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Why a Crucifix? Jesus isn’t Still On the Cross.

Please click HERE for the Catholic explanation for why we use a crucifix instead of an empty cross.

I once had a good friend ask me this same question and then ask “Don’t Catholics know that Jesus rose from the dead? Jesus is not still on the cross.

My explanation was that every mass we celebrate is a sacrificial Remembrance of Christ’s death. And every Sunday is a celebration of His resurrection on the first day of the week–Sunday! So, yes we are well aware that Christ rose from the dead. But John saw the Lamb of God in Heaven looking like it had been slain…So even though the sacrifice happened in time once, it is an eternal sacrifice also. Therefore we commemorate this eternal sacrifice with a crucifix.

Also, Catholics take the scriptures very literally and have a theology of the redemption of suffering, not only Jesus’ but our own suffering is efficacious when joined to the cross of Christ. So, when we “offer up” our suffering in union with Christ’s and the crucifix aids our prayer and reminds us that we have not suffered as much as He. Meditation on His suffering helps us to bear our own suffering.

Colossians 1:24

Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I do my share on behalf of His body, which is the church, in filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions.

Abortion or Keep the Baby?

She was pregnant. Her fiance would be hurt, angy, disappointed in her and he would surely cancel the wedding….he KNEW it was not his baby. All her girlfriends told her to get an abortion. That would make everything great. She wouldn’t hurt him so deeply and her parents would never know. It all sounded so simple…no one would know. But somehow she just couldn’t do it.

She had to bear the shame…the hurt in the eyes of dear Joey and her mother…it made her cry to remember the shame they all felt that day. And when all their friends and neighbors found out they just rubbed salt in the wound of shame. But, eventually the nine months passed and she gave birth to her son and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger as she kissed the face of God.

Christ Mass

Father Greg Friedman – Greccio and the Christmas Crib

Trinity questions

BFHU: God never married a human person.

Q. If God never married, how did he get a son?

A. God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit existed from all eternity as Spirit. God the Son, co-equal and co-eternal and of the exact same divine nature as the Father and Holy Spirit, joined Himself, in time,≈2007 years ago, to a fully human nature. The God/Man Jesus was born of Mary fully God and fully man joined in the hypostatic union. He had two natures, human and divine, and two wills in ONE Person, Jesus Christ is God the Son.

We speak poetically of the Holy Spirit being the spouse of Mary but in a spiritual miraculous way only. Not in a physical, earthly way. Because Jesus was fully man, He took flesh from Mary and joined it to His divine, pre-existent divine nature.

We say in the creed that, that we believe in Christ the son of God…begotten not made… not to express birth order in time, because God is OUTSIDE of time. He resides in Eternity. The Trinity is co-existent, neither existed before the other.

When we talk about Jesus being a son and begotten it is an attempt to express that Jesus is OF THE SAME NATURE AS THE FATHER. When we make something or create something it is of a different nature than we are. Our creations are NOT human. But when we beget, we beget a being like us in nature–human.

Q. Is there another way to have a son other than marrying !!?

A. For humans we cannot have a child without sexual intercourse. In our immoral society this occurs without the benefit of marriage in too many instances. Mary the Mother of God was the only exception. She conceived by the power of God. So the answer to your question is “YES”. With God all things are possible–Mt 19:26

Q. What about Mary, isn’t she the mother of Jesus ?

A. Yes

Q. You believe that Mary is the mother of jesus and that Jesus is the son of God, and that God never married, however; he has a son. my question is how could this happen ?

A. In Catholic Theology Mary is the mother of Jesus and Jesus IS God so Mary is the Mother of God. However, she did not pre-exist nor did she create God the eternal Son.

How did this happen? Well, God has the power to create all things in the whole universe out of nothing so it was easy for him to create a fertilized egg in Mary’s womb and then Jesus united Himself to this human being.

Q. Why there are many contradictions about Jesus. Many Christians say that Jesus was fully God and fully man at the same time.

A. That Jesus was fully God and Full man at the same time is accurate, authentic Christian theology.

Q. Did Jesus have a human soul?

A. Yes

Q. If so then he was a complete human being with the Spirit of God dwelling in him.
But the spirit of God in a human does not make the human into God. Notice that Barnabas was also full of the Holy Spirit (Acts 11:24).

A. Jesus was fully human and fully divine at the same time. But it is an error to believe that the Spirit of God dwelled in Him.
No. HE WAS GOD. The spirit of God indwelling a human person does not make a human into God. You are exactly right about that.

When we talk about Jesus we are not talking about a human being who was conceived and born and then at some point was indwelt with the Spirit of God. Not at all. What we are talking about is the Triune Godhead, uncreated, eternal, omnipotent, omniscient, etc.

Q. If we put three cakes together to make a bigger cake then we end up with a bigger cake. So when we put the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost together do we not get a bigger God than any of the individual three?

A. No. There are several analogies to try to express this but they all break down but can be helpful at grasping the Mystery of the Trinity a little bit more. Here is one:

Water- The nature of water is H2O-but it can be liquid, steam, and ice. Three yet one.

Q. Others believe that Jesus is the son of God, another group believe that God, Jesus, and the Holy spirit are one, though this calculation 1+1+1 =3 is logically and mathematically wrong.

A. No, 1+1+1= 3 is correct when we speak of the three persons of the Trinity. This God is three persons, but one God and yet each person is God. So, then when we speak of the Nature of God that all share, the mathematical equation is 1 x 1 x 1=1. This is a great mystery revealed to us by Jesus Christ. Like I said elsewhere, if we could fully understand the God of the Universe we would always suspect that we made Him up. As C.S. Lewis said,

“If Christianity was something we were making up, of course we could make it easier. But it is not. We cannot compete in simplicity, with people who are inventing religions. We are dealing with fact. Of course anyone can be simple if he has no facts to bother about.”

Q. Sorry for these questions, but I am trying to reach the truth, I have a lot of questions that I don’t know the answer, this is why I am here, writing this message at 04:52 in the morning!!!

I would like you to be patient and convincing in dealing with my answers!

A. I have attempted to explain as best I can a mystery. But you will not be able to believe the truth unless God gives you the gift of Faith. If you wish to find the truth please pray,

“Come Holy Spirit, and fill the heart of your child, and kindle in me the fire of Your Divine Love. Send forth Your Spirit. Oh God, Who by the light of the Holy Spirit instructed the hearts of the faithful, Grant, that by the same Spirit I may be truly wise and ever rejoice in His consolation. I ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen.”

Was Jesus Confused About WHO He Was?

Q. Was Jesus confused about who He was and what He was here for?

A. No. He always knew Who He was and what He was here for. He was NOT confused. However, there are many theologians who are confused. Jesus was fully God and fully man. He was divine and hypostatically united to the human nature received from His mother. If in trying to understand Jesus we start saying, “Jesus did not know He was God at first” or “Jesus did not know why He was here until such and such a time” or “He did not know he was God as an embryo” we DENY His Divine nature. By definition, Deity is all knowing. So if Jesus at any time at or after His incarnation was not all knowing he lacked a divine attribute and therefore would not have been FULLY GOD as well as fully man. Most of the early heresies involved wrong beliefs about Jesus.

    • Below is a sampling of some of the major heresies. Those related to our topic here are in bold.
      • Adoptionism– God granted Jesus powers and then adopted him as a Son. He was not eternally existent with the Father, He was adopted by the Father after testing at his baptism. (I used to believe this-no one taught it to me.)
      • Apollinarianism– Jesus’ divine will overshadowed and replaced the human.
      • Arianism – Jesus was a lesser, created being.
      • Docetism– Jesus was divine, but only seemed to be human.
      • Gnosticism – Dualism of good and bad and special knowledge for salvation.
      • Kenosis – Jesus gave up some divine attributes while on earth.
      • Modalism – God is one person in three modes. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit just three names for same, one person, God.
      • Monophysitism– Jesus had only one nature: divine. He was not fully human.
      • Nestorianism – Jesus was two persons. Mary did not give birth to God the Son
      • Socinianism – Denial of the Trinity. Jesus is a deified man.

As the Catechism of the Catholic Church states:

472 This human soul that the Son of God assumed is endowed with a true human knowledge. As such, this knowledge could not in itself be unlimited: it was exercised in the historical conditions of his existence in space and time. This is why the Son of God could, when he became man, “increase in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with God and man”,101 and would even have to inquire for himself about what one in the human condition can learn only from experience.102 This corresponded to the reality of his voluntary emptying of himself, taking “the form of a slave”.103

473 But at the same time, this truly human knowledge of God’s Son expressed the divine life of his person.104 “The human nature of God’s Son, not by itself but by its union with the Word, knew and showed forth in itself everything that pertains to God.”105 Such is first of all the case with the intimate and immediate knowledge that the Son of God made man has of his Father.106 The Son in his human knowledge also showed the divine penetration he had into the secret thoughts of human hearts.107

474 By its union to the divine wisdom in the person of the Word incarnate, Christ enjoyed in his human knowledge the fullness of understanding of the eternal plans he had come to reveal.108 What he admitted to not knowing in this area, he elsewhere declared himself not sent to reveal.(Mark 13:32 & Acts 1:7)

One hundred years ago, Pope Pius the X, against the heresies of Modernism, clearly condemned the belief that Jesus did not always know who He was and what He was here for Lamentabili Sane #34 & 35

When did Jesus know He was God?

Q. When did Jesus know He was God the Son? The Second person of the Trinity?

A. He always KNEW who He was. Jesus was a God/man. God and Man joined hypostatically. So He, the God/Man in His totality knew he was God. One of the attributes of God is Omniscience so it would be impossible to be God and not be omniscient. His divine nature always knew He was divine, even as an embryo in Mary’s womb.

Jesus had two natures, however, Human and Divine. When Jesus said that He didn’t know the time of His return He was speaking

“in virtue of His assumed human nature. This knowledge was proper to Him as God, but not proper to Him as man. He did not know God’s moment in virtue of the human nature in which He had come to teach mankind, and He merely brought out the fact that this particular piiece of information was not part of His message…It was God’s secret. Radio Replies Vol II p. 153-154

In other words, Jesus spoke from his human knowledge only, but at the same time His Divine Nature certainly did have knowledge of His return. And this information could have been revealed to His disciples if He had wanted to. But He did not.

The same is true when in the Gospel, after Mary and Joseph find Jesus in the temple, it says Jesus “grew in wisdom and stature” Lk 2:52

Again, it was His human nature/body that “grew in wisdom/knowledge and height”.

Since He was truly human His human nature had to learn things in a human way despite the fact that His Divine nature could have infused knowledge into His human nature. He experienced the fullness of humanity.

Before I became Catholic, on my own, I concluded that Jesus became truly divine at His baptism or at the least that is when He knew Who He really was–God the Son. This is the heresy of Adoptionism- an 8th century Spanish error. So, our Enemy is still up to his old tricks.

Purgatory Insults Christ

Q. Isn’t Purgatory an insult to Jesus who died on the cross for our sins? His suffering was all that was needed!

A. This is a common misconception among Protestants. Nathan told King David that his sins were forgiven (Bathsheba & Uriah) but that he would suffer many temporal consequences because of his sins and that his son would die. So despite the fact that Nathan announced to David that his sins were forgiven nevertheless, he was going to experience terrible temporal suffering as punishment for his sin. II Samuel 12:1-18.

Each sin has TWO consequences. Eternal and Temporal. Jesus’ suffering and death redeemed us from the ETERNAL consequences of sin–only an eternal God could do that. But we pay the temporal price for our sins. How else can we explain Paul’s statement in

Colossians 1:24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I do my share on behalf of His body, which is the church, in filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions.

For more see my post HERE & Here

Who Were the Brothers & Sisters of Jesus?

Q. If the Blessed Virgin Mary was always a virgin, then who are the brothers and sisters of Jesus in sacred scripture ?

A. There are two possibilities. The oldest view was that St. Joseph had been previously married and was a widower of great sanctity and devotion to God with children. As Mary was dedicated to the temple and virginity, she needed a protector once she reached adolescence. Joseph was chosen to be her husband/brother and so the brothers and sisters of Jesus were actually step siblings.

The second view, put forward by St. Jerome, is that the word in Greek (adelphos) can be translated as brother meaning a literal sibling; or it can be translated to mean a kinsman. St. Paul uses the exact same Greek word in Galatians 1:11 as is used in Mark 6:3adelphos.
In the Mark passage the reader could easily and legitimately interpret it to mean literal siblings of Jesus. But, in the Galations passage, it is obvious that Paul is addressing them as kinsman or brethren in the Lord not as his own literal brothers/siblings. So, using scripture alone, the Protestant interpretation of the two passages makes sense. Paul is using the word adelphos to mean brethren in the Lord but in the Galations verse and Mark is using it to mean literal siblings of Jesus.

Everything is simple as long as one sticks to Sacred Scripture ONLY.

But, if we start looking into the historical record, we see that the Mark use of adelphos, in this case, must also mean either step-brothers and sisters or kinsman/cousin/relative. It has always been known to Christians that Mary had no other children after Jesus. Even the Reformers all taught and believed in Mary’s Perpetual Virginity. As did the witness of the early writings of the Church Fathers. She was vowed to perpetual virginity (why else would a betrothed woman ask how could she possibly get pregnant) Therefore we understand the Mark 6:3 passage to be referring to kinsmen of Jesus and not siblings of Jesus.

Reformers on Mary’s Perpetual Virginity

Early Church Fathers on Mary’s Perpetual Virginity

Passion of Our Lord