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As Christians, we know that the Bible is the inspired word of God. It has been revealed to us, His Apostles and His Church through His Holy Spirit. Jesus prayed for his followers to be one unified body; and yet, nowadays there are literally thousands of denominations with hundreds of scriptural interpretations. There can only be one truth; alas, many people manipulate scripture to justify their particular thoughts, feelings and ideals.
One particularly large Christian denomination does this by using a tactic called the “Roman Road to Salvation.” The theory here is that one can use the Book of Romans as a quick and easy guide to salvation. Do not get me wrong here; the passages found in Romans are all true. The problem with this is that the Book of Romans is NOT the whole story. We must interpret scripture in the context of the entire Word of God. Furthermore, we must realize that each “reader” of the Bible (you and I) will have a different interpretation - based on our own life experiences, understandings and limitations. This means that we are inclined, by our human-nature, to be subjective while reading the objective Word of God. God alone has the authority of interpretation. He used his Holy Spirit to guide His Church, The Catholic Church, to come to know his objective Word.
Here or the scripture passages from the Book of Romans used in “The Roman Road”:
Begin with Romans 3:3, then Romans 5:12, then Romans 6:23, next Romans 5:8, next Romans 10:9-10 and finally Romans 10:13. Are we to think that entering the Kingdom of Heaven is this simple? Why would God provide us with the rest of the Bible if this were the only scriptures pointing us towards salvation?
Notice how the evangelizer will jump around and going back and forth picking and choosing text, in order to get his or her point across. They do this while avoiding other relevant and important scripture, such as:
Read Romans 2:6, then Romans 8:14-17, Hebrews 6:4-6, 1 Timothy 3:14-15 and Ephesians 4:1-6.
For a complete explanation of the “Roman Road to Salvation,” read Marcus Grodi’s book “What Must I Do to be SAVED?” Marcus Grodi is a Presbyterian convert to the Catholic Church.
Evil creeps into our lives, one little bite at a time...
Take a good hard look at the culture in America, be honest and ask yourself, what do I see? I think more than half of the population, honestly, does not believe in God. A fourth of the population believe in God, but live as though there is none. The final quarter is the most interesting. A large portion of the remaining fourth go to some type of church, but live without any true relationship with the savior. Now, these figures or not scientifically grounded, but I think you get the point.
There is a saying; “How does one eat an elephant? One bite at a time.”
A process so slow, so steady that it goes undetected. This process is exactly how the evil one is destroying America. What use to be honorable, respectful, and good, is now in many people’s eyes: despicable, disgraceful, and without repair. Whether you believe in God or not, His Truth is True, and it will never change - regardless of what our society does or fails to do.
Which do you rather: to live your life as though there is no God and after death you face the Truth? Or, to live your life as though there is a God and discover there is no God. Whether you believe or not does not change the fact, God is.
How can we be certain that Jesus Christ started the RCC?
The Catholic Church claims to be the church Jesus started, which begs the question, is this true? If you are a Christian then you must take this question seriously. Jesus Christ prayed specifically for his followers, that they be one, unified Church. So if unity is important to Christ, then it must be a priority to us, his brethren. So, for me, I want to be sure I am a member of the church that was founded by the Son of God. One way to be sure is to study Christian history and the early believers in the first few centuries. There are countless books and on line resources to help with this important quests.
Take this subject seriously, your life eternal depends on it. here is a small example to get you started: Jesus, Founder and President
Jesus started the biggest organization in the world, without a cell phone or a car... how?
With all of the power and glory Jesus had (and still has); he appointed twelve sinful, common, weak men to go out and spread his teachings. He did not choose men of fame or fortune. He did not choose men with connections or stroke. Instead, he chose among the average and transformed them into the extraordinary.
When I sit back and think about the massive organization that is The Catholic Church, I am awe struck. How did one simple man with one simple message start such a thriving organization? How did twelve commoners spread this message without the tools the like of the internet, telephones, a printing press... without automobiles? The feat is simply incomprehensible. However, this Apostolic Catholic Church is still thriving today. Put simply, the message of love, started with Jesus was organized into a church, was handed down to Peter and spread to millions through apostolic succession, written tradition and oral tradition. We pray for Pope Francis as he carries on the tradition that is the Church in which Jesus began and still spreads.
See more about this: Jesus, Founder & President
Suffering in this way gives me greater hope, that from my illness comes my joy, knowing that I suffer with Christ, or rather He suffers with me. For through His strength I can do all things, and through His death I may be pain-free with Him in heaven.
Suffering with any illness, be it mental, physical, emotional or even spiritual is consequential to original sin. That's right, due to one man's disobedience, sin and death entered this world. This is not to say that any other man (except Jesus) could have resisted the very temptation Adam fell victim to. No one is exempt from it, we all suffer and fall victim one way or another.
I personally suffer with bone, joint and muscle pain caused by a disease known as Ankylosing Spondylitis. It’s a chronic, progressive and inflammatory disease which is incurable. I know first-hand what it means to suffer with pain, fatigue, sleepless nights and a laundry list of other symptoms.
Through my Catholic faith and faith in Jesus Christ, I am a man of God. I encountered this faith long before I was diagnosed, but all the while, I was feeling the effects of my illness. Throughout the years prior to my diagnosis, I prayed for healing; but it was never received. Rather, it all became much worse. By 2005 I became fully disabled. At this time, I was at the peak of my career. My two children were enrolled in Catholic schools and we had just purchased our dream home. Through this process, my faith has undoubtedly been tested. With God’s grace, I never turned my back on the Lord; I was actually drawn closer to Him. God never promised us a rose garden, but what He did promise us was that we would be tested. We will all be called to take up our cross and follow Him. We will be persecuted for His sake. He also promised, for the one who would endure this cross to the end, shall be saved.
Believe me when I say, I understand how hard it is to be in chronic pain and suffering. Consistent pain will bring you to a low place. In illness, man experiences his powerlessness, his weakness, his limitations and even a glimpse of death. Illness can lead us to anxiety, self-absorption, sometimes despair and an attitude of putting the blame others - especially on God. In contrast, illness and suffering can also nudge a person into mature spiritual thought, helping him to realize what is most important in this life, which is why we search out God.
It is certainly true in my case, that the pain and suffering I experience has brought me into a deeper relationship with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. As Paul writes in Romans 5:4, “But we even boast of our afflictions, knowing that affliction produces endurance, and endurance proven character, and proven character, hope, and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us."
Take courage and unite your sufferings with Christ on His cross. Your sufferings joined with Jesus’s is made valuable; valuable not only for you, but for those you love and Christ's Church (Colossians 1:24). Suffering in this way gives me greater hope, that from this illness comes my joy, knowing that I suffer with Christ, or rather He suffers with me, since through His strength I can do all things and through His death I may be pain-free in heaven.
For me watching the DNC is a waste of time. There are just to many lies, half-truths and spin. If people would do a little home work and read what other people are saying about the claims of these politicians, things might be different.
I often notice that we humans tend to treat second-level friends better than we treat our spouses or family members. This misconduct repeats itself over and over again; it becomes a vicious cycle. Sooner or later someone will break and then you, your family or your spouse feels abandoned. Today’s society is a 'give me mine' culture. People have a deep need, a desire, for a 'missing something.' Often times, we believe that this 'missing something' can be found in recognition or popularity. We could not be more wrong.
This uneasiness, this deep desire for a 'missing something' in our lives is truly a desire for love. God is the single source of love. Only He can satisfy this emptiness that we are all born with. Recognition and popularity can never compare to the Father's love. Wait, it's not enough to receive God's love; we are called to share in His love. How so? By loving others, especially those closest to us, we participate in God's divine love.
Go and participate in God's love,
Hello my brothers and sisters (from another mother the Blessed Virgin Mother that is). I wanted to extended a huge welcome to all of you, as you comment or share any thoughts you may have about this site. Your input will be very helpful to improve its content. Also pleases make suggestions on any new topics you want to discuss. Thank you for visiting, God bless you!
In order to understand the salvific role that the Blessed Virgin Mother has in God’s plan of salvation, we will first examine the communion of saints. In Acts 9:13, we read, “How much evil he has done to your saints in Jerusalem?" Those who believe in Jesus and live his gospel are called 'saints,' which translates to 'he holy ones.' These holy ones are of the living, here on earth at that time. In (Act 9:15), we read, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry out my name before the Gentiles, …" Throughout the book of Acts we read, that Jesus appointed his disciples, and he uses them as instruments to spread the Good News. This observation leads many to beg the question, "Why did God choose this type of plan, could he not simply wave his hand and put everything back in order?" The answer to this is, he sure could have; but, because God is love, He chose to give the saints a role in His plan of salvation.
Those who are baptized, all have a responsibility and duty to be an instrument to the spirit. As His tool, we participate in others' salvation by bring them to Christ. Remember that all who are baptized into his death, now live in His life, His body the Church (1 Corinthians 12:12). With our sufferings, united to Christ’s sufferings (Colossians 1:24), those who are sanctified, become cohorts in the work of salvation; but remember, it is always Christ who saves (1 Corinthians 6:11). In 1 Corinthians 6:1, Paul tells his disciples not to go to the civil courts but to go to the saints (the living on earth) in order to settle disputes. Paul felt it unjust for pagans to judge the saints. He reminds them that the saints (the living in heaven) will judge the world (here on earth) and the angles (there in heaven). This passage says the saints will be our judge, in (Matthew 19:28) we read the 12 Apostles will judge the 12 tribes of Israel. Again, in John 5:22 we see that all judgement is given to Jesus. Ultimately it is Jesus’ judgement, but we being members of his body (His Church) will judge with Him, in Him and through Him (1 Corinthians 12:27).
What I am pointing out here is that the Body of Christ, consists of those on earth, the souls in purification (purgatory)and those in heaven. “What is the Church if not the assembly of all the saints," of which the Mother of Jesus is the faultless imitator of Christ her son, for she was the first Christian (Catholic Catechism). Those who have died and who are in heaven, are alive in Christ for all eternity. This makes them more alive than we are here on earth. In Revelation 22:8, we read about John falling to the ground to worship the angel, which the angel told him, “You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brethren the prophets, and with those who keep the words of this book. Worship God." The Church consist of heaven and earth, the body of Christ cannot be separated, since it is one body with many members, including the angels (1 Corinthians 12:12).
I cannot imagine a better Christian, saint or imitator of Christ, than His mother. What a tremendous example she is of taking up the cross and following Jesus. As Jesus's mother, but also as a perfect disciple (Luke 11:27-28), Mary suffered immensely during Christ’s passion and death (Luke 2:34-35). She certainly carried her cross, one of extreme sorrow, and bore it all the way to the foot of her son’s cross. Galatians 6:2, tells us to, “Bare one another’s burdens," this is certainly what Mary did with her son’s Passion and death. Her merit was totally due to God, for she was full of God’s grace as stated by the angel Gabriel in Luke 1:26-28. She was mot full of the life of God, just for the purpose of giving birth to His son, Mary was consecrated for the purpose of being the instrument which God gives life to all the living (Revelation 12:17).
Jesus is the new Adam (1 Corinthians 15:47-49), Mary is the new Eve, mother of all the living for all eternity. Imagine Mary standing at the foot of her son Jesus, as he hang there on a cross, blood streaming from his body, his face disfigured by the beatings. All of his followers are gone except for John, Mary his mother, Mary his aunt, and Mary Magdalene. Jesus in his torment, says to John and His mother, to embrace each other as mother and child (John 19:26-27). In doing so, He calls her 'women,' in order to make the connection of Mary is the women prophesied in (Geneses 3:15) and (Revelation 12:17). Jesus does this, moments before He gives up his Spirit, with His final breath Jesus institutionalizes the role of Mary, as Mother of His Church.