The Rocky Road to Truth: another I AM a Catholic shared Lesson by Patrick

                                                                                                                                                                The  ROCKY Road to Truth

Another “I AM a Catholic Lesson” by Pat Miron

It seems to me that one’s entire life ought to be in a search –mode of seeking “truth” for one thing or another. Meaning of course the singular, compulsory end-reality to every defined issue. Surely there cannot exist more than one such factual-veracity to each dispute; each quandary, each question life confronts us with. After all; what is; IS!

It also seems to me, that because truth must be as it is; singular per defined issue, that no one is able to attain the inner peace that is deep-rooted into each of us as an “absolute need,” without first resolving, which elusive reality it is, that is {or are} now blocking our path to inner-peace and joy. Life is too short not to find the happy state of Inner Peace.”

Dictionary Definition:

noun, plural truths: 

The true or actual state of a matter:

  1. conformity with fact or reality; verity: the truth of a statement.
  2. a verified or indisputable fact, proposition, principle, or the like: mathematical truths.
  3. the state or character of being true.
  4. actuality or actual existence.
  5. an obvious or accepted fact; truism; platitude.
  6. honesty; integrity; truthfulness.
  7. (often initial capital letter) ideal or fundamental reality apart from and transcending perceived

experience:

  1. agreement with a standard or original.
  2. accuracy, as of position or adjustment.
  3. Archaic. fidelity or constancy.

Eleven definitions of ONE reality Testify that “Truth” must be singular per defined issue in-order to actually be “The Truth.”

Pope Benedict articulated this well in his first address as new Pope of the Roman Catholic Church; with a clarity that is indisputable exactly what truth must be: “There CANNOT {my emphasis} be your truth and my truth or there would be NO truth.”

 The road to a singular truth can rise higher than mountains; proceed down to very slippery sloops’, then over- quick-sand- quagmires, and even very rocky terrain; all in the effort to find that one truth that will alone hold the potential to put the “inner-us” at peace.

 It is possible however to convince yourself that you have already found it. But have you REALLY?  … “wolf’s in sheep’s clothing,”[Mt. 7:1]  like heaven, hell & purgatory are all truths; are all facts, are all realities.

Jesus tells us that He, and He alone is the [that] [1] Way [2] that truth [3] and the Life. [John 14:6] The fact that each of these adjectives is singular is profoundly and critically significant.

While it is, to say the least; “difficult” to cull a particular factor that so often leads to a wrong, or at-least, an incomplete understanding of the bible; the fact that missing the “singular tense” of the words chosen and uttered by Christ and the authors of the bible is surely one of them; this glaring error is simply too important, and to frequent of an occurrence not to point it out and discuss it. 2nd. Timothy 3:16-1716] All scripture, inspired of God, is profitable to teach, to reprove, to correct, to instruct in justice, [17] That the man of God may be perfect, furnished to every good work.”

Here then, is a good example of that of which I speak:

Matthew 7: 13-15Enter ye [singular] in at the narrow gate: [singular] for wide is the gate, and broad is the way [singular: meaning here obstinacy] that leadeth to destruction, and many there are who go in thereat.[means here “at risk of their salvation”] [14] How narrow is the gate, [singular] and strait is the way [again singular] that leadeth to life [singular]: and few there are that find it![singular] [15] Beware of false prophets, who come to you [singular] in the clothing of sheep, but inwardly they [plural] are ravening wolves.

Matthew 13: 1-15[1] The same day Jesus going out of the house, sat by the sea side. [2] And great multitudes were gathered unto him, so that he went up into a boat and sat: and all the multitude stood on the shore. [3] And he spoke to them many things in parables, saying: Behold the sower went forth to sow. [4] And whilst he soweth some fell by the way side, and the birds of the air came and ate them up. [5] And other some fell upon stony ground, where they had not much earth: and they sprung up immediately, because they had no deepness of earth. [6] And when the sun was up they were scorched: and because they had not root, they withered away. [7] And others fell among thorns: and the thorns grew up and choked them. [8] And others fell upon good ground: and they brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, and some thirtyfold. [9] He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. [10] And his disciples came and said to him: Why speakest thou to them in parables? [11] Who answered and said to them: Because to you [singular] 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.”

My dear friends in Christ, I have laid out for you here, guided by the Holy Spirit, a powerful, logical, theological, moral and indisputable case for “truth” being always singular, per defined issue.

So here then is how to test this truth:

Are you able; are you willing to be guided by the truth shared by Holy Spirit, who can neither deceive nor be deceived?

Matthew 16: 15-19[15] Jesus saith to them: [“them” being His 12 Apostles; & singular] But whom do you say that I am?

[16] Simon Peter answered and said: Thou art Christ, the Son of the living God[17] And Jesus answering, said to him: [singular] Blessed art, thou [singular] Simon Bar-Jona: because flesh and blood hath not revealed it to thee, [singular] but my Father who is in heaven[18] And I say to thee: {**}[singular] That thou art Peter; and upon this rock [singular]{YOU!} I will build my church, [notably singular!] and the gates of hell [plural, whereas the gate to heaven was and is singular] shall not prevail against it.  [once again singular] [19] And I will give to thee [no surprise here: once again singular] {all of them implied} the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And whatsoever thou shalt bind [singular] upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose [again singular] upon earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven”

{**} While singular tense in reference to this conversation critical to one’s salvation, between Jesus / who is GOD & Peter whom, following Old Testament Tradition of always and every time choosing just One man to lead [Aaron led THROUGH Moses] : Abraham. Moses, the Judges, kings like David and Solomon; and prophets like Isaiah and Jeremiah; leading up to John the Baptist, who of course led to Jesus, the Christ; is also relevant and critically important to understand that Christ could not, and did not expect His One God; with Only One set of Faith beliefs [nothing else is logically possible or historically provable], through just One Church [all modeled on Old Testament historical practice] to end with Peter; as such would necessarily mean that Christianity, whose roots stem from the Early Catholic Church [Wycliffe; Luther and Calvin were all apostate catholic priest]; could not and would not exist today. This is further proven in the bible itself by comparing Matthew 10: 1-8; especially verses 5-6; to Matthew 28: 16-20; especially verse 19; which IF understood correctly mandates succession, as being actually instituted by Christ Himself.

 Matthew 28: 16-20[16] And the eleven disciples [Please SEE: Mt. 10:1-3-Apostles] went into Galilee, unto the mountain where Jesus had appointed them.[singular] [17] And seeing him they adored: but some doubted. [18] And Jesus coming, spoke to them, [Singular] saying: All power is given to me in heaven and in earth. [19] Going therefore, teach YOU all nations; [dear friends please do not attempt to minimalize this command; Jesus is here directing directly and exclusively only His Aposrles and successors; to teach ALL that HE had Taught to THEM] baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. [20] Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: [indisputably singular] and behold I am with you [again singular] all days, even to the consummation of the world.”

Ephesians 6: 10-24 [10] Finally, brethren, be strengthened in the Lord, and in the might of his power. [11] Put you on the armour of God, [singular] that you may be able to stand against the deceits of the devil [plural].[12] For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood; but against principalities and power, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places. [13] Therefore take unto you the armour of God, [again singular] that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and to stand in all things perfect. [14] Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, [singular] and having on the breastplate of justice, [singular[15] And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace: [singular] [16] In all things taking the shield of faith, [singular] wherewith you may be able to extinguish all the fiery darts of the most wicked one. [17] And take unto you the helmet of salvation, [once again singular] and the sword of the Spirit (which is the word of God).[with RIGHT understanding necessarily singular]  [18] By all prayer and supplication praying at all times in the spirit; and in the same watching with all instance and supplication for all the saints: … [23] Peace be to the brethren and charity with faith, from God the Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. [24] Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in incorruption. Amen.

In closing dear friends, I will share another truth; one that you may, or may-not yet know?

God will, because as GOD, He MUST pass final judgment upon each of us NOT on what we choose to believe [for ANY reason]; rather GOD will Judge each on us on what HE [the Holy Spirit] has made possible for us to know through His Grace and the channel He choose to use [in this instance me] to share His “truths.”. {YOU!} Not to acknowledge this fact, is to willingly choose to put ones very soul at risk.

God Bless you,

Patrick

Why do Catholics confess their sins to a priest, rather than going directly to God? by: John Martignoni …re-blogged

Why do Catholics confess their sins to a priest, rather than going directly to God? 
Well, the quick answer is because that’s the way God wants us to do it. In James 5:16, God, through Sacred Scripture, commands us to “confess our sins to one another.” Notice, Scripture does not say confess your sins straight to God and only to God — it says confess your sins to one another.

In Matthew, chapter 9, verse 6, Jesus tells us that He was given authority on earth to forgive sins. And then Scripture proceeds to tell us, in verse 8, that this authority was given to “men”…plural.

In John 20, verses 21-23, what is the first thing Jesus says to the gathered disciples on the night of His resurrection? “Jesus said to them, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.'” How did the Father send Jesus? Well, we just saw in Matthew 9 that the Father sent Jesus with the authority on earth to forgive sins. Now, Jesus sends out His disciples as the Father has sent Him…so, what authority must Jesus be sending His disciples out with? The authority on earth to forgive sins. And, just in case they didn’t get it, verses 22-23 say this, “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.'”

Why would Jesus give the Apostles the power to forgive or to retain sins if He wasn’t expecting folks to confess their sins to them? And how could they forgive or retain sins if no one was confessing their sins to them?

The Bible tells us to confess our sins to one another. It also tells us that God gave men the authority on Earth to forgive sins. Jesus sends out His disciples with the authority on earth to forgive sins. When Catholics confess our sins to a priest, we are simply following the plan laid down by Jesus Christ. He forgives sins through the priest…it is God’s power, but He exercises that power through the ministry of the priest.

John Martignoni is a nationally-known Catholic apologist and Bible scholar. He is the Founder and President of the Bible Christian Society, where you can find lots of free apologetics materials — CD’s, mp3 downloads, e-newsletters, and more, and host of EWTN’s “Open Line” airing on Mondays at 3 p.m. EST. He is also Director of the Office of the New Evangelization in the Diocese of Birmingham, Alabama.