Writer (correctly) claims that Jesus was a model citizen … and proves it with scripture.

1. Jesus loved His country, “His own country” (Mt. 13:54, 57).

2. He kept its laws, refusing to be made a king or start a political revolution (Jn. 6:15; and at his Triumphal Entry, Mk. 11:1-11).

3. He recognized the right of taxation (Mk. 12:17), and paid taxes
(the temple tax, Mt. 17:24-27).

4. He was loyal to national institutions like the temple and synagogue.

5. Jesus recognized first claim of His country (Mt. 10:6; Lu. 24:47).

6. He warned it of its perils (Mt. 23:37-39).

7. Rebuked its officials (Mt. 23:1-36).

8. Jesus wept over its sins and impending doom (Lu. 19:41-44).

Our nation could be changed quickly if every leader elected to serve in our nation’s capitol and all our state capitols would read and obey these words of Jesus about citizenship.

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How Can I Become Closer To God?

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Q: How Can I Become Closer To God?I know that Jesus died on the cross for my sins that he rose again, and if I choose to believe I am saved … but honestly, if I died tonight I dont know if I would be going to heaven. How do I become closer to God?

A: Set aside your preconceived notions for a moment, and prayerfully reflect on what Jesus did, between the time he rose again from the dead, and the time he ascended to heaven.

During that time, Jesus founded, authorized, empowered, and eternally guaranteed one, holy, apostolic, and universal Church, for the purpose of our salvation.

Jesus never “founded” a Bible. He never founded a “Jesus Relationship Club”. He never founded ANY other Church, and he NEVER similarly authorized or empowered any other person or group.

Ten days after Jesus returned to Heaven, he sent the Holy Spirit to be the Church’s official and permanent guide.

The only Church that Jesus blessed and empowered in this manner has been known as Catholic, since at least 107 AD … and anyone who truly desires to become closer to God may certainly do so through a lifetime of full, active, and charitable participation in ALL of the work, worship, sacraments, and devotions of that authentic and universal Church.

There is no better or more effective way. There is no alternative means of salvation.

Anything less IS less … and in the end, anything less simply may NOT be enough!

Link to The Catechism of the Catholic Church. 

God bless you.