Have you watched the movie at the end?
"The Rack" "Skull Crusher" "Iron Maiden" "Chair of Nails"
Most Christians are not well acquainted with the "Catholic Inquisition". Though we realize that it is not "politically correct"--we offer the following instructive excerpt by Richard Bennett, a former Roman Catholic Dominican Priest:
The torture chambers of the Inquisition lasted 605 years and were found throughout the nations controlled by Papal Rome. They had their beginning under Pope Innocent III in 1203 until the Inquisition's final dissolution in Spain and Portugal in 1808.
The Instruments of Torture
"The Rack" is one of the best known forms of medieval torture. This mechanism operated by having the victim lie on a horizontal rack with his hands and ankles tied to rollers on opposite ends.
The Inquisitors would perform the interrogation while turning the rollers, stretching the body of the suspect and causing colossal pain. They would stretch the body out until the joints were actually yanked from their sockets. The ultimate intent was that of killing the victim either through shock or injuries. If the believer were still alive, yet refused to submit, he or she was sent to be burned at the stake.
The Inquisitors also used "Skull Crusher." They ordered the believer's chin to be placed on a lower bar and a screw then forced an iron cap down on his or her head. Their teeth could be crushed. Their eyes could be squeezed from their sockets.
It was hoped that the believer was so overcome by the extreme pain of having his head crushed, would confess his alleged errors and believe in the Holy Mother Church.
The Inquisitors also used the "Iron Maiden." It was a tomb-sized container with folding doors. The spiked studded arms wrapped around the victim in such a way so as to puncture parts of the entire body, including the ears and eyes.
The purpose of the use of Iron Maiden was to inflict pain by means of vicious spikes and a slow death. The prickles inside were designed so that the trapped believer was left to slowly die in the utmost pain.
A prisoner would be bidden to stand right in front of the "Iron Maiden" prior to torture. The spring would be touched by the executioner and the Iron Maiden would fling open her arms, and the wretched victim would straightway be forced within them. Another spring was then touched and the Iron Maiden closed upon her victim. Then spiky arms of the Iron Maiden slowly but irresistibly closed upon the man, cruelly goring him.
The talons of the Iron Maiden, sometimes called the "Iron Virgin," were not designed to kill outright. They trapped the prisoner who was left to slowly perish in the utmost pain.
Beside these instruments of torture there were others for the tearing and ripping of one's flesh. The Catholic Church learned a human being could live until the skin was peeled down to the waist. Often the torturers heated these instruments and then used them on women's breasts and the genital organs of both sexes.
There were also instruments for compressing the fingers until the bones would be squeezed into splinters.
There were instruments for tearing out the tongue, for scooping out the eyes, and for rooting out the ears.
There was a bunch of iron cords with a spiked circle at the end of every whip for tearing the flesh from the back until bone and sinew were laid bare.
There were also iron cases for the legs, which were tightened upon the limb placed in them by means of a screw, till flesh and bone were reduced to a pulp.
The thumbscrews were also applied to crush prisoners' toes, while larger, heavier devices based on the same design principle were applied to destroy knees and elbows.
The "chair of nails," used by Inquisitors, was studded with spikes. The victim was strapped naked in the chair and a fire was lit beneath it. Heavy objects were placed upon the victim to increase the pain of the spikes. Blows with mallets were also used to inflict more pain.
There were also devices to slowly and painfully remove the intestines and other organs from the body while keeping the person alive and conscious of the pain.
Any one of those horrors could be inflicted on anybody, i.e., man, woman, or child over the age of 12 that did not agree with the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. The Inquisition was carried out in France, Holland, Germany, Spain, and Italy.
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"These all died in faith without having received the promises, they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth!" Hebrews 11:13
If you want to know more about the "Catholic Inquisition", or desire to see pictures of the actual "instruments of torture," you might want to read this whole informative article, "The Systematic Murder of Believers!"
You can also watch a most interesting 58 minute video on the Catholic Inquisition.
No. The reading was enough.
One from me...
You know my fond feelings towards "relative" and "interpretation" - sounds like church is changing interpretations of bible (yet) again...
I wonder what would they teach in, say, 100 years. in 200 years? alas, we will never know.
God was behind Big Bang, universe no accident: Pope
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – God's mind was behind complex scientific theories such as the Big Bang, and Christians should reject the idea that the universe came into being by accident, Pope Benedict said on Thursday.
"The universe is not the result of chance, as some would want to make us believe," Benedict said on the day Christians mark the Epiphany, the day the Bible says the three kings reached the site where Jesus was born by following a star.
"Contemplating it (the universe) we are invited to read something profound into it: the wisdom of the creator, the inexhaustible creativity of God," he said in a sermon to some 10,000 people in St Peter's Basilica on the feast day.
While the pope has spoken before about evolution, he has rarely delved back in time to discuss specific concepts such as the Big Bang, which scientists believe led to the formation of the universe some 13.7 billion years ago.
Researchers at CERN, the nuclear research center in Geneva, have been smashing protons together at near the speed of light to simulate conditions that they believe brought into existence the primordial universe from which stars, planets and life on earth -- and perhaps elsewhere -- eventually emerged.
Some atheists say science can prove that God does not exist, but Benedict said that some scientific theories were "mind limiting" because "they only arrive at a certain point ... and do not manage to explain the ultimate sense of reality ..."
He said scientific theories on the origin and development of the universe and humans, while not in conflict with faith, left many questions unanswered.
"In the beauty of the world, in its mystery, in its greatness and in its rationality ... we can only let ourselves be guided toward God, creator of heaven and earth," he said.
Benedict and his predecessor John Paul have been trying to shed the Church's image of being anti-science, a label that stuck when it condemned Galileo for teaching that the earth revolves around the sun, challenging the words of the Bible.
Galileo was rehabilitated and the Church now also accepts evolution as a scientific theory and sees no reason why God could not have used a natural evolutionary process in the forming of the human species.
The Catholic Church no longer teaches creationism -- the belief that God created the world in six days as described in the Bible -- and says that the account in the book of Genesis is an allegory for the way God created the world.
But it objects to using evolution to back an atheist philosophy that denies God's existence or any divine role in creation. It also objects to using Genesis as a scientific text.
Three questions and five remarks:
q1 - geneva scientist are smashing protons together... to imitate T0. On day of T0 where did the protons come from? who did what to get protons? oh, I forgot: protons existed from all eternity before, therefore protons = God. grow up, man!
r1 - I read books that were written by people who lived up to 500 years before. and they believe the same as I, or I as them. So time does not change anything in the essence of the TRUE faith. I have the same opinion on as many as 100 things to be believed, down to the last detail and shadow. only false faiths change over time, they multiply, diversify, and come closer to truth, therefore more difficult to recognize as false. therefore the true interpretation of the true Bible does not change over time, only the misinterpretations do. the Bible does not change over time. I have a Bible that is close to 200 years old.
q2 - why would want some to make us believe the universe is here by chance? why is it important, so crucial? who cares? and who cares to say otherwise? and why?
q3 - what is Big Bang? If Big Bang is the sudden creation and expansion of worlds, waters, stars and galaxies, all in one day, oh! I assure you it was a Big Bang! Good thing there was Someone awsomely bigger behind it, otherwise who knows where my eyes would have been? Probably in my knees!
r2 - when Galileo taught that the earth revolves around the sun, he was not challenging the words of the Bible, but the misinterpretation of the Bible of the misled leaders of his time. The Bible clearly teaches today and taught then that the Earth is round, it is hung in space on nothing, it was created, it suffered a flood (from waters from below and waters from above) and it will be destroyed by fire (from fires from above and fires probably from below and inside). have you read it?
r3 - just because "the (Catholic) Church now also accepts evolution as a scientific theory and sees no reason why God could not have used a natural evolutionary process in the forming of the human species" it doesn't mean there aren't several very serious reasons! ask someone of the real Church!
r4 - exactly because "It (the Catholic Church) also objects to using Genesis as a scientific text" it ceases to be the true church; this is the proof that they are off, and don't believe the Bible. God said he created the world. Jesus said He is God, and He said He created the world. If the Pope is Vicarius Dei, or the vicar (substitute/representative) of God on earth, he is either a bad vicar, or a vicar of a different god.
r5 - oh, yes, we WILL know, one day, who taught what, and why! we will have all eternity to analyse, and thank being saved out of all lies and falsehood, by grace throught the sacrifice of Jesus.