Katholisch Leben!

The Jesus Brothers

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.

(Quelle: www.saintjoe.com)

 

Statuen und Bilder

* Ex 20:4-5 „Du sollst dir kein geschnitztes Bild machen, noch irgend ein Gleichnis“… Du sollst dich nicht vor ihnen niederbeugen und ihnen nicht dienen
Ex 25:18  „Und du sollst zwei Cherubim machen von Gold (für die Bundeslade)“
Ex 26:1 - Die Vorhänge auf der Arche haben Cherubim auf sie
Ex 26:31 - Der leinen Schleier hatte Cherubim darauf
Num 21:8-9 - Der Herr sagt Moses die eherne Schlange zu machen (hat er vergessen, Exodus 20?)
1 Kön 6:23 - Durch Gottes Design der Tempel hatte Statuen von Cherubim
1. Kön 6:35 - Türen im Tempel hatte Cherubim, Blumen und Palmen auf sie geschnitzt
1 Kön 7:25-45 - Durch Gottes Plan der Tempel hatte Bronze Ochsen und Löwen


(Quelle: Sebastian R. Fama. Copyright © 2001 StayCatholic.com. Übersetzt mit Genehmigung. Übersetzer: Mike Esquibel. Herzlichen Dank, Mike!)
Reliquie

2. Kön 13:20-21 - Ein Toter erwacht zum Leben nach dem Berühren der Knochen von Elisha
Mt 9:20-22 - Eine Frau ist geheilt, nachdem sie Jesu Gewand berührte
Apg 19:11-12 - Menschen wurden von Schweißtüchern oder Schürzen, die Paulus berührt hatte, geheilt


Heilige Medaillen und Skapulier

Num 15:37-40 - die Israeliten trug Mahnungen Gottes


(Quelle: Sebastian R. Fama. Copyright © 2001 StayCatholic.com. Übersetzt mit Genehmigung. Übersetzer: Mike Esquibel. Herzlichen Dank, Mike!)

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

God Bless

André


What’s 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

What’s 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 it’s 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 today’s 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 it’s 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 people’s 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 it’s 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 it’s name from the old English term, All Hallows Eve, although it’s 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 it’s 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. It’s root is occultism! It’s 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 it’s 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 Satan’s 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.

Halloween Sacrifices

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 don’t need to fear the devil, neither should we be foolish or naïve, thinking we can flagrantly violate God’s 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 Satan’s 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 wasn’t 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 God’s 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?

First of all, you would want to check out 1st Corinthians, chapter 1, verse 23. Paul says, "...but we preach Christ crucified..." Why does Paul preach Christ crucified? Doesn't he know Jesus has been raised from the dead? Of course he does! But, he knows that it is through the power of the crucified Christ on the cross that the bonds of sin and death are broken. As Paul says in verse 24, Christ crucified is the "power of God".

1 Cor 2:2, "For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified." Again, didn't Paul know that Jesus had risen from the dead? Of course, he did.

Paul preaches Christ crucified because an empty cross has no power. The cross that bears the beaten, battered, and bloodied body of Jesus Christ, however, that cross is the "power of God". This is why, we "keep Jesus on the cross," because we, too, preach Christ crucified. The Crucifix reminds us not only of God's power, but also His love for us - giving His only begotten Son up for suffering and death.

Also, here in this life we do not share so much in the glory of the Resurrection, as we do in the suffering of Jesus on the cross; after all, we must take up our cross daily if we are to follow Jesus, as it says in Lk 9:23.

And, we must die with Christ in order to live with Him as Romans 6:8 tells us. Where did Christ die? On the cross. The Crucifix serves to remind us of these things.

One other passage to keep in mind is Galatians 3:1, "O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified?" Did you catch that? Jesus was publicly portrayed, before their "eyes", as being crucified. Sounds kind of like they may have been looking at a Crucifix, doesn't it?

(Source: Bible Christian Society / John Martignoni. http://www.biblechristiansociety.com/apologetics/two_minute#1. Used with permission)

Links

Bistum Münster: Aberglaube

kirchensite: Aberglaube

Atheismus und 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)

Links International

Original Catholic Encyclopedia: Superstition

New Advent: Superstition

Dave Armstrong: Biblical Evidence for Candles, Incense, and Related Sacramental Symbolism for Prayer and Sacrifice

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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