Power of the Eternal Word 

“A country church is viewed balanced on its steeple, credited to Dennis Oppenheim, located in Calgary, AB, Canada.”(boredpanda.com)

UPSIDE-DOWN CHURCH CAN STIMULATE US TO GO TO GOD

This week was a wakeup from a bad dream. Not problematic as it was a direction to edit last week’s post of our NewYearHope – WordPress.com blog, Promotion Promise. The dream put me in a slave position and what I had to do to escape and live in fear. I woke up to think about it, it led me to edit the title, and add the video. Dreams are useful.

Sunday at church was similarly confusing. Not the mass, but the means of transport. My precious wife brought me, and went off to have her own breakfast. In service, I met with my sponsor and his sister, who have befriended me to join their church. Afterward, they invited me to coffee, and I accepted thinking precious wife was at home waiting my call.

As it turned out, she was already in the church parking lot, had bought me a coffee; I had to explain how I was with my sponsors and they wanted to take us both to coffee. This made her very upset, and without explanation, she drove by and away. For a moment, just a moment, I was embarrassed, but understood sympathetically, she was not dressed for a social.

HOW TO JOIN AN UPSIDE-DOWN CHURCH

My fifty-five years as a Protestant believer took me from Baptist baptism to Church of Christ baptism, to non-denominal holy Spirit baptism, and a local “family worship center”. All within which was my first and second marriages, three daughters, adopted son, and three step-children. No Protestant church could deal with my failures or absolve my sins.

The challenge in joining another “best” church, is to follow the holy leadings of God and his invitation to learn more about such things as sacraments, and saints, and the sacred Eternal Word, which is transsubstanciated into bread and wine unlike any other tradition. It has become more and more important to me. I am freely accepted and being processed in.

From the outside of a Catholic Church, Christian believers are taught to reject its teachings, be suspicious of its authority and question every biblical interpretation. But my introduction is finding more and more sense of the total, complete and comprehensive teaching through faith and reasonable understanding–that when learned, is assembled rightside up.(Wikipedia.org)

TURNING CHURCH ORGANIZATION CHARTS UPSIDE DOWN

I just learned of a good biblical illustration that may concern many new church member prospects. Church Structure by Simon Fenn shows us that the point of human needs is the top of the chart as changed from the authority. So the primary motivating anointing (ability, resource, power) is properly placed below in support of lay members serving human needs.

Also, here are some statistics that might help encourage lay ministers. Of the world’s population, 31.2 % are Christian, and 24.1% are Muslim. 16% Secular; 15.1% Hindus; 6.9% Buddhists; 5.7% tribal groups; and 0.2% Jewish. (Other, 1%)[globalreligiousfutures.org] And within Christian traditions, 50%, or 1.2 billion are Catholic. (Pew Research Center, R. Toro)

To add to this, the Muslims are projected to be faster growing of the major religious groups.(Estimated population size, 2015-2060) Rates of growth: Muslims, +70; Christians, +34; Hindus, +27; Jews, +15; tribals, +5 [Totals 32% of overall global population]. I conclude two reasons cause this, the god-of-this-world is a liar, and its doubting deception more convincing.

TURNING OUR NUTRICIAN AND HEALTH UPSIDE DOWN

My son sent me an email about a link to a promotion for a weight loss product, and asked what I thought. I was in the middle of writing this, as Tuesday is my most productive day–and turned my thoughts concerning church data, completely upside down. I immediately began researching his question. I shared with Wife and she said see Dr. Eric Berg. (YouTube.com):

Introduction on YouTube that shows his credentials, and gives an overview of some of the 600 videos that teach his secrets. Well, there is no secret about this really great nutritional education. I hope to learn as I post some helpful videos here. I watched How to burn fat, “People don’t lose weight to get healthy, they get healthy to lose weight!” He said. (YouTube.com)

That was great, wasn’t it? Did you take notes? Well, you can watch his video over and over till you get it down. Like taking a class. . . we are back in school again only this time we are motivated to learn. Here is another basic level class that I’ve seen that’s great: “How to fix your slow metabolism, MUST WATCH” (I googled “basics” for this YouTube.com classic)

BACK TO OUR UPSIDE-DOWN COMMUNITY STUDY

. . . let’s finish learning how one needs to know about God’s holy Apostolic Church: Three steps that take a considerable amount of time. First commit to praying a daily prayer that covers all needs for spiritual protection. Second, learn about Christian theology. And third, watch some Catholic programs on EWTN. (WordPress.com, Wikipedia.com, EWTN.com)

The Basics of Christian Theology is an inspiring. The author, Murray Rae, writes from Protestant or Reformed Tradition view, “Theological speech, Christianity understood, ought always to have this character of witness and of confession — it cannot stand in for the reality itself. It can only gesture towards the reality of God’s self-disclosure which, in the end, must be allowed to speak for itself.”

My study of theology led me into some Jewish mysticism classes that opened a door for me to look into a deeper level of the Godhead . . . so I thought. I had begun my blog, theology401, and thought, there must be a college class by that name! And when I searched for it, there it was. You can read about such a discovery, and what I learned writing it here. (WordPress.com)

ARE WE RIGHT SIDE UP YET?

My own study uncovered the Catholic Encyclopedia details about Jewish mysticism. I was relieved to learn of the theological error made by Jewish mystics. That helped me see something more about the Trinity, and the feminine side of the Creator. The anatomy of a woman’s dream, links all of the Hebrew University videos and the Catholic assessment.

I learned all this by trusting my intuitive conscience given to me as part of the grace, peace and mercy of the Lord Jesus Christ, and because of the feminine side of the Jewish Sefirot (‘safires’). The ten symbols in the diagram come from Kabbalistic documents that reveal “heat that radiates from the burning coal.” Images “accessible to human imagination.” . . .

Last week, I was forced to give away all my study bibles. If Wife was supposed to transport me to the Catholic Church, she wanted to know just how committed, seriously, I am. So she attacked my library. I was willing to make the sacrifice because  I was given a new Catholic bible. Also I realized all my references were old, and the Internet has more and better sources.

A CONCEPT OF PARALLAX ERROR

I just awoke from a restful nap, as my age and health demands, and noticed my outdoor thermostat needed adjustment. So I adjusted it to be more accurate. It’s not that complicated having a plastic pointer connected to a spring-like coil that is sensitive to the atmospheric temperature. Puting it back over my bed, laid there a moment, and thought, what if . . .

Can the concept of parallax error apply to church (ecclesial) or nutritional teaching? One of my references that didn’t get given away is a wonderful book by Dr. R.C. Sproul. He is a Reformed scholar who taught me that everybody has a theology. His work, Essential Truths of the Christian Faith is one book I purchased and devoured. It helped motivate me to write.

Everybody looks to God differently. Everyone is unique and can tell a individual story. Knowing what the essential truths are is very helpful because we may have heard something wrong and believed it to be right. Now, professor Sproul teaches basic bible faith, although Lutheran, he leaves Catholic doctrine alone. He occupies a different perspective, parallaxically.

THE IMAGE OF A TRASHED CHURCH IS BLASPHEMOUS

Our Creator paid the price for the right to condemn human  beings that refuse to honor their Creator as ultimate creator . They are given the free choice to reject God, but obviously, they lack understanding. Rejecting God and his Church is not a crime but is a mortal sin and means eternal judgment. Such cultural displays shock and hurt believers who love Church.

“How can we DO the truth without first understanding what the truth is?” – R.C. Sproul


A recent Gallup study compared all major religions with Protestant and Catholic data. It shows the stability of the Catholic data along with Protestant data that changes. Is their hope that American religious institutions can be comparing these statistics and conclude the direction for religious affiliation needs to favor stability and growth? (news.gallup.com)

The power of the Eternal Word is truth that is the same and doesn’t change. The Eternal Word is not a book, it is the person of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is “living and effective, sharper than any two-edged sword.” The (Eternal) Word of God is “penetrating even between soul and spirit, joints and marrow, and discern reflections and thoughts of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12, cf, Wisdom 18:15,16. New American Bible Revised Edition)

Charles Bundschu III

(“FINDING GOD IN ALL THINGS“)

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MAJOR LEAGUE FACEBALL: A Public Argument for Peace – video

Bishop Robert Barron as he appeared to Facebook staff (wordonfire.org)

Stained glass depiction of Mother Mary giving a signal for Jesus to pitch a curved ball (wikipedia.org)

This week, Bishop Robert Barron gave a marvelous talk at the Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California. He called it, How to make a religious argument. I’ve linked it here for you on YouTube, to watch — and even to watch again. But the  context of his remarks are documented as Church Catechism (teaching), which is true and not usually publically made.

And, in light of our current economic and political events, every citizen who is willing and able to discuss our society’s resolution for keeping the peace should be invited to speak. Bishop Barron is a prime candidate. [Thanks Facebook!]

The increasing terrorist shootings and even the increased hurricanes is more than coincidental, they speak to the devil Satan’s evil agenda for total world destruction — the end was predicted. Can we see this? [Thanks YouTube]

Congress fails to pass legislation for two essential reasons. The gun lobby is constitutionally supported, and no law is able to control absolutely thoughts and actions of free people. Peace is made and maintained only in the hearts of the people of the very God of peace. Why can I say this? I have lived long enough to learn how this great mystery is solved: By faith. . .

156 “What moves us to believe is not the fact that revealed truths appear as true and intelligible in the light of our natural reason: we believe “because of the authority of God himself who reveals them, who can neither deceive nor be deceived”[28So “that the submission of our faith might nevertheless be in accordance with reason, God willed that external proofs of his Revelation should be joined to the internal helps of the Holy Spirit.”[29Thus the miracles of Christ and the saints, prophecies, the Church’s growth and holiness, and her fruitfulness and stability “are the most certain signs of divine Revelation, adapted to the intelligence of all”; they are “motives of credibility” (motiva credibilitatis), which show that the assent of faith is “by no means a blind impulse of the mind”[30]

Bishop Barron said, “Authentic faith is not opposed to reason — real faith is above reason — never in contradiction to it. (Supra-rational). St. Thomas Aquinas shows this in his first 20 questions of Summa Theologiae list rational paths for God’s own reasons for trusting him.” [wikipedia.org](newadvent.org)

St. Anselm said, “Theology is faith seeking understanding.” Reason runs all through authentic faith. So, the process of believing God — the reasoning of a religious mind, you see, leaves argument behind. The intellectual begins to understand this is something he cannot deny, refute, or reject. It is peaceful because faith works by love; and love never fails.”(Gal. 5:6; 1Cor. 13:8) [wikipedia.org]

AUTHENTIC FAITH
157 “Faith is certain. It is more certain than all human knowledge because it is founded on the very word of God who cannot lie. To be sure, revealed truths can seem obscure to human reason and experience, but “the certainty that the divine light gives is greater than that which the light of natural reason gives.”[31] “Ten thousand difficulties do not make one doubt.[32]

158 “Faith seeks understanding”:[33it is intrinsic to faith that a believer desires to know better the One in whom he has put his faith, and to understand better what He has revealed; a more penetrating knowledge will in turn call forth a greater faith, increasingly set afire by love. The grace of faith opens “the eyes of your hearts”[34to a lively understanding of the contents of Revelation: that is, of the totality of God’s plan and the mysteries of faith, of their connection with each other and with Christ, the center of the revealed mystery. “The same Holy Spirit constantly perfects faith by his gifts, so that Revelation may be more and more profoundly understood.”[35In the words of St. Augustine, “I believe, in order to understand; and I understand, the better to believe.”[36[vaticana.va]

OVERCOMING SCIENTISM

“We have to overcome scientism — reduction of all knowledge to the scientific method form of knowledge. It only results in compromise. Religion only becomes a hobby or private occupation. But a truth claim has universal objectivity. Bishop Barron refered to Plato, Shakespeare and Dante as sources of genius above scientism. We challenge scientism publically!”(Wikipedia.org)

ARGUMENT IS THE REAL PATH OF PEACE

159 Faith and science: “Though faith is above reason, there can never be any real discrepancy between faith and reason. Since the same God who reveals mysteries and infuses faith has bestowed the light of reason on the human mind, God cannot deny himself, nor can truth ever contradict truth.”[37] “Consequently, methodical research in all branches of knowledge, provided it is carried out in a truly scientific manner and does not override moral laws, can never conflict with the faith, because the things of the world and the things of faith derive from the same God. The humble and persevering investigator of the secrets of nature is being led, as it were, by the hand of God in spite of himself, for it is God, the conserver of all things, who made them what they are.”[38]

AVOID VOLUNTEERISM

We can trump (forgive the pun) intellect with our will. Philosophies of John Paul Sartre and Friedrich Nietzsche claim existence precedes essence: I decide who I am! Such claims are anthropological volunteerism or neighborhood organizing forms violent protests under permits of peacefulness.” Argument overcomes violence.”(Wikipedia.org)

TAKING A STEP BACK

“The psychologist Carl Rogers offers a process he calls unconditional reflection. Called Rogerian Method (of argument): “What you are saying is clear … ” (asking for further clarification). What is right, this or is this? Tread lightly and use counseling techniques to enable the patient to come up with his own best solution.”(Wikipedia.org)

“G.K. Chesterton, ‘The open mind is like the open mouth having something to bite down on.‘”

REVIEW AND CONCLUSION

  1. “Faith is not opposed to reason.
  2. Overcome scientism.
  3. Don’t tolerate subjectivism.
  4. Avoid volunteerism.
  5. Do Rogerian psychology.”

“St. Thomas Acquinas, professor at University of Paris, taught the disputed question method . . . the end equals resolution coming to knowledge — a path not to truth, but to peace.” (YouTube.com)

Here I am watching golf on television on a rare, tropical storm, rainy-Sunday afternoon, thankful for the peace and relative calm we can claim as an answer to prayer (the trees can use the rain). I reflect briefly on this week as week three of my RCIA class attendance. Church today was without sponsor, who is indisposed by a severe injury and 16 stitches to his hand.

My leading to follow God into his holy and apostolic church is in direct obedience to everything I’ve learned, both as Protestant and Catholic. I believe God is using every and all Christ-honoring churches and fellowships. I was baptized 55-years ago, only after leaving school and home. Our parents taught us to go to church but join only when older.

I am older than my dad when he passed. My passing will be sooner than than later. Catholicism and Marian theology teach our transition into eternity is made with grace and peace. This is what is worth planning for: Forget the bucket list.

Why is a religious argument like a curve ball? It can strike “you” out.

Grace to you and eternal peace from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ, (Phil.1:2)

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Text Notes: 28, Dei Filius 3: DS 3008; 29, ibid DS 3009; 30, ibid DS 3010, cf. Mk 16:20, Heb 2:4; 31, St. Thomas Aquinas, Sth II-II, 171, t, obj 3; 32, John Henry Cardinal Newman, Apologia pot vita sua (London Longman, 1878), 239; 33, St. Anselm, Prosl. proem.: PL 153, 225A; 34Eph 1:18; 35, DV 5; 36, St. Agustine, Sermo 43, 7, 9: PL 38, 257-258; 37, Dei Filius 4: DS 3017; 38, GS 36 § 1.

Charles Bundschu III @wordlifejournal [Note: Permission to quote copyright material is granted by the U.S. Copyright Law provision of fair-use; with nothing stolen, credits given, and promotion of media services. A big thank you to Facebook and YouTube! Also, permission to quote from the Updated Catechism of the Catholic Church by LIBRERIA EDITRICE VATICANA Prof. D. Giuseppe Costa, Sdb, 1-3-17 (Twitter.com; Vatican.va)