Faith and doctrines of the early church by G. M. Bowers

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The Passover lamb, symbolizing the Messiah, was no longer to be killed. Rather, the taking of the wine and the unleavened bread now symbolise Christ's suffering and death for our sins. These emblems were taken on Passover, annually, as Paul instructed the Corinthians: " . For our Passover is Christ, who was sacrificed for our sake. Therefore let us celebrate the festival, not with the old leaven, neither with the leaven of evil and bitterness, but with the leaven of purity and sanctity" (I Cor.

Justin Martyr reminded Trypho: "To the utmost of your power you dishonor and curse in your synagogues all those who believe in Christ. . ''1Such strong resentment against the Jews led Christians like Justin to strike out against things sacred to the Jews like the Sabbath and the Holy Days. These Sabbaths and Holy Days came to be MARKS ON THE 31 JEWS, used to single them out for punishment, supposedly because they had rejected and killed the Messiah. The Gentile Christians felt themselves driven to search for a new day of worship and also to seek another time to remember the Passion of our Lord which would not fall on the "Jewish" Passover.

D. D. D. D. 1090—The rosary, or prayer beads, introduced by Peter the Hermit. D. D. 1190—The sale of indulgences, commonly regarded as a purchase of forgiveness and a permit to indulge in sin, began. D. 1215—The dogma of transubstantiation was decreed by Pope Innocent III. D. D. D. 1229---The Bible forbidden to laymen and placed in Index of Forbidden Books by the Council of Valencia. D. D. 1439—The doctrine of purgatory proclaimed dogma of faith by Council of Florence. D. 1545—Tradition declared to be equal authority with Bibleby Council of Trent.

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