Let Love Be Our Number One Priority

Every day we are bombarded with bad news stories. Here are some outrageous stories from last year:

  • Theantimedia.org reported that “[i]n Argentina earlier this year, a crowd of people at the beach pulled a baby dolphin from the water, taking pictures with it until it died”.
  • The dailymail.co.uk reported that “[a] mother was outraged after people filmed the moment her three-year-old daughter lost consciousness after choking on a chicken nugget on their phones”.
  • The nationalpost.com reported that “[n]ursing home workers across America are posting embarrassing and dehumanizing photos of elderly residents on social media networks such as Snapchat, violating their privacy, dignity and, sometimes, the law”.
  • Theguardian.com reported that “[a]n extraordinary rise in the popularity of manuka honey has led to mass poisonings of bees, thefts, vandalism and beatings”. Bees are maliciously poisoned so that “beekeepers can market their honey as ‘manuka’ and sell it for triple the price of standard clover honey, even if the active manuka content is so low as to be negligible”.
  • The metro.co.uk reported that “[a] mother encouraged her four-year-old daughter to eat sedatives because she felt she was an inconvenience to her relationship with her drug dealer boyfriend”.
  • The bbc.com reported that “[a] mother has been found guilty of plotting to let a man rape her seven-year-old daughter”.
  • The bbc.com reported that “Ukrainian prosecutors are questioning a 20-year-old mother after she allegedly left two toddlers in her flat for nine days, and one starved to death”.

New Year’s Day seems to fare no better.

  • The bbc.com reported that a “Brazil gunman kills ex-wife, son and 10 others in Campinas”.
  • The bbc.com reported that “[p]olice in Istanbul are hunting for a gunman who opened fire at a well-known nightclub, killing at least 39 people”.
  • The bbc.com reported that “[a]t least 23 people have been killed and 17 more are missing after a ferry caught fire off the coast of Indonesia … Ferries are a key form of transport in Indonesia, which is made up of thousands of islands. But safety records are poor, with ferries often overcrowded and poorly maintained”.

As long as we are selfish and love only ourselves, we will continue to hear bad news stories.

As soon as selfish love is strong, the sense of justice recedes; then the human being will unscrupulously take for himself what belongs to his fellow human being. (The Word of God, Proclamation 3227b)

Satan is the instigator of evil. He encourages selfish love. As long as we allow ourselves to be influenced by Satan, we will not live in peace and harmony.

Thus unkindness is the soul’s eternal ruin, for a soul who still languishes in profound darkness is wretched. It has become a victim of the one who himself is devoid of love and also wants to prepare this state for souls who allow themselves to be influenced by him, who are full of selfish love and only ever treat their fellow human beings unkindly, because they are seduced by Satan, because he wants to transfer his own feelings to people in order to enslave them. Unkindness is the death of the soul; it poisons people’s thinking, so that the results of thinking are lies and ill will which generate acts of hatred and, in turn, will result in evil again. (The Word of God, Proclamation 5322)

Love is where God is. Unkindness is where Satan is. Love is the only weapon against Satan.

Love is the most effective weapon against the opponent who cannot endure it, who takes flight and therefore will rather drop his victims than allow himself to be touched by rays of love. For this reason you should fight against unkindness and know that it will lead into ruin, whereas deeds of love will open the kingdom of light for you, and with love you can also help those to attain the light who still languish in darkness as a result of their loveless and unkind way of life on Earth. Only love can help them and release their restraints; only love can make all of you blissfully happy. (The Word of God, Proclamation 5322)

On this New Year’s Day, let us make a vow to let love be our number one priority. When our hearts burn with love for God and for our neighbour, we will be blissfully happy.

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Church in Flames

It was reported in the news that three Orthodox churches—one in New York, one in Sydney, one in Melbourne—went up in flames, two of which occurred on Easter Sunday, the holiest day of the year for Christians. Two of the churches were gutted: the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sava and the Macedonian Orthodox Church of the Resurrection.

The Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sava, formerly known as Trinity Chapel, was 160 years old; the Macedonian Orthodox Church of the Resurrection was about 126 years old; and the Holy Church of Annunciation of Our Lady is 115 years old.

One would likely ask this question: Why did God allow two of these beautiful historic churches to be destroyed? The answer can be found in the following passages:

Yeshua answered, My kingdom is not of this world …. (John 18:36)

It does not correspond to My will that ostentatious and splendid buildings get erected for Me at a time when it is particularly important for people to look within themselves and not towards things which still belong to the world and which do not encourage striving for My kingdom with its magnificence and glory. Everything that captivates your eyes or appeals to your senses prevents you from introspection, from the contemplation of your inner self, which is so essential for you because the end is not far. (The Word of God, Proclamation 6402)

Time and again I have to remind you that “My kingdom is not of this world”. Why do you think that you must honour Me with magnificent buildings? Why do you always externalise everything instead of working on improving your souls more eagerly? You people still do not understand why I cannot be found where you want to place Me. (The Word of God, Proclamation 6402)

You all have the means to let Me be present in you. You have the place in you where I want to be. I Am as close to each one of you as you would like Me to be, and each one of you has the power to draw Me to himself by simply fulfilling My only request of shaping his heart into love. For “whoever remains in love remains in Me and I in him”. Only love guarantees you My presence, but I can never be where you look for Me if your heart is not burning with love. And therefore it is foolish of you to want to build houses for Me, which serve no other purpose than to periodically assemble people who live according to wrong concepts. (The Word of God, Proclamation 6402)

So don’t feel sad when your beloved church goes up in flames. Just remember this: that God is not present in magnificent churches, but in people’s hearts that burn with love for Him and for their neighbour.

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Atheists Cannot Go to Heaven

Atheists can go to Heaven. This is the message given by Pope Francis in a homily during Mass on May 22, 2015:

The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! “Father, the atheists?” Even the atheists. Everyone! And this Blood makes us children of God of the first class! We are created children in the likeness of God and the Blood of Christ has redeemed us all! And we all have a duty to do good. And this commandment for everyone to do good, I think, is a beautiful path towards peace. If we, each doing our own part, if we do good to others, if we meet there, doing good, and we go slowly, gently, little by little, we will make that culture of encounter: we need that so much. We must meet one another doing good. “But I don’t believe, Father, I am an atheist!” But do good: we will meet one another there.

I beg to differ. Either Pope Francis is deluding himself or he is purposely misleading people.

While it is true that Yeshua has redeemed all of mankind, it does not mean that atheists can go to Heaven. The fact is that only people who of their own free will want to be redeemed and choose to be redeemed are able to do so.

Yeshua has redeemed all people, but only those who want to be redeemed will partake of the blessings of the act of Salvation. But anyone who wants to will indeed become blessed, because his will entitles Me to snatch the soul from My adversary, because I have paid the purchase price for it with My blood. (The Word of God, Proclamation 7369)

But even My love does not determine your will. For you have chosen this wretched state of your own free will, and of your own free will you shall also make an effort to be saved from it again. And for this reason the salvation through Yeshua requires your free will, otherwise the whole world would have been redeemed already, otherwise no one would be in bondage and weakness any longer, because the act of Salvation has been accomplished for all humankind. (The Word of God, Proclamation 6938)

As the head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis should know better. Yeshua is the key to Salvation.

Yeshua told him: I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. (John 14:6)

We cannot bypass Yeshua. Doing good is just a part of the equation. In order to be redeemed, we must call on Yeshua, we must acknowledge Yeshua as the Son of God, and we must of our own free will choose Yeshua as our Lord and Saviour.

You can release yourselves from the lord who still has control over you during your earthly life only by calling upon another Lord for protection. And I Am waiting for this call, for then I will also be entitled to snatch you away from him, because I have bought this right as the man Yeshua by My sacrificial death. (The Word of God, Proclamation 7038)

I only require the will of the human being; I only require the acknowledgement of Yeshua as the Son of God and Redeemer of the world, in Whom I Myself accomplished the act of Salvation for people, in order to then be able to grant them the blessings of the act of Salvation which consists in the fact that the will of the human being finds strength, that he can receive the strength to achieve the transformation back into love. (The Word of God, Proclamation 7369)

Atheists cannot go to Heaven even if they do good all their lives. For their souls to be able to go to Heaven, they must first acknowledge Yeshua and accept Him as their Lord and Saviour, if not on Earth, then in the kingdom of the beyond.

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The Worship of Mary

When you walk into any Catholic Church, you will find a statue of Mary, in front of which you can see many votive candles burning. I have seen many people touching and kissing the feet of the statue. The Catholic Church has certainly made the Catholic Mary a second God.

The Catholic Mary is known by many titles, Our Lady of Fatima, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Our Lady of Lourdes, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, to name a few. The rosary is a devotion to the Catholic Mary. The Catholic Mary granted fifteen promises to those who faithfully serve her by reciting the rosary.

The devotion to the Catholic Mary, however, is a blatant contradiction to what God Himself said in Exodus 20:3:

Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

The Catholic Mary is clearly a work of Satan, whose goal is to confuse people and to lead them away from God.

And he deems the mother of Yeshua to be the best means, which he first puts in the forefront of people so that they, due to their veneration and glorification, forget their real purpose of earthly life: to attain the bond with Yeshua Himself, which is the only guarantee for the salvation of the soul. Thus people carry out an apparently righteous act of love for the mother of Yeshua, but Satan’s intended result is less love for the divine Redeemer Himself, Who more or less takes second place. (The Word of God, Proclamation 7460)

Through these apparitions he predicts forthcoming events to people, which he indeed knows will happen, and thus he creates an impression of credibility even though it is a strategy of disguise in order to cause even greater confusion. (The Word of God, Proclamation 7460)

But he cannot stop himself from demanding honour and fame, and does this through the mouth of those camouflaged beings of light by demanding the building of churches and altars where homage should be paid to him, because he himself hides behind such apparitions. (The Word of God, Proclamation 7460)

A true being of light will not persuade people to perform formal prayers for hours either, but motivate them to establish a living bond with Yeshua, where only and forever salvation is to be found. (The Word of God, Proclamation 7460)

My earthly mother will never want to be the centre of events which stop the masses from taking the direct path to Me; she will never try to draw people’s attention and thoughts to herself because it would be the same as slighting Me, to Whom she gives all her love and devotion. (The Word of God, Proclamation 7045)

The Catholic Mary competes with God, as we can see from the message she gave the three children in Fatima, Portugal:

… In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph ….

The Catholic Mary is not the biblical Mary, a humble and willing servant of God, as we read in Luke 1:38:

And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word ….

Do not be deceived. Yeshua is the way, the truth and the life. Only He can promise us eternal salvation.

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God Is Not Afraid of New Things

Many people believe that the Catholic Church should change and adapt to the changing conditions of society. Pope Francis has been pushing for the acceptance of practising homosexuals and remarried divorcees since he became the head of the Catholic Church. He tried to push for changes, saying that God is not afraid of new things.

Unfortunately, the changes he is trying to push are against God’s laws and Yeshua’s teachings.

  • Leviticus 20:13 clearly states what God thinks of homosexual practice:

    If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination …

  • Mark 10:11–12 tell us what Yeshua thinks of remarried divorcees:

    And he saith to them: Whosoever shall put away his wife and marry another, committeth adultery against her. And if the wife shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery.

We read in John 15:18–19:

If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.

The Catholic Church is not founded by Yeshua. It is just an ecclesiastical organization; it does not have the authority to change God’s laws. Regardless of what the secular world thinks, as followers of Yeshua we need to adhere to His teachings and put them into practice. It is better to be in Yeshua’s good graces than to be in dialogue with the world.

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Changing God’s Law on Homosexuality

In an interview with the Belgian daily De Morgen on December 27, 2014, the Bishop of Antwerp called for the Catholic Church to recognise homosexual relationships, saying:

We must look within the Church for a formal recognition of relationship that is also present in many homosexual couples. Just as in society there is a variety of legal frameworks for couples, there should also be a variety of forms of recognition within the Church.

Apart from the Bishop of Antwerp, there are many bishops and cardinals who support gay marriage. Using a term like “the surprises of the Holy Spirit”, these Church leaders are constantly trying to undermine God’s laws and commandments. It is very likely that the Catholic Church will recognise gay union in the near future.

I believe it is past time that these so-called servants of God reread Leviticus 20:13, which clearly states:

If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination ….

As true servants of God, they should know that only Yeshua can change God’s law on homosexuality. Yet Yeshua said nothing against it.

Just because society views homosexuality as an alternative lifestyle, it doesn’t mean that God will see it that way. And even if the Catholic Church and other Christian Churches recognise homosexual relationships, it doesn’t mean that God will.

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The Laws Yeshua Redefined

No one except Yeshua—the Son of God—has the authority to redefine God’s laws. Yeshua did so with God’s permission, as we read in John 6:38:

For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.

Here are the changes Yeshua made regarding:

  • Anger and Reconciliation

    You have heard that it was said to them of old: Thou shalt not kill. And whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment. But I say to you, that whosoever is angry with his brother, shall be in danger of the judgment. And whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council. And whosoever shall say, Thou Fool, shall be in danger of hell fire. If therefore thou offer thy gift at the altar, and there thou remember that thy brother hath any thing against thee; Leave there thy offering before the altar, and go first to be reconciled to thy brother: and then coming thou shalt offer thy gift. Be at agreement with thy adversary betimes, whilst thou art in the way with him: lest perhaps the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison. Amen I say to thee, thou shalt not go out from thence till thou repay the last farthing. (Matthew 5:21–26)

  • Adultery

    You have heard that it was said to them of old: Thou shalt not commit adultery. But I say to you, that whosoever shall look on a woman to lust after her, hath already committed adultery with her in his heart. And if thy right eye scandalize thee, pluck it out and cast it from thee. For it is expedient for thee that one of thy members should perish, rather than that thy whole body be cast into hell. And if thy right hand scandalize thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is expedient for thee that one of thy members should perish, rather than that thy whole body be cast into hell. (Matthew 5:27–30)

  • Divorce

    And it hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a bill of divorce. But I say to you, that whosoever shall put away his wife, excepting for the cause of fornication, maketh her to commit adultery: and he that shall marry her that is put away, committeth adultery. (Matthew 5:31–32)

  • Oaths

    Again you have heard that it was said to them of old, Thou shalt not forswear thyself: but thou shalt perform thy oaths to the Lord. But I say to you not to swear at all, neither by heaven, for it is the throne of God: Nor by the earth, for it is his footstool: nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great king: Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black. But let your speech be yea, yea: no, no: and that which is over and above these, is of evil. (Matthew 5:33–37)

  • Retaliation

    You have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth. But I say to you not to resist evil: but if one strike thee on thy right cheek, turn to him also the other: And if a man will contend with thee in judgment, and take away thy coat, let go thy cloak also unto him. And whosoever will force thee one mile, go with him other two, Give to him that asketh of thee and from him that would borrow of thee turn not away. (Matthew 5:38–42)

  • Neighbours and Enemies

    Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? (Matthew 5:43–47)

  • Stoning

    And Yeshua went unto mount Olivet. And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came to him, and sitting down he taught them. And the scribes and the Pharisees bring unto him a woman taken in adultery: and they set her in the midst, And said to him: Master, this woman was even now taken in adultery. Now Moses in the law commanded us to stone such a one. But what sayest thou? And this they said tempting him, that they might accuse him. But Yeshua bowing himself down, wrote with his finger on the ground. When therefore they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said to them: He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And again stooping down, he wrote on the ground. But they hearing this, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest. And Yeshua alone remained, and the woman standing in the midst. (John 8:1–9)

As you can see, Yeshua redefined quite a few of God’s laws. As the Son of God, only He has the authority to do so. No one else does.

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