Interesting thoughts and perspectives on Noah’s ark. Thanks for sharing.
I ask again where did I take the Bible out of context?
Most of those line-item quotes. Like I was saying, I can find quotes in the Bible that support abortion.
1. How does one justify Biblically one man (the Pope) being an intercessor for the RCC or the Church (and by this I mean the Church of Christ at large not limited to the RCC). If there is such an argument what part of the body of Christ is the Pope?
This isn't true. The Pope is not the intercessor for the RCC or Christianity as a whole.
If you are asking where do we get the idea for having a Pope: Matthew 16:18 "And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.
*This gets an asterisk of I'm doing line quotes specifically because you requested this here.
2. How does one justify Biblically the theology the RCC teaches that salvation is through the RCC’s traditions in conjunction with the Bible?
I'll let Pope Paul VI answer that one: http://www.vatican.va/archive/hist_coun ... um_en.html
3. How does one reconcile the ideas of Mary’s divinity, purgatory, penance, indulgences, baptism of infants, and prayer to saints with the Bible?
1. Not even the Marists say that Mary is divine.
2. Purgatory and Penance: Short version, nothing unclean can enter the presence of God.
(1 Corinthians 3:11-15) "For other foundation no man can lay, but that which is laid; which is Christ Jesus. Now if any man build upon this foundation, gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay stubble: Every man's work shall be manifest; for the day of the Lord shall declare it, because it shall be revealed in fire; and the fire shall try every man's work, of what sort it is. If any man's work abide, which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man's work burn, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved, yet so as by fire."
(Matthew 12:32): "And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but he that shall speak against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, nor in the world to come."
This strongly implies that there are people who WILL be forgiven in the world to come but were not in this world, which in turn implies a transitional place where you can earn forgiveness.
3. Indulgences: For full study, please see: APOSTOLIC CONSTITUTION OF POPE PAUL VI INDULGENTIARUM DOCTRINA: WHEREBY THE REVISION OF SACRED INDULGENCES IS PROMULGATED
Short version, good works go into a "bank" of good works, if you will. This aides those who are in purgatory, who, once they are purified, look after the souls still on Earth.
4.Baptism of infants: Do you honestly blame the Catholic church for wanting to make families who are terrified their children are going to hell feel better (remember, we believe in the stain of Original Sin on the soul)? We have the Rite of Confirmation to cover accepting Jesus with a reasoning mind. Technically, the Sacrament is baptism, not baptism of infants. We have adult baptisms as well.
5. Prayer to the saints: It's prayer with
the saints. They have their special causes, and we believe by invoking their name, they will lend their voice with ours to God.
4. And finally to be very blunt: Is salvation through faith in Christ or is it something that can be achieved through one’s own efforts?
Official Catholic is position is neither. It is through faith and
good works that one achieves salvation.