Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Happy Halloween. Make good choices.

Today I ran a mile warm-up, a 6:00, a 6:01, and then a mile cool-down.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Sunday, October 29, 2006

The Evil of Intoxication

It is a mortal sin (but not the greatest of all sins: unbelief) to become intoxicated knowing that the alcoholic beverage is immoderate and intoxicating and yet choosing to become drunk! This is because intoxication impairs judgment (reasoning) which is used to do good deeds and avoid sin, and this puts one in danger of falling into a state of sin and out of a state of grace with God!

Friday, October 27, 2006

I completely rewrote my post on Jesus' eternal generation for the sake of clarity; check it out. The eternal generation is logical, possible, and actual, as critical thinking shows.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

I have a few great friends who are Jehovah's Witnesses, and my closest friend of these is very knowledgable about Watchtower doctrine and is also very sincere and thoughtful. Today he kindly gave me the book What Does the Bible Really Teach? One thing I like about Watchtower literature is its succinctness and ornate illustrations. I plan to post a chapter-by-chapter response to this book on this blog in the coming weeks. The Watchtower Society is a false religion. I hope to evangelize my friends so that they may be part of the Catholic Church.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Trinity Comparisons & Contrasts

The Father is fully God, the Son is fully God, and the Holy Spirit is fully God. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are uncreated (agenetos), co-eternal, co-equal in greatness etc., omnipotent, perfect, and are of the same substance (homoousios) and essence.

Only the Father is unbegotten (agennetos); the Son is eternally begotten (gennetos) of the Father and the Holy Spirit eternally proceeds from the Father through the Son. Only the Son has a human nature in addition to His divine nature.

Arianism denies the deity of the Son, saying He was created (genetos) and is of a different substance (heteroousios).
Nestorianism teaches that the Son is two persons, when in reality the Son is one person with two natures, human and divine.
Modalism (Sabellianism) falsely teaches that God is not three persons, but that He reveals Himself in three modes.
Patripassionism teaches that God the Father suffered and died on the Cross, when in fact the Son became incarnate and was resurrected after being crucified.
Docetism denies the Son's human nature.
Eutychianism denies both the full deity and full humanity of the Son, saying that the Son is partially human and partially divine.
Ebionism denies the deity of the Son.
Apollonarianism denies the full humanity of the Son.
Monothelitism denies that there are two wills in the Son, only affirming one. It is often falsely alleged that Pope Honorius I taught this heresy.
Socinianism denies the fact that the Son is of the same substance as the Father and the Holy Spirit.
Albigensianism states that only the Father is uncreated (agenetos), and the Son and the Holy Spirit are both created (genetos).
Semi-Arianism denies the Holy Spirit and says that the Son is of a similar substance (homoiousios) to the Father.
Marcionism denies the human nature of the Son.

Monday, October 23, 2006

"Treasure In Clay Jars"

Cool blog: http://workingclay.blogspot.com/.

Quarters were pretty painful today. My muscles were quickly fatigued due to the fact that I didn't stretch and warm up properly. If I had run just a little faster on one lap I would have broken 70 seconds.

Friday, October 20, 2006

XC Blessings

The Lord has blessed me in innumerable ways. It is a blessing to be able to take a luxurious coach bus to Rhode Island for an invitational cross country meet, and to be able to stop for food, and to have more than enough money to pay for that food. The Lord Jesus has blessed me with compassionate, understanding, knowledgeable, funny, and friendly teammates and coaches. It is a blessing to be able to watch movies and listen to MP3 songs on a high quality iPod along the way, and to be able to comfortably nap if need be. The Lord Jesus has blessed my team with an accomodating, heated hotel with soft beds ideal for sleeping. I am blessed in that I am not paralyzed; I can use my legs to run! I am blessed with loving parents who graciously paid for this trip! Hallelujah! In all seriousness, take the time to contemplate the ways in which you are blessed, and praise the one, merciful, triune God Who has blessed you!

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Although I know I received no credit for 2 free-response PSAT math questions (credit was not subtracted), I have a strong conviction that I did extremely well overall and that I will rank very highly in the National Merit Scholarship competition.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

PSAT #1!

I'm taking the PSAT tomorrow. I would greatly appreciate it if you could find it in your heart to pray for me. Feel free to leave prayer requests here. God bless you!

Thursday, October 12, 2006

False Dogmas of Evolution

The following are false dogmas of evolution that no Christian can accept:
1. Adam and Eve are descendants of apes who were not miraculously created by God.
2. Abiogenesis.
3. Polygenism.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

R.I.P. Cory Lidle. The lack of a press release in which he states he is alive is telling...

Monday, October 09, 2006

Listen to Deja Vu (Freemasons Remix) by Beyoncé ft. Jay-Z.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Jesus' Eternal Generation

Jesus Christ, God the Son, is "from" the Father in that He is eternally generated (begotten) by the Father [Jn 6:57-58; Heb 1:3; Rev 21:23-25], not created or made, and this is because the Father is communicating His esse (nature) to the Son. This generation is natural, not voluntary, and is thus necessary and eternal. Since this generation does not involve motion, it is impossible for the Son Who proceeds to be posterior in duration to the Father. The Son receives the Father’s esse from eternity, and therefore has it from eternity. The Father is the source, not the cause, in this sense. Only duration, not origin, is excluded by eternity and so an eternal person can have a principle. The Father is eternally Father and so He also eternally begets the Son.

Jn 6:57-58 57 As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me will live because of Me. 58 This is the bread which came down from heaven—not as your fathers ate the manna, and are dead. He who eats this bread will live forever."

Heb 1:3 who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself[a] purged our[b] sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,

Rev 21:23-25 23 The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it,[a] for the glory[b] of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light. 24 And the nations of those who are saved[c] shall walk in its light, and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it.[d] 25 Its gates shall not be shut at all by day (there shall be no night there).

Thursday, October 05, 2006

"The Father is Greater Than I"

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Jesus said, "The Father is greater than I" [Jn 14:28]. This has two meanings. It means that the Son is less than the Father in His humanity, as the brilliant (and my favorite) theologian St. Thomas Aquinas shows.{1} The great saint observes that the Son is subject to the Father by reason of His humbling kenosis, according to 1 Cor 15:28: "And when all things shall be subdued unto Him, then the Son also Himself shall be subject unto Him that put all things under Him, that God may be all in all."{2} Additionally, the Son said His Father is greater than Him because the Son proceeds from the Father, and the Father does not proceed from the Son.{3}

But the Father is not "better" than the Son. They are co-equal in power, wisdom, justice, simplicity, impassibility, etc.; the Son is eternally equal to the Father in natural greatness.{4} How is this true? Equality is a measure of greatness, greatness in God is the perfection of nature, greatness is essential to God, and therefore there is equality in God.{5} The Father and Son have the same essence and dignity, and this dignity is expressed as the relation of giver by the Father and the relation of receiver by the Son.{6} The whole perfection of the divine nature exists in each of the three persons of the Holy Trinity; ergo, the sum of the four relations in God is not greater than any one relation, nor are all the persons together greater than any one person.{7}

Notes & References
{1} Aquinas, St. Thomas. Summa Theologica I, q. 42, art. 4, ad 1.
{2} Ibid.
{3} Ibid..
{4} Ibid., ad 2.
{5} Ibid.
{6} Ibid.
{7} Ibid., ad 3.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

CCC on Islam

Some Catholics, especially "traditionalists," find paragraph 841 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church disturbing, if not heretical: "The Church's relationship with the Muslims: The plan of salvation also includes those who acknowledge the Creator, in the first place amongst whom are the Muslims; these profess to hold the faith of Abraham, and together with us they adore the one, merciful God, mankind's judge on the last day." (CCC 841). However, they needn't worry. The first sentence means that God wills that Muslims be saved and has made plans to direct them towards the One True Holy and Apostolic Catholic Church. The key word in the second sentence is "profess;" Muslims have an imperfect version of Abraham's faith. Although they wrongly deny the Trinity, Muslims are correct in saying that there is only one true God and that He is merciful, sovereign, righteous, and omniscient (from these attributes we can recognize that they refer to the one true God); God acknowledges everything true in the worship offered to Him despite possible imperfections. Muslims are right about God being "mankind's judge on the last day," despite various false ideas about the Millennium. The bottom line is that the Catechism does not teach that Islam is a saving religion and that Muslims do not need to become Roman Catholics.

Sunday, October 01, 2006