Thoughts and Truth from the Impossible Life

Catholic Church vs Christianity

The Catholic Church is just one branch of Christianity with some differences from most Protestant branches. These are additional books in their Bible that Martin Luther removed as part of the Protestant reformation. The Catholic Church also has the Pope who is considered to be the living head of ALL God‘s churches by Catholics. The other major difference is that the Catholic Church also assumed for itself the right to supersede anything in the bible by their believed authority as successor to Peter for whom Jesus had said he would build his church. An example of the use of this extra-biblical use of authority is the arbitrary changing of the day of worship from the Sabbath Day of Saturday (literally Sabbot) to Sunday to co-op the Sun Worshipers, the largest pagan group in competition for believers at the time. Of course, all Catholic Priests and all other Christian denominations KNOW that the day is suppose to be Saturday, not Sunday, but it remains solely based on Papal authority. Though, there is an extremely weak argument used about the Apostles being assembled together on the first day of the week to cover the contradiction of God’s Word by this change.

January 9, 2011 Posted by | Christianity / God | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

partakers of the divine nature

    (#460 on page 118 of The Catechism of the Catholic Church.)

THE PROFESSION OF FAITH

SECTION TWO
THE PROFESSION OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH

CHAPTER TWO
I BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST, THE ONLY SON OF GOD

ARTICLE 3
“HE WAS CONCEIVED BY THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, AND BORN OF THE VIRGIN MARY”

Paragraph 1. The Son of God Became Man

I. WHY DID THE WORD BECOME FLESH?

456 With the Nicene Creed, we answer by confessing: “For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven; by the power of the Holy Spirit, he became incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and was made man.”

457 The Word became flesh for us in order to save us by reconciling us with God, who “loved us and sent his Son to be the expiation for our sins”: “the Father has sent his Son as the Savior of the world”, and “he was revealed to take away sins”:70

Sick, our nature demanded to be healed; fallen, to be raised up; dead, to rise again. We had lost the possession of the good; it was necessary for it to be given back to us. Closed in the darkness, it was necessary to bring us the light; captives, we awaited a Savior; prisoners, help; slaves, a liberator. Are these things minor or insignificant? Did they not move God to descend to human nature and visit it, since humanity was in so miserable and unhappy a state?71

458 The Word became flesh so that thus we might know God’s love: “In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.”72 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”73

459 The Word became flesh to be our model of holiness: “Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me.” “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me.”74 On the mountain of the Transfiguration, the Father commands: “Listen to him!”75 Jesus is the model for the Beatitudes and the norm of the new law: “Love one another as I have loved you.”76 This love implies an effective offering of oneself, after his example.77

460

    The Word became flesh to make us “partakers of the divine nature”

:78 “For this is why the Word became man, and the Son of God became the Son of man: so that man, by entering into communion with the Word and thus receiving divine sonship, might become a son of God.”79

    “For the Son of God became man so that we might become God.”

80 “The only-begotten Son of God, wanting to make us sharers in his divinity, assumed our nature, so that he, made man, might make men gods.”81

80 St. Athanasius, De inc. 54, 3: PG 25, 192B

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