Why is it that Catholic priests are celibate when other apostles have wives?

QUESTION by defenderben:
Submitted on 2012/03/12 at 5:01 pm

7. Bishops must be Married.

FACT: In 1079 AD celibacy was first enforced for priests and bishops by Pope Gregory VII. Before this time, they were permitted to marry.

Question #1: Does the Bible teach that a bishop (overseer) must be married AND ALSO have children as one of the conditions of being qualified to be a bishop?

Answer: 1 Timothy 3:2-5 o YES NO o

“A bishop, then, must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, prudent, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not addicted to wine or pugnacious, but gentle, peaceable, free from the love of money. He must be one who manages his own household well, keeping his children under control with all dignity (but if a man does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of the church of God?)” 1 Timothy 3:2-5

Question #2: In the very next chapter of the Bible after bishops are told they must be married with children, does the Holy Spirit warn that “forbidding to marry” is a “doctrine of demons”?

Answer: 1 Timothy 4:1-3 o YES NO o

“But the Holy Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, by means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron, men who forbid marriage and advocate abstaining from foods which God has created to be gratefully shared in by those who believe and know the truth.” 1 Timothy 4:1-3

8. Peter was married

FACT: Most Catholics believe that Apostle Peter was the first Pope and was not married. As one Roman Catholic leader said, “if Peter had a wife when he first met Jesus, he got rid of her quick!”

Question #1: Did Peter have a wife?

Answer: Mark 1:30 o YES NO o

“Now Simon’s mother-in-law was lying sick with a fever; and immediately they spoke to Jesus about her.” Mark 1:30

Question #2: Did Paul say all the apostles including Peter had a right to be married?

Answer: 1 Corinthians 9:5 o YES NO o

“Do we not have a right to take along a believing wife, even as the rest of the apostles and the brothers of the Lord and Cephas?” 1 Corinthians 9:5

REPLY

Submitted on 2012/04/06 at 10:29 pm | In reply to [defenderben].

defenderben,

The ideal bishop is to be like Christ who never got married: “They have renounced marriage 9 for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. Whoever can accept this ought to accept it” (Mt 19:12). The first apostles like Peter are married; they were called by Christ after they were married not before. But notice that Peter said that “they have given up everything and followed [Christ]” (Mt 19:27). You can deduce that he also left his wife, so that he can become a spiritual father of many. As Christ said, “And everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands for the sake of my name will receive a hundred times more, and will inherit eternal life.” (Mt 19:29)

Celibacy or not marrying for the sake of the Kingdom of God is a new idea in the time of the Apostles. Thus, during their time it is difficult to find bishops who are unmarried. So the next good thing is to choose a bishop from the married, but he must be married but once. Nevertheless, the idea of an unmarried bishop is still being proposed as an ideal to follow. And it would take centuries before this ideal became a firm discipline in the Catholic Church.

Paul has a right to take a believing wife, even as the rest of the apostles (cf 1 Cor 9:5). But after enumerating his other rights as an apostle, he said: “But I have made no use of any of these rights, nor am I writing this to secure any such provision” (1 Cor 9:15). Thus, we can deduce that Paul did not marry.

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3 Responses to Why is it that Catholic priests are celibate when other apostles have wives?

  1. We must first of all know that the entire Bible is corrupted and unreliable and is mostly filled with man-made laws and corruption! “`How can you say, “We [the Jews] are wise, for we have the law of the LORD,” when actually the lying pen of the scribes has handled it falsely?’ (From the NIV Bible, Jeremiah 8:8)”

    The Revised Standard Version makes it even clearer: “How can you say, ‘We are wise, and the law of the LORD is with us’? But, behold, the false pen of the scribes has made it into a lie. (From the RSV Bible, Jeremiah 8:8)”

    In either translation, we clearly see that the Jews had so much corrupted the Bible with their man-made cultural laws, that they had turned the Bible into a lie!

    See Also Deuteronomy 31:25-29 where Moses peace be upon him predicted the corruption/tampering of the Law (Bible) after his death.

    The Book of Moses predicted that the Law (Bible) will get corrupted. The Book of Jeremiah which came approximately 826 years after did indeed confirm this corruption.

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    You mentioned Paul and Peter who become Christ-like:

    Note: These two had disagreement:

    Ga. 2:11-16 But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed. For before that certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but when they were come, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them which were of the circumcision. And the other Jews dissembled likewise with him; insomuch that Barnabas also was carried away with their dissimulation. But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews? We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles, Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

    Making them NOT fit to be Christ-like.

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    Paul’s blasphemous statement:

    Let us read what Paul said in the corrupted Bible:

    “For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength. (From the NIV Bible, 1 Corinthians 1:25)”

    Here are the countless English translations of this verse. Literally, almost 100% of all of the English translations agree:

    Corinthians 1:25 (New International Version)
    25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.

    1 Corinthians 1:25 (New American Standard Bible)
    25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

    1 Corinthians 1:25 (Amplified Bible)
    25[This is] because the foolish thing [that has its source in] God is wiser than men, and the weak thing [that springs] from God is stronger than men.

    Because the stupid thing in GOD???

    1 Corinthians 1:25 (New Living Translation)
    25 This foolish plan of God is wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength.

    1 Corinthians 1:25 (King James Version)
    25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

    1 Corinthians 1:25 (English Standard Version)
    25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

    1 Corinthians 1:25 (Contemporary English Version)
    25 Even when God is foolish, he is wiser than everyone else, and even when God is weak, he is stronger than everyone else.

    Even when GOD is stupid???

    1 Corinthians 1:25 (New King James Version)
    25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

    1 Corinthians 1:25 (21st Century King James Version)
    25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

    1 Corinthians 1:25 (American Standard Version)
    25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

    1 Corinthians 1:25 (Young’s Literal Translation)
    25 because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men;

    1 Corinthians 1:25 (Darby Translation)
    25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

    1 Corinthians 1:25 (Holman Christian Standard Bible)
    25 because God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.

    1 Corinthians 1:25 (New International Reader’s Version)
    25 The foolish things of God are wiser than human wisdom. The weakness of God is stronger than human strength.

    The stupid things of GOD???

    1 Corinthians 1:25 (Wycliffe New Testament)
    25 For that that is folly thing of God, is wiser than men; and that that is the feeble thing of God [and that that is the
    sick thing, or frail, of God], is stronger than men.

    The folly things of GOD???

    1 Corinthians 1:25 (New International Version – UK)
    25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.

    1 Corinthians 1:25 (Today’s New International Version)
    25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.

    http://answering-christianity.com/pauls_blasphemy_against_god.htm

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    Are these the Christ-like that you all want?

    No matter how you defend all the verses of the Bible (The Book of Injustice), it will all be plain useless.

    God of the Bible has said:

    “If a man happens to meet a virgin who is not pledged to be married and rapes her and they are discovered, he shall pay the girl’s father fifty shekels of silver. He must marry the girl, for he has violated her. He can never divorce her as long as he lives. (From the NIV Bible, Deuteronomy 22:28-29)“

    Do you want a Jesus (‘god’ of Christians) was tempted by the devil in Bible! ~ Luke 4:1-2 (NIV)?

    http://defenderben.wordpress.com/2012/03/11/jesus-god-of-christians-was-tempted-by-the-devil-in-bible-luke-41-2-niv/

    Do u want a bishop that can be tempted by the devil?

    Jesus was crucified (according to you Christians), go and be crucified too. That’s Christ-like, right?

  2. Even in Leviticus 21:9, a priest has a daughter.

    Leviticus 21:9 “And the daughter of any priest, if she profane herself by playing the whore, she profaneth her father: she shall be burnt with fire.”

  3. see how religions following the Bible are purely man-made. :D

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