Religion and Life
"Hail Mary, full of grace. Our Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen."
Published June 8, 2018
In the Sermon on the Mount, Christ declared: “Do you think that 1 have come to set aside the Law and Prophesy; 1 have not come to set them aside but to bring them to perfection.
“Believe me, heaven and earth must disappear sooner than one jot, one flourish disappear from the Law. It must all be accomplished.
“Whoever then sets aside one of these Commandments, though it were the least, and teaches men to do the like, will be of least account in the Kingdom of Heaven. But the man who keeps them, and teaches others to keep them, will be accounted in the Kingdom of Heaven as the greatest.”
Mankind is created by God according to a plan in the divine intelligence. Man fulfils that plan when he lives according to the Ten Commandments.
Not man - not even God Himself can destroy these precepts.
Christ came “not to set them aside, but to bring them to perfection.” They are the supreme test of loyalty: “If any man loves Me he will keep My Commandments.
They claim that the Church, not the Bible, is their source of authority. Therefore inquire: “Tell me about your Church. Where did it originate? etc. They will quote “Thou art Peter” etc.
“How do you know Christ said that,” They will have to go to the Bible to find the answer. “Therefore you go to the Bible for your foundation.” (No person can prove Christ said that “Thou art Peter,” etc. except by going to the Bible.
If they claim the Bible has mistakes, how can they prove this text “Thou art Peter,” etc. is not a mistake? It is only found once in Scripture. Really, to establish their Church they must prove the Bible is the Word of God. That it is infallible, unerring! The Bible must be above the Church, because it and it alone, provides a foundation for the Church.
I Keep The Same Sabbath as The Blessed Virgin Mary.
What is the Law of God?
What is the Law of God?
It is the manifestation of His will to man, declaring what He requires of man to do and to avoid, in order to please Him and save his own soul.
In what light ought we to consider the law of God?
First, as our rule and guide, given to direct us in our pilgrimage through the wilderness of this world, and to conduct us to true happiness both here and hereafter. Second, as our because it is by this law that we will be judged at the last day, and be either rewarded with eternal happiness, or condemned according as we have obeyed this law, or transgressed it in our present life.
When did God give His law to man?
First, at the creation. He imprinted in the heart of man the sense of right and wrong, and gave him that inward monitor, his conscience, moving him to do the one and avoid the other. When the posterity of Abraham were grown into a great nation, and God took them under His particular protection. He made a second publication of His law to them.
Where do we find the law of God clearly expressed?
In the Ten Commandments, Exodus 20.
When were they given?
They were first given by the Almighty to the Israelites, through the ministry of Moses, and were after wards ratified and confirmed by Jesus Christ.
Are we strictly obliged to obey the law of God as found in the Ten Commandments and the gospel?
Yes; First, God who is a lawgiver, is our sovereign Lord and Master, who created us and gave us all we are and all we have, consequently I we are wholly at His disposal I and therefore are strictly obliged to do whatever He requires of us. Second, We have seen above, that He has made our obedience to His law one essential condition of our salvation. “Third, because the Scripture assures us, that the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven, with the angels, of His power, in a flame of fire, yielding vengeance to them who know not God, and who obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ; who shall suffer eternal punishment in destruction. 2 Thessalonians 1: 7.
Are we obliged to obey the whole law in order to be saved?
We are: for the Holy Scriptures say, “Whosoever shall keep the whole law, but offend in one point, is become guilty of all.”
1 James 2: 10; that is, he becomes a transgressor of the law in such a manner, the observing of all the other points will not avail him to salvation.” page 166.
“By our own natural strength alone, without the help of God Is grace, we are not able to keep the commandments and God, who requires us to keep His commands, is never wanting on His part to give us sufficient grace for that purpose.” Ibid.
“The Rock,” is not Peter
Christ Handing the Keys
of the Kingdom to Saint Peter
Matthew 16:13-20. “Whom do men say that 1 the Son of Man am?” “Whom say you that 1 am?” The subject is Christ. It is not Peter or any other disciple.
1. If Christ had been speaking of Peter, He would have said, “Upon thee.”
2. Christ said upon “this Rock.” The great, statement just uttered, namely “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
3. Christ the Divine One is the Rock. Matthew 16:23. Jesus “said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan.”
4. Peter at this time was not converted. Luke 22:32. “When thou art converted.” An unconverted person would be a poor foundation for the church.
5. Mark 1:30. Peter was a married man. Why are popes not married men, if they claim Peter was the first pope?
6. Peter was a Jew. No Jew would be made a pope today - nor ever have been. The Inquisition slaughtered millions of Jews. The Papacy has been anti - Jewish.
7. 1 Peter 5: 1. “I am an elder.” St. Peter was but one of many elders.
8. Galatians 2:11. Paul withstood Peter to his face. It is evident saint Peter was not a pope. The rebuke was made over a “faith and morals” issue.
9. 2 Corinthians 11: 28. Paul, not Peter, had “the care of all the churches.” Therefore Peter was not head over the churches.
“The Keys of the Kingdom of. Heaven.” Matthew 23:13. “You shut up the kingdom of Heaven.” Luke 11:52. “You have taken away the key of knowledge. “
The keys of the kingdom of heaven are the words of Christ. All the words of Holy Scripture are His, and are here included. These have power to open and shut heaven.”
1. What did Jesus say to Peter about the Rock?
And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. 17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. 18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. [Matthew 16:16-19]
You can understand the bible
Catholics have been taught that only the priest can understand the Scriptures. St. John 7:17. “If any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine (teaching).” Obedience is the best commentary. Unwillingness to do “His will” automatically closes the Bible and it's truth to them. Many do not seek truth, but they seek an excuse to evade obedience.
Daniel 12:10. “None of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.” Note “the wise” are not contrasted with the unlearned or ignorant, but with 4he wicked.” It is a moral matter more than mental that counts.
The Bible Can Be Understood By Common People
1. The Bible is God's message to man. God created man Thus the Bible and the mind of man have the same Author. They are made for each other.
2. The Bible has universal appeal. The natives of New Guinea and the Solomon Islands can read and understand the Bible. “The common people heard Him gladly.”
3. 2 Timothy 3:15. “From a child thou has known the Holy Scriptures.” If a child can understand, so ca an adult. Psalm 25:14. “The secret of the Lord is with them that fear Him, and He will show them His covenant.” Many make the Bible hard to be understood by disobedience or pride of intellectualism. It is not scholarship, but sincerity that opens the Word.
Matthew 11:25. “Jesus answered and said, “I thank Thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because Thou has hid these things from the wise and prudent, and has revealed them unto babes. “ This is God’s way. His truth is revealed to the childlike, the humble and sincere. It is revealed to those who desire the “sincere milk of the Word.”
Individuals Can Decide Truth. Our Supreme Courts are based on the judgment of laymen. The Jury system is based on individual judgment. The Jury men are not specially trained. So God expects individuals to decide and promises “If any man will he shall know.
The Bible “is our only source of power.”
Catholics are not hard to win if you can get the Bible open with them. We win more people from the Catholic Church than from any other religion. A quarter of our population are Catholics, so here is a vast field of labor. You must get the Bible open with them. Remember, the Bible “is our only source of power.”
The Blessed Virgin Mary kept the Seventh-day Sabbath your own Bible says so. She never kept Sunday holy. Bring out your Bible and 1 will show you this.
Now, could 1 be wrong in doing what the Blessed Virgin Mary did? Could l? 1 do what she did and you don't. I 'm a better Catholic than you.
Luke 23:52-56. “And the women also, which came with Him from Galilee, followed after.” (Every Catholic will agree that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was at the cross). “They rested the Sabbath day according to the commandment.”
1. The Blessed Virgin Mary kept the Sabbath.
2. She kept the Ten Commandments.
3. She would have been a sinner if she had not.
4. “Sin is the transgression of the law.” 1 John 3:4.