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. 

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....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.

Sincerely,

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.

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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.

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

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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.
Absolutely.

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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.

Sincerely,

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.
True.
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:

https://www.johnsonweld.com/debate

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.  

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Don’t neglect to do the good works which God commands.

Discussing and debating religion is not as important as keeping God's Commandments.  In essence, they amount to claims of faith.  In other words, everything is important.  But the most important thing, is to keep God's commandments.


1 Corinthians 7:19
Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God.
Galatians 5:6
For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.
Faith which works by love is the equivalent of keeping the Commandments:

John 14:21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

And it is they who will be saved:

Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
In my opinion, the most important thing to God is that we keep His Commandments. Those Christians who keep His Commandments will be saved in this life by virtue of the Sacraments and in the age to come by virtue of the righteous judgement of God.
Those non-Catholics who keep His Commandments will be saved in the age to come by virtue of the righteous judgement of God.
Those who do not keep His Commandments will not be saved. For God, actions speak louder than words. Speaking and teaching is great, but don’t neglect to do the other good works which God commands.