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“Whatsoever thy soul shall say to me, I will do for thee.”

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The Infidel Paradox - Resolved

rationaljew:

Once it becomes clear to the believer that the source of the infidel’s blasphemies are the product of false indoctrination,

Depends on what you mean by indoctrination.  Under certain definitions, not all heresies are created by indoctrination.

he should immediately call into question the legitimacy of his own beliefs, which were bestowed upon him by the very same process that the infidel acquired his own falsehoods.

There is an assumption here that the believer acquired his beliefs through the same way as the infidel.  This is not always the case.

The infidel’s scriptures, proofs, miracles, prophets, commandments, rituals, and gods, are no less vivid or absolute to him than the believer’s.

Debatable.  

Once one realizes that the very nature of religious beliefs are solely dependent on the subjective nature of one’s own experience and indoctrination, it becomes clear that no deity could forge a system in which infidels (who make up the majority of humans by any religion’s standard) are expected to accept his divinity.  Furthermore, he cannot credit those who worship him due to the fortuitous circumstances he conferred to them. Therefore the infidel is not worthy of punishment and the believer not worthy of reward. This is the paradox that every theist must confront.  

That would be true, if it is only by experience that we know something to be true.  However, we can also know true and falsity through reason and virtually all humans are capable of employing reason similarly effectively.  Therefore, it is through reason that all men can come to understand what is true, and what is false.

To say otherwise is to resign oneself completely to epistemological relativism.  But this is foolish.  A math teacher does not say, the method this child employed to get the wrong answer is no less vivid to him, than the method to get the right answer is to me, therefore, the very nature of mathematics is solely dependent on the subjective nature of one’s own experience.  One recognizes that there is an objectively right answer to a math problem and an objectively wrong one.  As it is with math, so it is with everything else.

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Anonymous asked: Do non-Christians in very isolated societies go to hell for not believing in the Christian god, even though they lever learned about it and were unable to do so?

Hello Anon,

For questions such as these, we must consider both scripture and Church teaching.

In John 4:16 Christ says, 

"I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

And this has been reiterated throughout tradition so that we know that it is only through Christ that one is saved.  Furthermore, because Christ chose the Church to be the method through which salvation occurs, we know that it is only through the Church that one is saved.  This doctrine rendered in Latin is extra Ecclesiam nulla salus or “Outside the Church there is no salvation.”

Does this mean that those outside the visible structure of the Church are damned?  No.  For we recognize that Christ through the Church draws to Himself even those who are not visible members of His Church.  Those outside the visible Church, who demonstrate great virtue, and seek the good may be saved.  It is eminently clear that there is no contradiction here, for we recognize that all good comes from the grace of God through the Church, and so those who do good, are clearly receiving that grace, though they themselves may not be conscious of it.  

This is why it is important for all Christians to pray for the salvation of the whole world, knowing that it is they, the Church, who bear the responsibility of being chosen by God as conduits for the sanctification of the Earth.  It is our prayers and our works of mercy which may aid God in leading others to the truth.

In parting, one last anecdote from scripture is particularly relevant here.  In Acts 17:22-31, Paul goes to Athens and speaks upon the Areopagus (“Mars Hill” a large rocky hill, which seemed to function as a multi-purpose place for court cases as well as being a place of worship.)  In this speech, considered one of the greatest sermons of Paul recorded in scripture, Paul tells the gathered masses that the “unknown God” they built a temple to there was actually the one true God.  There are many things worth noting about this speech, but the one most relevant here, is that these people who worshipped what they did not know, were worshipping, imperfectly, but still worshipping.  Thus, the many who do not know God, yet still honor and hunger for the truth, are in fact giving imperfect worship to Christ. 

Therefore, for those who know God, they must evangelize to others and seek to win souls for Christ through the gifts God has given them.  Those who do not know God, are called to seek the truth, for God is the truth, and in seeking it, they will find Him, and as Christ tells us, all who seek, will find.   I hope this answers your question.

God bless,

Niko

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firstdefeat:

420 blaze it, white people are racist, God loves non-hetero couples, everyone is going to heaven, love wins, Paul didnt know everything, NIV isn’t the best bible version, missionaries are largely problematic.



#trying to get rid of the weak



Marijuana use is sinful.  White people are no more inherently racist than anyone else.  God loves everybody as should we, While we ought to hope for the salvation of all people, evidence from scripture and tradition makes it a distant hope, Caritas in Veritate, Paul was a pretty smart cookie though, Amen - New American all the way (I take it Vulgate doesn’t count,) missionaries are the ones who most literally follow the biblical command to bring Christ to all nations,

Gotta try harder to weed me out. ; )

firstdefeat:

420 blaze it, white people are racist, God loves non-hetero couples, everyone is going to heaven, love wins, Paul didnt know everything, NIV isn’t the best bible version, missionaries are largely problematic.

#trying to get rid of the weak

Marijuana use is sinful. White people are no more inherently racist than anyone else. God loves everybody as should we, While we ought to hope for the salvation of all people, evidence from scripture and tradition makes it a distant hope, Caritas in Veritate, Paul was a pretty smart cookie though, Amen - New American all the way (I take it Vulgate doesn’t count,) missionaries are the ones who most literally follow the biblical command to bring Christ to all nations, Gotta try harder to weed me out. ; )

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China will create own Christian belief system amid tensions with church, says official

ourladyoftheiron:

I feel like this is a start. At least they’re not killing them for their faith. This, at least, is some form of openness to the faith. King James did worse, imho. Same as Luther. I don’t think this can be a bad thing. 

It’s just as bad as Luther.  It’s propagating a heresy.  And what do you think they will do to those who obey the true Church and not the state Church?  I don’t think the communist party believes in “live and let live.”

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vonjiggles asked: Aww, did the truth make the little catholic cry? Perhaps instead of lying about the articles to your flock, you should consider reforming the church's problems. This particular rapist was one of a trio accused, his superior assured authorities that he was cured and so he didn't go to jail like the other two. Keep lying for Jesus old man, these rapists will get theirs.

dogetalpapist:

fatherangel:

Hello,

No, I didn’t cry. Nor did I lie. I went to the links you provided looking for “evidence” of guilt and a record of crimes. I only found an accusation from one person who accused him of sexual abuse of a minor. 

There was a priest in that diocese with a history of abuse, but that was Gilbert Gauthe. The Gauthe case, however, had nothing to do with Dutel. 

As far as the alleged comment of the superior, Bishop Flynn, that does not come from the Bishop. 

Trial attorney Anthony Fontana alleges that Bishop Flynn said Dutel was “cured.” 

An alleged comment from a trial attorney suing the bishop is not only suspect (lawyers who sue you are paid to make you look bad) but it is a second hand source.

I’m sorry you feel you have to attack me, the messenger, for simply calling you out on your unfair tactics and smear campaign against Fr. Dutel. It is even more sad that you had this need to message me with immature and childish name-calling rants, I request that you no longer contact me.

Hm, so does this “healing” thing also include tactics of bullying victims, shuttling around problem priests from parish to parish without informing parishioners of their background?

Does “healing” include aggressive legal tactics, hiding money from victim’s,

Does “healing” include almost never involving the police?

This wasn’t about “healing”.  This was a cover-up, pure and simple.

I think it’s important to keep some perspective. 

http://www.themediareport.com/fast-facts/

It’s good to be able to see the whole picture before one makes accusations against the Church.

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shine-like-lights:

(found on twitter)
Even if you are not Catholic, please join us in effort to stop this black mass. It is a satanic mockery of the Catholic mass, and puts souls in jeopardy.
If you are physically unable to abstain from meat, then please do something in place of it(abstain from pop, junk food, even watching t.v.). This is extremely important, not only for Catholics.

shine-like-lights:

(found on twitter)

Even if you are not Catholic, please join us in effort to stop this black mass. It is a satanic mockery of the Catholic mass, and puts souls in jeopardy.

If you are physically unable to abstain from meat, then please do something in place of it(abstain from pop, junk food, even watching t.v.). This is extremely important, not only for Catholics.

(via aspirant1337)

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Anonymous asked: How would you explain the real presence to someone who doesn't believe in it and is mildly disturbed by the thought?

Hi Anon,

In a sense, it’s hard to answer your question, not because it’s unanswerable, but because it’s already been answered by Christ Himself, and it’s very difficult to add to it.

John 6:48

I am the bread of life. 49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. 50 This is the bread whichcomes down out of heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. 51 I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread also which I will give for the life of the world is My flesh.”

52 Then the Jews began to argue with one another, saying, “How can this man give usHis flesh to eat?” 53 So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in yourselves. 54 He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. 55 For My flesh is true food, and My blood is true drink. 56 He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him. 57 As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats Me, he also will live because of Me. 58 This is the bread which came down out of heaven; not as the fathers ate and died; he who eats this bread will live forever.”

Jesus is rarely so blunt as He is here when He basically says, “I’m being totally serious guys, my flesh is, literally, the bread of life.”

So, I really don’t know what to say other than, “Jesus said it, and I’m going to trust Him on that.”  

Maybe, it might help you to think, “God’s sacrifice on the cross is infinite, so much so that it could not be contained to the cross, which is finite.  And so, we partake in His sacrifice through our sacrifice of the Mass, through the eating of His body and blood, which God has so kindly extended in unbloody form in the species of bread and wine.”  I hope that helps.

God bless,

Niko

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