Synonymous Terms?  …  “Redemption & Salvation”

The truth remains the truth even if no one believes or accepts it; and a lie remains a lie even if accepted by everyone. “  Cf. Archbishop Fulton Scheen

“Are you saved?”

This is the question so often asked by our Protestant Brethren. To their credit they desire to share the “Good News {the Gospel”} of God Almighty. But as Father John A. Hardon S. J. {my mentor-may he rest in peace.}, often quipped: “YOU can’t share what YOU don’t have.” And this dear friends applies even to those who are caught unaware of the biblical inadequacy of their faith beliefs ability to accomplish what they proudly proclaim as “God’s Truth.”

The Myths taught and eagerly accepted such as the “Sinners Prayer” http://www.bible.ca/g-sinners-prayer.htm; is but a recent innovation, made into a Doctrine by Billy Graham as he had to find a “quick and believable” way to save sinners within the timeframe of his radio and TV shows requirements, The Sinners Prayer was followed by another recent invention, caused by the same time restraints: http://www.biblicalstudies.com/bstudy/contempry/altar.htm

While in High School and studying the English Ligature of Shakespeare {more than 50 years ago} I recall a moment that has influenced my entire life. “TO THYSELF BE TRUE”, became the benchmark I have used as a guide to all that I would believe and accept. I  now offer that profound teaching to our Protestant Brethren. Please be open to God’s actual truth.  … Let us Pray! Our God is a God of extreme Mercy and Love; but he also has to be “just and fair.” No one attribute of God can, or has the power to make void, other Godly Attributes. And this dear friends is what violates what God actually wants, desires, taught and will accept for man’s Salvation. And it is this “Gospel”, this “Good News” that I wish to share now with you.

What you have been taught, what you have “brought into,” a correct term for “being SOLD something,” is and are mere man-made inventions. They are not God’s way, nor do they have the power and authority to accomplish what they profess they will. Many of the Leaders have taught this so long, and with such ardor, that have even convinced themselves that what they teach is true. It’s not.

Mark.4: 1-12 “[1] Again he began to teach beside the sea. And a very large crowd gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat in it on the sea; and the whole crowd was beside the sea on the land. [2] And he taught them many things in parables, and in his teaching he said to them:

[3] “Listen! A sower went out to sow. [4] And as he sowed, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it. [5] Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it had not much soil, and immediately it sprang up, since it had no depth of soil; [6] and when the sun rose it was scorched, and since it had no root it withered away. [7] Other seed fell among thorns and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no grain. [8] And other seeds fell into good soil and brought forth grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.” … [9] And he said, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

[10] And when he was alone, those who were about him with the twelve asked him concerning the parables. [11] And he said to them, “To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside everything is in parables; [12] so that they may indeed see but not perceive, and may indeed hear but not understand; lest they should turn again, and be forgiven.”

Matthew 13: 11-15 11]{Jesus} Who answered and said to them: Because to you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven: but to them it is not given. [12] For he that hath, to him shall be given, and he shall abound: but he that hath not, from him shall be taken away that also which he hath.[13] Therefore do I speak to them in parables: because seeing they see not, and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. [14] And the prophecy of Isaias is fulfilled in them, who saith: By hearing you shall hear, and shall not understand: and seeing you shall see, and shall not perceive. [15] For the heart of this people is grown gross, and with their ears they have been dull of hearing, and their eyes they have shut: lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.” End Quote

Father Hardon’s Catholic Dictionary

“RECONCILIATION. “ The act or state of re-establishing friendship between God and a human being, or between two persons. Reconciliation with God is necessary after a person has lost the divine friendship through grievous sin. It requires repentance on the part of the sinner and forgiveness of the “Mortal or deadly” 1 John 5:16-17} on the part of God. The willingness to be reconciled with another person is a necessary condition for obtaining God’s mercy”

 

Webster’s Dictionary: reconciled /reconciling

1 :  to restore to friendship or harmony <reconciled the factions>   settleresolve <reconcile differences>

2 :  to make consistent or congruous <reconcile an ideal with reality>

3 :  to account for

 

“REDEMPTION”. “The salvation of humanity by Jesus Christ. Literally, to redeem means to free or buy back. Humanity was held captive in that it was enslaved by sin. {Concupiscence = a natural propensity towards sin} Since the devil overcame human beings by inducing them to sin, they were said to be in bondage to the devil. Moreover, the human race was held captive as to a debt of punishment, to the payment of which it was bound by divine justice.

On all these counts, the Passion of Christ was sufficient and superabundant satisfaction for human guilt and the consequent debt of punishment. His Passion was a kind of price or ransom that paid the cost of freeing humanity from both obligations. Christ rendered satisfaction, not by giving money, but by spending what was of the highest value. He gave himself, and therefore his Passion is called humanity’s Redemption. (Etym. Latin redemptio, a buying back, ransoming, redemption.)

{Inserted by Pat Miron} The freedom of the bondage, and damming effects of sin referred to here is the God imposed sin we know as “Original Sin” which can only be removed by valid Christian Baptism. John 3:5

Webster’s Dictionary: redemption

: the act of making something better or more acceptable : the act of exchanging something for money, an award

SALVATION. In biblical language the deliverance from straitened circumstances or oppression by some evil to a state of freedom and security. As sin is the greatest evil, salvation is mainly liberation from sin and its consequences. This can be deliverance by way of preservation, or by offering the means for being delivered, or by removing the oppressive evil or difficulty, or by rewarding the effort spent in co-operating with grace in order to be delivered. All four aspects of salvation are found in the Scriptures and are taught by the Church. (Etym. Latin salvare, to save.)

Webster’s Dictionary salvation

in Christianity : the act of saving someone from sin or evil : the state of being saved from sin or evil  : something that saves someone or something from danger or a difficult situation

 

a :  deliverance from the power and effects of sin

b :  the agent or means that effects salvation

2:   liberation from ignorance or illusion

3:   a :  preservation from destruction or failure b :  deliverance from danger or difficulty”

 

From the Catholic Encyclopedia of Theological Terms

Salvation

http://www.catholic.org/encyclopedia/encyclopedia.php?lst=R

(Greek soteria ; Hebrew yeshu’ah ).

Salvation has in Scriptural language the general meaning of liberation from straitened circumstances or from other evils, and of a translation into a state of freedom and security ( 1 Samuel 11:13 ; 14:45 ; 2 Samuel 23:10 ; 2 Kings 13:17 ). At times it expresses God’s help against Israel’s enemies, at other times, the Divine blessing bestowed on the produce of the soil Isaiah 45:8 ). As sin is the greatest evil, being the root and source of all evil,

Sacred Scripture uses the word “salvation” mainly in the sense of liberation of the human race or of individual man from sin and its consequences. “ End Quote

  1. INDIVIDUAL SALVATION

The Council of Trent describes the process of salvation from sin in the case of an adult with great minuteness (Sess. VI, v-vi).

“It begins with the grace of God which touches a sinner’s heart, and calls him to repentance. This grace cannot be merited; it proceeds solely from the love and mercy of God. Man may receive or reject this inspiration of God, he may turn to God or remain in sin. Grace does not constrain man’s free will.

Thus assisted the sinner is disposed for salvation from sin ; he believes in the revelation and promises of God, he fears God’s justice, hopes in his mercy, trusts that God will be merciful to him for Christ’s sake, begins to love God as the source of all justice, {and} hates and detests his sins.

This disposition is followed by justification itself, which consists not in the mere remission of sins, but in the sanctification and renewal of the inner man by the voluntary reception of God’s grace and gifts, whence a man becomes just instead of unjust, a friend instead of a foe and so an heir according to hope of eternal life. This change happens either by reason of a perfect act of charity{perfect contrition”& nothing less is acceptable} elicited by a well- disposed sinner or by virtue of the Sacrament either of Baptism or of Penance {sacramental confession}  according to the condition of the respective subject laden with sin. The Council further indicates the causes of this change. By the merit of the Most Holy Passion through the Holy Spirit , the charity of God is shed abroad in the hearts of those who are justified.

Against the heretical tenets of various times and sects we must hold

  • that the initial graceis truly gratuitous and supernatural ;
  • that the human willremains free under the influence of this grace;
  • that manreally cooperates in his personal salvation from sin ;
  • that by justificationman is really made just, and not merely declared or reputed so;
  • that justificationand sanctification are only two aspects of the same thing, and not ontologically and chronologically distinct realities;
  • that justification{MUST not does} excludes all mortal sin from the soul, so that the just man is no way liable to the sentence of death at God’s judgment-seat.

What has been said applies to the salvation of adults; children and those permanently deprived of their use of reason are saved by the Sacrament of Baptism.”  {Alone implied; conditional on either not sinning after the proper reception of Christian Baptism, or an external imposed inability to sin… lacking sufficient mental acumen

From the Catholic Encyclopedia of Theology  

http://www.catholic.org/encyclopedia/view.php?id=9887

Redemption

“The restoration of man from the bondage of sin to the liberty of the children of God through the satisfactions and merits of Christ.  …

Redemption has reference to both God and man. On God’s part, it is the acceptation of satisfactory amends whereby the Divine honour is repaired and the Divine wrath appeased. On man’s part, it is both a deliverance from the slavery of sin and a restoration to the former Divine adoption, and this includes the whole process of supernatural life …   from the first {essential!}  reconciliation to the final salvation. That double result, namely God’s satisfaction and man’s restoration, is brought about by Christ’s vicarious office working through satisfactory and meritorious actions performed in our behalf.”

III. ADEQUACY OF REDEMPTION

Redemption is styled by the “Catechism of the Council of Trent” (1, v, 15) “complete, integral in all points, perfect and truly admirable”. Such is the teaching of St. Paul : “where sin abounded, grace did more abound” Romans 5:20 ), that is, evil as the effects of sin are, they are more than compensated by the fruits of Redemption. Commenting on that passage St. Chrysostom (Hom. X in Rom., in P.G., LX, 477) compares our liability to a drop of water and Christ’s payment to the vast ocean.  …

If It is true that; according to the axiom “actiones sunt suppositorum”, the value of actions is measured by the dignity of the person who performs them and whose expression and coefficient they are, then the theandric operations must be styled and are infinite because they proceed from an infinite person. …

From the adequacy and even superabundance of Redemption as viewed in Christ our Head, it might be inferred that there is neither need nor use of personal effort on our part towards the performance of satisfactory works or the acquisition of merits. But the inference would be fallacious. The law of cooperation, which obtains all through the providential order, governs this matter particularly.

It is only through, and in the measure of, our co-operation that we appropriate to ourselves the satisfactions and merits of Christ. When Luther, after denying human liberty on which all good works rest, was driven to the makeshift of “fiducial faith ” as the sole means of appropriating the fruits of Redemption, he not only fell short of, but also ran counter to, the plain teaching of the New Testament calling upon us to deny ourselves and carry our cross (Matthew 16:24 ), to walk in the footsteps of the Crucified ( 1 Peter 2:21 ), to suffer with Christ in order to be glorified with Him (Rom. viii, 17), in a word to fill up those things that are wanting to the sufferings of Christ Colossians 1:24 ). Far from detracting from the perfection of Redemption, our daily efforts toward the imitation of Christ are the test of its efficacy and the fruits of its fecundity.All our glory “, says the Council of Trent, “is in Christ in whom we live, and merit, and satisfy, doing worthy fruits of penance which from Him derive their virtue, by Him are presented to the Father, and through Him find acceptance with God ” (Sess. XIV, c. viii)” End of Quote

Friends, I mentioned earlier that it is essential to one’s OWN Salvation; always a process, and never a single act or commitment on our part, to get careful and prayerful consideration to these facts of like; provable historically, biblically, theologically, logically {common sense: to thy self be true}, and Morally {God has to be good, fair and just}, and through the only Church that Christ presented with all of the Key’s to heaven and the Powers and Authority to exercise them, guided and guarded by Him.

Because there is Only One True God, there can be and is Only One True Faith. And Christ following the Tradition he set in the Old Testament of “One Chosen People’, continued in like manner to establish only One Church. That Church is historically, and biblically proven to be {again a common sense issue}, today’s Catholic Church{s}.  Mt. 10:1-8; Mt. 16:15-19; John 17:11-26; John 20:19-23; Mark 16:14-15; John 21:15-17; John Chapter 6, and Mt. 28:16-20, clearly, explicitly precisely, directly and exclusively to the Apostles through Peter. “As the Father sent ME; so too I Jesus choose to send YOU!” {Singular as is “Church” and “FaithEph. 4:1-7}… Evidence of the above facts.  Cf. Mt. 10:1-8; Mt. 16:18-19; Mt. 28:18; John 17:17 and John 20:21}.  It is morally impossible for God to have waited more than a THOUSAND years; for Wycliffe, Luther, Calvin, Wesleyan, Smith or anyone else to share the, what again must be singular truths of His faith. Another 

Almighty God in His Infinite Wisdom and as Man’s Creator, knowing well our propensity to sin, even mortally, unto death; exhibits prudence beyond man’s ability to comprehend, OFFERS man only two choices: Either I God am permitted to be in charge; or your totally in charge of your own salvation, having usurped my Authority over you. Do I God have the right to decide how you might be saved; or am I to listen to your foolish dictates on how I MUST save you. Think about it.

 

 

Ten Biblical Proof’s

  1. Is 22:19-23: “I will thrust you from your office and pull you down from your station. On that day I will summon my servant Eliakim, son of Hilkiah; I will clothe him with your robe, and gird him with your sash, and give over to him your authority. He shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to the house of Judah. I will place the key of the House of David on his shoulder; when he opens, no one shall shut, when he shuts, no one shall open.”
  2. 16: 18-19 “And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rockI will build my church, {singular} and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. {singular & “ever prevail against it”} [19] And I will give to thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose upon earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven.” 
  3. John 10: 1-5 “[1]Amen, amen I say to you: He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up another way, the same is a thief and a robber[2] But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. [3] To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. [4] And when he hath let out his own sheep, he goeth before them: and the sheep follow him, because they know his voice. [5] But a stranger they follow not, but fly from him, because they know not the voice of strangers”
  4. 2:16-21 “And might reconcile both to God in one body {means just one Faith and One Church} by the cross, killing the enmities in himself.[17]And coming, he preached peace to you that were afar off, and peace to them that were nigh. [18] For by him we have access both in one Spirit to the Father. {one set of Faith beliefs} [19] Now therefore you are no more strangers and foreigners; but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and the domestics of God, [20] Built upon the foundation of the apostles {singular}and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone: [21] In whom all the building, being framed together, groweth up into an holy temple in the Lord. {singular}[22] In whom you also are built together into an habitation {singular} of God in the Spirit.”
  5. Luke 10:16 “[16]He that heareth you, heareth me; and he that despiseth you, despiseth me; and he that despiseth me, despiseth him that sent me
  6. {Parts of} Isaiah 55: 1-11 “[1]All you that thirst, come to the waters: and you that have no money make haste, buy, and eat: come ye, buy wine and milk without money, and without any price.  [3] Incline your ear and come to me: hear and your soul shall live, and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, {singular} Behold I have given him for a witness to the people, for a leader and a master to the Gentiles. [5] Behold thou shalt call a nation,{singular} which thou knewest not: and the nations that knew not thee shall run to thee, because of the Lord thy God, and for the Holy One of Israel, for he hath glorified thee. [6] Seek ye the Lord, while he may be found: call upon him, while he is near[7] 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[8] For my thoughts are not your thoughts: nor your ways my ways, saith the Lord[9] For as the heavens are exalted above the earth, so are my ways exalted above your ways, and my thoughts above your thoughts. [11] So shall my word be, which shall go forth from my mouth: it shall not return to me void, but it shall do whatsoever I please, and shall prosper in the things for which I sent it.” {singular}
  7. Acts 20:26-30[26]Wherefore I take you to witness this day, that I am clear from the blood of all men; [27] For I have not spared to declare unto you all the counsel of God. [28] Take heed to yourselves, and to the whole flock, wherein the Holy Ghost hath placed you bishops, to rule the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. [29] I know that, after my departure, ravening wolves will enter in among you, not sparing the flock. [30] And of your own selves shall arise men speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them”
  8. Romans 1: 16-25 “16]For I am not ashamed of the gospel. For it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth, to the Jew first, and to the Greek. [17] For the justice of God is revealed therein, from faith unto faith, as it is written: The just man liveth by faith.{singular} [18] For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and injustice of those men that detain the truth of God in injustice: [19] Because that which is known of God is manifest in them. For God hath manifested it unto them. [20] For the invisible things of him, from the creation of the world, are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made; his eternal power also, and divinity: so that they are inexcusable. [21] Because that, when they knew God, they have not glorified him as God, {means AS He God desires} or given thanks; but became vain in their thoughts, and their foolish heart was darkened. [22] For professing themselves to be wise, they became fools. .. [25] Who changed the truth of God into a lie; and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.” {Who do you choose to believe? Your pastor or your God?}
  9. 2: 16-27 “16]From whom the whole body,{singular} being compacted and fitly joined together, by what every joint supplieth, according to the operation in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body, {singular} unto the edifying of itself in charity. [17] This then I say and testify in the Lord: That henceforward you walk not as also the Gentiles walk in the vanity of their mind, [18] Having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their hearts[20] But you have not so learned Christ; [21] If so be that you have heard him, and have been taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus: [22]To put off, according to former conversation, the old man, who is corrupted according to the desire of error. [23] And be renewed in the spirit of your mind: [24] And put on the new man, who according to God is created in justice and holiness of truth. [25] Wherefore putting away lying, speak; ye the truth every man with his neighbour; for we are members one of another. [26] Be angry, and sin not. Let not the sun go down upon your anger. [27] Give not place to the devil.”
  10. Revelations 38:20 “Behold, I stand at the gate, [SINGULAR} and knock. If any man shall hear my voice, and open to me the door, {SINGULAR} I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. [21]To him that shall overcome, I will give to sit with me in my throne: as I also have overcome, and am set down with my Father in his throne. [22] He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches.” {Take note that each and every time the bible refers to “the Church or churches” it speaks directly of, and exclusively to today’s Catholic Church. WHY? Because no other church or Christian faith even existed until nearly 900 years after the bible was fully authored. “

A few final questions dear friend:

How is it possible for One God to hold more than just one set of Faith beliefs? It’s not! So then on what irrefutable evidence do you propose to prove that the faith and church you accept as the means of your personal salvation, is God’s One true Church, given the thousands of variant beliefs of Protestants and the fact that none of them existed until the 13th to 17th Century.

Are you now willing to take charge of your personal salvation the way God, and his bile and his one true Church desire you too? Pray much!

Patrick Miron

 

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