Do you hold that everyone will go to heaven? by Dr. D’Ambrosiso {reblogged}

Marcellino D’Ambrosio (Dr. Italy)

This post is also available in: Spanish

Jesus’ call to enter through the narrow door seems to conflict with the idea that God wants all to be saved, that the universal, Catholic Church means “here comes everybody.”  But a deeper look resolves the inconsistency.

Start small, finish big. That seems to be God’s motto. He begins salvation history with two people from what is now Iraq. When planning to raise a really big family, why start with an elderly couple who’ve never been able to have kids? But this is precisely what God does. He turns the sterile Abram and Sarai into Abraham and Sarah, ancestors of a worldwide family which still celebrates their memory nearly 4,000 years later.

In God’s plan, this family was to turn into a mighty nation. An unlikely candidate for greatness, this “nation” was birthed out of a rag-tag band of Abraham’s descendants who’d been slaves for hundreds of years. A poet once wrote “how odd of God to choose the Jews.” But after 40 years of desert camping, they entered their promised land and eventually became a mighty kingdom.

But God had bigger plans still. This nation was not to hoard the treasure, looking down their noses at the rest of the world. That was the Pharisees’ mistake. No, they were to be a priestly people destined to bring salvation to all. This salvation was to come once again from the least likely of places. Galilee? What good could come from a land of hillbillies and fisherman? They spoke with an accent so thick that you could cut it with a knife (see Mat 26:73).

Do you see a pattern here?

The best and brightest, the biggest and the strongest– like Pharaoh, Goliath, and Caesar – these are not chosen. Rather, it’s the least likely to succeed, the little, ordinary people. That way, no one can take credit and no one can lose heart. No one is qualified and no one is disqualified. Even the all-stars can get in on it if they’ll step off the pedestal and humble themselves before God.

So all are called to be saved and find their place among God’s people, the Church. The only One who could earn salvation has already done so, and shared it with all of us as a free, undeserved gift. That’s what the word “Catholic” means – grace and membership are unrestricted, universal, for the “whole” world rather than some exclusive, elite club.

That means everybody is going to heaven, right? I mean, how could a loving, large-minded God send anyone to hell?

He doesn’t. God’s heart is large but as this Sunday’s Gospel (Luke 13:22-30) points out, the door to heaven is narrow. Jesus is that door. No one comes to the Father except through Him. The map to the door is widely published. The Father issues regular, personal invitations. But people still need to accept the invitation and walk through the door.

Apparently many choose not to.

Some won’t enter the door because they’ve been offended, even scandalized by one of the doormen. Others won’t enter because they don’t accept that only this door was the right one. Some are really busy and put it off till things settle down.

There are many reasons. But there comes a moment when the journey is over and the door closes and locks. Wherever you stand at this moment is where you’ll stand forever.

That fact that you were baptized Catholic is no guarantee that you are now on the inside. Neither is the fact that you once accepted Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior.

But we went to Mass every Sunday (“ate and drank in your company”). But we went to Wed night prayer meeting and bible study (“you taught in our streets”).

Actions speak louder than words. Your words may “Lord, Lord” (Matt. 7:21) and your lips may sing hymns every Sunday. But what does the “body language” of your actions say? What side of the door you stand on is not a choice that is made once, either on the day you confess Christ or the day you are baptized. It is a choice that must be made every day up till that last and final day.

You can’t know when that day will be. Here’s the question you need to be concerned with–where do you stand right now?

This post on the Lord Jesus Christ as the narrow door to the universal Catholic Church is offered as a reflection on the Scripture readings for the 21st Sunday in Ordinary time, cycle C (Isaiah 66; Psalm 117; Hebrew 12; Luke 13:22ff).

Apostolic Succession in the bible + by Patrick Miron

APOLOSTOLIC SUCCESSION [PROOF OF]

 Collected and assembled by

Patrick Miron

 Can be proven four way’s Heb.3: 1 Therefore, holy brethren, who share in a heavenly call, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession.”

 Logic: A.S. exist and has existed for some 2,000 years. There must be a cause

  1. Secular History: http://oce.catholic.com/index.php?title=List_of_Popes Shows both the names and the dates of Office

 Tradition: From the Creation of Adam on God who is “unchanging” [Mal.3: 6] “”For I the LORD do not change; ”… has consistently chosen MEN to head his Chosen Peoples [John.15: 16] “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide; so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.” From Adam, to Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jacob, the Judges, The Kings like David and Solomon, the Prophets, John the Baptist, Jesus Himself, who personally choose Peter and the Apostles.

  1. The Bible. Where it is prudent at ask 1. WHY? And 2. How?

The “WHY” is hinted at in God’s Practice and Tradition. Jesus who too is a Perfect God [unable to error] Deut.32: 4 “The Rock, his work is perfect; for all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and right is he.” Also 2nd.Sam.22:31 out of absolute necessity knowing that He would soon suffer, die, Rise and Ascend back to heaven, and HAD to have  someone in  place to administer His New Covenant, for which He Died. His New Faith and New Church HAD to have a Leader in order to continue. That Leader was Peter: [Mt. 16:15-19] to whom Christ entrusted everything [vrs. 18-19] that He Planned to accomplish by becoming Incarnate man. [Except for humanities redemption] The evidence of this is summed up in Mt. 28:16-20.. “Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.” THIS COULD NOT BE ACCOMPLISHED IN THE LIFE SPANS OF THE APOSTLES ALONE.

The “HOW” John.14: 26 But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. The H.S. is promised “Forever” Jn.14:15-17, and fulfilled in Jn. 20:21-22. Jesus then Transfers His Own Authority and His own Godly Powers to the Apostles. [Jn.17:15-19; v.18 and Jn.20:21] “As the father has sent ME; so too I [God] SEND YOU”..  Matt.10: 1-4, 8 “And he called to him his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every infirmity. ..The names of the twelve apostles are these: first, Simon, who is called Peter, ..“Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You received without paying, give without pay” & Jn.20-21-23 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”

Proof: Acts 1: 15, 20, 23-24 “In those days Peter stood up among the brethren (the company of persons was in all about a hundred and twenty), and said, For it is written in the book of Psalms, `Let his habitation become desolate, and let there be no one to live in it’; and `His office let another take.’ And they put forward two, Joseph called Barsab’bas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthi’as. And they prayed and said, “Lord, who knows the hearts of all men, show which one of these two thou hast chosen”

Jesus Himself picks Paul as an Apostle: Acts 9:15-16 “But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the sons of Israel; for I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.”

1Tim.3: 1 The saying is sure: If any one aspires to the office of bishop, he desires a noble task.” THIS ENTIRE SHORT CHAPTER SPEAKS OF SUCCESSION vs.13-14 “Till I come, attend to the public reading of scripture, to preaching, to teaching. Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophetic utterance when the council of elders laid their hands upon you.”

Acts.15: 22, 25 Then it seemed good to the apostles and the elders, with the whole church, to choose men from among them and send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas. They sent Judas called Barsab’bas, and Silas, leading men among the brethren, it has seemed good to us, having come to one accord, to choose men and send them to you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul,”

God Bless you

 

Patrick

 

What if Catholics are right by K. Albert Little {reblogged}

 

What If Catholics Are Right?

Photo Credit: XTNa.

What if the claims of the Catholic Church are true?

What if Catholics are right?

What would you do?

What if you were humming along in your faith journey—a happy Evangelical Christian—when a warm encounter with a nun, a friar, or a Catholic priest suddenly stopped you in your tracks?

What if their genuine faith and humility was the sudden jolt your soul needed to stop and wonder about what made Catholics tick?

And what if you dug a little deeper?

What if something you read in passing, about the beauty of the human person—from conception to natural death—made you stop and consider your own views; consider what your own denomination says about end-of-life care.

Is it enough?

Or what if you were afforded some random opportunity to sit in on a Catholic Mass sung by sweet old religious sisters, rosaries in hand, and you were struck by the unspeakable beauty of the thing.

And what if you returned the next day? And the day after that?

Because, to be fair, Catholic Church makes some pretty outrageous claims.

The Church claims that the Eucharist—what I used to call “Communion” as an Evangelical—is meant to be the actual body, soul, and divinity of Christ.

The Church claims that we can, and should, pray to the dead; that there is power in their prayers.

The Church claims an unbroken chain of authority right back to the apostles, appointed by Jesus; a comprehensive theological framework; the ability to impart grace and forgive sins through confession; and that Mary, the Mother of God, is legitimately at work in the world.

To my formerly evangelical ears these things would’ve sounded nuts.

But what if the Catholic Church is right?

These are, after all, claims of a thousand plus years old.

What if they’re true?

Is it enough to soldier on; to grow where we’re planted?

Or should we, like Zacchaeus, invite Jesus to come into our home tonight and to see what happens?

To pray, and ask, and seek?

What if Catholics are right?

What if there’s more grace out there than you imagined as an Evangelical? The ability to really consume our Lord in the Eucharist? To truly be able to feel forgiveness for sins wiped away? To live and love in communion of Christians who lived, died, and loved God from the very beginning of time?

Wouldn’t you want to know more about that?

Ultimately, I like to think that if there’s even the hair’s chance that the ancient claims of the Catholic Church are true, it’s something worth investigating.

That there is more to the Christian faith than belied by the current evangelical ecosystem might be shocking to many evangelicals; that 2 million young Catholics turned out in the middle of the night to worship Jesus may be even more shocking still.

Catholicism is huge, and beautiful.

But, that these youth, and billions more, atest to the beauty and truth of the Catholic Church is something not to be taken too lightly.

It’s something, in the least, to consider.

What if Catholics are right?

“Give ALL of your cares and worries to God” … reblogged from “A Safe Harbor in Jesus”

 

Give all your Worries and Cares to God!

by Jesus is a safe harbor

I know that there are days that many of you feel many things, but peaceful certainly isn’t one of them. You have a tendency to think the circumstances in your life should dictate the peace you feel. I’ve come to understand God cares for us so much and everything that concerns us, or rattles our day. We can lay every un-nerving part of it at his feet. In releasing it into God’s hands, it becomes His and no longer ours to carry. Our focus then shifts, from all of the problems to our God. Have a wonderful day as you cast all your worries to God. Love you all in Christ.

“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” 1 Peter 5:7

Even though the circumstances are still surrounding you but so is His strength. Your perspective of the mountain changes when you realize, you are not climbing it alone. Your mind becomes fixed on God, and He takes you to the top of, what seemed, an un-reachable mountain top and showers you with His perfect peace all along the way.

God does not desire for you to carry such a heavy load. Jesus said in Matthew 11:30 “For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” He wants us to hand it all over to Him. He desires to fill you with joy and happiness. When you follow the paths that He lays out you can find it. But when you insist on carrying it yourself, you lose that joy and happiness and that peace that passes all understanding.

The joy and peace that Jesus gives does not rely on our past or our future, it is available today for us to experience. Give Jesus your cares and be determined that today you will let go of the past and the worry and the fear and live today. Don’t worry about tomorrow or yesterday. Matthew 6:34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

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The Burden of Un-Forgiveness by Patrick Miron

 

 

Today’s Thought

by Patrick Miron

A meditation as we grow older

“By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”  John.13:35

 The Burden of Un-forgiveness

As I consider this topic, the visual image that first comes to my mind is my hand pointing a finger in accusing someone of some perceived-offence against me. This is a telling image of the condition of my soul, because the very instant that I am doing this, that same hand has three fingers pointing back at me. And how very appropriate, how very telling that is.

Being a self-professed Christian, I claim to “know Jesus as my Personal Lord and savior.” But do I really?  … Do I just give Jesus “lip-service” or do I actually {at least make a sincere effort to try to} KNOW, Love, Serve and fully obey Him in all that I do?

Isaiah 43: verses 7 & 21 “[7] everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.” & [21] the people whom I formed for myself that they might declare my praise.”

Question for myself… SELF, do I by my actions, by my life choices give to My God ALL of the Glory, all of the obedience, all the humility that He seeks from me?

Below is perhaps the best known prayer in the entire word. It contains the very foundation – the command of God’s own,  if rightly understood, most basic expectation for our salvation, IF fully and correctly applied to our own lives.   Do we see as we should that … Life is a ‘”God-Test.”

Mathew 6: [9] Pray then like this: Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. [10] Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. [11] Give us this day our daily bread; [12] And forgive us our debts, As we also have forgiven our debtors; [13] And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. [14] For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father also will forgive you; [15] but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses”

What does this teaching mean to me; to my life, my salvation? Well it means exactly what it says. Here Jesus Himself is quoted as teaching us that He is willing to forgive us anything and everything, But and IF only we in turn forgive everyone for everything that they have done against us. And we are to expect in Divine Justice, to be forgiven for our sins, our transgressions, only to the very same degree that we choose to forgive everyone else.

Luke.6:[41] Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? [42] Or how can you say to your brother, `Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother’s eye”

Question for self SELF, is this teaching consistent with other bible teachings? Can we {anyone} presume to dictate to God how He must, how He will save them?   …. On what authority might one make such an assumption?

Rom.13: [10] Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law”

John.14: [23] Jesus answered him, “If a man loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.

Matt.5 Verses 43 to 46 “[43] “You have heard that it was said, `You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ [44] But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, [45] so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. [46] For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?

Mark.12 Verses 30 to 31 “[30] and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ [31] The second is this, `You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

Luke.6 Verses 27 to 33 “[27] “But I say to you that hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, [28] bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. [29] To him who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from him who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. [30] Give to everyone who begs from you; and of him who takes away your goods do not ask them again. [31] And as you wish that men would do to you, do so to them. [32] “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. [33] And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same.

John.13 Verses 34 to 35 “[34] A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. [35] By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Question for self SELF, Is Gods Mercy unlimited or without conditions {Is everyone saved?}

Ps.23: [6] Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

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”   

Ps.119:  [156] Great is thy mercy, O LORD; give me {eternal} life according to thy justice.

Isa.30: [18] Therefore the LORD waits to be gracious to you; therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the LORD is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him

Lam.2: [2] The Lord has destroyed without mercy all the habitations of Jacob;
in his wrath he has broken down the strongholds of the daughter of Judah;
he has brought down to the ground in dishonor the kingdom and its rulers.

4Ezra.1: [25] Because you have forsaken me, I also will forsake you. When you beg mercy of me, I will show you no mercy.

Matt.5: [7] “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.

Matt.18: [33] and should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’

Luke.1: [50] And his mercy is on those who fear him from generation to generation

Luke.10: [37] He said {replied}, “The one who showed mercy on him.” And Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”

Jas.2: [13] For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy; yet mercy triumphs over judgment.

Question for self SELF: What then is the “burden of un-forgiveness?”

It seems very clear, very evident in the bible that God who can be defined briefly as “All Good Things Perfected” does indeed set conditions for our salvation {whether we know them or not, and whether we accept them or not has no relevance, no effect on our eternal –life.} … by asking ourselves are “goodness and fairness good things?” And of course they are, we can know that God has to determine our Eternal life based on Not what we choose to believe or what we choose to accept {for whatever reasons”} No! God will, because God must, pass Judgment upon each of us based on what He God has made possible for us to know, to believe, to practice. Why? Because doing so is both “fair and just.” Doing so is God being GOD.

That then is the burden that we can, and we must choose to create for ourselves…. {It is our freewill choice as is heaven and hell}; a choice each of us must make for ourselves. And that means that God has to keep His Word, to forgive each of us ONLY to the same-degree that we freely choose to forgive everyone, for everything bad they have done to us. Matthew 6:12.

Deut.30: [19] I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse; therefore choose life, that you and your descendants may live” … Amen!       

A final thought: This does not mean that we must “Like” everyone. No, only that we are modeling Christ love for us, and must love everyone.  …. Love is a conscious decision, much more than an emotion.  Forgiveness begins with forgiving ourselves  

 This is such a critical issue that it MIGHT {????} well effect one’s Eternal salvation.

God Bless you!

Patrick

Addendum:

Because we live in a time where skeptism is not only ramped; but down right necessary; I’m adding a further teaching that proves the above:

Gospel: MT 18:21–35

Peter approached Jesus and asked him,
“Lord, if my brother sins against me,
how often must I forgive him?
As many as seven times?”

{Inserted by PJM}

Numbers in the bible are often a teaching; a belief in and of themselves. For example the number seven stands for “completeness, fulfillment, and or perfection”

From : agapebiblestudy.org

SEVEN:   Spiritual perfection and fullness or completion.  It is the number of Covenant and of the Holy Spirit.

  • Seven is the second perfect number.
  • In Hebrew seven is shevah (shebah) from the root shava (shaba or sheba), meaning “to be full.”
  • God rested on the seventh day (Saturday) after Creation [Genesis 2:2]
  • To swear an oath in Hebrew is “to seven oneself.”
  • There are seven gifts of the Holy Spirit (CCC#1831; Isaiah 11:1)
  • The sacred Menorah has seven branches (six on each side of a central shaft) and seven cup shaped lamps for the olive oil
  • There were seven classes of furniture in the Tabernacle: Bronze sacrificial Altar, Bronze Laver, Golden Menorah, Golden Table of the Bread of the Presence, Golden Altar of Incense, Ark of the Covenant and the Mercy-seat/Seat of Atonement.
  • The Tabernacle was built in six days and dedicated on the seventh [Exodus 40:17]
  • It took Solomon seven years to build the Temple in Jerusalem. [1 Kings 6:37-38]
  • There are seven annual holy feast days observed under the Law of the Sinai Covenant [Leviticus 23:1-44]
  • The Feast of Passover is the 1st month of the liturgical year but the seventh month of the civil year. [Exodus 12:1-2]
  • The Feast of Tabernacles completes the cycle of Holy Days in the seventh month of the liturgical year.[Leviticus 23:33-43]
  • There are multiple sevens in the Book of Revelation: There are 55 sevens and 5 sevenths, 5×7 (35) phrases of sevens in the Book of Revelation.  List of “sevens” in the Book of Revelation:

The teaching up to that point in the “LAW” was an “eye for an eye; a tooth for a tooth”; in other words, in charity inflict only equal damage to your enemy. Never exceed it. THAT was MAN”S way; NOT God’s.

Exodus 21: 22-24

[22] “If men quarrel, and one strike a woman with child, and she miscarry indeed, but live herself: he shall be answerable for so much damage as the woman’ s husband shall require, and as arbiters shall award. [23] But if her death ensue thereupon, he shall render life for life. [24] Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, [25] Burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.”

This was a logical, and seemingly fair and just response; even showing restraint. BUT it was NOT God’s way; what God desired in perfection.

{Now back to the Gospel reading/teaching}

Jesus answered, “I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times. {Meaning a never ending amount of times}…. That is why the Kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king who decided to settle accounts with his servants.

When he began the accounting, a debtor was brought before him who owed him a huge amount. Since he had no way of paying it back, his master ordered him to be sold, along with his wife, his children, and all his property, in payment of the debt.
At that, the servant fell down, did him homage, and said, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back in full.’

Moved with compassion the master of that servant
let him go and forgave him the loan
.

When that servant had left, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a much smaller amount. He seized him and started to choke him, demanding,
‘Pay back what you owe.’ Falling to his knees, his fellow servant begged him,
‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.’

But he refused. Instead, he had the fellow servant put in prison until he paid back the debt.

Now when his fellow servants saw what had happened, they were deeply disturbed, and went to their master and reported the whole affair. His master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you your entire debt because you begged me to.

Should you not have had pity on your fellow servant,
as I had pity on you?’

Then in anger his master handed him over to the torturers until he should pay back the whole debt.

So will my heavenly Father do to you, unless each of you forgives his brother from his heart.” End QUOTES

Luke.6:[32] “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them

And “72” were sent by Patrick Miron

72” Were sent out in Christ name

Why “72”? And WHY are numbers in the bible signifient?

by: Patrick Miron

Luke 10: 1-5 “And after these things the Lord appointed also other seventy-two: and he sent them two and two before his face into every city and place whither he himself was to come. And he said to them: The harvest indeed is great, but the labourers are few. Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he send labourers into his harvest. Go: Behold I send you as lambs among wolves. Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes; and salute no man by the way. Into whatsoever house you enter, first say: Peace be to this house.”

Anytime one encounters a number in the bible, it’s important to ask if the number itself has significance. This is based on Jewish Tradition where numbers often have a meaning of their own, known by all, and understood by all for who the teaching or message is immediately intended for.

www.agapebiblestudy.com

“In sacred Scripture numbers usually have more significance than their quantitative indicators. More often than not, even when a number is used to indicate a certain quantity, the individual number given may point beyond the numerical value to a symbolic significance. At other times the number given is not to be taken literally and may represent an approximate value, a symbolic value, or may represent hyperbole-an exaggerated value. For example, the six day period of Creation may not be literal but may represent a symbolic period of time that was perfected on the seventh day when God rested-7 being one of the four “perfect” numbers. Or the number of the 144,000 heavenly souls marked with the “seal of the living God” in Revelation chapter 7 may suggest, as Bible scholars both ancient and modern have interpreted it, a number reflecting the symbolic perfection of redeemed man in terms of the “perfect” number 12 which signifies perfection of government in Scripture. 144,000 is the square of 12.”

 http://www.agapebiblestudy.com/documents/the%20significance%20of%20numbers%20in%20scripture.htm: Much additional information can be found on this web site.

ONE: In sacred Scripture “one,” ehad, in Hebrew, represents unity and is the quintessential number of monotheism, the worship of one God.

TWO: This number can mean difference, division or double portion.

THREE: In sacred Scripture the number three represents that which is solid, real, substantial, and something in its completeness. This number usually indicates something of importance or significance in God’s plan of salvation by identifying an important event in Salvation History. This number operates as a “sign-post” in Scripture study for the reader to “pay attention” to the significance of the next event.

FOUR: The number four represents God’s creative works, especially works associated with the earth:

FIVE: This is the number of power and Divine grace.

SIX: Both man and the serpent were created on the sixth day, therefore, the number six represents both man and rebellion. In the Greek alphabet the number six is not represented by an alphabetic letter but is instead represented by a symbol called the “stigma.” In Revelation 13:18 the number of the Beast is written not as 666 but is instead is written with the Greek symbols for 600 and 60 and 6. In his book Numbers in Scripture, E.W. Bullinger observes that these three symbols correspond to first and last letters of the Greek word for Christ = CHRISTOS, with the symbol of the serpent in between the two other numbers of 666 [see Numbers in Scripture page 49]. Perhaps this arrangement can be seen to be Christ the Messiah crushing the serpent as God told the serpent in Genesis 3:15: I shall put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; he will crush your head and you will strike its heel.

SEVEN: Spiritual perfection and fullness or completion. It is the number of Covenant and of the Holy Spirit.

EIGHT: sh’moneh in Hebrew, from the root shah’meyn “to make fat” or “to cover with fat” which means to super-abound. The first of a new series: there are seven days in a week; the 8th day is the beginning of a new series of days. It is the number of salvation, resurrection, and new birth/regeneration.

NINE: This number is related to the number six, being the sum of its factors (3×3=9, and 3+3=6). It is significant of the end of man and the sum of all man’s works. Nine is therefore the number of finality or judgment.

TEN: Perfection of divine order

ELEVEN: disorder: 10 + 1 or 12 – 1; also disorganization, lack of fulfillment, imperfection

TWELVE: Perfection of government. Twelve is the number of the Church, both the Old Covenant Church of Israel founded by twelve physical fathers (the twelve sons of Jacob-Israel) and the New Covenant Church founded by twelve spiritual fathers (the twelve Apostles). This number also has a relationship with multiples of twelve END QUOTES

So dear friends we can now understand the core message in the choice of using “72.” It does NOT necessarily means that Christ ACTUALLY chose “72” additional disciples, even though it might have been?

 Here “72” represents [6x 12] = “72.” The “6” here represents both man, and man’s natural tendency to rebel against change and authority. While the “12” represents both the responsibility and the necessary POWER of independent-“GOVERNANCE.”

 The message then becomes that man [all mankind] is commanded by God, to “go forth and preach the [His] GOOD NEWS”; but the 6 x 12 lacks perfection and or competition, that the number “84” [7 x 12] would lend to the teaching. So the entirety of the message then is that this mandate becomes an ON-GOING; NEVER-ENDING task for humanity. It applied when Christ was here on earth, and it applies [perhaps even more urgently] to us today; to [1] Know the Good News; [2] to Live the Good News and to [3] SHARE the Good news as God grants us the opportunity to do so.

The “real-kicker” though is that the ability to KNOW the fullness of God’s “Good News“, and therefore the ability to share it [we can’t share what we ourselves do not have] resides exclusively within the confines of the Catholic Church.

 Mt. 15:18-19 “And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, [singular] and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 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.”

 Jn. 17:18-19 “As thou hast sent me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. And for them do I sanctify myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth”

 Jn.20:21-22 “He said therefore to them again: Peace be to you. As the Father hath sent me, I also send you. When he had said this, he breathed on them; and he said to them: Receive ye the Holy Ghost.

 Mk. 16:14-15 “At length he appeared to the eleven as they were at table: and he upbraided them with their incredulity and hardness of heart, because they did not believe them who had seen him after he was risen again. And he said to them: Go ye into the whole world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

 Mt. 28: 16-20 “And the eleven disciples went into Galilee, unto the mountain where Jesus had appointed them. And Jesus coming, spoke to them, saying: All power is given to me in heaven and in earth. Going therefore, teach ye all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world.”

 And NOW dear friends, you know! Amen!

“Be Still” reblogged from a “Safe Harbor in Jesus”

 

A New post on A Safe Harbor is Jesus

Be still

by Jesus is a safe harbor

As I meditated on this verse, I saw that “be still” could be translated “cease striving” or “let go, relax.” Have you been doing everything you know to do, everything you could do, in order to get whatever you’re waiting for – and then came the Word of God: “Be still, cease striving… know that I am God.” If you are to walk in faith, if you are to live by faith, you have to cease striving. You have to shut your mouth and quit trying to teach, to instruct, to straighten out, and you are to know God. He sits as sovereign on His throne; He hasn’t moved. And you haven’t seen “the rest of the story.” You part in this situation is simply “to be still” rather than “to do.” Have a wonderful day in the Lord’s Presence. Love you all.

“Be still and know that I am God!” Psalm 46:10

So how many times have you felt the Lord saying these words…  “Just wait…”  We would love for Him to finish that sentence. Let us know what we’re waiting for and possible who and how long should we wait, and when can we be done waiting! I would assume waiting is not most of our strong suits. But this is where God has you, let me encourage you like I do myself to welcome the wait as I know the wait will be so worth it and even though you continue to go to Him in prayer and the answer continues to be, “Just wait…”

I’m not sure where you are at in life right now, but I promise your period of waiting is just a season. This is another opportunity to lean on God and His Word. This is another opportunity to watch God do incredible things. Really all we have to do is wait. Maybe that’s not so bad in the context of all that God can do when we simply choose to wait on Him.

So here it is,just be still. No matter how difficult it is! Choose to pray, seek God and His Word, and wait on Him, for the blessing He has in store for you. Let Him be in control. If that means waiting, then waiting you must do! Will you wait with me?  Will you allow God to come through in His timing and not yours?

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GOD’S PROMISE FOR THOSE WHO ARE TRULY “JUST;” TRULY UDERSTAND

 A WISDOM TEACHING

The book of Wisdom 3: 1-9

“But the souls of the righteous are in the hand of God,
and no torment will ever touch them.

In the eyes of the foolish they seemed to have died,
and their departure was thought to be an affliction,

And their going from us to be their destruction;
but they are at peace.

For though in the sight of men they were punished,
their hope is full of immortality.

Having been disciplined a little, they will receive great good,
because God tested them and found them worthy of himself;

Like gold in the furnace he tried them,
and like a sacrificial burnt offering he accepted them.

In the time of their visitation they will shine forth,
and will run like sparks through the stubble.

They will govern nations and rule over peoples,
and the Lord will reign over them for ever.

Those who trust in him will understand truth,
and the faithful will abide with him in love,
because grace and mercy are upon his elect,
and he watches over his holy ones.”

AMEN!

Marriage: What is it supposed to be? by Patrick Miron

Start of Lesson #127 … the  a-A, b-B, c-C’s of Catholicism

To be mailed around August 8th 2016

THE SACRAMENT OF MATRIMONY

CCC 1602-1608 {Catechism of the Catholic Church}

 Credo of Christ’s faithful families (Sign here)

https://www.lifesitenews.com/petitions/credo-of-faithful-families

Credo of Christ’s faithful families:

  1. We believe that marriage was created by God and raised by Christ to the dignity of a Sacrament for the baptized. Marriage is, of its nature, a bond between one man and one woman, freely entered, faithful, indissoluble, and open to life.
  2. We believe that sexual intercourse is of its nature procreative and unitive, and exclusively reserved for marriage.
  3. We believe that the unchaste misuse of sexual intercourse is radically harmful to body, soul and civilization.
  4. We believe that due to our fallen nature we must safeguard chastity with custody of the eyes and modesty of dress and behaviour.
  5. We believe that children have the right to be conceived in the loving union of a husband and wife.
  6. We believe that parents, by virtue of their gift of life and love to their children, have the absolute primary right and non-renounceable duty to educate and protect them.
  7. We believe that human life must be protected from the moment of conception until natural death.

Because the happiness, freedom, salvation and very existence of our families and those of our children depend upon these God-given truths, we expect the Catholic hierarchy and Catholic institutions to teach them unanimously. We pledge to uphold these truths and stand against their being undermined by silence, ambiguity or falsehoods. END QUOTES

 ARTICLE 7: THE SACRAMENT OF MATRIMONY

1601 “The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward {1} the good of the spouses {2} and the procreation and {3} education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament

My dear friends in Christ. It seems unlikely that the times in which we live may well be the most challenging times EVER for marriage as God intends it.

We face never before challenges of a Government intent on not only making eternal HELL a VERY real possibility; but even legislating it. L same sex “marriages”; {impossible!}; mandated open to ALL restrooms and Locker rooms; and a Pontiff VERY much in need of our daily prayers {3 hail-Mary’s suggested}, who because of his a lack of sufficient clarity in his recent Marriage Document has questioned the validly “of many of today’s marriages.” …. A Position NOT supported by the bible, Canon Law or even our Tradition. {Anyone seeking more information on this please contact me.}   

A Sacramental marriage {between a Catholics and either another Catholic OR another Baptized Christion of the opposite sex {gender}.

Christian Marriage

http://www.catholicessentials.net/christianmarriage.htm

Marriage, also known as the Sacrament of Matrimony, is defined as, “a contract between a man and a woman, both of whom are baptized and free to enter into the contract, to live together for the purpose of begetting and rearing children, and of cherishing one another in a common life. The ends of matrimony are, therefore, primarily the procreation and bringing up of children; secondarily, mutual support and affection and the satisfaction of desire.” (Definition from A Catholic Dictionary, 1951)
References in Scripture to Marriage:

  • “For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife, and they shall be two in one flesh. This is a great sacrament; but I speak in Christ and in the church.” Ephesians 5:31-32
  • “Wives, be subject to your husbands, as it behoveth in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter towards them.” Colossians 3:18-19
  • “But I say to you, that whosoever shall look on a woman to lust after her, hath already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Matthew 5:28

There is even more information on the site just provided for anyone who desires more information.

Characteristics of a Sacramental Marriage include:

  1. Unable to be Dissolved  {Permanent for life}
  2. Requires that all sexual union be open to at-least the POSSIBILITY of life
  3. Demands raising all off spring informed as Catholics

 Marriage in the order of creation

1603 “The intimate community of life and love which constitutes the married state has been established by the Creator and endowed by him with its own proper laws. . . . God himself is the author of marriage.” The vocation to marriage is written in the very nature of man and woman as they came from the hand of the Creator. Marriage is not a purely human institution despite the many variations it may have undergone through the centuries in different cultures, social structures, and spiritual attitudes. These differences should not cause us to forget its common and permanent characteristics. Although the dignity of this institution is not transparent everywhere with the same clarity, some sense of the greatness of the matrimonial union exists in all cultures. “The well-being of the individual person and of both human and Christian society is closely bound up with the healthy state of conjugal and family life

1604 God who created man out of love also calls him to love the fundamental and innate vocation of every human being. For man is created in the image and likeness of God who is himself love.    {Genesis 1:26-27}  Since God created him man and woman, their mutual love becomes an image of the absolute and unfailing love with which God loves man. It is good, very good, in the Creator’s eyes. And this love which God blesses is intended to be fruitful and to be realized in the common work of watching over creation: “And God blessed them, and God said to them: ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it.

1605 Holy Scripture affirms that man and woman were created for one another: “It is not good that the man should be alone.” The woman, “flesh of his flesh,” his equal, his nearest in all things, is given to him by God as a “helpmate”; she thus represents God from whom comes our help. “Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and cleaves to his wife, and they become one flesh.” The Lord himself shows that this signifies an unbreakable union of their two lives by recalling what the plan of the Creator had been “in the beginning”: “So they are no longer two, but one flesh.”

Marriage under the regime of sin

1606 Every man experiences evil around him and within himself. This experience makes itself felt in the relationships between man and woman. Their union has always been threatened by discord, a spirit of domination, infidelity, jealousy, and conflicts that can escalate into hatred and separation. This disorder can manifest itself more or less acutely, and can be more or less overcome according to the circumstances of cultures, eras, and individuals, but it does seem to have a universal character

That said;

God has promised us “sufficient” grace to merit our personal salvation IF, IF we are open to receive it…. Our goad MUST be to permit God to be in charge. Karen and I just recently celebrated our 49th Wedding anniversary. An accomplishment ONLY made possible by God’s grace. {She’s WELL on the road to sainthood!} J

1607 According to faith the disorder we notice so painfully does not stem from the nature of man and woman, nor from the nature of their relations, but from sin. As a break with God, the first sin had for its first consequence the rupture of the original communion between man and woman. Their relations were distorted by mutual recriminations; their mutual attraction, the Creator’s own gift, changed into a relationship of domination and lust; and the beautiful vocation of man and woman to be fruitful, multiply, and subdue the earth was burdened by the pain of childbirth and the toil of work

1608 Nevertheless, the order of creation persists, though seriously disturbed. To heal the wounds of sin, man and woman need the help of the grace that God in his infinite mercy never refuses them. Without his help man and woman cannot achieve the union of their lives for which God created them “in the beginning.”

May God Bless and Guide you!

Patrick

END of Lesson #127 … the  a-A, b-B, c-C’s of Catholicism

To be mailed around August 8th 2016

ARTICLE 7: THE SACRAMENT OF MATRIMONY

THE SACRAMENT OF MATRIMONY

CCC 1602-1608