Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Questions from a reader

Q. Why did God create DINOSAURS?! And then have them living AT THE SAME TIME as humans?! I wonder how many humans got killed by dinosaurs.

A. Humans coexist with all kinds of dangerous creature that are physically superior us in one way or another. God created these creatures for man to rule over, even as God rules over man. He created them also to show us His might and magnificence, as through a veil.

Q. Every time I see a cockroach I think why did God create cockroaches?  They are so disgusting, I don't even want to get near them to kill them!  I really don't understand God and why He created such not so lovely things.

A. Everything God created has a purpose in the ecosystem, but not everything He created is still found in the world today, or found in the exact same form it was originally created in. Even things that we may find contemptible have a purpose, which works towards the good of the world, but as time has progressed, and as man has continued to offend God by sin and disorder, God has withdrawn much of the good and order that He initially endowed the creation with, in just punishment and in order to humble man, that he might seek Him in repentance.

To get a Biblical and scientific perspective on how the world has gone from VERY GOOD, to what we see today, please listen to this audio.

Q. What happened to the souls of humans after they died, who lived before the spread of Christianity or before the time of Jesus Christ born and living on earth?

A. Those who lived and died in mortal sin went to hell. Those who sinned, but recognized the natural law written on their hearts and repented, sincerely seeking after justice, were certainly converted to the Lord God of Israel, either through the preaching of prophets or priests sent to them by Him, or because they purposefully sought out the people of the true God, and forsook their shamanism, idols, superstitions, etc.

Isaias 61:1: "The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because the Lord hath anointed me: he hath sent me to preach to the meek, to heal the contrite of heart, and to preach a release to the captives, and deliverance to them that are shut up."

Ruth 1:14-16: "Ruth stuck close to her mother in law. And Noemi said to her: Behold thy kinswoman is returned to her people, and to her gods, go thou with her. She answered: Be not against me, to desire that I should leave thee and depart: for whithersoever thou shalt go, I will go: and where thou shalt dwell, I also will dwell. Thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God."

Psalm 33:19: "The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a contrite heart: and he will save the humble of spirit."

When these humble and contrite men and women died, if they were faithful to His covenant, they went to a place in hell called the "Limbo of the Fathers", also known as "Abraham's Bosom" (St. Luke 16:22), unless they first had to pass through Purgatory (1st St. Peter 3:19-20).  These are the places referred to in prophecy by Isaias, where Christ would descend at his death and preach release, allowing the souls detained therein to enter heaven and enjoy God.

To learn more about how God converts those who do not yet know Him, please read Natural Law and Conscience and Can non-Catholics pray to God?.

Q. God is VERY STRANGE,VERY MYSTERIOUS! Can we humans ever REALLY know Him and figure Him out and understand Him ?

A. Only insofar as we are able to as limited creatures. In heaven, even though we shall see Him as He is, we will still not fully understand God, because a limited being can never fully understand an unlimited being.  That is why the dogmas of the Christian religion (such as the Trinity and the Incarnation) are referred to as "The Sacred Mysteries".  Only God can fully comprehend Himself.

Q. And why do we always refer to Him as being MALE/as if God is MALE ?

A. God is neither male, nor female, since He is a spirit. Furthermore, there are passages of Scripture that refer to God in motherly terms, thus signifying that all that is good of both men and women is to be found in and comes from God.

We call God "Him", however, on account of that He created the man in His image before He created the woman, and gave him primacy of authority over her. This primacy of authority of the man over the woman is a figure of the primacy of God over His Church, indeed over the entire human race, and thus, we call God "Him" because it gives us the relevant perspective.

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