segunda-feira, 26 de fevereiro de 2018

The Tobias Book

I have recently been reading the book (apocryphal) by Tobias. I am studying the apocryphal books, added in the Catholic bible, in order to understand what is taught in the pope's church. This book of Tobias is even recognized by various authorities of the same ICAR-Roman Catholic Church-as being a book not inspired by God, unlike the various others in the biblical canon. It presents historical and geographical errors, unlike the other books, as well as heresies incompatible with the other books of the scriptures. Such a work is considered a novel, written with the intention to make that the people did not abandon the Jewish customs.
This book tells the story of Tobias the son of Tobi; he sends his son Tobias to a distant city to receive a large sum of money. Tobias is accompanied by an angel (?), Which the book calls Raphael, but who falsely presents himself as Azariah, a relative of his family. Now we all know well that lying is the only thing God attributes as the creation of the devil. It is a sin. In Exodus 20 are the 10 commandments and in verse 16 we have specifically:

"Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor."

See other references:

 "I did not write to you because you did not know the truth, but because you know it, and because no lie comes from the truth." 1Jo 22:21

"You are a father to the devil, and you want to satisfy the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and did not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. he is a liar, and a father of lies. " John 8:44

"Therefore turn from a lie, and speak the truth every man to his neighbor: for we are members of one another." Eph 4:25
And it has more references. But let's continue analyzing Tobias's text.
Tobi goes blind and teaches Tobias that alms save the soul of hell. See what is written in Tob; 12: 9: "Alms save and purify you from all sin." How do you cleanse from all sin? So just go out there and be saved to be saved? Is it that easy? So why did God send Jesus to be sacrificed on the cross, if it is enough for each one to just give alms and save himself? What were the laws of Moses' service (at that time Jesus had not yet appeared on earth), for nothing? No other biblical book, considered inspirational, speaks of this practice as atoning; were the others wrong, or was this book all right? I doubt that much.
Returning to the subject, the text says that Tobias and the "angel" go on a journey and find there a woman who had married seven times, but on their wedding night their husbands die, without even touching it; all this because of a bad devil (they induce to believe that there are good demons, Rafael would be a "good devil"?) that ravages the girl. Rafael tells Tobias to take the girl as wife and teaches Tobias to do a ritual with the viscera of a fish in order to drive out the devil, which we can classify as a witchcraft or "magic," another practice firmly condemned by all the other books of the scriptures. Then Tobias marries the young woman and does the ritual proposed by the "angel". The girl's father, Raguel, prays to God to protect him and bless the marriage. But during the night he asks one of his servants to dig a grave to bury Tobias, should he die like the others, in a clear distrust of the prayer he himself had made.
After some time married, Tobias returns with his wife Sara to the house of his father, Tobit, and the Angel orders Tobias to rub the gall in his father's eyes, and he is cured, without any prayer or anything, only the gall by the way it should have been very deteriorated). Well after all, I conclude that this book really is not the least condition of being with the other canonical books for these and other reasons. It is an allegory, uninspired, which contrasts with all writing.

"For all Holy Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching the truth, condemning error, correcting faults and teaching the right way to live." 2Tm 3:16

Everson Leal

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