Most people know C.S. Lewis as the author of the famous middle-grade series, The Chronicles of Narnia, but he was also the writer of several nonfiction works, among others on theological questions.
In his 1952 book, Mere Christianity (highly recommended and extremely enjoyable to read), he talks about what was back then probably the most trendy thing: the theory of a "creative life force" as the first cause of, well, everything.
[I] mentioned only the Materialist view and the Religious view. But to be complete, I ought to mention the In-between view called Life-Force philosophy, or Creative Evolution, or Emergent Evolution. The wittiest expositions of it come in the works of Bernard Shaw, but the most profound ones in those of Bergson. People who hold this view say that the small variations by which life on this planet 'evolved' from the lowest forms to Man were not due to chance to to the 'striving' or 'purposiveness' of a Life-Force.
Replace "Life-Force" with "The Universe," and it's pretty much the same. (He also goes on to discuss whether God is ultimate goodness in the meaning of softness and concludes that He can't be, but I encourage you to read that for yourself.)
I was going to write a short treatise here about the history and evolution of the New Age beliefs that eventually led to the creation of "The Universe," but I hit the wrong button and all my writing disappeared (coincidence?), so I'm saving that for another post and another day.
Suffice it to say that this "tame God," who doesn't demand anything and doesn't want anything from us, other than to be happy and enjoy life however we see fit, came out of a long tradition of mediumistic communications with "disembodied spirits." And those, as I've said before, cannot be trusted.
Let me make this clear: At one point in my life, I was a huge fan of channelers and "messages from the other side." In my twenties, I used to dream of being a famous channeler of "advanced masters" and conveying messages of earth-shaking importance to mankind... until I had some eerie experiences of my own and then did some research and realized that all of these messages have demonic origins. No exception.
So this fluffy, cuddly God-type being called "The Universe" is just an attempt—and quite a clever one—by the enemy to obfuscate the fact that the real Creator of the universe is a person who is neither cuddly soft nor non-judgmental nor uber-tolerant.
Merciful, yes. Fair, yes. Loving, yes. But more like the fathers of old who laid down the law in their families and who didn't think twice about spanking their kids when they misbehaved.
And the line, "You can have anything you want" is one of the greatest deceptions ever. So be careful what you wish for and how you go about it.
The best way is to pray to God and Jesus (and if you're Catholic, the Holy Mother) for the things you need, instead of just going ahead and manifesting whatever you feel like. Aside from the fact that you'll get stopped out at some point, you'll also get yourself into a precarious situation, soul-wise... and trust me, that's the last thing you want.
I wish you many blessings—in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
I just watched a Christian YouTube video called, "There Are Strange Things Happening in This World." One part of the narrative really hit home with me... and I figured it's something you need to hear too. Here is the quote.
There is a lie that the devil tells us, which I believe to be the biggest and most dangerous lie that many people fall for. And the lie he tells you is, 'You've got time.' You. Have Got. Time.
Let that sink in: At any given moment, we are one second away from Heaven or Hell.
I know that, especially if you're under 30, you may feel invincible, like nothing could ever happen to you. After all, you're much too young to die. (Here's a secret: You will still feel too young to die once you're 40, 50, or 60.)
Not to be morbid, but an undiagnosed brain aneurysm or blood clot in your arteries could knock you dead within a second. You could get hit by a bus, fall off a footstool and break your neck, trip over the cat, or choke on a piece of chicken salad.
We don't like to think about it, but death is part of our story—and it can come early and at unexpected times. If you were to die in the next five minutes, do you feel confident that you'd "gotten right with God"? Where do you think you'd end up—paradise or the fiery pit?
Most of the time, we'll push any thought of dying out of our mind. We're so terrified of our own mortality—particularly if we haven't gotten right with God yet—that we'll do anything to distract ourselves and to stave off the inevitable.
In a recent dinner conversation with friends, we came up with the thought that the modern trends of life extension biotech and transhumanism are outcrops of atheists' desperate urge to live as long as possible, whatever it takes. They'd even be willing to "upload" their brains into mobile computers or have their heads cryogenically frozen to be "revived" 50 years later. (As if their minds/souls were trapped in that chunk of meat and still be there in 50 years.)
Devout Christians, on the other hand, usually don't fear death; as they get older, they even welcome it, looking forward to be united with Jesus. What a difference in long-term outlooks that is.
Here's my assessment: You don't have time. In fact, you don't have a minute to lose. And even if you don't die right now, every moment you spend in vain self-absorption apart from God is a wasted minute that you will have to account for eventually. So do yourself a favor and get started now.
The Eucharist, for all of you non-Catholics, is the term for the consecrated host that is dispensed to believers at Catholic Masses. By doctrine, it can only be made from water and flour, nothing else. Here in our neck of the woods, the hosts for the surrounding Catholic dioceses are made by nuns at a small monastery in Westfield, VT.
What's so special about the Eucharist? Well, in contrast to other Christian denominations that also do Holy Communion, Catholics believe that during Mass, by the God-given power of the Catholic priest, the host and wine are being "transubstantiated" into the actual body and blood of Jesus Christ.
None of that "communion is a symbol of the Last Supper" crap that the Protestants do--we literally eat and drink Jesus. I know, sounds gross and cannibalistic, which is what I thought at first when I converted to Catholicism.
But I now realize you can't grasp the true miracle of the Eucharist until you fully believe in it... and you can't believe in it until you fully grasp it. It seems like a problem without a solution, but it works, and maybe that's the greatest miracle of all.
Eucharistic miracles come in different categories:
In every instance of the 120 or so church-investigated and confirmed Eucharistic miracles of the third kind, which happened over the span of many centuries, it turned out that the Eucharist had changed into human heart tissue, blood type AB.
The tissue also tends to be incorruptible; that means even with Eucharists that morphed in the 8th or 12th century and were kept in a box without refrigeration or preservation, modern researchers were able to examine them in a lab and find that the tissue was still fresh and not deteriorated.
This is a pretty long video, but if you're fascinated by the supernatural, as I've always been, I encourage you to watch the whole thing. The most mind-boggling revelation (to me) came toward the end of the presentation, so hang in there and you'll be amazed.
This homily by rebel priest Fr. James Altman—one of my heroes—is from May 2020 but as timely now as it was then. He makes the comparison between himself and billionaire televangelist Joel Osteen (who, by the way, teaches a Law of Attraction-type of spirituality that, if you look up one of this videos, will probably ring very familiar to you).
I found this homily especially important because it shows you the difference between the "prosperity gospel" that Osteen preaches and the real message of the Gospel that Fr. Altman preaches—that we must strive for heavenly rewards instead of earthly rewards. What good will it do us if we get that dream job, dream house, dream vacation, etc. and forget to accumulate the kind of riches that will get us into Heaven?
As Jesus said, "Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.” (Mark 8:34-38)