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God hates gay people. That’s how some Christian ‘activists’ and members of the Westboro Baptist Church in the US seem to interpret some Old  and New Testament passages on homosexuality and immoral behaviours:

  1. “If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination.” (Leviticus 20:13)
     
  2. “Do you not know thatthe unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom ofGod? Do not be deceived, neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, norhomosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.” (1 Corinthians 6:9-11)

Obviously, I am not suggesting that anyone should simply ignore the totality of the Bible picking only whatever suits them; but when it comes to homosexuality I am not convinced that Christians should condemn it as the WBC does, be it because of an individual’s sinful nature or a personal life-style choise, makes no difference. God hates the sin not the sinner.  Therefore, it is hard to agree with people demonstrating outside a funereal ceremony with banners reading “You Die, God laughs” or  “God hates fags”, because such statements have nothing to do with Christianity. In fact, they resemble more the sort of hate speech aimed at minority groups that, as we have witnessed through history, can have catastrophic consequences to all.

The scripture tells us that God wants all men to be saved, and Jesus himself declared that He didn’t come for the just but for the sinners. So how can we reconcile God’s message with such hatred charged speech of the Westboro Baptists? I am afraid we can’t. This is why I stick with the good old Catholic teaching on daily prayers for the conversion of sinners and the salvation of all souls.

But if a wicked person turns away from all the sins they have committed and keeps all my decrees and does what is just and right, that person will surely live; they will not die. 22 None of the offenses they have committed will be remembered against them. Because of the righteous things they have done, they will live. 23 Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked? declares the Sovereign LORD. Rather, am I not pleased when they turn from their ways and live? Ezekiel 18: 21-23

 

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Firstly, I would like to state that most of the thoughts and references posted in this entry,  are either based on or refer to the writings of a former Protestant Minister and author, Paul Whitcomb, who after several years of Bible Study and spiritual ‘search’ converted to Catholicism.

Mr. Whitcomb is a profound studious of the Holy Scriptures and his insights on Catholicism can be very valuable to those looking to understand the Psyche of a Catholic, but most of all they provide an incredible understanding of the Catholic Faith. I believe also that his work can provide very plausible answers to many, if not all, of the most common misunderstandings and prejudice against the Catholic Church.

Yes, we Catholics have to deal with a lot of questioning and criticism. I do not intent to ‘convert’ anyone, rather my goal with this section of the blog is to explain my Faith as best as I can. I realize that some of the issues I intend to write about in this space are controversial and sensitive.  However, I hope that anyone reading these posts will not be tempted to ‘draw hasty conclusions, but read on’ before they can sincerely make an opinion, which hopefully will be based on facts and not in preconceived ideas.

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The Book of Gospel on the Altar

The notion of Catholicism being a non-Christian and non-Bible based religion has been around for some time and, I believe, it has persisted not because of a ‘sinister’ conspiracy against the Catholic Faith, but simply because there is a lack of understanding about Catholicism in general.  

The Christian reverent towards the Scriptures may not be as extreme as the Islamic approach (where in some places a mere newspaper can’t even be thrown out if it has a quotation of Mohammed on it) but in a different way, Christian reverent to the Scripture is also very solemn and profound. All Christians agree that the Bible is a collection of books written over a period of time of more than a thousand years; and that these writings were inspired by God, and that God Himself protected the transmission of the original writings from error, as well as their translations. Although Christians agree on this, there are two approaches through which they express this shared view: Fundamentalism and the Historical-critical approach.  

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Many people these days seem to turn to Christianity mainly for the sake of their own personal material fulfilment, rather than because they want to surrender themselves to God and follow Jesus’ example  during His life on earth, or simply achieve spiritual growth.

I feel that many Christian denominations tent to focus on material prosperity and worldly achievements, as opposed to spiritual growth and spiritual fulfilment. It seems as though  the ultimate purpose of being a Christian is to achieve self-benefits without self-sacrifice or deprivation. Which is as convenient as it is far from the truth. 

Some Christian completely distort Jesus’ teachings to fit their views, and their understanding of Christianity has no resemblance to what you see in Jesus’  ministry, or for that matter, the Bible itself.

A man who has riches without understanding is like the beasts that perish. (Psalm 49:20)

Recently, an American Pastor was talking on TV about her book ‘Buy the Shoes, Eat the Coockie’ – or something to that effect – I must admit I was very saddened by her arguments. After watching her interview, I found myself wondering about  the purpose of penance, self-sacrifice or as Catholics say, ‘the offering up’ of one’s sufferings as means of  achieving  a holy life…

There are plenty of instances in the Bible where Jesus talks about material wealth and the lack of it, as well as spiritual growth and the way to the truth. Many interpretations, however, seem to fall short of understanding His words, even though they sometimes can be plain clear. 

Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” (Luke 18:25)

A good Christian wants to be more like Jesus Himself.  A good way of  ‘practicing’ this is to always remember to ask ourselves a very simple question, whenever we found ourselves in position when we are not sure which way to go: What would Jesus do/say if He was me right now? I am certain that if we put our own will aside and listen carefully to the answer, it would most definitely lead us  to live a more sanctified way of life.

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Welcome all!! This is my very first post on this brand new blog and I am very excited about it. I will be posting as often as possible and hopefully I will be able to write about topics that can both interest you and inspire you to reflect on your own journey of faith.

As someone who is only beginning a personal journey towards truly knowing the Lord, I feel that writing a blog would give me not only additional motivation to study and meditate on God’s word and Jesus’ teachings, but it would be also a wonderful opportunity for me to share my journey with others as well as exchange mutual experiences.

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