Priest's - Are they Biblical?

Priest's - Are they Biblical?

Priest's - Are they Biblical?...

Where do "priests" come from?  The Old Testament had priests.   They were the mediator's between man and God offering sacrifices for the forgiveness of sins.  Of the twelve tribes of Judah, only the Levites were allowed to be priests.

The role of a earthly priest was removed when Jesus became the sacrifice and died on the cross, "And the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom."(Mark 15:38)  This veil (think of it as a curtain) was in the temple of the Holy of the Holies and represented man's separation from God.  Jesus changed all of that.  We, who have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, can approach God through the one and only Mediator needed, Jesus Christ (1 Timothy 2:5) - no priest needed.

The Catholic Church states that the priest has the ability to forgive sins - the Bible states that only Jesus can forgive our sins.  The Catholic Church states the bishop gives the priest the Holy Spirit during the ceremony of priesthood and that the priest is actually Jesus on earth and that the priest, "possesses the authority to act in the power and place of the person of Christ himself."(Second Vatican II Catechism section 1548) - the Bible states that God the Father and Jesus has sent the Holy Spirit and that he is present in every believer - no priest needed.

The Catholic Church states that the priest is "Christ himself".  The New Testament teaches us that we are to try to be like Christ but nowhere does it state that any of us can actually be Christ himself - not even the Apostles.

As we look throughout the New Testament, none of the church leaders were called priests.  Some were apostles, some were preachers, some were deacons, some were elders, and some were teachers but none were priest - none took on the priest role.  

   real peace  

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