Nov 30, 2009

Here are some of my favorite lyrics in this song;

Life is more than money
Time was never money
Time was never cash,
Life is still more than girls
Life is more than hundred dollar bills
And oh the town fills
Life more than fame and rock and roll and thrills
All the riches of the kings
And up in wills we got information in the information age
But do we know what life is
Outside of our conveinent lexus cages

Nov 24, 2009

It will be one of the confusions of the damned to see that they are condemned by their own reason, by which they claimed to condemn the Christian religion.
Blaise Pascal

The accusations run rampant; Christians are accused of everything from bigotry to following blindly a God that doesn’t exist; a hope and faith that is lacking scientific facts.
I won’t go into the details of the foolishness of these accusations. I could start a whole new blog with that premise.
Instead I want to focus on reasoning, since that is what modern society likes to cast their beliefs in.

Pope Benedict from his encyclical CARITAS IN VERITATE, says “God reveals man to himself; reason and faith work hand in hand to demonstrate to us what is good, provided we want to see it; the natural law, in which creative Reason shines forth, reveals our greatness, but also our wretchedness insofar as we fail to recognize the call to moral truth.”

You could spend all your life pondering on the beauty of creation, the intricacies of the human mind and body, and why we are all here. All of this is God’s calling card, He is telling us to WAKE UP!!! I gave you a mind to think, to reason with. I gave you all that
your senses take in. All the sights, sounds, smells, tastes; all that you can touch.

But, thanks to original sin, we would much rather live our lives as if there was no God,
or at least not the Christian God. No Creator. People want to believe the weak arguments of evolution.

We make ourselves God. We call the shots, we say what is right and what is wrong according to what we think (or what seems reasonable).

The Church warns us of the times in which we are living in;

The supreme religious deception is that of the Antichrist, a pseudo-messianism by which man glorifies himself in place of God and of his Messiah come in the flesh. (CCC675)

So why do we want to get rid of God?

If God did not exist, everything would be permissible---Dostoyevski

We can’t have the so-called freedoms that we have if we believe in God. We can’t
over-indulge in lust, drink, pride, avarice, ect if we believe in God. We can’t listen to certain music or watch our favorite television shows and movies. We can’t dress in revealing attire. We can’t cuss, smoke, or associate with certain friends. Our lives won’t be worth living. We would be slaves to church authority. Our pride would be hurt.
We are legends in our own minds, and God would be too stiff of competition if we allowed him into our lives.

Modern society has been ingrained in worldly things and lack in spending time on spiritual things. They would just write off a God whom allows war and suffering. A God who doesn’t allow gay marriage or abortion.

Society confuses freedom with license. Man-made laws with God’s laws.
Where do you think our modern laws came from? Ever heard of the 10 Commandments? They were around long before any legal system was put in place.

Man’s search for God stops before he searches deep in his heart, deep in his being.
Society condemns Christians for being unreasonable, but the unreasonableness of man will condemn him.

Nov 11, 2009

Sola Fide (faith alone)

I am going to plagiarize a bit here from John Martignoni because it is worth passing along.

This is from a book he is writing and the chapter is Sola Fide – Salvation By Faith Alone?
Sola Fide, the belief that faith alone saves us – that works play no role in our salvation whatsoever. One of the major issues that separates us from our Protestant brothers.
Please do not think that Catholics believe that we can “work” our way into Heaven. That is a misconception. But, we do believe that we cannot just be baptized, “accept the Lord” into our hearts and live our lives as we wish.
His calling is one of discipleship.

John Martignoni makes an interesting point;
…. if Jesus has done everything that needs to be done in order for us to be saved, if there is nothing that we can “add” to Jesus’ death on the cross that counts towards our salvation, then you have to assume that everyone is saved – no exceptions. Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, New Agers, and even atheists are all saved.
They will be in Heaven with us worshipping their own gods.

And this is pretty thought provoking;
…. To illustrate all of this, let’s say that as of March 10, 2008, I had never accepted Jesus into my heart as my personal Lord and Savior. I had never said a sinner’s prayer. I had never been born again. Would I be saved? “No,” says the Sola Fide believer. But, if Jesus did all that needed to be done for my salvation, and that happened two thousand years ago, then why am I not saved? If the work of salvation is “finished,” and there is nothing that I have to do, or can do, that counts towards my salvation, why am I not saved? What work has been left undone that keeps my name from being written in the Book of Life?
To continue the example, let’s say that on March 11, 2008, I answered an altar call and “came to Christ.” On March 11, 2008, I accepted Jesus Christ into my heart as my personal Lord and Savior! On March 11, 2008, I said a sinner’s prayer and asked God to forgive me of my many sins.
Would I be saved?
“Yes,” says the Sola Fide believer.
Now I’m really confused. I was unsaved on March 10, 2008. I was “saved” on March 11, 2008. What was the difference between my being unsaved on March 10 and my being saved on March 11? Was it something I did, or was it something that Jesus did?
Well, according to the doctrine of Sola Fide, Jesus’ work was finished two thousand years ago on the cross. “It is finished,” He said. So, it can’t be something Jesus did.
On the other hand, according to the doctrine of Sola Fide, there is nothing that I can do during my lifetime that counts towards my salvation. Everything that needed to be done for my salvation was done by Jesus two thousand years ago on the cross. So, it cannot be something that I did.
How then was I unsaved on March 10 and saved on March 11, 2008?
This is the logical dilemma of the folks who believe in Sola Fide. A logical dilemma that results from a bad interpretation of Jesus’ words on the cross (as well as other Scriptures) and from the logic of Sola Fide that absolutely requires them to hold fast to the illogical assertion that the act of believing is not, in and of itself, a work.

This is the problem when you have 33000 different Protestant denominations. Interpretation of the bible becomes muddled, doctrines become what people feel instead of what the Scriptures teach us.
Christ founded only 1 Church, and I believe that it is the Catholic Church.

Nov 5, 2009

Thanks be to God!

Planned Parenthood director quits abortion business, experiences conversion at starting place of 40 Days for Life

BRYAN, TEXAS – The director of the Planned Parenthood abortion center in Bryan/College Station, Texas has resigned her job. Abby Johnson had worked at the clinic for eight years, but departed from the facility following a profound change of heart about abortion. The Planned Parenthood clinic was the location of the first-ever 40 Days for Life campaign in the fall of 2004, and the prayer and fasting initiative has been held outside the doors of Johnson’s former workplace five additional times since 40 Days for Life began its rapid spread to 282 cities across all 50 states and several other countries.
“This amazing conversion demonstrates the importance of a constant, peaceful prayer presence in front of abortion facilities,” said David Bereit, national director of 40 Days for Life. “From that first campaign in 2004, we’ve prayed for Abby – and for all abortion workers – that they would come to see what abortion really is, and that they would leave the deadly business. In this case, those prayers have been answered. We are so proud of Abby’s courage to leave the abortion industry and publicly announce her reasons for leaving.”
Johnson said, “I left on good terms and simply had a change of heart on this issue. Over the past few months I had seen a change in motivation regarding the financial impact of abortions and really reached my breaking point after witnessing a particular kind of abortion on an ultrasound.”
In the wake of her departure, Planned Parenthood has gone to court to seek a restraining order against both Johnson and the Coalition for Life, the local group that originated 40 Days for Life and continued regular prayer vigils in front of the clinic for the past five years. A court hearing on the order, which addresses disclosure of confidential information, is scheduled in a Texas court on November 10.
Shawn Carney, the director of the Coalition for Life and a 40 Days for Life board member, has been working with Johnson since she left her job last month. The former clinic director has even begun to pray outside the clinic where she formerly worked. “It’s truly been a testament to the power of prayer and the courage of Abby to leave a job she felt she could no longer do in good conscience,” Carney said. “It has been a joy for all of our volunteers who have prayed outside of the clinic for the conversion of the clinic workers to witness that conversion actually happen." Johnson is one of eight abortion industry workers who left their jobs during the fifth coordinated 40 Days for Life campaign that concluded yesterday in 212 cities. She was the highest-ranking of the eight. Others who quit their clinic jobs included nurses, office staffers and security personnel.
In addition, a Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Kalispell, Montana announced that it will close its doors on November 20, citing a decline in business as the reason for the closure. That clinic was the site of a 40 Days for Life prayer vigil this past spring.