To Love and Not to Hate

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We must learn to love even those who seem evil if we are to see God’s face. Because God’s face is a face of Mercy and of Love. A Love that forgives, that waits, that desires for what is good and not for what is evil.

It is not for us to hate. Neither is it for us to judge, for only God can judge. But we were commanded to love, to love as Jesus Himself has loved us.

Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying,
“‘You shall not hate your brother in your heart. You shall surely rebuke your neighbor, and not bear sin because of him.
“‘You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people; but you shall love your neighbor as yourself. I am Yahweh.
– Leviticus 19:1, 17-18 (WEB)

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, just like I have loved you; that you also love one another. – John 13:34 (WEB)

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’
But I tell you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who mistreat you and persecute you,
that you may be children of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and the unjust.
For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Don’t even the tax collectors do the same?
If you only greet your friends, what more do you do than others? Don’t even the tax collectors do the same?
Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.
– Matthew 5:43-48 (WEB)

Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” – Luke 23:34 (WEB)

Thinking about sin, whether our own or another’s , creates a spiritual fog that robs from us the sight of God’s beauty. Instead, we should seek God’s healing and strength on behalf of us all, and when we look at another who has fallen into sin, we should focus only on compassion and our own brokenness, longing for God’s healing for us both. Without this attitude, our own souls will trip and stumble into sin. Compassion is our protection.– All Shall Be Well

If I see people do anything which clearly seems to be sin, I cannot make up my mind that they have offended God; and if I dwell upon this at all,–which happens rarely or never,–I never can make up my mind, though I see it plainly enough . It seems to me that everybody is as anxious to serve God as I am. And herein God has been very gracious unto me, for I never dwell on an evil deed, to remember it afterwards and if I do remember it, I see some virtue or other in that person. – Life of St. TERESA of Avila

God’s Mercy For All

Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, Lumen gentium 16:

Those who have not yet received the Gospel are related in various ways to the people of God. In the first place we must recall the people to whom the testament and the promises were given and from whom Christ was born according to the flesh.(Rm 9,4-5). “On account of their fathers” this people remains most dear to God, for “God does not repent of the gifts he makes nor of the calls he issues” (Rm 11,28-29). But the plan of salvation also includes those who acknowledge the Creator. In the first place amongst these there are the Muslims, who, professing to hold the faith of Abraham, along with us adore the one and merciful God, who on the last day will judge mankind.

Nor is God far distant from those who in shadows and images seek the unknown God, for it is he who gives to all men life and breath and all things, (Acts 17, 25-28) and as Savior wills that all men be saved (1Tim 2,4). Those also can attain to salvation who through no fault of their own do not know the Gospel of Christ or his Church, yet sincerely seek God and moved by grace strive by their deeds to do his will as it is known to them through the dictates of conscience. Nor does Divine Providence deny the helps necessary for salvation to those who, without blame on their part, have not yet arrived at an explicit knowledge of God and with his grace strive to live a good life. Whatever good or truth is found amongst them is looked upon by the Church as a preparation for the Gospel. She knows that it is given by him who enlightens all men so that they may finally have life. Continue reading

Hell Is Self-Chosen

Some people are angry at God and can’t believe He is good because they believe He sends people to hell. But hell is self-chosen. God does not wish anyone to be condemned, but neither can He force Himself on anyone who does not want to see His face and be with Him forever. This is what true love is. Love is not manipulation. It can never be given or received by force. This is how much God respects us and loves us.

Some may reply that even if there are people who do not want to be with God, if God’s love is unconditional, He could have provided them with a better place to live in and not have them live in a place where they shall be punished forever. But here we go back to man’s freewill. He can either choose God or choose to be away from Him. God is Light. God is everything that is good, pleasing, holy and perfect. God is beauty and God is joy and peace! To choose to be away from Him is to choose just the opposite of that. It is to choose darkness and every evil and imperfect thing. It is to choose hell itself.

“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets, and stones those who are sent to her! How often I would have gathered your children together, even as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you would not!” – Matthew 23:37, (WEBBE) Continue reading

Reincarnation and God’s Mercy

‘When the single course of our earthly life is completed, we shall not return to other earthly lives’ (CCC 1013).

Reincarnation fails in the following respects:
1. Our longing to escape from ourselves and our failure to recognize God’s unique purpose for our lives. Why? Because with reincarnation, we lose our identity and our core gifts. We shift from one kind of person to another that we don’t know anymore who we really are.
2. Living over and over again is short of God’s mercy that only wills for us to live this painful life once.
3. Reincarnation seeks our attraction on the satisfaction of our desires in this life rather than in the perfect life God wills for us in the new earth.
4. It deceives us into believing we can overcome the weakness of the flesh and of our fallen nature on our own.
5. It eradicates the existence of a loving personal God in whom alone we can find happiness.
6. It makes us believe that all our current sufferings is a just punishment and a result of karma. It ignores the wisdom and truth that even the innocent can suffer and that their suffering is not their due punishment.
7. It ignores the power of grace and mercy.
8. If it evokes us to feel tired of this life and long for the next, won’t we get more exhausted living successive lives starting over and over again rather than receive perfect life in heaven?
9. If reincarnation’s goal is to correct a mistake, how can we ever succeed and get out of the cycle when a new life only breeds more and more mistakes?
10. Belief in reincarnation brings danger of the occult and influence of deceiving spirits that can make people imagine an illusion of a past life.

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