The Definitive Traditional Catholic Faith as It Relates to Preparation for the Future Thread
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Welcome to CM, and thanks for starting this forum! I don’t generally post on the Controversial Topics, but I’ll look forward to reading your posts . . . .
This thread is for the purpose of relating Holy Scripture, as interpreted by traditional Catholic doctrine, to the challenges we face today, in understanding what we are experiencing today, and in preparing for the future. The author recognizes the independent free will of other posters. This thread is not intended to evangelize, but rather to express and explain the traditional Catholic faith, and how it relates to the challenges we face today, and preparations for the future.
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Today’s Holy Scripture* and commentary follow:
Know also this, that in the last days shall come dangerous times. Men shall be lovers of themselves, covetous, haughty, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, wicked,
Without affection, without peace, slanderers, incontinent, unmerciful, without kindness,
Traitors, stubborn, puffed up, and lovers of pleasures more than of God:
Having an appearance indeed of godliness but denying the power thereof. Now these avoid . . .
2 Timothy 3:1-5
Taken in context, the victories granted to God’s people in the Old Testament were just, in that those who turned their back on God, who is not only our creator, but the continuing source of all life and goodness, were justly rewarded for their ungrateful and degenerate living. What justice would there be in rewarding the arrogant and ungrateful, the same as the humble and obedient? What just and loving parent would reward the obstinate and ungrateful child the same as the loyal and grateful child? In this, we can find true inspiration . . . That amidst a world that is dominated by the arrogant, who thrive on the backs of the humble, we can be certain of God’s justice. Old Testament passages that tell of the triumph of the weak but faithful, over the strong but ungrateful, offer us hope. New Testament passages assure us that more justice will follow:
And he said to me: it is done. I am Alpha and Omega: The Beginning and the End. To him that thirsteth, I will give of the fountain of the water of life, freely.
He that shall overcome shall possess these things. And I will be his God: and he shall be my son.
But the fearful and unbelieving and the abominable and murderers and whoremongers and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, they shall have their portion in the pool burning with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.
* All scriptures will be quoted from Douay-Rheims The Holy Bible, unless otherwise noted.
The following are excerpts from a video that proposes that evidence of the biblical story of Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis chapters 18 & 19) still exists to this day:
Speak not any thing rashly, and let not thy heart be hasty to utter a word before God. For God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few.
— Ecclesiastes 5:1