28 April 2012
The triumph of the virtuous on the day of Yahweh
– Extracted from Malachi, chapter 3:
13 'You have said harsh things about me, says Yahweh. And yet you say, "What have we said against you?"
14 You have said, "It is useless to serve God; what is the good of keeping his commands or of walking mournfully before Yahweh Sabaoth?
15 In fact, we now call the proud the happy ones; the evil-doers are the ones who prosper; they put God to the test, yet come to no harm!" '
16 Then those who feared Yahweh talked to one another about this, and Yahweh took note and listened; and a book of remembrance was written in his presence recording those who feared him and kept his name in mind.
17 'On the day when I act, says Yahweh Sabaoth, they will be my most prized possession, and I shall spare them in the way a man spares the son who serves him.
18 Then once again you will see the difference between the upright person and the wicked one, between the one who serves God and the one who does not serve him.
19 'For look, the Day is coming, glowing like a furnace. All the proud and all the evil-doers will be the stubble, and the Day, when it comes, will set them ablaze, says Yahweh Sabaoth, leaving them neither root nor branch.
20 But for you who fear my name, the Sun of justice will rise with healing in his rays, and you will come out leaping like calves from the stall,
21 and trample on the wicked, who will be like ashes under the soles of your feet on the day when I act, says Yahweh Sabaoth.
Extracted from Micah 6: 8
'You have already been told what is right and what Yahweh wants of you. Only this, to act justly, to love tenderly and to walk humbly with your God.'
A Sound Tree produces Good Fruit - Extracted from Matthew, Chapter 7:
15 'Beware of false prophets who come to you disguised as sheep but underneath are ravenous wolves.
16 You will be able to tell them by their fruits. Can people pick grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles?
17 In the same way, a sound tree produces good fruit but a rotten tree bad fruit.
18 A sound tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor a rotten tree bear good fruit.
19 Any tree that does not produce good fruit is cut down and thrown on the fire.
20 I repeat, you will be able to tell them by their fruits.
21 'It is not anyone who says to me, "Lord, Lord," who will enter the kingdom of Heaven, but the person who does the will of my Father in heaven.
22 When the day comes many will say to me, "Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, drive out demons in your name, work many miracles in your name?"
23 Then I shall tell them to their faces: I have never known you; away from me, all evil doers!
24 'Therefore, everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a sensible man who built his house on rock.
25 Rain came down, floods rose, gales blew and hurled themselves against that house, and it did not fall: it was founded on rock.
26 But everyone who listens to these words of mine and does not act on them will be like a stupid man who built his house on sand.
27 Rain came down, floods rose, gales blew and struck that house, and it fell; and what a fall it had!'
28 Jesus had now finished what he wanted to say, and his teaching made a deep impression on the people
29 because he taught them with authority, unlike their own scribes.
28 April 2012
5 May 2012
Extracted from the 2nd letter of Saint Paul to Timothy, Chapter 3:
The Dangers of the Last Days
1 But understand this: there will be terrifying times in the last days.
2 People will be self-centered and lovers of money, proud, haughty, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, irreligious,
3 callous, implacable, slanderous, licentious, brutal, hating what is good,
4 traitors, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,
5 as they make a pretense of religion but deny its power. Reject them.
6 For some of these slip into homes and make captives of women weighed down by sins, led by various desires,
7 always trying to learn but never able to reach a knowledge of the truth.
8 Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so they also oppose the truth-people of depraved mind, unqualified in the faith.
9 But they will not make further progress, for their foolishness will be plain to all, as it was with those two.
Paul’s Example and Teaching
10 You have followed my teaching, way of life, purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance,
11 persecutions, and sufferings, such as happened to me in Antioch, Iconium, and Lystra, persecutions that I endured. Yet from all these things the Lord delivered me.
12 In fact, all who want to live religiously in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.
13 But wicked people and charlatans will go from bad to worse, deceivers and deceived.
14 But you, remain faithful to what you have learned and believed, because you know from whom you learned it,
15 and that from infancy you have known (the) sacred scriptures, which are capable of giving you wisdom for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
16 All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for refutation, for correction, and for training in righteousness,
17 so that one who belongs to God may be competent, equipped for every good work.
Interpretation from the Church:
Verse 10-17: Paul’s example for Timothy includes persecution, a frequent emphasis in the Pastorals. Timothy is to be steadfast to what has been taught and to scripture. The scriptures are the source of wisdom, i.e., of belief in and loving fulfillment of God’s word revealed in Christ, through whom salvation is given.
Verse 16: All scripture is inspired by God: this could possibly also be translated, “All scripture inspired by God is useful for…” In this classic reference to inspiration, God is its principal author, with the writer as the human collaborator. Thus the scripture are the word of God in human language. See 2 Peter 1: 20-21- “Know this first of all, that there is no prophecy ever came through human will; but rather human beings moved by the Holy Spirit spoke under the influence of God.”
Verse 16-17: Useful for teaching… every good work: because as God’s word the scripture shares his divine authority. It is exercised through those who are ministers of the word.
Obviously, the Church founded by Jesus Christ, which is still led by the proper & valid successors of the Saint Peter and the Apostles- The Roman Catholic Church, is the Official and Accredited Interpreter of the scriptures.
You said, ‘I want to see the Proof that the Roman Catholic Church is led by the proper & valid Successor of Saint Peter.’
The Answer: Here . 8-)
5 May 2012