B I B L E S T U D Y
TITLE: SIMON PETER NOT "FIRST POPE OF ROME"
It is "claimed" by the Vatican, Peter was the "first Pope of Rome". However, according to the testimony of the New Testament, Peter never even went to Rome, at all. (Obviously, there is a "discrepancy" of "data") Which should have "priority"? The "primary source documentation"? Or an institution known for it's commitment to, and open use of, "pious fraud"? (And which does so for it's own benefit?)
"SIMON PETER" NEVER WENT TO "ROME"
"SIMON PETER" WAS NOT COMMISSIONED TO THE "GENTILES"
II Timothy 1:11: "Whereunto I (PAUL) am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles."
"PAUL" WAS COMMISSIONED TO THE "GENTILES"(And only "Apostle" sent to "Rome")
"PAUL" WAS THE FOUNDER OF "ROMAN ECCLESIA"
"PAUL" DID NOT "BUILD ON ANOTHER MAN'S FOUNDATION"
Rom 15:17 I have therefore whereof I may glory through Jesus Christ in those things which pertain to God.
Rom 15:18 For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ hath not wrought by me, to make the Gentiles obedient, by word and deed,
Rom 15:19 Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.
Rom 15:20 Yea, so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man's foundation:
PAUL LISTS 28 "CHRISTIAN LEADERS" AT ROME
(PETER IS NEVER EVEN MENTIONED AT A TIME HE IS SAID TO HAVE BEEN THERE!)
(PETER IS NEVER EVEN MENTIONED AT A TIME HE IS SAID TO HAVE BEEN THERE!)
YEARS LATER- THERE IS STILL NO MENTION OF PETER (NOT EVEN A SINGLE PASSING REFERENCE)
Act 28:16 And when we came to Rome, the centurion delivered the prisoners to the captain of the guard: but Paul was suffered to dwell by himself with a soldier that kept him.
Act 28:17 And it came to pass, that after three days Paul called the chief of the Jews together: and when they were come together, he said unto them, Men and brethren, though I have committed nothing against the people, or customs of our fathers, yet was I delivered prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans.
Act 28:18 Who, when they had examined me, would have let me go, because there was no cause of death in me.
Act 28:19 But when the Jews spake against it, I was constrained to appeal unto Caesar; not that I had ought to accuse my nation of.
Act 28:30 And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him,
Act 28:31 Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him.
AS LATE AS 65 AD AND THE END OF PAUL'S LIFE (NOT A SINGLE MENTION OF PETER IN ROME)
PETER PROPHESIED BY CHRIST TO LIVE TO BE AN "OLD MAN"
Joh 21:18 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdedst thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not.
WHERE WAS "PETER"?
Act 2:14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:
Gal 2:11 But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed. (Syria [North of Israel])
1Pe 5:13 The church that is at Babylon, elected together with you, saluteth you; and so doth Marcus my son. (Babylonia, Center of the Rabbinical Academy)
WHAT IS KNOWN FROM "ARCHEOLOGY" AND "HISTORY"
Note: There is archeological evidence that Peter returned to, or after death, was taken back to, and subsequently buried in Jerusalem, according to Jewish customs. Ossuaries bearing his name were found in Jerusalem in 1953. (It is claimed by Catholic "Apollo-gists" that the find was "insignificant" since "Simon Bar Jona" was a "common name" in Israel. (But what it not "explained" by the "Apollo-gists" is that, despite the claim of "insignificance" and "commonality", it is the only 1st century Jewish occurary, ever found with that name inscribed) and (which also contained early "Christian" symbolism)) So the "pretense" by "Apollo-gists" that it was "insignificant" because of "commonality", is once again, transparant "over-compensation". This topic is covered in more detail, on the Bible Study on "Ambrose and the "Dawn of the Dead""
THE "SIMON" PETER THAT DID GO TO "ROME"
Vol. 4, p. 682). END QUOTE
QUOTE: Hastings Dictionary of the Apostolic Church, Vol 2, p. 496, states that there is "very slight evidence on which to reject so precise a statement as Justin makes; a statement he would scarcely have hazarded in an apology addressed to Rome, where every person had the means of ascertaining its accuracy. If he made a mistake, it must have been at once exposed, and other writers would not have frequently repeated the story as they have done." END QUOTE
QUOTE: At the time of Claudius, it was illegal to erect a statue to any man as a god or greatly honored person unless the permission of the Emperor and the Senate had been secured. The statue was still standing in Justins day (152 A.D.), people were still giving regard to it. There are many other accounts of Simons traveling to Rome and becoming one of the great gods to the city and to the people of Rome. There are records which show that Simon "prophesies that Rome will be the scene of his crowning glory, when he will be adored as a god" Dictionary of Religion & Ethics, Vol. 11, p. 522). END QUOTE
QUOTE: Later, about the fourth century, a flood of works came out about Peter encountering Simon Magus in Rome and overthrowing him. But these works are clearly fiction. Almost all scholars realize the absurdity of maintaining such a thing. In the first place, it can be Biblically shown that Peter the Apostle was NEVER in Rome when these fictitious writings say he should be. END QUOTE
The "Biblical narrative" concerning Peter, completely "contradicts" the "Roman narrative" that he came to Rome and personally handed over his "all encompassing spiritual authority" to the Roman Empire. The Biblical narrative never places him in Rome at all, ever.
The "Biblical narrative" is the "primary source documentation" concerning "Peter".
But his "abscence" from Rome is not the "only problem" Rome faces concerning it's "claim" to be the "successors" of the "first infallible Pope Peter". Even if their claim were actually true (and it is not), it still would not "give them" the kind of "authority" they "claim" from it. (Because "Peter" was never considered to be a "Pope" even among the Apostles)... and certianly not "ever", an "infallible" one.
PART B - PETER WAS NEVER CONSIDERED TO BE "AN INFALLIBLE POPE"
The testimony of the New Testament is very clear that "Peter never went to Rome". But even if he had, the New Testament is also "very clear", he was never "considered" by New Testament authors, to "ever" have been an "infallible Pope".
THE APOSTLE "PETER" WAS NEVER CONSIDERED TO BE AN "INFALLIBLE POPE"
THE APOSTLE PETER (THE FIRST "NOT SO INFALLIBLE" POPE?)
Mat 14:29 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.
Mat 14:30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.
Mat 14:31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?
Mat 15:15 Then answered Peter and said unto him, Declare unto us this parable.
BEGINNING OF PETER'S CAREER AS AN "INFALLIBLE POPE"
Mat 17:2 And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.
Mat 17:3 And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him.
Mat 17:4 Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.
Mar 9:6 For he wist not what to say; for they were sore afraid.
Luk 9:29 And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering.
Luk 9:30 And, behold, there talked with him two men, which were Moses and Elias:
Luk 9:31 Who appeared in glory, and spake of his decease which he should accomplish at Jerusalem.
Luk 9:32 But Peter and they that were with him were heavy with sleep: and when they were awake, they saw his glory, and the two men that stood with him.
Luk 9:33 And it came to pass, as they departed from him, Peter said unto Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias: not knowing what he said.
Luk 9:34 While he thus spake, there came a cloud, and overshadowed them: and they feared as they entered into the cloud.
Joh 13:7 Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter.
Joh 13:37 Peter said unto him, Lord, why cannot I follow thee now? I will lay down my life for thy sake.
Mat 26:38 Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.
Mat 26:39 And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.
Mar 14:34 And saith unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here, and watch.
Mar 14:35 And he went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him.
Mar 14:67 And when she saw Peter warming himself, she looked upon him, and said, And thou also wast with Jesus of Nazareth.
Mar 14:71 But he began to curse and to swear, saying, I know not this man of whom ye speak.
Luk 22:60 And Peter said, Man, I know not what thou sayest. And immediately, while he yet spake, the cock crew.
Luk 22:61 And the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.
Mar 16:10 And she went and told them that had been with him, as they mourned and wept.
Luk 24:11 And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not.
Gal 2:10 Only they would that we should remember the poor; the same which I also was forward to do.
I have an "infallible coin". Whenever I "flip it" (it always "infinallibly" gives me the right answer). And whenever it's wrong... as soon as I realize it's wrong, I change my answer to what is right, thus "preserving" the "infalliblity" of "my infallble coin".
(Now you "understand" how the doctrine of "Papal infallibility" works)
The "policy" of entire "nations" are being "determined" by this "doctrine"