“Faith” and the World God has placed us in
Composed and researched by Pat Miron
Recently our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, was heard to make this statement: “
Today, “Faith” is in a greater crisis than at any time in history.” This from a man not prone to hyperbole or even exaggeration. His Holiness went on to say: “ Faith” must gain in both knowledge [what we believe] and in practice [how we live and demonstrate our Faith.]”
So it seems reasonable to ask WHY?
Following the many warnings of his predecessor; Pope John Paul II, who spoke clearly and frequently on the dangers of the current [New] age and “Relativism,” ; the scourge and plague of Satan that has led to an amazing degree of self-reliance. “It’s only Wrong If I say it’s Wrong! That has spread to every nation, and touched people of every faith.
If we don’t have the one TRUE FAITH that Christ lived and died for, that Christ Himself taught, then we stumble [and MANY fall] into the sin-laden pit of:
Self interpretation of Gods Holy Word which is an anti-biblical position ….
2nd. Peter Chapter One verse 20-21 “First of all you must understand this, that no prophecy of scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, because no prophecy ever came by the impulse of man, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God. “
2Pet.3: 16“peaking of this as he [PAUL] in all his letters. There are some things in them hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other scriptures. “
Rom.10: 17“So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes by the preaching of Christ”
1Tim.3: 15 “if I am delayed, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and bulwark of the truth“. [All SINGULAR] The CC. Nowhere is this more true than in the catholic Church where Jesus Christ resides in His Glorified Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity.
Living by the standards we give ourselves
Practicing faith as WE CHOOSE, not the WAY Christ taught
Accepting as truth what we agree with and discarding everything that may require humility, suffering, or others views of truth even when biblically supported.
Abiding by our OWN Moral standards, and at times, rejecting even “intrinsic evils”
Ignoring God’s Commandments in favor of these we have “written” for ourselves
Luke.17: 5“The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” This was a prayer, a plea of the Apostles. If they needed greater faith; can we safely assume that you and I do not?
Evidence and signs of the urgent need for “TRUE Faith” [SINGULAR]
First, it might be helpful to point out that just as Christ Founded only One New Church, One New Covenant; One New Faith logically and factually which are intrinsically bound together, and like the Trinity itself cannot be separated. [Despite the fact that for 400 years the Protestant communities have with great regularity , done just that.]
They ignore, or seek alternative understanding for Christ very own words. Words from a Perfect God who cannot error in what he meant to say. “Words have specific meanings” and God knowing full well that His words would be read and dissected for countless generations chose them with utmost care and prudence. Christ KNEW exactly what he was saying and Teaching, as verified by the understanding and practice of His One true Church. His Catholic Church. From “death unto life,” from Christ to the present and onward.
Denial of the ONLY One Church is anti-biblical; teaching against what the bible actual says. Denial of Just One Faith is anti-biblical; teaching against what the bible actually say’s
Matt: 16:15-19 especially verse 19: Matt.16: 19 “I [JESUS] will give you [Peter and my New Church] the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Christ Catholic Church was the ONLY Christian Church, as proven by secular history, when these words were spoken, written and included in the Canon of the Bible.
Eph. 2:19 So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, [singular] built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; [singular] in whom you also are built into it for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.
Eph. 4: 4 -8 “There is one body [One Church] and one Spirit, [One set of beliefs] just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call, one Lord, [One God] one faith, [One set of doctrine and dogma] one baptism,[ By water in the Trinity] one God and Father of us all, who is above all and through all and in all. But grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. “
Friends, where is the lack of clarity and specificity in these passages?
We live in times where “Fallen away Catholics” are now the second largest religious group in America.
Fallen away Christians seem not to be tracked. Why is that? Perhaps it’s too difficult to tract THOUSANDS of churches and sets of belief?
The number of Protestant Faiths continues to increase daily. Can there logically be THOUSANDS of sets of ”true- faith?” This is illogical and denies what Christ Himself Wills.
Agnostics [those claiming that there is NO GOD] have become MUCH, MUCH more vocal and visible, causing doubts and attracting many who are lazy and by choice, ignorant.
So what’s the answer?
Only God knows for sure.
But if all of us do not use the gifts given to us by God specifically in order that we might be able to Know Him, Love Him and Serve Him; we can expect the current faith crisis to worsen.
Isaiah 43: 7 “every one who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.” 21the people whom I formed for myself that they might declare my praise.”
Each any everyone of us has been gifted with the Spiritual Gifts [similar to God’s own] of a “Mind, Intellect and freewill” which too, are intrinsically bound together, unable to be separated from our souls.
All of us have to get by the silly notion that we can Share in Christ Glory, without participating in His Suffering.
Rom.8: 17 “and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him”
Friends now is the time to review and reflect. Am I where Christ wants me to be? Do I know our faith? Can I explain it to others? Do I live my faith public ally? Am I doing all that I can, all that Christ expects from me?
Each of us is asked to take our Faith to a higher lever. More prayer, more frequent use of the Sacraments, more time with the Bible [knowing that if your understanding does not agree with what the CC Teaches; it’s wrong.]
No-one one “can make you do it.” But God has placed us here in this time and place in order that we might freely choose to know, to love and to SERVE our God.
Faith and Salvation are at risk. What can, what will I do about it? PRAY for direction friends.
Love and prayers,