Master Chef and Master Chef Junior are two of my favorite shows, I love cooking and I really enjoy the competition aspect it brings. I noticed something though as I was watching it yesterday and it truly made me stop and think. There are tag team competitions on both shows where one of the contestants who won a previous challenge picked two of the other challengers to be teammates. These teams had to work together in order to complete a meal, communication was of course on the huge aspects. The thing that struck me was when the children picked their teammates they did it in a way to strengthen their competition, they did not want to hinder anyone. When the adults picked the teammates, it was done in a way to give a disadvantage to the others.
Of course, it is just for entertainment and ultimately it is just cooking, however I think there is a huge lesson to be learned. Jesus said it Himself in Matthew 18:3 “Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven”. Everything Jesus preached was important of course but when he added “amen” in front of what He was saying, it meant that you better listen up. He wants us to be like children in that we make ourselves completely dependent upon Him. We should always look to God for His guidance because He knows the way better than we do.
I think it refers also to the innocence that children have, which can be seen in the example I gave of Master Chef. The children did not want to hinder their competition, they did not want to be malicious. Whereas the adults only focused on winning because they want to be number one and there is no second thought on the competitors. This is something that is affecting our world today, there is a lack of innocence. Now, innocence does not mean naivety and having an unrealistic view of the world. Rather, it means being able to depend on God and having a deep love for your neighbor.
We should want what is best for our neighbor, even our enemies which is by far one of the hardest things that could be asked of us. We have all been hurt one way or the other by someone we truly loved and cared for. I have family members who have been extremely mean to my parents and myself. However, it does not mean that I wish any ill upon them. In fact, I wish them the very best because that is what being a Christian is. It means being able to look your enemy in the eye and saying that you forgive them and that you love them as a child of God. It is no easy feat and sometimes seems impossible but sometimes we have to channel our inner child and bring about the innocence that they hold. Not for their sake but for ours and the relationship that we are building with Christ.
I know that this life is not always easy,
There are times when I feel that I cannot forgive,
Help me to channel your grace and spread the love that you provide,
To tell the message of how you died,
For the sake of our eternal life,
I can rise above the pain and strife,
Give me the strength to look my enemy in the eye,
And tell them that I forgive them.
Over the past few years, I have come into contact and helped quite a few homeless individuals; some become familiar faces while others I never see again. One man, in particular, James*, I have known for about two years, and he always asks for the same thing. In the summer he would like ice, drink, and food, and during the winter, some warm coffee, to heat some food and maybe a blanket. Recently he came in to ask for his usual fill-up of ice and water but asked me to call him an ambulance. It turns out that he was suffering from heat stroke, his body was hurting all over, and he was suffering from chest pains. When the ambulance came to pick him up, he asked me to please put his drink carrier into his back pack, and that is when it truly struck me, all this man had in his entire existence was this backpack.
He has told me before that he lives under the bridge and he was always in search of food and water, but it never struck me just exactly what that looked like. Now at this moment I felt moved by such emotion I could have cried (and trust me I’m not a crier). I think back to how many times I complained that it is too hot or cold, when I have a heater and air conditioner, or how much I want something too expensive when I already have enough. This man had all his belongings in a backpack and never really had the opportunity to cool off from the heat, only when he was near death. When he was laying there, I told him that he was not just a person to me but rather family because he truly doesn’t have anyone else. I think of all the people I am blessed to have in my life but her this man, on the brink of death, probably feels completely and utterly alone.
The homeless and poor should not be defined by the situation they are in, and I have told this to James before. We view them as lazy beggars, which in some cases could be true but we do not know the entire circumstance of everyone’s situation. We don’t have that kind of power to judge someone in that sense, that is not our place at all. I am always reminded of the verse found in Matthew 25:35-36 “For I was hungry, and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me”.
Granted, I understand that every situation is different and not all homeless people are nice. I have encountered people who were very violent and aggressive, but it does not stop me. I always feel that if we have the Holy Spirit guiding us then we will be okay. We live in a society where people are dehumanized, and life is taken for granted. Think of how different and better the world would be if we cared about human beings as much as we cared about getting a brand-new car or the next best cellphone. We need more love in the world and it starts with the willingness to see humans as being made in the image of God, therefore each and every one of us is priceless.
Help me to see people as you did,
That they are to be loved, nurtured and cared for.
Help me to be a beacon of your light,
In a world that is darkened by the stain of materialism.
Help me to be a friend to those who have none,
And a glimmer of hope for the hopeless.
*Name has been changed to protect the identity.
Although I have a ton of favorite Christian artists because they are all so amazing, Casting Crowns has a special place in my heart. I remember receiving their first album Casting Crowns for Christmas, back when it was such a novelty to get a CD. That thing received a lot of play on my portable CD player and my regular CD player! Kids today will never know the complete and utter feeling of despair that arises when a scratch appears on your CD…okay, I may be exaggerating…a little. My dad and I saw them in concert 3 times, which was without a doubt an awesome experience.
Their song What if I Gave Everything strikes a familiar chord with many Christians I imagine. The first verse pretty much sums up what we all want to accomplish “All my life I longed to be a hero” then “Be a man you would write about”. We could be sitting on our couch, computer, at work, even in Church, when we get this overwhelming desire to run out and change the world. We see poverty, murder, people blaspheming God, our faith, etc. and we’re hit with an epiphany to change it. Suddenly we envision ourselves fighting injustice, clothing all the homeless, saving little babies in foreign countries, rebuilding homes. Then we imagine, “oh how they’ll talk” and you dream about what your face will look like on the Time Magazine Person of the Year cover. You’ll do the rounds of all the morning and late night talk shows, be the featured guest at all the parties and be recognized as the person who saved the world.
So Why am I Still Standing Here? Then reality strikes and we finish doing whatever we were up to prior to the epiphany. We realize that we were simply daydreaming and the hope of trying becomes overwhelmingly difficult. We should never want to change the world because we think it will bring us some kind of exposure. Doing the right thing makes us feel good and that is completely okay but don’t do it simply to relish the praise of others.
Then we run into the other issue of feeling like we are somehow inadequate to do the right thing. That we can’t do it because we are not good enough, which couldn’t be further from the truth. If we let our Faith lead us then we are going to be able to accomplish what we hope to. Jesus paid the ultimate price for our salvation, suffering and death upon the cross. If we focus on the Stations of the Cross and watch Jesus’ journey to attain our salvation, then how can we not walk in faith?
My favorite verse of the whole song is – so afraid what it might cost to follow You, I’d walk by faith if I could get these feet to move. Being Christian can cause us a lot of problems within this world, chastisement, lost friendship, persecution, and even death. Maximilian Kolbe, one of the heroes of our faith knew all too well what it was like to claim and stick to being Christian. It brought death and one that he was more than willing to pay because he walked with faith even unto death. One of his most prolific quotes that can guide us:
No one in the world can change Truth. What we can do and should do is to seek truth and to serve it when we have found it. The real conflict is the inner conflict. Beyond armies of occupation and the hecatombs [e.g. the sacrifice of many victims] of extermination camps, there are two irreconcilable enemies in the depth of every soul: good and evil, sin and love. And what use are the victories on the battlefield if we ourselves are defeated in our innermost personal selves?
If we fully believe in our faith, if we fully believe in Jesus Christ, if we fully believe in God, then we can walk by faith. We can change the world, maybe not in a dramatic way, or even in a way that others around the world will notice. That is not what it’s about because ultimately it is a ripple effect. You do one good act, then gradually others become inspired to do good acts.
So I leave you with one of the final verses:
What if I gave everything?
What if I stopped holding back from You?
Starting now, I’m stepping out onto deeper waters
What if I gave everything?
What if I stopped holding back from You?
Starting now, I’m stepping out onto deeper waters
I want to see some mountains move
Saint Paul, out of all the Apostles, continues to be my favorite. There are quite a few reasons as to why but the most prominent is how I can relate to him. We all have stories and scars to share, some a bit more deep than others. It is Paul’s conversion that resonates so deeply to what we all can attain. We’re not perfect, far from it truthfully, but we should always strive to do better. It doesn’t mean that one day everything will be perfect but you at least know you’re doing the right thing.
Paul was not wholesome in his beginning days, to put it bluntly he was a killer of Christians. He belonged to the sect of Jews known as the Pharisees, a rather strict group who held firmly to the traditional Jewish beliefs. After what can be described as a slap-in-the-face awakening, Paul experienced a powerful vision from Jesus Christ. After this vision he did a complete 180 and actively worked to bring Christ’s message to people.
Christianity is not easy, as Paul found out; he was attacked, jailed, harassed and eventually martyred all because he was Christian. Christ told us Himself that because we don’t belong to this world we will always face a struggle. We often see this when we face our own trials that seem to come at a never ending pace. We must always hold on to the hope that Jesus gave us when He died on the Cross. That eternal salvation would be ours if we stayed the course and overcame the temptations.
A good friend of mine told me that life is a participation sport, you can either play or sit on the sidelines. The same can be said about Christianity, we either watch or we participate. We have to actively be seeking to better ourselves, to reach out to others and to also spread Christ’s message to the rest of the world. We have to actively be living our faith and not simply talking about it. You can say you’re a Christian but you have to show that you are. This is done by being kind to others, not having an ego, clothing the naked, feeding the poor, etc.
We should never be ashamed to share our past because it could help others who are struggling with the same issues as you. At first it can be daunting, I know it was for me. When we look at what we’ve been through, whether from our choices or life circumstances, we can use it to make us stronger. Saint Paul didn’t let his past stop him but rather he used it to propel him forward. He was on fire with the Holy Spirit but he wasn’t born that way. None of us (with the exception of Jesus and the Blessed Mother of course) are born perfect. Neither will any of us truly attain perfection until we make it to Heaven.
Many of the Saints struggled at first with their past, the chains that bound them. Saint Augustine, Saint Francis, Saint Mary of Egypt, etc. As Saint Augustine so eloquently stated “There is no saint without a past, no sinner without a future.” We are in a very special time right now, Lent. This is a time of deep reflection and repentance. Look at where you’ve been and realize how far you’ve come, you are a child of God. So share your story, let your voice be heard and become a participator of Christianity. Saint Paul – Pray for Us.
Your words speak so profoundly to me,
Help me to truly let them play in my life.
Help me to share the story of my beginning,
To become like Saint Paul and spread your message.
You bestow upon me special graces,
Help me to open my eyes and heart to attain them
When tragedy strikes the first thing many do is question why God would want to do something like that. Whether it be a horrible accident or a tragic situation where a child is diagnosed with cancer. The first question always rings, “why God?”
We know God is all powerful but we unfairly place too much blame on Him and not enough on the situation. It is often a misunderstood phrase to say it is Gods will. We should make something very clear though – it was never Gods will for death. When Adam and Eve were first created, His will for them was worship and thanksgiving. God gave them everything, provided them with endless food, water, things to make them comfortable. There were no tornado threats, murders, animal mauling’s or sickness. There simply was endless adoration for a God that loved His people so much He was literally willing to give them the world.
Then these two people, in their pride, ate of the fruit from the tree of life. The one tree that God commanded them to not eat from. When you think about this, it really wasn’t too much to ask of them. And no, it wasn’t God setting them up for failure by tempting them with something that was right there yet unattainable. Rather, it goes much deeper than that.
What is faith? In the basic form it is a belief in God; much deeper it is knowing and believing that God WILL provide even if it is not the way we think it should be. Now, is it faith if everything is simply handed but there is no return? What I mean by this is, if the faith is simply in what is being given to them but there is nothing for them to prove their faith. In having them not eat of that one tree, He was seeing if their faith was because of love or simply convenience. Did they love Him because He is the creator or because of the things He gave them?
In eating of that tree they let their pride envelop them much like satan had previously. Their faith was not strong enough to shield them from the temptation that had come slithering in. If their faith was based on pure love then there would be no room in their heart for pride and disobedience. Does this mean they had no love for God? Of course not. But their love was not pure and had conditions. This is what caused them to be banished from the Garden of Eden and caused death to enter into the world.
God’s will from the very beginning of creation was about love, adoration and obedience. In the Old Testament we get a very clear picture of God’s rage but why did He have rage in the first place? His creation had turned on Him, yet again. It was a justifiable anger because what He commanded was not followed. That has to be extremely wounding for anyone, especially God. We see God as this wrath filled Being who asks for complete mindless following and often times His requests are seen as difficult. This is a completely wrong way to view Gods relationship with us!
What we fail to see is everything that God has gone through. How many times He had been betrayed, not just by Adam and Eve but the devil himself. Creation had turned against Him but He was not going to destroy it. How many of us have started working on something, only to not like the outcome so we start over or completely abandon the project for something new? God didn’t. Instead, He still blesses us with miracles and gives each of us a mission to accomplish.
God’s will isn’t necessarily for bad things to happen but His hope is that your faith will remain through bad times. He permits things to happen because is it truly faith if everything goes according to your plan. If things are always bright sunshine, then you’ll eventually lose sight of what completely relying on God is.
Please help me to fully accept Your will,
To fully surrender all doubt, worry and fear I may feel.
Give me the strength to stand firm in my beliefs,
Even when it seems nearly impossible.
This road may get weary and dark,
But I will always remember that I don’t travel alone.
There are quite a few differences between Catholicism, which is the Church started by Jesus Christ, and the protestant splinters, but one is more significant than the rest – the Eucharist. The entire Catholic Mass is centered on the beautiful sacrament of the Eucharist. We believe that the bread and wine transform into the body and blood of our savior Jesus Christ. Although I should use the term we loosely because over 60% of Catholics don’t believe in the real presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist.
Why could such a heart wrenching number of Catholics not believe in the real presence of Jesus Christ? The answer lies within the Mass itself.
Every Catholic knows that the formation then implementation of the Second Vatican Council brought about some major changes. Directly impacting the Mass itself, and not in a positive way. There were six Protestants leaders who had a direct impact on aspects of the Mass. This is affirmed by Fr. Annibale Bugnini, the author of the Novus Ordo, “We must strip from our Catholic prayers and from the Catholic liturgy everything which can be the shadow of a stumbling block for our separated brethren that is for the Protestants…”
Let’s say there are two friends, Jeff and Dan, who like to make pottery together. Dan decides he doesn’t agree with the materials used in pottery making so he starts making art canvases. At every turn he disagrees with Jeff, even going so far to try and discredit Jeff with his pottery making. Dan then gets more friends on board with him but then they decide to turn against Dan, each going their own separate ways. Then you have Jeff who was staying strong in his convictions about pottery making. He begins to waver because he wants to still be friends with Dan and the others who left, so he starts painting pottery on Canvases to please the others.
Moral of the story? The Mass should never have been changed to accompany those who broke away from the truth. Protestant groups are praising the new Mass, going so far as to say they are acceptable in their Churches. Does anyone else see the extreme error of this? Why should Christ’s Church change to accompany those that are preaching heresies?
This is a huge reason why 29% of Catholics have adopted the John Zwingli theology that the Mass merely is an act of symbolism of Jesus. While 24% hold on to the Calvinist theology that the bread and wine transform into the body and blood because of their faith.
Mass is an obligation but it shouldn’t be treated merely as something we’re supposed to do but something we should want to do. It is a small chunk of time for an enormous sacrifice that Jesus made for us. All He asks is for an hour of our time and an hour during Holy Days of Obligation. I’ve witnessed before a very nonchalant attitude towards Mass, people chewing gum, looking at their cell phones, etc. Then when going up to receive communion, it’s as if some have no idea what they are about to partake in. This is the true presence of Jesus Christ, how can you not bow down to the King? We must again teach the importance of Mass, the importance of Communion and the importance of being Catholic. If not, I am afraid these numbers will continue to increase and the true presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist will be forgotten. Where does that leave Jesus? Alone in a Tabernacle, forgotten by those very people He came to save.
I leave you with this:
Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him. Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died, whoever eats this bread will live forever.” – Jesus. John 6:53-58
Please give me strength to stand strong in the faith I have in You,
To spread the message to others who are hardened to it.
I may come face to face with adversity,
But help me to remember that You did as well.
Lent is a time of reflection and sacrifice because it allows us to get closer to God. Hopefully, now that we are so far into Lent you are starting to understand in a deeper sense how sacrifice can help you grow closer to God. All too often we get consumed with the idea of what to give up for Lent, and that usually ends with sweets, carbs and soda. This is great if those things hold a huge place in your heart, if they are some of your favorite foods and drinks, then definitely do that!
When I say we get consumed with what to give up, we often don’t talk about what to gain. Did you give up social networking for Lent? Use that time to pray. Did you give up sweets and soda for Lent? You can use the money that would have purchased those items and instead donate to a charity or buy food for the homeless.
The point is to try and lessen things in our lives that separate us from attaining a more cherished relationship with God. We can incorporate these things into our lives even after Lent is over. Lent may occur for only 46 days but the purpose of it stretches much longer than that.
The Passion our Lord endured for us has to be one of the most humbling things of our faith. Here, the Son of God didn’t have to die for us but He chose to. He didn’t just die, He was tortured, mocked and spit upon. All so that we could maybe one day attain glory with Him, if we accept and live by His teachings.
As I have said before, being a Christian is not easy in the least bit. It takes work, dedication and most importantly faith. No matter how bad things may be or how much worse they will get, we always hold on to the belief that Jesus rises above it. We sometimes fall into the trap of feeling sorry for ourselves but if we hold on to that then despair seeps in.
It isn’t that we should never feel the emotions that make us human but we should never let them completely consume us. Understanding that there is someone who loves you so much that they would give up their life so that you can find peace, is truly a comforting feeling. If you embrace it and accept Jesus into your heart, then you can have that feeling as well.
Even though Lent is almost over, use the spirit of Lent to further evangelize to others. Let Lent Live On (a tongue tier, I know, but something that is very true)
Help me to embrace suffering to save souls who are straying,
To be a vessel so you can work through me to change the world.
I want to bring your Word to those who don’t know it,
And to stay strong against those who don’t want it.
This world was already headed down Crazy Street but we suddenly took a left turn to the Highway to hell. When double standards become the norm, American values become null, people become downright ugly and claim social justice and even Catholics thinking like liberals, then you know Jesus is not at the center.
I heard the craziest thing last month about a “catholic” who said that Jesus is okay with abortions, gay marriage, feminism and all kinds o’ crazy stuff. Liberalism is seen as the norm, with many “stars” coming out in support of gay marriage, abortion, etc. (reference Revelation 12:4 for a little update about stars). A lot of millennial my age feel the same exact way, which would make it a very popular belief. Was Jesus very popular among His peers? A resounding…..NO!
That was the point! There is a distinct separation between heaven/earth but there is a thin line between hell/earth. Now, before you gasp, let me explain. The path to Heaven is narrow, while the road to hell is huge. Heaven is a beautiful place where God resides, hell is a place of torment where prideful and sinful souls go. Earth is the in between, where far too often humans fall short. Why? Because we let our pride guide us. All the way back to Adam and Eve – it was pride that caused the fall of man and the stain of original sin. God never gave up on us, so He sent us His Son, Jesus Christ. Through His teachings and His example, we could find the courage to follow the Truth (God)
Think about it, the Creator of everything came down in the form of a baby. He didn’t come to scare people into believing, He came to show people how to live. He created for us the Catholic Church, which enforces the guidelines that are inspired by Jesus Christ Himself. There is no changing that, unless of course you aren’t afraid of heresy. In which case, you may want to seriously reconsider. I wouldn’t want to stand in front of Jesus and have to explain to Him why I felt like His teachings are out of date.
This brings me to two different priests, Father *Liberal and Father Peter West. Father Liberal wore a woman’s vagina hat while giving a homily. I could end it there because that’s bad enough and worthy of a pretty hefty fine of possibly skipping purgatory on his way down. He posts on a regular basis bashing conservatives…wait a minute. He’s Catholic? Yes. He’s a priest? Yes. So shouldn’t he be conservative? Well, technically yes. It gets even better, on his Facebook he has a picture of heavy set people holding a rebel flag with the caption “we’re boycotting Nordstrom”. There is a boycott going on right now because Nordstrom decided to drop Ivanka Trumps stuff from their line. Their claims of “the product not selling enough” seems to be rather suspicious. Seeing as though it comes right at the same time others are throwing an oversized temper tantrum because they didn’t get their way. That’s not even as offensive as the post that states God is planning on getting rid of religion. I’m honestly speechless. You as my readers know by now that not much can get me speechless. But this right here, this so called “priest” is disgracing to every Martyr that shed blood so that the Catholic Church can still stand.
Martyrs who were murdered by Jews, Muslims and Pagans because they proclaimed their love of Jesus Christ. Because they loved the Church that Jesus Christ had started. Their blood ran red over the land so that we could sit in Mass, so that we can continue on proclaiming the message that Jesus Christ had. Their blood didn’t run so that this so called “priest” could condemn everything that so many had fought hard to defend.
Then there is Father Peter West. Who is speaking up against what seems to be the liberal popular belief, even within the Hierarchy of the Church. He doesn’t proclaim hate or intolerance, he certainly doesn’t make fun of country people or obese people like father Liberal does. He doesn’t mince words when proclaiming the truth which is why so many people are throwing a fit. He is a modern day martyr, who is being attacked by members of our own Church. If his voice is silenced, then we have reached the breaking point. Catholicism was started by Jesus, built up by Martyrs through the Holy Spirit and carried on by us. If we fail to acknowledge that something is wrong with this new picture of Catholicism, then God is no longer in control. Because that means that we have turned our back on Him and instead invited satan to have a seat. This is the truth because it is Christ’s message. The Church was founded on the principles that Jesus gave us, it wasn’t founded on popularity or what the majority of the secular world wanted. It was the classic WWJD catch phrase. So make your choice and don’t be silent anymore. It is time that we stand together, united for the one purpose of bringing Jesus back to this dark world.
Give me the strength to stand up against hatred,
To defend your name to my last breath.
Thank you for giving me the blessings you have,
Even though I am undeserving.
Help me to not let those blessings be wasted,
Because I was to scared to defend you.
*Father Liberals name has been changed in the event that he throws a temper tantrum and tries to shut me down. Just do a quick Google search….
This whole ordeal about the Muslims and how Catholics are defending them baffles me. What baffles me even more is that a good majority of these so called “Catholics” are the ones who believe in abortion, same sex marriage, etc. So their POV about the whole subject matter is really inconsequential because their opinion is null and void. I really want to confront those who are seemingly faithful Catholics who can support Muslims.
Now, I know what Jesus taught. He taught us the two most important commandments were love God and your neighbor (summed up version). Many of the arguments surrounding the “love of Muslims” is that Jesus said these two commandments are the most important. However, context is everything. And unless you are willing to look at everything that Jesus said, not just the stuff that supports your disillusioned belief, then it is again null and void.
This is kind of a long piece of Scripture: 2 John 1:6-12 – so I’ll just sum up the most important parts and please look up and read this, it is very enlightening. Jesus tells us that love is the most important commandment. John tells us though (while being influenced by the Holy Spirit) that there are people who are deceivers and will do so by failing to acknowledge Jesus Christ. And if they go beyond the teaching of Jesus Christ – then they do not have God with them. Here’s just a little glimpse into the Qur’an: 4:157 That they said (in boast), “We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Messenger of Allah”;-but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them, and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no (certain) knowledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety they killed him not. 4:171 O People of the Book! Commit no excesses in your religion: Nor say of Allah aught but the truth. Christ Jesus the son of Mary was (no more than) a messenger of Allah, and His Word, which He bestowed on Mary, and a spirit proceeding from Him: so believe in Allah and His messengers. Say not “Trinity”: desist: it will be better for you: for Allah is one Allah: Glory be to Him: (far exalted is He) above having a son. To Him belong all things in the heavens and on earth. (Yikes! Don’t say the Trinity or Allah will not be happy!) Last but not least, Jesus in their belief will rise again as a follower of Muhamad and will kill all the infidels – all Christians, Jews, etc. unless of course you convert.
“Its okay though! They’re still our brothers and sisters, as long as they live a good life and are nice.” No they’re not!! John told us deceivers are in this world who will fail to acknowledge who Jesus is or who go beyond what Jesus taught. The Muslims acknowledge Jesus but they degrade everything that He stood for. They said that He wasn’t crucified, it was just an appearance, you can’t mention the Holy Trinity because that would be offensive to Allah and that Jesus will be a follower of Muhamad and will kill all the infidels who don’t convert. That right there is exactly what John was talking about. Whoever greets this person will share in his wicked activities. “If anyone comes to you bringing a different doctrine, you must not receive him into your house or even give him a greeting”, now that’s a pretty heavy statement. The Muslim religion teaches a completely different doctrine then that of Catholicism.
2 Corinthians 3:4 – And even though our gospel is veiled,* it is veiled for those who are perishing, in whose case the god of this age has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, so that they may not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. The god of this age being satan who has casted the darkness upon those who do not believe in Jesus Christ. Their darkened hearts cannot see the beauty of the Gospel.
2 Thessalonians 3:6
“We instruct you, brothers, in the name of [our] Lord Jesus Christ, to shun any brother who conducts himself in a disorderly way and not according to the tradition they received from us.”
John 6: 53-54 53 Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats* my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day.
These are just a few of the many passages that discuss the importance of having faith in Jesus Christ – without Him we are dead. It also teaches about the non-believers, those who either degrade Jesus or completely deny Him. The Muslims know Jesus, they just don’t believe in His divinity, His teachings or His crucifixion. Being a follower of Jesus Christ isn’t easy, it shouldn’t be. But when it becomes so perverted by what people want to believe as opposed to what is actually there – then it becomes dangerous. It’s dangerous because souls are at stake here. This isn’t just a regular well lets disagree about whether green or red apples are better. This is a time when we have to embrace what the true teachings of Jesus are and not the ones that make us feel good. Heaven isn’t attained by those who stand with the world but rather by those who are willing to defy the world in order to bring the message of Jesus Christ.
Take my hand and guide me through this battle,
Help me to spread the message of Your Light.
Give me the strength to stand in Your word,
To fully embrace the teachings that bring salvation.
Someone said that God was okay with women having abortions and gay marriage. This came from someone who claimed to be Catholic. Confusing, I know. Because all of these things that are mentioned go against everything the Catholic Church teaches. Again, confusing. Why not just remove yourself from Catholicism? Why not go to some other Christian religion that accepts these evil beliefs? Because, there is some perceived power that comes with claiming to be Catholic while at the same time claiming these beliefs fit in. Just a bunch of claims but nothing to back it up.
The Catholic Church is the oldest Christian Church that was founded by the one and only, Jesus Christ. The teachings cannot change and will not change but since Vatican II it has allowed some people to feel more at ease with going against the true teachings. However, if you look at the Bible and even at the Saints, we can learn a lot.
Let’s start with abortion. “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you” Jerimiah 1:5. In this passage we see God talking to Jerimiah, telling him that before he was formed in the womb, He knew him. This is a very telling statement taken from the OT. He is telling Jerimiah a few very important concepts that apply to the issue of abortion. First is “before I formed you”, this is very intense. God forms us, each and every one of us, when we are in the womb. The act of marriage, the beauty that comes out of it, is a brand new little life. God is telling us, through the use of Jerimiah, that He forms us. How can you say that abortion is okay if He forms us in the womb? Are you then saying that God is wrong? Or are you saying that you are more powerful than God? Either of these really don’t sound too appealing.
If you say God is okay with abortion, then you are essentially saying that God doesn’t mind you destroying His creations. Which in case you aren’t too up-to-date with the OT – both times after He destroyed mankind for their sinful ways, He reinstated the covenant. He destroyed mankind for their sinful ways but women want the right to abort children because they are an inconvenience. Doesn’t make much sense when you put the pieces together. Let’s travel back to the OT again when God created humans – “God created man in his image; in the divine image he created him; male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27). Except for little babies right? Or as the pro-choice women would say – embryos. “You knit me in my mother’s womb . . . nor was my frame unknown to you when I was made in secret” (Psalm 139:13,15). Again, made in secret – meaning that even the parents may not know right away that a child has been formed but God does.
Next we’ll look at homosexuality. “For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. Their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural, and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in their own persons the due penalty for their error” (Rom. 1:26–27). Natural relations are between a married male and female, it is a perversion for those of the same sex to have relations. “Just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise acted immorally and indulged in unnatural lust, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire” (Jude 7). Marriage is a sacrament that is between a man and a woman, which is supposed to bring about new life for the Glory of God. A man/man and woman/woman cannot do that. The sexual act that occurs between them would then just be for pure pleasurable purposes which would make it an abomination is the eyes of God. This is also applied to those who practice sex outside of marriage and those who use any type of birth control. The sexual act then becomes one for just pleasure and does not bring about life. Where does that glorify God? It doesn’t, it is just for personal pleasure.
Give me the strength to defend your truth,
To truly let go, and let You and God control me.
Help me to have the strength You had on Calvary,
That while I am being ridiculed I turn to You.
I know they will try and bring me down,
To silence my voice that I am speaking for you.
I will defend you though, until I breathe my last.