Volume 9, Issue 4, page 12

I HE REVOLUTION of thought that was set in
motion in the 16th Century by the work of
Martin Luther aroused the masses and seriously weakened the Church claims for the
fantastic legends that constitute the very
essence of Christianity. The rapidly fading power of the Mother Church at that time
alarmed the Catholic bishops, causing them to
meet in the Council of Trent in 1546 to devise
ways and means to stem the tide of Protestantism, started by Luther and promoted by the
Protestant Reformers. They voted in favor of
the Vulgate as the "Divinely inspired Word of
God", the decree stating:
"Now, if anyone reading these books in all
their parts, as they are usually read in the
Latin Vulgate edition, does not hold them sacred and canonical (observe -- not "inspired")
and, knowing the aforesaid traditions, does
not industriously condemn them, let him be
anathema" (Wescott),
Wescott then added: "This fatal decree...
was ratified by 53 prelates, among whom there
was not one scholar distinguished for historical learning, not one who was fitted by special
study for the examination of a subject in which
truth alone could be determined by the voice
of antiquity" (p.474).

When the Catholic bishops adopted the Latin
Vulgate, they proceeded to translate it into
the Greek, and then retranslated the Greek into English. On the title page they placed this
fraudulent notice:
"Translated out of the original Greek, and
with the former translation diligently compared
and revised."
As to this statement, M.M.Mangasarian wrote,
"If the translators of the Bible desired to
confine themselves to the facts, instead of
saying 'Translated out of the original Greek'
which is not so, they would have said this or
the title page of their work:
"'A collection of writings of unknovsn date
and authorship, rendered into English from
supposed copies of supposed originals.r"
The Protestants rejected the Catholic Bible,
but accepted the King James version, which was
largely compiled from the Latin Vulgate. This
action angered the Mother Church, and it
threatened with eternal damnation all who followed Luther and Protestantism.

Luther struck back, declaring that the Bible, not the Church, is the sole source of

The job was done; the die was cast. This
stand inspired Luther's followers with courage,
and the thunder of the Vatican was answered by
the thunder of Protestant artillery.

Christian armies, for the glory of God and
his son Jesus, swept over Europe; and in the
roar of the cannon, the horror of battle, the
groans of the wounded, and the shrieks of the
dying, the "Inspired Word of God" flourished
and grew in the blood of the blind supporters
While living in California, one of my favorite coworkers was a woman quite a bit older
than I. She had a competent sincerity coupled
with a wonderful sense of humor. The time of
year was early spring when I noticed my friend
getting more nervous and absent-minded by the
day. I asked her about it.
"You wouldn't believe me if I told you,"
she moaned.
"Try me," I answered. "Sometimes I'll believe almost anything."
As well acquainted as lam with what we call
the supernatural, even my skin crawled with the
strangeness of her story.

She had a female cocker spaniel. For the
last two years