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Friday, 19 June 2015

On Tempting God

John 3:18 Douay-Rheims

18  He that believeth in him is not judged. But he that doth not believe, is already judged: because he believeth not in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

When the Three Angels of God visited Abraham, we know from Tradition, that these Angels, were manifestations of the Trinity. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit visited Abraham and Sarah.

Then, these Three Angels "split",but not really, as the Trinity never "splits" and even the Incarnated Christ remained in and with the Trinity--Three Persons in One God--when on earth 2,000 years after this event. At this point in history, about 2000 B.C., God the Father stayed with Abraham,  who entered into bargaining with the Father regarding the imminent destruction of the Five Cities , (only four were actually destroyed).

God the Son and God the Holy Spirit moved on to Sodom and Gomorrah and witnessed, while on earth in some mysterious way, the tremendous evil of those cities. That God the Son and God the Spirit were so beautiful meant that those evil homosexuals wanted to have relations with them, which Lot halted.

In the end, the cities were destroyed after the Angels told Lot and his family to leave NOW.

Meditating on this visit of the Trinity to Abraham and Sarah, I was reminded today of several things.

First, Abraham, as a man of faith, "walked with God". His relationship with God was a foreshadowing of our own possible intimate relationship with Him.

Second, Abraham could intercede, but the evil was so overwhelming, that the logical consequence had to overcome intercessory prayer. God was "fed up" with such evil.

Third, the Son of God judged the cities, while the Holy Spirit inspired Lot to leave, but these two Persons of the Trinity brought down the destruction of evil not only as punishment, but as judgment.

Four, this thought led me to ask, "Why Christ, and why the Holy Spirit?"

Answer, Christ is the Judge, the King of the Universe, the Holy God-Man, Who alone is given the power, authority and judgment over all inhabitants of the earth. He not only pleads for us, but also judges us.

The Holy Spirit is not only the Comforter, but the Counselor. Those in the four destroyed cities ignored His counsel.  Ignored graces result in judgment.

Sin is ultimate selfishness. Sin creates narcissism. Sin isolates one from the Family of God, the Chosen People. Sin denies responsibility for others. Sin kills charity.

The Holy Spirit could have been poured out on Sodom and Gomorrah, if the inhabitants were open; but they were not. They even tempted God,by wanting to be gods, following their own wills, having their own laws of lawlessness.

This is what is happening in our country. People who want to pass ssm are tempting God. He will not be tempted, and He will not be mocked.

Where are the noble voices calling us to courage and charity? Where are the noble voices calling us to fasting and prayer? The Holy Spirit desires all men and women to be saved and desires to pour out His gifts upon the world.

St. Teresa of Avila noted this lack of courage in her autobiography: "Alas, alas! No longer are there any who men account mad because they see them perform the deeds proper to true lovers of Christ."

Sodom said "No" and mocked God. Gomorrah said "No" and mocked God.  Admah said "No" and Zebolim said "No".

 Lot and His Daughters by Albrecht Durer

Zoar alone remained and to there, Lot went with his two daughters. Remember, Lot's wife turned back and was destroyed, and the two son-in-laws refused to follow Lot and were destroyed.

Within two weeks, America will agree to become Sodom and Gomorrah. Some people will be like Abraham with God the Father and bargain with God, interceding for the nation. Some people will be like Lot with God the Son, and protect Christ and His Church from harm. Some will listen, like the daughters of Lot, to the Holy Spirit, and follow the right path.

Most Catholics will not and many will perish, because they shall compromise in fear, or just deciding to not believe in the teachings of God, as clarified through His Church.

Do not tempt God.