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THE CHRIST SCANDAL

letters were bumped together in a continuous line without vowel letters, and at times, the meaning of a simple sentence could be constructed to give an entirely opposite meaning. Take, for example, this sentence, ‘Godisnowhere’, from the Book of Exodus. It has been translated in three different ways in various later Bibles: 1: ‘God is now here’. 2: ‘God is no where’. 3: ‘Good snow here’.1

11804 ‘Lion’s Bible’

Occultism in the Bible

Any person reading the Bible could be forgiven for thinking that he or she had just walked into a well-stocked occult bookstore. Compacted into one edition are numerous accounts of astrology, numerology, clairvoyance, faith healing, automatic writing, exorcism, necromancy, spirit communication, fortune telling, séances, flying chariots, and divination.

Official church Propaganda

On 22nd June, 1622, Pope Gregory XV (d. 1623) issued a papal bull called Inscrutabila Divine by which the church instituted a new division for itself called the Sacred Congregation of Propaganda. Shortly thereafter, Gregory summoned thirteen cardinals and two prelates to announce his intentions to formalise the ‘special department of pontifical administration’ (Pope Gregory XV), initially established around four decades earlier by Pope Gregory XIII (d. 1585). Cardinal Santorio was its first President and Prefect, and weekly progress meetings were held in his palace. Originally, his new department had been charged with the task of combating the international spread of the doctrines of Protestantism by printing and distributing works of Propaganda in many languages that were designed to damage opponents’ claims against Catholicism. The intrinsic importance of the duties of the Sacred Congregation of Propaganda, and the extraordinary extent of its authority, including the huge territory under its jurisdiction, caused the Cardinal Prefect of Propaganda to be called the ‘red pope’.

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