Sunday, February 21, 2016
I have had many friends outside of the Catholic Church that were and are still trying to say that the Catholic Church is evil. They try to bring up all kinds of evidence to prove their claims. The problem is that they almost always have the incorrect information about the Church. That is why you will see some amazon ads at the bottom of the post. I want everyone to read the truth about the church. I am getting very tired of reading all the lies that are spread.
One of the things I have found is that in the Catholic Church contrary to what others say we read the entire bible. We do not pick out only parts of scripture to satisfy our beliefs. Believe me I went through this during my brief time in the Assembly Of God Church as well as some individuals that I have worked with. One of their favorites was oh you Catholics pray to statues and that is idol worshiping or idolatry. Yes I would look at them and correct them by letting them know we were not praying to the statue of Mary for example. No we were only using the statue to remind us of the person and what that person believed.
One of my other favorites was how they always spoke about the Eucharist. They would always make a comment because we believe that the host is Jesus Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity. Also that the wine was Jesus Blood. They did not understand what Transubstantiation is and therefore misunderstood the whole thing. I remember hearing about it on The Journey Home and how Scott Hahn pointed out to look at the reaction of the Apostles and how they left, because they could not accept it. Also Jesus never corrected or rebuked any of them and said oh this is only a symbol it's not really my Body and Blood.
My feeling is if they really read the whole scripture they would know what Jesus said.
John Chapter 6
Jesus the Bread of Life
26 Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled. 27 Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed. 28 Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? 29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent. 30 They said therefore unto him, What sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? what dost thou work? 31 Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat. 32 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. 34 Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread.
35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. 36 But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not. 37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. 38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. 39 And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. 40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.
41 The Jews then murmured at him, because he said, I am the bread which came down from heaven. 42 And they said, Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? how is it then that he saith, I came down from heaven?43 Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, Murmur not among yourselves. 44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. 45 It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me. 46 Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father. 47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. 48 I am that bread of life. 49 Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. 50 This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. 51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.
52 The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat? 53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. 55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. 56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. 57 As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. 58 This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.
59 These things said he in the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum.
Many Disciples Turn Away
(Matthew 8:18-22; Luke 9:57-62; Luke 14:25-33)
60 Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it? 61 When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you? 62 What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before? 63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. 64 But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him. 65 And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.
Peter's Confession of Faith
(Matthew 16:13-20; Mark 8:27-30; Luke 9:18-20)
66 From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. 67 Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? 68 Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. 69 And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God. 70 Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil? 71 He spake of Judas Iscariot the son of Simon: for he it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve.
King James Bible
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Sunday, February 14, 2016
Saturday, February 6, 2016
When someone from another faith asks you a question or puts you to the test how are you going to answer them. I know all about this situation, because I have been in it so many times. I will tell you it's not an easy place to be. I remember when I was in the assembly of God church when my wife and I were first married. People would make some comment about the Catholic Church and I would get this feeling in the pit of my stomach like I just wanted to yell and say that is not true, but usually I would keep silent. You see I was a cradle catholic and did a bit of wandering on my journey. I was in the Lutheran Church when my children were young and then finally came back to the Catholic Church.
During my journey I met various people in places I worked at and they always had something to say. Sometimes they made various comments good and bad. The bad ones were always due to them not being told the truth by other people. So what we need to do as Catholics is to learn our faith and not be afraid to answer questions by others. We need to stand up and defend our faith when the time comes up. We do not need to be nasty or rude about it. No we need to listen to the other person and be kind and compassionate with the other person. In other words put yourself in their shoes, you may not know anything about what they believe or have been told.
Okay so where are we supposed to get the help and answers to questions. Well one of my favorite places to find answers on the internet is at Catholic Answers. I also check out EWTN for some answers at various times. The next thing to do is visit your local catholic bookstore or search on Amazon.com for tons of excellent books. There are many different tools that can help in the learning and growing in our Catholic Faith. Other sources of information are various websites on the internet that provide good and correct information on the Catholic Faith. I would also suggest checking out youtube for some good videos on the Catholic Faith. Just make sure they are put out there by Catholics or you will get the wrong information.
Just remember Jesus Said To "Turn The Other Cheek" and I have done so many times.
at 3:20 PM