basis-of-our-faith

anonymous asked:

In my personal experience, the people who are playing guitar at mass are usually singing like, country music type hymns (as my mother would say the "jesus is my boyfriend" kind of hymns) but I do get your point. Guitar could be a very beautiful instrument in mass.

This is very true anon, there are some guitar Mass music that is certainly not Mass music!

I think the reason it concerns me so much is because in my Catholic community over half of them are Latino. I see a lot of their Catholic traditions that seem to be held at equal irreverence to Protestant rock music in Mass, when in reality their traditions are not any less, they are simply just not European.

I was guilty of this myself. I heard the talks about how terrible the Spanish (Language) Mass was, and I too took part in the laughing at some of their culture and faith practices. Little did I know that in the future due to scheduling I would soon only be able to attend the Mass said in the Spanish language. God has his ways of serving us slices of humble pie. As I was surrounded by Latino families I began to wonder, “Is it them who are irreverent to Catholic Tradition…or is it I?”

I believe in preserving tradition just as much as any Catholic should, after all it’s a fundamental basis of our faith and teachings. And I don’t believe that most of it is malicious, I think maybe sometimes it is difficult to see something as culture and tradition when we are constantly told that A B C is tradition, and anything else must be heresy/irreverence.

As those beautiful images of Our Lady has shown us, culture, tradition, people, all vary. As Catholics (maybe it’s just me) it’s easy to look at the world and say “look what’s wrong with it! The world should be more Catholic!!!” Rather than turning to myself and saying “What’s wrong with me, maybe I should be more Catholic!!” I think it’s good to question if our own personal Catholicism is in fact Catholicism. Is it truly universal, not only in art, but in practice and worship, in prayer and in Mass?

After all how else can we change the world if we cannot first change ourselves?

I know my post is probably unpopular and uncomfortable and some may think it’s a little stupid, but it’s a question we should ask, with perhaps Our Lady, mother of us all, leading the way as always ;)

anonymous asked:

how can you call something a sin if its natural and uncontrollable?? should gay people just suppress their feelings forever? regardless of what you may think, it is not possible to change your sexuality. try it. can you make yourself gay suddenly? physically attracted to the same sex? no, you cant. neither can gay people. how can that possibly be unnatural and hated by god??

Hi beloved,

Supposing that something existing naturally is God’s stamp of approval doesn’t really work out. We’d have to apply that same logic to all naturally occurring phenomena including cancer, lying, per-marital sex, and polyamory.

The Christian boasts of nothing that is merely possible. We believe in a virgin birth and a Resurrection from the dead. Impossibility is the basis of our entire faith.

With that being said, we believe in transformation and regeneration through Christ Jesus that enables us to transcend what is natural, normal, and possible, and enables us to live the impossible life that is pleasing to God.

It is arguable that every single thing that God in His righteousness calls us to  abstain from is natural and a normal part of human nature. But that doesn’t make it okay. When Jesus rebuked Peter at Matt 16:23 His reasoning was that Peter’s mind was on things of men, or things that are limited to the human experience.

My point in all of this is that we don’t get to use the existence of our sin nature as an argument in favor of our sin nature. When we knelt at the cross and surrendered our lives to Jesus, our lives became His. We are now dead to the flesh and our own desires. It is now Christ who lives in us.

The world can live however the want to live. It should be expected that they will. But the Christian doesn’t have that option. All who bear the name of Christ are responsible to no longer live for ourselves and what makes us happy. We have a responsibility to die to ourselves for the sake of our king. Suppression? no. Self Denial? The bearing of one’s cross? The dying to one’s self? Absolutely. The difference? With man we are limited to the natural, but with God all things are possible.

Be blessed

-Eriq

dont-go-i-need-you  asked:

Your page is cancer to intelligence, you preach the bible which states that slavery is okay, if your not straight you're a sinner, snakes talk and the earth is 4,000 years old. How can you even think that is true just because it's in a book written 30 centuries ago and has been translated several thousand times. Have you ever thought to question your 'faith' and the only reason you believe in it is because you were brought up in a christian nation that is less than intelligent.

Hello my dearly beloved,

First of all, I would like to stress on the point that I do not merely believe in God just because I’m brought up in a Christian country or in a Christian family (I believe that’s just one of His many ways to let me know of HIM) I BELIEVE IN HIM BECAUSE I KNOW HE’S REAL, AND I BELIEVE IN HIM BECAUSE I CHOSE TO BELIEVE IN HIM. 

When I was a child, I almost knew of all the fairy tale stories ever told, but I chose not to believe in those stories, even if I can, if I really wanted to. Why did I choose not to believe? “Because I know THEY DON’T EXIST”. The same goes with Him, but this time, the other way around. My family may have told me of Him, but the choice depends on me if I will believe in Him or not. So why did I choose to believe? BECAUSE I KNOW HE’S REAL! 

“I have my faith in Him not merely because I’m born in a Christian country, I have my faith in Him because I chose to believe in Him knowing that He’s real!" Being born in a Christian country was just probably a set privilege for His children to get to know Him a lot easier, but not the mere basis alone why we have our faith in Him. It depends on our free will, our choice, and the conviction of the Holy Spirit within us. Besides, not everyone in my country are Christians. That’s one proof that faith in Him is not based on whether or not you’re born in a Christian nation.

Second, my country should never be prejudiced just because some people cannot see how wonderfully my Father created it. We may not be as great or as powerful, or as intelligent as the nation that you are in. We may be living a simpler naive life, but that’s what’s great in being born in my country. "We have lesser of the world, and we’re having more of Him”.

Third, “To see is to believe” is probably one of the most used cliche’ eversince, but I strongly disagree on this. Like how I believe you have a brain even if I can’t see it right now, I also believe that I have my GOD even if I can’t see Him. Have you ever felt such emptiness within you, in your whole existence? Have you ever felt like something’s missing within you, and that emptiness that you feel can never be filled by anything no matter how hard you try? If you haven’t, I know one day you will. And you’ll remember me asking you about that emptiness that you’re feeling. If you already felt that emptiness, I’m telling you, you’re missing out God in your life. Only He can fill that emptiness within you, only He can satisfy your heart. 

Jesus told us, to “Go and make disciples”. I believe it’s one of our many life purposes. When you know of a good news, you simply can’t keep it to yourself. You want others to know about it too. That’s what I feel, the main reason why I created this blog. THE GOOD NEWS is being spread through the Bible, anyone can read it, it’s freely offered. It doesn’t matter if it’s a written ages before, I believe in what’s written in it because I can feel that it’s from God. I KNOW IT, I CAN FEEL IT! When I think about how it’s still present up to this day even if it was written thousands  of years ago, it makes me think how God protected IT so I may also know of His words. If it wasn’t God’s then He could’ve burned it all in an instant. But the fact that the Bible is being spread all over the world, up to this day, makes me believe all the more that what’s written in it is from God. God uses His people to translate the Bible verses into different languages, into different versions so we may be able to understand His words more. I’m preaching the good news, not just the Bible itself.

You may believe of this page as a cancer for intelligence, but I see it as a “CURE” for that intelligence, that leads people to questioning His existence. This page, is a page of TRUTH, a page created for His glory, for the advancement of His kingdom, a page used by GOD to bring back His lost children. A page where I can freely make disciples around the world, even by just sitting in front of my PC. A page where I can do what He has called me to do. You didn’t click my page by accident, God put you here for a reason.

POINTS: Slavery is not okay in the fallen world we live in. Nobody wants to be a slave over another nation, or over another person. Slavery is definitely not acceptable in our world but the Bible teaches us differently. Slavery is fine if you’re a ‘Slave for God’, if you are serving Him, not people, not earthly matters, but Him. It pays off I tell you, that’s when we’re already up in Heaven with Him. 

Satan is called a serpent, not once but three times in the book of Revelation (Revelation 12:912:1520:2). When combined with Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians 11:3, the identification of the serpent in Genesis 3 with Satan is unmistakable. Revelation 12:9 So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.(linkhttp://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/2008/09/05/feedback-satan-lucifer-serpent)

Satan took the form of the snake. Notice how the snake has tempted Adam and Eve to eat the forbidden fruit, only Satan tempts people. It’s his work, the thing he’s most good at besides being evil. He’ll do anything to bring us away from God, ANYTHING! I won’t force you to believe in a talking snake, for it’s like forcing you to believe in satan. Satan is no biggie, let’s not waste our time talking about him. On the other hand, I will take all the necessary means for you to believe in God. He’s real! He loves you. He has always been there for you, watching over you. Working in your life.

I don’t know if you’re talking about ‘straight men’ in what you said and that if you’re not straight you’re a sinner. Or straight like people who always do the right thing. Well everyone of us is a sinner, that’s why we are in need of our Savior Jesus Christ. God loves us so much that He even made a way to reconcile us to Him. We didn’t deserve to have Someone die for our sins, so we won’t be tormented in Hell and that so we can be with God in His perfect time, but He still did it for our sake, all because of His love for us. We’re sinners, YES! But we’re forgiven, Christ paid for all of our sins past, present or future. And because of it, God has chosen to forget and He no longer sees our sins in us but His Son Jesus Christ. Yes, we’re sinners, but having Him in our lives gives us the chance to stand back up and start anew everyday. 

Lastly, When you read a book, you get to see a peak of the personality of the author. That’s what I feel when I read the Bible. I get to know Him even more. That’s what I feel when I read His words. I suggest you read it too. By starting at the New Testament from the book of John to the Book of Revelations of Jesus Christ then get back to the first books of the New Testament to John. There’s nothing wrong if you’ll try, if you felt nothing after reading it, you can say anything you want to me. Take it as a challenge from me.

Reading the Bible feeds my soul, it satisfies my thirst in Him. I can never explain that feeling of fulfillment, happiness and smiles whenever I read the Bible, I can never explain fully the goosebumps that I’m most certainly sure were not from the AC. How can I believe? It’s written over hundreds and hundreds or thousand years ago and I can still read it up to this day. Tell me, if it wasn’t from God, will we still be able to read it today? It’s probably all burned in the ruins or probably covered in the sand, but God protected it so we can read it today. So we can have our daily food for our souls. There are prophecies in the Bible, happening today. How can anyone not believe in it?


Dear, I believe in God’s perfect timing. I believe in God sending you the means to believe in Him, to win you back. Never let the enemy’s temptations or lies blur God out of your life. YOU ARE DEEPLY LOVED BY OUR PERFECT FATHER.

“God has always been there for you. In your times of sorrow, in your times of happiness, problems, uncertainties. Even in times when you’re doubting His existence. Even if you can’t see Him, and can’t feel His presence, He has always been there for you. He has always loved you regardless of the thoughts that you have of Him. He has always been there for you, even when nobody else was. God is knocking at your door, ask Him into your heart, He has long been waiting for you.”

“The Bible contains the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners, and the happiness of believers. Its doctrines are holy, its precepts are binding, its histories are true, and its decisions are immutable. Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, and practice it to be holy. It contains light to direct you, food to support you, and comfort to cheer you. It is the traveler’s map, the pilgrim’s staff, the pilot’s compass, the soldier’s sword, and the Christian’s charter. Here paradise is restored, Heaven opened, and the gates of hell disclosed. CHRIST is its grand subject, our good the design, and the glory of God its end. It should fill the memory, rule the heart, and guide the feet. Read it slowly, frequently, and prayerfully. It is a mine of wealthy, a paradise of glory, and a river of pleasure. It is given you in life, will be opened at the judgment, and be remembered forever.”


My prayers will be with you. If you need someone to talk to, I’m just one message away :) HE LOVES YOU! :D ♥


- Elle ♥