Saturday, January 4, 2014

Jesus Warned Us

Something to consider:
The Antichrist will not be so called; otherwise he would have no followers. He will not wear red tights, nor vomit sulphur, nor carry a trident nor wave an arrowed tail as Mephistopheles in Faust. This masquerade has helped the Devil convince men that he does not exist. When no man recognizes, the more power he exercises. God has defined Himself as "I am Who am," and the Devil as "I am who am not."

Nowhere in Sacred Scripture do we find warrant for the popular myth of the Devil as a buffoon who is dressed like the first "red." Rather is he described as an angel fallen from heaven, as "the Prince of this world," whose business it is to tell us that there is no other world. His logic is simple: if there is no heaven there is no hell; if there is no hell, then there is no sin; if there is no sin, then there is no judge, and if there is no judgment then evil is good and good is evil. But above all these descriptions, Our Lord tells us that he will be so much like Himself that he would deceive even the elect--and certainly no devil ever seen in picture books could deceive even the elect. How will he come in this new age to win followers to his religion?

The crux of the Book of Revelation is that Satan will come disguised as the Great Humanitarian; he will talk peace, prosperity and plenty not as means to lead us to God, but as ends in themselves.

Remember that the third temptation in which Satan asked Christ to adore him and all the kingdoms of the world would be His, will become the temptation to have a new religion without a Cross, a liturgy without a world to come, a religion to destroy a religion, or a politics which is a religion--one that renders unto Caesar even the things that are God's.

In the midst of all his seeming love for humanity and his glib talk of freedom and equality, he will have one great secret which he will tell to no one: he will not believe in God. Because his religion will be brotherhood without the fatherhood of God, he will deceive even the elect. He will set up a counterchurch which will be the ape of the Church, because he, the Devil, is the ape of God. It will have all the notes and characteristics of the Church, but in reverse and emptied of its divine content. It will be a mystical body of the Antichrist that will in all externals resemble the mystical body of Christ.

The 2oth and 21st centuries will join the counterchurch because it claims to be infallible when its visible head speaks ex cathedra from nihilism and atheism on the subject of economics and politics, and as chief shepherd of a "New World Order".

Jesus gave us the catch words to be aware of in Revelation:
God is unprovable
Christ is imaginary
The Bride of Christ (the Church) is a joke
the virgin birth is impossible
Humanity is the source of all wisdom
Human rights are based on human progress

Notice Jesus is warning us that when God is diminished and humanity is elevated then that is when evil happens. Dostoevsky summed it best, "Without God all is permissible." Any rights given by God cannot be taken away. Rights given by humans are continually taken away.

All of this can be seen by taking a hard look at Communism, the USSR, China, Mao, Nazi Germany, and the current "New" Atheism movement.

*By "Church" I mean all Christian Churches that profess the Creeds.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

A New Year

The International Society of Human Rights reports that acts of religious discrimination are escalating worldwide and that eight out of 10 of these are directed against Christians.
Throughout the Middle East and parts of Africa and Asia, Christians face imprisonment, torture, forced labor, economic and other discrimination. ‘Religious cleansing’ is very real and over the past decade 100,000 Christians have been killed for their faith each year. That’s 11 Christians killed every hour of every day of every week of every year.
And there can be ‘softer’ forms of discrimination against believers, even in countries like our own. The fact is: not everyone welcomes Jesus.
The King of the Universe came as a baby not to conquer by fire or force but to win hearts and minds. We must be thankful for the freedom we have to celebrate Christmas and never forget those who are suffering.
I pray that the Prince of Peace will bless you and your loved ones this year and always.

Bishop Daniel J. Rea
Archbishop of the Christian Church of Japan