Weihwasser, Oel und aehnliches sind doch aberglaeubische Dinge!
Tatsächlich? Lesen wir hierzu Jk 5,14: "Ist einer von euch krank? Dann rufe er die Ältesten der Gemeinde zu sich; sie sollen Gebete über ihn sprechen und ihn im Namen des Herrn mit Öl salben." (Einheitsübersetzung).
Kranke sollen also mit Öl gesalbt werden. Dies - in Verbindung mit Gebeten - dient der Heilung. Nichts anderes tut ein katholischer Priester heute, wenn jemand aufgrund schwerer Krankheit in Lebensgefahr ist, eine schwere Operation bevorsteht oder Vergleichbares. Gott verwendet also materielle Dinge - etwa Öl - um uns Seine Gnade zu schenken!
Sehen wir uns nun Mt 26,12 an: "Als sie das Öl über mich goss, hat sie meinen Leib für das Begräbnis gesalbt." (Einheitsübersetzung).
Hier erlaubte Jesus der Frau, Öl über Ihn zu gießen und Ihn zu salben. Wenn Er das aber erlaubt hat, kann es kein Aberglaube gewesen sein. Wenn es tatsächlich Aberglaube gewesen wäre, hätte Er sie zurechtweisen müssen, da Er die Wahrheit ist.
Nun Mk 6,13: "Sie trieben viele Dämonen aus und salbten viele Kranke mit Öl und heilten sie." (Einheitsübersetzung).
Die Salbung mit Öl war ein Mittel, um jemand Kraft zu geben (siehe die Salbung von König Salomon in 1 Kön 1,39). Dies bedeutete auch göttliche Zustimmung und Heiligung. Es konnte auch heißen, dass man jemand für einen heiligen Zwecck weihte. Das Salben mit Öl wurde auch zur Heilung der Kranken gemacht - so wie es heute noch in der Katholischen Kirche praktiziert wird.
What's Wrong with Halloween?
This is the month of October, and with it comes the worst time of the year. That is to say, it is likely the most active time for demon spirits to come out. That is because much of the world is involved in Halloween. Is there something really wrong with Halloween? I shared this sermon several years ago, and have so a few times since. Please read this and consider whether Christians should participate or have anything at all to do with Halloween. I may step on some toes here, for that, I do not apologize. For whatever is truth is truth. The truth shall set you free. All I have said in here is either directly from scripture or from sources which can be validated as being true. May you be inspired to read the scriptures as good Bereans and search the scriptures to be sure that what is written is so. Acts 17: then the brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea. When they arrived they went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more fair minded than those in Thessanolica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so. Acts 17:10-11
Whats Wrong With Halloween
Has it ever occurred to you that there might be something wrong with Halloween? Think about it. The bizarre decorations are all of an occultist and demonic nature. Certainly things like witches, ghouls, vampires, and ghosts are not Christian in nature. And the supernatural kingdom of darkness seems to be glorified in virtually every aspect of the Halloween celebration.
Every concerned Christian needs to be aware of the facts of Halloween that are presented here. I will briefly point out the history and meaning of this holiday, from both the secular and religious sources. Once armed with the truth concerning the origin and nature of this celebration, I hope that you will be motivated to no longer participate in. the unfruitful works of darkness. Eph. 5:11
Whats Wrong with Halloween?
The Halloween celebration is thoroughly rooted in Paganism and the Occult. Actually, it was the occult religion of the ancient Druids, which spawned this demonic holiday we now know as Halloween.
The American Peoples Encyclopedia explains:
Halloween: the last day of October, and the Eve of All Saints Day in the Orthodox Christian Church. The origin of Halloween of pagan orders in Britain, Ireland and Gaul held a celebration on October 31, the eve of the festival of Samhain. This day was considered the time of the year in which good and evil spirits roamed the earth. It was a night of ghosts and fairies, in which bonfires were built and future were foretold and witches rode through the sky. The druids believed that on October 31, the last day of the ancient Celtic calendar, the lord of death gathered together the souls of the dead who had been made to enter the bodies of animals, and decided what form they should take the following year. Cats were held sacred because it was believed that they were once human beings that had been transformed for committing evil. Although the Druids were outlawed by the Romans during the rule of Britain, Halloween customs of Druidic origins developed in Ireland, Scotland and England. The use of fruits and nuts on Halloween was derived from the Roman festival of Pomona, the goddess of the fruit of the trees. Colonists and immigrants brought their Halloween customs with them to the United States. Modern Halloween parties include masquerading, lighting jack-o-lanterns, parties, and Trick or treat. Prankish destruction on Halloween is a corruption of an earlier belief in the power of witches.
So, we can see that this holiday has its origins, basis, and root in the occultic Druid celebration of the dead. Only, they called it Samhain, who was the lord of the dead. (A big demon)
They believed that the dead would leave their graves and wander the streets on October 31, which is where the emphasis of death comes from in the Halloween celebration. Such death symbols such as skulls, skeletons, graves, coffins and tombstones are common Halloween decorations.
According to druid superstitions, if the dead approached you or your house on this night, you would have to placate them by offering them cakes, cookies, gifts or some sort of treat. This is the source of todays Halloween, Trick or treat. These pagan superstitions have invaded our society and infiltrated the church to the extent that even Christians gleefully participate in this demonic holiday. The entire Halloween celebration is based on occult religion and pagan superstition.
Student Encyclopedia states; Many of the customs and superstitions of Halloween are thousands of years old. A number of Halloween superstitions about ghosts and evil spirits developed from the ancient Druid festival of Sanhain. During its festival the spirits of the dead were supposed to return to the homes of their kinsmen. Great fires were lighted to guide them and to ward off the evil spirits that also roamed the countryside. Witches were expected to appear riding on broomsticks to their witches Sabbaths.
If superstitious pagans of those ancient times had to go out or travel on the night of October 31, they would masquerade as a ghost, devil, witch, monster or some other demonic creatures so they could blend in with the real demons that roamed the streets that night and thus could travel unmolested by them. This pagan superstition is the origin of the Halloween tradition of masquerading, usually as some demonic creature.
Adopted By Roman Catholicism
When Roman Catholicism became a world power (both religious and politically), it tried to stop some of the blatant pagan customs, which were widely celebrated. However, these holidays were deeply entrenched in peoples hearts, so in the ninth century A.D., the Roman Catholic Church renamed this holiday and gave it a supposedly Christian significance. Thus the druid festival of the dead became All Saints Day. All of the saints who do not have a separate day in their honor on the Roman Catholic calendar are all remembered and honored on All Saints Day. It is also a time to pay respect to the dead and visit cemeteries. So, although the name of this holiday has been changed by the Roman Catholic Church, it still carries its Druid meaning. It is after all an observance of death! Nothing about this pagan celebration has changed on iota. It is still celebrated exactly the same way it has been celebrated since Satan instituted this holiday throughout the Druid priesthood thousands of years ago.
Even the Catholic Encyclopedia admits : The night of October 31 and the vigil of the Feasts of All Saints Halloween derives its name from the old English term, All Hallows Eve, although its traditions derive from pagan worship. An important source of the customs of Halloween was the druid religion of pre-Christian Gaul and Britain. The ancient Britons honored their sun god with bonfires at this time of the year in tribute to the light that brought their harvest and to mark the beginning of winter. They also saluted Sanhain, the lord of death whom it was held gathered together the souls of the years dead which had been consigned to the bodies of animals in punishment for their sins.
The goblins witches and evil spirits are another Druid contribution. It was believed that on the night of October 31, these creatures roamed the earth with glee at the return of their season of darkness. They tormented the poor mortals whom in turn paid them bribes of food and delicacies to ensure their safety of their homes and persons.
Strange noises and outlandish tricks attend their appearance, and often as not, one or several humans would join their train, if for no other reason than self- protection. It is easy to see how these traditions entered into the practice and holiday of Halloween with its costumes, masked figures, trick-or-treat, bonfires and jack-o-lanterns throughout central Europe. (Which seem to be a combination of fiend and fire)
The above is a frank admission by the Roman Catholic Church that Halloween is 100% occult.
Dear reader, are we so spiritually silly to think that God condones the church going along with the flow of the world, and adopting these celebrations, customs, and superstitious holidays from pagan religion and occultism?
The Bible is not silent on the subject. Consider the following.
Thus, says the Lord; Do not learn the ay of the Gentiles; Do not be dismayed at the signs of the heaven. For the Gentiles are dismayed at them. For the customs of the peoples are futile. Jer. 10: 2,3a
Deut. 18:9-13 says; When you come into the land which the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not learn the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found amoung you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord, and because of these abomintations the Lord your God drives them out from before you, You shall be blameless before the Lord your God.
There can be no doubts in our minds concerning the origin of this holiday. Its root is occultism! Its basis is satanic witchcraft religion of the pagan Druids.
Jesus said in Matt. 7:17-18: Even so, every good tree bears good fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.
Jesus says it is impossible for a rotten tree, or root to produce anything good. Certainly then, no good can can possibly come from the corrupt evil, demonic root we call Halloween.
Romans 11:16 declares; For if the first-fruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches.
Just the opposite would also be true! If the root is demonic, so are its branches. If the origin is pagan, so is its present celebration.! I ask you dear Christians, should you as a disciple of Christ and a child of the light be celebrating such a purely pagan holiday?
Halloween Glorifies Satan!!!
It is a glorification of Satans power when the whole nation and much of the world celebrates the powers of darkness by dressing and decorating as demons, devils, witches, vampires, monsters, ghosts and evil looking creatures of every sort.
Anyone familiar with occultism could tell you that Halloween is the most important night of the year for those involved in witchcraft and Satanism. There are certain hexes and spells that can only be cast on Halloween night, for this is when satanic power is at its peak, because this is the night that Satan is the most honored and glorified. Satan is delighted when Christians see fit to honor him by participating in this special night, and it is tantamount to worship, that Satan receives when you imitate him and the hosts of darkness. The fact is, you tend to imitate what you love and worship.
Paul exhorts us in Eph. 5:1 Be ye therefore followers ( imitators) of God, as dear children;
When we love and worship the Lord Jesus Christ, we naturally want to imitate Him, to follow His teachings and His Holy example. Therefore when you imitate Satan, or any of the powers of darkness by masquerading as demons, or honoring them through participation in their occult rituals, ceremonies or holidays, it is tantamount to worshipping them.
There are many blood sacrifices offered to Satan on Halloween night by Satanists and witchcraft covens. All sorts of animals are butchered, their blood is usually drained and drank in their satanic worship and rituals, and even human sacrifices take place right here in North America on Halloween night. According to a pamphlet published by Bob Larson entitled; Witchcraft and Halloween such practices are far more common than you may think! However, Christians do not need to fear Satan or his demons, not even on Halloween night when his powers surges to its peak, for Jesus said:
Behold, I give you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Luke 10:19
Though we dont need to fear the devil, neither should we be foolish or naïve, thinking we can flagrantly violate Gods commands to abstain from and avoid every sort of demonic and occultic activity! We only have power over Satan when we obey God. When we trespass into Satans territory through occult participation, we invariably bear the inevitable consequences of demon oppression.
Scripture Clearly Warns Us;
Neither give place to the devil. Eph. 4:27
Be sober, be viligent, for your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour. 1 Pet. 5:8
We are also told to, resist the devil and to stand against the wiles of the devil, to beware of the snare of the devil and to not be ignorant of his devices. James 4:7; Eph. 6:11; 2 Tim. 2:26; 2 Cor. 2:11
Would God give all these warnings and admonitions to His church if it wasnt possible for a Christian to be demon oppressed? We must not, give place to the devil by participating in occult rituals and celebrations such as Halloween.
Dear Christians, we are to be the lights in a world of darkness. We are to be different and separate from the world. We are to be the salt of the earth. But Jesus also said:
but if the salt have lost its saltiness, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out.. Matt. 5:13-16
What good is salt if it is not salty? It is worthless Jesus said! And dear Christian, what good is a Christian that is no different than the rest of the world?
We are no different from the heathen, from the idolators, from the pagans and the occultists when we celebrate Halloween along with them. If we participate in Halloween parties, the spook houses, the masquerades or the trick-or-treat, then we have lost our savour, just as the salt has lost its savour if it loses its saltiness.
Paul says: come out from amoung them and be ye separate. 2 Cor. 6:17
Halloween Treats Occultism As Harmless
When Christians celebrate this holiday in their homes or in churches or schools, it teaches children and every body else for that matter, that the occult, witchcraft and demons is something fun, something entertaining and harmless. It treats occultism as harmless when in fact it is more deadly than a rattlesnake.
How we betray and deceive ourselves and others by considering this satanic festival, when we treat it as fun and harmless. God never treats the occult as something fun or harmless. He says,: IT IS AN ABOMINATION Deut. 18:9-12; Lev. 18:24-30
My dictionary defines Abomination as: a revolting thing, Anything that degrades man is an abomintation. A shameful action or custom, a feeling of disgust, hate , loathing
Do you see that? God calls it disgusting, shameful, revolting. He hates it, loathes it.
When you decorate your house with occult symbols or dress yourself or your children as witches, all in fun, you are teaching them that witchcraft is okay; that it is harmless, innocent fun. But God says; Thou shalt not allow a witch to live. Exodus 22:18
How disappointing to find churches of every kind participating in Halloween Their Christian schools have Halloween parties, just like secular schools, and often churches themselves have Halloween masquerade parties. One church is said to have had such a party and the pastor himself dressed as Dracula. Another Christian lady tried to justify her churches masquerade Halloween party, by saying, it was not a Halloween party, but a celebration of the harvest. My response is, What is the difference? Actually as already noted, the harvest festival is Halloween. There is no difference! You may have renamed it, but you are still celebrating the same festival. It is like saying, This is not a car, it is an automobile! There is no difference!
Although many Christians treat this occult holiday as something harmless, the Bible always reveals the results of occult practices are deadly. When King Saul dabbled in occultism by seeking out a witch, God rejected him. Saul died under divine judgment for not taking this seriously. 1 Chronicles 10:13-14.
Halloween is an Appearance of Evil
We are told in 1 Thess 5:22 Abstain from all appearances of evil.
Virtually all of the symbols of Halloween are evil. Witches warlocks, imps, orges, vampires, monsters, ghosts, ghouls, goblins etc, all portray evil. If these things represent evil, then why do you dress up and imitate the appearance of evil? Why do you decorate your houses, and offices with such demonic symbols when your house is supposed to be dedicated to the Lord? God expressly forbids us to take on any evil appearance, which is exactly what you do if you masquerade as these evil creatures.
Consider what Halloween Symbols Represent
Every Halloween symbol represents something either demonic or occultic. For example:
The jack-o-lantern is the ancient symbol of a damned soul.
The black cat has long been associated with witchcraft and all sorts of superstitions, which are still connected to it. Witches and witchcraft though popularized and considered innocent today by such t.v. shows as Bewitched and I dream of Jeanie; are expressly forbidden in scripture and are an abomination to God. Ex 22:18; Deut. 18:9-14; Lev. 18:24-30
The symbols such as ghosts, ghouls, monsters, skulls, skeletons, graveyards, coffins, tombstones etc. are all demonic.
The very trick-or-treat ritual is a threat. It is nothing less than extortion. You either give me a treat, or I will play a trick on you. You leave your neighbor with a choice. Trick or treat. Which will it be?
Vandalism and Destruction are Rampant on Halloween Night.
Vandalism is common on Halloween night, as even normally well behaved children, are instigated by demonic spirits to destructive behavior. Any police officer will testify to the increase in such sinful and illegal behavior on Halloween night. Worse still are the horrifying accounts of poisoned candy and fruit boob trapped with needles or razor blades that make the news virtually every year at Halloween. Whom, but Satan could inspire such monstrous awful actions.
Halloween is Outright Disobedience to God
Over and over in the Bible, God forbids His children to participate in such blatant demonic activities as the following passages attest. Deut. 18:9-14; Ex. 7:11-12; 2 Tim. 3:8; Ex. 22:18; Lev. 19:26,31; 20:6,27; 1 Chronicles 10:13-14; 2 kingsm21:5-6; Isa. 2:6; jer. 27:9-10; Zecharia 10:2; Malachi 3:5; Acts 8:9; 16:16; 19:19;Galations 5:16-21; rev. 21:15.
A careful examination of these scripture verses reveals Gods unreserved condemnation of all who indulge or participate in any occult activity.
So, What Is Wrong With Halloween? Everything is wrong with Halloween! Everything about it is wrong! It is a demon inspired, devil glorifying occult festival.
Those who love the Lord Jesus Christ should have nothing at all to do with Halloween.
Learn not the way of the heathen for the customs of the people are vain Jer. 10:2-3
When you enter into the land which the Lord your God gives you, you shall not learn to imitate the detestable things of those nations Deut. 18:9
Let us cast off the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light. Rom. 13:12
And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. Eph. 5:11
Ye are children of light, and the children of the day; we are not of the night, nor of darkness. 1 Thes. 5:5
For what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath Christ with Belial..wherefore come out from amoung them, and be ye separate says the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing. 2 Cor. 6:14-17
For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light walk as children of light.
Therefore to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin. James4:17
I had a friend ask me why Catholics have Crucifixes in our churches...don't we believe Jesus has risen? Why do we keep Him on the cross?
Bistum Münster: Aberglaube
kath.net: Papst: 'Komme als Pilger des Friedens'
Dürfen wir einen verstorbenen Zaddik darum bitten, für uns zu beten? (Tzvi Freeman auf www.chabadgermany.com, eine jüdische Homepage)
Original Catholic Encyclopedia: Superstition
New Advent: Superstition
Catholic Online: Superstition
Is it okay to ask a deceased tzaddik to pray on my behalf? (By Tzvi Freeman on www.chabad.org, a Jewish homepage)
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What about his stepping down from office? Yes, it deserves very much respect. He serves the Church like few before him. And yet - it is tragic. It is a drama unfolding and a mirror of the times the Church is in.
I can't help but thinking there are wolves within the Church. We are dealing with more than flesh & blood here.
Let's pray for our Pope (current and future) and for the Church in general!
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The Great Commandment
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36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
38 This is the first and great commandment.
39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
Diese Seite hat sich der Apologetik verschrieben, also der Verteidigung und Begründung des Katholischen Glaubens. Es sollen zum einen Katholikinnen und Katholiken das nötige Handwerkszeug bekommen, um ihren Glauben kennen zu lernen (wir können ja letztlich nur lieben, was wir auch kennen), diesen sich selbst gegenüber begründen zu können (Glaube und Vernunft gehen Hand in Hand), aber auch um in der Lage zu sein, den katholischen Glauben gegen Angriffe verteidigen zu können. Andererseits aber möchten wir all denen, die meinen, sie lehnen die Katholische Kirche ab - aber tatsächlich nur das ablehnen, was sie dafür halten - in Liebe begegnen und ihnen unsere Glaubensgrundsätze vermitteln. Schließlich richtet sich diese Homepage respekt- und liebevoll an all die, die meinen, sie wären "bibeltreue Christinnen und Christen" und die Katholische Kirche hätte ihre biblische Grundlage schon lange aufgegeben - wenn sie diese denn überhaupt je hatte. Hier soll vermittelt werden, dass unser Glaube sich sehr wohl auf die Bibel stützt. Wir möchten ihnen in Demut und geschwisterlicher Liebe zeigen, warum wir glauben, was wir glauben.
Letztlich geht es bei diesem Projekt auch und vor allem darum, Jesus und die frohe Botschaft - das Königreich Gottes - zu verkünden und Menschen zu Jüngern Jesu zu machen. Hier soll also nicht auf Biegen und Brechen ein von Gott losgelöst betrachtetes Bollwerk verteidigt werden, sondern anhand unseres eigenen Beispiels anderen Menschen gezeigt werden, was es heisst, einander zu lieben und Jesus nachzufolgen.
America, Waiting Until When?
Funny thing, if I remember correctly there once used to be a rabbi who did not have any business plan for church mega-growth. No publicity department. No homepage. No emails. No money. Even those He chose as followers were - theologically speaking - illiterates. A handful of dudes, and one even was a bum.
What was He thinking?
When He preached, He used words that drove people away from Him. He couldn't care less. He even asked the remaining rest if they wanted to leave, too. No political correctness here.
Again: What was He thinking?
He could have used other means. He could have been the kind of leader that people back then (and today?) were waiting for. The mighty warlord. The knight in shining armour. The one that kicks some .... and throws those Romans out.
Yes, He could have. He had all the power to do that - and more than that. And what did He do? He dealt with the lowest of the lowest and humbled Himself to their level. He loved people in a way unknown before. With a love that asked for nothing and gave everything. With a love that puts us to shame even today.
He did not fulfill people's expectations. He did not give them what they wanted. He gave them what they truly needed. And to do so, He gave His utmost: He sacrificed Himself and gave His life so we can live. He came down on earth to become man so men could become sons of God. Dying on the cross like a criminal, He even prayed for those who helped nailing Him up there.
And what's worst: He even asked everything of His disciples. They were told to give - no: to sacrifice! - everything they have. To sell all of their possessions, give their money to the poor and follow Him without even looking back. They were even told to give their own lives!
I guess He would still be sort of out of place in some of the churches today.
If I remember correctly, His name was Jesus.
Anybody by chance remember Him?
He is the ruler of my life. He is the one I love and follow.
He is my king.
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16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.
17 And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted.
18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
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The purpose of this homepage is to help people understand and love the Christian faith, the Catholic Church - and most of all: Jesus Himself and like that become true disciples. This homepage is NOT about pushing "the Catholic cause" at all costs while forgetting that the Church is the body of Christ and that Jesus set the example of how sacrificial and unconditional love and humbleness should look like.
Remember the Great Commission is not about defending the Catholic Church whatever it costs (even though knowing, explaining, defending - and most of all: obeying and living! - the Catholic faith sure is part of every Catholic's calling!), but about this:
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16Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.
17And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted.
18And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
19Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
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Die Situation in vielen Pfarreien ist beinahe trostlos: Predigten, mit denen jeder leben kann und die doch nichts sagen und niemanden eine geistige Nahrung bieten, Pfarreien, die seit Jahrzehnten die Worte "Hölle"oder "Verdammnis" nicht mehr gehört haben, liturgische Missbräuche, ein beinahe völliges Fehlen der Glaubensvermittlung und Katechese, ein über Jahrzehnte andauerndes Ausbreiten eines unseligen liberalen Modernismus, eine völlige Unkenntnis der Gläubigen und Würdenträger über den Auftrag Jesu, hinauszugehen und Menschen zu Seinen Jüngern zu machen, eine ebensolche Unkenntnis über das, was Jüngerschaft ausmacht, ein Versagen der Kirche als Institution und Verwaltungseinheit in vielen Bereichen - die Liste ließe sich noch lange fortsetzen.
In genau dieser Situation ruft Gott nun all die, die an Ihn glauben, zur radikalen und kompromisslosen Nachfolge Jesu Christi auf. Jede und jeder von uns ist gerufen, tätig zu werden, wo andere versagen!
Betet, wie ihr noch nie gebetet habt - und lasst diesen Gebeten Taten folgen!
Geht hinaus, macht Menschen zu Jüngern Jesu Christi! Liebt die, die Liebe am meisten nötig haben, mit einer bedingungslosen Liebe, die nichts fordert und alles gibt, damit die Menschen Jesus Christus preisen! Gebt alles, was ihr habt her und folgt dem nach, der allein es wert ist, dass man Ihm nachfolgt:
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Geht denn das überhaupt - evangelikal und katholisch? Nun ja, abgesehen vom Prinzip "Sola Scriptura" (also der Bibel als einzige Autorität) geht das durchaus. Mehr noch: es wäre vielleicht die Zukunft der Katholischen Kirche. Es scheint revolutionär, aber wäre es denn so abwegig, wenn es von kirchlicher Seite her möglich wäre, neben den bestehenden Strukturen evangelikale Strukturen zuzulassen - mit ähnlichem Gemeindeaufbau, Glaubensverständnis, Glaubenspraxis, Jüngerschaftsprizip, Evangelisation usw. Warum denn nicht?
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"I have decided to follow Jesus. Though no one joins me, still I will follow."
Assam, north-east India, who held on to Jesus when being told to recounce his faith by the village chief. His wife was killed and Assam as well - while he was singing these words: "The cross before me, the world behind me." His strong faith kept on shining: The village chief and others in the village converted afterwards. (see: Wikipedia)
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Lumen Gentium 14
"Den katholischen Gläubigen wendet die Heilige Synode besonders ihre Aufmerksamkeit zu. Gestützt auf die Heilige Schrift und die Tradition, lehrt sie, daß diese pilgernde Kirche zum Heile notwendig sei. Christus allein ist Mittler und Weg zum Heil, der in seinem Leib, der Kirche, uns gegenwärtig wird; indem er aber selbst mit ausdrücklichen Worten die Notwendigkeit des Glaubens und der Taufe betont hat (vgl. Mk 16,16; Joh 3,5), hat er zugleich die Notwendigkeit der Kirche, in die die Menschen durch die Taufe wie durch eine Türe eintreten, bekräftigt. Darum könnten jene Menschen nicht gerettet werden, die um die katholische Kirche und ihre von Gott durch Christus gestiftete Heilsnotwendigkeit wissen, in sie aber nicht eintreten oder in ihr nicht ausharren wollten. Jene werden der Gemeinschaft der Kirche voll eingegliedert, die, im Besitze des Geistes Christi, ihre ganze Ordnung und alle in ihr eingerichteten Heilsmittel annehmen und in ihrem sichtbaren Verband mit Christus, der sie durch den Papst und die Bischöfe leitet, verbunden sind, und dies durch die Bande des Glaubensbekenntnisses, der Sakramente und der kirchlichen Leitung und Gemeinschaft. Nicht gerettet wird aber, wer, obwohl der Kirche eingegliedert, in der Liebe nicht verharrt und im Schoße der Kirche zwar "dem Leibe", aber nicht "dem Herzen" nach verbleibt (26). Alle Söhne der Kirche sollen aber dessen eingedenk sein, daß ihre ausgezeichnete Stellung nicht den eigenen Verdiensten, sondern der besonderen Gnade Christi zuzuschreiben ist; wenn sie ihr im Denken, Reden und Handeln nicht entsprechen, wird ihnen statt Heil strengeres Gericht zuteil."
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by Steve Ray on March 10, 2013
“Bible Christians” (a misnomer, since Catholics are the real and original Bible Christians), based on their recently devised “Reformation” principle of sola Scriptura, study the Bible with the following premises:
1. There is no binding authority but the Bible alone;
2. There is no official binding interpretation or interpreter; each person ultimately is their own pope;
3. The Bible is perspicuous (i.e., easy to understand) and it can be interpreted and understood by anyone.
4. An individual can/should read the Bible and interpret the Bible for themselves.
Catholics have a different set of premises that direct their study of the Bible.
1. The authority of the Apostles and the Church preceded the Bible and the Sacred Tradition of the Church is an equally infallible authority (2 Thes 2:15; CCC 80 83). The Bible is part of the Apostolic Tradition.
2. The authoritative interpretation of the Bible is the prerogative of the Catholic Church (1 Tim 3:15; Mt 18:17; CCC 85?88).
3. The Bible is not always easy to understand (2 Pet 3:15?16) and needs to understood within its historical and contextual framework and interpreted within the community to which it belongs.
4. Individuals can/should read the Bible and interpret the Bible for themselves—but within the framework of the Church’s authoritative teaching and not based on their own “private interpretation” (2 Pet 1:20?21).
(Source: Steve Ray: http://www.catholic-convert.com/2013/03/10/differences-between-catholic-and-protestant-approaches-to-the-bible/comment-page-1/#comment-316636. Used with permission)
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So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by our letter.