My friend, what kind of foundation is your life built upon?  ….

…Let’s Take a Personal Inventory of how well we have built “our house”

 

Another Reflection

By Patrick Miron

Below are two bible teachings {Marked {1} & {2}, Catholics in large numbers fail to consider carefully and prayerfully, and many Protestants simply fail to correctly understand, with I {me personally}, suspect a high degree of personal culpability {responsibility}.

Both groups must have great humility, and a desire to seek for God’s-truths which can only be singular per defined issue. Nothing else is logical or even possible; a fact missed or overlooked by a great many, who also fail to realize that God must pass final judgment on our lives based on what He has made possible for us to know, to accept and to believe; NOT what we ourselves choose for whatever reasons; most often to make life “easier on ourselves”

How should one’s first reading of the Bible’s understanding be formed?

Principle 1: God’s Word: Divine Words in Human Language

https://www.stpeterslist.com/13758/bible-study-7-essential-principles-for-catholic-biblical-interpretation/

“Catholic Biblical Interpretation is governed by the firm belief that Scripture is the inspired word of God, expressed in human language. God’s Word was written under the direction and inspiration of the Holy Spirit and – at the same time – was written by true human authors with their intellectual capacities and limitations The thought and the words belong both to God and to human beings in such a way that the whole Bible comes simultaneously from God and from the inspired human authors”. END QUOTE

Therefore the first understanding ought to be that the author actually means exactly what he is sharing. Hence a literal translation ought to be the first reading conclusion. While the bible employs many varied forms of authorship; it is reasonable to understand that the form most often employed is a literal meaning of the message; of the teaching. This applies to both the Old and the New Testaments.

The Bible itself is clear on this teaching as evidenced by the following:

My friend have you ever been exposed to the One Infallible Rule for right understanding of the Bible?

Never Ever; can, may or DOES

One verse, passage or teaching have the power or authority to

Invalidate, make void or override another Verse, passage or teaching:

Were this even the slightest possibility; [it’s NOT!] it would render the entire Bible useless to teach or learn Christ Faith”   

2Peter 1: 19-21

And we have the more firm prophetical word: whereunto you do well to attend, as to a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: [20] Understanding this first, that no prophecy of scripture is made by private interpretation. [21] For prophecy came not by the will of man at any time: but the holy men of God spoke, inspired by the Holy Ghost.

[Douay explanation]

[20] No prophecy of scripture is made by private interpretation: This shews plainly that the scriptures are not to be expounded by any one’s private judgment or private spirit, because every part of the holy scriptures were written by men inspired by the Holy Ghost, and declared as such by the Church; therefore they are not to be interpreted but by the Spirit of God, which he hath left, and promised to remain with his Church to guide her in all truth to the end of the world. Some may tell us, that many of our divines interpret the scriptures: they may do so, but they do it always with a submission to the judgment of the Church, and not otherwise. End Quotes

“Whenever something is good it does not depend on us getting our way, but on God getting His way, and whether we do God’s Will depends on us [humbly] loving God. Moreover to love God we must [actually] know God, [not just know OF God].” Bread of Life booklet January 9, 2016”[Mt 7:21]

 2nd. Peter 3: 14-18

“Therefore, beloved, since you wait for these, be zealous to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace. And count the forbearance of our Lord as salvation. So also our beloved brother Paul wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, speaking of this as he does in all his letters. There are some things in them hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other scriptures. You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, beware lest you be carried away with the error of lawless men and lose your own stability. End QUOTES

[1] Ephesians 2: 18-20[18] for through him we both have access in one Spirit {here this means One set of Faith beliefs} to the Father. [19] So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God,{Singular} [20] built upon the foundation of the {Catholic} apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone.

Just how non-Catholic-Christians are able to hold that today’s Catholic Church is not the One Church; One {only} Faith desired and instituted by Jesus Christ is mind-boggling. Both secular history and the bible prove it without the shadow of doubt. {Mt 10:1-8; Mt 16:18-19; John 17:17-20 & Mt 28:18-20}… I can understand why they hold to their beliefs, as not too destroys any and all reasons for their existence. …. It is historical fact that no other “Church” {& Faith} would exist until AD 1054, and the Great Eastern Schism. And only the Catholic Church{s}, along with the Orthodox Churches can trace their lineage directly back to Jesus and the Apostles; and only the Catholic Churches hold and can pass on the Fullness of Christ Faith.

[2] Matthew 7:13-27 “[13] “Enter by the narrow gate; {singular as is “MY Church” in Mt 16:18} for the gate is wide and the way is easy, that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. [14] For the gate{singular} is narrow and the way is hard, that leads to life, and those who find it are few. [15] “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. [16] You will know them by their fruits. {The number of Protestant churches and differing sets of faith beliefs numbers in the thousands….. YET, “truth” can only be singular per defined issue; nothing else is logical or morally possible} Are grapes gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles? [17] So, every sound tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears evil fruit. [18] A sound tree cannot bear evil fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. [19] Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. [20] Thus you will know them by their fruits. [21] “Not everyone who says to me, `Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. [22] On that day many will say to me, `Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ [23] And then will I declare to them, `I never knew you; depart from me, you evildoers.’ [24] “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house upon the rock; [25] and the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat upon that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. [26] And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house upon the sand; [27] and the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell; and great was the fall of it.”

The point of this discussion is not only to point out the lack of need, or God’s desire for Protestantism; {“compaction faiths} but to also point out to us Catholics to take a personal inventory   of our own Spiritual houses. We too have to fear God’s necessary Fair judgment; we too must pass through that VERY narrow gate, with humility and total obedience. So towards this goal we should time to time ask ourselves these questions:

  1. In a 24 hour day, how much time do I give to God in prayer, and or spiritual reading? ….. 1%, 5%, none? Or too small to calculate?
  2. Do I attend Mass every Sunday & Holyday? {failure is NORMLY a mortal sin}
  3. How often do I get to Sacramental Confession? Bi-weekly, monthly, annually? One’s Catholic “Easter Duty” is at a minimum, annually. {1: Jn. 1: 6-7; 1 Jn.5: 16-17; John 20: 19-23}
  4. Do I know my Catholic Faith well enough to be able to explain it? Share it? Live it? Defend if and when necessary? Do I share my faith when God gives me the opportunity?
  5. If someone were to come into my home, would there be evidence that I AM a Catholic?
  6. To what degree does this bible teaching apply to me and those God has entrusted to me?

7.    Rev.3 Verses 14 to 18 “[14] “And to the angel of the church in La-odice’a write: `The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s creation. [15] “`I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were cold or hot! [16] So, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of my mouth. [17] For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing; not knowing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. [18] Therefore I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, that you may be rich, and white garments to clothe you and to keep the shame of your nakedness from being seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, that you may see”

Presently I am reading a book by Matthew Kelly entitled: “Rediscover Catholicism”… it’s worth reading. Here are a few thoughts he shares from chapter six of this book.

“The adventure of Salvation begins when we ask: “what’s in it for me?” and turn humbly to God in our hearts and ask: “How may I serve? What work do you wish me to do with my life? What is your will for my life?”

God does not call you to live an authentic life in order to stfe or control you. He invites you to live an authentic life so that, from an infinite number of possibilities you can become the best version of yourself. ….. The self-God had in mind when He Created you.”

….. “Our times are plagued by a great deal of confusion regarding religious thought. This confusion exist both within and outside the Church. The prophet Amos spoke of a famine of truth {cf. Amos 8:11}. I believe his prophecy has its time in our own day and age. The loss of our essential purpose is the cause of the great modern madness.”   …. “In truth holiness is something God does to us not something we achieve. …. He wants our consent, he wants to be invited into our hearts and our lives, but much more than that he wants {expects} our loving cooperation.”

{Inserted BY PJM}….1Pet.1: 15-16 “[15] but as he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in all your conduct;[16] since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy”

…. “The surest sign of holiness are an insatiable desire to be all that God created us to be.”  … “They that tried to be all that they can be in the here and now, bring with it happiness of its own.”

“The authentic life manifest itself differently in every person through our needs, talents and desires.  Get in touch with your essential purpose, and once you have found it, keep it always in your sight.” END QUOTES

The final question we need to ask ourselves is this: …. Do WE have a true understanding of just why God created us?

Isaiah 43: verses 7 -8 & 21 “[7] everyone who is called by my name,
whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.” [8] Bring forth the people who are blind, yet have eyes, who are deaf, yet have ears!  …. [21] the people whom I formed for myself that they might declare my praise.”

God desires but does not force himself upon us. Amen!

So my friends, seek and find true happiness…. Serve our God and fulfill your reason to even exist.

So on what is your life, your “houses” foundation built?

Matthew 12: 7-26

[12] So whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them; for this is the law and the prophets. [13] “Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is easy, that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. [14] For the gate is narrow and the way is hard, that leads to life, and those who find it are few. [15] “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. {This includes all of the mini-gods we make for ourselves: anything and everything that WE permit ourselves that permit or tolerate and competes with our time with God}  [16] You will know them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles? [17] So, every sound tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears evil fruit. [18] A sound tree cannot bear evil fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. [19] Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. [20] Thus you will know them by their fruits. [21] “Not every one who says to me, `Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. [22] On that day many will say to me, `Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ [23] And then will I declare to them, `I never knew you; depart from me, you evildoers.’ [24] “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house upon the rock; [25] and the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat upon that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.
[26] And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house upon the sand”

My friends, life is short. Eternity id forever; choose wisely while you still can. Amen!

God bless, guide and keep you in the hallow of his hand.

Patrick

 

 

 

 

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