When God beckons; it’s prudent to heed the call

43 “pagan” questions with Catholic answers; {5 at a time}

by Patrick Miron

part 3

 [QUOTE]  11. Did God send all his prophets to USA or Europe or Australia? [/QUOTE]

 Actually God did not send ANY of His Prophets to these places. The USA and Europe  and Australia as We know it did not even exist as countries Before Christ.

 [QUOTE] 12. How many prophets did God send to mankind? [/QUOTE]

 Again I’m unclear of what you’re seeking here? The LAST Prophet was John the Baptist who was beheaded while Christ was still on Earth [30 to 33 AD]

 Matthew 14: 6-12 “But on Herod’ s birthday, the daughter of Herodias danced before them: and pleased Herod.  Whereupon he promised with an oath, to give her whatsoever she would ask of him. But she being instructed before by her mother, said: Give me here in a dish the head of John the Baptist. And the king was struck sad: yet because of his oath, and for them that sat with him at table, he commanded it to be given.  And he sent, and beheaded John in the prison And his head was brought in a dish: and it was given to the damsel, and she brought it to her mother. And his disciples came and took the body, and buried it, and came and told Jesus”

[QUOTE]13. Who made some people beggar and some people rich?[/QUOTE]

 Both are normal conditions of the “human condition.” There are a few examples that come to mind where God did REWARD faithful service to King Solomon; who when asked by God what he wanted; replied in the utmost humility: “wisdom” to rule YOUR People Lord.

 3 Kings 4: 26-32 “ And Solomon had forty thousand stalls of chariot horses, and twelve thousand for the saddle. And the foresaid governors of the king fed them: and they furnished the necessaries also for king Solomon’ s table, with great care in their time. They brought barley also and straw for the horses, and beasts, to the place where the king was, according as it was appointed them.  And God gave to Solomon [REWARDED him] wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart as the sand that is on the sea shore.  And the wisdom of Solomon surpassed the wisdom of all the Orientals, and of the Egyptians, And he was wiser than all men: wiser than Ethan the Ezrahite, and Heman, and Chalcol, and Dorda the sons of Mahol, and he was renowned in all nations round about. Solomon also spokethree thousand parables: and his poems were a thousand and five”

  1. And “Job” who had great wealth, and satan asked God’s permission to TEST Job’s faithfulness; which God granted only he could not KILL Job. He did KILL his entire family and make Job blind; but Job remained faithful to God through it all’

 Job 1: 11-12 ”But stretch forth thy hand a little, and touch all that he hath, and see if he blesseth thee not to thy face. Then the Lord said to Satan: Behold, all that he hath is in thy hand: only put not forth thy hand upon his person.”

 Job 1: 19-22 “ A violent wind came on a sudden from the side of the desert, and shook the four corners of the house, and it fell upon thy children and they are dead, and I alone have escaped to fell thee. Then Job rose up, and rent his garments, and having shaven his head fell down upon the ground and worshipped, And said: Naked came I out of my mother’ s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away: as it hath pleased the Lord so is it done: blessed be the name of the Lord. In all these things Job sinned not by his lips, nor spoke he any foolish thing against God.”

I’m unaware of any that God CAUSED to be poor.

This deservers a fuller explanation.  God can rightly be defined as “All Good things perfected” God certainly has the Power and authority to cause both good and evil, in man’s manner of understanding. BUT God id infinitely Superior to man in every way:

  1. Isaiah 55: 6-10 “Seek ye the Lord, while he may be found: call upon him, while he is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unjust man his thoughts, and let him return to the Lord, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God: for he is bountiful to forgive. For my thoughts are not your thoughts: nor your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are exalted above the earth, so are my ways exalted above your ways, and my thoughts above your thoughts.  And as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and return no more thither, but soak the earth, and water it, and make it to spring, and give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater”
  2. I have often heard uninformed opinions that the “God of the Old Testament was a mean and vengeful God.” When I hear this I always ask for specific passages; then show them that indeed God is; because as a Good; Fair and Just God; he MUST repay good with good and evil with evil WHEN there is no repentance! That dear friend is Divine Justice.
  3. God is the cause of ALL Good things; but God cannot cause EVIL without a just cause motivating Him to do so. God does however PERMIT evil, death, illness, poverty for TWO REASONS.
  4. So that God can remove this for His GREATER Glory
  5. So that Both man and God can benefit: If man accepts his burdens and offers them up Job did, man merits Grace and benefits from God. So there is in all affliction a POSIBILITY for man’s spiritual enrichment and God’s Glory.

                             Take Up your Cross and Follow Me

 C. Phil.2: 8 And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross Luke.9 :23 And he said to all, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. Mark.8: 34 And he called to him the multitude with his disciples, and said to them, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. Luke.9: 23 And he said to all, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. Luke.14: 7 Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me, cannot be my disciple”

[QUOTE] 14. Which Angel(s) spoke to Maryam and Jesus ? [QUOTE]

As a FYI: It’s “Mary” not Maryam. And I’m unaware of any Angels talking to Christ; but several times He had angels minister to His needs. 1. When he was tempted by Satan in the Desert

  1. Matthew 4: 1-11 “ Then Jesus was led by the spirit into the desert, to be tempted by the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterwards he was hungry.  And the tempter coming said to him: If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.  Who answered and said: It is written, Not in bread alone doth man live, but in every word that proceedeth from the mouth of God.  Then the devil took him up into the holy city, and set him upon the pinnacle of the temple, And said to him: If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down, for it is written: That he hath given his angels charge over thee, and in their hands shall they bear thee up, lest perhaps thou dash thy foot against a stone.  Jesus said to him: It is written again: Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.  Again the devil took him up into a very high mountain, and shewed him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them,  And said to him: All these will I give thee, if falling down thou wilt adore me.  Then Jesus saith to him: Begone, Satan: for it is written, The Lord thy God shalt thou adore, and him only shalt thou serve. Then the devil left him; and behold angels came and ministered to him”
  2. And a second time during Christ Agony in the Garden: Luke 22: 41-45 “And he was withdrawn away from them a stone’ s cast; and kneeling down, he prayed, Saying: Father, if thou wilt, remove this chalice from me: but yet not my will, but thine be done. And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him. And being in an agony, he prayed the longer. And his sweat became as drops of blood, trickling down upon the ground. And when he rose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow”
  3. To Mary: Luke 1: 26-35 “ And in the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God into a city of Galilee, called Nazareth To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’ s name was Mary.  And the angel being come in, said unto her: Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. Who having heard, was troubled at his saying, and thought with herself what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said to her: Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found grace with God. Behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and shalt bring forth a son; and thou shalt call his name Jesus.  He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the most High; and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of David his father; and he shall reign in the house of Jacob for ever.[33] And of his kingdom there shall be no end.  And Mary said to the angel: How shall this be done, because I know not man?  And the angel answering, said to her: The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the most High shall overshadow thee. And therefore also the Holy which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God”
  4. There was an angel that did appear multiple times to Mary’s husband: Joseph.

Matthew 1:20 “ But while he thought on these things, behold the angel of the Lord appeared to him in his sleep, saying: Joseph, son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife, for that which is conceived in her, is of the Holy Ghost.”  But the name of the angel is not revealed.

[QUOTE] 15. Is Jesus the Son of God? [/QUOTE]

 YES, and the evidence is in number 14. Luke 1: 26-35

 End of Q’s 6-15

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