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Explore your higher latitudes . . . be a Columbus to whole new continents and worlds within you, open new channels, not of trade but of thought.
Henry David Thoreau
Dare to live the life you have dreamed for yourself. Go forward and make your dreams come true.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.
It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich according to what he is, not according to what he has.
Henry Ward Beecher
Psalm 86:15 But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.
Isaiah 40:31 But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.
Romans 12:12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
Ephesians 2:10 ”For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
Praise the Lord!
Praise, O servants of the Lord,
praise the name of the Lord!
2 Blessed be the name of the Lord
from this time forth and forevermore!
3 From the rising of the sun to its setting,
the name of the Lord is to be praised!
4 The Lord is high above all nations,
and his glory above the heavens!
5 Who is like the Lord our God,
who is seated on high,
6 who looks far down
on the heavens and the earth?
7 He raises the poor from the dust
and lifts the needy from the ash heap,
8 to make them sit with princes,
with the princes of his people.
9 He gives the barren woman a home,
making her the joyous mother of children.
Praise the Lord!
Posted in Catholic Church Doctrine, Catholicism, Christianity, Dogma, God, Holy Spirit, Jesus, scripture, Theology, tagged bible, Catholic Church, Catholicism, Christian, doctrine, dogma, faith, father, God, Holy Spirit, son, The Trinity, tradition on June 26, 2013 | 5 Comments »
A couple of years ago I put together this post which shows evidence supporting the doctrine of the Trinity. I thought it would be good to repost it here. I ended up only posting a few in the series but I’m thinking of picking back up where I left off and continuing with the series.
For awhile I have been thinking of starting a series of posts in which I write on the basic beliefs of Catholicism and evangelizing to people of other faiths and unbelievers. My Catholicism 101 Basics of Catholicism will cover but will not be limited to : the Sacraments, Tradition, Saints, the Trinity, Papal infallibility, Incarnation, Mary, the Mass, Popes, encyclicals, heresies, misconceptions about faith and science being at odds, the development of Doctrine, moral teachings, as well as other issues, controversies, and topics in relation to the Church. I will be posting this on both Teresamerica and Tu Ne Cede Malis Contra Audentior Ito.
Catholics believe in the Trinity – God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God is three persons which is the Triune God, or God is three persons in one God, or one God in three persons. Here is a portion of the Athanasian Creed which will help to explain the Trinity:
Whosoever will be saved, before all things it is necessary that he hold the Catholic Faith. Which Faith except everyone do keep whole and undefiled, without doubt he shall perish everlastingly. And the Catholic Faith is this, that we worship one God in Trinity and Trinity in Unity. Neither confounding the Persons, nor dividing the Substance. For there is one Person of the Father, another of the Son, and another of the Holy Ghost. But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Ghost is all One, the Glory Equal, the Majesty Co-Eternal. Such as the Father is, such is the Son, and such is the Holy Ghost. The Father Uncreate, the Son Uncreate, and the Holy Ghost Uncreate. The Father Incomprehensible, the Son Incomprehensible, and the Holy Ghost Incomprehensible. The Father Eternal, the Son Eternal, and the Holy Ghost Eternal and yet they are not Three Eternals but One Eternal. As also there are not Three Uncreated, nor Three Incomprehensibles, but One Uncreated, and One Uncomprehensible. So likewise the Father is Almighty, the Son Almighty, and the Holy Ghost Almighty. And yet they are not Three Almighties but One Almighty.
So the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Ghost is God. And yet they are not Three Gods, but One God. So likewise the Father is Lord, the Son Lord, and the Holy Ghost Lord. And yet not Three Lords but One Lord. For, like as we are compelled by the Christian verity to acknowledge every Person by Himself to be God and Lord, so are we forbidden by the Catholic Religion to say, there be Three Gods or Three Lords. The Father is made of none, neither created, nor begotten. The Son is of the Father alone; not made, nor created, but begotten. The Holy Ghost is of the Father, and of the Son neither made, nor created, nor begotten, but proceeding.
So there is One Father, not Three Fathers; one Son, not Three Sons; One Holy Ghost, not Three Holy Ghosts. And in this Trinity none is afore or after Other, None is greater or less than Another, but the whole Three Persons are Co-eternal together, and Co-equal. So that in all things, as is aforesaid, the Unity in Trinity, and the Trinity in Unity, is to be worshipped. He therefore that will be saved, must thus think of the Trinity.
God is all-loving, omnipotent, and omniscient. God is agape. God is pure unselfish love. Therefore, since God has always been unselfish love, there must always have been more than one self in God.
Biblical case for trinity doctrine
The Bible makes these truths clear -
- The unity of God – there is only one God, one Divine Being, uniquely and supremely possessing one absolute Divine Nature or substance. There are not two or three Gods.
- The full divinity of God the Father of Jesus Christ.
- The full divinity of Christ the eternally begotten Son of God.
- The distinction between the Father and the Son (they are not the same Person).
- The Son is eternally equal to the Father in nature.
- The Son is in submission and obedience to the Father in love (this statement of truth is not in conflict with the one just above it AT ALL!).
- The full divinity of the Holy Spirit.
- The Personhood of the Holy Spirit (The Holy Spirit is not a mere impersonal divine force).
- The distinction between the Holy Spirit and both the Father and the Son (The Holy Spirit is neither the Father nor the Son).
Proof texts –
- The unity of God is expressed very clearly in the opening of the ancient traditional Hebraic hymn, the Shema Y’Israel: “Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God is one Lord” – Deuteronomy 6:4
- The full divinity of God the Father: Matthew 3:16 – “And Jesus being baptized, forthwith came out of the water: and lo, the heavens were opened to him: and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove, and coming upon him. And behold a voice from heaven, saying: This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
“There is one [hen] body and one [hen] Spirit, one [hen] hope, one [hen] Lord, one [hen] faith, one [hen] baptism, one [hen] God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.” (Ephesians 4:4-6)
- The full divinity of Christ as the only Begotten Son of God the Father: ”In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him: and without him was made nothing that was made…And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we saw his glory, the glory as it were of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth… And of his fulness we all have received, and grace for grace. For the law was given by Moses; grace and truth came by Jesus Christ…the only begotten Son who is in the bosom of the Father…Behold the Lamb of God, behold him who taketh away the sin of the world…this is the Son of God.” (John 1:1-3, 14,16-17, 29, 34)
“I and the Father are one.” (John 10:30)
John 8:58 “Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!” ["I Am" (Ex. 3:14)].
- The distinction between the Father and the Son: “The Lord [the Father] says to my Lord [the Son]: ‘Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet’” Psalm 110:1
After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed:
“Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began. John 17:1-5
- The Son is eternally equal to the Father: ”Christ Jesus, Who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness.” (Phillipians 2:5-7 – the Greek word translated here as “grasped” is ἁρπαγμός harpagmos. In the King James Bible, that part of the verse renders that word by declaring that our Lord “thought it not robbery to be equal with God”. The Greek word refers to siezing, as in robbery, but it can also signify clutching, clasping, cleaving to – i.e, retaining with vigorous security that which is already in one’s possession. The implication is that the Son of God, prior to the incarnation, already properly enjoyed “equality with God”, the state of being “equal with God”. This also affirms full divinity, for only God can be equal with God. Combine that with the fact that there is only one God, and you have an affirmation that the Father and the Son are one in Being or substance.
- The Son is in submission to the Father in love: John 6:38 – “because I came down from heaven not to do my own will but the will of the one who sent me.”
“Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work.” (John 14:10)
- The full divinity of the Holy Spirit: ”Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit…” (Matthew 27:19)
2 Cor. 3:16-18, “but whenever a man turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.”
- The Personhood of the Holy Spirit: ”And I will ask the Father, and he shall give you another Paraclete, that he may abide with you for ever. The spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, nor knoweth him: but you shall know him; because he shall abide with you, and shall be in you.” (John 14:16-17)
- The distinction between the Holy Spirit and both the Father and the Son: ”But when the Paraclete cometh, whom I will send you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceedeth from the Father, he shall give testimony of me.” (John 15:26-27) “But I tell you the truth: it is expedient to you that I go: for if I go not, the Paraclete will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.” (John 16:7)
Posted in Bible, Catechetics, Catholic, Christian, God, scripture, Theology, tagged bible, Cardinal Ratzinger, Creation Story, exegete, Genesis, interpretation, literal, literalist, Nicanor Pier Giorgio Austriaco, non-literal, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, reading on April 25, 2013 | 15 Comments »
I am planning on having a series of posts where various issues are going to be debated between atheists and Christians, or people of faith. Before I start a series debating theological topics with atheists/agnostics/skeptics I have some questions on the Creation Story for people of all faiths.
I believe that God is the Author of all of creation from the heavens, earth, fish, birds, humans – male and female, light, darkness, sky, animals, trees, plants, sea, other creatures and much more. Do you believe that God made everything within 6 days, what we think of as 6 days? Or do you think that what the Bible calls “days” may be representative of a different time period, different from the time period we attribute to a day at present day?
In 1981 then Cardinal Ratzinger , now Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, gave four homilies on Creation in which he identified three principles that the exegete needs to consider when reading the Creation Story. While defending exegetes that go beyond a literalist reading of Genesis, Nicanor Pier Giorgio Austriaco explains how to interpret the Creation Story using Cardinal Ratzinger’s (Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI) homilies.
First Principle — The difference between form and content:
First, he proposes that the exegete “must distinguish between the form of portrayal and
the content that is portrayed.”
He must keep in mind that the Bible is, first and
foremost, a religious book and not a natural science textbook. Thus, Cardinal Ratzinger
concludes that Genesis does not and cannot provide a scientific explanation of how the
world arose. Rather, it is a book that seeks to describe things in such a way that the
reader is able to grasp profound religious realities. It uses images to communicate
religious truth, images that were chosen from what was understandable at the time the
text was written, “images which surrounded the people who lived then, which they used
in speaking and in thinking, and thanks to which they were able to understand the
greater realities.” In other words, the Catholic exegete is called to respect the text as it
is. He is called to read Genesis as its human author wished it to be read, not as a
scientific treatise, but as a religious narrative that communicates profound truths about
Cardinal Ratzinger’s first criterion for exegesis echoes the teaching of the Second
Vatican Council. In Dei verbum, the Dogmatic Constitution on Revelation, the Council
Fathers taught that,
Those who search out the intention of the sacred writers must, among other things,
have regard for “literary forms.” For truth is proposed and expressed in a variety of
ways, depending on whether a text is history of one kind or another or whether its form
is that of prophecy, poetry, or some other type of speech. The interpreter must
investigate what meaning the sacred writer intended to express and actually expressed
in particular circumstances as he used contemporary literary forms in accordance with
the situation of his own time and culture.
Moreover, though Cardinal Ratzinger does not provide a theological justification for this
criterion, the Second Vatican Council did. According to the Council, we need to respect
the form of the text because “God speaks in sacred Scripture through men in human
Thus, the exegete “in order to see clearly what God wanted to communicate
to us, should carefully investigate what meaning the sacred writers really intended, and
what God wanted to manifest by means of their words.”10 In other words, the Catholic
exegete should respect the form of the Sacred Scriptures because in doing so, he
respects the action of God who authored the sacred text without violating the freedom,
identity, and idiosyncrasies of the human authors who wrote in different forms.
Second Principle — The unity of the Holy Bible:
“In his Lenten homily from 1981, Cardinal Ratzinger brings up the same question asking, is the distinction
between the image and what is intended to be expressed only an evasion, because we
can no longer rely on the text even though we still want to make something of it, or are
there criteria from the Bible itself that attest to this distinction?” In response, he
proposes a second criterion for sound Catholic exegesis — the exegete should interpret
a text from within the context of the unity of the Bible. Applying this criterion to the
interpretation of the six-day creation account, we discover that the creation accounts in
the Old Testament — the Hexaemeron is only one of several found in Genesis and in
Psalms — are clearly “movement[s] to clarify the faith” and are not scientific or
historical narratives. For instance, Cardinal Ratzinger notes that a study of the origins of
the creation texts in the Wisdom literature especially reveal that they were written to
respond to the Hellenistic civilization confronted by the Israelites. Thus, it is not
surprising that the human authors of these accounts did not use the image of the six
days to assert their faith in the one Creator God. This image would not have been
appropriate for their time and would not have been understood by their Greek
contemporaries. In contrast, a study of the origins of the Hexaemeron, the six-day
account of creation, found in the first chapter of Genesis reveals that it was written to
respond to the seemingly victorious Babylonian civilization confronted by the Israelites
several centuries before their encounter with the Greeks. Here, the human author of the
sacred text used images familiar to their pagan contemporaries to refute the Enuma
Elish, the Babylonian creation account that claimed that the world was created when
Marduk, the god of light, killed the primordial dragon.Thus, as Cardinal Ratzinger
points out, it is not surprising that nearly every word of the first creation account
addresses a particular confusion of the Babylonian age. For instance, when the Sacred
Scriptures affirm that in the beginning, the earth was without form and void (cf. Gen.
1:2), the sacred text refutes the existence of a primordial dragon. When they refer to the
sun and the moon as lamps that God has hung in the sky for the measurement of time
(cf. Gen. 1:14), the text refutes the divinity of these two great celestial bodies believed
to be Babylonian gods. These verses, and they are only two of many examples,
illustrate the intent of the human author of the Hexaemeron. He wanted to dismantle a
pagan myth that was commonplace in Babylon and assert the supremacy of the one
Creator God. Cardinal Ratzinger concludes: Reading Genesis with Cardinal Ratzinger
Thus, we can see how the Bible itself constantly readapts its images to a continually
developing way of thinking, how it changes time and again in order to bear witness, time
and again, to the one thing that has come to it, in truth, from God’s Word, which is the
message of his creating act. In the Bible itself the images are free and they correct
themselves ongoingly. In this way they show, by means of a gradual and interactive
process, that they are only images, which reveal something deeper and greater.
Third Principle — Christ as the interpretive key of the Holy Bible:
Finally, the second criterion raises another important question: Why should the Sacred
Scriptures be treated as a unity? What is the source of this unity? In response, Cardinal
Ratzinger provides his third and final criterion for interpreting the sacred text: We are to
read the Sacred Scriptures “with Him in whom all things have been fulfilled and in whom
all of its validity and truth are revealed.” It is Christ who unifies the Bible. The entire
Bible is about him. Thus, Genesis has to be read in the context of its fulfillment in Christ.
Therefore, the Holy Father asserts that the first creation account cannot be read without
reference to the conclusive and normative scriptural account of creation which begins:
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God …
All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was
made” (John 1:1;3, Revised Standard Version). For Cardinal Ratzinger, it is Christ who
sanctions readings of the sacred text that move beyond a strict literalist reading
because it is Christ who wishes to communicate profound theological truths that
penetrate the human heart and soul: “Christ frees us from the slavery of the letter, and
precisely thus does he give back to us, renewed, the truth of the images.”
Posted in Bible, Catechetics, Catholic Church Doctrine, Christian, faith, God, Inerrancy, scripture, tagged "sin of unbelief", belief, bible, Catholic teaching, Christian, Dr. Ralph Martin, faith, God, Holy Spirit, inerrancy, Jesus Christ, scripture on March 3, 2013 | 2 Comments »
Questioning does not necessarily mean that you don’t believe. But questioning can lead to the sin of unbelief. If the reason why you are questioning is to further understand something about the Faith that is a good thing. But if you are a skeptic of certain teachings questioning those teachings and uncertain whether you should believe this or that doctrinal teaching then you are giving way to the sin of unbelief.
I have been really struggling today. I have been so emotional. Today was emotionally draining for me. Not sure whether it’s because of the lack of hormones, my pain having increased a decent amount, dealing with the whole hysterectomy having no kids thing, or a combination of everything that I mentioned but I had an extremely bad day today. I prayed to God asking for His help and He led me to Isaiah 60. God Bless.
Posted in Bible, Catechetics, Catholic, Christian, Conservative, faith, God, Jesus, Politics, scripture, tagged bible, bloggers, blogging, God, Jesus, politics, scripture, The Food For Thought Award, thought provoking on November 1, 2012 | 6 Comments »
Thank you very much Citizen Tom for bestowing me with The Food For Thought Award. Citizen Tom created The Food For Thought Award and explains what it entails: “What’s The Food for Thought Award? How can we combine The Super Sweet Blogger Award with The Thought Provoking Blog Award? Well, when a Christian blog offers visitors wisdom from the Word of God, isn’t that blog providing its visitors food for thought? Ah ha! Thus was born a new award.”
Here are the rules:
- Post the award on your blog. Done.
- Thank the one who nominated you and link back to their blog. Done
- Share seven of your favorite Bible passages. For extra points (Perhaps our Father in heaven will award them.), explain why each these seven passages is a favorite. Done
- Nominate seven other bloggers you admire and enjoy! Why seven? In the Bible, seven symbolizes completeness.
- Inform each person that you have nominated them. Will pass on by tomorrow at 8pm.
Here are my seven favorite Bible passages:
Psalm 113: 7-9
He raises up the lowly from the dust;
from the dunghill he lifts up the poor
To seat them with princes,
with the princes of his own people.
He establishes in her home the barren wife
as the joyful mother of children.
This passage is very special to me. After I returned home from having my hysterectomy it hit me like a ton of bricks that I know longer had my reproductive organs. I struggled quite a bit due to the fact that Kevin and I don’t have any kids and because having the hysterectomy meant a huge loss, that there was no way I could have kids anymore. After I prayed to God and asked for His help to guide me to a scripture passage He led me to this one.
2 Chronicles 19:7 (RSV)
Now then, let the fear of the LORD be upon you; take heed what you do, for there is no perversion of justice with the LORD our God, or partiality, or taking bribes.”
This passage reminded of how people pervert justice and/or social justice today.
Luke 1:26-38 (RSV)
In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Hail, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and considered in her mind what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there will be no end.” And Mary said to the angel, “How shall this be, since I have no husband?” And the angel said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God. And behold, your kinswoman Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. For with God nothing will be impossible.” And Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.
Mary said the ultimate Yes to God following His will. She is the perfect example for how we are to follow God’s will. This is the beginning of Mary’s role as the Mother of God Incarnate.
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.” 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
I love the whole creation story but I picked this part of it because this is when God created man in his own image. He created man and woman. God is the author of all of creation.
Deuteronomy 32:4 (RSV)
“The Rock, his work is perfect; for all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and right is he.
God is indeed right and just.
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that made us whole, and with his stripes we are healed.
This is a prefigurement of Jesus dying for our sins. He made the ultimate sacrifice for us.
O LORD my God, I cried to thee for help, and thou hast healed me.
Our Lord is the great healer. This passage really spoke to me because God has healed me.
Here are seven bloggers I am bestowing with The Food For Thought Award:
SR at Water My Flowers Lord
Terry at 8 Kids And A Business
God Bless everyone!
Posted in Bible, Catechetics, Catholic, Christian, faith, God, Jesus, tagged bible, father, Jesus, justice, mercy, New Testament, parable, repent, sin, The Prodigal Son on September 14, 2012 | 4 Comments »
Today Kevin and I were talking about justice in the context of getting justice for a wrong. Then we started talking about both mercy and justice and Kevin asked me if I could think of a time in the New Testament when Jesus displayed both mercy and justice. My first couple answers were ones that he had not thought of but which fit perfectly. After a few attempts I figured out the specific instance in the New Testament that Kevin was thinking of. He was talking about The Parable of the Prodigal Son.
The Parable of the Lost Son
11 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.
13 “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. 14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16 He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.
17 “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ 20 So he got up and went to his father.
“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.
21 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’
22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.
25 “Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on.27 ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’
28 “The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. 29 But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’
31 “‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours.32 But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’”
The Father showed his son mercy when he accepted his son back home with open arms. The father showed his unconditional love to his son in the same manner as our Father in heaven loves each of us unconditionally. The son repented for his sins and the Father showed him mercy.
Justice is done when the Father says to the faithful son “everything I have is yours” but does not reward the lost son who spent all of his inheritance and returned home with nothing. The prodigal son squandered his inheritance and it would not be just to take from the son who has faithfully served his father to give to a son who had already been given his share of the inheritance but wasted it.
Posted in Bible, Catechetics, Christian, faith, God, Inerrancy, scripture, Theology, tagged bible, erotic, God, inerrancy, interpretation, love, passionate, reflections, scripture, Song of Solomon, Song of Songs on July 2, 2012 | 3 Comments »
I asked for God’s guidance and he led me to quite a provocative scripture passage, chapters 1 and 2 of the Song of Songs. Do you think the Song of Solomon is controversial? Do you think God is giving legitimacy to passionate, erotic love between a husband and his wife? What do you think God’s message is in this passage? Since God created man and woman in order to bring offspring into the world it seems to me that God shows in scripture that He believes love is a beautiful and wonderful thing. Is the Song of Solomon yet another example of that?
Song of Solomon
 The Song of Songs, which is Solomon’s.
 O that you would kiss me with the kisses of your mouth!
For your love is better than wine,
 your anointing oils are fragrant,
your name is oil poured out;
therefore the maidens love you.
 Draw me after you, let us make haste.
The king has brought me into his chambers.
We will exult and rejoice in you;
we will extol your love more than wine;
rightly do they love you.
 I am very dark, but comely,
O daughters of Jerusalem,
like the tents of Kedar,
like the curtains of Solomon.
 Do not gaze at me because I am swarthy,
because the sun has scorched me.
My mother’s sons were angry with me,
they made me keeper of the vineyards;
but, my own vineyard I have not kept!
 Tell me, you whom my soul loves,
where you pasture your flock,
where you make it lie down at noon;
for why should I be like one who wanders
beside the flocks of your companions?
 If you do not know,
O fairest among women,
follow in the tracks of the flock,
and pasture your kids
beside the shepherds’ tents.
 I compare you, my love,
to a mare of Pharaoh’s chariots.
 Your cheeks are comely with ornaments,
your neck with strings of jewels.
 We will make you ornaments of gold,
studded with silver.
 While the king was on his couch,
my nard gave forth its fragrance.
 My beloved is to me a bag of myrrh,
that lies between my breasts.
 My beloved is to me a cluster of henna blossoms
in the vineyards of Enge’di.
 Behold, you are beautiful, my love;
behold, you are beautiful;
your eyes are doves.
 Behold, you are beautiful, my beloved,
Our couch is green;
 the beams of our house are cedar,
our rafters are pine.
 I am a rose of Sharon,
a lily of the valleys.
 As a lily among brambles,
so is my love among maidens.
 As an apple tree among the trees of the wood,
so is my beloved among young men.
With great delight I sat in his shadow,
and his fruit was sweet to my taste.
 He brought me to the banqueting house,
and his banner over me was love.
 Sustain me with raisins,
refresh me with apples;
for I am sick with love.
 O that his left hand were under my head,
and that his right hand embraced me!
 I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem,
by the gazelles or the hinds of the field,
that you stir not up nor awaken love
until it please.
 The voice of my beloved!
Behold, he comes,
leaping upon the mountains,
bounding over the hills.
 My beloved is like a gazelle,
or a young stag.
Behold, there he stands
behind our wall,
gazing in at the windows,
looking through the lattice.
 My beloved speaks and says to me:
“Arise, my love, my fair one,
and come away;
 for lo, the winter is past,
the rain is over and gone.
 The flowers appear on the earth,
the time of singing has come,
and the voice of the turtledove
is heard in our land.
 The fig tree puts forth its figs,
and the vines are in blossom;
they give forth fragrance.
Arise, my love, my fair one,
and come away.
 O my dove, in the clefts of the rock,
in the covert of the cliff,
let me see your face,
let me hear your voice,
for your voice is sweet,
and your face is comely.
 Catch us the foxes,
the little foxes,
that spoil the vineyards,
for our vineyards are in blossom.”
 My beloved is mine and I am his,
he pastures his flock among the lilies.
 Until the day breathes
and the shadows flee,
turn, my beloved, be like a gazelle,
or a young stag upon rugged mountains.