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Evolution and the Bible

 

Although there ore some points of similarity between the skeletons of man and the ape, the differences are numerous and fundamental. As one scientist remarked, evolutionists might as well claim that man descended from any other form of life, because differences between man and the ape are as important as between man and other forms. The ape has neither chin nor forehead, Its foot grasps like a hand. Its teeth are not arranged in close rows. If it were forced to stand erect, it would be looking upwards, not forward. The average weight of its brain compared to that of its body is as 1 to 70. For man the ratio is 1 to 35. The ape cannot speak articulately.

 

How did the body of the first man originate? — According to the Bible, the body of the first man was made by God from the slime of the earth.

“And the Lord God formed man of the slime of the earth” (Gen. 2:7).

     

  1. The natural and obvious meaning of these words from the Book of Genesis is that the body of Adam was made directly by God from created substance. Such is the traditional Catholic interpretation.

    The Church teaches that the Genesis account is substantially historically true. But Catholics are not forbidden certain liberty of interpretation. For example, the “day” of creation is not necessarily – and not probably — our 24-hour day. We may consider the work done by God in one “day” as an immediate act, or as the result of a long period of development through the functioning of natural forces.

     

  2. Holy Scripture was not written for the purpose of serving as a technical reference work in science. The sacred writer’s aim was to tell the story of creation, for the belief of the people, not for scientific investigation.

What is the theory of evolution? — Evolution is a theory concerning the origin and development of plants, animals, and man.

     

  1. The theory holds that life began with the simplest forms, then developed into more complex forms, until at last the most complex form, man, was “evolved”.

    Some evolutionists hold that the monkey or ape and man both developed from a common ancestor. Darwin’s first man was a highly-developed ape. “Man when he was in honor did not understand; he hath been compared to senseless beasts, and made like to them” (Ps. 48:21).

     

  2. Many speak as if the theory of evolution had been thoroughly and scientifically proved. This is not so; at present conjectures still largely underlie the theory. Natural science alone can never explain how the first human body was actually produced.

    Unaided, it cannot explain the origin of inorganic matter, or the origin of life in the simplest organism. Divine Revelation alone can give the answer to the origin of man, and of all created things.

     

  3. The evolutionists based their theories on the discovery of the so-called “missing link,” from which the first man is supposed to have developed, a link between man and the ape. There is no such “missing link”. All skeletons discovered have been proved to be either of genuine men or of real apes. Of the distinguished modern scientists who deny that evolution is an established fact, we might mention: Fabre, the outstanding naturalist of modern times; Millikan, the great physicist; John Burroughs, the naturalist; Professors Richet (Paris), and Henderson (Harvard); Dr. Dwight, the anatomist; Alexis Carrel, and Sir Bertram Windle.

     

  4. However, even if the theory of evolution could be scientifically proved, even if a “missing link” should be discovered, the theory would not be opposed to Catholic doctrine, which merely requires belief in the immediate creation of Adam’s soul, in the image of God. Any “evolution” was surely begun by an Intelligent Cause: God.

    We therefore take literally the Book of Genesis, which tells of the peculiar creation of man, of the formation of the first woman from the first man, of the original happiness of our First Parents in the state of justice, of their integrity and immortality, of the test to which God put them, of their transgression of the divine command at the instigation of the devil in some form, of the loss of the original innocence, and of the promise of the Redeemer.

What is the origin of the human soul? — God directly creates every human soul out of nothing.

     

  1. From the very beginning, God has created every human soul out of nothing.

    Thus He created the soul of Adam, when after forming his body, He , 

    “breathed into his face the breath of life, and man became a living soul” 

  2. (Gen. 2:7). Every human soul is created at the same moment that one comes to life, at conception.

  3. Man’s soul is not produced from some other soul or matter. It is spiritual and simple. It did not exist before the person lived. It did not come to exist after he was already alive. Man’s life is due to his soul. As soon as the soul leaves the body, life ceases.

    The investigations of scientists have discovered a singular universality and sameness in ideas of right and wrong, a moral code, in all races and peoples, however primitive. These are universally looked upon as wrong: the wanton murder of one not an enemy, stealing from one’s own group, maltreatment of children, irreverence, incest, adultery. If this attitude resulted from fear of reprisal, why is not murder considered wrong when against an enemy? Why has incest always been regarded as wrong, when primitive men surely could have no idea of the evils of inbreeding? One must conclude that this universal conscience comes from One Source.

     

  4. Man’s soul is not derived from his parents. Only his body is derived from them. There is no possible “evolution” of the soul, for it is a spiritual substance, not subject to the laws of physical nature, and could not possibly be developed from a lower or material form of life.

    Manifestations of the soul, like cleverness, talent, traits of character, etc., by which children resemble their parents, are due to the attributes of the bodythat they derived from their parents, or to training in the family. If one holds a colored glass to the light the reflection will have the color of the glass. But the glass did not make the sun whose reflection is cast. Is even the mind a product of evolution? The most primitive man is capable of abstract reasoning. The most intelligent beasts cannot think in concepts.

How many centuries were there from Adam to Christ? — The Church has never given a decision; this question will perhaps never be answered.

     

  1. It is generally admitted that the Bible teaches nothing definite on the matter. The line of patriarchs, which it gives, with their ages, probably contains many gaps.

    A man is said to be a son of another, whereas he may only be a remote descendant. In the same way the Bible speaks of Our Lord as the Son of David, although David preceded Him 1000 years.

     

  2. Some Catholic theologians state that the age of man may be stretched to ten, or one hundred thousand years or even longer. Neither scientists nor theologians have come to a definite solution.

This article has been taken from “My Catholic Faith” I am not the author merely the distributor.
God Bless BJS!!

The Truth As Revealed By God & What the Jews Missed/Ignored

“I say to you, that he will quickly revenge them. But yet the Son of man, when he cometh, shall he find, think you, faith on earth?” Luke 18:8

They have not known, nor understood: for their eyes are covered that they may not see, and that they may not understand with their heart.” Isaiah 44:18

Having eyes, see you not? and having ears, hear you not? neither do you remember.” Mark 8:18

The Son of God worked miracles. Jesus raised people from the dead, the blind could see, the deaf could hear, dumb could speak, lame could walk, He multiplied bread and fed thousands. Even with these miracles the Jews rejected Him as the long awaited Messiah. God prepared the world for 4,000 years for this singular event, the coming of Christ, and when it happened they did not accept Him as their foretold Saviour.  How could they be so blind to these events that pointed to Christ? The Pharisees and Scribes knew the law and all the prophecies, they should have and most probably recognized the Messiah. With their voluntary and prideful blindness, it was not a matter they could not see, but rather they would not see. The same thing is happening today with the Novus Ordo religion (so-called Catholics of the modern world), the higher ups, clergy, bishops, and so-called popes should see through all the fraud, lies, and deceit and know this is not the Catholic religion established by God made man, but they will not.

“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you  free.” John 8:32

Almighty God has revealed one religion through Jesus Christ, who has done things that Mohammed and Buddha have never done. Divine evidence is there, nothing else cuts it as far as “religion” or even comes close. Without the Faith however, it is impossible to please God (no matter how charitable you are), you cannot get to Heaven without the Faith as revealed by Christ.

“Woe to them that are fainthearted, who believe not God: and therefore they shall not be protected by him.” Ecclesiasticus 2:15

He that believeth in him is not judged. But he that doth not believe, is already judged: because he believeth not in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” John 3:18

How can you believe, who receive glory one from another: and the glory which is from God alone, you do not seek?” John 5:44

Within everyone is ability to find the true Faith, the evidence is there. Men of good will, and who look for and seek the truth; if they do not contain hinderance of self through pride and other earthly distractions, will find the truth. Let go and let God. Here we look at the very first bit of evidence in the first human beings to be created, the descendants of Adam along with the Hebrew meanings of their names, to find a message from the Almighty:

1. Adam – Man, in the image of God

2. Seth – Substituted by (Cain killed Abel, Seth took his place)

3. Enos – Frail man

4. Kenan – Fell lamenting

5. Mahalalel – The Blessed God

6. Jared – Shall come down

7. Enoch – The Teacher

8. Methuselah – His death shall send

9. Lamech – to the humble

10. Noah – Rest/consolation

Man, in the image of God substituted by frail man, fell lamenting. The Blessed God shall come down. The Teacher, His death shall send to the humble, rest or consolation.

God was giving us a message through the names of the first human beings on this Earth that He would come down to die for our sins and provide us with a means of rest from the effects that sin had on the whole human race

On the subject of why Jews are so often persecuted throughout history, and why God still allows them to carry on; Saint Augustine states that the purpose is this: So clearly does the Old Testament and its prophecies point to Jesus that Pagans might accuse Christians of making it all up and writing it out, attempting to make everything fulfilled by Christ. Pagans cannot use this arguement because the Jews who did not and do not recognize Christ as the Messiah, verify that the Old Testament had come from their forefathers and that it is clearly their possession. This ownership therefore negates any possibility that Christians made it up and also verifies the Divine miracles which we will get to in a moment.

Prophecies Before the Coming of Christ:

1. The Prophet Micheas: foretold that the Messiah would be born in Bethleham (Micah 5:2) 

2. The Prophet Haggai: said the Messiah would visit the second temple. This prophecy was made after the first temple had been destroyed and the second was being built. People were lamenting that this temple was nowhere in comparision to the size and grandeur of the first, but it was stated the glory of this last temple will be greater than the first because He will come to it. That temple is now destroyed, so this prophecy cannot be fulfilled today.

3. Jacob (In Genesis): prophezied that the scepter would not pass from Judah until the Messiah would come (Genesis 49:10). Judah and his descendants ruled God’s chosen people (David was from this line, as were the Maccabees), the scepter passed when the Romans conquered the Jews in 39 B.C. and put Herod in charge over the Jews.

4. Prophecy of Daniel (605 B.C. – 530 B.C.): stated that when Jerusalem was beginning to be rebuilt there will be 69 weeks of years until the public appearance of the Messiah (note Daniel was not even alive when they started rebuilding Jerusalem). 453 B.C. was the start of rebuilding (69 weeks of years comes to 483 years), which puts the time at 30 A.D. when Christ started His public ministry.

5. Isaiah: said He would be born of a virgin of the house of David.

6. Isaiah: also stated the Messiah would have a precursor (Malachi 3:1)

7. Balaam: states a new star will rise at His birth (Book of Numbers 24:17)

8. Psalms 71: that kings from a distant land would come worship Him and offer Him gifts.

9. Jeremias: talks about children being put to death at His birth.

10. Prophet Osee (Hosea): that He would have to flee into Egypt and return from there.

11. Isaiah: Messiah would be both God and man, a child shall be born and He shall be called “God the Mighty”

12. Psalms 109: the Messiah would be like Melchisidech and offer bread and wine in sacrifice.

13. Isaiah: a great worker of miracles, describing these miracles he states the blind will see, lame walk, deaf hear etc. 

14. Zacharius: that He would ride into Jerusalem on a donkey (palm Sunday, when the Jews were bringing the paschal lambs for sacrifice, the Lamb of God).

15. Zacharius: stated He would be sold for thirty pieces of silver (Judas Iscariot).

16. Psalms 40: betrayed by one of His own disciples (Judas Iscariot).

17. Zacharius: forsaken by His own disciples.

18. Psalms 21: He will be mocked.

19. Isaiah: He will be beaten and spit upon.(50:6)

20. Psalms 72: He would be scourged.

21. Canticles: He would be crowned with thorns.

22. Psalms 73: He would be given gall and vinegar to drink.

23. Psalms 21: They would cast lots for His garments.

24. Psalms 21: They would pierce His hands and feet.

25. Isaiah 53: That He would die with criminals/evildoers.

26. Isaiah 53: He would be as patient as a lamb.

27. Isaiah 53: He would die willingly for our sins.

28. Psalms 15: His Body would not see corruption.

29. Psalms 72: He would return to Heaven.

30. Psalms 109: He would sit at the right hand of the Father.

31. Joel: His doctrine would be spread by His Apostles out of Jerusalem to the whole world.

32. Duetromony: Jews would be punished and scattered for rejection of Messiah (28:25)

33. Daniel Chapter 9: Osee temple destroyed, curtain ripped, priesthood would end, sacrifices cease, never to be rebuilt.

“There will be a clean oblation, the continual sacrifice throughout the world offered to God from the rising of the sun to the going down of the same…” The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

Psalms 109: The Messiah will come to judge all men.

When the Jews offered the paschal lamb in rememberance of their delivery from the Egyptians and took the blood and put it on their door posts, the angel of death passed over their houses. God told them to offer the lamb every time of the year at the passover; they would take the lamb and in the waving ceremony would point the lamb to the North, South, East, and to the West making the sign of the cross (unbeknownest to them), just as when the priest offers the host at mass and places it on the corporal making the sign of the cross as well with the chalice.

In todays times when Jews still offer the lamb at passover they take a wooden pomegranite stick and put it into the throat of the lamb running the length to its feet, while using another wooden only stick to prop open the chest cavity also making the sign of the cross.

Men of the Old Testament and their Correlation to Christ:

1. Noah: the sacrfice of quitting the Ark when the flood was complete signified a New Covenant with God (rainbow), as Christ did when leaving the world after dying on the Cross.

2. Malchisedech: a king of justice, was king of Salem (that is the king of peace), Christ was both king and priest and offered bread and wine in sacrifice. Christ in the last supper changed the bread and wine into His own Body and Blood, sealed with death on the Cross.

3. Isaac: only begotten and well beloved son of His Father (Abraham), carried the wood on which he was to be sacrificed and offered himself willingly (as Christ carried His cross). He was restored to his father and from him sprang countless offspring.

4. Jacob: was persecuted by his brother and afterwords reconciled to him through the son of a rich father, he wandered in a strange land and won his bride through long service, as Christ did with His Church. Jacob had 12 sons of whom Joseph was his beloved/Christ 12 Apostles of which St. John was His beloved.

5. Joseph: the well beloved son of his father, Joseph was hated by his bretheren, sold by them for silver after great humiliation he was raised to the highest honor. And by his council he saved all his people from death. Heralds proclaimed all should bow their knees before him and he was reconciled to his bretheren. Just like Christ.

6. Moses: when a child escaped the cruel command of the Egyptian king (as Christ fled with His family), when it was ordered that all Jewish boys were to be killed.  He was rescued by being placed in a wicker basket in the Nile river. Spent his youth in Egypt, fasted 40 days before publication of ancient law, freed Iseralites from slavery, brought them to the promised land, worked miracles in proof of Divine Mission, interceded for the people of God. Appeared on Mt. Sinai with a shining countenance just like Christ on Mt. Tabor (sermon on 8 beautitudes), and was a mediator of the ancient covenant.

7. David: born in Bethlehem, spent youth in humble state, vanquished giant Goliath the enemy of the people of the Lord. He was king of Iserael, he had to suffer much but triumphed over all his enemies.

8. Jonas: was three days and nights in the belly of a whale, as Christ ressurected after three days. He preached penance to the Ninevites.

The paschal lamb was slain on the Friday preceeding the paschal Sabbath and offered to God, it was eaten and to be without spot, in the prime of its age and not a bone to be broken. Just as Jesus was offered back to God and still is every hour of every day every where in the world for over 2,000 years.

The blood sprinkled on the door posts preserved the people from temporal death, Christs’ blood from spiritual death. It was eaten before they departed for the promised land as Our Lord gives us His body to eat before our departure to Heaven.

The emissary goat had hands imposed on it by the high priest, signifying everyones sins being placed on it and then being driven out into the desert to die. Just as Christ took on all the sins of mankind coming from Heaven to die on Earth. As the priest today extends his hands over the bread and wine in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass to signify its true nature as a sacrifice for our sins.

The brazen serpent in the desert was set upon wood so that all who gazed upon it would be healed from the bite of the fiery serpent and from the wounds of their sins. Just as Christ was raised on the cross so that all who look to Him with Faith and Hope are saved from the deadly effects of sin. Hence our Lord says as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, “so must the Son of Man be lifted up that whosoever believeth in Him may not parish, but have life everlasting.”

The mana that was lived off of for 40 years while the Jews were in the desert is a type of Holy Eucharist as Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. It was white and came down from Heaven every morning and was to be consumed at that time. It contained within itself everything that all His people needed, young, old, sick, healthy it satisfied everyones physical needs just as the Blessed Eucharist today satisfies all our spiritual needs.

“The Jews therefore murmured at him, because he had said: I am the living bread which came down from Heaven.” John 6:41

Miracles:

People can verify with the spreading of Christianity throughout the world and that these Apostles who were simple fisherman spread the Faith based off these miracles. Even the Jews who wrote and spread horrible things about Christ and Our Lady, their strongest arguement would have been that He never performed these miracles. But they never say anything about that. His miracles were so public so people could see firsthand. His ressurection had over 500 people witness that were willing to shed their blood and die because they saw Him alive again, wounds and all.

The Jews wanted Him to come down from the cross, but He died. They wanted Pilate to put Jesus to death to say that even the Pagan Romans knew how bad He was but it backfired. Pilate instructed them to put their own guard at the tomb. Jews paid Roman soldiers to say that while they were asleep they witnessed the disciples come and take the body of Christ. As St. Augustine again points out, how can anyone witness anything being asleep?

And lastly, the Jews were scattered as foretold, 1 million were put to death, 90,000 enslaved and the rest scattered and persecuted even up until today. All of history centers around the birth of Christ. He founded one church the Catholic Church and this is also proven by history. This Vatican 2 “Catholic Church” is not that church. It denies the first commandment in recognizing false validity of other religions created by men.

God Bless BJS!!

Lust/Impurity

“For many have perished by the beauty of a woman, and hereby lust is enkindled as a fire.” Ecclesiasticus 9:9

Thou shalt not commit adultry” Exodus 20:14

Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house: neither shalt thou desire his wife, nor his servant, nor his handmaid, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is his” Exodus 20:17



Nothing impedes our vision of God more than impurity.

God has seen fit to attach a certain amount of pleasure, as he has with eating, to the propagation of the human race so that humans will procreate.  Our Blessed Mother Mary informed the children of Fatima; Lucia Santos, Jacinta and Francisco Marto, that the vice of impurity is the reason why people end up in Hell the most.  The pleasures meant for pro-creation are to be utilized in marriage, and marriage alone.  The tendency to use these pleasures outside of marriage is called lust.  These tendencies include impure actions, thoughts, and desires.  Interior surrender and complacency to these things often result in exterior actions and are always present before these actions. 

The majority of the world would disagree with the above statements about thoughts and desires.  The reason impurity is such a grievous offense against God is because it is His domain we partake in to not only create a human life, but bring an immortal soul into this world that will one day have to answer before his Creator.  We as humans have no part in the creation of the immortal soul but work with God in supplying the vessel in which that soul will be placed. Anything used outside these intended plans of God is not only contrary to moral and natural law but ultimately a slap in the face of the Almighty.

It is also well to note, that when these actions are used for the intended purpose between a man and a woman for the pro-creation of children, in order that they may glorify God, the pleasures attached are for us to enjoy.  As well, when things happen, such as impure thoughts, or in the job of a doctor seeing someone naked, or being shown some filth from a supermarket magazine, movie, or television, that we do not give consent to, we are not held at fault.  The key factor in determining whether or not one commits a mortal sin in this vice is full knowledge and consent. If the action is good and necessary, as with most everything else, then it is within it’s ordered use.  Things such as dirty books or movies, bad conversations with peers, lewd dancing, determine the extent and the gravity of the sin. “But I say to you, that whosoever shall look upon a woman to lust after her, hath already committed adultry with her in his heart.” Matthew 5:28

As stated, consent is where the sin lies, God knows that ideas and thoughts often times show themselves without any direct control of them.  The effects from lust are quite disastrious, unbeknownst to many, as today the world makes it a part of daily life, and impurity is everywhere you look.  The first effect is a strong formation of the habit of sin. Impure thoughts and actions make us slaves to impurity, and when left unchecked often follow one from their teenage years all the way to their death beds, where they will perish and go to Hell for eternity.  Any relish for prayer disappears, lust and selfishness prevail over the things of God.

With lust men become soft interiorly, and are incapable of courage and uprightness.  Women lose their sweetness and innocence, often dressing shamelessly in order that they may snare another boyfriend for their desires. Souls lose interest in everything once loved, such as their parents and friends. People come to know only lust and satisfaction, and keep inconsistency as their most stable relationship.  They end up going from person to person destroying lives, there is no more self-sacrificing love, no true interest, they love others only for themselves and when they are bored or no longer satisfied they move on from person to person like a bee does flower to flower until another selfish desire comes along.

With lust the interior peace of the soul is destroyed, these pleasures that are most in common with animals make us act like animals.  Souls become ashamed and past actions gnaw at our conscious. People feel sick and wrong about themselves, darkness enters the soul and there is no peace, they seek distractions (music in bathrooms/restaurants, television, entertainment, the world has plenty to keep you from thinking about God), in order that the mind not think or look at your soul in relation to God.  This world HATES recollection, noise is everywhere.

Secondly, these habits of sin take a major toll on physical and mental health.  People who become slaves of lust, often look to other false remedies such as addiction, drugs, suicide, when people they cared for leave them for someone else.  People break up with them because of lust, and this causes interior pain and anguish, there is no more spiritual life, all taste for higher things is lost.  The intellect becomes dull and weak, students fail at school, cold-heartedness sets in, they become slaves that can consider nothing else.  Henry VIII (who broke away from the Catholic Church because the Pope would not approve of marriage anullment and started the Anglican/Episcopal Church of England), married one wife after another, he had 6 wives three of which he ultimately beheaded, as well he beheaded his friends St. Thomas Moore, and St. John Fischer the Bishop of Rochester, because they did not approve of his lustful life.

Thirdly, people become willing to hurt everyone because of lust.  Their families, long time spouses, or little children, lives are destroyed because of this vice. Lust professes to be love, but is really disguised, cold, self-love.  Children end up with emotional problems, it is unnatural for parents to split up but most of the time it is for lustful impure reasons.  Men of the household become angry, they have no self control or patience, they lash out at family members. Vanity takes hold and people become obsessed with their appearances for gain of their selfish desires.  The impure become hardened and inconsiderate of others, their is no true love anymore and couples become two furnaces of self-love instead of being united in their love for God, the things of God, and for each other in the sacrifical love that marriage is supposed to be.

In order that we remedy lust we must have deep convictions that impurity is evil, and must be avoided at all costs, even death, DEATH BUT NOT SIN!!  We must also convince ourselves of the mercy of God (without being presumptious of it), that we can obtain the grace to be pure despite our past transgressions, you can overcome it!  It is possible, to hold on to that conviction. St. Paul states that we are temples of the Holy Ghost, our bodies are sacred when they are in the state of sanctifying grace. When not in this state, we are called to be by our Catholic Baptism, we cannot and must not defile ourselves if we wish for God to dwell within us.  Members of the Mystical Body of Christ (His Church), must act accordingly.

We must avoid any and all occasions, be it persons, places, or things, that will tempt us to sin (yes living together unwed is included). “A hard heart shall fear evil at the last: and he that loveth danger shall perish in it.” Ecclesiasticus 3:27 Television is horrible and is like having a sewerpipe in your living room, there is a very very small amount of decent things to watch, and having cable TV for the good programs is like diving into a cesspool to retrieve a dime.  Movies are dirty and often PG movies are filthy.  The world has completely leveled its standards of purity, and is forcing you to play along.  God is watching you watch these programs and you will have to account for them on your day of judgement. Bars are nothing but filth and outposts of Hell.  They are the den of the devil and we must do everything we can to make the dangers of impurity remote. Punishments will come.

We must practice self-mortification. Obey the Catholic rule and DO NOT be under the same roof alone with someone you are dating.  Never put yourself in a position where you will be comfortable to be impure.  If the person you are dating can agree to this then they are worth keeping.  Keep custody of the eyes, keep a guard over the sense of touch, avoid long hot showers, and comfortable soft beds, avoid steady dating and know the reason and purpose for seeking a mate.  Stay busy with chores and prayer, idleness is the devils workshop.  Pray fervently to overcome these temptations, and go to confession and recieve the Sacraments often whether you need to or not.

DO NOT give the Devil a way in, do not play with thoughts or temptations. Resist the beginning of temptation, because after remedies come too late. God does not command the impossible (unlike teachings of Martin Luther and John Calvin), He will give us sufficient grace to conquor or the inspiration to ask for more grace IF we want it!  Remember the devil mocks us, being a fallen angel he himself was not subject to flesh and the problems that come with it.  If we can become masters over our fallen natures however, then we can be as angels in the eyes of God.

God Bless BJS!!

Greed/Avarice

“For where thy treasure is, there is thy heart also.”  Matthew 6:21

“He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house: but he that hateth bribes shall live.  By mercy and faith sins are purged away: and by the fear of the Lord every one declineth from evil.” Proverbs 15:21

Greed is defined as the inordinate desire of temporal goods. It does not have to concern possession, as even a poor man who desires much can do so enviously of the rich, to his own destruction.  All things belong to God and when things are not used for the purpose of obtaining salvation and to glorify God, they are used in a disordered fashion. Greed is based on a lack of confidence in the Divine Providence of God.  People cling to earthly and temporal goods because they lack the Faith that God will supply them with what they need for their states in life.

Our Lord, the greatest example of being poor in spirit, did not require that His disciples be completely poor.  He only wishes us to have a type of moderation to the possesion and use of things in this material world.  The spirit of poverty is a requirement of Heaven because without it our hearts and minds are elsewhere, taking our souls with them.  The saints practiced a life of unattachment to earthly things because they were ready at any moment to give up their lives and go before the Judge, without any material love to stand in between.

There is nothing wrong with striving for the basic needs of this life.  Everyone needs food, clothing, shelter, transportation, communication, etc.  There is also nothing incompatible with Holy Scripture in enjoying the use of things in moderation; you only run the risk of getting too attached or having these things in excess if you do not remain poor in spirit and emotionally unattached to these things. Reason should be our judgement for such things. “Lay not up to yourselves treasures on earth: where the rust, and moth consume, and where thieves break through and steal.” Matthew 6:19

Material things will leave us, or we will leave them.  Money will inevietably be spent, but people put a lot of emphasis on it because it affords us objects that we want and need.  Money is a medium of exchange, people love it according to what they can purchase with it often creating its disordered use.  A good thing to ask yourself when you see something you wish to purchase is whether you want it, or you need it.  If you need it and can afford it, then buy it.  If you want it, ask yourself why and if it is affordable not just for your budget but will it take the attention away from your duties of state in life?

Often times things are purchased out of impulse.  People forget about God and live pennyless due to impulsive buying.  They become cold hearted, mean-spirited, worldly, unspiritual, envious, and dishonest.  These things lead to lying, cheating people, and stealing, or even worse.  There becomes no room for pity on others, not just financially but in general one becomes selfish and will not help others.  They may complain about the price or quality of things given to them and eventually become unable to live in a modest environment, having to be lavish in their everyday lives. As stated however, there is a moderation concerning your state in life, such an example would be a president. Because of the dignity of such a position, it would not be advantageous for a president to drive around in the cheapest car he can find, or wear ragged clothes as a representative or head of a nation.

Men often come to a love of money, toys such as video games, guns, cars, things they truly believe they need when they do not.  Women can be extremely excessive with clothing, makeup, and shopping in general.  It is not wrong for one to have vacations or amusements, it is a part of life to have these things.  The more our focus stays on these things however, the less it is on God.  Nothing in this world is truly ours to own forever, people become so attached to things that they lose focus on what really matters.

To remedy such feelings we need to have an overall trust and confidence in the Divine Providence of God.  We need to pray for the things we need to fulfill our duties according to our states in life, as a child asking their parents for something.  We need to reasonably spend and save and not be so avaricious with our money especially when there are needs to take care of, it will be spent at some point anyway.  A good exercise is to frequently give away something dear to you to keep yourself from being too attached to material things.  If we have excessive amounts of money, it is because God wants us to have the courage to give it to those who are in need.  If we are lacking what we need, then we need to ask God for what we need with faith and confidence and thank Him for making us closer to the poverty, and humility that Jesus displayed while on this Earth.

“But lay up to yourselves treasures in heaven: where neither the rust nor moth doth consume, and where thieves do not break through, nor steal.” Matthew 6:20

God Bless BJS!!

SIN Q&A

“Let no man, when he is tempted, say that he is tempted by God.  For God is not a tempter of evils, and he tempteth no man.  But every man is tempted by his own concupiscence, being drawn away and allured.  Then when concupiscence hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin.  But sin, when it is completed, begetteth death.”  James 1:13-15


What is sin?
Sin is any thought, word, desire, action, or neglect (omission) prohibited (forbidden) by the law of God.
 
When are you guilty of sin? To be guilty –You must know that you are breaking God’s law, and…You must freely choose to do it.

How many kind of sin are there?  Two – mortal sin and venial sin.
What is mortal sin? A “big” sin, a serious violation of God’s law.
Examples:Getting drunk, adultery (intercourse outside of marriage), stealing something expensive.
 
What does mortal sin do to the soul? It drives the Sanctifying Grace out of your soul. “What fruit had you then in those things, of which you are now ashamed?  For the end of them is death.”  Romans 6:21
 
Where will you go if you die with mortal sin on your soul? You will go to Hell forever. “They shall have their portion in the pool burning with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”  Apocalypse 21:8
 
Can all mortal sins be forgiven?  Yes, if you are truly sorry for them and do everything necessary for forgiveness. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just, to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all iniquity.”  1 John 1:9
 
What is venial sin? A “small” sin, a less serious violation of God’s law.
Examples:  Impatience, ordinary anger, stealing something cheap, getting slightly drunk.
 
What does venial sin do to your soul? It does not drive out the Sanctifying Grace from your soul, but it does make you less pleasing to God.
 
Where will you go if you die with venial sin on your soul (and no mortal sins)? You will go to Purgatory.
 
Can a number of venial sins become a mortal sin? No.  (Except that a series of similar small, recurring thefts from the same person amounts to one large theft and therefore can be a mortal sin.)
 
If you do something wrong, but do not know it is wrong, are you guilty of sin?  No, if it is through no fault of yours that you do not know it is wrong.
Example:  If you eat meat on Ash Wednesday, completely forgetting that it is Ash Wednesday, you are not guilty of sin.

 (Ed. note:  There are some things, though, that you know are wrong, even though somebody may never have told you that they are wrong, such as birth control or homosexuality.  Even though you may not have been told that they are wrong, common sense or the natural law tells you that they are wrong.)
 
Are you guilty of sin if you intend to do something wrong, even though you do not actually do it? Yes, because even the intention to offend God is a sin.
Example:  If you intend to rob a bank, but are frightened off by the guards, you still commit just as bad a sin as if you had robbed the bank.
 
What should you do if you do not know whether something is mortal or venial sin? You should not do it; otherwise, you will commit a mortal sin, because you show yourself willing to offend God seriously.
Example:  You do not know whether eating too much is a mortal or venial sin, but you go ahead and eat too much anyway.
 
What is temptation? Temptation is an attraction to commit sin.
 
Can you always overcome temptation? Yes, because no temptation can force you into sin, and God will always help you. “And God is faithful, Who will not suffer you to be tempted above that which you are able:  But will make also with temptation issue, that you may be able to bear it.”  1 Corinthians 10:13
 
What should you do when you are tempted?  First, ask God to help you, and then, get busy doing something else.“And lead us not into temptation.  But deliver us from evil.”  1 Corinthians 10:13

How can you avoid temptations? Avoid all persons, places or things that may lead you into sin, and ask God for actual graces.

What are actual graces? They are “helps” from God which enlighten the mind and strengthen the will to do good and avoid evil. “My grace is sufficient for thee:  For power is made perfect in infirmity.”  2 Corinthians 12:9
Actual graces come and go, but Sanctifying Grace remains in the soul.  Sanctifying Grace is LIFE; actual grace is HELP.
 
Can you resist actual graces? Unfortunately, yes, for you are free, and God does not force you to use them. “And we helping do exhort you, that you receive not the grace of God in vain.”  2 Corinthians 6:1


3 CONDITIONS FOR MORTAL SIN

Grave matter

Full knowledge

Deliberate consent
FOUR SINS CRYING TO HEAVEN FOR VENGEANCE

Willful murder (including abortion)  The sin of Sodom.  Oppression of the poor.  Defrauding laborers of their wages.

THE SIX SINS AGAINST THE HOLY SPIRIT

Presumption of God’s mercy.  Despair.  Impugning the known truth.  Envy at another’s spiritual good.  Obstinacy in sin.  Final impenitence.

Nine Ways of Being an Accessory to Another’s Sin

By counsel.  By command.  By consent.  By provocation.  By praise or flattery.  By concealment.  By partaking.  By silence.  By defense of the ill done