And when Jesus entered Peter’s house, he saw his mother-in-law lying sick with a fever. He touched her hand, and the fever left her, and she rose and began to serve him.
(Matthew 8:14-15 ESV)
Jesus traveled around the land that is now Israel teaching and healing. He never had a home of His own [Luke 9:58] but instead stayed with others as He traveled. Apparently while in Capernaum Jesus stayed at Peter’s house.
Notice that Peter was married – he had a mother-in-law. This is in direct contradiction to the teachings of the Catholic church which claims that Peter was the first pope and was not married. It is this mistaken understanding that gives rise to their requirement that all priests must remain unmarried and celibate their entire lives. Such a requirement is unbiblical.
Sadly, very few Catholic leaders read their Bible. Even more sadly, even fewer, if any, Catholic lay people read their Bible. Instead, they blindly believe the erroneous teachings of their leaders.
This is not the only erroneous teaching of the Catholic church that is clearly contradicted in the Bible. We’ve previously seen that Mary and Joseph had other children after Jesus was born [Matthew 1:25, 13:55-56; Galatians 1:19 et. al]. This debunks the false teaching of the Catholic church that Mary remained a virgin her entire life.
The Catholic church also teaches a salvation-by-works gospel. That is, they teach that people who lead more-or-less good lives go to heaven and those that don’t don’t go to heaven. But this is not what the Bible teaches at all [John 3:16; Romans 3:28; Ephesians 2:8-9 et. al]. Sadly, anyone who believes this false information will miss out on heaven. They will expect to get in by pointing to their so-called good deeds when they come face-to-face with Jesus after death. But they will be turned away [Matthew 7:21-23].
This, of course, does not have to happen. The truth about these issues, and more, are easily found in the Bible. Just a little bit of research would reveal that truth. But people are lazy. We don’t want to do the research. We’d rather believe something that sounds good, which is false, than take the time to do the research to prove or deny its validity.
When Paul was in Greece he taught a group of people called the Berean Jews. The information Paul taught them was contrary to what they had previously been taught and believed. But they did not simply dismiss what Paul said. Nor did they blindly believe what Paul said. They took the time to do some research to find out what was true and what was not true [Acts 17:10-11].
This is how everyone should react to information that contradicts what they think is true. Sadly, though, too many people cross their fingers about eternity while they sit in front of a television for seven hours a day, on average. These people will be shocked after they die. They will realize what a waste of time their life was.
They will also realize they believed a lie about eternity and are not going to heaven. But at that point it will be too late.
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