism removes sin - Faith in Jesus as Savior and his blood removes sin. Not baptism.
  5. Faith plus works is necessary for salvation - Faith only is necessary. Anything added to that is just that, a works-based religion. The only work that is efficacious or effectual is the work of Jesus. One must solely have faith in Him and Him alone. The Roman church has cursed the Protestant church for holding this biblical truth. 
  6. Tradition trumps the Word - The Word of God is the only truth whereby we must live. Church tradition and teaching must comply with it. Not the other way around. 
It is unfortunate that a schism from the Roman church was necessary since the fears at the time became a reality in that Christianity splintered into many pieces. However, there is one true faith and it does not reside within the Roman Church.