I was having a theological debate with another person today, and I FINALLY understand WHY I am so hated…so reviled….yep…it came to me in a BRILLIANT flash of “Divine Inspiration”….
Want to hear about it??
Ok…most people know I pray for the souls of the departed…(DUH! CLERIC! 😀 ) and most know I ALSO pray for souls of departed PETS as well. The reasons I give are simple…God created them.
Whether they have a soul or not seems to be the fiercest of battles I face almost daily. Whether they get “into heaven” as well…
Here is my take on that: God created them (Genesis chapter 1)..but MAN is the ONLY one that rebelled. This started the whole “original sin” campaign that has been being waged since Augustine wrote his “City of God” book….man, sin, heaven, souls, salvation…you know what I am talking about.
Well, when Constantine dictated all of Rome was now Christian…and the Council of Nycea in 325 established the Roman Catholic Church, the war for souls has waged even HOTTER.
They point out to me that Jesus dies for OUR sins…that in His dying He opened the gates of heaven for those who believed….now, it is going to get REALLY easy to follow..so bear with me…
ANIMALS have NO SIN…nope…none..they are SINLESS, so therefore the “Salvation” and “Covenant” and “Belief” parts are OUT…they were created sinless, live sinless lives, and therefore have NO NEED of that covenant….and therefore ALSO have no need of Salvation at the hands of man for any wrongdoing….they have, in effect, a “get into heaven free” card.
This is not the point of this diatribe though…what IS is this:
I follow Mark 12:28-31 as the CORE of my Ministry…”One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”
“The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’
The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
There is no commandment greater than these.”
He did not say ONE PARTICULAR GROUP…
This what I preach..this is the CORE of TRUE CHRISTIANITY…TO LOVE GOD, AND TO ONE ANOTHER WITHOUT EXCEPTIONS.
My master AGAIN pronounced His law….
“So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.” -John 13:34
He did not say “Only Catholics”…or “only Protestants”…he said EACH OTHER…and this is why I am so hated…
I do not have dogma or rhetoric established of almost 20 centuries tying my tongue…I do not have LAWS OF MAN (I.E.: Canon Law) binding my belief…I do not have someone above me saying “that is not the way, do it again and we will shun you”…
I have GOD as my higher up…I need NO ONE ELSE, as their is NONE HIGHER! I have HIS law, HIS word, HIS written documents TELLING ME to do what I do….what care I for the laws of man when The Law of God SUPERSEDES ALL OTHERS…
Am I a ‘heretic’ ??
A ‘false prophet’??
Well, hard to be a heretic if your not of THAT faith, nor a sinner if GOD HIMSELF SAID TO DO IT…nor a false prophet if what I am saying is EXACTLY what Jesus HIMSELF said…without interpretation or bias based on centuries old dogma.
So, in effect, I realized that I am preaching TRUTH, and not rhetoric, dogma, canon colored laws of man, nor interpretations made by countless contradictory others…and THAT is why I am hated…I am not putting money into another’s purse, nor in their pew, and that makes me the enemy…
So, to any who DO listen and follow me that makes THEM heretics and sinners as well..want to hear a secret??
My Master ALSO had this same problem….
“But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law who belonged to their sect complained to his disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?”
I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners and need to repent.” -Luke 5:30-32
“When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”-Mark 2:16-17
So…to those who see me as a “threat” to their faith I say this: Maybe you should follow Matthew 7:1 …and not Canon Law 1….:)
Peace be with you all…<3