Devil Says “To Hell With Hell” to Jehovah’s Witnesses

The Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that hell is only Sheol, a grave or place in the ground where dead people go and exist no more.   The devil, of course, is very pleased with this.  He wants every person to be damned to the reality of hell along with him and all his rebellious friends.  So the devil purposely helps false religions to deny the existence of the pains of eternal hell, so that everyone will not change and so be damned and end up with him in hell forever.

hellissoHere are some of the passages from the Holy Bible about what hell is truly about.  When a Jehovah’s Witness comes have this printed up and have them look it up in their Bible.

Is 66:24-Then they shall go forth and look on the corpses of the men who have transgressed against Me. For their worm shall not die, and their fire shall not be quenched; and they shall be an abhorrence to all mankind.

Dan 12:2-And many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, these to everlasting life, but the others to disgrace [and] everlasting contempt.

Matt 3:12-“And His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clear His threshing floor; and He will gather His wheat into the barn, but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”

Matt 8:11-12-“And I say to you, that many shall come from east and west, and recline [at the] table with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven; but the sons of the kingdom shall be cast out into the outer darkness; in that place there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

F002_PopesInHellMatt 8:29-And behold, they [demons] cried out, saying, “What do we have to do with You, Son of God? Have You come here to torment [Gr. to torture] us before the time?”

Matt 13:42-“The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all stumbling blocks, and those who commit lawlessness, and will cast them into the furnace of fire; in that place [Gr. there] there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

Matt 13:49-50-“So it will be at the end of the age; the angels shall come forth, and take out the wicked from among the righteous, and will cast them into the furnace of fire; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

Matt 18:8-“it is better for you to enter life crippled or lame, than having two hands or two feet, to be cast into the eternal fire.”

15th-Century Italian Miniature Depicting Dante and Virgil Facing the Gates of HellMatt 22:13-“Bind him hand and foot, and cast him into the outer darkness; in that place there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

Matt 25:46-“And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

Mark 5:7-and crying out with a loud voice, he [demons] said, “What do I have to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I implore You by God, do not torment me!”

Mark 9:43-“it is better for you to enter life crippled, than having your two hands, to go into hell [Gr. gehenna], into the unquenchable fire

Luke 3:17-“but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”

Luke 10:12-“I say to you, it will be more tolerable in that day for Sodom, than for that city.”

Luke 12:5-“fear the One who after He has killed has authority to cast into hell [Gr. gehenna]”

Heb 10:27-29-a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God under foot…

H095_HellRev 14:9-11-If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives a mark on his forehead or upon his hand, he also will drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is mixed in full strength in the cup of His anger; and he will be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever; and they have NO REST day and night

Rev 19:20-these two were thrown alive into the lake of fire

Rev 20:10-And the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are also; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

Pretty scary and rightfully so.  This is why we traditional Catholics work so hard to save souls from being eternally damned to.  Jesus does the saving, but we are His instruments by which graces come for sinners to be able to be converted and to live a life pleasing to God.

Flemish-Painter-Dieric-Bouts-the-Elder-Hell-Renaissance-Oil-PaintingThe Jehovah’s Witnesses position substituting the biblical description of hell as firry torture place for the damned,to a mere grave,  reduces Jesus’ death on the cross (or what they call a pole), as meaningless.   All christians believe Jesus died on the cross to save us.  The Holy Bible says it over and over again.  If there is no torturous hell to save us from, then Jesus went through His passion and torturous death on the cross for nothing.

Sad to say that many Catholics believe the devil’s lie too.  But they may believe that there is a hell, but that no one is damned.  Hans Urs Van Baltasar, a famous Catholic theologian who is greatly followed up to today, taught that no Catholic has to believe that anyone has been damned to hell.  I believe in Jesus’ words, not a modernist theologian.

If there is no hell, where is the devil.  Or maybe he is just an figment of our imagination too.  Then we have to ask who tempted Jesus in the desert?  Who were the evil spirits He casted out?

E060_Hell4With no eternal consequences for our own actions,

  1. Crime continues to rise and rise and rise.
  2. Children continue to be abused sexually, physically and verbally by their stepparents,  (There is a high rate of boyfriends beating to death the toddlers of their girl friends),
  3. Drug and alcohol abuse continues to be common,
  4. And prisons cannot be constructed fast enough.

When we deny the Holy Bible’s teaching on the punishment of evil people to torturous flames of hell, we end up making this life a lot like hell too.

We are so blessed as traditional Catholics to know the truth about the consequences of one mortal sin, damnation to hell.  We are so blessed to be able to avoid this punishment and we are happy to work, suffer, be persecuted to say souls from hell and get them safely into Paradise.

St. Polycarp Jan 26

St. Polycarp #3 Martyr of Smyrna“St. Polycarp was a disciple of the Apostle John, and was consecrated by him Bishop of Smyrna. He was reckoned the chief of all the Christians of Asia, because he had been taught by several of the Apostles, and other persons who had seen the Lord. During the reign of the Emperor Antoninus Pius, and while Anicetus presided over the Church of Rome, Polycarp came thither to discuss some questions regarding the time for observing Easter. He found some heretics at Rome, who had been led astray by the doctrine of Marcion and Valentine, and brought back many of them to the faith. One day Marcion met him by accident, and said to him: Do you recognise me? whereto he replied: I recognise the devil’s eldest son. Some time after, in the reign of Mark Antonine and Lucius Aurelius Commodus, during the fourth persecution since Nero, when the Pro-consul was ruling in Smyrna, the whole population being assembled in the theatre, clamoured against Polycarp, and to please them he was burnt. He wrote an extremely useful Epistle to the Philippians, which is publicly read in the Churches of Asia even to this day.” 1960 Roman Breviary

Devil Divides “Bible” Believers From Traditional Catholics

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.

shield_trinityIn 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.

Adoration_of_the_Trinity_D_RER_AlbrechtI have read that they say Jesus is Michael the Archangel.  Hebrews says:

“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.

crucifixion van dyckI 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

originalJesus 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.stauros2

“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.).”

jesus_cat_jehovah_witnessHow Many Times The Jehovah’s Witnesses Have Foretold The End Of The World.

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.

Conversion Of St. Paul Jan 25

One of the greatest conversions in Catholic history is that of St. Paul.

La_conversion_de_Saint_Paul_Giordano_ “And as he went on his journey, it came to pass that he drew nigh to Damascus; and suddenly a light from heaven shined round about him. [4] And falling on the ground, he heard a voice saying to him: Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? [5] Who said: Who art thou, Lord? And he: I am Jesus whom thou persecutest. It is hard for thee to kick against the goad.

[6] And he trembling and astonished, said: Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? [7] And the Lord said to him: Arise, and go into the city, and there it shall be told thee what thou must do. Now the men who went in company with him, stood amazed, hearing indeed a voice, but seeing no man. [8] And Saul arose from the ground; and when his eyes were opened, he saw nothing. But they leading him by the hands, brought him to Damascus. [9] And he was there three days, without sight, and he did neither eat nor drink. [10] Now there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias. And the Lord said to him in a vision: Ananias. And he said: Behold I am here, Lord.

[11] And the Lord said to him: Arise, and go into the street that is called Stait, and seek in the house of Judas, one named Saul of Tarsus. For behold he prayeth. [12] (And he saw a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hands upon him, that he might receive his sight.)[13] But Ananias answered: Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints in Jerusalem. [14] And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that invoke thy name. [15] And the Lord said to him: Go thy way; for this man is to me a vessel of election, to carry my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel.

[16] For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name’ s sake. [17] And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house. And laying his hands upon him, he said: Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus hath sent me, he that appeared to thee in the way as thou camest; that thou mayest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost. [18] And immediately there fell from his eyes as it were scales, and he received his sight; and rising up, he was baptized.[19] And when he had taken meat, he was strengthened. And he was with the disciples that were at Damascus, for some days. [20] And immediately he preached Jesus in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.

[21] And all that heard him, were astonished, and said: Is not this he who persecuted in Jerusalem those that called upon this name: and came hither for that intent, that he might carry them bound to the chief priests? [22] But Saul increased much more in strength, and confounded the Jews who dwelt at Damascus, affirming that this is the Christ.”  Acts of The Apostles 9:3-22

Traditional Catholic Priest Invites Jehovah Witnesses In

Just now, as I was working on my blog, two black men, with a Bible and pamphlets, came to my door.  As you have already guessed, they were Jehovah Witnesses.  One of the neighbors had told them to go talk to me because I was a priest.  I guess the neighbor got rid of them by sending them to me.   They told me this after a while of discussion.

Charles & Maria RussellI opened the door with kindness and invited them in.  They seemed a little reluctant, but came in and sat at the table with me.  They told me where they had read somewhere that a priest had agreed with them and had converted to J. W.   He told me he would bring the article and maybe I knew the priest.  I told them that there are 100,000’s of priests.

Then I told them I would allow them to torture me to death rather than leave the true Catholic faith. I told them I love being a Catholic priest and helping people.  We discussed Jesus being God, the Trinity, Bible and Judaism.

C.T._RussellThe younger man asked me why there are so many different religions if there is only one God.  And this is what I answered;

  1. Sex:
  • Martin Luther left the priesthood because he wanted to get married and beak his vows of chastity, poverty and obedience as an Augustine monk.
  • Charles Russell (Jehovah Witnesses founder) was divorced by his wife for cruelty and for inappropriate behavior with his 15 year old servant girls.
  • Joseph Smith (mormons), had an affair with many women and with a girl of 16,

Smith’s first known sexual affair was with a teenager named Fannie Alger, who was living with Smith and his first wife Emma in their Kirtland, Ohio, home. Fanny was also Smith’s first confimred plural wife. Smith “came to know [her] in Kirtland during early 1833 when she, at the age of 16, stayed at his home as a housemaid. Described as ‘a very nice and comly young woman,’ according to Benjamin Johnson, Fanny lived with the Smith family from 1833 to 1836.”  Read here

  • Mohamed married many wives, one of which was 9 years old.

The other great reason is the interpretation of the Holy Bible.  I explained how the Holy Bible should be read:

  • Start with the 4 Gospels which contain the actually words of Jesus Christ.
  • Then study the Acts and the other Epistles.
  • Then study the Old Testament.
  • Have great humility, knowing that we do not know or understand everything.
  • Accepting that the Holy Bible is very confusing and needs a greater guide than oneself.  (The 2000 year old Catholic Church)  I explained that I trust St. Jerome’s interpretation way better than my own, because he lived 360 years after Jesus, he lived in Bethlehem, he knew Latin, Greek and Hebrew, he studied the Jewish faith from Jews of his time, he lived a life of prayer and mortification and he helped women become nuns.
  • Every one of the 40,000 christian churches has its own interpretation of the Bible. None of all these are 100% in agreement with all the other christian churches.

We agreed that there are parts of the Holy Bible that can be understood by anyone.  But the problems come from other parts that are more difficult to understand.

They asked me where I was from and where I have been.  So I told them I am from California and started St. Francis Catholic Kitchen.   I told them that the guest there had all read the Bible so many time while in prison or jail and I had to argue with them all the time.  I told them my parents taught me the Bible since I was a boy.

I also answered by telling them that I have worked in Brazil, Mexico and the Philippines with the poor.  They asked me, I just told the truth.  Catholics do more for the poor than any other religion.

In the end, they said, “well we see you are very sincere”.  I said I believe most J.W. are sincere, but mislead.  I said a prayer that Jesus would bring us all together in truth.  They left very happily and I welcomed them back when ever they wish.

What To Believe and Do To Be Truly Catholic # 7

9commandment9th Commandment:

“Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s Wife”.

This is similar to the 6th Commandment.  Comparing your wife, or husband, with another is ridiculous.  You are not living in the other persons life.  It may look fantastic on the outside, but it is a trick from the devil to get distracted and have you to look elsewhere, rather than doing the hard work of making your own marriage good and loving.  Dedicate your life to making your marriage and family better through prayer and communication.

10th Commandment:

10commandment“Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house, nor his servants, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor anything that is his”.

We Catholics are so thankful for all that God has given us and continues to give us.  When Jesus taught us the Our Father, the part that says “Give us this day our daily bread” does not mean always wanting more and more.  There is always a newer iPhone, computer, car, boat, house, you name it.  There is never enough money to buy all we want.   We always want more and more.  Instead we need to be very satisfied with what we have and very grateful too.

“So likewise every one of you that doth not renounce all that he possesseth, cannot be my disciple.”  Luke 14: 33.

We need to help out the poor too.

Wives should not work outside of the home like Mary never worked outside.   Jesus Mary and St. Joseph lived very simple lives.  If God, the Queen of Heaven and St. Joseph can live humbly, who are we to have to live better than they did?  Were they not happy?

If we could live simple and not spend a lot of money, we would not be in debt.   Thus we could be free to help out at church, spend time with our children, do missionary work and relax.  The saying goes like this:

“I owe, I owe, so off to work I go”.

Traditional Catholics are serious about God, prayer, especially the Holy Latin Mass, Adoration of The Blessed Sacrament, the Holy Rosary, and going to confession at least every month.  This is what fills up up, not material possessions, money, sex, drugs and alcohol.  We find fulfillment in obeying God and doing His will in every area of our lives.

St. Timothy Jan. 24

Timothy_stained glassSt. Timothy was born in Lystra in Lycaonia of a gentile father and a Jewish mother, and was a follower of the Christian religion when the Apostle Paul visited that city. Paul was so moved by what he repeatedly heard of Timothy’s holiness that he took him with him as a companion on his journeys; yet, because of the Jews who had been converted to Christ and who knew that Timothy’s father had been a Gentile, he had him circumcised. When they both arrived at Ephesus, the Apostle ordained him bishop to govern the Church there. The Apostle wrote him two letters, one from Laodicea, the other from Rome. Strengthened by these letters in the ministry of his pastoral office, he could not endure that the sacrifice which is due to God alone should be offered to the images of demons, and he strove to win over the people of Ephesus from the impiety of offering sacrifice to Diana on her feast day. He was stoned, and was nearly dead when the Christians rescued him and took him to a village on a neighboring mountain. There he died in the Lord on January 24.  1960 Roman Breviary

What To Believe And Do To Be Truly Catholic # 6

7th Commandment:

7thcommandment“Thou Shalt not Steal”.

Under this commandment we are told to do all financial actions honestly.  We are to put in our work hours.  We are to pay fair wages.  We are to pay back all our debts promptly.  We are never to take anything that is not ours, unless we have been given permission from the right authority.

“Even thieves do not like being stolen from.”

We are not to be greedy and always want more and more.  We are to be thankful for what we have and to share what we do not need with those who are in need.  We are not to take interest on a loan.  We are not to be in debt with credit cards.  We should give money to the Church and the poor.  No selling or buying stolen goods.

Greed is an ugly sin.  Jesus said:

“Lay not up to yourselves treasures on earth: where the rust, and moth consume, and where thieves break through and steal.  But lay up to yourselves treasures in heaven: where neither the rust nor moth doth consume, and where thieves do not break through, nor steal.  For where thy treasure is, there is thy heart also.”  Matt. 6:19-21

8th Commandment:

8thcommandment“Thou Shalt not Bear False Witness against thy neighbor”.

Under this commandment we are commanded to always tell the truth. Jesus said “I am the way, the TRUTH and life”.  We want to be like Him.  We do not want to be like the devil, who is the father of all lies who says I am the snare, the lie and death.

It is extremely important to never lie to God, a priest or our parents.  Other lies are serious, but these are even more serious because of the person you are lying to.  Often when children lie to their parents as to where they are going, many bad things happen.  I personally know 4 girls who were rapped when they lied or snuck out of the house without their parents knowledge.  When we lie to those in authority over us, God seems to let go His shield of protection and bad things can happen.

“Even liars do not like to be lied to.”

When we lie, people do not know who we are anymore.  Neither can they trust us anymore.  Then we can be come even chronic lyres.   We can even start to believe our own lies.

PinocchioWe are not to be hypocrites; saying one thing and doing another.  God sees everything we do behind close doors.  We always practice what we preach, priests and parents alike.

Our tongues are for prayer, sharing the Gospel and for giving good advice, not lies.  God will ask for an account of every word spoken in truth and in lies.  Gossip is ugly.  Making up false things about others, or spreading rumors that one is not sure are true, are very serious sins.  It is better to be silent and contemplative than to be blabbing all the time.