Everything the Vatican has done over the years has been to add credibility to its claims. The question is how credible are they in the light of the fanciful notions presented to the public, most of which are beyond belief? Many of the relics were supposedly brought to Rome by Helena, the mother of the emperor, Constantine, after he established the organisation in 325 AD. The ‘relics’ of Christ include his crucifixion more than 300 years after his death.
The psychology at play here is that one believes what they see with their eyes, rather than what they know or feel in their heart. This is the Roman way and it was started in Babylon where the Islamic religion had its origin. There Nebuchadnezzar and others used imagery to impress and prove their claims. This strengthened the wall that imprisons God’s people.
If a religion is spiritual and really serves God, why is credibility important? My link to the Spirit is such that it commissioned me to remove the wall of blindness and restore reality. The size of the barrier is such that the earth was plunged into darkness and covered with evil.
The Spirit works inside everyone to direct them onto the right course to complete the plan in place from the beginning. It is written of in the Old Testament prophecies and involves the Second Beast of Revelation who it points out is the Assyrian (Isaiah 14:25) and 666 (Revelation 13:12-18).
The problem with credibility for the Church is that Rome was sacked by Titus in 70 AD and Jerusalem was raised to the ground. Not even the wall around it survived. The Temple Mount was destroyed and even the treasures that had been hidden were uncovered and taken to Rome.
Helena, despite this, returned to Rome with things the Church claims were used by Jesus Christ, such as the stairs he supposedly walked up to the trial with Pontius Pilate. Even more incredulous is the House of Loreto. This basilica surrounding this extraordinary structure is carved out of stone and decorated with well carved images.
The house itself is said to be the home of the Virgin Mary during her childhood and the place where she conceived Jesus. With dimension of some 8.5 by 3.8 and 4.1 high, a large house by any measure, this 2 story structure was apparently brought to Croatia in 1291 by angels when threatened with it was threatened with destruction by the Turks.
It was again carried by angels across the Adriatic Sea to Italy in 1294. It was then moved to Loreto. This incredible tale is apparently supported by the number of miracles at each of its sites. Of course, there is no verification of any of this yarn. Psychologically, however, people believe it and are led to believe they are healed by its influence.
Healing by suggestion is not unknown and when someone believes strongly enough they can create the right vibes. We don’t understand how that happens but hypnosis is certainly a pointer in this direction. Self hypnosis is not impossible.
Other relics the Church holds because of Helena’s trip to Jerusalem include what are purported to be parts of the origin cross, nails that held Christ to it, and even milk from the breast of the Virgin Mary. While many may laugh at this collection and its unlikely credibility it brings pilgrims by the thousands to the places where they are housed.
They are one of the biggest money spinners the church owns. The bones of St. Peter were also supposedly recovered beneath the Vatican a few years ago. They are now on display in a humid, stuffy, tomb beneath the Basilica. The number who clamber to see it makes getting a ticket very hard.
One can see, therefore, how religious psychology works to preserved the faith and fool the public. The more people who believe in the stories and are engulfed by the power of relics the greater the organisation becomes and the more money pours into its coffers.