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Sunday, December 20, 2015

Was Jesus Too Rigid?

Was Jesus Too Rigid? (The Servant is No Better Than His Master)

We are hearing and seeing many disconcerting things coming from the hierarchy in the Church today.  In charity I will stay away from naming names, you can draw your own conclusions. There is talk from the highest levels of the hierarchy about Catholics being too rigid, following rules too closely and taking Canon Law too seriously, etc. There is also a false notion of mercy that is being peddled which denies the necessity of true repentance and conversion through which mercy cannot exist without. Many traditional Catholics, which are really nothing more than Catholics trying to practice the authentic Catholic faith, are being attacked for trying to live the authentic Catholics faith.



For example we are attacked for wanting the reverence and theological accuracy of the Latin Mass, which by the way, all of our beloved Saints loved and held dear. We are being attacked because we are calling out those who are teaching error in the Church and leading many into heresy. We reject modernism, and all of the theologians who arrogantly try to merge modern philosophies with the Catholic faith since it leads to the destruction of souls. This is considered to be rigid.

During the 2015 Synod on the Family many theological issues were discussed which have been settled from the time of Christ, including possibly giving Holy Communion to the divorced and remarried. It is amazing that something so basic could even be brought up by any serious theologian, much less the hierarchy of the Vatican itself. Traditionalists spoke up about the absurdity of even considering such thing and we were trashed for being too rigid. Recently a pseudo-document came out of the Vatican proclaiming a false status regarding the conversion of the Jews and a "new"way that Jews can be saved without accepting Christ. Traditionalists pointed out this problem and we were told that they we are now cafeteria Catholics because we do not follow these new novel ideas. We now see clergy openly worshipping in mosques, temples and Protestant churches and when the traditionalists point the great scandal and imprudence of this, we are called fundamentalists.



We also regularly observe "conservative" neo-Catholics on their blogs saying that orthodoxy is not as important as being spiritually "alive" and being "obedient". One blogger who in charity I will not name, ignorantly wrote, "The quest for orthodoxy-to-the-exclusion of everything is poisoning our Church. I completely understand that dissent had rotted our church and the faith of our people.  But going in the extreme opposite direction of orthodoxy-or-else makes a bad situation worse." Can anyone see the clear and apparent contradiction here? The emotional unbalanced writer obviously does understand what 'orthodoxy' is. One who is orthodox is one who believes and lives the Catholic faith in its entirety.

What is poisoning our Church is heresy which is deceiving a vast majority of Catholics into believing and living a false gospel. The writer also makes a false distinction between obedience and orthodoxy. There is no distinction. Obedience is not properly understood. She thinks the Church can't possibly overcome the problems facing it by holding to orthodoxy. Any Catholic who understands the fundamentals of the faith understands there is no middle point between heresy and orthodoxy. The only opposite direction that is opposed to heresy is orthodoxy, period. This is why I often warn people about who they read these days concerning the Catholic faith. It is why I point everyone in the direction of solid traditional material written before the dawn of modernism. Please vet your reading material carefully. I personally do not support the popular "apologetics" groups out there, because quite frankly they are making ignorant Catholics who have no idea what Catholicism looks like when it is lived in its authenticity.



What this all boils down to is the average "conservative" neo-Catholic today would run Our Lord out of His own Church for being too rigid. In fact, they would probably crucify Him again if He were here in the flesh preaching the truth the way He did 2000 years ago. Lets take a look at some of the things that Jesus said and did that would have Him on the chopping block today by many in the Church hierarchy and the average "conservative" neo-Catholics.

[36] If therefore the son shall make you free, you shall be free indeed. [37] I know that you are the children of Abraham: but you seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you. [38] I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and you do the things that you have seen with your father. [39] They answered, and said to him: Abraham is our father. Jesus saith to them: If you be the children of Abraham, do the works of Abraham. [40] But now you seek to kill me, a man who have spoken the truth to you, which I have heard of God. This Abraham did not. [41] You do the works of your father. They said therefore to him: We are not born of fornication: we have one Father, even God. [42] Jesus therefore said to them: If God were your Father, you would indeed love me. For from God I proceeded, and came; for I came not of myself, but he sent me: [43] Why do you not know my speech? Because you cannot hear my word. [44] You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and he stood not in the truth; because truth is not in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father thereof. [45] But if I say the truth, you believe me not. (John 8:36-45)
Wow, what are we to think about Jesus telling the Jews that unless they believe in Him that they would die in their sins! I can hear it now, Jesus is a rigid fundamentalist! Yet, this is what Our Lord said. It is why He sent His apostles into the world to convert them, evangelizing the Jew and the Gentile. They even gave their lives to spread the truth of the gospel which demands conversion. Jesus would also be called uncharitable by most today when he says, "you are of your father the devil." In other words the Jews were following the Old Law to the T, yet they could not please God without accepting Jesus Christ.
[31] Wherefore you are witnesses against yourselves, that you are the sons of them that killed the prophets. [32] Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers. [33] You serpents, generation of vipers, how will you flee from the judgment of hell? [34] Therefore behold I send to you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them you will put to death and crucify, and some you will scourge in your synagogues, and persecute from city to city: [35] That upon you may come all the just blood that hath been shed upon the earth, from the blood of Abel the just, even unto the blood of Zacharias the son of Barachias, whom you killed between the temple and the altar. (Matthew 23:31-35)
Ouch, that was harsh! Can you imagine Jesus telling people that they may be in danger of hell today unless they change their ways? Guess who the prophet was that was going to be crucified? Jesus of course. It is my suspicion that Jesus would be crucified today by many Catholics who would consider Him too rigid.
[13] And the pasch of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. [14] And he found in the temple them that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting. [15] And when he had made, as it were, a scourge of little cords, he drove them all out of the temple, the sheep also and the oxen, and the money of the changers he poured out, and the tables he overthrew. [16] And to them that sold doves he said: Take these things hence, and make not the house of my Father a house of traffic. [17] And his disciples remembered, that it was written: The zeal of thy house hath eaten me up. [18] The Jews, therefore, answered, and said to him: What sign dost thou shew unto us, seeing thou dost these things? [19] Jesus answered, and said to them: Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. (John 2:13-19)
How sacred is worship and respect for God in the eyes of Jesus? Apparently it was a very serious issue in His eyes. Our Lord did not just fly off the handle in a fit of emotional rage as many paint Him as doing. No, notice that he took the time to actually hand make a scourge of little cords. This means that Jesus carefully thought out and planned His action. After He was finished making it, He went into the temple and actually swung at them, even overturning their tables! Oh my! How rigid today's "conservative" Catholic would say. Does it ever cross their minds that every time a Mass is said irreverently, which is infinitely more sacred than anything under the Old Law, that Jesus would run everyone out of the church like He did then? How many times do we see the Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass abused by bishops, priests and laity? Do they even realize that it is the Sacrifice of Christ? One has to wonder.



I could go on and on here with numerous examples, but you get the picture. Jesus was not like many of the modern clergy and laity going around telling people that they can easily "annul" their marriages and receive Holy Communion. Notice that Jesus never says anywhere in the Bible that anyone could be saved outside of accepting the gift of His Passion, death and resurrection, including the Jews.



Finally, I am going to speculate that Jesus would not be happy that on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of His most perfect Mother, that the Vatican decided to worship the created versus the creator! The now infamous light show projected on the front of St Peter's displayed everything worldly and nothing in reference to God or the Immaculate Conception. The financiers for the scandalous light show was the World Bank, who is steeped in immorality such as promoting contraception and abortion throughout the world! If there is anything that I think Our Lord would be hand making a whipping cord over, it would be His Church promoting and displaying everything worldly, including false religions on the feast day of celebrating the Immaculate Conception of His Holy Mother.



Yet, with everything that has been said, the "conservative" neo-Catholics are the ones who would be telling Our Lord that He was going against the Magisterium by not supporting all this nonsense. The question of the post is, 'was Jesus too rigid?' The obvious answer is that for most Catholics today, He would be run out on a rail or worse, crucified for his rigidity in doing and saying many of things He did. How do we know this? We know this because it happens every day in the Church where the hierarchy and laity together are demolishing His message of true mercy, conversion and repentance. Look at what they have done to all of the holy shrines in the world. That will be another topic of an upcoming post. If you are considered to be too rigid for following Christ and all of His teachings too closely, that is a good thing. Just be ready to endure the attacks from many in the Church. The servant is no better than His master.



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