From the Fall of Man until Jesus Christ, Satan kept the whole world in bondage, by the power of death.

The devil scourging the Church 

Hebrews 2:14-15  Therefore because the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he (Jesus) also himself in like manner hath been partaker of the same: that, through death, he might destroy him who had the empire of death, that is to say, the devil: And might deliver them, who through the fear of death were all their lifetime subject to servitude.

It would seem as though
the Power of Death
(which Jesus called “The Gates of Hell”)

has very powerfully, returned.

The only solution: Matthew 16:18  And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

Yet, the whole world cowers in the face of a virus. Cardinals and Governors publicly insult God and denigrate our faith. We see idolatrous worship in the high places and rampant heresies from the Pope. The doors of the Universal (Catholic) Church are locked and the Sacraments have been made unavailable; all of this on top of decades of priestly abuse and deadly scandals; not to mention the grievous sins of all the laity.

It’s as if our very access to the Tree of Life has been deliberately, cut off.

Part of Saint Faustina’s message of Divine Mercy is that there would come a day when God would find it expedient to turn back from mercy, to wrath.

Let’s all hope and pray we’re not yet that far along!

Answered today on Yahoo Answers: A question about our redemption in Jesus Christ.

Question: So god required a sacrifice and then he sacrificed his son who was also himself?

Answer: Not exactly.

The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are three divine and distinct persons who essentially constitute the one, true God.

1 X 1 X 1 = 1

The 2nd person of the Holy Trinity (the Son) took on flesh and became man, while never ceasing to be God. We know him as Jesus Christ.

Jesus did for the human race what Adam failed to do: He remained totally and completely obedient to God the Father, even unto death on the cross.

Since Jesus is the eternal God, it is impossible for him to commit any type of sin, so Jesus is immune to the wickedness and snares of the devil. Jesus’ act of total obedience to his heavenly Father, as one of us and on our behalf,  served to appease God’s wrath (due to our sins) redeem mankind and “make” the peace between man and God.

When Jesus permitted the forces of evil to unjustly put him to death, he became the perfect and spotless sacrifice for the sins of the world and the forces of evil became subject to divine judgment, subsequently forfeiting the dominion over all the earth that they enjoyed after “the fall of man”.

When he rose again three days later, Jesus defeated death and proved his claim to divinity, as well as his mastery over Satan, sin and death. Jesus is now the King if Kings and Lord of Lords, wielding all power over heaven and earth, death and hell.

Fallen mankind does not have that type of power. Only Jesus does.

Through faithful allegiance to Jesus Christ, along with baptism into his church, the power to overcome death becomes available to all who truly seek it. This is primarily a function of divine grace, which is a free gift from God.

All we need do is accept God’s saving grace (which Jesus deliberately obtained for us by his life, death and resurrection) and make a free will choice to cooperate with that grace, as a full, faithful member of his church, and then, hope for the best.

God will do the rest. His grace is sufficient.

If you want to know what is happening to us now, all you have to do is to read the Old Testament and see what God did FOR those who obeyed Him, and TO those who refused to obey Him.

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Lot and his family fleeing the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah
(Salty wife pictured slightly below and to the left) 

If you want to know what is happening to us now, all you have to do is to read the Old Testament and see what God did FOR those who obeyed Him, and TO those who refused to obey Him. The Old Testament is full of verses that illustrate both. Here is just one example:

Sir 16:7 In the congregation of sinners a fire shall be kindled, and in an unbelieving nation wrath shall flame out.
Sir 16:8 The ancient giants did not obtain pardon for their sins, who were destroyed trusting to their own strength:
Sir 16:9 And he spared not the place where Lot sojourned, but abhorred them for the pride of their word.
Sir 16:10 He had not pity on them, destroying the whole nation that extolled themselves in their sins.
Sir 16:11 So did he with the six hundred thousand footmen, who were gathered together in the hardness of their heart: and if one had been stiffnecked, it is a wonder if he had escaped unpunished:

Verses 7 and 10 of the Book of Sirach (Ecclesiasticus) tell it all.

Submitted by Bob Stanley of The Catholic Treasure Chest

What is the “wrath of God?”

The wrath of God is our experience of the total incompatibility of unrepented sin before the holiness of God.

The unrepentant sinner cannot endure the presence, and the holiness of God.There is for such a one wailing and grinding of teeth, anger and even rage when confronted by the existence of God and the demands of His justice and holiness.

God’s wrath does not mean in some simplistic sense that God is “mad” as if being emotionally worked up to fury. God is not moody and unstable. God is not subject to temper tantrums like we are. Rather this, God is holy, and the unrepentant sinner cannot endure his holiness, but experiences it as wrath.

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After 52 weekly columns we bid farewell to “Ask Alice” and say hello to “Religious Ed”


Click here to see all of Alice’s other columns

After one full year/52 weekly columns, we bid farewell to Alice and thank her for her faith, her wit, her knowledge, her love, as well as her tireless service to all our readers … and the whole Church.

Alice plans to keep up with her other ministries and church work, something that will hopefully be much easier now, without a looming, 5 AM, Thursday morning deadline.

We plan to keep all of Alice’s previous columns available for reference, on-site. See the “CATEGORY” drop down menu, on the right side of the main viewing window, or simply use the search box.

We wish Alice and her family the very best of all God’s blessings, supernatural abundance and peace, along with a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Our new weekly Q&A columnist,
“Religious Ed”®
will begin his column
on Thursday, January 12, 2012.

“Ed” is a staunchly conservative Catholic, with many years of experience in both the “pre” and “post” Vatican II Church. Ed likes to remind people that, while God IS love, his wrath is also genuine, awesomely formidable and nothing to be marginalized or ignored!

Ed theorizes that many of the evils that God allows to exist in the world are actually divine chastisements, stemming from corruption in the Church and in the world, at large. 

One example: The rise of Islamic terrorism in the West closely coincided with the wide-spread, legalization/government promotion of abortion. If infants can’t be safe and secure inside their mother’s womb, why should anyone expect to experience security in their land?

Similarly, the rise of militant homosexuality closely coincided with the illicit establishment of the “Lavender Mafia” inside the Catholic Church, presently thought to encompass one-third to one-half of the hierarchy and priesthood, and wielding a particularly deviant homosexual influence over the bulk of Catholic seminaries.

In light of all this, the clerical sex abuse scandals were not only likely, but virtually guaranteed. Yet the church still refuses to enforce the established rules preventing homosexuals from applying to the priesthood, and the bishops generally do very little to reign in militantly homosexual priests and their parishes.

Maybe after another $2.6 billion in payouts, they’ll finally get the message. Not likely though, since it’s not their money!

Send Your Questions or Comments to Ed

A Nation That Honors Sin Has A Dismal Future

Observe how our leaders generally expect and require us to approve of homosexuality, abortion, fornication, moral relativism, mass immigration and multiculturalism that are Balkanizing America, demonization and demotion of whites, rebellion against proper authority, and all the other sins loved by the Left.

Disapproving of these sins is only permitted in private; our leaders want us publically to approve of and even celebrate much that is evil, perverted and destructively foolish.

We must, in other words, approve of sin.   Not all sins, to be sure, but many that no previous society in history has honored.  It is the institutionalization — the mandating — of this approval that is the problem. For what society’s authorities teach, most people believe. And people act in accordance with their beliefs. If sin is held to be good, more sin will be committed, leading to more destruction.

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“Those in danger of death are presumed to be repentant…”

by Doug Lawrence

In order to make a good confession, a person typically needs to confess ALL known mortal (grave) sins to the priest, and to have (at the very least) imperfect contrition for having committed the sins, along with a firm purpose (and at least, a reasonable possibility) of actual repentance, i.e. turning away from committing those sins, in the future.

Absent all of the above, priestly sacramental absolution for sins is typically ineffective, and the person remains in a state of mortal sin.

The only exception to the “repentance rule” is when a person is near death.

From a purely practical standpoint, a person very near death is not likely to commit grave sin. Similarly, should death occur, it will no longer be possible for the person to commit sin, at all. In that case, a profound “change in ways” would be unavoidable! Hence, the church … the Catholic ministerial priesthood … and Jesus Christ … mercifully presumes that, whenever death is very near … a state of authentic repentance already exists. It’s a “gimme”.

Contrition is still required, as is a complete confession of all known, mortal sins.

This is truly great news for hypocrites, fallen away Catholics, adulterers, homosexuals, and all other types of habitual, grave sinners … assuming that they are blessed with the availability of a Catholic priest … and they still have the physical ability to make an otherwise, good confession … when their time comes to shuffle off this mortal coil.

Truth be told, until the moment a person dies and shortly finds himself standing before Jesus Christ … sins … even the gravest kind … are extraordinarily simple to have absolved. But after death … not nearly so much.

Contrary to today’s popular opinion, there is no reliable way … outside the Sacrament of Reconciliation … to obtain forgiveness of mortal sins … sins which can cause a soul to end up in hell.

So, it’s best always to “err” on the side of caution … especially since no one has yet returned to report what happens to those unfortunates who find themselves standing in judgment … sinful, unrepentant, and still “puffed up” with pride … before our loving God … who actually owes us sinners nothing but wrath.

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We are the chastisement.

There is an expectation among many Christians today that a chastisement for a sinful world is long overdue and that there is an unmistakable event of obvious biblical comeuppance “Sodom and Gomorrah” style in our near future.  Our deserving of such a correction—and that is what God’s chastisement is all about, correction—is not even up for debate.  The only real question is when.  When will God act?

May I suggest that we are making bricks in exile?  What I mean to say, we are in the middle of a great chastisement but we are so busy making bricks that we fail to see the big picture.

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The post-modern humanistic, universalistic view of God as the God of Love “who saves everyone in the end” has numbed the consciences of believers and unbelievers alike

Up until the mid-19th century, warnings of Hell and God’s final judgment were very much part of the Gospel message preached from church pulpits. Then the age of enlightenment, so-called rational reasoning, entered into the minds of men.

As this world view took hold among Western nations, this thinking influenced not only our political and educational systems, but crept into the thinking of theologians and then into the churches. The results were a kinder and gentler way of thinking about God and influenced preacher-teachers to diminish the Doctrine of Hell to the extent that it has almost disappeared from the Gospel message.

The post-modern humanistic, universalistic view of God as the God of Love “who saves everyone in the end” has numbed the consciences of believers and unbelievers alike to the God of Creation and All his attributes. What has been denied is that He is first and foremost the Holy God balanced by his Love, Justice and Righteousness; that He hates sin. His Love encompasses Mercy and Grace.

What most people know is that Jesus was “Love incarnate” — kind and compassionate, who did miraculous things like loving, reaching out, healing, feeding thousands, teaching about God. But what they don’t know or deny is that Jesus talked about Hell more than Heaven. Whether directly or in his teaching parables, Hell was what he warned people about.

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Thanks to my parents and family … I know man and I know God. I know love, and I know wrath. I know justice, and I know peace … and I know that I have nothing to fear from any of them.

by Doug Lawrence

I grew up in the 50’s and 60’s, in a (fairly) conventional family consisting of dad, mom, two brothers and a sister.

Dad took the car to work each day. Mom stayed home and took care of the house and kids. No surprises there.

We all went to Catholic school … but that’s not the point. The point is how mom ran the household … and particularly … the way she personally maintained family standards.

Even though we rarely had any serious discussions, there was no doubt that we were unconditionally loved and cared for … mainly because that’s pretty much all that mom did … 24/7 and 365. Of course, dad’s job (and his personal commitment to the family) made possible that extraordinary level of “intensive care”.

The house was always spotless. Meals were prepared on time and with abundance. Our clothing, grooming, and personal behavior were always closely and very effectively monitored … sometimes through “mysterious” means. Family outings were modest affairs, but frequent. Holidays were indeed feasts, with Christmas and Easter being number one and number two (but not necessarily in that order). Sundays were reserved for Mass and for family.

That’s just the way things were. We never questioned why.

Nothing went unnoticed, and anything important to mom could never be considered (by us) as irrelevant or insignificant, since we knew with certainty that a fate worse than death awaited all those who might transgress.

The means of our execution was the dreaded “whipstrap”!

Reputed to be a family heirloom of indeterminate age, the whip strap had been fashioned from a stout piece of leather, roughly three inches wide and twenty-four inches long. The first part served as a handle. The last was cut into a classic “cat o’ nine tails” … and it was truly awesome to behold!

The “instrument” typically need not even be displayed, since the mere mention of it was usually sufficient to restore order. But when partial measures were unsuccessful … deploying the strap … and applying a stroke or two, usually did the trick.

Mom was in pretty good physical shape (probably from all that walking … since she didn’t drive … and there was no outrunning her. She was even known to leap fences (and reportedly, tall buildings) in s single bound. And should we have been fortunate enough to discover a hiding place that was (as yet) unknown or inaccessible to her, dad would always be home, by six.

There was no escape!

The carnage of the strap was immense … and the suffering impossible to imagine … at least for a moment or two … in our young minds. Yet we all survived … and thrived … mainly because we were able to develop a good, clear sense of what was right and what was wrong. We also learned that actions brought sure and certain consequences … and sometimes, those consequences could be unpleasant.

The “whipstrap” effectively symbolized all of that potential unpleasantness. In this, a vision of Hell itself could not have been any more effective.

Years later … studying the Old Testament of the Bible … I suddenly realized that all the carnage and strife recorded therein really wasn’t much different than what went on back home … albeit on a much grander scale.

God lovingly cared for his children. God had particular standards and preferences, and when the “kids” got out of hand, God did what was necessary … for their own good … to reign them in.

Evil, in the person of Satan, made the problems in the Bible much more intractable, and the consequences much more severe, but the “model” still works, since God remains the master of life and death, and he is most certainly able to transcend any and all human sufferings and failings … either in this world … or the next.

Back home, should there have ever been any doubt about the fairness of our punishment, a hug from mom or dad was typically all that was necessary to fix things. No harm. No foul. Life went on.

My Catholic faith informs me that a “hug” from the Almighty would undoubtedly have the same effect.

So, you see … thanks to my parents and my family … I know man and I know God. I know love, and I know wrath. I know justice, and I know peace … and I know that I have nothing to fear from any of them.

My mom and dad told me so and my God confirmed it … in his Word … and through his one, holy, apostolic and Catholic Church.

It doesn’t get much simpler than that!

Critics who wonder why we don’t leave the Catholic Church just don’t get it!


John 6:61 But Jesus, knowing in himself that his disciples murmured at this, said to them: Doth this scandalize you?

John 6:64-70 But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that did not believe and who he was that would betray him. And he said: Therefore did I say to you that no man can come to me, unless it be given him by my Father. 

After this, many of his disciples went back and walked no more with him.

Then Jesus said to the twelve: Will you also go away?

And Simon Peter answered him: Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life.

And we have believed and have known that thou art the Christ, the Son of God.

Jesus answered them: Have not I chosen you twelve? And one of you is a devil.

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Jesus Christ personally founded only one church … a church that is and will remain holy, Catholic and apostolic, until the end of time …  no matter how badly some of us might behave … simply because the church belongs to God … and the power of the one time, once for all, propitiatory sacrifice of Jesus Christ is more than sufficient to atone for even the deadliest sins of all mankind.

This is not to say that anyone will receive a “free pass” or “license” in order to escape God’s justice, which is perfect.

God is love, but his wrath remains real, formidable, and virtually inescapable, since wrath is due not to a lack of love, but to the divine judgment which necessarily falls upon sin in the moral world, over which God most certainly rules.

The entire length of  human history is nothing more than the blink of an eye to the eternal and almighty God.

Those who believe not, or who do not know God, see the current problems in the church as opportunities to tear down that which they are able to neither appreciate or understand, while the truly faithful see those same events as both a test, and a call to action.

True faith in Jesus Christ also demands faith in his universal church, of which he is known to have said, “…Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-Jona: because flesh and blood hath not revealed it to thee, but my Father who is in heaven.  And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.  And I will give to thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven.” – Matthew 16:17-19

Any questions?

God of love or God of wrath?

People no longer seem to understand or appreciate sin or wrath.

All they want from God is love!

God is love, but his wrath remains real, formidable, and virtually inescapable, since wrath is due not to a lack of love, but to the divine judgment which necessarily falls upon sin in the moral world, over which God rules.

It’s that simple!

Is everyone who submits to God’s will a Muslim?

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Q:  If Muslims are called to be submissive to God’s will, does that mean that everyone who willingly submits to God’s will is actually a Muslim?

A: The key question should be: By what means can one actually discover and correctly discern the authentic will of God?

Muslims claim that God revealed himself to Mohamed. Hence, Muslims base their understanding of God’s will essentially on their particular interpretations of Mohamed’s Quran.

Jews claim that God revealed himself to them through Abraham, Moses, and other prophets, many of whom the Jews and Muslims revere in common, so the Jewish understanding of God’s will isn’t very far removed from that of the Muslims.

Muslim fundamental beliefs are codified in Sharia Law, which is very similar to what the Jews know as their own Mosaic Law (the Ten Commandments) along with several hundred related statutes and ordinances.

On the other hand, Christians take what was first basically revealed to the Jews and then build upon it, using the authentic teachings and personal revelations of Jesus Christ.

Jesus claimed to be the fulfillment of all the original scriptures … the Messiah … the promised savior of the world … making possible the reconciliation of mankind with God … just as God had originally promised … and Jesus died and rose again from the dead to prove that what he claimed was true.

While the Jews and Muslims know only the Old Testament God of wrath, Christians know a God of tender love and gracious forgiveness … resulting exclusively from the atoning work of Jesus Christ.

Anyone who adamantly remains mired in the past fails to get the complete message, and is likely to remain in fear and relative darkness, forever. That is hardly a position from which to properly discern the authentic will of God.

But thanks to Jesus Christ, who is (among other things) the light of the world, Christians know without a doubt that God loves us, that he wants us to know him, to love him, and to serve him, in this world and in the next, and that he (God) will provide everything necessary to make that possible … simply because he loves us … and that he’ll accomplish his will primarily through the good offices and sacraments of the only Church that Jesus Christ ever founded, for the purpose of our salvation.

So … since Muslims and Jews accept only the early, relatively obscure, and essentially incomplete portions of God’s divine revelation, they miss the most important and most fulfilling part of the message … redemption, peace, rest, and gracious pardon from God’s justifiable wrath.

Their world view remains skewed, and their discernment of God’s authentic will, fatally flawed.

Alternatively, faith in Jesus Christ, his teachings, and his Church, provides Christians with all the missing pieces of the puzzle, resulting in grace, rest, freedom from inordinate concerns about divine judgment and wrath, personal peace, and eternal life.

All of this should permit Christians (ideally, at least) to love God and to love their neighbor … which is indeed the express will of God, according to Jesus Christ … who ought to know, because he IS God … and he told us as much, as he went about preaching in first century Palestine … fulfilling all that had been written in the books of the Law, the Psalms, and the Prophets.

On the Proper Integration of Anger into the Virtuous Life

Sorrow at evil without anger at evil is a fault, a fault that the Catholic bishops have repeatedly fallen into in their handling of sexual abuse and that the late pope fell into when he tolerated the bishops’ faults. Until just anger is directed at the bishops, until bishops (including the pope) feel just anger at their fellow bishops who have disgraced and failed their office, the state of sin in the Church continues.

Virtue Without a Name

Meekness, which is the virtue that moderates anger, is misunderstood as passivity. Moses angrily confronting Pharaoh was the meekest of men, because he moderated the plagues to allow Pharaoh time to repent. Meekness moderates anger so that it is in accord with reason. Since most people suffer from an excess of anger, the virtue that increases anger in those who are deficient in it so that it is in accord with reason does not have a name, but it needs one.

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Do you truly believe God murders/kills people ? That’s Not Love…?

Q: Do you truly believe God murders/kills people ? That’s Not Love…?

Scriptures are Silly – a God who Loves You, but who will kill you with Natures Wrath…? A God who Cursed You, but will send you to Hell for your (Cursed…) Actions…? I Know with My Heart & Spirit, (Soul…) that those Scriptures are False, or more correctly, their Description of God Is False as Heck…
                  
A: Death is the universal penalty for sin. Without death, the Earth would be even more overrun with sinners than it already is, and that would make for Hell on Earth.
                 
You obviously don’t understand the need for divine justice either, since without justice, all the accumulated errors (sin) would throughout eternity, eventually make even Heaven into Hell.

It’s either divine justice … along with all the prescribed penalties … or Hell for everyone.
             
The only alternative … and the only means of ultimately escaping divine judgment … is a lifetime of faithful and charitable participation in all the work, worship, sacraments, and devotions of the Church.

The scriptures are pretty clear on that, too.

Old Testament God = Wrath. New Testament God = Love. Please Explain.

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Q: Old Testament God = Wrath. New Testament God = Love. Please Explain.

A: Catholics have always understood that God’s apparent attitude towards humanity was and is primarily a function of grace … which is a share in God’s very own divine life.

Grace comes in two varieties:

Actual grace … which empowers both saints and sinners to do God’s will.

Sanctifying grace … which transforms, makes one holy,
and which is typically required for admittance to heaven.

After Adam’s fall, and prior to Christ, the world was totally devoid of God’s sanctifying grace, dominated by Satan, and in open rebellion against God.

A technical state of war existed, and earth was a virtual hell … with mankind fighting on the side of Satan … in a form of forced slavery … under pain of death.

While we were still grevious sinners, and out of infinite love, God acted to redeem us. And by the power of actual grace, he raised up generations of priests, prophets, and kings, in order for his divine and perfect son … in the fullness of time … made of woman … under the law … to come into the world, as a man.

Before we could be redeemed, and before sanctifying grace and forgiveness could be offered to all, it was first necessary to destroy Satan’s evil dominion.

Jesus brought about the destruction of Satan’s earthly “reign of terror” by permitting himself to be put to death by Satan “The Prince of this World” … and his more than willing minions.

And since under God’s most fundamental law … no one … not even the devil … had the power or the authority to take the life of a sinless man … let alone the only begotten Son of God … the moment Jesus died, Satan was through!  

Once the dominion of evil had been destroyed, Jesus was raised up, and appointed the new and sinless head of all mankind.

The “New Adam”.

Under these new “terms” and under this new and divine leadership … God was more than willing to grant forgiveness, sanctifying grace, and peace to anyone willing to swear faithful allegiance to his son, Jesus … typically through the sacrament of baptism … which (among other things) also makes one an official member of the Church … “The People of God”.

The Catholic Church is God’s primary dispenser of grace in the world today. It does this freely … and it does this primarily by means of the seven sacraments … which were all personally instituted by Jesus … for that express purpose. 

Now .. thanks to God .. and through the work of Christ … we live in an era of grace … freely available to all … abundantly dispensed by and through the Catholic Church … the ONLY Church  that Jesus ever founded, authorized, empowered, and eternally guaranteed, … for the purpose of our salvation.

This divinely appointed era of peace between God and man was precisely what the angels foretold, on the first Christmas:

Luke 2:8 And there were in the same country shepherds watching and keeping the night watches over their flock.
Luke 2:9 And behold an angel of the Lord stood by them and the brightness of God shone round about them: and they feared with a great fear.
Luke 2:10 And the angel said to them: Fear not; for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy that shall be to all the people:
Luke 2:11 For, this day is born to you a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord, in the city of David.
Luke 2:12 And this shall be a sign unto you. You shall find the infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger.
Luke 2:13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly army, praising God and saying:
Luke 2:14 Glory to God in the highest: and on earth peace to men of good will.

Peace be to you!

If we are all equal in God’s eyes, why do Christians think otherwise?

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Q: If we are all equal in God’s eyes, why do Christians think otherwise?
Correct me if I’m wrong, but seems to me that Christians think they are no longer subject to God’s law. They think they’ll go to heaven no matter what they do, as long as they accept Jesus, while on the other hand, the “non-believers” will go to hell just because they are not Christians. Where’s justice in that?

A: You’re wrong.

God loves everyone equally, but personally choosing to become an official member of God’s extended family, and a member of the Church, does have it’s privileges.

It’s called grace. And it’s grace that turns away God’s wrath for sins, and it’s grace that also turns God’s just punishments to mercy.

That’s the whole point. The sacraments of the authentic, universal Church are the primary earthly channels of God’s super abundant grace.

And compared to the Church, every other channel of grace fades into relative insignificance.

The justice is simple. You’re free to reject Satan and all his works, and to swear faithful allegiance to Jesus Christ, typically through baptism into the Church, just like everybody else.

Then you’ll have free access to all the grace you’ll ever need.

See how easy that is?

One last thing … God is sovereign and all powerful, and he can save anyone he chooses, for any reason, or no reason at all. But it’s not too smart to bet on a long shot, when grace and the Church is pretty much a slam dunk.