MUST NOT Adore Man
We MUST avoid falling prey of the very
of seeking a man or an idol to adore
The purpose of this document is not to preach on the
"theologically correct" way in which to interact with our favorite
leaders - political and/or religious. The purpose of this document is
to illustrate the grave consequences of de facto idolizing a human
being - living or dead.
As we approach the manifestation of the False Christ (1)
it is imperative that we remain on guard toward this very human tendency.
BACKGROUND and INTRODUCTION
In 1 Samuel 8: 4-5
we see the Israelites insisting that God
give them a King and no more judges. Through Samuel, God then explain
the consequences to them. To wit:
9 Now therefore
hearken to their voice: but yet testify to them, and foretell them the right of the king, that
shall reign over them. 10 Then Samuel told all the words of the Lord to
the people that had desired a king of him,
11 And said: This
will be the right of
the king, that shall reign over you: He will take your sons, and put
them in his chariots, and will make them his horsemen, and his running
footmen to run before his chariots, 12 And he will appoint of them to
be his tribunes, and centurions, and to plough his fields, and to reap
his corn, and to make him arms and chariots. 13 Your daughters also he
will take to make him ointments, and to be his cooks, and bakers. 14
And he will take your fields, and your vineyards, and your best olive
yards, and give them to his servants. 15 Moreover he will take the
tenth of your corn, and of the revenues of your vineyards, to give his
eunuchs and servants.
16 Your servants
also and handmaids, and your goodliest young men, and your asses he
will take away, and put them to his work. 17 Your flocks also he will
tithe, and you shall be his servants. 18 And you shall cry out in that
day from the face of the king, whom you have chosen to yourselves. and
the Lord will not hear you in that day, because you desired unto
yourselves a king. 19 But the people would not hear the voice of Samuel,
The offense for which mankind has been paying since then is the
rejection of God as being the only Lord and the only King.
The concept of Judges has its roots in the time of Moses wherein Moses
would judge over disputes and problems of the Israelites using the Laws
of God. If we stop and think about it - that is all that is needed: the
application of Divine Law in a just manner. For that we only need
Judges not men who act like gods.
That was the concept God had in mind when He chose Peter and his legitimate
. Each legitimate successor was
conceptually chosen to be the "Chief Justice" of the "Divine Supreme
Court". He was to preside over "Equals" (who compose the "Divine
Supreme Court") in the application of Divine Law amongst the true
Members of the Body of Christ. Unfortunately - before the dust was
settled - the world had a Pope with a triple Imperial Crown and who by
action - if not words - demanded to be adored. (3)
In civil government, the same behavior occurred. Individuals elected to
serve the population became gods, while many became outright tyrants.
However, most of these leaders would not have attained those positions
if it had not been through the initial adoration/adulation of others.
One truly pathetic example can be seen in the French Revolution (4)
The French Revolution was triggered by the abusive excesses of a King,
Louis XVI. But when all was said and done, the French ended not with a
King, but with an Emperor - Napoleon - while satan gleefully rubbed his
hands. [Review what Mary said about French Politics in La Salette. (5)
Since God knows our tendencies all too well, He made
sure that we had clear instructions from the very start to
avoid such behavior.
First we read in Acts of the Apostles 10: 24-27
24 And the morrow after, he
(Peter) entered into Caesarea. And Cornelius waited for them, having
called together his kinsmen and special friends. 25 And it came
to pass, that when Peter was come in, Cornelius came to meet him,
Cornelius came to meet him, and falling at his feet adored. 26
But Peter lifted him up, saying: Arise, I myself also am a man. 27
And talking with him, he went in, and found many that were come
Then we read again in the Acts of the Apostles 14: 10-14
10 And when the multitudes had
seen what Paul had done, they lifted up their voice in the Lycaonian
tongue, saying: The gods are come down to us in the likeness of men; 11
And they called Barnabas, Jupiter: but Paul, Mercury; because he was
chief speaker. 12 The priest also of Jupiter that was before
the city, bringing oxen and garlands before the gate, would have
offered sacrifice with the people. 13 Which, when the
apostles Barnabas and Paul had heard, rending their clothes, they
leaped out among the people, crying, 14 And
saying: Ye men, why do ye these things? We also are mortals, men like
unto you, preaching to you to be converted from these vain things,
to the living God, who made the heaven, and the earth, and the sea, and
all things that are in them:
Naturally - man has done the same thing not only with
the Successors of Peter but with other religious leaders as well as
political leaders. Without a doubt, one can and should show respect for
the appointed/elected religious and political leaders, i.e. just as
Daniel showed when he addressed Nabuchodonosor king of Babylon or
Esther showed when addressing king Assuerus (6).
Respect is one thing - adoration is quite another.
But man would not stop there - man must find other ways
to offend God while appearing to be the epitome of piety.
This brings us to the adoration of relics and bodies of
deceased individuals considered by many to be holy.... while Jesus
Christ, in His Real Presence, awaits in all the Tabernacles of the
world for just a little attention, an attention which is seldom given.
Veneration of a relic or the body of a deceased
individual who led a holy life is one thing, to adore it is blasphemy.
According to Webster's Dictionary:
To venerate is: To regard with
reverential respect; to honor with mingled respect and awe; to
reverence; to revere; as, we venerate parents and elders.
To adore is: To worship with
profound reverence; to pay divine honors to; to honor as deity or as
Recently the body of St. Pio was exhumed and this is
what we read (7):
The economy of this southern town
revolves around the cult of Padre Pio and heaving crowds waited to see
his body, displayed in a crystal, marble and silver sepulcher in the
crypt of the monastery where he spent most of his life.
His face was reconstructed with a
lifelike silicone mask of the type used in wax museums because it was
apparently too decomposed to show when the body was exhumed.
A poll in 2006 by Catholic
magazine Famiglia Cristiana found that more Italian Catholics prayed to
Padre Pio than to any other figure, including the Virgin Mary or Jesus.
His picture is stuck to the dashboards of many taxis and cars
When we find that individuals are praying more to anyone
- it does not matter who - than they pray to Mary and Jesus we do have
a problem. When we find individuals that go on pilgrimages "to the ends
of the world" to venerate a relic or a living or dead human being while
Jesus languishes alone (alone = without living human companionship) in
the Tabernacles of the World, we do have a problem.
Logically, the un-Evangelized and under-Evangelized
people are waiting, without realizing it, for a "Savior of the World"
to adore; a savior which will deliver humanity (8)
from the misery which grips a great part of the world already. satan,
of course, is most willing to comply since he has certainly waited long
We are at peace for we have amply warned the world (9)
as to what is to come and how (10); our great
sorrow comes from witnessing the suffering Our Lord Jesus Christ and
our Heavenly Mother, Mary, are enduring as the result of mankind's
refusal to heed Their warnings. (11)
What can we expect if after a spectacular miracle (12)
- a given fact witnessed by 70,000 believers and unbelievers alike -
and lesser miracles which took place at the the same time and place -
Fatima, October 13, 1917 - Pope Benedict XV, by default, allowed (13)
the world to be plunged in the bloodiest conflict of human history.
It is ironic that to finish what satan started by blinding Benedict XV (14),
God allowed the installation of eyes-wide-open Benedict XVI (15)
who will usher the FalseChrist (1) which will
result in the greatest upheaval since the time of Creation.
(6) The Book of Daniel
and The Book of Esther
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Published on May 11, 2008 -
Feast of Pentecost
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