Indeed there WERE IMPORTANT Whistleblowers INSIDE Religion.
To name a few:
Arius for one who disagreed with Christ being divine, and said Christ was instead a “created being”. (See below for more on Arius).
At the Nicene Council:
From: Did Constantine Decide What Books Belonged in the Bible?
“Constantine called the council of Nicea (which was the first general council of the Christian church, 325 A.D.) primarily because he feared that disputes within the church would cause disorder within the empire. The dispute in mind was Arianism, which was the belief that Jesus was a created being.”
At the end of the Council, the Council produced the Nicene Creed after much arm twisting and threats. Christ was made divine by a Vote! Arius was classed as a heretic. The Nicene Creed promoted the Trinity- “ – the deity of The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit under one Godhead, having three co-equal and co-eternal Persona.” (ibid) It is said that at the end very few present believed what was written (i.e. the Nicene Creed).
What did Arius believe?
“In the populous Alexandria suburb of Baucalis, a well-liked presbyter by the name of Arius began teaching in opposition to the bishop of Alexandria, Alexander. Specifically, he disagreed with Alexander’s teaching that Jesus, the Son of God, had existed eternally, being “generated” eternally by the Father. Instead, Arius insisted that “there was a time when the Son was not.” Christ must be numbered among the created beings — highly exalted, to be sure, but a creation, nonetheless. Alexander defended his position, and it was not long before Arius was declared a heretic in a local council in 321.
This did not end the matter. Arius simply moved to Palestine and began promoting his ideas there. Alexander wrote letters to the churches in the area, warning them against those he called the “Exukontians,” from a Greek phrase meaning “out of nothing.” Arius taught that the Son of God was created “out of nothing.” Arius found an audience for his teachings, and over the course of the next few years the debate became so heated that it came to the attention of Constantine, the Emperor.
Having consolidated his hold on the Empire, Constantine promoted unity in every way possible. He recognized that a schism in the Christian church would be just one more destabilizing factor in his empire, and he moved to solve the problem.4 While he had encouragement from men like Hosius, bishop of Cordova, and Eusebius of Caesarea, Constantine was the one who officially called for the council. ”
Advisor to the Pope for 17 years becomes whistleblower:
17 YEAR ADVISOR TO THE POPE EXPOSES BIBLE FRAUD AND FORGERY
Retired highly regarded priest, who for 17 years (1980-1997) served as an advisor to the Pope, exposes bible forgery and fraud.
Dr. Miceal Ledwith achieved distinction as a catholic theologian who received international recognition for academic and professional accomplishment. An esteemed professor of Systemic Theology, president of the University of Maymooth , Ireland (National University of Ireland-Author) and fulfilling a seventeen year appointment as advisor to the Pope on the Holy See’s international Theological Commission. Yet at the height of his career, he walked away to pursue a completely different kind of spiritual life — one of humble, internal initiation and transformation
“Go to the Vatican Library today and look at the oldest manuscript that we have of the New Testament, which is known as the Codex Vaticanus’, and was probably one of the bibles commissioned by Constantine. Another one to look at is in the British Library called codex Sinaiticus’ which was discovered in Mount Sinai at St. Catherine’s Monastery.
Look at those two texts, both from the 4TH century, and try to find the famous story of Jesus rescuing the lady who is being stoned for adultery in John’s Gospel Chapter 8. It is a very powerful story, but it is not contained in either of those manuscripts, which means that story was inserted into the text of the New Testament for the first time at least as late as the 4th century if not later. I can give you a hundred other examples.”
Martin Luther becomes a whistleblower on the Catholic Church and their selling of indulgences (The sale of indulgences applied to all Catholic citizens wishing to lessen their time in Purgatory), and against the Church’s wishes, translates the Bible from Latin into German.
“On Halloween of 1517, Luther changed the course of human history when he nailed his 95 Theses to the church door at Wittenberg, accusing the Roman Catholic church of heresy upon heresy. Many people cite this act as the primary starting point of the Protestant Reformation… though to be sure, John Wycliffe, John Hus, Thomas Linacre, John Colet, and others had already put the life’s work and even their lives on the line for same cause of truth, constructing the foundation of Reform upon which Luther now built. Luther’s action was in great part a response to the selling of indulgences by Johann Tetzel, a Dominican priest. Luther’s charges also directly challenged the position of the clergy in regard to individual salvation. Before long, Luther’s 95 Theses of Contention had been copied and published all over Europe.”
Christ a superstition and a “fable”—Pope Leo X, At a lavish Good Friday banquet in the Vatican in 1514. Raising a chalice of wine into the air, Pope Leo toasted:“How well we know what a profitable superstition this fable of Christ has been for us and our predecessors.
Later, Pope Paul III, expressed similar sentiments, saying that there was no valid document to demonstrate the existence of Christ. He confessed that “Jesus never existed”, adding that he was “no other than the sun, adored in its Mithraic sect…” Court of Justice, Viterbo, Italy : no 45/b
http://www.luigicascioli.eu/traduzioni/en_proceso4.htm (See last paragraph)
CURRENT WHISTLEBLOWER: BUTLER TO THE POPE.
His health wasn’t the only thing that was bothering Pope Benedict XVI. The betrayal by his butler was apparently a constant source of distress, and could have been the last straw in a series of scandals that troubled the papacy, according to sources quoted by the New York Times.
The Pope’s former butler Paolo Gabriele, 46, went on trial last year after he leaked to a journalist confidential Vatican memos that revealed corruption and intrigue within the Holy See, which were later published in a book.
Gabriele was sentenced to 18 months in jail but was pardoned by the Pope after he wrote a letter begging for forgiveness.
DIVINITY SCHOOL DROPOUTS
JOSEPH STALIN (1879″“1953)
(Wanted to become a priest-Sam). “Lasting longer than the vast majority of divinity school dropouts, noted mass murderer Joseph Stalin studied at a Georgian Orthodox seminary in Tiflis (now Tbilisi) for five years, between 1894 and 1899.
He left the seminary either because of poor health (his mom’s story) or revolutionary activity (Stalin’s story). “ (official school records state he was unable to pay the tuition and withdrew-SAM) “Either way, Stalin clearly didn’t take much of what he learned to heart. After he became the Soviet leader in 1922, he was responsible for the deaths of thousands of religious leaders, and Stalin did more than any other premier to eliminate the role of Christianity in Soviet life. But his seminary wasn’t exactly a study in Christian love, either. Prior to Stalin’s arrival, a rector was murdered there—possibly by unruly seminarians.”
MICHAEL MOORE (1954″“ )
“Controversial documentary filmmaker Michael Moore began studying at a seminary in his hometown of Flint, Michigan, as an eighth grader in 1967. Brought up a devout Catholic, Moore aspired to a career as a priest, but he left the seminary the next year for thoroughly secular reasons. When the Detroit Tigers made it to the World Series in 1968, the seminary refused to let him watch the games—so he quit. Before his successful filmmaking career, in fact, Moore was something of a serial dropout. He dropped out of the University of Michigan because he arrived at school one morning and couldn’t find a parking place, and he once got a job at an automobile factory in Flint—but called in sick on his first day and never returned.”
Read the full text here: http://mentalfloss.com/article/17462/5-surprising-divinity-school-dropouts#ixzz2PsNeTrPJ
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(There are 3 more divinity school dropouts than those above – Al Gore, Tom Cruise, and Casanova.) (Tom Cruise wanted to be a Catholic priest when he was a teenager, but he recalls how he was asked to leave St. Francis Seminary at Cincinnati University as he was caught stealing alcohol.)