God’s Creation and the Immortality of the Human Soul

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Piggy-backing on my last post which gave reason to believe that there is a God, the next step one might ask is: “Why and how did He create us into existence?” “What are we here for?”

Well, first of all, God made all things from nothing. He used no material in creating the universe. He made it wholly. The definition of “create” is to make a thing wholly, or to make the whole of it; and only God can do it.
For example: A carpenter does not make the whole of a chair, the wood already exists; a poet does not make the whole of a poem, the words alreadt exist. But God did make the whole of the universe; there was no existing material to make it of, and he could do it because there is no limit to all of his power.

God made you and me and all things of nothing. He wills us into existence, and by his will we are kept in existence. God made us out of nothing, but he made us into something. We are not merely thoughts in his mind. We really exist. God wills our existence, and that is the one thing we cannot be rid of; even death does no more than change the condition of our existence. We cannot cease.

Spirit and Matter – Immortality of the Soul

The universe that God created has two vast divisions — the world of spirits and the world of matter (the material world).
For while everything made by God bears his mark and tells a lot about him, only spiritual beings are made in his image and likeness. We have here something like the difference between an artist painting a picture—of a landscape, say, or painting a self-portrait of someone. The material universe is God’s work of art, but spiritual beings are his self-portraiture. Our soul is a spirit, so that every man bears a portrait of God, painted by God, within him.

God is a spirit, but has no body; the angels are spirits, but have no body. Only in man spirit is united with a body. Every living body—wether that be a vegtable, a tree, grass, or animals such as cats, dogs, horses,and so on, and we as humans, has a soul. That soul is what gives living things life. The difference between man and every other living thing is that our soul is also a spirit. And because a Spirit by definition cannot be destroyed, therefore our soul never dies. And since man’s soul is also spirit, it makes our soul immortal. God created our souls to be eternal.

You and I have the power that separates us from all other animals. We have an intelect, which gives us the power to know things and to choose things. We have the ability and the power to know spiritual things, spiritual ideas and spiritual realities. In other words, we can know that there is a God. Even though you and I have never seen God, we can have a concept of God in our minds. You see, dogs, cats, horses, or whatever animal there is, does not have the power to be spiritual. (That might be why you don’t see any animals coming to church on Sunday’s)

God is Love and desires us to love him! So, along with our intelect, you and I also have the will to choose to love this immaterial, all powerfull, all knowing God. We can choose to love. Where as dogs and cats cannot love.

Our souls are immortal. When you and I die, our bodies will return to dust as it says in (Ecclestiasties 12:7), but our spirits will return to God. Our souls are not made of parts; but our souls are spiritual.

Until next time, God bless.

Is There a God?

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In today’s society, atheism is growing more and more. A higher percentage of the children in America are growing up in a family that has no religious upbringing. No concept of God, which in turn does not foster a belief in God. But even for many of the young people who are brought up in faith, once they go to college or leave to set out on their own, they are bombarded with the secular world thought that there is no God. They are constantly hit with a “politically correct” way of thinking. That there is no right or wrong. The thinking that there is no moral truth. The thinking that, “What’s true for you might not be true for me.” That way of thinking starts to lead people to agnosticism (not knowing or caring that there is a God) or flat out rejecting the truth that there is a God.

How many of you know someone who has questioned you about the existence of God? Can you put into words how to give them some food for thought. Well, what proofs or what arguments are there for the existence of God?

The Kalam Cosmological Argument

1. Everything that exists has a cause outside of itself that brought it into existence.
2. The universe began to exist.
3. Therefore, the universe has a cause outside of itself that brought it into existence.

Now, the way this argument works is that you would have to effectively negate the 1st or 2nd premise.

For the 1st premise: “Metaphysical intuition” would tell you that something cannot come into being out of nothing. So, can we point to anything, show me anything in the universe that just came into existence on it’s own. If so, then why doesn’t root beer, a bicycle or a book just pop up out of thin air, caused out of nothing? You can’t show me because the data shows just the opposite. The imperial data shows that everything has an external cause. In my view, it would be impossible to negate that first premise.

For the 2nd premise: The universe came into existence because it is here. I mean that we can see the universe, so therefore it is. We know it exists, so it came into existence. So, the conclusion would mean that the universe had to have an external cause outside itself.

The Scientific Evidence for a First Cause

1. Scientists and physicists have discovered that all of the universe began at a point. They can trace it back to one event.
2. According to the “Big Bang aurgement,” all physical space and time, as well as all matter and energy in the universe came into being 13.7 billion years ago.
3. Science is pointing the way to God because energy has a beginning point. If we trace back to a time when there was no energy, then guess what? There also would be on matter, which means there would be no space and no time.
4. Why? Well, because time is the measurement of things in motion. In other words, without stuff has to be moving around, there is no space. And so, there is no time.
5. So, 13.7 billion years ago, there was no energy, no matter, no space and therefore no time!

What does that tell you? Well, somebody had to kick start this whole thing off. And whoever this being is,
1. He is not material.
2. He is not in time.
3. He is not in space.
4. And most importantly, he would have to be of infinite power. Why? Because it takes infinite power to bring something from nothing.

So, the conclusion is that there is a God, an Infinite Being, who has infinite power!

Let’s look at the 5 arguments for the proof of God from St. Thomas Aquinas:

1. Motion
2. Cause
3. Existence of necessary and the unnecessary
4. Levels of perfection
5. Everything in the universe is ordered

Take # 5. If we look around the universe, we see that things are ordered. That it is not just random.

Just look at a DNA molecule. A human cell has nearly a million working parts. It is so complex, it is said that the founder of microsoft, Bill Gates, when he studied this, said that 1 human cell makes my biggest super computor look like child’s play. A person has close to 3 trillion cells in their bodies. Each cell is precisely designed. Now, do you really think this just happen by chance?

To say all of this just happen by chance, would be like taking a 1000 piece picture puzzle, shake the box with all the pieces, take off the lid and toss all the pieces up in the air and have every single piece of the puzzle fall to the ground and land perfectly connected in its proper place. Common sense tells you No.

I hope this helps you. If you know someone, especially family members and friends who are having doughts about their belief in God, please share this post with them. It just might plant a seed of hope in their life. It just might lead them on a path back to a personal relationship with the Lord and Savior of the world, Jesus Christ!

Until next time, God bless!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year: Feast of the Holy Family

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone! I hope the new year will bring you many blessings. It’s been awhile since my last post, and since we just celebrated the Feast of the Holy Family, I thought I would share the message I gave at last Sunday’s Mass: Continue reading

Do Some Christians Focus too much on a One Time Conversion?

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If you look at the question posed in the title of this post, you might be wondering if I am hinting that conversion is not as important as it is made out to be. No, but I am merely trying to uncover why this emphasis on that first conversion to Christ seems to be the “end all and be all” for many Evangelical Christians. Their focus is heavily weighted on that first encounter with the grace of God tugging on our heartstrings to realize our need for God and be “Born again.” Continue reading

God’s Healing Power – Ask and You Shall Receive?

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Do you ever wonder when we have an injury to our bodies or we have an illness that comes upon us and it doesn’t ever seem to get healed even though we’ve prayed for deliverance? We might say, “Doesn’t Jesus say that ‘whatever you ask in my name you shall receive.’” So what’s up with not receiving the healing that we ask for? Most of us has experienced, at one time or another, the frustrating answer to our prayer of healing with what seems like dead silence from God, right? So, how do we make sense of it. Continue reading

Pope Francis: Is he politically Left or Right?

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As Pope Francis makes his visit to the United States, one might ask themselves whether his trip is a political one or not. If we look to the secular media, it would seem that the Pope is endorsing the left leaning political movement. I find it interesting that, on his flight to Washington D.C., the Pope had to come out and say that he is not a liberal. And he is quite right (pardon the pun) in saying that. The Pope is neither liberal or conservative in the sense of being political. He is simply standing up for Jesus and his teachings, and especially with respect for the poor. Continue reading

Journey of the Soul after Death

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For you and I, we must face the fact that our mortal bodies will one day give out. There will come a day when our bodies will be weakened or damaged to the point that it can no longer respond to the energy coming from our souls. After death, our body starts to dissolve or disintegrate. But what happens to our soul? Continue reading