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The correct answer is the biggest “no-brainer” in the history of Earth … if you happen to believe in God!

Our Sovereign and Awesome God

by Sharon Fane

“Concepts create idols; only wonder comprehends anything. People kill one another over idols. Wonder makes us fall to our knees.” – St. Gregory of Nyssa

Idolatry is addressed by the first commandment, and it takes many forms.

Worshiping a concept, a system of thought, or an individual (holy or not) is a dangerous flirtation with what is antithetical to God’s will for mankind. Simplicity in a direct discourse with God, with Christ, and with the Holy Spirit vanquishes idol worship and cleanses the soul.

The image of Christ in artwork should enable us a closer relationship with Him. Not the image.

The communication of Christ by one human being to another or by one human being to many should (if it bears good fruit) bring them closer to Christ, not necessarily to the human being.

The quote above uses the word “wonder” in the context (by my understanding) of holy fear. Moses possesed this when he returned from Mt. Sinai with the commandments.

Holy fear makes us fall to our knees.

The Commandment: Exodus 20:4, Deuteronomy 5:8

The Israelites’ Response in Holy Fear: Exodus 20:18

It’s true. The Old Law of Moses (including the Commandments and everything) was perfectly fulfilled and then set aside, by Jesus Christ.

Mount Sinai On the First Pentecost:
Moses Receives the Ten Commandments

The ethical commands of the Mosaic Law are still highly regarded by the Church and the Church uses them.

By the same token, however, the Church does not want anyone legally bound to the Mosaic Law as an entity in itself because, if we were, then the Mosaic Law would condemn us with no chance of salvation (Gal 3:10-11).

THIS is why the whole law had to go, not just bits and pieces of it. For if any of the law remained, on a legal foundation, it would legally condemn us to hell.

Christians are free from the Law, since we are now bound to Jesus Christ, through his New Covenant Church.
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Rules for being a catholic?

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Q: What are the rules for being Catholic?

A:  Love God. Love your neighbor. Accept and believe all that the Catholic Church definitively and authoritatively teaches. Observe the Precepts of the Church:

The Precepts

1) You shall attend Mass on Sundays and on holy days of obligation and rest from servile labor.

We must “sanctify the day commemorating the Resurrection of the Lord” (Sunday), as well as the principal feast days, known as Catholic holy days of obligation. This requires attending Mass, “and by resting from those works and activities which could impede such a sanctification of these days.”

2) You shall confess your sins at least once a year.

We must prepare for the Eucharist by means of the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession). This sacrament “continues Baptism’s work of conversion and forgiveness.”

3) You shall receive the sacrament of the Eucharist at least during the Easter season.

This “guarantees as a minimum the reception of the Lord’s Body and Blood in connection with the Paschal feasts, the origin and center of the Christian liturgy.”

4) You shall observe the days of fasting and abstinence established by the Church.

“The fourth precept ensures the times of ascesis and penance which prepare us for the liturgical feasts and help us acquire mastery over our instincts and freedom of heart.” See below for more about fasting & abstinence.

5) You shall help to provide for the needs of the Church.

“The fifth precept means that the faithful are obliged to assist with the material needs of the Church, each according to his own ability.”

Why do Catholics Idolize religious figurines when is clearly stated in The Ten Commandments not to?

Q: Why do Catholics Idolize religious figurines when is clearly stated in The Ten Commandments not to?

4 ‘You shall not make yourself a carved image or any likeness of anything in heaven above or on earth beneath or in the waters under the earth.

5 ‘You shall not bow down to them or serve them. For I, Yahweh your God, am a jealous God and I punish a parent’s fault in the children, the grandchildren, and the great-grandchildren among those who hate me;

For those who don’t mind explaining facts to me, the 4th commandment states:
” ‘You shall not make yourself a carved image or any likeness of anything in heaven above or on earth beneath or in the waters under the earth. ”

So why have it in your church or home?

A: Jesus perfectly fulfilled and set aside the entirety of the old law. Then on Pentecost, the Holy Spirit presided at the birth of the Church, which replaced it.

No more Old Covenant. No more Old Law.

The Beatitudes are to the New Covenant what the Ten Commandments were to the Old Covenant.

New Covenant Christians are now under grace … not law. And that’s a good thing, too … because the law was never capable of saving a soul.

Old Law – Fulfilled and Set Aside By Jesus Christ

Thanks to Jesus, New Covenant Christians know precisely what God looks like,  so there’s no danger of our worshiping anyone or anything else.

Also, please note that in Old Testament times, God commanded many types of graven images to be made and used, for his own sacred purposes.

Since Jesus remains the head of the Church, and he personally gave the Church the power to bind and loose, on earth and in heaven, it was long ago officially decided that sacred art and statuary pose no obstacle to the authentic Christian faith.

In fact, sacred art and statuary have been used for practical catechesis, since long before the average citizen was even able to read.

Thanks to the Catholic Church, every Christian now has a very good idea what Jesus really looks like … while Jesus himself remains the flesh image of a heavenly thing … something which apparently breaks God’s very own commandment.

Go figure!

Are We Christians Still Under the Law, Or Are We Not?

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Q: Are We Christians Still Under the Law, Or Are We Not?

Some claim we are still bound by the original 10 Commandments, while others claim they have been set aside. Where in the new testament does it say that you can just dismiss and forget about all the rules in the old testament?
What’s a person to believe, and why?

A: It’s best to approach these things logically and carefully.

The first question to ask is this: Why would we have even needed a Holy Redeemer, along with a whole New Covenant, if the old one was intended to be permanent (lasting until the end of time) and salvific (capable of getting one into Heaven)?

Then there’s the famous “jot or tittle” passage, beginning with Matthew Chapter 5, verse 17:

Matthew 5:17 Do not think that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets. I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
Matthew 5:18 For amen I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass, one jot, or one tittle shall not pass of the law, till all be fulfilled. 

Please note that everything in the above verse is CONDITIONED on Jesus’ statement “TILL ALL BE FULFILLED.”

To say it another way, Jesus didn’t come to destroy anything. He came to fulfill. And once something has been fulfilled, it is typically set aside, while we progress to bigger and hopefully, better things.

But so there would be no mistake as to who Jesus is, and why he was sent, he explained that IF he did not fulfill all things, then we would CERTAINLY be stuck with the curse of the law, until the end of time.

In fact, Jesus confirmed that he had fulfilled all things on several different occasions.

Early in his public ministry

Luk 16:13 No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one and love the other: or he will hold to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.
Luk 16:14 Now the Pharisees, who were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided him.
Luk 16:15 And he said to them: you are they who justify yourselves before men, but God knoweth your hearts. For that which is high to men is an abomination before God.
Luk 16:16 The law and the prophets were until John. From that time the kingdom of God is preached:and every one useth violence towards it.
Luk 16:17 And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass than one tittle of the law to fall.

From the Cross, at Calvary: 

Joh 19:25 Now there stood by the cross of Jesus, his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalen.
Joh 19:26 When Jesus therefore had seen his mother and the disciple standing whom he loved, he saith to his mother: Woman, behold thy son.
Joh 19:27 After that, he saith to the disciple: Behold thy mother. And from that hour, the disciple took her to his own.
Joh 19:28 Afterwards, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, said: I thirst.

After he rose again from the dead:

Luk 24:44 And he said to them: These are the words which I spoke to you while I was yet with you, that all things must needs be fulfilled which are written in the law of Moses and in the prophets and in the psalms, concerning me.
Luk 24:45 Then he opened their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures.
Luk 24:46 And he said to them: Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer and to rise again from the dead, the third day:
Luk 24:47 And that penance and remission of sins should be preached in his name, unto all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
Luk 24:48 And you are witnesses of these things.

There’s an interesting correlation with Moses and the Promised Land here, too.

The stated reason for Moses not being able to enter the Promised Land was his impertinence in striking the Rock (from which water flowed) more than once.

In keeping with the spirit of prophecy, and engaging in a little conservative biblical exegesis, it’s quite likely that another reason Moses wasn’t allowed to enter the Promised Land (the Promised Land being a metaphor for Heaven) is because Moses, the Law Giver, couldn’t get anyone into the Promised Land of Heaven, since the Law was never intended to be salvific, in the first place.

It was faithful Joshua, who got to lead the Israelites across the Jordan, which was “stopped up” for that purpose, by the power of God.

Grace, plus faith did it. Not any law.

Same thing today … as typically obtained through baptism into the only Church that Jesus ever founded, for the purpose of our salvation … the Catholic Church. 

Click this link for a complete list of Catholic Church teachings on the matter. 

Why Is the Old Testament So Different Than the New? Did God change?

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Keeping the Law was the unattainable “key to heaven” in the Old Testament, while the grace and peace of Christ, facilitated by the authentic Church, is the “key” in the New Testament.

Grace was not available in Old Testament times … simply because Satan, sin, and death ruled the earth throughout those difficult days, and Jesus (Messiah) had not yet come.

Under the rules of the New Covenant, God’s abundant grace, obtained for us by Jesus Christ, freely and charitably dispensed by his authentic Church, makes heaven (at least theoretically) attainable for all.

The moral principles that God outlined for his “Chosen People” in the Old Testament, via the Ten Commandments, are everlasting, while the Commandments themselves, along with all the related statutes and ordinances, legally expired with the advent of the New Covenant.

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Knowing this, the authentic New Covenant Christian Church … the Catholic Church … shortly readopted and readapted the old Commandments to the grace-filled realities of the New Covenant.

The Church was given the power by God, for the benefit of all, to make moral laws … according to the natural law, according to the “spirit” of the old commandments, and according to the authentic teachings of Jesus Christ, his apostles, and their duly ordained successors.

So while the state of the world, and the world’s relationship with God, has been radically and permanently improved by the abundant grace of the New Covenant, God has never changed, the purpose for which he created mankind has never changed, and the basic rules that God laid down for the benefit of mankind have never changed.

The Church knows this, the Church teaches this, and the Church has been given the difficult and awesome responsibility of somehow reconciling with God … those who do not or will not accept all that the Church authoratatively teaches in God’s name … for the purpose of their salvation (to “save” their souls) … because the Church knows that “nothing sinful can enter heaven”.

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