When one of the Jehovah’s Witnesses asked why there is so much division among those who all believe in the One true God, I began by saying the devil.
In their false, man made religion they deny the most important christian belief, that Jesus is God. The devil wants to be like God. I explained to them them Jesus could not be human because the Holy Spirit overshadowed Mary and she conceived Jesus without a human father. Then, does that make Him some sort of demigod? No.
“Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath inherited a more excellent name than they. For to which of the angels hath he said at any time, Thou art my Son, today have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?” Hebrews 1:4-5
The arians were also deceived by the devil and caused so much division in the Early Catholic Church. The Arians tortured, slaughtered, burned Catholics who would not go along with their religion. And the devil loved it.
“Arius described the Son as a second, or inferior God, standing midway between the First Cause and creatures; as Himself made out of nothing, yet as making all things else; as existing before the worlds of the ages; and as arrayed in all divine perfections except the one which was their stay and foundation. God alone was without beginning, unoriginate; the Son was originated, and once had not existed. For all that has origin must begin to be.
Such is the genuine doctrine of Arius. Using Greek terms, it denies that the Son is of one essence, nature, or substance with God; He is not consubstantial with the Father, and therefore not like Him, or equal in dignity, or co-eternal, or within the real sphere of Deity. The Logos which St. John exalts is an attribute, Reason, belonging to the Divine nature, not a person distinct from another, and therefore is a Son merely in figure of speech.” 1914 Catholic Encyclopedia
The devil will do anything he can do to take away Jesus’ divinity. In this way he causes people to not be able to have recourse to Him for help and salvation.
I asked the Jehovah’s Witnesses; How can Jesus Save the whole world and those who call on Him, if He is not God. How could Jesus do so so many miracles that you and I can not do. Only because Jesus was God was he able to cast out demons, heal the sick, raise the dead,
“And answering, he said to them: Go and relate to John what you have heard and seen: the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are made clean, the deaf hear, the dead rise again, to the poor the gospel is preached:” Luke 7:22
They asked who rose Him from the dead. I said the Father and Jesus Himself.
“For to this end Christ died and rose again; that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.” Romans 14:9
But God raised him up from the dead the third day: Acts 13:30
Jesus is the second divine person in the Holy Trinity with the Father and the Holy Spirit, 3 divine persons in one God. I told them that it takes supernatural grace to be able to believe in the Blessed Trinity.
I also told them that if it were not for Jesus, I would never have known the Father. So if He says He is one with the Father, as written in the Gospel of St. John, over and over again, I believe Jesus.
St. John’s Gospel also has the saying of Jesus that said: The Father is greater than I. This has to be taken in the true sense that Jesus proceeds from and obeys the Father. But they are equal in their divine nature.
I pointed to the beautiful stature of Mary holding Jesus in my house, and said: “That is not an idol, that is just a statue of Jesus with His mother of whom He took his human nature from.
The devil also hates the crucifix. Jesus conquered the devil on the cross. And for this reason, just the simple sign of the cross quickly dispels demons. The J. W. have Jesus “crucified” on a pole. They should say He was polified not crucified.
“In June of 1968 1st century tombs were accidently unearthed by bulldozers working north of Jerusalem. Archaeologist, Vasilius Tzaferis excavated the tombs and unearthed the skeletal remains of a young man who had been crucified. Mr Tzaferis, who is not a Christian, wrote an article on his findings in the Biblical Archaeological Review. Writing of what he discovered, part of the Review states:
“At the end of the first century BC, the Romans adopted crucifixion as an official punishment for non-Romans for certain limited transgressions. Initially, it was employed not as a method of execution, but only of punishment. Moreover, only slaves convicted of certain crimes were punished by crucifixion. During this early period, a wooden beam known as a ‘furca’ or ‘patibulum’ was placed on the slave’s neck and bound his arms. The slave was then required to march through the neighbourhood proclaiming his offence. This march was intended as an exipiation and humiliation. Later, the slave was also stripped and scourged. increasing both the punishment and the humiliation. Still later, instead of walking with the arms tied to the wooden beam, the slave was tied to a vertical stake…Following the beating, the horizontal beam was placed upon the condemned man’s shoulders, and he began the long, gruelling march to the execution site, usually outside the citywalls…When the procession arrived at the execution site, a vertical stake was fixed into the ground…If the victim was attached by nails, he was laid on the ground, with his shoulders on the cross-beam. His arms were held out and nailed to the two ends of the cross-beam, which was then raised and fixed on top of the vertical beam. The victim’s feet were then nailed down against this vertical stake…In order to prolong the agony, Roman executioners devised two instruments that would keep the victim alive on the cross for extended periods of time. One known as the ‘sedile’, was a small seat attached to the front of the cross, about half way down. This device provided some support for the victim’s body and may explain the phrase used by the Romans, ‘to sit upon the cross’. Both Erenaeus and Justin Martyr describe the cross as having five extremities rather than four; the fifth was probably the ‘sedile’.” (Biblical Archaeological Review, January/February, 1988, pp. 48-49, as quoted by Doug Harris in Awake to the Watchtower, pp. 309-310.).”
We are so blessed to be traditional Catholics and to be in the only true Church, Jesus started. My Italian family has been Catholic, I would assume were converted by St. Peter and St. Paul, since we come from near Rome, almost 2000 years. Each one of you can go back to when your country first became Catholic, and more than likely your family has been Catholic ever since then.
The original author of this blog passed away in July of 2016. RIP Father Carota.