Saturday, October 1, 2016

What is the cup of God's wrath? How does it differ from the chastisement of God's children?

Protestants say that God the Father poured out the Cup of His wrath upon His beloved Son. Its hard for me to believe and it seems unbibilical. Scripture says:
Nahum 1:2
God is jealous, and the Lord revengeth; the Lord revengeth, and is furious; the Lord will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth wrath for his enemies. But maybe if we study the difference between the wrath of God and the chastisement of God's children, we will see what is that cup which Jesus drank and which the Apostles shared and that cup which is the called, "the cup of God's wrath".
Scripture says that God reserves His wrath towards His enemies.
First, as we see in Nahum, the wrath of God is reserved for God's enemies. Also:
John 3:35-36 - King James Version (KJV)
35 The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand.
36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
The wrath of God is reserved for those who do not believe the Son of God.
Ephesians 5:6
Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.
Jesus is known for obedience and thus, the wrath of God was not poured out on Him.
Romans 5:19<
For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
And those who follow Christ are recognized by their obedience to Christ. Therefore they also shall not be the object of God's wrath.
Romans 6:16
Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
This pattern is followed throughout Scripture. Whereever the wrath of God is mentioned, it is directed at those who mock God and disobey His commands:
Ezra 8:22
For I was ashamed to require of the king a band of soldiers and horsemen to help us against the enemy in the way: because we had spoken unto the king, saying, The hand of our God is upon all them for good that seek him; but his power and his wrath is against all them that forsake him.
2 Chronicles 36:16
But they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words, and misused his prophets,until the wrath of the Lord arose against his people, till there was no remedy.
So, what cup did Jesus drink and the Apostles shared?
Matthew 20:21-23 - King James Version (KJV)
21 And he said unto her, What wilt thou? She saith unto him, Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on the left, in thy kingdom.
22 But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able.
23 And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father.
If it was the cup of God's wrath, then Jesus and the Apostles would be counted amongst God's enemies. I think that has been established. However, both Jesus and the Apostles suffered for the sake of God's Kingdom. Scripture says:
Hebrews 2:10
For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
Surprisingly, the Scripture says that Jesus was made perfect through suffering.
Acts 5:41
And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.
And the Apostles rejoiced when they suffered for Christ.
Romans 8:17
And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
And we are all appointed to suffer with Christ, if we believe in Him. If we don't suffer, we are bastard children:
Hebrews 12:7-9 - King James Version (KJV)
7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.
9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?
There is a difference in both forms of suffering. Those who suffer God's wrath and those who suffer God's chastisement do not suffer the same thing.
In both forms of suffering there is pain and frequently, death. However, I can't find in the suffering of God's wrath, any indication of a resurrection. And that is the difference between the suffering of God's wrath and in suffering as God's children in imitation of Christ.
Christ suffered death in order to rise again. Christ suffered this death in order to give us an example to follow.
This is why, the suffering which Christ suffered can't be described as the Cup of God's wrath. 
Romans 14:9
For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living.
2 Corinthians 5:14
For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:
And this is the Catholic Doctrine which fits the Scriptures perfectly:
616 It is love "to the end" that confers on Christ's sacrifice its value as redemption and reparation, as atonement and satisfaction. He knew and loved us all when he offered his life. Now "the love of Christ controls us, because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore all have died." No man, not even the holiest, was ever able to take on himself the sins of all men and offer himself as a sacrifice for all. The existence in Christ of the divine person of the Son, who at once surpasses and embraces all human persons, and constitutes himself as the Head of all mankind, makes possible his redemptive sacrifice for all.
All who live in Christ must first die in Christ:
Romans 6:8
Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:
562 Christ's disciples are to conform themselves to him until he is formed in them (cf. Gal 4:19). "For this reason we, who have been made like to him, who have died with him and risen with him, are taken up into the mysteries of his life, until we reign together with him" (LG 7 § 4).
So, this Protestant doctrine also contradicts the Word of God.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Why are you Catholic?

This is what I believe too.. so why am I Catholic???
Hopefully because you know that the Catholic Church is the true Church of Jesus Christ, which He established on this earth:
Scripture says that the Church teaches the Wisdom of God: 

Ephesians 3:10 
To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, 

Is God's Wisdom infallible? I say yes. 

Is there really any need to say more? I don't think so. But there is more. 

Scripture says that the Church is the pillar and ground of the truth: 
1 Timothy 3:15 
But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. 

God is here saying that the Church always upholds the truth. I believe God. Therefore, I conclude that the Church is infallible. 

Scripture says: 
Matthew 16:18 
And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 

Here the Church is depicted as keeping hell in a state of seige. And further it is said that hell will never prevail against the Church. If the Church committed errors in the mission given her by God, then the gates of hell would have prevailed. 

God says that won't happen. I believe God. Therefore, I conclude that the Church is infallible. 

But is this the Catholic Church?

I believe the Church described in Scripture is the Catholic Church, yes.

First, Jesus Christ appointed a Pastor as head of the entire Church: 
John 21:17 
He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep. 

I see only a few Churches with such a Pastor. Further, Jesus Christ said that the Pastor over His Church would be infallible: 

Matthew 16:17-19 (King James Version) 
17And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.18And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 19And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. 

The list of Churches accept this teaching gets smaller. Certainly, all Protestant denominations can now be eliminated. 

Jesus Christ not only said that the Pastor was infallible but Scripture describes the Church as infallible: 
Ephesians 3:10 
To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, 

The list remains the same, but now I can certainly eliminate all Protestant denominations. 

Back to Matt 16:18, Scripture says that Jesus Christ established one Church. History shows that all the Churches sprang from the Church which is frequently described as the Mother Church. The Catholic Church. 

By simple logic of elimination, that leaves only the Catholic Church. Further, the Catholic Church can produce records tracing back to Apostolic times. 

Therefore, I conclude that it is the Catholic Church which is described in Scripture. 

....not trying to be facetious either.
Its a commonly asked question. The advantage of a Catholic and an Orthodox over every other non-Sacramental religion, is the Sacraments.

In the Sacraments, we are washed in the living water of the Holy Spirit and become children of God. Those Christians who deny the Sacraments must await the Final Judgment before they can walk with the Saints in heaven. Whereas, Sacramental Christians walk upon Mt. Sion, right now, in this life.


De Maria

Thursday, September 22, 2016

If we are not justified in Baptism...Then Christ died in vain.

Re: If we are not justified in Baptism...Then Christ died in vain.


Protestants generally believe that works flow from a life of faith.
Some, but the majority with which I've spoken say that works flow from salvation.

Faith must be their first. It is faith in Christ that leads to someone doing good works.
That is Catholic Teaching.

Works are a sign of faith. "Faith without works is dead." If someone claims to have faith, but has no works, then their faith is suspect.

Rather than "faith and works," I think most Protestants would say living faith evidenced by works.
That is not my experience. Most Protestants with which I've spoken, and I've been speaking to them for nearly twenty years now, say that they are justified by faith alone.


De Maria

Thursday, September 15, 2016

The God given Bible has 73 books

De Maria October 27, 2012 at 1:41 AM
John said:
All we have and were given by God through the apostiles were the 66 books of the bible.
Actually, the Bible consists of 73 books. God has given you a spiritual message in the number of the books in your canon.
Six is the number of imperfection and evil. That is why the number of the Beast is 666. That is also why the number of your canon has 66 books. God is telling you that your Bible is incomplete.
Whereas in Scripture the number 7 is the number which signifies covenant and the number 3 is the number which signifies God. The Catholic, 73 book Bible is the Covenant with God.
The catholics added their pound of baloney including the pope, Matt 16:18-19mary, Luke 1:2848pergatory,1 Cor 3:15holy water, Num 5:17mass, Heb 10:25-31etc. The protestants reformed what they felt necessary based on the bible,
In contradiction of the Bible. Take for instance the doctrine of faith alone. It directly contradicts Scripture:
James 2:24
King James Version (KJV)
24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.
and came up with many different loafs of their baloney. I believe you are correct in criticizing the flawed use of the sinners prayer.
I agree with that statement.
The truth exists in the bible.
True. And the Bible says the following about the Church:
1 Timothy 3:15
King James Version (KJV)
15 But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.
Ephesians 3:10
King James Version (KJV)
10 To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,
Jesus died for the elect. 
Christ died for all mankind:
Romans 5:6-8
King James Version (KJV)
6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. 8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
His sacrifice washed away and washes away our sin.
His Sacrament of Baptism does that:
Acts 22:16
And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.
If His Sacrifice washed away all sin, then even the wicked would be saved. But that is not the case.
Jesus is our ( the truly saved) mercy seat.
God’s righteousness is imputed to us.
Where is that in Scripture? Those who have proven themselves righteous by keeping the Commandments are judged or accounted righteous by God. His Grace is then infused upon the righteous man.
His holy spirit guides us and sanctifies us.
If we but listen.
His blood covers our sin.
If we repent.
The only clue we have of our redemption is our changed heart, that seeks to honor his stated will and glorifies his name.
And the works which are the result of our faith.
Work out our salvation with fear and trembling. Until called home to heaven, wrestle with our old man and repent when we fall short.
And approach the font of grace with confidence, the Sacrament of penance by which the Baptized receive the grace of forgiveness for the sins of which they have repented.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Let them debate!

As you know, I've been praying that third parties will  participate in the Presidential debates this year.  I feel like the Democrats and Republicans have made poor choices this year for our Presidential candidates and I believe we should be informed about who else is out there in order that we can pick the best person for the job.  To that end, please sign this petition:

It is a request that the Libertarian Ticket be permitted to participate in the debates.  They are the closest to the 15% requirement and the only ones registered in all 50 states.