Ephesians 6: 10-12
Be strong in the Lord and in his great power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can fight against the devil’s tricks. Our fight is not against people on earth but against the rulers and authorities and the powers of the world’s darkness, against the spiritual powers of evil in heavenly world.
I have to admit that sometimes I can get extremely hurt and angry when I hear people treating my faith as a Catholic like we are heathens. I realise that the fight is not between people but rather we are fighting the devil and the fallen angel’s influences on us and the world. So being angry with people is actually falling in the trap the devil is setting up for me. Not only to do me harm but everybody else who has a taste of my anger.
The importance of Forgiveness
All Christians if we listen to the loving words of Our Lord will be reconciled with Him. If we forgive others only then are we forgiven ourselves. It is a truth we can’t run away from. The problem I see in this world, people insist on living in a fantasy where they make their own rules and think they can get away with it. If you put your hand on a hot stove, your hand will burn, it is a fact of life. It saddens me to see people will refuse to believe in God and will not even try to obey His commandments and think there will be no negative results. There is a hell and too many people are going there minute by minute, forever. Christians included.
I remember I did a very stupid thing when I was about the age of eight years old. I use to visit a friend’s place. She lived opposite to a very old and run down cemetery. I seem to always come home at dusk and passing the cemetery at that time use to scare me. I suppose out of fear, I dared the most evil spirit to chase me down the block. I hadn’t even finished the dare and a very evil spirit was behind me. I looked up to God for help and saw a very small white cloud on top of me and it was moving towards the end of the block so I raced after it. I was using the cloud as a focus point to communicate to God. I remember saying to God you can forget the fire and brimstone in hell, just being with this one demon for eternity is a hell I would not be able to endure. When I finally got to the end of the block, all the clouds became alive and I could see that the angles and saints in heaven were jumping up and down with joy of my escape.
Demons in Hell
If that one demon was too much to bear, think of all the trillions of demons we would have to live with for ever, tormenting us because we were too proud to accept the teachings of Jesus Christ and obey Him. That is where so many people are going. I think to myself all the beautiful things God has given us, the sun, moon, the earth and each other and yet we chose to worship ourselves and then lose everything and a whole lot more that He is willing to give us in heaven.
I believe God has put a very strong calling in me to educate what Catholics actually believe in. I do believe many people really think they know what Catholics believe in but have been wrongly educated by well-meaning Christians, causing unnecessary sorrow to many people. A good idea is to try to put yourself in the person’s shoes that you are questioning. Human’s beings tend to rush in and judge others without getting the facts. Most of the time we judge people from wrong information. In Psalms I think it says people judge by outward appearances. God looks into people’s hearts. He knows everything and He is the only one qualified to judge anybody. And He is so merciful unlike the human race.
There are many good Christians out there that do love one another, despite what church you go to. I believe they are the mature Christians that lead people to Christ. Those who still are acting like little children, fighting amongst themselves are not leading people to Christ, but in fact are doing the opposite. Jesus said we will show people of the world that we are His true disciples by the way we love one another. Also loving our enemies is a very difficult thing when we let our human nature get in the way. People of the world don’t love their enemies. it is something that they do not understand about Christians, but at the same time it attracts them and then they start asking questions, hopefully to God. Many have converted because of this unique feature of the Christian faith. It is no small deal to love one another as Jesus loves us. It wins souls like no other way.