In this wonderful scripture of an Old Testament Martyr, we see how Eleazar did not disobey God’s law to not eat pigs meat because he knew eventually he would go before God.
“Eleazar one of the chief of the scribes, a man advanced in years, and of a comely countenance, was pressed to open his mouth to eat swine’ s flesh. But he, choosing rather a most glorious death than a hateful life, went forward voluntarily to the torment. And considering in what manner he was come to it, patiently bearing, he determined not to do any unlawful things for the love of life.
But they that stood by, being moved with wicked pity, for the old friendship they had with the man, taking him aside, desired that flesh might be brought, which it was lawful for him to eat, that he might make as if he had eaten, as the king had commanded of the flesh of the sacrifice: That by so doing he might be delivered from death: and for the sake of their old friendship with the man they did him this courtesy.
But he began to consider the dignity of his age, and his ancient years, and the inbred honour of his grey head, and his good life and conversation from a child: and he answered without delay, according to the ordinances of the holy law made by God, saying, that he would rather be sent into the other world. For it doth not become our age, said he, to dissemble: whereby many young persons might think that Eleazar, at the age of fourscore and ten years, was gone over to the life of the heathens: And so they, through my dissimulation, and for a little time of a corruptible life, should be deceived, and hereby I should bring a stain and a curse upon my old age. For though, for the present time, I should be delivered from the punishments of men, yet should I not escape the hand of the Almighty neither alive nor dead.” 2 Machabees 6:18-26
As I always remind myself and each one of you, the powerful, that persecute the holy faithful Catholics, are able to get away with it in this world. But they will not escape the hand of God in the next. All of us should be willing to be tortured to death rather than teach against God’s laws or break them. Eternity is very Long.
We loose everything, but gain everything in eternity. We are so blessed to be traditional Catholics and to have each other to encourage each other to not go against the Bible or the 2000 years of Catholic beliefs and traditions. Reward or Punishment after death for all eternity? That is absolutely what is at stake in obedience or rebellious disobedience.
The original author of this blog passed away in July of 2016. RIP Father Carota.