Pope Francis finally gets around to a little “judging”: “The greatest sin today is that people have lost the sense of sin.”

Vatican City (AsiaNews) – “The greatest sin today is that people have lost the sense of sin” and therefore “the meaning of the kingdom of God” and in its place a “supernatural anthropological vision” has emerged according to which “I can do anything.”

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Note to media: The Church exists to make the world more like the Kingdom of God. It has nothing to learn from you.

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You’re offended because in every one of the instances you cite, the Church behaved like the world instead of the Church.  You’re absolutely right to be offended too, because it’s the Church’s job to look as little like the world as possible so that we can tweak your conscience, make you think twice, get under your skin.

We MUST be different because we, quite literally, are called to irritate the hell out of the world.

The more the Church does any of the things you want it to do, the less it functions as Church and the more it becomes some benign social club.  But be honest.  You’d love that wouldn’t you?  Because you’re tired of the Church making you think twice about questions you can barely stand to think once about.

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On Infant Baptism and the Complete Gratuity of Salvation

It is a simple historical fact that the Church has always baptized infants. Even our earliest documents speak of the practice. For example the Apostolic Tradition written about 215 A.D. has this to say:

The children shall be baptized first. All of the children who can answer for themselves, let them answer. If there are any children who cannot answer for themselves, let their parents answer for them, or someone else from their family. (Apostolic Tradition # 21)

Scripture too confirms that infants should be baptized if you do the math. For example

People were also bringing babies to Jesus to have him touch them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them. But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. (Luke 18:15-17 NIV)

So the Kingdom of God belongs to the little Children (in Greek brephe indicating little Children still held in the arms, babes). And yet elsewhere Jesus also reminds that it is necessary to be baptized in order to enter the Kingdom of God:

Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. (John 3:5 NIV)

If the Kingdom of God belongs to little children and we are taught that we cannot inherit it without baptism then it follows that Baptizing infants is necessary and that to fail to do so is a hindering of the little children which Jesus forbade his apostles to do.

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Visible signs of the Kingdom of God


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766 The Church is born primarily of Christ’s total self-giving for our salvation, anticipated in the institution of the Eucharist and fulfilled on the cross. “The origin and growth of the Church are symbolized by the blood and water which flowed from the open side of the crucified Jesus.” “For it was from the side of Christ as he slept the sleep of death upon the cross that there came forth the ‘wondrous sacrament’ of the whole Church.” As Eve was formed from the sleeping Adam’s side, so the Church was born from the pierced heart of Christ hanging dead on the cross.

The parable of the wheat and the tares … and precisely what it means … in the words of Jesus Christ.

We know that Jesus vanquished Satan, leaving him powerless. Yet Satan’s troops (those who are either totally committed to evil or don’t know any better) continue to fight. For protection and cover, they also mix in with the good.

So long as people continue to believe lies and fail to heed God’s Law of love, there will continue to be war … between countries … between men … between good and evil.

Evil will be with us until the end, but good will win out. God will see to that, personally.

Jesus told us as much in the parable of the wheat and the cockle weeds. This is the true state of the world. Read it carefully.

Matthew 13:24 – 30 Another parable he proposed to them, saying: The kingdom of heaven is likened to a man that sowed good seed in his field.

But while men were asleep, his enemy came and oversowed cockle among the wheat and went his way. And when the blade was sprung up, and had brought forth fruit, then appeared also the cockle.

And the servants of the good man of the house coming said to him. Sir, didst thou not sow good seed in thy field? Whence then hath it cockle?

And he said to them: An enemy hath done this. And the servants said to him: Wilt thou that we go and gather it up? And he said: No, lest perhaps gathering up the cockle, you root up the wheat also together with it.

Suffer both to grow until the harvest, and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers: Gather up first the cockle, and bind it into bundles to burn, but the wheat gather ye into my barn.

(Here’s what Jesus personally revealed about the true meaning of the parable of the wheat and the cockle weeds:)

Matthew 13:36 – 43 Then having sent away the multitudes, he came into the house, and his disciples came to him, saying: Expound to us the parable of the cockle of the field.

Who made answer and said to them: He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man (Jesus). And the field is the world. And the good seed are the children of the kingdom. And the cockle are the children of the wicked one. And the enemy that sowed them, is the devil.

But the harvest is the end of the world. And the reapers are the angels.

Even as cockle therefore is gathered up, and burnt with fire: so shall it be at the end of the world.

The Son of man shall send his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all scandals, and them that work iniquity. And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Then shall the just shine as the sun, in the kingdom of their Father.

He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

After reading Christ’s own simple and concise explanation, you should be able to appreciate why we have traditionally viewed hell as a place of fiery suffering and heaven as a place of sweetness and light. You should also understand that God will finally and completely rid the world of every evil.

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Ushering In The Kingdom Of God


People often confuse the Kingdom of Heaven with the Kingdom of God. The terms sound similar and are often used interchangeably, but they’re different.

The “Kingdom of Heaven” is the place where God dwells with His angels and saints. Not everyone can live there. God decides. Only He is the judge. Once admitted, heavenly “citizenship” (as far as we know) is eternally guaranteed.

Existence there is said to be “glorious”.

Romans 8:16 – 18 For the Spirit himself giveth testimony to our spirit that we are the sons of God. And if sons, heirs also; heirs indeed of God and joint heirs with Christ: yet so, if we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified with him. For I reckon that the sufferings of this time are not worthy to be compared with the glory to come that shall be revealed in us.

The “Kingdom of God” is a state of being which exists any time the Holy Spirit accepts an invitation to take up residence in a human soul.

From Adam until the time of Christ, the Kingdom of God was manifest on the earth only when God Himself chose to make an appearance, to dwell with us over the Ark of the Covenant, or to abide with us in the Jerusalem Temple. But this was far from the ideal, for our Creator is a personal God, not one who chooses to live in tents or in man made structures.

In the fullness of time, Mary, “full of grace” became the first “living temple” of the Holy Spirit since Adam’s fall. The Kingdom had come!

Luke 17:20 – 21 And being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God should come, he answering them and said: The kingdom of God cometh not with observation. Neither shall they say: Behold here, or behold there. For lo, the kingdom of God is within you.

With the birth of Jesus, the Eternal Word made flesh; God’s Anointed One; the Kingdom of God became the most powerful force on earth.

So it was first Mary, and then Jesus who perfectly accomplished the will of God on earth, just as it is routinely done in heaven.

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What is the purpose of salvation?

Q: What is the purpose of salvation?

What do you get from salvation in Christ? What do you get out of it? Do you live a good life and go to heaven? I mean, is that it? What about in Revelation, where they talk about the new heaven and the new earth, where humans will have new bodies? Anyone know about this? How can people come back from the dead and live on earth, when on the earth you are temporal beings, that will eventually die? What is the point of coming back from the dead?

A: Salvation is a form of eternal life. The BEST form.

God promises to share everything he is and everything he has with those who love him, subject to virtually NO limitations.

At the 2nd coming of Jesus Christ, the earth as we now know it, will be transformed into something like the glory of heaven, as will our mortal bodies.

The dead will be instantly resurrected. The living will be instantly transformed.

Suitably equipped and provisioned by God, man will be judged, and the “saved” will exist for eternity with God on the newly renovated earth, in glorified bodies (thought to be much like Jesus’ resurrected body) that are compatible with both heavenly and earthly realities.

No more sin. No more death. No more suffering. Eternal life in the Kingdom of God, just as was always intended.