Wednesday, January 21, 2009

WHAT IF???




A lot of us have pre-conceived notions of what Jesus said and what He meant. I propose that each one of us put that to the side and ask ourselves this simple question.... "What if?"
WHAT IF: Jesus really meant what He said when He gave us this command, "Amen, amen I say unto you: Unless you eat My Flesh and drink My Blood, you do not have life within you." (John 6:54)

WHAT IF: Jesus really does give us His Body and Blood in the Eucharist?

"And taking the bread, He broke it and gave thanks; gave it them saying: Take this all of you and eat it, this is My Body which will be given up for you. Do this in memory of Me. In likemanner He took the cup and said: This is My Blood of the new covenant that will be shed for you." (See Matthew 26:26-27; Mark 14:22-23; Luke 22:19-20; 1 Cor. 11:24-25)

WHAT IF: Jesus really did establish His Church upon the confession of Faith of St. Peter and gave to Him the keys of the Kingdom of God?
"And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give to thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose upon earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven." (Matthew 16:18)

WHAT IF: Jesus really did establish His Church upon the 12 Apostles?
"Now therefore you are no more strangers and foreigners; but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and the people of God, Built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone: In whom all the building, being framed together, groweth up into an holy temple in the Lord." (Ephesians 2:19-21)

"And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and he passed the whole night in the prayer of God. And when day was come, he called unto him his disciples; and he chose twelve of them (whom also he named apostles). Simon, whom he surnamed Peter, and Andrew his brother, James and John, Philip and Bartholomew, Matthew and Thomas, James the son of Alpheus, and Simon who is called Zelotes,
And Jude, the brother of James, and Judas Iscariot, who was the traitor." (Luke 6:12-15)

WHAT IF: we really weren't supposed to change the Word of God and remove certain texts or even certain books?

"For I testify to every one that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book: If any man shall add to these things, God shall add unto him the plagues written in this book. And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from these things that are written in this book. He that giveth testimony of these things, saith, Surely I come quickly: Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.
(Revelations 22:18-20)

WHAT IF: God really meant what He said:
"Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain: for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that shall take the name of the Lord his God in vain. Remember that thou keep holy the sabbath day. Six days shalt thou labour, and shalt do all thy works. But on the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: thou shalt do no work on it, thou nor thy son, nor thy daughter, nor thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy beast, nor the stranger that is within thy gates." (Exodus 20:7-10)
"Many will say to me in that day: Lord, Lord, have not we prophesied in thy name, and cast out devils in thy name, and done many miracles in thy name? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquity. Every one therefore that heareth these my words, and doth them, shall be likened to a wise man that built his house upon a rock, And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and they beat upon that house, and it fell not, for it was founded on a rock. And every one that heareth these my words, and doth them not, shall be like a foolish man that built his house upon the sand, And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and they beat upon that house, and it fell, and great was the fall thereof." (Matthew 7:22-27)

WHAT IF????

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