In human terms the Jesus movement was nipped in the bud at its inception. Yet in less than three centuries the Roman emperor bowed before the cross.

For we Catholics, and for all other Christians, no explanation of this paradoxical outcome is needed.  However there is much here to ponder for non-believers and non-Christians.

In purely human terms the followers of Christ had no chance to accomplish anything:  no powerful supporters, no homeland embracing their faith, cultures, both Jewish and Gentile, which were hostile to the preaching of the Gospels, other religions which were well-established, the list of disadvantages could go on at considerable length.

We take the victory of Christianity for granted because it happened. 

We forget how very improbable such a victory was.

Even more improbable is that what began on Palm Sunday, the triumph of Jesus, has continued till today in spite of all challenges that two thousand years of human folly could cast up.  How very peculiar in mortal terms!

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The Peculiar Theology of Our Redemption

The curious case of the Roman Emperor’s mom

The Passion Behind the Passion – Lenten Book Selection

              
The coming of the Son of God to die for us, so sins could be forgiven,
is history’s greatest love story.
    

 In that singular event, the Law, free will, good, evil, faith, grace,
and most importantly, God Himself,
acted to bring about the salvation of the world.
    

It happened in a way that most never expected …
that billions still refuse to accept
 and many more do not fully understand.
    

It happened for the benefit of mankind
 and for the glory of God …
and it was good!   

The Passion Behind the Passion

by Doug Lawrence

“Correlates the Bible and the Catholic catechism with the best in redemption theology, from St. Augustine through the Scholastics, and ties it all together, using popular concepts from the hit movie,
“The Passion of the Christ”.

          

T A B L E   O F  C O N T E N T S

 

1 Larceny In the Garden 

Creation was almost certainly the greatest “Family” Craft Project of all time (our time, not God’s time). As near as we can tell, God the Father served as “design architect”, God the Son, who would, interestingly enough, become a carpenter during His human life on earth, served as “craftsman” (John 1:3 “All things were made by Him”) and the Holy Spirit provided all the necessary “power”.
 

 

2 Living In Sin

One only needs to look around to see that every evil in the world is the result of sin. Despite 21st century advances in science, medicine and technology, sin remains as mankind’s
“public enemy number one”.

 

 

3 Free Will, Faith & Redemption

People ask, “If God is all powerful, why didn’t He simply destroy Satan, forgive Adam and save Himself (and all of us)
a lot of trouble?”
 

 

 

4 Fine Points of Redemption

Satan, blinded by pride, made a number of mistakes.  

First, he actually believed that he could overthrow God.  Next, Satan believed that he could cause God to change His “mind” and alter the divine plan that He (God) had ordained for creation. Finally (probably in a desperate effort to avoid hell) Satan thought he could cleverly appropriate for himself, all of man’s God-given gifts … and that he might actually be allowed to keep them. 

 

5 Ushering In The Kingdom

 

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

 

6 Hello God. Nice To Meet Ya!

God has a Holy Name and He wants you to know it.

 

7 Yahweh’s Savior

When Yahweh, (I AM) the Eternal God, who knows the end from the beginning, chose to create all things, He knew that man would sin (separating himself from God). He also knew that, left to our own devices, mankind would never be able to make things right again.

  

 

8 Proof Jesus Is God

For those of us living today, excellent proofs can be found using PROPHECY and HISTORY.

 

9 Jesus Speaks

 

The four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) provide us with an extraordinary, divinely inspired collection of literary “snapshots” of the life of Jesus. From conception, birth and childhood, to public life, death, resurrection and ascension, the life of Jesus is a matter of history and is no longer seriously disputed by anyone. Even our modern calendar is based on the year of His birth.

10 The Spirit of Truth

 

We know the Holy Spirit as the Lord, the Giver of Life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. He is the “Mighty Wind” who swept across the waters of the young earth, and the “Breath of Life” who introduced
Adam to his soul.

 

11 Mary, Universal Mom

The Blessed Virgin Mary came from a good family. Her father (Joachim) was a descendent of King David, and her mother (Anna) was descended from Aaron, the line of priests. Jesus then, possesses a human lineage that is completely appropriate for Messiah.
Even as a man, Jesus is both priest and king.

 

 

The Catholic Church is the one and only Church that was founded by Jesus Christ, the Eternal Word, the Lamb of God, and the second Person of the Holy Trinity. It was founded to replace the religious system of the Old Covenant and its’ reliance on animal sacrifice and keeping the Mosaic Law, with a better system, the New Covenant, which relies solely on the merits of the perfect, sacrificial death and resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ, and the faith of his church.

 

13 Jesus, God Man

The Apostle John, known as “the disciple whom Jesus loved”, became the last of the Apostles, the sole survivor, elder “churchman” and the world’s only remaining eyewitness for Christ.  
He spoke of his closest friend, a marvelous, Spirit-filled man who was God Himself, come down from heaven in the flesh, to save mankind: Jesus, the Lamb, the risen Christ. John spoke also of their mother, Mary. After all, it was Jesus himself, who, moments before He died, entrusted His mother to John’s care …

 

14 Apostles and Priests

In the Gospels we meet the Disciples (followers) of Jesus, ordinary people from every walk of life who, by the grace of God, were able to recognize the divinity in Him. Jesus certainly was a very unusual man, fearlessly speaking out with power and authority against the corruption and evils of those days, never failing to condemn sin while quickly forgiving repentant sinners.

 

15 The Pope

One of the hallmarks of the Catholic faith is our belief that the Pope is God’s designated and true representative on earth. Firmly rooted in Scripture and confirmed from the earliest times by Apostolic Tradition, the primacy of Simon Peter, “the Rock”, whose office and authority lives on today in our current Pope, remains the solid earthly foundation on which the Catholic Church is built.

 

16 End Times

Revelation 11:15 And the seventh angel sounded the trumpet: and there were great voices in heaven, saying: The kingdom of this world is become our Lord’s and his Christ’s, and he shall reign
forever and ever.

 

17 Scriptures for the End

Psalm 58:3-58:8 The wicked are alienated from the womb; they have gone astray from the womb: they have spoken false things. Their madness is according to the likeness of a serpent: like the deaf asp that stoppeth her ears: Which will not hear the voice of the charmers; nor of the wizard that charmeth wisely. God shall break in pieces their teeth in their mouth: the Lord shall break the grinders of the lions. They shall come to nothing, like water running down; he hath bent his bow till they be weakened. Like wax that melteth they shall be taken away: fire hath fallen on them, and they shall not see the sun.

 

18 What Do We Do Now?

Based on the totality of Tradition, Scripture, and the constant teaching of the Church, from the earliest days, I can conclude that there is only one way to salvation.

 

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Inspired by the movie The Passion of the Christ directed by Mel Gibson,
which was adapted for the screen from the original work
of the Venerable Anne Catherine Emmerich.

How Did Jesus’ Death, At Our Hands, Serve To Obtain Our Salvation?

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How Did Jesus’ Death, At Our Hands, Serve To Obtain Our Salvation?

The Peculiar Theology of Our Redemption in Jesus Christ is termed a “mystery” by some … but it need not be.

Jesus became man in order to accomplish a number of very critical and specific tasks … tasks that nobody else in the universe was qualified to even attempt.

For a short, illustrated, step-by-step course on this matter, click here:

Book Selection: “The Passion Behind the Passion”

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Book Selection: “The Passion Behind the Passion”

By: Doug Lawrence, 2004

A thoroughly Catholic study of “The Peculiar Theology of Redemption”.

Inspired by the movie, “The Passion of the Christ”.

The amazing, true story of the supernatural love behind the Passion and death of Christ, including an in-depth reexamination of the foundations of our faith. 

In an effort to understand precisely how Christ’s death on the cross, at the hands of men, actually served to redeem mankind, to determine precisely why it was necessary for Jesus to so grieviously suffer, and to discover the reason(s) why only the Son of God could do the job, the author pulls together 2000 years of authentic Christian theology, along with the writings of St. Augustine, St. Anselm, St. Thomas Aquinas, and others. Then, he painstakingly correlates all the information with the Gospels, and with the Catholic Catechism, adds a host of interesting, little known Bible facts and commentary, and illustrates it all with classic 19th century Bible art.

An easy read. A great, and absolutely true story.  For all ages. 241 pages. Letter size, loose leaf format. Available from AskMeAboutGod.Org for $20.00.   

The reader should come away with a fresh and more practical perspective on the Christian faith, and a greater appreciation for the Church, the Priesthood, the Mass, the Holy Eucharist, and for God, whose total self-giving for our salvation, made it all possible.

Key concepts

Why we all need redemption. Exactly how it works.

How can God’s own death, at our hands, pay a debt we owe to Him?

The surprising role of the Church.

Why our children continue to be born with original sin.

Where is it written? By whom? When?

How this present world age will come to an end, some day.