What’s your opinion on abortion?

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Q: What’s your opinion on abortion?

A: Abortion is inherently evil, since it extends rights that do not genuinely exist to some, while denying the most basic human right of life to others … about half of whom are women, themselves.

Empowering women to slaughter innocents at will is no way to improve society, or to advance the cause of women’s rights … unless perhaps, you’re Atilla the Hun.

 No. Wait …

Even Attila the Hun didn’t sanction abortion … nor does Osama Bin Laden, for that matter.

Can you imagine God sitting on his throne in Heaven saying this?

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Q: Can you imagine God sitting on his throne in Heaven saying this?

“As the all-powerful, all-knowing creator of the universe, I shall write a book for my creation, and I shall call it The Bible. Let’s see, what shall I put in it??? Well, I want to be SURE to write about my absolute endorsement of slavery in both the Old and the New Testaments — slavery is very important to me and I want people buying and selling slaves for thousands of years. And I want to be CERTAIN that the book shows how much I hate women in both the Old and the New Testaments. And I can NOT forget the parts about animal and human sacrifice, because sacrifices are an essential element of every proper religion. I want people slaughtering animals, splattering their blood and then burning the carcasses on a stone altar because the aroma is pleasing to me. And I want to make human sacrifice the centerpiece of my worship. And I CERTAINLY need to include the juicy parts about child massacre in both the Old and the New Testaments. Baby killing is something that I will emphasize throughout this book because it is very important to me.”

A: Due to Adam’s sin, all of mankind was eternally enslaved to Satan, sin, and death.

God took on human flesh specifically to save us from that decrepit state.

And since Jesus’ kingdom was not of this world, it would be left up to the Church to eventually bring an end to human-on-human slavery.

The accounts in the Bible accurately reflect the people and the events of the various times in which it was written.

And for your information, God created the Blessed Virgin Mary … a woman … to be the “portal” between Heaven and Earth … who would bring salvation (Jesus) into the world. Mary remains eternally blessed, God’s number one success story, and the grace-empowered role model for every human who ever lived, or ever will live. 

Not bad for a God who, according to you, hates women.  

Until the protestant reformation, and for a number of very good reasons … nobody … not even Jesus Christ … ever dreamed of using the Bible as the sole authority for the Christian faith.

Jesus founded the Church … not the Bible … to lead all men to salvation in his grace, and the Bible constitutes only a portion of the Church’s sacred deposit of faith.

As for all the other stuff you wrote … you’re either being dishonest or you’re simply ignorant … because you’re certainly not funny.

How did the “Assumption of Mary into Heaven theory” come about?

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Q: How did the “Assumption of Mary into Heaven theory” come about?

A: It’s more than a theory. It’s an official dogma of the Catholic Church, and one of only two Ex Cathedra, infallible statements ever proclaimed by the Pope, throughout the history of the Church.

There are a number of valid theological reasons for the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, as well as earlier scriptural precedents for it in the apparent bodily “translations” of Enoch, Elijah, and possibly even Moses.

It is known from scripture that Satan spared no effort trying to locate and claim the dead body of Moses, as some sort of a “trophy” … finally being frustrated by the concerted efforts and strong rebuke of Michael the Archangel.

Knowing this, if you were Jesus, King of Kings and Lord of Lords, triumphantly returned to Heaven after your successfully completed mission, but knowing full well that Satan, while officially powerless, still remained a dangerous fugitive back on earth, how long would you permit Satan to have his way with your own mother?

Then there’s the traditional explanation:

A number of the apostles witnessed Mary’s apparent death. Her body was placed in a tomb, and several days later, the tomb was found to be empty, her body seemingly replaced by a huge volume of flowers.

Some time later, St. John received the Book of Revelation from Jesus Christ, and John correlated the images and events in the last part of chapter 11 and the first part of chapter 12 with the events surrounding the “dormition” of the Blessed Virgin.

Based on this, the Catholic Church has always understood that God would not allow the sanctified flesh that was used to fashion Christ’s human body to see the corruption of the tomb. And since Mary, by special privilege of God, was necessarily sinless from conception, and further sanctified by some 34 years of dwelling in the immediate presence of Christ himself, there was absolutely no need for Mary to await the resurrection, since according to God’s grace, Mary had absolutely no sin that would warrant divine judgment … or death … for that matter.

The Church authoritatively and dogmatically explains all of this here, much better than I have, complete with extensive citations:

http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/pius_x…

But this short excerpt from the above document sums things up pretty well:

40. Hence the revered Mother of God, from all eternity joined in a hidden way with Jesus Christ in one and the same decree of predestination,(47) immaculate in her conception, a most perfect virgin in her divine motherhood, the noble associate of the divine Redeemer who has won a complete triumph over sin and its consequences, finally obtained, as the supreme culmination of her privileges, that she should be preserved free from the corruption of the tomb and that, like her own Son, having overcome death, she might be taken up body and soul to the glory of heaven where, as Queen, she sits in splendor at the right hand of her Son, the immortal King of the Ages.(48)

And as St. John explains at the end of his gospel, there was indeed a whole lot of very significant, authentic stuff going on, that never made it into the Bible.

Believe it … or don’t. (Catholics are required to believe it.)

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

http://www.askmeaboutgod.org/passionfina…

What to give up for Lent?

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Q: What to give up for Lent?

A: There’s no specific requirement, but might I suggest giving up lunch?

Instead of eating lunch, you fast.

You take the money you would have spent on lunch, and you donate it to the poor. That’s alms giving.

And since you’re not eating during lunch, you use the time to talk to God. That’s prayer.

Fasting. Alms giving. Prayer.

That about covers it! (And it works for me)

What Do Palm Ashes Have In Common With Holy Water?

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Q: What Do Palm Ashes Have In Common With Holy Water?

A: When you burn palm leaves you get common, black carbon. When you burn hydrogen, you get clear water.

Both are types of ash. 

Is Jesus the Son of God, or God himself?

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Q: Is Jesus the Son of God, or God himself?

Can the Son do anything contrary to the Father’s will?

A: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are three distinct, divine persons who together, constitute the one, true God.  They are all of the same eternal, uncreated godly “stuff”.

And since, by their divine nature, the three are also “connected” to each other in a mysterious but infinitely loving way, they always act together, in perfect unity and accord.

So no … Jesus could not do anything that was contrary to the will of his Father, because such a thing would be contrary to his own divine nature.

Why is the President punishing rich people for getting a great education and working hard?

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Q: Why is the President punishing rich people for getting a great education and working hard?

A: He’s just following his own Marxist/Leninist/Socialist principles.

The man’s very own definition of sin is doing something that goes against HIS principles.

You wouldn’t want “the messiah” to commit a sin, would you?