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, nor one more responsible for the evils of our day,  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.  But we have dogmatic definitions to tell us the truth:


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."

Thank you Pope Pius.  Faith is required for membership in the family of God.  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.""

Thank you Pope Leo.  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..."

Thank you Pope Eugene.  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, and as the Catechism of the Council of Trent teaches:

"Nam cum Deus hominem creaverit ad imaginem suam, nec illam ceteris animantibus impertiverit, ex hoc singulari munere, quo hominem ornavit, jure omnium hominum, nec fideliummodo, sed etiam infidelium, Pater in divinis scripturis appellatur."

That is to say: "Given that God has created man to His image, and has not bestowed it upon the other living creatures, on account of this unique privilege, with which He has adorned man, a right of all men, not only of the faithful, but also of infidels, in the divine Scriptures He is called Father."

It is indeed true that the faithful and the unbelieving are made in the image and likeness of God, and no amount of unbelief can remove that from them. But do not be deceived by modern corrupt translations, which allege this passage to teach that God is called the Father of unbelievers in Scripture.  We have already seen seen above that such an allegation is absolutely false and indeed contrary to the Scriptures, and also contrary to the dogmatic canon of Trent quoted at the beginning of this article.  It is only by adoption that can we be His sons, since we are not of God's nature.  A look at an English Catechism from 1873 confirms this clear distinction between "Father" and "Creator" as separate titles.  Though we may have lost our sonship and inheritance by the taint of original sin, and though some lose it after Baptism by subsequent unbelief and sin, neither of these causes are sufficient to remove from God the appellation of Father in a general sense, though certainly these causes remove our worthiness to have Him as our Father.

Here is an excerpt from my communication with a Latin translator I hired to help me understand the sense of this text from the Roman Catechism:

I asked "Is "jure omnium hominum" referring to "ex hoc singulari munere, quo hominem ornavit" or "Pater in divinis scripturis appellatur", or is it possible to read it either the one way or the other? Which way is more tenable?"
The reply I received was "Jure omnium hominum is referred to the gift that God gave equally to all men".
And aside from creating rational being in his image, and again adopting us as His children through faith, there is one more cause, 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 (or that these worship the true God).

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."

St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae, First Part of the Second Part, Question 82. Original sin, as to its essence, Article 4. Whether original sin is equally in all: "I answer that, There are two things in original sin: one is the privation of original justice; the other is the relation of this privation to the sin of our first parent, from whom it is transmitted to man through his corrupt origin."

Thank you St. Thomas.  We are generated from a corrupt origin, a corrupt father, Adam, and regenerated in Christ, through Baptism, unto the family of God, both bodily and spiritually.

Romans 8:13-17: "For if you live according to the flesh, you shall die: but if by the Spirit you mortify the deeds of the flesh, you shall live. For whosoever are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.  For you have not received the spirit of bondage again in fear; but you have received the spirit of adoption of sons, whereby we cry: Abba (Father).  For the Spirit himself giveth testimony to our spirit, that we are the sons of God. And if sons, heirs also; heirs indeed of God, and joint heirs with Christ: yet so, if we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified with him"

Some heretics who denied this truth, calling God the Father of all men:
(and who seem to have been able to get away with it as far as the "Catholic" world is concerned)
Antipope Pius XII

Example:

Antipope Leo XIII, Adiutricem "The mystery of Christ's immense love for us is revealed with dazzling brilliance in the fact that the dying Savior bequeathed His Mother to His disciple John in the memorable testament: "Behold thy son." Now in John, as the Church has constantly taught, Christ designated the whole human race(!), and in the first rank are they who are joined with Him by faith. It is in this sense that St. Anselm of Canterbury says: "What dignity, O Virgin, could be more highly prized than to be the Mother of those to whom Christ deigned to be Father and Brother!"

Leo XIII would have us believe that the whole human race is now already under the mothership of Mary and Fathership of God.


Response:

St. Alphonsus de Liguori, The Seven Words Spoken by Jesus Christ on the Cross, Third Word: "Woman, behold thy son ... Behold thy mother." [John 19: 26, 27] “…since through the merits of her so great grief, and through her love [according to the opinion of St. Augustine], as she was the natural mother of our head Jesus Christ, so she then became the spiritual mother of us who are His faithful members, in co-operating with Him by her love in causing us to be born, and to be the children of the Church…let us…examine more deeply the reason why Jesus called Mary woman, and not mother. By this expression He desired to show that she was the great woman foretold in the Book of Genesis…Naturally was Mary the enemy of the serpent, because Lucifer was haughty, ungrateful, and disobedient, while she was humble, grateful, and obedient. It is said, She shall crush thy head, because Mary, by means of her Son, beat down the pride of Lucifer, who lay in wait for the heel of Jesus Christ, which means His holy humanity, which was the part of Him which was nearest to the earth; while the Savior by His death had the glory of conquering him, and of depriving him of that empire which, through sin, he had obtained over the human race.

"God said to the serpent, I will put enmities between thy seed and the woman. This shows that after the fall of man, through sin, notwithstanding all that would be done by the redemption of Jesus Christ, there would be two families and two posterities in the world, the seed of Satan signifying the family of sinners, his children corrupted by him, and the seed of Mary, signifying the holy family, which includes all the just, with their head Jesus Christ. Hence Mary was destined to be the mother both of the head and of the members, namely, the faithful…these members are all spiritual children of Mary, as they have the same spirit of her Son according to nature, Who was Jesus Christ. Therefore, St. John was not called John, but the disciple beloved by the Lord, that we might understand that Mary is the mother of every good Christian who is beloved by Jesus Christ, and in whom Jesus Christ lives by His Spirit. This was expressed by Origen, when he said, "Jesus said to Mary, Behold thy son, as if he had said, This is Jesus, Whom thou hast borne, for He who is perfected lives no more himself, but Christ lives in him."

Thank you St. Alphonsus.  Obviously the blessed Mother of God does not have illegitimate children with the devil, as our modern heretics imply by defending the ill done by this Masonic doctrine when it is spoken by the aforementioned antipopes.



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