Saturday, June 26, 2010

Is God the Father of all men?

Heretics are those who deny that which has been revealed and taught by God.  I cannot think of any more blatant a heresy, therefore, than to claim that God is the Father of unbelievers, except perhaps to say that heretics worship the true God.  Make no mistake, contrary to what some would have us believe, heretics and infidels are NOT children of God.

St. John 8:42-44: "Jesus therefore said to them: If God were your Father, you would indeed love me. For from God I proceeded, and came; for I came not of myself, but he sent me:  Why do you not know my speech? Because you cannot hear my word.  You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and he stood not in the truth; because truth is not in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father thereof."

God is not the Father of all men, but of the faithful only.  In examining this proposition to determine whether it is of the Faith, or merely an opinion supported by Scripture, some may be inclined to produce a Catechism or other fallible teaching in order to defend the contrary opinion.

The Catechism of the Council of Trent (1923 English Translation), The Sacraments, p. 299: "The first word, which, by the order and institution of God we employ in this prayer [Pater Noster], is Father. Our Savior could, indeed, have commenced this divine prayer with some other word, conveying more the idea of majesty, such, for instance, as Lord or Creator. Yet He omitted all such expressions because they might rather inspire fear, and instead of them He has chosen a term inspiring confidence and love in those who pray and ask anything of God; for what is sweeter than the name Father, conveying, as it does, the idea of indulgence and tenderness? The reasons why this name Father is applicable to God, can be easily explained to the faithful by speaking to them on the subjects of creation, providence, and redemption. Thus having created man to His own image--a favor He accorded to no other living creature--it is with good reason that, in view of this unique privilege with which He has honored man, Sacred Scripture calls God the Father of all men; not only of the faithful, but also of the unbelieving."

As a matter of fact, Sacred Scripture NOT ONCE calls God the Father of unbelievers!  As we have just seen, it says quite the opposite!  Already the proposition that God is the Father of unbelievers is a word for word contradiction to what has been said by the God-man Jesus Christ Himself.

That "Sacred Scripture calls God the Father of unbelievers" is COMPLETELY FALSE, and in opposition to the following Canon of the actual Council of Trent:

Pope Paul III, Council of Trent, Session 6, Chapter 4, ex cathedra: "By which words, a description of the Justification of the impious is indicated,-as being a translation, from that state wherein man is born a child of the first Adam, to the state of grace, and of the adoption of the sons of God, through the second Adam, Jesus Christ, our Saviour. And this translation, since the promulgation of the Gospel, cannot be effected, without the laver of regeneration, or the desire thereof, as it is written; unless a man be born again of water and the Holy Ghost, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God.

Thus it is dogmatically defined that the impious are translated from NOT being sons of God, but sons of Adam, to being adopted sons of God by baptism.

There is only one Scripture passage that one might attempt to bring forward to support the alternative position (and why would anyone dare, after reading the above words of Truth Incarnate in St. John, chapter 8, or the definition of the Church?) is St. Paul to the Ephesians, but they would have to take it out of context.  It is a tell-tale sign of a heretic, to quote Scripture out of context to try to justify a heretical (and obviously false) position.

Ephesians 4:1-16:  "Careful to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peaceOne body and one Spirit; as you are called in one hope of your calling.  One Lord, one faith, one baptismOne God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in us all.  But to every one of us is given grace, according to the measure of the giving of Christ.  Wherefore he saith:  Ascending on high, he led captivity captive; he gave gifts to men.  Now that he ascended, what is it, but because he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?  He that descended is the same also that ascended above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.  And he gave some apostles, and some prophets, and other some evangelists, and other some pastors and doctors, For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ ..."

It is perfectly obvious that St. Paul is writing to Catholics about Catholics, when he says, "One God and Father of all", right after "One Lord, one faith, one baptism" and then speaks of the edifying of the body of Christ.  In his Letter to the Ephesians, St. Paul is in no way discussing anything about non-Catholics and therefore his words must be understood in context, not out of context, and consistent with  the subsequent dogmatic definition:

Pope Pius IX, Vatican Council, Session 3, Chapter 3, #8-9, ex cathedra: "Wherefore, by divine and Catholic faith all those things are to be believed which are contained in the word of God as found in Scripture and tradition, and which are proposed by the Church as matters to be believed as divinely revealed, whether by her solemn judgment or in her ordinary and universal magisterium. Since, then, without faith it is impossible to please God and reach the fellowship of his sons and daughters, it follows that no one can ever achieve justification without it, neither can anyone attain eternal life unless he or she perseveres in it to the end."

Pope Leo XII (12), in his ordinary Magisterium has said this also, quoting St. Augustine:

Pope Leo XII, Ubi Primum, 1824: "He who hears you, hears me; and he who despises you, despises me; and the Church is the pillar and firmament of truth, as the apostle Paul teaches. In reference to these words St. Augustine says: "Whoever is without the Church will not be reckoned among the sons, and whoever does not want to have the Church as mother will not have God as father.""

Why else, then, would St. John the Evangelist say: "But as many as received him, he gave them power to be MADE the sons of God, to them that believe in his name."? (St. John 1:12)

The Solemn Magisterium of Holy Church said the same thing even before the Council of Trent:

Pope Eugene IV, Council of Florence Session 11, 1439, ex cathedra: "With regard to children, since the danger of death is often present and the only remedy available to them is the sacrament of baptism by which they are snatched away from the dominion of the devil and adopted as children of God, it admonishes that sacred baptism is not to be deferred..."

And this is perfectly consonant with the Old Testament as well:

Malachias 2:10-11: "Have we [Israelites] not all one father? hath not one God created us? why then doth every one of us despise his brother, violating the covenant of our fathers? Juda hath transgressed, and abomination hath been committed in Israel, and in Jerusalem: for Juda hath profaned the holiness of the Lord, which he loved, and hath married the DAUGHTER OF A STRANGE GOD."

Even here, we see that God is only Father to His chosen people (children of Israel in the above case), and that those not amongst His chosen people are indeed in the spiritual family not of God, but of the devil, since all the gods of the false religions are devils (Psalm 95:5, 2nd Corinthians 6:15, 1st Corinthians 10:21, Baruch 4:7, Deuteronomy 32:17, Psalm 105:37).

St. Matthew 18:17: "And if he will not hear the church, let him be to thee as the heathen and publican."

1st Corinthians 10:20: "But the things which the heathens sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God. And I would not that you should be made partakers with devils."

Some might argue that God is the Father of all men by nature, even if not spiritually, but this does not follow at all.  First of all, God is the Creator  and author of our nature, yes, but it is only by adoption that can we be His sons, since we are not of God's nature.  There is one cause alone (beyond adoption of created beings as His children), for which God the Father is called "Father":

St. Alexander of Alexandria, Father of the Church, Epistle on Arianism and the Deposition of Arius: "[I]t is necessary to say that the Father is always the Father. But He is the Father, since the Son is always with Him, on account of whom He is called the Father. Wherefore, since the Son is always with Him, the Father is always perfect...

"Wherefore, the only-begotten Son of the Father, indeed, possesses an indefectible Sonship; but the adoption of rational sons belongs not to them by nature, but is prepared for them by the probity of their life, and by the free gift of God.

"And His proper and peculiar, natural and excellent Sonship, St. Paul has declared, who thus speaks of God: Who spared not His own Son, but for us, who were not His natural sons, delivered Him up."

Thank you St. Alexander!

It is only by sharing in the life of Christ, through Baptism, that we can be called sons of God.  It is entirely unlawful and heretical to say that God is the Father of any in the New Testament era but Catholics or that Catholics are in the same spiritual family as heretics or infidels.

St. Augustine, On the Harmony of the Gospels, Book II, Chapter 3: "And yet we are also said to be born of God—that is to say, in so far as we, who already were men, have received power to be made the sons of God—to be made such, moreover, by grace, and not by nature. For if we were sons by nature, we never could have been anything else."

Some heretics who denied this truth:
(and who seem to have been able to get away with it as far as the world is concerned)

1 comment:

  1. This is a very convincing argument for those who need to be convinced.

    Speaking strickly from a logical point of view. Who could deny that God is not perfect? Therefore, in this perfection, who could be rash enough to think God could contradict himself?

    So, if God is the common Father of all, how is it that men need to be adopted? If your are already his son, why would you need to be adopted? This is a contradiction.

    Could you imagine a father telling his child you still need to be adopted before for I can be your father? The child would most likely say, "Dad, what are you talking about?"

    Common sense, which does not seem to be to common in these days wins this argument.

    Thanks for the church teachings though, they are very edifing.