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Proof for the existence of God

1. There are three conceptual categories of existence.  Things that necessarily exist, things that have possible existence, or things that cannot exist.

2. These categories are necessarily distinct.  No one thing can belong to more than one category.  To say otherwise is to contradict oneself.

3.  Therefore, one cannot say that things with necessary existence do not exist, for that would be confounding the first category with either the second or third.

4.  Therefore, there has to be at least one entity which can be said to have necessary existence, and it necessarily exists.

5.  This is known to all to be God.

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Anonymous asked: Where was God throughout the early years of humanity?

Dear Anon,

Where wasn’t God throughout the early years of humanity?  Look at any civilization, any culture, even the ones we know virtually nothing about, and you’ll see they all had some idea some image of God.  Were they perfectly refined ideas of God as the “I am who am,” who’s essence is existence, manifested in triune unity?  No, of course not, but neither did they know that light could be observed as both a wave and a particle, yet observe light they did, and just as they observed light without understanding it, so too do we see that they observed religious practices towards God, though not always with understanding.  

The fact that for almost the entire history of mankind, man has had some image of God speaks to God’s movement in the world, for where else could the idea of God have come from, but God Himself?  And the unanimous testimony in distant lands throughout the ages of God’s presence in the world can only be seen as the concurrence of thousands of independent experiments, and in each one, we find the null hypothesis, that God exists, has never been rejected.

Thus, the question to ask is not “Where was God throughout the early years of humanity?”  But “Where was atheism?”  If atheism is supposed to be the natural state of humanity and theism is merely some fabrication, then why should we find theism in all cultures, and atheism in virtually none?  It does not make sense.  Therefore, Beloved, rejoice in the knowledge we who are born in Christ through baptism are blessed to have, that the God that walked the vast oceans of eternity before the formation of the Earth, worshiped in some form by all peoples, is the same God that walked on the waters of the sea of Galilee as Jesus the Christ.  

In Amor Christi,

Niko

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Leader of Latin American Bishops: Liberation Theology ‘Archaic, If Not Already Dead’

The important quote is:

“True liberation is showing the merciful face of God the Father, the tenderness of God among us,”

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So when they tell you the Catholic Church is on the wrong side of history, respond by saying yes, it is. But, it is on the right side of biology, of reality, and of eternity.
Priest at my parish

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Anonymous asked: Do animals go to hell for not believing in god, even though they're not smart enough to understand the concept of gods and the afterlife?

Well, the relevant question is, does the afterlife even apply to animals?  

Thomas Aquinas argued that it didn’t because they are not rational creatures.  Rational creatures (human beings) are capable of thinking about eternal and infinite things, irrational creatures are not.  Thus, human beings who already think about infinite can live infinitely, animals which do not, cannot. So it’s not that animals aren’t smart, it’s that they don’t have the capacity for contemplation of eternal things, (esp. God.)  

On the other hand, other people have made other arguments for an afterlife for animals.  CS Lewis did one here: http://www.fellowshipoffaith.org/images/files/upload/Problem_of_Pain.pdf

So, TL;DR: It depends on whether God made animals to live for infinity, or only for this life.  If it’s the first, it’s possible animals could go to heaven, if it is the second, they might just disappear after they die.  Either way, I don’t think anyone’s argued, and I don’t think it’s possible to argue that any would go to hell.

In Christ,

Niko

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I was cleaning out my old room, and guess what I found?

ACTION PRAYER CARDS!!!

Here’s St. Francis looking like he’s about to bust some ninja moves.

We got St. Maria Goretti as a Sailor Moon character.

St. Ignatius Loyola looking like a soldier, because he was.

St. Timothy looking a bit like a Jedi

Bl. Pier Frassati looking like a 1920’s mobster/vampire hunter

And who can forget St. Charles Lwanga the fire bender.

Last but certainly not least is St. Elizabeth Ann Seton who is rather unimpressed with everything.

I got these at a Baltimore Youth Catholic Conference. 

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