Catholic? Who me? RESPONSE TO ANONYMOUS
Anonymous wrote to us again. Our response is highlighted in yellow.
I am a blessed, highly favored, can't be cursed, Christian. I am saved [You will know if you are saved or not when God judges you when you die. Until then, you are redeemed, not yet saved.]by the blood of Jesus who died on a cruel cross at Calvary as he took all the sins of the world apon (sic) him for us because he loved us so much. I am sanctified, Holy Ghost filled by his power. Living for Jesus. It does state in the bible [you mean Bible, right?] that in order to get to the Kingdom of God, you must follow the Lord Jesus. [It says a lot more than that]God sent his only son to save the world not condemn it. When a person dies, he is "absent from the flesh and present with the Lord". [Are you sure that he is present with the Lord? How do you know?]He would have had to accept Jesus into his heart and ask for forgiveness of his sins in life. The Bible says if you reject the Lord Jesus, then the Father will reject you. He stated to go out as fishermen [Fishermen, really? Not apostles?]and spread the good word. That Jesus came and abolished the Laws. [100% wrong, Anonymous. “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.” Matt. 5;17, King James Version] We celebrate a persons life at there death and funeral, provided they have not rejected HIM. [So you only celebrate the funeral of those who have not rejected Him. Are you the one who knows who has and who has not rejected Him or is that left up to God alone to decide?]The bible also states even the righteous man falls short of the Glory of God, but if you follow the Lord and to stay in the word ( the Bible), pray and talk to the Lord as a relationship not a religion, minister to others to bring them aboard for salvation, ( remember fisherman). [Anonymous, we don’t bring anybody on board for salvation. We bring the word and the example to them to help them to open their hearts to the presence of God and to accept His invitation to be disciples of His. That’s all. Salvation is His work, not ours.] As Christians we do not pray for a dead body's soul, as once they take there (sic) last breath they are either in heaven or hell. There is no such thing as purgatory. No mention of that in the Bible at all. I respect that we all love and adore the same God, but following the exact teachings of the Bible is important. [Anonymous, you yourself are preaching to us and yet it is clear that you are now a very profound student of the Bible] I never got a bible when I was a catholic. [When you were Catholic you were read from the Bible every time you went to Mass. You prayed the psalms. You prayed the Our Father. You had the Bible staring you in the face. If you owned a missal, (most Cathlics did) you had about 45% of the Bible in your hands full time. Were you listening? Were you reading?]They stated only certain people were allowed to have it. [This is 100% wrong. I am 75 years old and I got my first Bible when I made my first communion at age 7. Spare us from your ignorance.] We as followers of Christ are all saints !!!! You do not pray to anyone other than The Lord God Almighty. We honor mother Mary but do not pray to her. [In avoiding praying to the Saints and Mary you are denying 20 centuries of Christian practice.] We pray to the Lord directly. We ask for a relationship with him. [You ask for a relationship with Him? Have you forgotten the words of the covenant? He has given us His word that we are His people and He is our God. Do you think for a single moment that you can cause Him to enter into a relationship with you on your terms, outside of His Eternal covenant? You have the arrogance to say “I am a blessed, highly favored, can't be cursed, Christian. I am saved…” yet you do not accept that He has reached down and given you the grace of a relationship with Him without your having to pray for it.] That is what he want (sic)from us and to lead a righteous life. No getting drunk after the funeral....to be drunk is a sin. I am not saying you can't have a glass of wine but without the intention of getting drunk. All in all have a blessed and wonderful day, yours in Christ
I will and I will also eat His flesh and drink His blood in conformance with the New and Everlasting Covenant, (John 6, remember that one?) all the while trying to figure out where you are coming from.