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Modernism Part 5 (Thought for the Day Part 106)

Gospel reading: Mark 12:18-27

Today our Church is infiltrated with modernists, who are overturning the word of God. They are misled and are misleading the people of God. “Are you not misled because you do not know the scriptures or the power of God?” (v.24). Just like the Sadducees in Jesus’ time, these modernists include clerics and hierarchs.

The Sadducees “say there is no resurrection” (v.18a). Today, a top hierarch says that when we die we just go “poof” and disappear into thin air. So there is no resurrection. This is obviously wrong teaching. It has many undesirable consequences on the Church and the faithful.

  • If there is no resurrection, then there is no hell, and people can just do as they please including sinful conduct, with no consequences to face.

  • Then there is no need for a Savior.

  • If life in this world is all there is, then there is no need for the Church, which is intended by God to be an instrument of salvation.

Then the Sadducees, because they believed there was no resurrection, tried to trap Jesus to disprove the existence of the afterlife, and posed what they thought would be a dilemma if there was a resurrection. Whose wife would the woman married to seven be at the resurrection?

Today modernists are mangling the whole aspect of marriage as God intends, by their embrace of the culture of DEATH.

  • Same-sex unions are approved and can even be blessed.

  • Divorce is acceptable. A lifelong stable union, especially for the sake of children, is degraded in favor of the preference of the couple to stay together or not. It is their happiness, not that of children, that is foremost.

  • Contraception is acceptable. Children are not of primary importance in a marriage.

  • Abortion is not just acceptable, but is to be celebrated, not just as healthcare but as a sacrament.

“As for the dead being raised” (v.26a), Jesus quotes Exodus about God telling Moses, “I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” (v.26c). Then Jesus says, “He is not God of the dead but of the living.” (v.27a). God had declared that He was still the God of those who had died, and if so, those who had died must still exist, and if so, then there must be an afterlife.

If there is an afterlife, and indeed if God is God of the living and the dead, these have profound consequences for us.

  • At the end of time there will be judgment, and we will either go to heaven or to hell.

  • In life we are to live in obedience to the commandments of God.

  • In life we are to strive for that holiness without which we cannot see or be with God.

Modernists in the Church are doing great damage to the faith. Thus we must know our faith. Let it not be said of us: “You are greatly misled.” (v.27b).

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