Where was the big sacrifice?

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Q: Okay, it’s my understanding Jesus got up after being dead two days, and started walking around like nothing ever happened.

That’s all well and good.

Here’s my big question though: Where was the big sacrifice?

It was a really short death.

How was he able to atone for all church folks’ sins, past, present and future, with so short a death?

A: If you were God, heretofore comfortably ensconced in heaven … spending some 34 years in an ordinary human body, living in 1st century Palestine … a putrid backwater of the world, under Roman occupation … culminating in excruciating suffering and death … would indeed constitute a real and personal sacrifice … no matter how long Jesus might have remained dead.

For a study of all the specific practical and theological dynamics of Christ’s singular mission, go here:

https://douglawrence.wordpress.com/a-shor…

https://douglawrence.wordpress.com/a-shor…

https://douglawrence.wordpress.com/the-pa…

Did Mary and Joseph have other children besides Jesus?

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Q: Did Mary and Joseph have other children besides Jesus?

A: Absolutely not.

Mary was subject to a specific provision of the the Mosaic Law, to wit:

Leviticus 27:28  Any thing that is devoted to the Lord, whether it be man, or beast, or field, shall not be sold: neither may it be redeemed. Whatsoever is once consecrated shall be holy of holies to the Lord. See also: Numbers 30:1-16.

Mary was and is a perpetual virgin, dedicated solely and completely to God from a very young age, her subsequent marriage not withstanding.

Once dedicated to God, such a vow survives marriage and everything else.

Joseph was her most chaste spouse, and a willing servant of God.

https://douglawrence.wordpress.com/a-shor…

Why don’t we (Christians) keep the Saturday Sabbath?

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Q: I understand that we are not under the law because Jesus fulfilled the law. However, we still try to obey the ten commandments. Jesus didn’t tell us we had to stop obeying them. We even fight here in the US to keep the ten commandments on court house walls. We don’t murder. We try not to covet. Etc…etc….

So, my question is, WHY DON’T WE KEEP THE SABBATH? I have read that the Catholic Church was the one that changed it from Saturday to Sunday. I don’t know if that’s true or not. Regardless, we try to keep all of the other commandments, including the two that Jesus commanded, so why not the Sabbath?

A: Nobody perfectly keeps the commandments, not even those who try.

Jesus perfectly fulfilled and respectfully set aside every aspect of the old law, with no exceptions.

If he had not, then we would all still be stuck with every jot and tittle of the old law, until the end of time.

The New Covenant was indeed all new, not a rehash of the old, and it is based on the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ. Not any law.

The Catholic Church, given the awesome and unrestricted power of binding and loosing by Jesus Christ, readopted and readapted the spirit of the old commandments to the new covenant realities.

Hence, the ten commandments of the Church are different in both word and application from the commandments of old.

This would explain the difference in the way the sabbath is observed today, by most Christians.

Instead of the curse of the law, we now enjoy the grace, mercy, and peace of Jesus Christ, who alone is the definitive end of the law.

Much more on this here:

https://douglawrence.wordpress.com/christ…

http://www.scborromeo.org/ccc/p3s2c1a3.h…

Did Mary really have a little lamb?

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Q: Did Mary really have a little lamb?

A: Jesus, the Lamb of God.

As for Mary, her sanctity, and her perpetual virginity:

Leviticus 27:28  Any thing that is devoted to the Lord, whether it be man, or beast, or field, shall not be sold: neither may it be redeemed. Whatsoever is once consecrated shall be holy of holies to the Lord.

https://douglawrence.wordpress.com/a-short-course-why-catholics-venerate-the-blessed-virgin-mary/

Jesus is his own father: Yes or No?

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Q: People: Why don’t you accept Jesus is his own father?

A: God the Father is Jesus’ father.

Jesus is eternally begotten of the Father, and of the same godly “stuff”.

That makes him God, too … but Jesus is also a distinct, divine person, in his own right … just as you are a human child, begotten of your own human parents, and so a distinct person in your own right, but fully human as well.

Jesus took on flesh at his incarnation, becoming fully man, as well … but that’s a topic for another time.

“Whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them: and whose sins you shall retain, they are retained.”

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Q: There’s a movie where Jesus …before he leaves he blows out a wind or something and gives all his closest disciple’s the holy spirit and then Jesus tells them something like….”Whoever you forgive will be forgiven and whoever you don’t forgive will not be forgiven.”

My question is this (and I want the real answer): Does what Jesus left these disciples have some kind of power over us? And if so, what does it do? Also… What happens if these guys don’t forgive us and what happens if they do? Jesus trusts these guys with our souls? Why?

A: The first thing Jesus did after he rose again from the dead was to give the power to forgive sins to the apostles, who were the first bishops of the Catholic Church.

That power has been handed down to the current day bishops and priests of the Catholic Church, and it is known as the sacrament of reconciliation.

It is the most provocative, “in-your-face” attack against the forces of evil that the world has ever seen, or ever will see.

The power to forgive sins comes from grace that Jesus obtained for us on the cross … power that Jesus entrusted to his authentic Church, for the purpose of our salvation.

Through the power of God, priests and bishops provide absolution (absolute forgiveness) for sins if one is contrite (sorry for them) and repentant (willing to make a good attempt to avoid committing the same sins in the future).

Absent both of these, sins typically are not forgiven.

Once sins have been forgiven, there is no need for divine judgment, and God will never bring them up again.

It doesn’t get any better than that, this side of Heaven.

https://douglawrence.wordpress.com/?s=reconciliation

http://www.therealpresence.org/archives/Sin/Sin_010.htm

Is There A “Right Way” To Pray?

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Q: I don’t memorize all the prayers, but when I do talk to God, I talk to him like a friend, like how you would talk to a friend, like when I think to myself, I’m not just thinking to myself, I’m thinking/talking to God in my head.

When I say I talk to him like a friend, I mean literally like how you would talk to your best friend or drinking buddy, or something.

Is that wrong? Is there a right way of doing this? It’s weird but sometimes, he kind of answers back in different ways I can’t explain …  or am I just crazy?

A: You can talk to God any time you like, and just about any way you like, but by failing to understand the practical value of traditional Catholic prayers, you do yourself a great disservice.

The main purpose of tradiitonal Catholic prayers is to provide a regular, proven, and time-tested way of giving God thanks and praise, telling him you’re sorry for your sins, asking him for whatever you might need, promising to try to do better next time around, and reaffirming your faith.

If you’re not covering all these “bases” in your conversations with God, then you’re probably leaving yourself in a precarious spiritual situation.

I suggest that you begin supplementing your existing prayer life with an “Our Father” a “Hail Mary” a “Glory Be” and the “Fatima Prayer”.

That way, by devoting only about two minutes of additional prayer time, you’ll leave nothing out and leave nothing to chance, and you’ll be spiritually prepared for just about anything that might come your way.

Believe me, you’re going to need it.