‘God’ Category Archives

11
Apr

DOES HELL REALLY EXIST? do YOU really exist?

by Arnold Jago in Death, Family, Forgiving, God

On March 29, Italian newspaper, La Republica, reported Pope Francis allegedly saying about “bad souls” after death:
“They are not punished. Those who repent obtain the forgiveness of God and enter the rank of souls who contemplate him….
“Those who do not repent, and cannot therefore be forgiven, disappear.”
He supposedly also said that
“hell does not exist.”
So, we’re free to choose to accept God’s love and to enjoy him forever in heaven.
However, that’s not a free choice unless we’re also free to reject God and wind up in hell.
The reality of that real choice is what makes us real.
Otherwise we’d be pretty much robots.
In that sense the possibility of hell is God’s greatest gift to us.
Jesus Christ himself warned that hell does exist.

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10
Apr

ISRAEL FOLAU: a man with a message

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Celebrities, Faith, God, sport

Israel Folau, a famous Australian rugby player, was asked on social media about God’s plan for homosexuals.
He answered, “HELL…unless they repent of their sins and turn to God.”
Now he’s facing “sanctions” from Rugby Australia for what the media describe as his “homophobic” comments.
Three of Rugby Australia’s sponsors, Qantas, Asics and Land Rover, have expressed disapproval of Mr. Folau’s comments, which they say conflict with company policies of inclusiveness….
Mr. Folau’s policy, on the other hand, is to be a Christian believer — and to feel free to say so.
The Gospel on which Christianity is based makes two points clear:
(1) we humans must not judge other people’s worth in God’s eyes. But we are duty-bound to make judgments about people’s actions, including when they are sinful.
(2) we human beings are all in danger of hell unless we repent of our sins and turn to God.

27
Mar

CRICKET NOW AN UN-SPORT? throwing away something good.

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Celebrities, Ethics, God, sport

In recent times, Australians have been repeatedly reminded of our sporting heroes being unsporting – not “playing the game” anymore, ethics-wise.
In cricket it seems extra disappointing — sledging, brawling and ball-tampering throw away cricket’s traditional “gentlemanly” image.
This decline coincides with polls telling us that the biggest religious category amongst Australians is now “No Religion”.
I suppose if there was no God, there would be no reason to do the right thing.
There would be no “right” for a thing to be.
If we devote our Sundays to sport and to generally ignoring God, the next generation may be no better than this one.

20
Mar

BIRMINGHAM, SHORTEN AND JUDAS ISCARIOT: what have they in common?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Education, God, History, Modern Church, Youth

Australian Education Minister, Senator Birmingham, now compares Catholic education bosses to Judas — willing to betray God’s cause for money.
With all Australian schools pressured by government to indoctrinate students with gender-theory/promiscuity-normalising propaganda etc….
How could Catholic schools accept money from such tainted sources anyway?
If government can coerce the Church into making Church schools de facto secular, no reason for such schools to exist remains.
Saint Mary MacKillop ran into all this 150 years ago and refused all government funding.
She wrote:
“Australia is in every sense a dangerous place for Catholics. The governments aim at strict secular schools and institutions for the poor…the poor and their children (being) torn away from the true Faith.”
Mr Shorten and Senator Birmingham may have different styles, but aren’t their long-term plans to exterminate orthodox Catholic teaching identical?

13
Nov

AUSTRALIAN SCHOOLS: on what are they based? on what should they be based?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Common Sense, Education, Faith, God, Multiculturalism, Persecution, Truth, Youth

Some people want to take away the freedom of so-called “faith-based” schools to teach traditional understandings about sex, marriage and morals.
How about that?
For a start, the term “faith-based” is a distraction.
Anybody using their reason can see that God is real — and that there’s a natural moral law built into the universe.
Faith isn’t actually the basis of teaching true religion.
Faith comes later, after reason.
Schools seeking to teach true religion might, perhaps, more logically be called “reason-based”.
It’s government schools, with their cult-like dogmas of fundamentalist gender-theory, which fail the reason test.
Perhaps they might, in all honesty, call themselves “superstition-based”.

7
Sep

MARRIAGE PLEBISCITE: what will the repercussions be?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Common Sense, Faith, Family, God, Modern Church, Persecution, Politics

What about this “plebiscite” over changing Australia’s marriage laws to permit any couple to be “married” regardless of “gender”?
If the Yes vote wins, will Christians thinking and acting according to an opposite belief be sacked, taken to court etc?
Or will there be “exemptions”?
That question is scarcely relevant.
Jesus told his first 12 disciples they must “take up their cross daily” – i.e. be willing to be persecuted or killed any time.
Jesus himself died, nailed to a cross by those hating his teachings and life.
His modern-day followers can hardly go looking for “exemptions”.
Church leaders clamouring to the government to allow them “free speech” etc., aren’t really on the right track, are they?
God gives us free speech.
It makes no difference what anybody else alleges to give or not give.
One thing is certain, Christians will not and cannot “integrate” into a same-sex-marriage-tolerating society.