In my last entry post, an anonymous commenter made the following comment, which can be found here. According to the commenter:
Before the fourth century, people actually thought the earth was flat! By the fourth century and onward, people were starting to realize that the earth was a sphere, and there were no astronauts in the fourth century. In other words, one never needed to be above the earth to figure out that the earth was a sphere. The first person who advocated that the earth was a sphere was the Greek philosopher Aristotle. Later, other philosophers and scientists of the fifth and sixth century were agreeing with Aristotle. The Catholic Church also agreed that the earth was a sphere. And there were no astronauts at that time. The light of truth takes time to reveal itself. And in this case, truth revealed itself in nature, which God created. After the fourth century everyone accepted that the earth was a sphere, and no one was an astronaut during that time. The debate after the fourth century was NOT the shape of the earth but the size of the earth.
In 1492, Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue. Columbus and his contemporaries believed the earth was a sphere because his plan was to seek a trade route to Asia by sailing west. If the King and Queen of Spain actually believed that the world was flat, they would never have financed Columbus' voyage.
You stated: Because they see the earth differently, albeit only in some limited respects: John and Barry do quite different things, and have quite different attitudes. John, for example, will not travel on ships, for fear of falling of the earth’s edge.
Where is your faith in God????? In Indonesia, 10,000 Muslims converted to Catholicism. And here you are saying that it is impossible for John to see that the world is round?? Where is your faith in God?? This is why Tim Rohr and his kids stand outside the Catholic Church selling Catholic books.....because Catholics lost their faith. Why does the NCW testify in front of the Catholic assembly in the church??? It is for the same reason why Tim Rohr sells Catholic books to Catholics. Many Catholics lost their faith and even do not know their faith.
You asked: Now, what good can be achieved by merely affirming that both John and Barry believe in the same, one earth. My question to you is what good can be achieved by pointing fingers and saying "You're wrong and we're right". The light of truth takes time and patience. Christ commissioned His Church to spread the Good News about Him. That is all. The role of the Church is to spread the Gospel so that people would know Christ. The living God, who desires all men to be saved, will be the one to enlighten people of the truth because since the beginning God prepared them to receive the Gospel. However, it must be received through one's free will. In other words, Christianity should not be forced upon anyone. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
CCC 843 The Catholic Church recognizes in other religions that search, among shadows and images, for the God who is unknown yet near since he gives life and breath and all things and wants all men to be saved. Thus, the Church considers all goodness and truth found in these religions as "a preparation for the Gospel and given by him who enlightens all men that they may at length have life."332
When the Apostle Paul spoke to the pagans in Athens, he called them "children of God (Acts 17:28-29) because God created all mankind in His image and likeness. Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI, and Pope Francis prayed and worshipped TOGETHER with the Jews in their synagogues because the Catholic Church recognized that the Jews pray to and worship the same God as the Christians. If you feel that these Popes (the Vicars of Christ) were wrong, by what authority and credential do you have to make such a claim?
What I find ironic is that you are so quick to accuse the Jews and Muslims of worshipping a different God because they are ignorant of God's nature of the Holy Trinity; yet, you do not recognize that Protestant Christians have a different view of Jesus. While it is true that mainstream Protestants believe in the Holy Trinity, the things they say that Christ taught is not the same as what Catholics say. For example, Catholics say that Jesus instituted seven sacraments. Some Protestant Christians only recognize one or two sacraments that Jesus instituted while other Christians claim that He instituted nothing of the sort. Many Protestants believe in "sola fide" (faith alone) and "sola scriptura' (Bible alone). These are errors of doctrine never taught by Christ; yet, the Protestants claim that these doctrines were actually taught by Christ. So, why do you not accuse them of worshipping a different Christ?