by Nolan Guilbeau – Published in The (Opelousas, Louisiana) Daily World
℅ Shawn Brasseaux
It’s regrettable a critic of my recent letters would resort to personal attacks, rather than intelligently engage in the subject matter or content presented. Evidently he doesn’t live in a glass house. (Romans 3:23) I am honored to be called a “Bible-toter;” however, in the context of his letter, it wasn’t meant to be complimentary but rather to demean. At least I know I have the necessary simple truths of scriptures that gave me eternal life with Christ and do not subscribe anymore to the many unscriptural doctrines and dogmas of man. The claim by this critic of my having “ghost writers” is somewhat amusing, but nevertheless folly for an educator to make. I would have expected an intelligent response on the issues presented. Simply put, if the authors of the books of the Bible I often quote in my letters are seen as mere “ghost writers” by him, then it exposes his disbelief in the Scriptures.
For him to suggest the world today has to “wink” at the supposedly innocence of the Roman Catholic Church for their horrible crimes of past, including murdering an estimated 150 million people is incredible. Wink at Catholic Hitler, too? To my knowledge, no restitutions or reparations were ever made. Is “Thou Shalt Not Murder” from the Ten Commandments so difficult to understand? Plead ignorance will you? Believe this and I have a piece of the Brooklyn Bridge to sell.
A Roman Church Cardinal Newman wrote several books. On page 359 of his book The Development of the Christian Religion, he states: “Temples, incense, oil lamps, votive offerings, holy water, holidays, seasons of devotion, processions, blessings of the fields, sacerdotal vestments, the tonsure (of priests, monks nuns) images and statues” all used in the Roman Church—“all are from pagan origin.”
Would this critic denounce as hypocritical, heretical, blasphemous of his own Cardinal Newman’s public exposure of his findings in antiquity, relative to the Roman Church and its open practice of these? Many other researchers of ancient Babylon pagan religion, for instance, document these same findings. Attempts to silence the messenger do not change documented historical facts, right? If the writers of the Old and New Testament books are ghost writers as this critic would imply, where does the Roman Catholic Church get all of its doctrines? I suppose from his imagined ghost writers of the Bible and ghost writers of reliable oral tradition, the magisterium.