Jun 14, 2015

The Church is Not a Cafeteria

Sorry. You don't get to pick and choose which parts of the faith you will believe and/or practice. You take it all or don't take it all. The Douay Catechism explains why:

CHAPTER II.
Faith Explained    Q. WHAT is faith?
    A. It is a gift of God or a supernatural quality, infused by God into the soul, by which we firmly believe all those things which he hath any way revealed to us.
    Q. Is faith necessary to salvation?
    A. It is; St. Paul assuring that without faith it is impossible to please God. Heb. xi. 6. and St. Mark, xvi. 16, saying, He that believeth not shall be condemned.
    Q. Why must we firmly believe matters of faith?
    A. Because God hath revealed them, who can neither deceive, nor be deceived.
    A second reason is, because not only all points of faith, but also the rule, or necessary and infallible means whereby to know them, to wit, the church's oral and universal tradition, are absolutely certain, and cannot lead us into error in faith; else we can never sufficiently be assured what is faith, or what is not.
    Q. If a man should deny, or obstinately doubt of some one point of faith, would he be thereby lose his whole faith?
    A. Yes, he would; because true faith must always be entire, and he that fails in one, is made guilty of all, by discrediting the authority of God revealing it. 
There's plenty more at the link, but you get it.

You either believe that God rules, or He does not. He can't be God of some things and not of others. As much as you (and Martin Luther) would like to kick out the parts that are hard to agree with, I'm sorry. No.

Choose this day whom you will serve. As for me and my house....



    

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