Did you know that Jesus did not know about his death or resurrection? Are you aware that the transfiguration never really happened? Adam and Eve was a story made up according to scare us from sin. The devil doesn’t exist. JESUS DID NOT DIE FOR OUR SINS, he died because of social sins (ie, prejudice, racism, political struggles). If you did not know this, you are not alone, apparently I did not know either. I heard a lot of these statements, and said to myself: this is to theology what pornography is to sex.
These statements place God in a box in which we can control or human enlightened understanding of the mystery of our faith. The Prophet Isaiah wrote the following:
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways—oracle of the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, my thoughts higher than your thought” (Isa 55:8)
The Catechism of the Catholic Church says:
“Since our knowledge of God is limited, our language about him is equally so…We must therefore continually purify our language of everything in it that is limited, image-bound or imperfect, if we are not to confuse our image of God—‘the inexpressible, the incomprehensible, the invisible, the ungraspable’--with our human representations. Our human words always fall short of the mystery of God” (40, 42).
“By natural reason man can know God with certainty, on the basis of his works. But there is another order of knowledge, which man cannot possibly arrive at by his own powers: the order of divine Revelation.” (50).
It drives me insane to hear these statements. The Church in her wisdom, coupled with the Sacred Scriptures has; by the direction of the Holy Spirit, guided the followers of Christ to experience God. However, we are greedy and lustful. We [humanity] need to not understand, or experience God, WE NEED TO SOLVE GOD. The lust for trying to solve the “God Thing” is no different than a man that lust over a woman. He is only attracted to her physicality and does not truly desire to experience her, commit to her, be one with her. That choice would require an act of humility. Similarly, this fixation of attempting to put God in a controlled box is no different than the man lusting. There is no intention of committing to God, as much as there is a desire to figure him out and control him.
We can all learn from the Ethiopian Enuch in the Acts of the Apostles, who was attempting to understand Isaiah. Philip lead by the Spirit approached the Ethiopian and said: “ ‘Do you understand what you are reading? ‘He replied, ‘How can I, unless someone instructs me?’ So he invited Philip to get in and sit with him. (Acts 8:29-31).
Statements like; Did you know that Jesus did not know about his death or resurrection? Are you aware that the transfiguration never really happened? Adam and Eve was a story made up according to scare us from sin. The devil doesn’t exist. JESUS DID NOT DIE FOR OUR SINS,
nulls and voids salvation history, limits God, separates Christ’s divinity from his humanity, and makes Jesus, the son of God, a person that was just caught up in mere circumstances of social injustice. It limits Christ and the salvific grace of the passion in a human box. If you happen to not agree with statements like that you are labeled a fundamentalist, literalist, right winged conservative spiritual nut case, who just follows the hierarchy of the Church blindly, enslaved to childish thoughts. Consider me old school, but I am going to trust in the faith, that allows me to believe in the mystery of Faith. A faith that tells me that God, my father loves me so much that he would send his only beloved son to share in my humanity and suffer for the sins of humanity. Heretics, you offend good, prudent, and responsible theology. It literally (for the sake of instant gravitation of instantaneous insight) perverts knowledge of God. John Paul II is accredited with saying: "The problem with pornography isn't that it shows too much. The problem with pornography is that it doesn't show enough."
A heretical style of teaching is caught up in words, like pornography is just caught up in the body.
Terms to understand:
Pornography: "consists in removing real or simulated acts from the intimacy of the partners, in order to display them deliberately to third parties. It offends against chastity because it perverts the conjugal act, the intimate giving of spouses to each other." (CCC#2354)
Heresy: “Heresy is the obstinate post-baptismal denial of some truth which must be believed with divine and catholic faith, or it is likewise an obstinate doubt concerning the same” (CCC#2089)
*disclaimer: I believe all in what the Catholic Church teaches, I love and trust her as she leads me to a greater understanding, experience, and relationship with my first true LOVE; JESUS CHRIST.
Oscar "Two Ten" Rivera is all about bringing the fire. Passionate, comedic, and driven to deliver the truth, the right way.