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What The Omega Letter Means To Me
''Ive learned SO much over the past 9 years. . .''
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Barb Hyland

I started reading OL in spring of 2002. (I guess that makes me an “old timer.”) I have learned two extremely important ideas from reading OL.

First, in 2002 I was a Catholic who knew next to nothing about the Old Testament, and the wrong things about the New Testament. When I went to parochial school, I don’t remember ever reading anything other than the NT.  We read that backwards and forwards, inside out and upside down, but it seems they missed understanding what the NT was all about.

They DO teach that Jesus Christ died for my sins, but then they teach things like: No one can be a Christian unless they are baptized; almost all souls go to purgatory before getting into Heaven; you can pray people into Heaven; and if you commit a mortal sin you will GO TO HELL unless you confess your sin to a priest.  Venial sins just send you to purgatory where you will be for many, many years until you are fully punished for all those sins.

I don’t understand how the Church Fathers could read the New Testament and come up with the idea that becoming a Christian just meant you could now get into heaven IF you did this and that as the priests tell you to do.

How comforting to learn that, as a Christian, I became a NEW person.  And now that I am a Christian, I can never be condemned to hell.  After all, Christ paid the price for ALL my sins.  No fear of hell.  No fear of purgatory.  I’ll be with Jesus at the moment of my death (or rapture, which ever comes first.)

Secondly, the Catholic Church never teaches anything about the Old Testament except Adam and Eve, Noah and the Ark, Moses and the Ten Commandments, and a few other very well-known “stories.” They teach the OT as a bunch of fables meant to teach moral living.

Every Sunday at Mass there is a “reading” of the OT. It may or may not relate to the New Testament Gospel reading of the day or the Epistles.  The “reading” is usually one or two verses that are almost never explained.  I don’t remember any priest teaching prophecy. (That stuff is just more “fables.”)

When I was in school, the one and only time I ever asked one of my teachers about prophecy (the book of Revelation) I was told that “Oh NO! You can’t read that! Only the priests are allowed to read that, and then they’ll tell you what it says.”

But I don’t remember any priest saying ONE WORD about Revelation or any of the other prophecies. Why put it in the Bible as prophecy if it was just another “teaching moment?” I also had been taught that people actually believed something called “The Rapture,” but it was a “false” teaching.

Then I started reading OL.  What a breath of fresh air!  I felt like someone walking in the desert dying of thirst who finds an oasis with a huge lake of fresh water just over a hill I had never tried to climb.

I’ve learned SO much over the past 9½ years.  Every morning I can’t wait to read that day’s OL newsletter.  It doesn’t matter what the subject is, I want to know more.  More about what is happening today as it relates to prophecy, or how close we are to the end times, or how wonderful God is to have sent His Son to save us.

Over 6 years ago I finally realized that I no longer believed what the Catholic Church teaches.  When I told my husband that I couldn’t attend the Catholic Church any more, I expected him to try to talk me out of leaving, but he didn’t!  I had been telling him all the things I had learned from OL, and it turns out that he, too, no longer believed in their teaching.  Nowadays he sometimes gets to the computer before I do to read OL.


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