The Truth Hurts: Mortal Sin
|"Jesus is the (only) way the truth and the life" (John 14:6).
Jesus Christ our Lord and God founded one church, the Catholic Church
which he built upon Peter the rock, the first Pope. He gave his Church his own teaching authority to guide us in his truth. He gave his Church authority to guide us by permitting or forbidding us to do things that have effects on our relationship with God (Matthew 16:18-19). The Church has the final word in teaching us what is right or wrong like a mother (Matthew 18:15-18). The Bible calls Jesus' Church the pillar and foundation of Truth (1 Timothy 3:15) because Jesus who is the truth guides his Church through the Holy Spirit (John 14:18; Luke 10:16). From the Catholic Church comes the Holy inspired Word of God. Yes, The Holy Bible is a book of Jesus' Church. The Bible says that not everything is written down in it (John 21:25). In fact, the Bible says that we are to hold to the Traditions and teachings of the apostles as handed down to us for 2000 years through Jesus' Church. This was not only written (Sacred Scripture) but orally (Sacred Tradition) spoken by his Apostles (2 Thessalonians 2:15).
When the church officially teaches on faith and morals, it's not just an opinion but it is the truth that is binding on our conscience. Also, when it does we have the promise of the Holy Spirit that it is true since Jesus said that Hell shall not prevail against his church. It does not have to be spelled out in the Bible "thou shall
not" to be a sin. The Bible is a book of the Catholic Church. The Church came first before the New Testament writings. God did not leave us with a Holy Book alone but with his
Church and out of that Church came the Bible.
What is Mortal Sin?
Finally, some examples of serious sins; Missing Mass on Sunday (Saturday Vigil fulfills the Sunday obligation) for no good reason (e.g. shopping is not a good reason, sickness is) is a serious or grave matter. When you know this (and now you do) and freely chose to miss Mass you are now guilty of committing a mortal sin. You need to go to Confession as soon as possible before receiving Jesus in the Holy Eucharist (1 Corinthians 11:27-32). If you don't make it to confession you are still to go to Mass but not receive till you make it to confession.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraph 2291 states that using drugs and or sale off (pot and pills too) is a serious grave matter unless for the sole purpose of medical reasons and prescribed by a doctor to you. As I said before with this knowledge and full consent it will be a mortal sin if you continue to do it. You must go to confession before receiving communion. To die in unrepented mortal sin is to freely choose hell. I pray you will make the right choice.
Other (not including all) mortal sins are: Using contraception (for non medical reasons other than preventing conception) "the pill that kills" newly conceived life 20% of the time as a final means to prevent life by destroying it -- Natural Family Planning (call The Couple to Couple League at 513-661-7612 for more information and location for training in the 5 month course once a month near you) is the answer and is 97-99% effective and all natural within God's plan when used right; Fornication (1 Corinthians 6:9-10; Mark 7:21-23; Matthew 5:27-30,15:19; Galatians 5:19-26) or having sex outside of a sacramental marriage, for baptized Catholics (i.e. married by a Catholic priest, justice of the peace does not count nor a protestant minister); Indulging in pornography; Receiving communion in the state of mortal sin is another mortal sin.
Repent, go to confession (John 20:21-23) first and receive God's healing grace and forgiveness. God Bless You.
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