In a world increasingly rife with grievous sins, a world where sins become the norm, we must stand up for what is right and just. The world balks at God’s divine Ten Commandments and makes light of them, justifying their evil, rebellious actions in the process. Late 21rst Century paranoia has given rise to a new generation of “rebels” who disagree with any type of authority in place, especially divine in nature. Any disagreements they may have with true authority, they content themselves with mere bickering amongst themselves about, rather than take a necessary course to rectify the problem or research the facts.
How has the world changed so much in just four generations?
Good people increasingly failed to stand up for what is right and conceded themselves to the noisier neighbor to avoid any heated confrontation out of convenience. Just because a person is more vocal about their opinion, doesn’t mean that they are right. In an effort to appease everyone, we have failed to correct those that are entirely misled and given rise to a new generation that speaks its mind without challenge or consequence. But we, my brothers and sisters, are called to take action and must admonish those off the path of reason. God’s laws are written into our hearts. This world may try its best to forget them and justify themselves but we must counter them with pure intellectual logic grounded in holy scripture.
While this world has been “prostituting” itself with sin, an alarming lack of morality has risen. When people aren’t held accountable for their actions, the world plummets into darkness. It’s simple, God’s laws keep us grounded, they keep us firm in morality. But when the world chooses to neglect our natural responsibility to God, chaos is born. People complain about the bad shape the world has been in all the time, but do nothing about it. Evangelize the world, and with the help of God’s grace, anything is possible.
Let’s take a look at the first commandment and what the Church details in The Catechism of the Catholic Church. I came across something very interesting that I think many forget in this world consumed by sin. Note: The Ten Commandments can be found in The Book of Exodus, Ch. 20.
“You shall not have other gods beside me.”
–Exodus 20:3; New American Bible Revised Edition
This commandment extends to all aspects of our daily lives, for Jesus adds, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment” (Matthew 22:37-38). It is most important that every day we pay the Lord the proper respect he deserves, and have him and his commandments at the forefront of our minds, maintaining fellowship with him so that we may be able to join him in Heaven some day. Jesus warns of the day of Final Judgment coming like “a thief in the night” and the same can be said of death’s inevitable embrace. We must be prepared at all times to give a final, full account of our actions in this world, so that we may not lose our eternal reward.
While discussing the First Commandment, The Catechism of the Catholic Church discusses superstition in paragraph 2111 stating:
Superstition is the deviation of religious feeling and of the practices this feeling imposes. It can even affect the worship we offer the true God, e.g., when one attributes an importance in some way magical to certain practices otherwise lawful or necessary. To attribute the efficacy of prayers or of sacramental signs to their mere external performance, apart from the interior dispositions that they demand, is to fall into superstition.
What sort of actions constitute superstition and takes away from our worship of God? The answer can be found in The Book of Deuteronomy:
Let there not be found among you anyone who causes their son or daughter to pass through the fire, or practices divination, or is a soothsayer, augur, or sorcerer, or who casts spells, consults ghosts and spirits, or seeks oracles from the dead.Anyone who does such things is an abomination to the LORD, and because of such abominations the LORD, your God, is dispossessing them before you.
You must be altogether sincere with the LORD, your God.
Notice the usage of the word “abomination” to describe the Lord’s complete detest for these actions. The same word is used when renouncing homosexuality, which takes away from the natural act of man and woman created for one another for love, procreation, and to be united in the holy sacrament of matrimony. It is used here as well because people who engage in these sort of actions aren’t seeking God’s counsel in prayer, but are “electing” others the all-seeing power that only he possesses. Let’s take a look at what else the Catechism has to say.
2115 God can reveal the future to his prophets or to other saints. Still, a sound Christian attitude consists in putting oneself confidently into the hands of Providence for whatever concerns the future, and giving up all unhealthy curiosity about it. Improvidence, however, can constitute a lack of responsibility.
2116 All forms of divination are to be rejected: recourse to Satan or demons, conjuring up the dead or other practices falsely supposed to “unveil” the future. Consulting horoscopes, astrology, palm reading, interpretation of omens and lots, the phenomena of clairvoyance, and recourse to mediums all conceal a desire for power over time, history, and, in the last analysis, other human beings, as well as a wish to conciliate hidden powers. They contradict the honor, respect, and loving fear that we owe to God alone.
2117 All practices of magic or sorcery, by which one attempts to tame occult powers, so as to place them at one’s service and have a supernatural power over others – even if this were for the sake of restoring their health – are gravely contrary to the virtue of religion. These practices are even more to be condemned when accompanied by the intention of harming someone, or when they have recourse to the intervention of demons. Wearing charms is also reprehensible. Spiritism often implies divination or magical practices; the Church for her part warns the faithful against it. Recourse to so-called traditional cures does not justify either the invocation of evil powers or the exploitation of another’s credulity.
*Italics and bold added for emphasis.
Please, if you have engaged in any of these exercises, stop at once! If you know of anyone that does, spread the word. Share this article and let them know that what they are doing is wrong. It is a mortal sin to partake in such activities. However, if you were doing it unknowingly and did not intend for it to be taking away from the glory of God, then you are in the clear but knowing all this now, you must not continue in said activities.
Here, The Catechism defines mortal sins:
1859 Mortal sin requires full knowledge and complete consent. It presupposes knowledge of the sinful character of the act, of its opposition to God’s law. It also implies a consent sufficiently deliberate to be a personal choice. Feigned ignorance and hardness of heart133 do not diminish, but rather increase, the voluntary character of a sin.
1860 Unintentional ignorance can diminish or even remove the imputability of a grave offense. But no one is deemed to be ignorant of the principles of the moral law, which are written in the conscience of every man. the promptings of feelings and passions can also diminish the voluntary and free character of the offense, as can external pressures or pathological disorders. Sin committed through malice, by deliberate choice of evil, is the gravest.
If you are seeing anyone falling into sin around you, it is important to correct them. We do this as a service out of love, so that they may still have a chance at making it to Heaven. St. Paul often dealt with quarrels in many of the early Church communities, and we have evidence of this in most of his Letters, on this matter he writes:
“All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for refutation, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that one who belongs to God may be competent, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
So do not be afraid to correct the actions of others, you are doing them a favor by giving them the opportunity to return more fully to the Lord on the path to holiness. If you saw a neighbor drowning and you knew how to swim, would you not go out to rescue them? None of us are perfect, or immune to error, so let us always humble ourselves among one another while seeking to perfect ourselves in all that is holy, as Jesus says: “So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:48).
It’s true that we are all sinners that fall greatly short of the glory of the Lord, but we must try our hardest to perfect ourselves in holiness, never being fully content. We must earn our salvation with “faith and good works,” Jesus’ holy sacrifice opened the gates of Heaven, but it is up to us to make it there. Dying with mortal sin on our conscience that isn’t repented results in a just decree of everlasting damnation.
So humble yourselves and “work out your salvation with fear and trembling” like St. Paul, never forgetting the severity of sin and diminishing the almighty reward of eternal salvation. Be ever vigilant, persevering to the end and the Beatific vision will await you.
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