As we celebrate the Lenten season we are already accustomed to the fact that Jesus Christ died to redeem us. This historical fact is being remembered all over the world especially by Catholics who fostered a deep and intimate relationship with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. The passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is of particular importance to the Catholic faith because this is the very foundation of everything that we believe and practice as Catholics. If one of these elements (Passion, death and resurrection) is missing the Catholic faith would not be in a position to claim that it is the body of Christ (Col.1:18). However, despite the overwhelming evidence for the historical occurrence of Christ’s passion, death and resurrection, there remains a question regarding the nature of his death. If Jesus is God, and God is immutable, how then can God die on the cross? Continue reading
There is a principle in theology which says that “he who has no firm foundation on the fundamental beliefs of Christianity is prone to falling into or developing heretical beliefs.” This saying is true considering that heretical groups like the gnosticism holds doctrines that are contrary to what the apostles had taught. This is also true to some people who cannot reconcile God’s immutability and that of the death of Jesus Christ on the cross. These people hold the belief that Christ death on the cross was not literal but only figurative. They argued that since Jesus Christ is God, he is immutable, therefore his death cannot be taken literally but only in figurative sense. This is a very dangerous hypothesis because the entire Christian faith hinges on the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. If Jesus Christ did not die on the cross it means he did not resurrect from the dead, henceforth everything in Christianity was based only on stories perpetuated by Christ’s disciples and not on actual historical facts. Continue reading
Sagot Ni Fr. Fran Villegas,
Alam ng Dios ang lahat nang bagay (1 Juan 3: 20). Pero merong hindi alam si Jesus – ang takdang panahon ng Paghuhukom. Samakatwid, hindi Dios si Jesus.
Iyan ang tuligsa ng mga Iglesia Ni Cristo (Manalo-1914), Mga Saksi ni Jehovah, at iba pang sekta na hindi naniniwala sa pagka-Dios ng Panginoong Jesuscristo.
Sipiin natin ang talatang kanilang pinagbabatayan. Kunin natin ito mula na kay San Marcos dahil sa kay San Mateo (24: 36) merong mga textual variants na pinag-dedebatehan pa ng mga dalubhasa sa Biblia. Ganito ang wika, “Ngunit walang nakakaalam ng araw o ng oras na iyon, kahit ang mga anghel sa langit, o ang Anak man. Ang Ama lamang ang nakakaalam nito.” (Marcos 13: 32 MBB)
Ang standard na sagot sa tuligsang ito laban sa pagka-Dios ni Jesus ay: Alam ni Jesus ang takdang panahon ng Paghuhukom bilang Dios, pero bilang tao hindi Nya alam. Continue reading
Catholic theology teaches us that in Jesus Christ there are two natures Divine and Human, and these natures are hypostatically united in one hypostasis (Person), therefore we can say that Jesus Christ is true God and true Man. Despite the clarity of the Church’s teaching concerning Jesus Christ and his two natures there is always the tendency from people whether they are learned in theology like Nestorius and those who have no formal theological training to separate the natures of Christ from his person and employ misapplication predicates to shed light in Christological mysteries like how God who is immutable and eternal can be born and die. Their solution for this dilemma is to separate Christ in to two persons, a human person and divine person. They argued that every human actions of Christ being born, getting tired, grief, suffering and death should be attributed to his human person. Whereas, actions belonging to his divine nature such as his miracles must be attributed to his divine person. The Council of Ephesus has already condemned this kind of view that in Christ there are two persons one divine and the other human. The belief that in Christ there are two persons is heretical and must not be adhered to by Catholics. Continue reading
In 2004 Mel Gibson released the movie entitled “The Passion of Christ”, the story was based on the Gospels themselves and nothing was added to the details of the story. Mel Gibson with Jim Caviezel will release the sequel of the movie entitled “Paul, Apostle of Christ”.
This sequel is based on the life of St. Paul, before his conversion to the Catholic faith he spearheaded the persecution of Christians.