Daily Mail: The Catholic Church has today granted forgiveness – under certain conditions – for the sins of the faithful struck by coronavirus.
A decree published by the Vatican on Friday also covers healthcare workers and those who pray for their wellbeing.
Relatives who care for their sick family members may also be forgiven.
The conditions include the sick saying a certain number of prayers or following important celebrations from a distance. Those who pray for the caregivers’ wellbeing must also read the Bible ‘for at least half an hour‘. Read Article …
Opinion: ‘Works’ and conditions for salvation resemble Islam, not Christianity.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
Every book of the Old Testament points toward the Great Sacrifice that was to come through Jesus’ sacrificial giving of His own life and blood on our behalf.
“For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.” Leviticus 17:11
The New Testament confirms the symbolism of blood as life and applies Leviticus 17:11 to Hebrews 9:22 in the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ.
“And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission.” Hebrews 9:22.
The Atonement of Jesus Christ is central to God’s plan of salvation. The Son fulfilled His Father’s purposes by redeeming us from eternal spiritual death, satisfying the demands of justice with His blood, and cleansing us from our individual sins upon acceptance of the pardon His sacrifice provides.
Did you know that the Hebrew word for atonement (kaphar) is the same word Moses used in Genesis 6:14 when God told Noah to cover the wood of the ark, inside and out, with pitch (thick tar)? In the same way, the blood of Christ covers us in and out when we accept His blood atonement on our behalf.
The arrogance of the Pope to issue a decree based on self-effort is astonishing.