Sunday's Thoughts
by Alice-Alexandra-Sofia
 

To the One Who Is Coming to  Lord God Jesus Christ

 

…come to Me, all those laboring and being burdened,

and I will give you rest…

{Matthew 11:28}

 

 

The one who set his mind on comprehension of knowledge of God with the purpose to become a Christian – follower of Lord God Jesus Christ – begins with a simple preparation: the silent prayer to God – within own mind, unnoticed and unknown to those who might be a part of daily life, who might be apparently connected to the one as family members, friends, co–workers, and yet, who, at the same time, because of different convictions, beliefs, and ways of life, might be as far from the one as the East is far from the West {Psalm 102(103):12; Matthew 6:16–18; 10:16–39; 15:8–9; Luke 12:51–53; 21:16–19; Ephesians 6:18}.

To begin the road to God, the one does not need to obtain a particular social status or wealth, to belong to a particular race or nation, to go into particular places of worship, to wear special clothing, to seek court’s approval, incite unrest, to follow special rituals and innovations of men. God is the Spirit and He seeks those who worship Him in spirit and truth: God sees and judges the inner man – his soul–heart–mind {1 Kings 16:7; Psalm 43(44):21; Matthew 6:16–18; John 4:19–24; Romans 10:12–13; 1 Corinthians 6:1–8; Colossians 2:2–23; Isaiah 58:2–14; Zacharias 7:4–10}.

The soul–heart–mind of man might become either the temple of the Living God or the nest of the evil and den of the robbers: the outcome is the result of the one’s own choice, thoughts, words, and actions. The road to God begins in the one’s own spirit, in the depth of own soul–heart–mind, and through Word–God, Lord Jesus Christ, Who is the Life and the Light and the Truth of a human child of God {cf.: Matthew 15:19–20; 21:12–13; Mark 7:6–9, 21–23; John 1:1–5, 9–13; 2:19; 8:12; 14:6; 1 Corinthians 6:12; 7:17–23; 12:13; 2 Corinthians 3:6; Ephesians 6:18}.

The one can arrange the initial phase of preparation as three–fold daily activity:

a/ to begin with The Jesus Prayer*1*, which should be read in the beginning and in the end of everything – the new day, when the one awakes, and in the evening, when the one goes to sleep, before starting and in the ending of the work, studies, and so on… Whatever fills the days of life, whatever has the beginning and the end, should begin and end with prayer to the Word–God Who is the Beginning and the End, Who is the Holy Wisdom of God and Head of all powers and all authorities over the human soul–heart–mind as well as over the entire universe, Who is the precious corner–stone, on which the Εκκλησια*2*– Church of God – is built, and without Whom man is enabled of nothing {Matthew 18:20; John 15:4–6; 1 Peter 2:4–6; Ephesians 1:17–23; 2:1–22}

b/ to continue with The Lord Prayer*3* and The Prayer of giving the Holy Spirit*4*. If the one seeks God with all heart and mind*5*, with faith, the Holy Spirit, Who is sent by God the Father in the Name of the Word–God – Lord Jesus Christ, will teach and guide and lead into the eternity with God {Proverbs 2:3–11; 3:5–35; Joel 2:28–29; Matthew 7:7–11; 21:21–22; Luke 11:2–13; John 14:15–26; 16:7–15, 24, 26; Hebrews 11:1–40}

c/ to devote the time left after the daily necessities (job, family duties, household chores, and so on) to reading the Holy Bible:

1/ start with the Gospels; first, The Gospel According to John, then the others – According to Matthew, Mark, Luke – they all convey the words of the One Shepherd*6*

2/ continue with the Psalms and the Books of the Old Testament – Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Deuteronomy, and all the following (especially, the Books of Isaiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, and Malachi), which explain many events from the Past, the Present, and the Future

3/ finish with the Acts and Epistles of the Apostles (firstly, 1 John, 1 & 2 Peter, James, Jude, Romans, Ephesians), then, Revelation.

The Jesus Prayer opens the mind to the Word–God Whose grace {John 1:17} will instantly {Joel 2:32}, although might be unnoticeable in the very beginning, start to work and to transform the heart–mind of the one who with faith and hope seeks God. The Name of Jesus Christ is the seed of the Kingdom of God that having being planted into the heart–mind grows into the mighty tree – the invincible empire of free human spirit that is loved and led and taught by God Himself {Psalm 31(32):7–8; 118(119); 138(139):1–18; Matthew 13:2–23; Mark 4:1–32; John 14:26; 17:1–26; James 1:17–25}.

Only through Lord Jesus Christ a human being comes to his Creator {John 14:6}: the starting point and the ending point of everything is the prayer to Jesus Christ Who will come and heal and forgive and illuminate and lead into His marvelous Light – the eternity with God – the one who opens his heart–mind to the Son of God, the Good Shepherd and Savior.

The Lord’s Prayer – to God the Father – and the prayer of giving the Holy Spirit should be read in the beginning and in the end of day, before the meal, at any time when the one needs guidance and help in the daily needs and troubles, or when the ones perceives the presence of God.

The Holy Bible is the greatest treasure: it conveys the words of God leading into the eternity. Even if, at the beginning, something is not perfectly clear, the one should continue reading: as it was with all preceding generations, God will answer, open the mind for understanding that His law defines the greatest good of man, and give the knowledge to everyone who seeks Him with faith and hope {Deuteronomy 6:4–8; 30:9–14; Proverbs 2:3–11; John 14:15–26; 16:13, 24–27}.

As soon as the heart–mind advances in learning and understanding the words of God, the one should begin to observe them, especially, The Ten Commandments and the words of Jesus Christ conveyed by the Gospels {esp.: Exodus 20:1–17; Matthew 5:1–48; Luke 6:20–49; 10:25–37; John}, and to embody them into own words and actions*7*. At this stage, the Epistles of the Apostles should be studied as the practical guide, because they will teach how to establish life appropriate for a Christian and to develop the Christian virtues, which, in the Present, the many either forgot or never learnt.

When the one feels ready, he should find the Christian Orthodox Church, in which he might complete his preparation for becoming full–fledged member of the Church of God at the earth – to be baptized, to partake in the Holy Communion {Matthew 26:26–28; 28:18–20; Mark 16:15–16; Luke 3:16–17; 12:49; 22:19–20; John 1:33–34; Acts 19:1–5; 8:26–39}.

At this stage (the choice of the church – for instance, in the US: American, Greek, Russian, Ukrainian, or any of other Orthodox Churches – and the particular place of worship), the one should be careful, because in the current time and within the godless societies, some churches have been transformed into the establishments, which operate more as social/political clubs than the temples of God. Furthermore, in contradiction to the words of God {e.g., Malachi 2:7–9}, some priests became more concerned with material possessions, political advantages, and fulfilling of own immoral desires more than with the true value of human soul seeking God. Such priests*8*

– cover their earthly ambitions with lofty words

– confirm their “sainthood” and pretenses on top hierarchical positions with academic degrees in theology and philosophy earned in the papal educational institutions

– propagate ecumenism (sacrilegious idea of unification with the papal establishment)*9* as “the will of God Who desires the unity of all”

– spread heresies, especially, by calling for compromises in the questions of faith, by forgetting the reasons of the Great Schism and the history of Christianity, by discarding the crimes against God and against Christians committed by the papacy and the papal subjects*10*, by justifying the idea of modernization/adjustment to the current times (that is descent at the level of the godless and corrupted societies, acceptance the sin as the norm, the black as the white, and the will of men as the will of God)

– in contradiction to the instructions of St. Paul the Apostle, propagate acceptance of all and total unification {even with those who do not wish change their manner of life founded on heresy, sin, and disgrace – e.g., in: 2 Peter 2:12–22; Romans 1:21–32; 1 Corinthians 5:9–13; 6:1–20; 2 Corinthians 6:14–18; Galatians 5:14–26}

– corrupt and deceive many.

The litmus (or acid) test is the position of a particular church and its priests toward unification with the papal establishment (therefore the ability or inability to decipher the Orphism – ancient cult of snake–worshipers, on which Plato–Aristotle’s philosophy is built*11* – behind the Aristotle–Aquinas’ political theology that is the official doctrine of the papal church of Rome – Vatican*12*) and acceptance of idol–worshipers (although they might be deceived and earnestly believe that they worship true God) as the fellow Christians, before their ignorance is healed and before they are baptized as Christians.

Nevertheless, whatever the one might encounter, he should never accept ignorance, vice, deceit, and imperfection of men as the obstacle to his own coming to God. Christianity is the peace in God {John 14:27}, yet, in the same time, it is the never–ending battle {Ephesians 6:10–18} with the evil, corruption, and ignorance, which are carried by those who have rejected God and chose to follow heresies and false teachings of men. From the beginning of Christianity, for everyone who seeks true knowledge and wisdom, the evil is always the part of the universal test {in: Luke 4:1–12}, and heretics, false teachers, and sinners are the part of trial {Matthew 7:15–24; 24:5, 11, 24; John 8:31–47}:

– the spirit of anti–Christ was already unleashed in the time when St. John the Apostle still lived {1 John 2:18–19; 4:3; 2 John 7}

– St. Peter the Apostle warned against false prophets and false teachers who introduce deadly heresies {2 Peter 2:1–22}

– St. Paul the Apostle warned against the grieving wolves who would not spare the flock after his departure {Acts 20:29–30}

– St. Jude the Apostle wrote of dreamers who live by their lusts, pollute the flesh, and have no Spirit of God within them as of the waterless clouds, fruitless autumn trees, and animal–like ones {Jude 7–19}.

Then, one more thing to remember: wherever the Spirit of God is, there is freedom and peace {John 8:31–36; 14:15–26; James 1:25; 2 Corinthians 3:17–18; Galatians 5:13–26}. In Christian Church, there cannot be coercion in the religious matters, forceful conversion, hypocrisy*13*, and assertion of unreserved submission to men who pretend on superiority and especial status in the church {e.g., Matthew 15:7–9, 14; 23:2–35; Mark 9:33–35; self–deified men who sacrilegiously pretend on the place of God – 2 Thessalonians 2:3–12, and, in contradiction to the Holy Scriptures, present themselves as mediators between God and men, while there is only One Mediator between God and man – Lord Jesus Christ – in: John 14:6; 1 Timothy 2:5–6}.

Such coercion and false pretences are sacrilege and crime before God, because they

1/ are the attempts to interfere with the will of God Who is the only Leader {Καθηγητης – Matthew 23:10} of every one of His creations

2/ take away the precious gift of freedom, which the Creator bestows onto every one of His creations

3/ deceive God’s creations and masquerade the earthly ambitions of those to whom St. Paul the Apostle refers to as to the sons of perdition and ravenous wolves not sparing the flock {Acts 20:29–30; 2 Thessalonians 2:3–4}.

A Christian lives in the peace of Lord Jesus Christ, by the perfect law of freedom explained by Lord Jesus Christ and given by the Holy Spirit, and in the Church that is the God’s Own. Therefore, the one should never give up independent unbiased reasoning, which only knowledge of God sustains: meekness and humility before God does not mean transformation into the unreserved slave of men who make enslaving and preying on the others the source of own earthly wealth and earthly advancement. Trust in God does not include unreserved trust in men and spiritual self–enslaving to men*14*, whoever they are, whichever sainthood they ascribe to themselves, whichever power of coercion they possess, and even whichever miracles they create {e.g., Matthew 24:4–5, 11, 24; 1 Corinthians 7:23; 2 Corinthians 3:17}.

Therefore, if the one desires to accomplish the ultimate purpose of man*15* – to save his soul and enter the eternity with God, the one’s mind should be tuned to the words of God, not to human fantasies born by corrupted imagination and earthly ambitions. The one should set the words of God as unassailable core of own thinking, reasoning, and judgment; he always should compare all the sermons, “apostolic/pastoral” encyclicals of the “fervent supplicants for all before God,” uttering, and especially, actions of clergy and the people, which he might encounter when he becomes a member of a particular religious establishment, with the words and commandments of God {e.g., in: Matthew 7:21–23; Luke 10:25–37; John 13:34–35}.

The Word–God granted the universal criteria of judgment and evaluation of all world’s affairs, events, people, and their words and deeds: the Christians have

1/ the universal criterion of judgment given by Lord Jesus Christ – evaluation by the fruits, that is by the good for all and every human being as the ultimate result {Matthew 7:12–20; 15:7–9}*16*

2/ the universal criterion of evaluation of actions and words by which they recognize the essence – love to each other {John 13:34–35; Matthew 7:12}.

If the words and actions of man lead to the good of each person (not to the abstract common good, with which politicians of all times and all establishments staring with Aristotelian Polis sacrifice many for the sake of the privileged few) and reveal love to the others, they are accomplished in Christ.

For instance {Mark 7:20–23; Luke 6:45; 1 Corinthians 12:3}, the Christian’s heart does not originate evil and does not train itself in blasphemies*17* against Lord Jesus Christ. The Christians do not accept the heretical assertion that the church cannot imitate the mercy of God to the relapsed sinners. The Christians do not justify executions and betrayal of the heretics and different minded as, for instance, the main theologian of the papal establishment has done*18*.

In summary, although the Christian has no right to cut the corrupted tree or to uproot the poisonous weed {Matthew 13:24–30, 36–41}, for instance, to kill heretics and to destroy the heretical establishments masquerading under the name of Christ, he has freedom to reject the evil fruits (heresies and false teachings, and corrupted “priests”), so they would not poison his mind and conscience, and they would not corrupt his body.

All those who are coming to God know that the inner peace, freedom, love of God, wisdom, and the eternity await the one who decides to begin the road to God, follows the Light, lives by the Truth, and accomplishes his journey victoriously, according to the commandments of God {John 1:1–18; 14:6; 1 John 5:1–5; Revelation 21:6–7}.

Let the road of everyone of us be completed in truth and love to God and to the others…

 

 

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Notes:

 

*1* See

Folder Foundation:

The Foundation, Page 3

and

Folder 2013:

The Starting Point, Page 1_January_2013

The First Word of Human Wisdom, Page 2_February_2013

 

*2* See Εκκλησια – the Meaning, Folder Archive_2011, Page 5_September_October_2011

*3* See The Lord’s Prayer, Folder Foundation

*4* The promise of the Holy Spirit in: Joel 2:28–29; Matthew 28:18–20; Luke 11:1–13, and John 14:15–26; 16:7–15, 24–27.

Also, The Prayer of giving the Holy Spirit until baptized:

Lord God Jesus Christ, have mercy on me, a sinner, and lead me into Your Church, so, in Your Name, and by the great mercy and love of God the Father, I will receive the greatest treasure – the gift of the Holy Spirit and the life everlasting in Your Kingdom.

*5* See The Nature of Knowledge, Folder 2013, Page 1_January_2013.

Concerning the heart and the mind, see: The Human Heart, Folder Archive_2008_2010, Page 7_December_2010, and Notes 3 and 6 to posting The Starting Point, Folder 2013, Page 1_January_2013

*6* See The Words of One Shepherd, Folder Archive_2012, Page 9_November_December_2012, and The Unity and Division, Folder Archive_2008_2010, Page 1_2008

*7* See The Nature of Knowledge and The Methods of Learning, Folder 2013, Page 1_January_2013

*8* See Folder Archive_2008_2010:

The Priest, and Heresy – Page_2_2008

The Hierarchy – Page_6_2008_2009

Folder Archive_2011:

The Defense – Page 4_August_2011

*9* See Introduction to Ecumenism, Folder The World & War

*10* The infamous acts of the papal establishment, which might be referred as the crimes against God and against humanity, include (but are not limited to) the crusades, the inquisition, forceful conversion, religious wars, persecutions of the different–minded, tortures and executions (burning alive at stakes) of the heretics and those Christians who rejected the pope as the substitute of God, cooperation with fascism and Nazism, the physical and moral corruption of the members of the papal hierarchy who corrupt and destroy faith and life of those who are under their authority; for instance, current world–wide scandals with child abuse, abuse of children in catholic educational and charitable institutions; the latest one is recent revelation of the Magdalene laundries in Ireland – because of the report from the UN committee against torture in June 2011 – which were run by Catholic nuns under protection of the state as late as in 1996 – http: //www. guardian.co.uk/ world/ 2013/feb/05 /magdalene-laundries-ireland-state-guilt).

Concerning the Great Schism, Crusades, and the Inquisition, see also

a/ the history of the papacy; for instance, in:

Encyclopedia of the Vatican and Papacy. Ed. Frank J. Coppa. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1999.

New Catholic Encyclopedia. Washington, DC: The Catholic University of America, 1967. 17 vols. (recommended edition of 1967, because the following edition offers the modified history of the Inquisition and other historical events)

Lea, Henry Charles. The Inquisition of the Middle Ages. New York: Harper & Brothers, Franklin Square, 1887. 3 vols.

Lacouture, Jean. Jesuits: A Multibiography. Trans. Jeremy Leggatt. Washington, D.C.: Counterpoint, 1995

La Due, William J. The Chair of Saint Peter: A History of the Papacy. Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 1999

Lewy, Guenter. The Catholic Church and Nazi Germany. 1964. Boulder, Colorado: Da Capo Press, 2000

Maycock, Alan L. The Inquisition from Its Establishment to the Great Schism: An Introductory Study. With an Introduction by Ronald Knox. New York and Evanston: Harper & Row, 1969.

Rule, William H. The Brand of Dominic, or Inquisition at Rome “Supreme and Universal.” New York: Carlton & Phillips, 1853.

Runciman, Steven. The Eastern Schism: A Study of the Papacy and the Eastern Churches During the XIth and XIIth Centuries. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1955. New York: AMS, 1983 (reprint)

Sherrard, Philip. Church, Papacy, and Schism: A Theological Enquiry. London: SPCK, 1978

Sherrard, Philip. The Greek East and Latin West: A Study in the Christian Tradition. London: Oxford University Press, 1959

Vacandard, Elphege. The Inquisition: A Critical and Historical Study of the Coercive Power of the Church. 1915. Trans. from the 2nd edition Bertrand L. Conway. Merrick, New York: Richwood Publishing, 1977


b/ postings at this site:

Folder Archive_2008_2010

Heresy, Page 2_2008

Note 1 to The Potential of the Mind, Page_4_2008–2009

The Evolution of Fear, Page_5_2009

The Fruits – Page 2_April_June_2010

The Nations – Page 8_2009

Absolute Power – Page 4_September_2010

Folder Political Theology – Introduction, The Hierarchical Church, and The Church Militants.


c/ Savitsky, Alice A. The Invincible Empire. Washington, DC: The AEHESIA® Services, 2003.

*11* Concerning Orphism, see

Folder Philosophy:

The Orphic Doctrine, in Philosophy: the Beginning,

Plato and Aristotle, Pages 2 and 3

Doctrine of Thomas Aquinas, Page 7


Folder Archive_2008_2010:

The True Vine – Page 1_2008

The Logic of Death Page_2_2008

Mysteries – Page_7_2008–2009

The Heathenism – Page 5_October_2010

Folder Archive_2011:

The Earth without the Foundation – Page 2_April_May_2011

The Authority to Survive – Page 3_June_July_2011

Folder Archive_2012:

The Vineyard and The Lessons of the Vineyard – Page 5_May_June_2012

*12* Currently, the papal establishment – the Vatican, or the papal church of Rome, exists as the hierarchical establishment, in which

1/ the words of man are accepted as the words of God

2/ laws of men took the place of the Law of God

3/ the man assumed the right to change the meaning of vice and the meaning of virtue for his subjects

4/ man claims the right of infallibility and demands unreserved obedience, because he inserts himself between God and His creations with the pretense to be the earthly substitute of God having “share of dignity of God” and standing at the place of God. He instructs his subjects: “without the pope, spiritual life of the Christians leads to the “deplorable ruin,” and the eternal salvation cannot be found [Mystici Corporis Christi. Encyclical of pope Pius XII On the Mystical Body of Christ. 1943. http:// www. vatican. va/ holy_father/pius_xii/ encyclicals/documents/hf_p–xii_enc_29061943_ mystici–corporis–christi_ en. html; §65, 87]

This particular papal assertion reveals the attempt to put the pope at the place of the Holy Spirit, because according to the words of God {John} (and consequently, the Christian Orthodox dogma), salvation and eternal life of man are obtained only through the Holy Spirit sent by God the Father in the Name of Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, the pope ascribes to himself the power of the Holy Spirit, as well as the authority of God the Father and the grace of Lord Jesus Christ: the papal assertion is blasphemy against God and self–deification.

5/ the mortal man pretending to be “the vicar of God on earth” asserts that it is the dangerous error to believe that it is possible to accept Christ “as the Head of the Church, while not adhering loyally to His Vicar on Earth.” Those who take away the visible head (that is the pope) can neither see the eternal salvation nor find it [Mystici Corporis Christi. Encyclical of pope Pius XII On the Mystical Body of Christ. 1943. http:// www. vatican. va/ holy_father/pius_xii/ encyclicals/documents/hf_p–xii_enc_29061943_ mystici–corporis–christi_ en. html; §40–41]; also [ref. and qtd. in: Church, Papacy, and Schism: A Theological Enquiry by Philip Sherrard. London: SPCK, 1978. 60].

This papal assertion contradicts the words of God that only by the will of God the Father, through Lord Jesus Christ, man comes to God the Father, therefore, obtains the life everlasting {John 6:44; 14:6; 17:1–26}: again, the pope ascribes to himself the authority of God the Father and the power of the Word–God – the papal assertion is blasphemy against God and self–deification.

The meaning of “unreserved obedience” might be inferred from the writings of Ignatius of Loyola who asserts that “the Church militants” (the papal subjects) must put aside their own judgments and see the white as the black if “the hierarchical Church so stipulates” [Ignatius of Loyola Spiritual Exercises §352–365; Personal Writings 356–358].

For instance, Ignatius of Loyola instructed his followers – the Jesuits: obedience is the distinctive feature of the Jesuits; it must be prompt and complete even when the superior’s orders the things “difficult and repugnant to sensitive nature.” Any Jesuit has to achieve complete abnegation of own will and judgments; he must obey “blindly, without inquiry of any kind” to the superior who holds the place of God or the place of Jesus Christ, has “His authority,” and is “obeyed in the place of Christ.” The subjects must realize the will of superior as the will of God, and the superior’s wish must become own wish of the subject: when the superior gives orders, his voice must be recognized as the voice of God or as the voice of Christ. For any Jesuit, to “maintain a right mind in all things” means to put aside all own judgments. Such obedience is justified with “the whole natural order, the hierarchies of angels, and well–ordered human institutions” [Ignatius of Loyola Spiritual Exercises §365; To Rector and Students of the College in Coimbra, 1548, §3–4,7; To Fathers and Brothers in Portugal, 1553, §2–3; On Prophecies and Revelations, 1549, §35, 47; The Final Word on Obedience §2 in: Personal Writings 358; 200, 202; 222, 226, 252; On Perfect Obedience in: Counsels for Jesuits 76, 78, 81; The Constitutions of the Society of Jesus and Their Complementary Norms III.284; IX.765 §20 123, 365].

Consequently, the follower of Ignatius of Loyola Jesuit prelate Cardinal Bellarmine proclaims that the papal church must “blindly renounce all judgment of her own” even if the pope errs, and “consider sins good and virtues evil” if the pope so commands [Bellarmine ref. and qtd. in: Baybrook 277].

Ignatius of Loyola’s instructions illustrate the application of the ancient practice of conscience re–programming; the proclamation of Jesuit prelate Cardinal Bellarmine illustrates the results of Loyola’s training.

See analysis of the Aristotle–Aquinas’ doctrine and the official dogma of the papal church of Rome (with the references) in the following postings:

Folder Archive_2008_2010:

The Priest, and Heresy – Page_2_2008

The Hierarchy – Page_6_2008_2009

Folder Philosophy: Doctrine of Thomas Aquinas

Folder Political Theology: The Hierarchical Church and The Church Militants,

Folder The World & War: Introduction to Ecumenism.

*13* See The Vineyard and The Lessons of the Vineyard, Folder Archive_2012, Page 5_May_June_2012.

*14* The Trust, Folder Archive_2012, Page 4_April_2012.

*15* The Ultimate Purpose, Folder Archive_2012, Page 7_August_September_2012.

*16* The Fruits – Folder Archive_2008_2010, Page 2_April_June_2010

*17* See Loyola’s training (the first week of Loyola’s Exercises­), which transforms man into the enemy of God, in posting The Church Militants, Folder Political Theology.

*18* According to Thomas Aquinas [Thomas Aquinas (Saint). Summa Theologica. First Complete American Edition in 3 volumes literally translated by Fathers of the English Dominican Province. New York, Boston, Cincinnati, Chicago, San Francisco: Benziger Brothers, 1947. 3 vols.],

1/ the Church cannot imitate God in His mercy to the relapsed sinners [Summa Theologica II–II Q.11 a4 ro2]

2/ heretics ought to be separated from the Church and handed over to the secular authorities for extermination “from the world by death” [Summa Theologica II–II Q.11 a3]

3/ to maim a human being is consistent “with natural reason in relation to the common good” [Summa Theologica II–II Q.65 a1 ro1]

4/ the business and “a grave responsibility” of prelates is “to correct by means of punishment” [Summa Theologica II–II Q.33 a3]

However, God neither authorized the papacy to punish the sinners nor commissioned the self–appointed “vicars” to bear the “grave responsibility” to burn His sheep at the stakes. These assertions confirm that Aquinas’ doctrine has nothing in common with Christian teachings of love and mercy

5/ the good consists from two parts: the main part of charity, that is the spiritual good or the health of a soul, and the secondary good, that is the temporal good – life, property, good repute, etc. The believers should wish their neighbors the spiritual good; however, charity does not bound the believers to wish their neighbors the secondary good, except when such good would be helpful for the neighbor’s soul [Summa Theologica II–II Q.11 a4 a].

This assertion directly contradicts to the Law of God – the Ten Commandments, the good of the neighbor {Exodus 20:13–17; Leviticus 19:11–18} includes all the temporal goods, which – according to Aquinas – the believers have no duty to wish their neighbors:

–– do not kill – that is about the neighbor’s life

–– do not bear false witness against the neighbor – that is about the neighbor’s good repute

–– do not steal and do not covet anything that belongs to the neighbor – that is about the neighbor’s property.

These assertions justify Crusades, religious wars, robbery of those who were labeled as heretics, and other crimes against humanity committed by the papal subjects.

Then, Aquinas asserts that if one member of a community possesses some secondary good and the possession might become the obstacle for the eternal salvation of other members of the community, the good of many must be preferred the good of one, and the members of community are not bound by charity to wish their neighbor the secondary good, which could obstruct their eternal salvation [Summa Theologica II–II Q.11 a4 a].

Aquinas correlates the salvation of the papal subject’s soul with deprivation of a neighbor of his temporal goods that is another contradiction of the Scriptures. In fact, with such assertion, Aquinas abolishes the commandments of God (love to the neighbor) and introduces his own market–driven classification of good.

Besides, the eternal salvation of man does not depend on deprivation of man’s neighbor of his material possessions; with these assertions, the main papal theologian

a/ directly injects Aristotle’s materialism into the article of papal faith

b/ substitutes heathenism for the Christian teachings

c/ justifies inhumanity and corruption as the norm of life for the papal subjects.

All these inconsistent with the Christian teachings assertions of Thomas Aquinas have the practical purpose: to justify death penalty for the heretics and disobedient papal subjects and to mold the conscience of the papal subjects, so, they would without any hesitation inform against their neighbors and betray them into the hands of the Inquisition.

See analysis of Thomas Aquinas’ assertions in posting Doctrine of Thomas Aquinas, Folder Philosophy.

 

 

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