Anti-Catholic Arguments! (And why they are WRONG!)

An ex-Catholic woman found her way to my YouTube channel, and she has an axe to grind. Almost daily, she vomits her anger, hurt, and and anti-Catholic rhetoric all over the comments section. She is a typical example of anti-Catholics who, sadly, never knew their faith before they left. Then, they suddenly become experts on what Catholicism is about and how “evil” it is.

Here is the woman’s comment and our answer to it. Please pray for her. This article was written for two reasons…

1. To show how unstudied most ex-Catholics are and to demonstrate how far off-base their assertions can be. My hope is that other anti-Catholics will look at their own claims and make sure they are correct, not just emotional vomit against the Catholic Church.

2. To offer the Catholic response to distinguish what people say about the Church and what the real truth is.

The Woman’s Argument:

Here is this lady’s argument: “Catholics pray to their gods, not to God. Their prayers are not answered. The Mary of the Roman Catholic Church is a combination of pagan goddesses merged into one and named Mary by the early church. The “saints” are demons. To pray to the dead is forbidden by God and to pray to angels is also idolatry. When Catholics pray the Our Father, they don’t believe that He is the only one that answers prayers and they don’t believe that Jesus Christ is the only mediator. They believe that Mary as Jesus’ mother has the authority to give her Son orders and he will always obey her. Obviously that teaching of the RC church is as false as all its other teachings.

Wow! The saddest thing about this statement is that that not a single thing in the entire rant was accurate or even close to accurate. It is crystal clear that she has not read a single book or even an article written by a Catholic to verify if what she claims is true. Or to reveal that she is spreading lies and misinformation. All someone has to do is read the official Catechism of the Catholic Church. All of our beliefs are explained there. It’s as simple as ABC.

The problem for ex-Catholics is that it’s easier to yell, scream, rant, and attack than to undertake an honest search for the truth. I guess it’s easier to slander a church, but people who care about truth, do not do this for God is truth and He hates falsehood. Yet, everything this woman presented is falsehood and therefore not from God. Moreover, it reveals that she is a very emotional and broken soul who is in need of our prayers!

The Catholic Response:

Error #1: Catholics do not believe in many gods. In reading that, I immediately wanted to laugh at the lunacy of it… or cry. I would challenge this lady to back up her statement and to prove it from the Catechism or any official Catholic document. (She might thinking of Mormons 0_o)

Catholics believe in only one God. Eternal. Immortal. Uncreated. Omnipotent. The Creator of all things. We believe in the Trinity, three persons, one God, and Jesus is Lord of all. Here is proof from official Catholic documents.

Catechism of the Catholic Church: “Jesus himself affirms that God is ‘the one Lord’ whom you must love ‘with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ At the same time Jesus gives us to understand that he himself is the Lord. To confess that Jesus is Lord is distinctive of Christian faith. This is not contrary to belief in the One God. Nor does believing in the Holy Spirit as ‘Lord and giver of life’ introduce any division into the One God” (Paragraph 202).

The official Catholic Creed states: “I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth. I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father” (Nicene Creed).

From one of many Vatican documents, Domini Iesus, “For there is one God; there is also one mediator between God and men, the man Jesus Christ, who gave himself as a ransom for all” (1 Tim 2:4-6).

See? One God! One Lord Jesus Christ. Official Catholic teaching. Anyone who does not believe this is not truly Catholic or has not been educated in the faith properly. In contrast, this woman never cites any sources or backs up her claims in any way… because she cannot.

Error #2: Mary is not a pagan goddess. She is not a goddess at all. She is only a human being, and no human can be God. Mary was the Mother of Jesus, who is God, and the Bible states that she followed God closely having great faith, humility, and obedience. She is a great example of living faith. But again, she is not a goddess, and Catholics do not believe that.

Some claim that Mary is “Queen of heaven,” which is a pagan belief. Spme pagans believed in a goddess “queen of heaven (like in Jer, 44), however, even a cursory overview of their beliefs puts in in another universe for what Catholics actually believe. They are not even close.

The Catholic belief is based on Scripture. In 1 and 2 Kings, you will read about the “Queen Mother,” or the “Mother of my Lord.” The king of Israel always had his mother reign by his side on her own throne. Of course, she was in no way the king’s equal, but she had authority and the highest respect. For example, Bathsheba was the queen with King David, and David loved and respected her. He did not worship her in any way.

The queen mother is often mentioned and is even listed among the members of the Royal Court in 2 Kings 24. In Jeremiah 13, her royal office is also described by the prophet Jeremiah, who tells how the queen mother possessed a throne and a crown, symbolic of her position of authority in the kingdom.

Jesus is the new and eternal King of Israel, and Mary His mother would be the queen mother. It’s that simple. Nothing to do with worshipping her. This title is exactly what Elizabeth calls Mary when she calls her, “the mother of my Lord” — same term as the queen mother in the Old Testament. We also see Mary in Revelation 12:1, the one who gave birth to Jesus, the male child who would rule all nations. The kings of old always honored to their mothers as queen, and Jesus did too. Nothing about worship. Only Jesus is the Lord of all!

Mistake #3: “The saints are demons.” Does anyone else observe how extreme some anti-Catholics and their mindsets are? Sadly, so many ex-Catholics are stunted and blinded by their anger and ignorance, that it leads to real extremism.

The truth is that the “saints” were regular people like you and me who lived extra-ordinary lives of holiness and who are in heaven. People like Mother Teresa, for example, who spent every day working with the poorest of the poor that everyone else forgot about. Is she a demon? What about the humble Vincent de Paul who spent his life loving Jesus and serving the poorest of the poor also? Is he a demon? Mt. 23 is the only time Jesus mentions the unforgivable sin, and it was to the Pharisees whose hearts were so hard that they called the things of God “the devil.” This lady should examine herself quickly!!

Error #4: The saints are dead. No, the saints are alive in heaven! Since Jesus died and rose from the dead, and broke the shackles of death, the dead are alive in heaven forever more, for “God is the God of the living!”

After all, in Matthew 17, Jesus speaks to the dead – Moses and Elijah. Also, Jesus tells a story of a rich man who spoke to Abraham (also dead). In 1 Samuel 28:15, Samuel, speaks to Saul after he dies. Likewise, in Revelation 6, it shows that the souls in heaven under the altar are alive and remember everything.

In Rev. 5:8, the elders receive the prayers of the saints and bring them to God. Analogously, Rev. 8:3-4 states that the angels are receiving the prayers of the saints on earth also and bringing them before the throne of God. So not only do we see that the saints are alive, and not dead, but we see intercessory prayer too like in Rev. 5:8 and Rev. 8.

Of course, Jesus is the one true mediator. Therefore, all intercessory prayer, whether we ask friends and family on earth to pray for us or the saints in heaven, all go to Jesus the one true mediator who brings our prayers before the Father. That is Catholic teaching.

From the Catholic encyclopedia and the Council of Trent: “As God-man, Jesus stands in the midst between God and man partaking of the natures of both, and therefore, by that very fact, fitted to act as Mediator between them. He is, indeed, the Mediator in the absolute sense of the word, in a way that no one else can possibly be. “For there is one God and one mediator of God and men the man Christ Jesus.” (1 Tim 2:5). … The saints who reign together with Christ offer up their own prayers to God for men. It is good and useful suppliantly to invoke them, and to have recourse to their prayers aid, and help for obtaining benefits from God, through His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, Who alone is our Redeemer and Savior.”

Error #5: Catholics do not believe that Mary “orders her son around.” How nice it would be if this lady could prove her assertions using Catholic documents. Of course, that is impossible. We believe that Mary’s prayers are powerful for sure, as hinted at in James 5:16. However, she is always perfectly subjected to God and His holy and perfect will just as she was on earth.

Our hope is that this post will help give many people a new understanding of Catholicism and bring some Catholics back home or help them to take a second look at their actions and patterns. This post helps to accentuate the great disparity between what anti-Catholics claim and what the Catholic Church actually believes, and it is very telling.

Thank you for reading! Feel free to share this or add any thoughts you have below in the comments section. Also, please keep checking about what Catholics really believe by clicking on any the links below for our YouTube channel or other blogs like this God bless you!

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Did the Catholic Church change the Second Commandment?

On my YouTube channel, there is an obscene amount of rabid anti-Catholicism and of other religions foaming at the mouth over what they accuse Catholics of believing. All bark and little bite, yet they will yell, scream, insult, argue, degrade and condemn Catholics on a wide variety of gripes that they have including the Catholic Church supposedly changing the Second Commandment.

Unfortunately, many of these people are ex-Catholics who knew little to nothing about their religion before they left. They never researched their religion until after they bailed. Therefore, they most often do not understand the Bible and have a far smaller knowledge of Catholicism, it’s beliefs and practices, and its history. On this blog, we will be dismantling many of their false claims and misunderstandings. Now, on to the Second Commandment.

Catholics changed the Second Commandment!!!

In the comment section of multiple videos on my YouTube channel, anti-Catholics rant about the Catholic Church changing the 10 commandments. In their mind, this is proof positive that the Catholic Church is evil. How dare they change the commandments of God. The audacity!

The First Commandment is “Thou shalt not worship any false gods.” The Second Commandment is, “Thou shalt not make for yourself any idol, nor bow down to it or worship it.” However, the Catholics have removed that commandment, so they say, making it read instead: “Thou shalt not take the Lord’s name in vain.” They also split up commandment 10 into two different commandments regarding coveting.

Is this true? What is the real story? Did Catholics change the Second Commandment to justify their idol worship? No. Of course not! This is simply ignorance of the Bible and of history.

In the Bible, there are two different lists of the 10 Commandments, one in Exodus and one in Deuteronomy. And the two lists differ from each other slightly. Catholics have always used the list of commandments found in Deuteronomy whereas Protestants have traditionally utilized the list found in Exodus.

Deuteronomy treats the directive, “Thou shalt not make for yourself any idol, nor bow down to it or worship it” as part of the First Commandment. The First Commandment is “Don’t have any false gods.” So naturally, this serves as part of that commandment. If you only worship the true God, you will not create false idols or worship them.

So, it’s not that the Catholic Church took out the Second Commandment, it is just a part of the First Commandment which is about worshipping the true God and not false ones. Likewise, Deuteronomy talks about two different types of coveting: coveting your neighbors wife and coveting your neighbors goods. It splits them up. So, it is not the Catholic Church who did this but the Bible.

In the book of Exodus, Scripture treats coveting as one commandment: “Thou shalt not covet,” and it adds , “Thou shalt not make for yourself any idol, nor bow down to it or worship it” as the Second Commandment. So it splits up the First Commandment into two commandments, probably to reinforce the fact that in the Book of Exodus, the Israelites made and worshipped a golden calf, a false God. This was right after pledging allegiance to God. So, the Bible notes the differences.

St. Augustine in the 400s parsed out the list that Catholics use today. It is the list Catholics have always used. This list was used by Christians for more than a thousand years before Protestants came to use their own list from Exodus. So, if anything, it was the Protestants who, over a thousand years later, changed the list of commandments that Christians had traditionally used. Thus, the Catholic Church did not take out the Second Commandment.

If you have any questions or thoughts, feel free to add your comment down below. Also feel free to visit my YouTube channel here to learn more about the Catholic faith and what Catholics really believe.

Thanks so much for reading. Make sure to see below for many great resources to learn the Catholic faith, whether you are a Catholic or a non-Catholic.

RESOURCES:

(** = personally recommended for this subject)

  1. ** The Real Story of Catholic History: Answering Twenty Centuries of Anti-Catholic Myths – https://goo.gl/TqqZ4y
  2. ** “Catholicism and Fundamentalism: Attacks on “Romanism” by “Bible Christians.” (A classic and must read). – https://goo.gl/fNxXuB
  3. “The Catholic Verses: 95 Biblical Verses that Confound Protestants “ by Dave Armstrong. https://amzn.to/2oCeZ5Q
  4. ** “Pope Fiction: Answers to 30 Myths & Misconceptions About the Papacy” by Patrick Madrid. https://amzn.to/2BWbPn1
  5. “Seven Lies about Catholic History: infamous myths about the church’s past and how to answer them” by Diane Moczar. https://amzn.to/2wIlcRt
  6. ** What Catholics Really Believe – https://www.amazon.com/What-Catholics-Really-Believe-Misconceptions/dp/0898705533/ref=sr_1_2?crid=2F7E94M2M0833&keywords=what+catholics+really+believe&qid=1557859371&s=gateway&sprefix=what+catholics+%2Caps%2C132&sr=8-2
  7. “Handbook of Catholic Apologetics” by Peter Krett, Ronald K. Tacelli. https://amzn.to/2NVzkkR
  8. “A biblical defense of Catholicism” by Dave Armstrong. https://amzn.to/2Q6XI1x
  9. ** “If Protestantism is True,” by Devin Rose . https://amzn.to/2Q46vkz
  10. Nuts & Bolts: a practical guide for explaining and defending the Catholic faith” by Tim Staples. https://amzn.to/2LSR5wk
  11. ** The Case for Catholicism – Answers to classic and contemporary objections. (This is the most up-to-date, comprehensive, and thorough defense of the Catholic Church against Protestant objections in print). – https://goo.gl/RwtpWy
  12. Rome Sweet Home (A militant anti-Catholic who thought Catholics were going to hell, and now he’s one of the biggest Catholic speakers in the world! A Catholic classic!) – https://goo.gl/h1Fqs1
  13. ** CD SET: 5 CDS: Catholic Tim Staples Debate vs. Protestant Steve Gregg. It’s a must listen to debate for any Catholic serious about defending the faith or learning more. https://goo.gl/ntJZj1





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Margaret Sanger Eugenics (Planned Parenthood and the Master Race) – PART 2

If you have not read PART ONE on Margaret Sanger and her connection to Adolf Hitler and eugenics (with quotes from Sanger) see that article here: http://www.catholicbryan.org/blog/margaret-sanger-and-eugenics/

Did you know that Hitler is credited with the killing of over 6 million Jews through eugenics and other radical means? Under Hitler’s order to create the perfect race, German doctors sterilized over 400,000 people that were considered stupid, feeble-minded, or suffered from epilepsy, alcoholism, and other diseases. In addition, over 275,000 children under the age of 3 were also euthanized.[1] Racial perfection, right?

Most people know and agree that what Hitler did was atrocious. Yet, in America, we celebrate a woman who sought to do the exact same thing. Her name is Margaret Sanger. Yes, Hitler killed 6 million Jews, but Sanger’s organization has thus far killed over 7 million innocent American children through abortion. She also was responsible for forcing sterilization upon countless women and girls as well, as will be seen below.

Margaret Sanger is often held up as a champion of women’s rights, yet conveniently, they almost never mention her dark, evil, and Spartan worldview which sparked her activism. Margaret Sanger believed in eugenics, which was based off Darwinian evolution. Eugenics was the process of speeding up evolution to perfect mankind. This meant weeding out inferior people and races from society and giving prominence to the fit people of society.

Ironically, she is held up as a champion for woman, but only some women. Most women did not have these rights. Only women who were physically, intellectually, and socially healthy would have rights and be able to breed. Humans who were intellectually slow, physically disabled, or carried bad hereditary genes should be removed from society like weeds.

How would this be accomplished, you ask? Read on and see.

The Story of Margaret Sanger and Eugenics

How did a young Margaret Sanger become such a eugenics monster and a radical feminist (not the good kind)? How did she become such an extremist, and how has her legacy hurt women, destroyed families, and affected the world at large so negatively? Read on and see.

This is her story…

Margaret Higgins Sanger lost her religious beliefs in her teenage years. Her mother had 18 pregnancies and 11 children. While she dies of tuberculosis, young Margaret blamed it all on the number of children her mother had. She likewise blamed her father for the death and developed a great anger at a young age.

Margaret went on to married wealthy man named William and had two children. William was a radical socialist who wanted a wife to become as radical as he was. Thus, Sanger began attending meetings with her husband and would fully accept these beliefs. Not even her husband foresaw Margaret becoming even far more radical than he was. William Sanger would pay for this.

Thanks to her radical views she embraced, Margaret soon grew tired of the whole marriage and family thing. She had an affair with a sexologist named Havelock Ellis who published on race and birth control. It cause much fear that the white race would lose the fertility battle with inferior races, so much so that President Roosevelt warned against “race suicide” for white people using contraception.[2]

Soon, Sanger abandoned marriage altogether walking out on her husband and two children. From there, she dove head long into radical feminism and started a magazine called Woman Rebel. Using this platform, Sanger disseminated her radical ideas to the rest of the nation. The top of each magazine cover boldly displayed the words: “No Gods, No Masters” (which summed up her radical worldview in a nutshell).

 Her extremist views on contraception, forced segregation, and forced sterilization of women got her in trouble with the law. Having a warrant out for her arrest, Sanger fled to England, where she encountered a hotbed of Darwinian eugenics. This is where she met some of the most radical and racist people who would shape and influence her worldview. To name just a few, some of whom worked for Hitler and for Sanger. Talk about radical.

Lothrop Stoddard was one of those extremists. He wrote a book called The Rising Tides of Color Against White World Supremacy where he lamented the fact that colored people were breeding and immigrating to predominantly white nations. His writings list ways to wipe out this “pollution” before it became a widespread problem. Hitler was so inspired by his works, that he made Stoddard’s book mandatory reading throughout German schools. Shockingly, Stoddard also inspire Margaret Sanger who invited him to be on her organization’s board of directors. This organization was known as, The Birth Control League, which would later change its name to Planned Parenthood).

Harry Laughlin was another Eugenist and a believer in racial purification. He was responsible for teaching the Nazis many of their beliefs in eugenics and race perfection. Interestingly, this wacko was also invited to sit on the board of Planned Parenthood.

Ernst Rudin was the director of the foremost German eugenics research institute and was responsible for giving the Nazis their eugenics programs. Not so coincidentally, he also contributed regularly to Margaret Sanger’s magazine: The Birth Control Review.

Thus, people who inspired, taught, and worked for Adolf Hitler in Germany also wrote for Sanger and sat on her organizations board of directors. There is no doubt that Margaret Sanger was one of the most radical women in the world. Her birth control magazine talked about eugenics and race perfection constantly. Here are just a few of the many titles in her Birth Control Review:

“The Function of Sterilization”

“The Purpose of Eugenics”

“Birth Control and Sterilization”

“Birth Control and Positive Eugenics”

“Sterilization of the Unfit”

“The Trend in Sterilization”

“Some Moral Aspects of Eugenics”

And many more titles could be listed.

Thomas Malthus was one of the foremost leaders of this eugenics movement. Malthus and his followers (including Sanger) believed that all the poor, sick, diseased, and racially inferior people should be left to die, or should be helped toward death for the good of society.

Even Margaret Sanger herself lamented that natural eugenics (letting nature take its course to remove the weak people and pass on the genes of the strong).  She desired to speed up the process of removing the physically, mentally, and emotionally unfit of society, or at least keep them from reproducing (the real goal of birth control – it’s in the name).

This is why Sanger promoted birth control, to help speed up the process, giving it to inferior people and races and to all those she deemed not worth living. Some races are naturally stronger and more fit, more elevated, according to this worldview. It comes as no surprise then why Planned Parenthood clinics are found mostly in black and in other minority neighborhoods. As one black leader said, “The most dangerous place for a black person is in his mother’s womb.”[3]

Margaret Sanger returned to the United States on a mission and with one goal in mind: race perfection. To this end, she started an organization called The Birth Control League (BCL) which later changed its name to Planned Parenthood.  Like Hitler, the goal of this organization was to weed out and remove all the weak and pathetic humans of society; all the “stupid,” “feeble-minded,” sick and diseased, the alcoholics, the elderly, and the racially inferior.  How would this be accomplished?

By preventing the inferior classes of society from reproducing and passing on their genes to the next generation this cleansing the human race. This would be accomplished through the use of birth control, forced segregation, and forced sterilization (all Sanger’s words, as we saw in part 1).

Young women who were found to have the above frowned on traits were forced onto segregation farms for the entirety of their reproductive years. Sanger attempted to get this passed by law In fact, “Her views and those of her peers in the movement contributed to compulsory sterilization laws in 30 U.S. states that resulted in more than 60,000 sterilizations of vulnerable people, including people she considered ‘feeble-minded,’ ‘idiots’ and ‘morons.’”[4]

This would also be accomplished by forced sterilizations for people deemed unworthy of populating. It would also be advanced by promoting the physically, mentally, and financially healthy of society to breed at a more rapid rate while preventing the poor, stupid, and non-intelligent people from breeding at all.

In fact, videos of Sanger have been unearthed where she demands that people have “no more babies” in countries that are developing for 10 years![5] She also met with the KKK who loved her ideas. This meeting is even admitted on Planned Parenthoods own website. Sanger sought racial perfection, just like Hitler, but went about it a different way.

Not as brutish as Hitler’s methods, but not so different either.

The legacy of Sanger’s life is marred by false ideals. So, why would anyone listen to her or Planned Parenthood? We have been promised that birth control would lead to better lives, stronger families, happier women, and less abortions? Has it succeeded? The obvious answer is no!

Thanks to contraception and the contraception mentality, the opposite came true. Women are being used and abused more than ever. Men are able to have sex and selfish pleasure without fear of consequences. Women are used for their bodies and what they can “put out” rather than being loved as they deserve. Then, there is the objectification of women through pornography, the breakdown of the family, the skyrocketing divorce rate, and the number of abortions which have increased drastically.

There have been well over 50 million abortions since Roe Vs. Wade in 1973.[6] Less abortions; I think not. This is the legacy of Margaret Sanger and Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood states that Abortion only makes up 3% of its services. Could you imagine if there were too many people on the planet, and so the United States decided to wipe out a mere 3% of the population? That is a lot of innocent people dead. It is still evil and morally wrong if it is only 2% or even 1%. Or imagine if 3% of your brownie was laced with poison. Would you eat it?

Over 50,000,000 deaths through abortion! “If you run the math on those terrible figures, the numbers are absolutely chilling. That’s:

  • 382 million abortions every year
  • 115,167 abortions every month
  • 26,577 abortions every week
  • 3,786 abortions every day
  • 157 abortions every hour
  • 6 abortions every minute[7]

People hate violence. They cry about gun violence. Nearly 40,000 people died because from guns last year. Yet, nobody is speaking of the new Holocaust, abortion. This holocaust has killed far, far more innocent people than Hitler ever did. 40,000 people from guns vs. 1.3 million innocents in abortion! 3,000 innocent lives will be killed today, and 3,0000 tomorrow, and 3,0000 the next day and the day after that. We are exterminating an entire generation without even blinking an eye.

Things have become so evil that we even justify our murder by calling it a “choice.” Well, Hitler had a choice too, and he chose to kill others. We do too every time we choose abortion. Unlike Hitler, our country was founded on every person having the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” How can you have liberty and happiness if you have your life taken from you?

The Tide is Turning

While America has destroyed generation of children, the tide is changing again. Roe (yes, as in Roe vs. Wade) admitted that this was the worst mistake of her life. She ended up converting to the Catholic Church and becoming a pro-life warrior.[8] Likewise, abortion doctors are leaving their practice, sometimes in droves.

Some of the prominent abortion leaders, like the founder of NARAL, also left the abortion industry and become pro-life. One of these was Dr. Bernard Nathanson who was once fiercely pro-abortion. He performed thousands of abortions and was responsible for over 60,000 more. He repented to God for all the babies he killed and become a pro-life warrior developing a video called “The Silent Scream.” It shows the real truth of what abortion is, for those who have the courage to watch it.[9]

Likewise, one priest told the story of 5 women abortion doctors came to him wanting to leave their field and turn back to God. Together, they had performed over 150,000 abortions. That is 150,000 less children in the world due to their past. However, they have repented, as have many abortion doctors and leaders, and are now fighting for the right to all life, born and unborn.

Again, our Declaration of Independence states that everyone has the right to “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.” In that order. Abortion goes directly against our Declaration of Independence, our consciences, and God Himself. As a country, we must return to love, to compassion, civility, kindness, sacrifice, and of course, to God.

God is pro-life! He is the author of life. If we submit to Him, we will find eternal life. If we do not, we will find prompt compensation and justice for our crimes. Our God is a God of justice and mercy. Justice for those who do not follow Him, and mercy for those who seek it! Even if you have had an abortion, find mercy, peace, healing and forgiveness in Jesus Christ who died on the cross to free us from every sin and evil. He is the only way to heaven! He is calling…

Want to know more on this topic?  Check out the resources below.

Resources:

“Persuasive Pro-Life,” by Trent Horn (The BEST book and author on pro-life issues) – https://goo.gl/PESWgw

 DVD: “The Silent Scream” – By an ex-abortion doctor showing an abortion – https://www.aquinasandmore.com/catholic-gifts/silent-scream/sku/28387

DVD: “Making the Case for Life,” by Trent Horn – https://goo.gl/4mWCxo

“Blessed are the Barren: The Social Policy of Planned Parenthood” https://goo.gl/uaWhby

Killer Angel: A Short Biography of Planned Parenthood’s Founder, Margaret Sanger  – https://goo.gl/jgcTor

“Unplanned: The Dramatic True Story of a Former Planned Parenthood Leader’s Eye-Opening Journey Across the Life Line”   https://goo.gl/wsjTx5

“Three Approaches to Abortion,” by Peter Kreeft – https://www.aquinasandmore.com/catholic-books/three-approaches-to-abortion/sku/2008

“Explaining Tough Moral Questions” – https://www.amazon.com/Beginning-Apologetics-Questions-Abortion-Contraception-Euthanasia/dp/1930084064/ref=sr_1_9?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1527614153&sr=1-9&keywords=beginning+apologetics+series

 

CITATIONS:

[1] Shoeman, Roy, Salvation is from the Jews, Pg. 183.

[2] https://www.plannedparenthood.org/files/9214/7612/8734/Sanger_Fact_Sheet_Oct_2016.pdf (Page 2), http://americanradioworks.publicradio.org/features/fertility_race/part1/f4.shtml

[3]The most dangerous place in America for a black person is not in the hood or in the streets or in a car being pulled over by a cop, the most dangerous place in America for a black person is in the womb of a black woman…”

  • According to an anti-police brutality organization, the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, 313 blacks were killed by “police, security guards and vigilantes” in 2013. In 2010, one of the most recent years for which statistics are available, 138,539 black babies were aborted.
  • The CDC reports that in 2010, a staggering 765,651 abortions were performed in the United States. Black women continue to have the highest abortion rate of any ethnic group, with a gruesome 483 abortions for every 1,000 live births. Nearly one black baby in three were killed in the womb.
  • According to the CDC, between 2007 and 2010, innocent black babies were victimized in nearly 36 percent of the abortion deaths in the United States, though blacks represent only 12.8 percent of the population.
  • New York City’s Department of Health reported that in 2012, more black babies were aborted (31,328) than born (24,758). That’s 55.9 percent of black babies killed before birth. Blacks represented 42.4 percent of all abortions.
  • à https://www.texasallianceforlife.org/black-lives-matter-in-the-womb/

It’s also why Sanger tried to get black people involved to push this to their own people. She said: “In a letter to Clarence Gable in 1939, Sanger wrote: “We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.” https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/may/5/grossu-margaret-sanger-eugenicist/

[4] Ibid

[5] Ibid

[6] https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/politics/reality-check/2015/03/06/million-abortions-claim-checks/24530159/

https://www.politifact.com/new-jersey/statements/2012/mar/18/chris-smith/chris-smith-says-more-54-million-abortions-have-be/

[7] (https://www.lifenews.com/2014/01/19/157-babies-killed-in-abortion-every-single-hour/)

[8] https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/life-conversion-of-roe-v-wades-norma-mccorvey-remembered-35081

[9] https://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/22/us/22nathanson.html

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Arguments Against the Catholic Church (Answering Anti-Catholic myths on Salvation!)

There are so many arguments against the Catholic Church that are false or skewed. Some are so far off that it is hard to take them seriously. This picture is of those that is hard to take seriously. It is but one of a million that present a completely false and ignorant view of the Catholic Church. This picture not only makes multiple errors regarding Catholicism, but the Catholic Church herself does not even teach half of the things listed on it. In other words, they are claiming Catholics have beliefs that they do not in fact believe. Let us look at a few of them.

Really BAD arguments against the Catholic Church

As stated above, most of these assertions are just made up – invented. For example, the Catholic Church does not teach that we are saved by Peter or that Peter gets us to heaven. I mean, where did someone even concoct this from?

Likewise, the Catholic Church does not teach that we are saved by Catechisms, candles, holy water, and most of the other things listed on there. Rather, this picture is the creation of ignorance, an anti-Catholic who did not even understand the Catholic faith before creating something about it. Pro-tip: it helps to do real research first about a religion before attacking it.

I would like to ask the person who made this picture above where the Catholic Church teaches that candles, tithing, or holy water, for example, saves a person in place of Jesus, or at all.

Hint: It doesn’t.

Analogously, the Church has never taught that Mary saves us or died for us, or anything of the sort. In fact, the Catholic Church teaches the opposite and states that only Jesus saves us and that He alone justifies us by His body and blood on the cross. The Church has taught this for over 2000 years now.

For any doubters out there, here is some official Catholic teaching on it:

Catechism of the Catholic Church: Justification has been merited for us by the Passion of Christ who offered himself on the cross as a living victim, holy and pleasing to God, and whose blood has become the instrument of atonement for the sins of all men.” … “Since God alone can forgive sins, it is God who, in Jesus his eternal Son made man, “will save his people from their sins”. in Jesus, God recapitulates all of his history of salvation on behalf of men.”(430, 1992)

And many more could be cited!

Catholics and Salvation!

Catholics believe that Jesus died once and for all on the cross to save us from our sins. Only His body and blood forgives us our sins, and without it, we cannot be saved. Period.  That is what Catholics believe! However, salvation is not a one time event. It is a life long journey of Christ saving us. For example:

Many Protestants say (like in the picture above) that Baptism doesn’t save you. However, this is incorrect. The Bible itself says “Baptism saves you” (1 Peter 3:21) speaking of a water baptism. Scripture cannot be any more clear! When Protestants read a verse like that, they immediately get uncomfortable and retract saying, “No, only Christ saves you.”

Well, of course only Christ saves you. But the Bible clearly states that “Baptism saves you.” Do not ignore the verse because it makes you feel uncomfortable or you do not understand it. Catholics are not uncomfortable at all because they understand that Christ saves us, but He chooses to use different means to do so, like Baptism. It’s not the water that saves, but Jesus Christ who saves us through Baptism, which is why Scripture (in Romans 6 and other verses) talks about being born again in Christ through Baptism. It is Christ who saves us this way and anti-Catholics try to tie His hands claiming He cannot. (Note: Lutherans and other Protestant groups agree with Catholics on this; they believe that Christ saves through Baptism which regenerates us).

Bible Cherry Picking

Cherry picking means you take one line from the entire Bible and make that your argument. The picture above quotes one verse that says we are saved by “believing in Jesus,” which is true. However, it is not just an intellectual belief only that saves you but a living, breathing, working faith. In other words, there are many other things that Jesus commanded us to do, that if we do not do them, we will not be saved. Like Baptism, for example (Mk. 16:16 – “He who believes and is baptized will be saved.”)

Also, Scripture is clear that we must have more than an intellectual faith. We need to do things do be saved. Unlike what the picture above says, we need to repent (Acts 3:18); we must confess our sins (Rom. 10:9); we must live out our faith in good works (Mt. 25:31-46 and many others), and we must follow the commandments (Mt.19:17-21) and do God’s will (Mt. 7:21).

Likewise confession is part of God’s plan and Jesus Himself gave men the power to forgive sins (Jn. 20:21-23) and last rites is Biblical too (James 5:16).

Likewise confession is part of God’s plan. Jesus Himself gave men the power to forgive sins (Jn. 20:21-23) and last rites also Biblical (James 5:16).

In other words, the initial picture says we must believe in Jesus, which is true, but it is taken out of context and forced to mean something that it does not. This is common among anti-Catholics who quickly sling Bible verses at Catholics but almost always take them out of context.

This is why we need to step it up in the Catholic Church and learn our faith again. It’s time! Generations of uncatechized Catholics have been killing the Church and giving it a bad name. Christ called us to be the “light of the world!” Therefore, we need to know know our Bible and our faith! After all, the Bible is a Catholic book. We are the ones who made it and gave it to the world!

So, check out the awesome resources below which will absolutely help you to learn, love, and share your faith. I guarantee that if you read a few of those books, your faith fill not only grow, but Catholicism will become more exciting and fulfilling! I have a library of books (Catholic and anti-Catholic) that I have read, and I’m passing it on to you…

As always, thanks for reading! Share this post with others, Protestant or Catholics, that need to know more about the truth of the Catholic faith. And, as always, if you have any questions about anything listed in the picture above, just ask. ++

Helpful Resources!

**My recommendations based on this article

  1. **“Bible Basics for Catholics” by John Bergsma, Scott Hahn. https://amzn.to/2ws5HNB
  2. “The Catholic Verses: 95 Biblical Verses that Confound Protestants “ by Dave Armstrong. https://amzn.to/2oCeZ5Q
  3. **“A Biblical Defense of Catholicism” by Dave Armstrong. https://amzn.to/2Q6XI1x
  4. “Search and Rescue: How to bring your family and friends back – or back into – the Catholic church” by Patrick Madrid. https://amzn.to/2NLUi2z
  5. “By what authority? An evangelical discovers Catholic Tradition” by Mark Shea. https://amzn.to/2wF1Spe
  6. **Catholicism and Fundamentalism: Attacks on “Romanism” by “Bible Christians.” (One of the BEST books on defending the Catholic faith against Protestants and anti-Catholic arguments). https://goo.gl/fNxXuB
  7. **Rome Sweet Home (Militant anti-Catholic becomes Catholic https://goo.gl/h1Fqs1
  8. **Where We Got The Bible, by Henry Graham – https://goo.gl/wphT47
  9. **Surprised by Truth! (Many Protestants become Catholics and give their reasons for doing so along with their misunderstandings of Catholicism. https://goo.gl/1gvgAM
  10. Surprised by Truth 2! – https://goo.gl/vBwyNN
  11. **The Case for Catholicism – Answers to classic and contemporary objections. (This is the most up-to-date, comprehensive, and thorough defense of the Catholic Church against Protestant objections in print). – https://goo.gl/RwtpWy
  12. “Born Fundamentalist, Born Again Catholic” by David Currie (Protestant becomes Catholic). https://amzn.to/2LzmSly
  13. Crossing the Tiber – https://goo.gl/xcDtL7 (Anti-Catholic becomes Catholic)
  14. “Handbook of Catholic Apologetics” by Peter Krett, Ronald K. Tacelli. https://amzn.to/2NVzkkR
  15. “Did Jesus have a last name? And 199 other questions from Catholic teenagers” by Matthew Pinto. https://amzn.to/2wpsIBn
  16. “If Protestantism is true: the reformation meets Rose” by Devin Rose . https://amzn.to/2Q46vkz
  17. “Reasons to Believe: how to understand, explain, and defend the Catholic faith” by Scott Hahn. https://amzn.to/2wCM863
  18. “On a mission: Lessons from St. Francis de Sales” by Patrick Madrid. https://amzn.to/2wEitZn
  19. “Pope Fiction: Answers to 30 Myths & Misconceptions About the Papacy” by Patrick Madrid. https://amzn.to/2BWbPn1

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Catholic Truth! (Arguments against the Catholic Church… answered!) | POST #1

Catholic Truth! Here is the first blog answering a small list of arguments against the Catholic Church.

Whether through ignorance , negligence, or plain anti-Catholicism, the picture to the left is wrong in every aspect. I myself have shelves of anti-Catholic books. I have read and studied their arguments at length. I know them inside and out. Contrast this with the majority of anti-Catholics who  have never even read one, single, solitary book written by a Catholic. It is no wonder they know absolutely nothing of Catholicism that I have studied and read; the sad but plain truth is that most anti-Catholics do not even read a single, solitary book written by a Catholic, and so they know absolutely nothing of the Catholic faith. This is the reason they present countless strawman arguments that are false and uninformed.

Thus, this article will debunk all of the above statements and add a proper understanding to them. These are some of the many arguments against the Catholic Church, and we will give the Catholic truth in return.

Answer to #1:  “Call No Man Father” (Mt. 23:9)

Anti-Catholics state that Catholics call priests “father” but the Bible says not to. However, this is a very primitive and elementary understanding of Scripture. A person cannot take one passage out of context to prove a point the Bible itself is not trying to make. When we look at the rest of Scripture in context, it actually disproves the arguments that anti-Catholics make when using this verse. For example, just look at Mt. 15:4; Romans 4:1, 11-12, 16-18; Mt. 19:5; 1 Tim 5:1-2; 1 Jn. 2:13-14; 1 Cor. 4:13-15; Heb. 12:9; and many more. Romans 4 uses the word father 6 TIMES to describe Abraham as our father in faith,

All of the above passages, and more that could be cited, use the word father‘ to convey both a physical and a spiritual fatherhood. So clearly, if Matthew, Luke, Stephen, Paul, John, and even Jesus use the word father, and the word father is used all throughout the New Testament, then the way anti-Catholics use Mt. 23:9 is wrong.

It is being cherry-picked out of context. After all, Mt. 23:10 also says to call nobody a teacher, and yet we call people teachers all the time. This is because we know that Jesus was using Rabbinic Hyperbole to make a point to the Pharisees He was speaking to. He did not mean it literally in all cases as evidenced by all the scriptures quoted above.  If you would like to watch my whole video on this topic, you can find it here:

 

Answer to #2: (Confessing sins to a Priest)

Confessing sins to one another (James 5:16) and to a priest is also a biblical teaching, one that many anti-Catholics overlook. Let us take just one example. Jn. 20:21-23 shows clearly that Jesus gave the power to ‘men’ to forgive sins in His name (among with other verses). It is still God (Jesus) who forgives the sins, but the priests are the vessels by which that forgiveness comes about. I made a whole blog post and a whole YouTube video on this found below.

Confession to a Priest – Longer Version found here

Confession to a Priest  – Shorter version found here

Answer to #3 (Prayers to “dead” Saints)

The picture above uses an Old Testament passage which happened before Jesus came and broke the power of death. He freed us from death, which is why Scripture states that, “God is not the God of the dead but of the living” (Lk. 20:37-38). Before Jesus came, nobody could go to heaven. They went to a “waiting place” known as Sheol or Hades (See 1 Peter 3:20, for example). However, now that Jesus has freed us, people go to heaven and are alive there, made perfect by Christ’s grace.

The Bible clearly shows that these people are alive in heaven, not dead. Just look, for example, at  Revelation 6:9-11. It shows not only that people are alive, but that they are cognizant and remember what happened to them on earth.

Rev. 6:9-11: “And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellow servants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.”

And there are other verses too. Many times, anti-Catholics have a very Old Testament and Jewish understanding of heaven instead of a Christian one. If you would like excellent resources to learn your faith or learn more about the real Catholic faith, see resources at the end.

Answer to #4 (Mary helped in the salvation process)

God had absolutely no need of Mary for anything. However, God, Eternal Wisdom, chose Mary to help in the salvation process. She did not die for us or shed her blood or anything like that, but she participated by giving birth to the Messiah. She gave Jesus His body, the very same body which would be sacrificed for the life of the world. *Only Jesus saves!* However, ‘all’ of us help in the salvation process in some way, whether it’s preaching to a sinner, calling out their sins, helping to bring them back to Christ, etc. We all have a part, though the work is all Christ and His grace. Even St. Paul said he was a “co-worker” with Christ. Does that mean  He is equal to Christ? Of course not. And neither is Mary. She is only a mere human being, yet she was blessed to be chosen by God to have a special role in bringing forth the Savior of the world in a way that no one else did.

Answer to #5 (“Praying” to Mary)

Revelation 5:8 says the saints pray for us. In regard to Mary, we don’t “pray” to her as an end. No, in reality, we ask her to pray for us as we would a pastor, friend, or family member. They pray for us and we pray for them – and all without breaking the role of Christ as one mediator. He allows us to participate with Him and He is not threatened by it. Rather, He loves His children praying for each other and helping each other to heaven. Likewise, we can ask Mary and the saints to pray for us. And just as you, your pastor, or your family will all go to Jesus on your behalf, so Mary, the angels, and saints all go to Jesus on our behalf.  And their prayers are much more powerful than ours because they are perfected in Christ’s righteousness.

For a quick 2 minute understanding of Mary and what Catholics believe, check out my video here.

Answer to #6 (“Idol” worship)

This is an argument against the Catholic Church that is just silly and misinformed. It comes no doubt from misunderstandings in Catholic practice. Idols are created things that are worshiped instead of God. Like the pagans had idols of gold and wood and other materials that they actually considered God. Catholics worship God only. If you do not know this, then you know nothing about Catholicism even at an elementary level.

I have read countless anti-Catholic books and all of their arguments hundreds of times over. In contrast, anti-Catholics have almost never even read one, single Catholic book written by a Catholic, and so know nothing about the real Catholicism. They are completely and totally ignorant relying on other ignorant anti-Catholics who have never heard the real truth of Catholicism.

Find me just one official quote written by the pope or in a Council document that says to worship idols. You will not find it. Both Scripture (Revelation 22:9) and the Catholic Church teach that we must worship and adore God only. Anyone who thinks that Catholics worship some plaster and marble, needs to study Catholicism. This is why I made a whole YouTube video on this specific topic.

Conclusion:

Make sure to check out the resources at the end of this article if you want to learn more about your Catholic faith OR more about what Catholics actually believe.

The bottom line is that anti-Catholics are only anti-Catholic because they left the Catholic Church and are bitter, they have never studied the religion they attack so fiercely, or because they have been duped. They have received false information that they did not fact-check, and they believed the lies and half-truths told to them. We must pray for them to come home!

The Catholic Church was started by Jesus over 2000 years old, and it is found in every nation, tribe and tongue on the face of the earth. The Catholic Church is the very same Church that put the Bible together, copied it for a thousand years, and that gave it to the world. Come to know the Catholic faith, the real Catholic faith started! ++

GOOD CATHOLIC RESOURCES:

  1. “Pope Fiction: Answers to 30 Myths & Misconceptions About the Papacy” by Patrick Madrid. https://amzn.to/2BWbPn1
  2. “Catholicism for Dummies” by  Rev. John Trigilio, Jr.; Rev. Kenneth Brighenti. https://amzn.to/2PMtvnV
  3. Rome Sweet Home (A militant anti-Catholic who thought Catholics were going to hell, and now he’s one of the biggest Catholic speakers in the world! A Catholic classic!) – https://goo.gl/h1Fqs1
  4. Catholicism and Fundamentalism: Attacks on “Romanism” by “Bible Christians.” (One of the BEST books on defending the Catholic faith against Protestants and anti-Catholics. A classic and must read). – https://goo.gl/fNxXuB
  5. The Case for Catholicism – Answers to classic and contemporary objections. (This is the most up-to-date, comprehensive, and thorough defense of the Catholic Church against Protestant objections in print). – https://goo.gl/RwtpWy
  6. Surprised by Truth! (11 Converts to the Catholic Church, their stories and their biblical, historical, and personal reasons why. A GREAT read!) – https://goo.gl/1gvgAM
  7. Surprised by Truth 2! – https://goo.gl/vBwyNN
  8. The Real Story of Catholic History: Answering Twenty Centuries of Anti-Catholic Myths – https://goo.gl/TqqZ4y
  9. “Did Jesus have a last name? And 199 other questions from Catholic teenagers” by Matthew Pinto. https://amzn.to/2wpsIBn
  10. “Seven Lies about Catholic History: infamous myths about the church’s past and how to answer them” by Diane Moczar. https://amzn.to/2wIlcRt
  11. “Envoy for Christ” by Patrick Madrid. https://amzn.to/2NNeIYZ
  12. “The Catholic Verses: 95 biblical verses that confound protestants “ by Dave Armstrong. https://amzn.to/2oCeZ5Q
  13. “A biblical defense of Catholicism” by Dave Armstrong. https://amzn.to/2Q6XI1x
  14. “If Protestantism is true: the reformation meets Rose” by Devin Rose . https://amzn.to/2Q46vkz
  15. “Nuts & Bolts: a practical guide for explaining and defending the Catholic faith” by Tim Staples. https://amzn.to/2LSR5wk
  16. “Catholic for a Reason: scripture and the mystery of the family of God” by Scott Hahn, Leon J. Suprenant.  https://amzn.to/2Ci61ob
  17. “By what authority? An evangelical discovers Catholic Tradition” by Mark Shea. https://amzn.to/2wF1Spe
  18. “Born Fundamentalist, Born Again Catholic” by David Currie. https://amzn.to/2LzmSly
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What is Mortal sin? (And will it send you to Hell?)

What is Mortal sin? (And will it send you to hell?)

This is a question that I get asked from time to time, and it is a good one. Heaven is our goal, but it can be difficult with the devil lurking around every corner. There are many temptations and stumbling blocks along the way, some small, some large, and some life-threatening (mortal sins). On the road to sainthood and to heaven, these are the sins we want to seek to avoid in a special way.

So, what  is mortal sin? How is it different than venial sin? And will a person go to hell if they commit a mortal sin? These are great questions. Keep reading below, or if you would prefer to watch the video on this same topic, just click the video.

What is a mortal sin? A mortal sin is a very serious sin. This is in contrast to smaller sins known as venial sins. A quick story to illustrate the difference. Pretend your best friend has $2 hanging out of their wallet one day. Not really thinking about it, you just swipe the money because you need it. When your friend discovers this finds out, the trust is broken a bit. Friend do not this sort of thing to another. However, after deeply apologizing, he forgives you. The trust is broken a bit, but you still have a friendship. Your actions were bad but not serious enough to break the friendship completely.

In contrast, imagine hanging out at a very close friend’s house. They confide in you the location their parents keep money stashed away, about $1000. The temptation for more money has increased since your girlfriend has been pressuring you to buy her more things and take her out more often. You feel the pressure but also know that it’s seriously wrong. You think about it for a while and decide to steal the money for your own benefit regardless of the damage it will do to the friendship.

Your friend discovers that you took his parents money. Shocked and appalled, he cannot believe one of his closest buddies betrayed him and his family. This was no small act, or mistake. It was premeditated and intentional. You friend angrily lectures you that true friends don’t do that, and how you have no respect for his family, etc. “If you don’t return that money, I’m going to sue you and take you to court.” Friendship ended.

This is a very different situation. The friendship is completely severed and broken. However, it was you who chose to break the friendship when you made that decision. That is the difference between mortal sin and venial sin (The distinction is found in the Bible in 1 Jn. 5:16-17).

Venial sins still hurt our relationship with God, but they do not break the friendship and be repaired more easily. Mortal sin, on the other hand, breaks our relationship with God completely, and it cuts us off from the life of God entirely. It severs the relationship meaning we lose His friendship and His grace in us. In a sense, you are no longer in relationship with God which is why you cannot receive Holy Communion until you go to confession. This is also why a person cannot enter heaven with an unconfessed mortal sin on their soul.

Obviously, a person wants to avoid sinning mortally. In order to do this, we need to understand what a mortal sin is.  For a sin to be considered a mortal sin, there must be three conditions.

  1. First, the sin must be really serious – usually one of the Ten Commandments: especially big sins like murder, stealing, idolatry, lust, adultery, sexual sins, and the like. It could also be intentionally choosing to not pray, go to church on Sundays. These are only a few examples. In short, it has to be a big sin.
  2. The second condition is that a person has to know it’s wrong and have full knowledge that it is wrong.
  3. Finally, after having a full knowledge, a person has to choose to go ahead and do it anyway.

Those are the three conditions. Big sin. Know it’s wrong. Don’t care. Choose to do it anyway. In a mortal sin, a person basically says; “God, I do not care what you want, I am going to do my own thing instead.”

With that being said, just because a person breaks one of the Ten Commandments doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a mortal sin, though often times it is. Remember, a person has to have a full knowledge that it is wrong and choose to do it anyway. For example, if someone grew up on the street stealing, and nobody taught them that stealing is against God, then that is not full knowledge. It is still wrong, of course, but not mortally. You are not directly choosing to go against God because you do not know better.

Let’s say that a bunch of people are gossiping about someone and you are present. perhaps you even chime in unconsciously. This is very different than not liking another person and by making the choice to get your friends to hate her too. You quickly start to talk about this person behind their back and try to destroy her and her reputation. That is far more serious and intentional.

It is also the difference between a man who sees a half-dressed woman walking down the street and is mesmerized by her beauty, even if perhaps in an unhealthy way. However, once he recognizes that he is gawking over her in an unhealthy way, he has a decision to make. If he looks away and just praises God for her beauty, then there is no sin. However, if he chooses to entertain the lust and imagine what she looks like under the clothes and so on, then that is a choice being made intentionally to lust. Likewise, he may even go look at porn in his room which is an active decision to lust and to sin, despite what we know is right and how we are supposed to treat a lady.

Christians today who are catechized and grow up with religion usually know exactly what is right and wrong, good and bad. It is just a matter of whether we choose to follow God or follow ourselves, in which case we make ourselves “God.” The devil chose himself once, which is why he got booted from heaven and is forever cursed. The bottom line is that God is God. We are not. We must choose to follow Him if we love Him.

Everybody fails. Everyone sins. We all mess up, and if you are like me, you mess up a lot. However, it is not usually intentional, but rather moments of weakness and poor decisions made. Some however, are much bigger and more premeditated. Those are mortal sins.

Hell for a Mortal Sin??

Some people ask, “What if I go my whole life without any mortal sins but at the very end of my life commit just one; will I go to hell for that? That is correct, and here is why. Imagine a husband who is faithful throughout his whole marriage, Yet, much later one in life, he cheats on his wife. How would that affect their relationship?

It might be one thing if it was a moment of weakness and stupidity, however; if the cheater chooses to keep a relationship going, and he works hard to keep text messages on private settings, and he deletes certain search histories, and so on, then that is not a one time moment of weakness. That is done with knowledge of the wrong and fully chosen.

He fully chooses to cheat and betray his wife, kids, and marriage. He may even justify his evil actions, but there is no justification. Now if he continues in that course of action and gets caught, it will destroy the relationship. (It already has anyway). His actions cause him to be cut off from his wife physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Kind of like in our relationship with God after a mortal sin.

Now, imagine the worst happens. Imagine that the husband realized the error of his ways and decided to try to make it right. However, on the way home, he gets into a bad car accident and dies. The consequences of his actions are no eternally set in stone with no possibility of being fixed. Because of the accident, he was never able to apologize or make it right. He may have desired to, but he did not. When he died, he died in a state of permanent separation. Meaning that he could never say sorry, could never fix the problem, and the broken relationship remains broken for eternity. It is the same way if we die in the state of mortal sin. Which is why all the Saints tell us to fight against mortal sins with all of our might.

Being Free From Mortal Sin

To grow in holiness and relationship with God, the great Saints tell us to reflect on our life and our biggest sins. From there, take the most serious one and work on it with all of your might and energy. Offer all of your prayers, confessions, Masses, Rosaries and sacrifices toward overcoming these sins. You will come closer to God and grow in holiness. You will be letting go the shackles of darkness and putting on the armor of Light.

Resources to Help You!

I will put some good resources down below at the end. These will help you, guide you, enlighten you, and be your best help in conquering mortal sin, and even venial sins. This is the path all people must take if they are serious about going to heaven. See below.

In this fight, we not only need good resources, but we need God!! He is our power. He is the continual mercy given which helps us to get back up when we fall. So let us reflect on our possible mortal sins and why we do them. What are the root causes which lead to them? Once we discover these, we must work hard, with a 100% desire to conquer and removing that big sin. This may take a while, but God will be proud if you are trying your hardest rather than not trying or caring at all.

So, this is not a condemnation but an invitation. God actually wants to help you. God hates sin, but He does not hate you. He hates sin because sin is keeping you apart from Him and His infinite love for you. So bring your sins to God. Bring your addictions to Him

A Note on Addictions:

Perhaps you have an addiction which is not easily broken. Sometimes we like the sin and the addiction and choose to keep it. We baby it and even help it to grow. That is our choice. However, many times, we want to rid ourselves of this sin but find it difficult. In these cases, mortal sins can be lessened so that they are not even considered mortal sins. What I mean by that is if we have a serious addiction or if we have a depression, or certain psychological conditions and issues like scrupulosity, these can lessen the gravity of of certain sins.

After all, if we are not in our right minds or fully in control of ourselves, we are not held to the same standards and do not have full consent. Let us say we have a drug addiction, or a porn addiction. These are extremely difficult to break and take time. While the first time you chose to do these things may have been the mortal sin, it is probably not a mortal sin each and every time you do it later down the road because of all the chemical interfering with your decision making process, etc. In which case counseling and regular confession are in order.

Yes, these are sins and grave evils, but if you are working to overcome them and to follow God more then do not fall into scrupulosity, which is thinking God is always mad at you, always looking down at you, and always displeased with you, even if you are trying. If we are seriously trying, God is pleased. So, Approach Him! Don’t run from Him! God is kind. God is love. God is merciful.

If you feel like you have mortal sin on your soul, then approach the sacrament of confession immediately. If you confess your sins from the bottom of your heart and seek to do better, and make decisions to do better, you will be forgiven and can start over fresh today. That’s the power of confession and the power of God’s love. If you don’t remember how to go and it has been a while, just tell the priest. He will walk you through it.

If you have any comments or questions, please let me know down below in the comments section. Also check out my spirituality folder for more helpful advice, both here and non my YouTube channel. (#CatholicBryan)

Make sure to pick up a couple of the awesome resources below which will help you in your battle!! They will be your guides to the Promised Land!

God bless!

Resources!

1. Introduction to the Devout Life, by St. Francis De Sales – https://goo.gl/bwkXR3

2. Deep Conversion, Deep Prayer, by Fr. Thomas Dubay – https://goo.gl/87txVA

3. The Screwtape Letters, by C.S. Lewis – https://goo.gl/cMH2UY

4. “The Imitation of Christ,” by Thomas Kempis – https://goo.gl/AXPRNC (A hard hitting book. Just tells you how it is and how to grow in holiness).

5. “Spiritual Combat,” by Lorenzo Scapoli – https://goo.gl/Nc9J73 (Another hard hitting book

6. I Believe in Love, Fr. Jean Delbeee – https://goo.gl/1Sa5pc (A book about how to love God more and trust Him. Gentle and not hard-hitting)

7. Catholic Guide to Depression, by John Cihak – https://goo.gl/jny3Ct

8. Understanding Scrupulosity: 3rd Edition, by Thomas Santa – https://goo.gl/RBdFva

9. The Three Conversions of the Spiritual Life, by Fr. Reginad Garrigou-Lagrange – https://goo.gl/Wxf3sQ

10. Pure of Heart – by Jason Evert – https://shop.catholic.com/pure-of-heart-digital/ FIVE CDs on how to break free from pornography.

11. Fight or Die! Weapons for Combating Porn Addiction, by the Catholic Gentleman – https://goo.gl/Xd5LSG

12. Cleansed – A Catholic Guide To Freedom From Pornhttps://goo.gl/13jhNq

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Physical and Spiritual Health (Counting our blessings)

Happy Thanksgiving 2018 everyone!! May you all be blessed.

I am thankful for all of the people like you who take the time to read my blog. : )

Imagine this:

Imagine furiously scarfing down food, not just today, but on any given day of the week. Imagine scarfing down food and stuffing your mouth until you can’t fit anymore. But, you keep going. You continue to jam food into your mouth and eat until you are overly full and it begins to come back up again. But, you continue to keep stuffing it in until you get seriously sick.

Now, if you did this regularly and continued to ignore your body and what it was saying to you, if you refused to take care of it, you would be putting yourself at a high risk for real and permanent harm.

But, who would really do that?

We have to remember that we are not just bodies, but we are spiritual beings with a soul. In the spiritual life, we often ignore our souls even when it’s crying out to us that it’s not healthy and in danger. This above scenario is how many people often live their lives spiritually. Let me offer an example to ponder…

Our soul needs time for prayer, silence, and needs room to breath. Too many times it seems we forget that and just gorge ourselves. We gorge ourselves and fill our lives to the brim with entertainment, sports, Netflix, movies, social media, work, activities, and so much more. Like food, these things are not bad, but when our lives are overly full with them, there is little to no room for God, for silence, and for the soul to have room to breath and be healthy. This is why many of our lives feel unfulfilling, we don’t feel at peace, and many wonder if this is all life has to offer.

This Thanksgiving, think of how much time we spend socializing with friends, family, watching sports, scrolling social media, and more. Now consider this. Did you pray today? How long? How much time do you put aside for God, for yourself (the spiritual side of you), and for your spiritual health?

Today is Thanksgiving! Did you thank God today for all the things you are thankful for? Family, friends, significant other, etc.? After all, God is the supreme Being who deserves our greatest thanks, and He is the reason we even have everything we love and cherish in life. Have you taken time to thank Him? If so, you need to make some room in your day today, and every day, for this thanksgiving and prayer.

These temporary pleasures do not make us truly happy, but only temporarily happy, like a drug, which is why we need to consume more and more of it all to prevent us from being “bored” and unfulfilled in life. But there is a peace, and a joy, and a happiness, and a deep abiding fulfillment that never fades when we take time for our souls, when we spend more time with God, and take time for silence.

Even start by taking 1-2 minutes a day in complete silence away from everything else. Take a deep breath, exhale, and just sit there without thinking anything. Give yourself permission to just be. Then, after a minute or so, start to think about God. Let your mind take you there. At the end, speak to Him, and tell Him what’s on your mind and thank Him for those things you appreciate and are grateful for in life. This will begin to make your soul more healthy. Every giver of gifts loves to be appreciated for them, let’s thank god more for the blessings in our lives.

God bless you and Happy Thanksgiving!

Feel free to put a comment down below if you would like naming just one thing you are thankful for! I listed mine above. ; )

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