Friday, July 24, 2015

The Importance of Pondering Seven

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R.*

SEVEN
7 UP


There is so much
to consider here.

Sevening means 
to swear an oath 

Dr. Scott Hahn gets it right
when in Swear to God he writes:



To split open the carcass
of the sacrificial offering
and to walk through
the severed halves.

There are Seven Sacraments.
On the Cross of Calvary
Jesus' heart was sevened 
by the spear of Longinus
and the veil of the temple
was torn (sevened) in half.
  
Sincerely yours in Jesus through Mary,
Mike Rizzio

Imitate Mary
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God

Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!

* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for:
Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas;
St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Invasion Theology...NOW

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R.*

The link to this concept now is broken...
an evangelical Christian internet source:
http://www.pastornet.net.au/renewal/journal20/20e.htm
 

The best defense 
is a good offense!

Science’s non-theological universe is thus deadly cold; a place of frustrated hopes; a frantic, meaningless interlude of light, life and pain-wracked consciousness, caught between two periods of unstructured, lifeless, utter darkness. This raw scientific vision mocks at the beauty and meaning of light and life and love by chaining it between preceding and succeeding eons of darkness, death, and empty loveless-ness. Truly, “a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” (Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Act 5, Scene 5). The very rawness of this unadorned scientific worldview cries out for the Christian ministry of wisdom, faith, encouragement and, indeed, for deliverance. 

Since God, and God’s dwelling place, are full of light, life, love, holiness, and perfect order (e.g. 1 John 1:5), the question arises as to where the disorder described in Genesis 1:2 comes from. 

What is the origin of the pre-existent darkness, formless emptiness, and watery depths (perhaps a hebraism for ‘rebellion’). This question is rarely addressed theologically but, in the context of outreaching to those scientists aware of the yawning nullity proposed to precede the Big Bang, it is especially pertinent. 

Theologically, the answer can hardly be less than that the Genesis 1:2 situation, described by Moses, is evidence for the revolt of Satan and his rebel angels. Jesus said that he saw Satan fall like a bolt of lightening and that could well refer to an incident before the creation of our universe (Luke 10:18). Darkness in scripture is almost always (though not invariably) associated with evil (2 Corinthians 6:14; Ephesians 5:11; 2 Peter 2:17; Jude 6,13, etc.). 

A foundational proposal, here called ‘Invasion Theology’, is that a pre-existing negation of God’s immortal, life-giving love, a rebellion, locked in the deepest darkness, has been laid bare, and exposed in its minutest detail, by the Christ of God. It is proposed that Christ achieved this by invading that dark, chaotic pre-primordial place with our universe of light, life and love. This concept is bolstered by 1 John 3:8, when the verse is taken as a statement regarding the eternal work of the Christ, not just his earthly mission revealed in Jesus of Nazareth. In that sense, when Jesus says, “It is finished” (John 19:30), are there not overtones of his unceasing work, that started with the most primordial of events (Gen 2:2)? Whilst this may be an unusual view to theologians, it functions well as a bridge between the understanding of primordial events proposed by science and that revealed in the Bible.

Invasion theology makes it almost inevitable that there would be a deceitful, death-dealing serpent loose in God’s Garden, at the ‘start’ (Genesis 3:1-4)! Invasion theology would view Adam, Eve and their children as delegates of God, mandated to extend the invasion throughout the earth, revealing and destroying the various levels of the princedom of darkness. 


As God’s people, Israel inherited the same sacred task, and Christ’s church is commissioned for similar work today. 

Sincerely yours in Jesus through Mary,
Mike Rizzio

Imitate Mary
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God

Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!

* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for:
Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas;
St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Jesus Christ, The Bridegroom IX

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R.*

From the western Catholic perspective,
it appears as if the bride
is fast approaching physical death.

Today, the Church Militant
(the human, present day component 
of the Mystical Body of Christ, the bride)
is in the throes of the greatest worldwide crisis
it has ever had to content with.

Doctrinal and practical Unity is threatened on every front
and it appears as if a de facto split has already occurred.

Truth....
Goodness...
Beauty...
are all under attack, 
both from within and without.

This apostasy appears 
insurmountable
in our fast-paced, litigious,
relativism of the information age.

....worse than the Great Schism of the mid 11th Century
...worse than the Protestant Revolt of the early 16th Century
...worse than the so-called 'Enlightenment' of the late 18th Century

This is far worse,
 for the heresy of heresies
is a compilation of all heresies
that preceded it.

For the opposition of Truth,
"The heresy of heresies was
[is] common sense"
(George Orwell, in 1984)

Common sense goes hand-in-hand
with natural law and both are on the chopping block
as modernity moves ever closer to the abyss
that is the dictatorship of relativism.

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There are blood martyrs, dying for Christ
every day in Africa and in the Mideast.

We have to see that it is by virtue of the blood of these martyrs
that the universal Church might be built up

The Bridegroom died and rose in 30 AD.

The Mystical Body of Christ (the Bride)
appears to be doing the same today.

Through it all Mother Mary
watches and waits
We must have our lamps
filled and burning too.

Sincerely yours in Jesus through Mary,
Mike Rizzio

Imitate Mary
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God

Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!

* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for:
Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas;
St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael