Date: 10/29/2003 1:01:11 PM
Name or Pseudonym: Oscar
Subject: What about Christs words?
One of the many problems with modern religion is that people have come to believe, through personal interpretation and hierarchical neglect, that Heaven is easy to attain, despite the very direct biblical passages that say otherwise. Your analogy about an institution keeping people from the truth may very well be accurate, but not exactly in the manner you meant.
Contrary to the wishful thinking of our day, most people do not go to Heaven; most people go to Hell. Only a very small percentage
are saved. Im not making this up. Our Lord Himself said this very thing: "Enter ye at the narrow gate; for wide is the gate, and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction, and many there are who go in thereat. How narrow is the gate, and strait is the way that leadeth to life: and few there are that find it!" (Mt. 7:13,14). After reading that passage, is it really necessary for us to personally witness Our Lord consigning people to Hell before we will believe that people actually do go there? Do we believe the very words of Jesus, or will we attempt to explain them away when they do not fit into our own peculiar view of religion?
I also must ask, why are people only willing to believe things that they read, or interpret, from the Bible? Afterall, the word Trinity isnt found in a single biblical passage, yet we believe in the Triune God. The existence of the Holy Trinity is the very first Dogma of the Church. We believe because Scripture is not the sole source of Divine Revelation. Sacred Tradition is the other, handed down to us from the Apostles and their successors.
Being wealthy is not a sin in and of itself. But it is easy for wealthy people to become side-tracked with the power and prestige that go hand-in-hand with wealth to where they neglect their own spiritual well being and that of their neighbor. That was the message of Christs parable.