Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Lukewarm Catholics

So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth -Revelation 3:16

We live in a world today that is rapidly falling to relativism.  Relativism is the idea that no absolutes exist.  Every knowledge we possess is subjective and based on culture, circumstances and experience.  In other words, ideas such as what makes a male - a male, or right and wrong come from a particular culture's way of interpreting it and those ideas are not universal or truth.  Relativism is very dangerous to society as a whole.  It presents a confusion that brings society to a halt.  Truths that are solid as rock are questioned to the point of being labeled absurd.  Relativism allows for the ideas of abortion, homosexuality, euthanasia, etc to exist.

  • When we convince ourselves that human life is life whenever we say it is, then we can kill it at any stage, unborn or born when convenient.  
  • When we convince ourselves that marriage is nothing but a contract developed by men, then we can allow strange unions such as same-sex ones or even multiple partner ones.  
  • When we convince ourselves that there is no such thing as "male" or "female," then we can create all kinds of genders that please our desires even if our bodies and genetics clearly define sex.  

Unfortunately, many Catholics have fallen prey to relativism.  They question the Church's teachings, label them as archaic because of it.  These lukewarm Catholics do great harm to the Church, themselves and society.  Christ is all about truth, not lies.  Truth exists.  Truth is not based on popular opinion nor can it be molded to fit our needs, wants or desires.

Catholics who are lukewarm must be heated with the flames of the Holy Spirit.  They must wake up and stop being hypnotized by the world's lies.       

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Mystery of the Blessed trinity

There is a story about Augustine of Hippo who is a Catholic saint and bishop. He is a well known philosopher and a celebrated champion of Christian thought.

Anyhow, one day he was trying to figure out God - in particular the idea of Father Son Holy Spirit as one God - he thought and thought and thought wondering how can God be 3 persons in one, how can God be God. Well while sleeping he had a dream that he was by the shore. He saw a small child digging a hole in the sand. Once dug, the child took a shell and went to the ocean and took water. He brought it back and poured it into the hole. The child then ran back and repeated the same action. Augustine smiled and went to the child and asked the child, "what are you trying to do?" the child answered, "I am trying to put the ocean in this hole." Augustine smiled again thinking the child said something cute. Augustine told the child, "The ocean is vast and immense, there is no way you can put it all into this small hole." The child looked at him smiling and replied, "neither can you put all of God in your mind." At that Augustine woke and realized that no one can truly grasp God. It would be like putting the ocean into a small hole dug in the sand on a beach.


Sunday, May 19, 2013

Come Holy Ghost

Come Holy Ghost,
give us what we need most.
A heart that loves,
a mind that accepts truth.

Come Holy Ghost,
give us hope.
A heart that does not despair,
nor a heart that boasts.

Come Holy Ghost,
renew your Church.
Renew our hearts,
renew our souls.

Come Holy Ghost.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Atheist Confession II

As an atheist, prayer was always suspect to me.  How can one solve life's problems merely by talking to oneself?  Is this wishful thinking?  These are some of the questions I asked whenever I saw fellow classmates pray before exams, or witnessed Muslims spread out a rug and pray in the middle of a public area.

Atheists claim that prayer does not work.  To them, it is merely superstition.  This is interesting because prayer is the means by which believers "talk" to God and "listen" to God.  I say this is interesting because atheists always demand incontrovertible proof of God's existence.  Logic dictates that if prayer is the means by which believers experience God, then atheists would try it if they were seriously interested in proof.  However, this does not happen.

Prayer is really the only tangible way one can have "proof" of God.  I can prove God via many channels such as theology, philosophy, psychology, physics, biology and so on; however, these proofs will not present a living God as I present myself as a living human being to whoever I am having a discussion with.  We have to "test" for God.

What about the "don't test God" thing? (Luke 4:12)  Well, this is not really a test in the sense of challenging God as Satan was doing with Christ in the desert.  Prayer is the normative manner in which believers communicate with God, therefore, it is logical for an atheist to use this to "test" for God's existence, so to speak.

As an atheist, prayer gave that extra push to what I already discovered via the sciences and reason.  Any atheist who truly wants evidence of God must pray and talk to God.  There is no other way around this.  I had the courage to take that step, so if you are an atheist and are reading this, you can as well.    

Monday, May 13, 2013

I am all Thine

I am all thine, my Queen and my Mother.
Everything I have is yours.
I am all thine, my Queen and my Mother.
Teach us how to love one another.

Show me the way to Christ your Son.
Everything I have is yours.
Show me the way to Christ your Son.
Don't ever let me be shun.

Lead me by the hand my Queen and my Mother.
Alone I will fall down to the ground.
Lead me by the hand my Queen and my Mother.
Without you, sin has me bound. 

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Atheist Confession I

Those of you who follow my other blogs: and are aware that I used to be an atheist.  You can read more of my story here.

I get asked a lot, why Jesus?  Why the "Christian God?" Out of the many "gods" out there on planet Earth being worshiped by millions, why did I choose Jesus?

The question is one that we all should ask ourselves.  Why Jesus?  What makes Him so special?  This question will aid our journey of faith.

Apart from the academic aspect of why I chose Jesus, there is a deeper reason.  Out of all the gods described to us by different cultures, Jesus stood out to me the most because He was one of us. ( Hebrews 4:15)  Jesus is the only deity to incarnate Himself as one of us - a simple human being.  He had flesh and bones just like us.  He had veins that carried blood with nutrients and oxygen just like us.  He learned the alphabet and numerical system just like us.  He ate and drank, did all the functions of a human being just like us.  He also had to learn how to live in society just like us.  The only difference is that He did not sin.

This God named Jesus emptied Himself of the majesty of being the God of gods - the Supreme creator to become a tiny baby, grow, learn and suffer Rome's capital punishment - crucifixion.

The events of Jesus' life touched me deeply.  Jesus is a God who does not command us to worship out of fear, but rather, He invites us to love God with our whole being.  This God, in a sense treats us as if we were God.  All other gods which are man's attempt to define the one God all demand sacrifice, blood and blind obedience.  Jesus does the opposite.  He is the sacrifice, He sheds His blood, and He was obedient by accepting the plan the Father had for Him.

Some try to pass off Jesus as a "borrowed myth."  Like Thomas Paine, they try to impose "heathen mythology" on Jesus as if Jesus was some sort of a mythological invention.  We who are in academia know this is not so.  Even atheist historian and scholar, Michael Grant had this to say of Jesus Christ:

To sum up, modern critical methods fail to support the Christ myth theory. It has 'again and again been answered and annihilated by first rank scholars.' In recent years, 'no serous scholar has ventured to postulate the non historicity of Jesus' or at any rate very few, and they have not succeeded in disposing of the much stronger, indeed very abundant, evidence to the contrary.  
                                                   Jesus: An Historian's Review of the Gospels

This speaks volumes coming from an atheist because it is usually the atheists who claim that Jesus is a mythological being that never existed.

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