"The Christianity of history is not Protestantism. If ever there were a safe truth it is this, and Protestantism has ever felt it so; to be deep in history is to cease to be a Protestant." (-John Henry Newman, An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine).

"Where the bishop is, there let the people gather; just as where ever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church". -St. Ignatius of Antioch (ca 110 AD)a martyr later thrown to the lions, wrote to a church in Asia Minor. Antioch was also where the term "Christian" was first used.

“But if I should be delayed, you should know how to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of truth.” 1 Timothy 3:15

"This is the sole Church of Christ, which in the Creed we profess to be one, holy, catholic and apostolic." -CCC 811

Thursday, October 12, 2017

LifeSite News: Massive turnout for rosary crusade in Poland. Liberals furious

WARSAW, Poland, October 9, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Hundreds of thousands of Polish Catholics encircled their country with prayer Saturday, imploring Our Lady’s intervention to save Poland and the world.

As Catholics lined the country’s 2,000-mile border for the “Rosary at the Borders,” progressives and compatible media deemed the national prayer gathering “controversial,” xenophobic, Islamophobic, or “not” representative of the Catholic Church.

“Poland Catholics hold controversial prayer day on borders,” the BBC’s headline said of the event.

Rafał Pankowski, head of the Warsaw multicultural understanding advocacy group Never Again, told the Associated Press, “The whole concept of doing it on the borders reinforces the ethno-religious, xenophobic model of national identity.”

Krzysztof Luft, a former member of Poland’s largest opposition party, the liberal Civic Platform, tweeted, “Ridiculing Christianity on mass scale. They treat religion as a tool for keeping the backwardness in Polish backwater.”

“Rosary to the Borders” was organized by lay Catholics and sanctioned by Church leaders in Poland, with some 320 churches from 22 dioceses participating in roughly 4,000 locations along Poland’s border with Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania, Russia and the Baltic Sea.

More than 90 percent of Poland’s 38 million citizens are Roman Catholic.

The Catholic prime minister of Poland endorsed the rosary event as well. Beata Szydlo tweeted, "I greet all the participants."

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Father Pawel Rytel-Andrianik, a spokesman for the Polish Bishops’ Conference, said it was the second largest prayer event in Europe after the 2016 World Youth Day. The New York Times reported, however, that final participation numbers were still being tabulated.

Airport chapels, considered gateways to the country, were prayer sites for Catholics as well, the AP said, and Polish soldiers stationed in Afghanistan prayed at Bagram Airfield there.

The prayer positions for the rosary event also included fishing boats at sea as well as kayaks and sailboats forming chains on Polish rivers, according to a report from Agence France-Presse.

“During the prayer, I was at the Chopin airport in Warsaw,” Father Rytel-Andrianik said, “and there were so many people that they were pouring out of the chapel.”

“This was an initiative started by lay people, which makes it even more extraordinary,” he continued. “Millions of people prayed the rosary together. This exceeded the boldest expectations of the organizers.”

Churches taking part kicked the prayer event off with a talk and celebration of Mass before Catholics headed to the border to pray the rosary.

The “Rosary at the Borders” took significance from the Our Lady of Fatima apparitions, scheduled on the first Saturday of the month during the 100th anniversary year of Our Lady’s appearance to the three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal.

Poland’s national Catholic prayer event also coincided with the feast of the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary on the October 7 anniversary of the 1571 naval victory of the Holy League Battle over the Ottoman Empire navy at the Battle of Lepanto.

The rosary is closely tied to the Lepanto victory, due to Pope Saint Pius V’s call for the faithful to pray the rosary for victory.

Some participants’ comments about Europe keeping its Christian roots or stemming the tide of Islam were framed in the media to paint the “Rosary to the Borders” as nationalistic or “Fears of Islam.”

“Let’s pray for other nations of Europe and the world to understand that we need to return to the Christian roots of European culture if we want Europe to remain Europe,” Krakow Archbishop Marek Jedraszewski said at Mass on Saturday.

“It’s a really serious thing for us,” Basia Sibinska told AP. “We want to pray for peace, we want to pray for our safety. Of course, everyone comes here with a different motivation. But the most important thing is to create something like a circle of a prayer alongside the entire border, intense and passionate.”

Poland and Hungary have refused to take migrants under a quota system established by the European Union, causing controversy and threatening the two countries’ membership in the EU.

Concerns over the secularization in Europe, however, exist independent of the current migration crisis and its various implications.

The Times report said of the rosary prayer event that “Polish Catholics clutching rosary beads” had gathered for “for a mass demonstration” and called Poland “a nation moving increasingly to the right.”

Villanova University theologian Massimo Faggioli used Twitter to criticize what he termed using the rosary from “anti-immigrant use.”

“Using the Virgin Mary as a human shield and the Rosary as a weapon against Islam is not exactly my kind of thing,” he tweeted, and, “using the Rosary as a weapon against Islam is not ‘the Catholic Church.’”

Organizers had told LifeSiteNews the goal of the Rosary to the Border event was to follow Our Lady’s call at Fatima to pray the rosary for the rescue of the world.

“The Rosary to the Borders is not a crusade because we don’t want to fight with anyone,” said Maciej Bodasiński. “It is a giant commotion for, not against, something. We firmly follow her command, and we will pray at the borders of our country, going out in prayer and witness to the whole world, so that the Mercy of God is not confined to any border.”

Father Alexander Lucie-Smith, moral theologian and consulting editor for the Catholic Herald, said in a blog post that praying the rosary is not controversial, and it is our best weapon against evil.

Father Lucie-Smith noted that Poland has a different history that other European nations such as Britain, having been “wiped off the map on several occasions” in recent history.

“If the Poles seem more attached to national sovereignty than most, who can blame them?” he asked. “Their sovereignty has been much disputed. Moreover, the question of Polish nationhood is deeply connected to the Catholic faith. Both in matters of ethnicity and religion, the Poles have been steadfast in resisting Russification. Can you blame them?”

He also said the Poles are entitled to make their own choices in the matter of admitting migrants, and to pray for the salvation of Poland and the world was “admirable. The Polish example should spur others to do the same.”

Regarding the Battle of Lepanto connection, Father Lucie-Smith said marking the anniversary does not denote negativity toward another country, but it celebrates the liberation of those who were subjected to the despotic regime, including Christian galley slaves, making this something to celebrate.

He pointed out as well how praying for victory in war “has long been the Christian way” whether at Lepanto, during World War II, as well as up to and including the Nigerian bishops urging people today to pray the rosary in the face of Boko Haram, “which is completely in keeping with Catholic tradition.”

“Controversial? I don’t think so,” Father Lucie-Smith wrote. “Catholics have been doing these things for centuries.”

“Let’s hope we continue doing them for centuries to come,” he said. “As the website of the organizers of the Polish event reminds us, “the rosary is a powerful weapon against evil.” Let’s keep on using it!”

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Catholic Herald: The Filipino bishops are standing up against Duterte. We should applaud them

This is what makes me prouder as a member of the TRUE CHURCH OF CHRIST!

The president's war on drugs is clearly illegal. The Church has to take a stand

The War on Drugs, presently being fought in the Philippines by President Duterte and his death squads, has now entered a new phase, as the New York Times reports. The Church has offered to give sanctuary and protection to those police officers who wish to act as whistle-blowers, and who have evidence of illegal actions by their colleagues.

As the chairman of the Bishops’ Conference, Archbishop Socrates Villegas, explains in a pastoral letter: “Law enforcers have come forward confidentially to us, their spiritual leaders, to seek sanctuary, succour and protection. They have expressed their desire to come out in the open about their participation in extrajudicial killings and summary executions. Their consciences are troubling them.”

Quite a lot is at stake in this matter. Here are a few observations.

First of all, the government, in embarking on a clearly illegal course of action, has issued a challenge to the credibility of the Church. If the Church were to say nothing about this, then it really could not claim to be an evangelical witness on this or indeed any other matter. The Church has to speak out, or be seen to fail. One cannot watch a spate of extrajudicial killings and summary executions (including that of several children) and say nothing. So, the current pastoral letter and the intervention it represents is not just the correct thing for the Church to do, it is the only thing or the Church to do.

As the New York Times reports, the Church is a powerful body in the Philippines, and has a history of taking on dysfunctional governments and winning. Again, this is an important role for the Church, and one it must fulfil in all countries were governments are chronically inefficient and corrupt and where civil society is weak. This too is part of the mission of the Church and its proclamation that a better society is possible.

The fact that the police are beginning to see the folly of Duterte’s war on drugs is highly significant. They are the ones who have to put the strategy, if it can be called that, into action. They must be aware of the potential for blowback. Not only do they risk being the targets of the drug gangs, they also risk, if indeed have not already lost, the confidence of the public. Their credibility as upholders of legality is already severely compromised. Hence the desire by some of them to reverse the current policy. It is hard to see how the President can continue in his war if he does not have the backing of the police. And if his much-vaunted war on drugs fails, what then?

Finally, all Catholics need to reflect. We are against drug taking, but is Duterte’s way the best way to minimise the harm done by drugs? Faced with the damage caused by drugs, should we turn to the moral evil of extrajudicial killings in order to overcome it? Or should we try something new? There must be a better way of dealing with this scourge. We could perhaps learn from the way we have dealt with tobacco and alcohol, where the attempt to minimise the harms done by both has been remarkably successful, without resorting to outlawing consumption or adopting illegal means to fight them.

Meanwhile, the Filipino bishops are to be commended for standing up for the rule of law, and for trying their best to support those who wish to bring the current anarchy in the Philippines to an end.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Cristina's Conversion Story: From Hinduism to Catholicism

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Catholic Herald: Protestantism’s biggest problem: on whose authority do we interpret the scriptures?

Source: Catholic Herald

In the end, private interpretation isn't enough

On Saturday I joined a group of Anglican and Methodists in our village to walk around its familiar landmarks offering prayers. We started at the (pre-Reformation) Anglican church, moved on to the war memorial, then to the village school, thence to our popular local pub. A Methodist lady whom I know well told me sotto voce that she wasn’t going to join in praying for the pub to flourish. I remembered that Methodists forswear alcohol. Sotto voce I responded, “But what about Jesus’s first miracle at the marriage feast of Cana?” She replied, half-resigned, half-humorous: “Why do people always bring up Cana!”

Why indeed? It was not only Jesus’s first recorded miracle and a heavenly blessing on matrimony; it was also a sign of God’s lavish generosity and of the complete trust Our Lady had in her Son’s divine powers. The deeper question is: on whose authority do we interpret the Scriptures; John Wesley’s or the Church? To be fair to Wesley and as the Methodist lady and myself agreed, he was condemning the “demon drink” of his day rather than inventing a dogma. Yet at some stage in the spiritual life of a thoughtful Christian the question must arise: “Is private interpretation enough?”

These thoughts are prompted by my reading From Atheism to Catholicism: Nine Converts Explain their Journey Home” published by EWTN with a foreword by Marcus Grodi. I have only read two chapters so far, the first by John L Barger, whose Catholic wife gently nudged him out of his atheistic complacency, and the second by Holly Ordway, an American professor of English literature. Barger admitted that after discovering the Church to be right in so many areas (such as her opposition to abortion) and “seeing the virtues that blossom in those who follow Her teachings, I found it impossible to believe her to be the proud, mendacious caricature presented by Her enemies.”

Ordway, whom I interviewed for a blog I wrote in November 2014 after the publication of her own conversion story, Not God’s Type, explained that her love for the great Christian poets such as John Donne, Gerard Manley Hopkins and TS Eliot helped to prepare the imaginative ground for her eventual conversion, As she observes here, one might disagree with them (alongside prose writers such as CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien) “but you can’t call them stupid or uneducated!”

Ordway, not unlike Derya Little, who moved from Islam to atheism, then to evangelical Christianity and from there to the Church and whom I blogged about recently, moved from atheism to the Episcopalian Church in the US and thence to Catholicism, over the issue of authority: whom can one trust over a particular interpretation of the Bible?

Walking around our village with my fellow Christians we were all aware that beyond our own denominational disagreements we are in a tiny minority amid a sea of indifference and wholesale rejection of Christianity. In my 2014 interview with Ordway, she told me: “We need to ask: why has atheism become so entrenched in modern culture? What are the false ideas that have taken root in this culture that are bearing such poisoned fruit?” She sees her task as “harnessing the imagination to communicate truth” in a world where “people simply don’t connect with the language of Christianity.”

Friday, September 1, 2017

Mga Kristianong Katoliko Pinili ang Kamatayan kaysa Yurakan si Jesus

Patheos: What I Wish I’d Known About Catholics (And Why I Became One Once I Did)

Source: Patheos
Posted in February 13, 2017 by K. Albert Little

Photo Credit: Karol Franks.

I‘m a Catholic, but I didn’t begin as one.

I began my faith journey at the age of fifteen when, with the help of a good friend, I decided to become a Christian; an Evangelical Protestant, although I didn’t know the particular brand name at the time. And I meant well. I found a local Pentecostal church populated by a group of devout young Christian who welcomed me unequivocally. We were a motley crew. I fit right in.

Then in university, at a time when so many Christians lose their faith and their identity, I plugged into an incredible campus ministry. There I met lifelong friends, grew a great deal both emotionally and spiritually, and met my beautiful wife. (It was evident, she’d say, that I still had a lot of maturing to do.)

But the trajectory of my faith life would take a subtle but noticeably fork in the road one day when an Evangelical pastor asked me what’s more important, the Bible or tradition.

I didn’t have an answer, and that stumped me.

And when I dug for answers, I was even more stumped, and unsatisfied. This began a long journey of searching, prayer, and unexpected discoveries.

A journey which culminated at Easter, two years ago, when I entered full communion with the Roman Catholic Church.

When that Evangelical pastor asked me about the Bible and tradition I knew very little about either, as it turns out, and my research eventually led me to look into Catholicism and its historical claims.

What I thought I knew about Catholics, as an Evangelical, was a lot.

Turns out I was wrong about almost everything.

I’m became Catholic because of what I’ve learned.

St. Francis de Sales is a favourite saint of mine. In the 16th century, as the Reformation split apart the Christian Church in Europe he wrote, preached, and worked tirelessly to explain the Catholic faith, and bring Protestants back into the fold.

He was incredibly successful and something in his mission of cordially explaining his faith resonates deeply with me.

To paraphrase St. Francis de Sales to the early Protestants: If you’d known what the Catholic Church really taught you’d never have left.

In my case, if I’d known what the Catholic Church really taught I’d have become Catholic a long, long time ago.

Catholics Don’t Worship Mary

The Catholic Church doesn’t teach the worship of Mary. Worship (and adoration) are for God alone.

As an Evangelical I thought that Catholics worshipped Mary alongside her son, Jesus. There are plenty of churches named in her honour, Catholics seemed obsessed with statues of the Virgin, and the Rosary, of all things, seemed to be nothing more than vain repetition and worship directed towards Jesus’s mother.

The reality, I’ve learned, is much different.

Catholics don’t worship Mary but, because of her special role in salvation history, she is venerated. How is that different? In Catholic theology, which, remember, was the theology of the whole Christian Church for 1,500 years, we ask Mary to pray for us.

Like Mary’s request to Jesus at the wedding at Cana, Catholics believe that Mary has the ear of Jesus in a special way. This is also reflected in biblical typology—the same kind of exegesis that Jesus used to explain His role in salvation to the apostles on the road to Emmaus. In the same way I can ask my best friend—a living, breathing Christian—to pray for my intentions, the Catholic Church teaches that Mary can be asked for prayer in the same way.

When Catholics say they pray, “to Mary,” they don’t mean that Mary will answer our prayers. This understanding of “pray” is more a difficulty of the English language.

When we “pray to” Mary, we ask for her to pray for us, to Christ.

Jesus answers all prayers. We ask Mary to pray on our behalf.

Catholics Don’t Worship the Saints

In the same way, the Catholic Church believes that holy men and women (more women than men, for the record) are, presently, in the presence of God.

We call these people saints and, like the Virgin Mary, we can ask for their prayers.

As pictured in Revelation, the prayers of the saints gathered around the altar float up like incense before God. That’s why, since the very beginning of the Christian Church, there has been a strong belief in ability of the dead to pray for us—and the practice of us asking them for their prayers.

This is why the earliest Christian Churches were built on sites where holy men and women were martyred like the churches honouring Saint Peter and Saint Paul in Rome.

The beautiful theology of the Catholic Church says that the Church, as a body of believers, is made up of all past, present, and future Christians. We’re all one and the same and just because I pass away doesn’t mean I cease to be a part of that active body. Jesus conquered death as so does His Church.

The saints, as Christians, continue their role in the body, only now in the presence of God.

Jesus is Present in the Eucharist

For all the different branches and denominations of Protestantism I’ve learned that no one takes Jesus’s words more seriously than the Catholic Church.

When Jesus said, “This is my body; this is my blood,” the Catholic Church—and the whole of Christianity for 1,500 years—takes Him at His word.

Incredibly, the Catholic theology of transubstantiation says that when the priest consecrates the elements (the bread and the wine) they become the actual body and blood of Jesus through a mysterious, miraculous process. The fact that we can’t see, touch, or taste these elements are real flesh and blood is part of the miracle.

This bold claim is backed up not only by a thousand and a half years of Church history but by solid exegesis of the gospels.

Jesus, from Bethlehem (which means “the house of bread”), who was laid into a manger (which is a feeding trough) when He was born is the actual manna from Heaven.

If I had known that I can actually receive Jesus in the Eucharist I would’ve stormed the doors of my local Catholic Church a decade ago.

There’s Only One Mass

What strikes me as even more incredible is the Catholic theology of the act of the Eucharist itself: There’s only one.

Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross was once and for all, final, and this is something that all Protestants can get behind. The brilliant, beauty of the Mass and the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharistic elements, however, is that it links us up with all of Christian history—past, present, and future.

Jesus only died once.

When the priest prayers the Eucharistic Prayers and says, “This is my body; this is my blood,” we are, as a church community, reliving the Last Supper and Jesus’s death on the cross.

We are linking up, together, with all of the other Christians who have ever, and will ever, celebrate the Eucharist.

And we’re linking up with the saints, angels, the Virgin Mary, and God Himself in Heaven as we see this same celebration taking place in Revelation.

As a Catholic, then, when I go to Mass I am experiencing something universal: Jesus’s death re-presented before my eyes.

A genuine tearing of the veil which allows us modern Catholics to reach back into the very time of the very Last Supper itself.

The Priest Acts as Jesus

In a similar way, I never understood the importance of the priest in Catholic theology. As a young Evangelical the priest, like Mary and the saints, seemed to stand in the way of my personal relationship with Jesus.

But I had it all wrong.

The priest, as understood by Catholic theology, acts as Christ. The priest is a stand-in, if you will.

In the Mass, the priests acts in the place of Jesus, as he consecrates the bread and the wine. In the blessing of people, in Baptism, in prayer, and in the healing of the sick the priest, based on the authority that Jesus gives His apostles in the New Testament, is acting in His place.

Where Jesus is not tangibly, physically with us, the priest is here in His place.

In confession, the priest, based on the direct charge from Jesus, “whoever’s sins you forgive they are forgiven,” represents Christ in forgiving our sins for us.

We don’t have to imagine God among us: there He is.

And His presence is an incredible blessing and grace.

God Gave Us a Real, Tangible Church

Perhaps the greatest, most incredible thing I’ve learned, and wish that I knew a long, long time ago, is that Jesus left us with a real, tangible Church.

As an Evangelical, I thought of the Church as a non-physical, spiritual union of Christians all over the world. But this isn’t how Jesus meant it, I’m convinced.

Because this isn’t the Church as conceived by the apostles, the fathers of the Church (who were taught by the apostles), and all Christians for more than fifteen hundred years.

As I become Catholic perhaps the greatest gift I’m to receive is union with a real, tangible Church founded by Christ.

A Church with bishops and priests who can trace their authority, historically, all the way back to the apostles. Authority that we see manifest in the New Testament as the ability to forgive sins, drive out demons, and define an understanding of doctrine. These authoritative charges, according to the Catholic Church, remain with today’s bishops and priests through Apostolic Succession.

That’s why when the priest says, “You’re forgiven,” he means it. Because Christ said he’d have that power.

Rather than having to “feel” or “know” it on our own, God gave us the beauty and the blessing of a physical, tangible Church to be His hands and feet on earth.

I don’t need to pray and ask for God to give me a sense of His grace, although I certainly could, and do. But in the Eucharist, in confession, and in the knowledge that God gave us the Church, we can be certain of His grace. This, in my experience, has been the most powerful aspect of the Catholic Church—and something I wish I knew years ago.

The most beautiful gift that Jesus gave us, beyond His sacrificial offering, was the establishment of a Church to proclaim, celebrate, and safeguard truth.

There’s a lot—a lot!—I wish I’d known about the Catholic Church a long time ago.

And one that fateful day which set the course of my faith life in an entirely new direction I could’ve never anticipated that a question about the Bible and tradition would’ve led me here.

But here we are, and there’s nowhere I’d rather be.

In the Catholic Church I’ve found an incredible, unimaginable home. It’s miles from anything I’d ever known before and, once I learned about what Catholics really believed there’s nothing I could’ve done to avoid becoming one myself!

This article was originally published on my personal blog before the Easter Vigil, 2015.

Getting to Know the Only True Church of Christ

Monday, August 28, 2017

VERBO o LOGOS, Isang Diyos o Panukala Lamang?

Habang NIYUYURAKAN ng mga kaanib ng Iglesia Ni Cristo® na TATAG ni Felix Y. Manalo noong 1914 ang PANGINOONG JESUCRISTO, tayo namang mga TUNAY na kaanib sa TUNAY na IGLESIA ay NAGTATANGOL ukol sa katuruan ng mga Apostol sa PAGKA-DIYOS ni Cristo kahit na siya ay NASA ANYONG LAMAN.

Para sa mga INC™, ang LOGOS o VERBO raw ay ISANG PANUKALA o PLANO na nasa ISIP pa lamang daw ng DIYOS (Ama).

"Ang aral bang ito ng Biblia na magkakaroon ng cristo na sa pasimula'y balak, panukala o plano pa lamang ng Diyos ay sinasang-ayunan maging ng mga nagtuturong si cristo ay Diyos, gaya ng Iglesia Katolika? Ganito ang sinasabi ng isang Aklat Katoliko na pinamagatang: The teaching of Christ: A Catholic Catechism for adults, Page 74

: Si cristo ay sadyang inilalarawan mula pa sa kasaysayan ng pasimula ng tao.'...' Si Cristo na siyang magtitipon sa lahat ng anak ng Diyos sa pamamagitan ng pagkakaisa sa kaniyang mistikal na katawan, na ito ay ang Iglesia, ay Siyang " Panganay sa lahat ng nilalang" (Colosas 1:15).' '... Si Cristo ang tiyak na una sa banal na plano.!!

Tinatanggap maging ng mga awtoridad Katoliko na si Cristo ay una sa banal na plano o panukala ng Diyos upang maging panganay sa lahat ng nilalang tulad ng isinasaad sa Colosas 1:15. Samakatuwid, wala pang cristo sa pasimula pa lamang kundi plano, balak, o nasa isip pa lamang siya ng Diyos, Kaya sinasabi sa unang sugnay (clause) ng Juan 1:1 na , " Sa pasimula ay ang salita" (NPV)

' At ang salita ay sumasa Diyos.'

Paano ang wastong pag-unawa sa sinasabi ni Apostol Juan sa pangalawang sugnay ng Juan 1:1 na '' At ang salita ay sumasa Diyos''? Ihambing natin ito sa itinuturo ng Biblia na sa pasimula pa lamang o bago pa lalangin ang daigdig, ang Panginoong Jesucristo ay nasa isip na ng panginoong Diyos. Ito ang pinatutunayan ni Apostol Pedro sa kaniyang sulat sa 1 Pedro 1:20:

'Nasa isip na siya ng Diyos bago pa lalangin ang daigdig ngunit ipinakilala siya ngayong huling panahon dahil sa inyo.' (Salin ni Juan Trinidad)"

HINDI po ikinakaila ng Iglesia Katolika na TOTOONG TAO ang Panginoong Jesus. Ngunit ang kanyang KALAGAYAN sa anyong PAGKA-TAO ay HINDI po nangangahulugang HINDI SIYA DIYOS. HINDI po NAGTATAPOS ang pagka-DIYOS niya noong SIYA ay NAGKATAWANG-TAO. Bagkos, ayon sa BIBLIA ang CRISTO ay VERBO at ang VERBO ay DIYOS at angVERBO ay TUMAHAN sa GITNA natin bilang ISANG TAO. HINDI po isang PLANO lamang o PANUKALA ang PANGINOONG JESUS tulad ng BALUKTOT na UNAWA ng mga BULAANG mangangaral na SANAY MANDAYA at MAGSINUNGALING!

Ano ba ang isang PLANO o PANUKALA?

Ayon sa mga INC™ ang plano ay NASA ISIPAN pa lamang. Ibig sabihinm, ang plano ay HINDI PA UMIIRAL at WALA itong kakayahang o kapangyarihan sapagkat ito ay nasa ISIPAN pa lamang ng NAG-IISIP o nang NAGPA-PLANO.

In other words, ang PLANO o PANUKALA ay NON-EXISTENT being. sapagkat HINDI PA ITO NAHAHAYAG labas sa isipan ng nag-iisip o sa wikang Ingles ay it cannot independently exist outside the thoughts of a conscious being.

Kaya't kung susundin lamang natin ang argumento ng mga mangangaral ng INC™, eh malamang mapapaniwala nila tayo PLANO o PANUKALA nga lang naman ang Verbo, Logos o ang Salitang tinutukoy ni Apostol San Juan.

BIBLIA vs BIBLIA (Salin vs Salin)

Sakit na ito ng mga mgangaral na INC™.  Mahilig silang GUMAMIT ng mga TALATA ng BILIA LABAN sa isa pang talata ng Biblia. (Dito niyo makikita ang classical argument ng mga mangangaral na INC™, Biblia laban sa Biblia. Binababoy nila ang Salita ng Diyos.)

Minsan pa nga, ginagamit nila ang iba pang mga heretical versions kapag makita nila roong PABOR sa kanila ang salin (kahit alam nilang ang pagsasalin nito ay hindi na tapat sa orihinal na pakahulugan nito.)

Halimbawa, ang kanilang DOKTRINA na DALAWA ANG PANGINOON. Kapag tinanong sila kung saan sa Biblia NAHAHAYAG na may 'dalawang Panginoon' na DAPAT SAMBAHIN, ang ituturo sa iyong talata ay ang FILIPOS 2:9 na nagsasaad ng PAGDADAKILA sa PANGALAN ni JESUS. 

Saan doon sa Filipos 2:9 ang salitang 'DALAWA ANG PANGINOON"? Wala po tayong mababasa sa Biblia mula sa Lumang Tipan hanggang sa Bagong Tipan na 'Dalawa' ang Panginoon at PAREHONG SINASAMBA.

Ang hindi napapansin ng mga NAG-SUSURI ay mayroon silang PILIT IKINUBLI sa talatang ito. Ang TALATA 6-8 ng Filipos 2.

Kahit taglay niya ang kalikasan ng Diyos,
hindi niya ipinagpilitang manatiling kapantay ng Diyos.

Sa halip, kusa niyang binitawan ang pagiging kapantay ng Diyos,
at namuhay na isang alipin.
Ipinanganak siya bilang tao.
At nang siya'y maging tao,

nagpakumbaba siya at naging masunurin hanggang kamatayan,
maging ito man ay kamatayan sa krus.
Ayon sa FILIPOS 2, si CRISTO AY MAY KATANGIAN NG DIYOS ngunit HINDI niya pinagpilitan ito, bagkos PINILI niya (kanyang sariling desisyon) na IPAPANGANAK BILANG TAO..

Kaya siya DINADAKILA ng DIYOS (Ama).. iyan po ang nasa Talata 9 ng Filipos 2.

 So kung Diyos ang Ama at Diyos din ang VERBO, ibig sabihin eh dalawa ang Diyos sa lagay na 'yan? Sa isang INC™ na halos 1914 lang umiral ang katuruan, mauunawaan natin kung bakit ganito ang kanilang aral.

Ngunit alam natin na TWISTED ang kanilang Theology dahil ALAM nating IISA ANG DIYOS at IISA rin ang PANGINOON.  Sa totoo lang, ang talatang iyan ay NAGPAPATUNAY lamang na ang pagiging-PANGINOON ni Cristo at ng DIYOS AMA ay IISA (Juan 10:30)

"Ako at ang Ama ay IISA."
Di tulad ng mga INC™, hindi ito sinalungat sa anumang aral ninuman sa mga apostol. Bagkus ito ay SINANG-AYUNAN pa ni APOSTOL SAN PABLO sa kanyang sulat sa mga taga-EFESO (4:5-6) noong sinabi niyang may IISANG-DIYOS at IISANG PANGINOON.

"Mayroong IISANG PANGINOON, isang pananampalataya, isang bawtismo. Mayroong IISANG DIYOS at Ama ng lahat..."
Malinaw po. HINDI po sinasang-ayunan ng Bibla ang pagkakaroon ng DALAWANG-PINAPANGINOON. Maliban na kung ang pagka-unawa ng mga mangangaral na INC™ ay IBINIGAY ng Ama ang kaniyang pagka-Panginoon sa Anak (Jesus) para lalabas na wala na sa Ama ang pagka-Panginoon at inilipat na lamang sa Panginoong Jesus para may IISANG PANGINOON. Lalabas kasi na dalawa nga naman ang Panginoon kung isa sa kanila ay hindi nagparaya.

Ganito rin naman ang ITINURO ni MOISES sa BAYAN ng Diyos (Deuteronomio 6:4)

“Pakinggan mo, O Israel: Si Yahweh na ating Diyos ang tanging Yahweh. (Sa ibang salin ay ganito: Si Yahweh…tanging Yahweh: o kaya'y Si Yahweh ang ating Diyos, si Yahweh ay iisa, o Si Yahweh na ating Diyos, si Yahweh ay iisa lang) .
CONSISTENT ang BIBLIA pagdating sa aral ng IISANG DIYOS at IISANG PANGINOON. Nakita niyo? Hindi nagsasalungatan ang mga pahayag ni Moises at ang itinuturo ng mga Apostol sa Bagong Tipan. Ang BUONG BIBLIA ay UMAAYON sa BAWAT TALATA, hindi SUMASALUNGAT laban sa isa pang talata tulad ng ginagawa ng mga kaanib ng INC™.


HINDI PO TOTOO na ang LOGOS o VERBO ay isang PLANO lamang o isang PANUKALA. Sa katunayan, MISMONG si CRISTO ang NAGPATUNAY na SIYA ay UMIIRAL (EXISTING) na bago pa mang SIYA ay NAGKATAWANG-TAO.


"...Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, before Abraham came to be, I AM."
Sa wikang Tagalog ay ganito naman...

"Sinabi ni Jesus sa kanila: Katotohanan, katotohanang sinasabi ko sa inyo: Bago pa si Abraham ay AKO na."
Ang "AKO" ay nagpapahayag ng CONSCIOUSNESS ng isang naghahayag. Ang NANGUNGUSAP rito ay ang PANGINOONG JESUS sa laman. PINATOTOHANAN niya sa mga Judyo ang KANYANG KALIKASAN (eternal existence) BAGO o BEFORE pa man ISINILANG o UMIRAL (exist) si ABRAHAM na malaking TANDA sa kanyang kapanahunan bilang tao (mahigit 2,000 taon o 55 na henerasyon ang pagitan nila).

Pagkasabi ni Jesus nito, mahalagang PUNTUHIN natin kung ano ang naging REAKSIYON ng mga HUDYO kay JESUS?

Nagsidampot sila ng bato upang siya'y batuhin, ngunit nagtago si Jesus at lumabas ng Templo
Bakit gusto nilang patayin si Jesus sa kanyang mga pahayag?

Sumagot ang mga Judio, “Hindi dahil sa mabubuting gawa kaya ka namin babatuhin, kundi dahil sa paglapastangan mo sa Diyos! Sapagkat ipinapantay mo ang iyong sarili sa Diyos, gayong tao ka lamang.” (Juan 10:33)
Sa madaling-salita, TALOS o NAUUNAWAAN ng mga HUDYO ang IBIG SABIHIN ni Cristo sa kanila: na SIYA AY DIYOS.

Ngayon, kung si CRISTO ay isang MABUTI at KATOTOHANAN lamang ang nasa kanya, BAKIT DIYA NIYA SINUWAY ang mga Hudyo sa PAG-IISIP na "SIYA AY DIYOS"?


Sabi nga ng isang dalubhasang PILOSOPO na si Rene Descartes eh "I THINK THEREFORE I AM."

Si Cristo ay ETERNALLY EXISTING with the FATHER ("Sa pasimula" o "in the beginning" signifies ETERNAL EXISTENCE) sapagkat ito ang kanyang PATOTOO sa mga Hudyo: "Before Abraham came to be, I AM!"


Katulad ng nasabi natin, ang BIBLIA ay HINDI salungat sa Biblia tulad ng ginagawa ng mga bulaang mangagnaral ng INC™.

Nang pasimula ay naroon na ang Salita; ang Salita ay kasama ng Diyos, at ang Salita ay Diyos. 2 Sa pasimula ay kasama na ng Diyos ang Salita. Nilikha ang lahat ng bagay sa pamamagitan niya, at walang anumang nalikha nang hindi sa pamamagitan niya.... Naging tao ang Salita at nanirahan sa piling namin. Nakita namin ang kaluwalhatiang tunay na kanya bilang kaisa-isang Anak ng Ama. Siya ay puspos ng kagandahang-loob at ng katotohanan. -Juan 1:1-3;14

Sino ba namang matinong mangangaral ang PILIT MAMALIIN ang isang talata na KASING-LIWANAG ng ARAW sa LINAW?

Sinasabi na ng Biblia na ang VERBO ay NARON NA sa PASIMULA (eternal). Diyos (almighty), Diyos na nasa Diyos (Trinitarian Community), VERBO nagkatawang-tao (Jesus).

At walang DUDA na ang VERBO ay ang DIYOS ANAK na si JESUS sapagkat may patunay.

Sinong NAGPATOTOO na ang VERBO ay ang MANUNUBOS na IPINANGAKO pa noong panayon pa ni Moises?


Nagpatotoo si Juan tungkol sa kanya, na isinisigaw, “Siya ang tinutukoy ko nang aking sabihin, ‘Ang dumarating na kasunod ko'y higit kaysa sa akin, sapagkat siya ay naroon na bago pa man ako ipanganak.’”

"Nagpatotoo si Juan tungkol sa kanya, na isinisigaw, “Siya ang tinutukoy ko nang aking sabihin, ‘Ang dumarating na kasunod ko'y higit kaysa sa akin, sapagkat siya ay naroon na bago pa man ako ipanganak.’”

Mula sa kapuspusan ng kanyang kagandahang-loob, tumanggap tayong lahat ng abut-abot na kagandahang-loob. Ibinigay ang Kautusan sa pamamagitan ni Moises; ngunit dumating ang kagandahang-loob at katotohanan sa pamamagitan ni Jesu-Cristo.."
-Juan 1:15-18

Totoo ito sapagkat ito ang mga pahayag ni Cristo ukol sa kanyang PAG-IRAL (eternal existence) na KAPILING ang DIYOS AMA.

Ako'y bumabâ mula sa langit, hindi upang gawin ang sarili kong kalooban, kundi ang kalooban niya na nagsugo sa akin. -Juan 6:38
At sa talatang ito ay isang SAMPAL sa mga mangangaral ng INC™. Mababasa natin na GUSTONG MAKITA ni SAN FELIPE ang DIYOS AMA. Ngunit ang sagot ni Jesus ay NAG-AARING SIYA NGA AY ANG AMA "HANGGANG NGAYO'Y HINDI MO PA AKO KILALA, FELIPE?"

Sinabi sa kanya ni Felipe, “Panginoon, ipakita po ninyo sa amin ang Ama at masisiyahan na kami.”

Sumagot si Jesus, “Kay tagal na ninyo akong kasama, hanggang ngayo'y hindi mo pa ako kilala, Felipe? Ang nakakita sa akin ay nakakita na sa Ama. Bakit mo sinasabing ‘Ipakita mo sa amin ang Ama’? 10 Hindi ka ba naniniwalang ako'y nasa Ama at ang Ama ay nasa akin? Hindi sa akin galing ang sinasabi ko sa inyo. Ngunit ang Ama na nananatili sa akin ang siyang gumaganap ng kanyang gawain. 11 Maniwala kayo sa akin; ako'y nasa Ama at ang Ama ay nasa akin. -Juan 14:8-11
Kaya't sa mga NAGSUSURI, huwag po tayong mapaniwala sa mga 'JOHNNY COME LATELY' na mga relihiyon sapagkat HINDI KATOTOHANAN ang kanilang dala kundi KASINUNGALINGAN upang MANDAYA at MANLILANG.

Sa mga HINDI raw SUMASAMPALATAYA kay JESUS (na Diyos) na NAPARITO SA LAMAN, SILA raw ay mga ANTI-CRISTO o mga KAAWAY NI CRISTO ayon kay Apostol San Juan (2 Juan 1:7-8)

Sapagkat nagkalat sa sanlibutan ang mga mandaraya! Ayaw nilang kilalanin na si Jesu-Cristo'y dumating bilang tao. Ang ganoong tao ay mandaraya at kaaway ni Cristo. Mag-ingat nga kayo upang huwag mawalang saysay ang aming pinagpaguran,[b] sa halip ay lubusan ninyong makamtan ang gantimpala.
At kung ang mga mangangaral na ANTI-CRISTO ay mga MANLILINLANG, MANDARAYA at SINUNGALING, HINDI si Cristo ang kanilang Panginoon kundi si Satanas!

"Ang diyablo ang inyong ama! At ang gusto ninyong gawin ay kung ano ang gusto niya. Sa simula pa lang ay mamamatay-tao na siya. Hindi siya pumanig sa katotohanan kailanman, sapagkat walang puwang sa kanya ang katotohanan. Kapag nagsasalita siya ng kasinungalingan, nagsasalita siya ayon sa kanyang kalikasan sapagkat siya'y sinungaling, at siya ang ama ng kasinungalingan." -Juan 8:44

Kaya't sa mga nagsusuri at NAGMAMAHAL sa KATOTOHANANG NAKASULAT sa BIBLIA, LISANIN niyo na ang mga mangangaral na mandaraya at magbalik-loob na kayo sa Iglesiang TUNAY na TATAG ni CRISTO - ang NAG-IISA, BANAL, KATOLIKO, at APOSTOLIKONG IGLESIA ni CRISTO!

Friday, August 25, 2017

2 John 1:7 Prophesy was Fulfilled in 1914

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