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Monday, March 28, 2016

False Prophets and False Messiahs

Then if anyone will have said to you, ‘Behold, here is the Christ,’ or ‘he is there,’ do not be willing to believe it. For there will arise false Christs and false prophets. And they will produce great signs and wonders, so much so as to lead into error even the elect (if this could be).
Matthew 24:23-24

When I watch some ‘documentary’ shows on TV with so called “experts” and “theologians” especially from the large networks, I cannot help but ask, “Where did they get these people?” These “experts” and “theologians” are false prophets who teach about themselves and not the true gospel of Christ. These are people who have titles in their names but do not know the true God and his Christ.

The media also adds to this confusion. We see how the media will report on one paragraph in a 100 page document just to advance their agenda. In Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si, how many mainstream media report on climate change or the need to take care of the environment? A lot if not all of them. Yet, how many report on paragraphs related to God’s salvation, the Lordship of Christ or the need to repent? A few, if any at all.

This is why Catholics should not readily accept what the media and what “experts” say. Christians are to teach the ignorant but this assumes that the teacher is not ignorant, and they are solid in their faith.  Otherwise, the teacher is leading the ignorant to stumble.

Jesus said “But whoever will have led astray one of these little ones, who trust in me, it would be better for him to have a great millstone hung around his neck, and to be submerged in the depths of the sea.” (Matthew 18:6). These are harsh words!

Christians must have the initiative to learn about their faith from credible sources. We cannot rely on false prophets and false messiahs because there are many out there. God, in his mercy, has given Christians a solid ground in terms of faith and morals and that is the Pope and the teaching authority of the Church.

When a Pope speaks on science, we are not bound to believe him because that is beyond his office. But when he speaks on faith and morals, we are bound to believe him. Going back to Laudato Si, we are not bound to agree with him on scientific matters in that document but we must agree with him in terms of faith and morals in that document.

So Catholics should know about their faith. We need to discern what we read. We need to be wise to recognize false prophets and false messiahs so we can turn to the true Messiah and his true prophets. This is the only way we can teach the ignorant.

Lord, open our eyes so we may know the truth because it will set us free.

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