In order to understand traditional belief, we need to look at the long history of salvation, from the fall of Adam and Eve till now. That includes all of the Bible (every word and especially those of Jesus), the Catholic Church’s teaching (The Apostolic Deposit of Faith & 1980 years of Church Teaching) and the lives and writings of the saints (especially the Church Fathers and Doctors of the Church). I will do this in parts because it is too complex to rush through.
To sum it up quickly we can say God blessed us with creation. But then the first woman and man rebelled against God by believing the devil and disobeying God. We have the Old Testament full of rebellion, blood shed, and idolatry. God blesses obedience and punishes and curses those who are disobedient. Finally He sends His only Son to reveal pure truth, mercy and blessings. He is rejected by most, followed by a few. He conquers the curse caused by sin by being the cursed One hung on the tree. Thus He triumphs over sin, death and the devil on the cross. His resurrection gives mankind a new chance. The apostles spread the Gospel and the Catholic faith. Jesus continues to work through the impulse of the Holy Spirit in the Catholic Church. Saints continue to make Jesus present by their witness. Jesus continues His saving power through His sacraments. But God still gives Blessing to those who are obedient and Curses to those who are disobedient and sin. Mercy and Salvation to those who are repentant and damnation and curses to those who will not stop sinning.
The story of Catholic salvation begins with the God’s first BLESSING when he creates the unseen supernatural beings called angels. They are pure spirit with great attributes of intelligence and mobility. They are created to love and serve God and those to whom He sends them to minister to.
God’s second BLESSING was when he created the universe, the plants, animals and man, and it was perfect. Adam and Eve were even able to commune with God as their friend. They lived in paradise with no work, suffering or hunger. They were given the great gift of free will to love and obey God. They had perfect harmony and love between themselves.
Now comes the rebellion of Lucifer and his minions against God in heaven and whom St. Michael cast out of heaven.
Then comes Eve’s rebellion when she allowed herself to be attracted to the forbidden fruit of knowledge of good and evil by Lucifer who told her if she experienced this fruit she would be as god. She did this in spite of having everything; love of God, a great husband, health, happiness, and food and animals. But the devil convinced her that there were still other extra ordinary delights that she could experience. So she ate the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. She then influenced Adam, through his confidence in her goodness, and he also ate the fruit. This rebellion against God’s rules or will is what is called SIN.
From this second on, we see the fruits of SIN, called CURSE AND PUNISHMENT: death, pain, toil and disharmony enters into man and creation. Right off man becomes afraid of God and hides from Him. And because of this betrayal of His friendship Adam and Eve are kicked out of paradise and have to struggle to survive. All of creation is cursed and produces thorns and poison. Shortly after this, their son Cain kills Abel out of jealousy over a sacrifice to God. Cain is CURSED. More and more blood continues to be shed.
The first attempt to save mankind happens when God sends the CURSE or PUNISHMENT of a flood to cleanse the earth of SIN. His MERCY AND BLESSINGS are shown by giving a new start to humanity through Noah and his small family.
But again rebellion and blood shed continues. Out of pride man begins to defy God again and attempts to build the Tower of Babel. God PUNISHES their SIN and CURSES them by scattering them all over the earth and separating them by speaking different languages. They can no longer communicate with each other.
The second attempt to save mankind through God’s MERCY AND BLESSINGS come in the call of Abraham. He is called to leave all and start a new nation that will be God’s own people. They are to adore and obey Him. And the sign of this covenant was circumcision.
We have the powerful example of God saving the righteous and punishing sinners by sending fire and sulfur to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah for their sin of homosexuality (from which we get the name sodomy). Lot is saved by his kind acts of respect and hospitality and from Abraham’s earlier intercession to God for the righteous ones living in Sodom.
Since today there is this tremendous force in Government, gay activist and many in the Church to justify homosexual sin, I will quote from the Bible what happened in Sodom.
“And two angels came to Sodom in the evening and Lot was sitting in the gate of the city. And seeing them, he rose up and went to meet them: and worshipped prostrate to the ground. And said: beseech you, my lords, turn in to the house of your servant, and lodge there: wash your feet, and in the morning you shall go on your way. And they said: No, but we will abide in the street. He pressed them very much to turn in unto him: and when they were come in to his house, he made them a feast, and baked unleavened bread and they ate: But before they went to bed, the men of the city beset the house both young and old, all the people together. And they called Lot, and said to him: Where are the men that came in to the tonight? bring them out hither that we may know them (sexually): Lot went out to them, and shut the door after him, and said: Do not so I beseech you, my brethren, do not commit this evil. I have two daughters who as yet have not known man: I will bring them out to you, and abuse you them as if shall please you, so that you do no evil to these men, because they are come in under the shadow of my roof. But they said: Get thee back thither. And again: Thou camest in, said they, as a stranger was it ti be a judge? therefore we will inflict thee more than them. And they pressed very violently upon Lot: and they were even at the point of breaking open the doors. And behold the men put out their hand, and drew in Lot unto them, and shut the door: And them that were without, they struck with blindness from the least to the greatest, so that they could not find the door.” Genesis 19: 1-11.
Ismael is the the father of a rebellious Arabic nation because Abraham was not patient to let God work through Sarah to receive the promised child and instead has a child from a slave woman Agar. God’s BLESSING is the miraculous gift of a child to Abraham and Sarah in their old age and is the foretaste of blessing of the nation to come. Abraham is asked to prove whether he loves the gift, Isaac more than the giver, God, by sacrificing his only child. But God saves Isaac because of Abraham’s obedience.
So no matter what you believe or what anyone, including myself or the pope have to say, we have begun a look at God’s blessings and curses from Adam to Abraham. We are so fortunate to be trying to obey God’s laws and to do His will. We will receive His love and mercy. And we pray that sinners will repent as Jesus asked them to, so that they too can receive His love, blessings and mercy.
The original author of this blog passed away in July of 2016. RIP Father Carota.