On Being God

Have you ever thought what it would be like to be God? I'm not talking about being A god. Not at all. I'm talking about being THE God, Creator and Sustainer of all that ever has or ever will exist -- the Author and Giver of salvation.

If you happen to be a Mormon, and a male, then you have a chance, according to the false doctrine of that religion. Mormons believe that God, the God we Christians worship and serve, was once a man who lived a good life, as understood by Mormons, and who fulfilled all the requirements in both his natural life and his afterlife and was given a planet of his own to be god of. Mormons teach that their men are as God once was and, if they do everything right, they can one day be as God is, with their own planet to be god of.

What do they need to do? Well, all the usual things expected of any observant Mormon man, plus participate in what they call The Temple Ceremony. Sorry, I believe it's still a man-only thing. Then, after they die, they must father one million sons. There's other stuff, but that's the big issue. If they do all that, they get promoted to god status and are given a planet of their own.

Some of those good old boys in the Word of Faith movement also teach that man can be a god. In fact, at least one of them has said that Faith Movement believers already are little gods. More than one of them claims to have gone to Heaven a few times to walk and talk with Jesus. In fact, one time, after one of the more generous members of his congregation died, one guy claims that he went to Heaven and compelled Jesus to send the guy back, cuz he needed the money.

The Roman Catholic Church teaches a few things like that, as these words written by a Catholic priest show:

The third great power of the priestly office is the climax of all. It is the power of consecrating. “No act is greater,” says St. Thomas, “than the consecration of the body of Christ.” In this essential phase of the sacred ministry, the power of the priest is not surpassed by that of the bishop, the archbishop, the cardinal or the pope. Indeed it is equal to that of Jesus Christ. For in this role the priest speaks with the voice and the authority of God Himself.

When the priest pronounces the tremendous words of consecration, he reaches up into the heavens, brings Christ down from His throne, and places Him upon our altar to be offered up again as the victim for the sins of man. It is a power greater than that of monarchs and emperors. It is greater than that of the saints and angels, greater than that of Seraphim and Cherubim. Indeed it is greater even that the power of the Virgin Mary. For, while the Blessed Virgin was the human agency by which Christ became incarnate a single time, the priest brings Christ down from Heaven , and renders Him present on our altar as the eternal Victim for the sins of man—not once but a thousand times! The priest speaks and lo! Christ, the eternal and omnipotent God, bows His head in humble obedience to the priest's command.--John A, O'Brien, >I>The Faith of Millions, Our Sunday Visitor (1938), p. 235; has Nihil obstat & Imprimitur [My emphasis]

Now some might argue that O'Brien was a mere priest, with a somewhat puffed-up idea of his own importance in the Catholic scheme of things. Could be, but then how to explain these words that were written by a Catholic Cardinal?

In the sacrifice of Jesus Christ the priest is a substitute of Christ himself. As a result of his ordination he is a true alter Christus. By means of the Consecration the bread is changed into the Body of Christ and the wine into His Blood. This implementation of His sacrifice is the adoration of God.

The Council specifies that this sacrifice is not a new one, independent of the unique sacrifice of the Cross; rather it is dependent upon that unique sacrifice of Christ, making it present in a bloodless way such that the Body and Blood of Christ are substantially present, while still remaining under the appearance of bread and wine. Consequently there is no new sacrificial merit; rather, the infinite fruit of the bloody sacrifice of the Cross is effected or realized by Jesus Christ constantly in the Mass.

It follows that the action of the sacrifice consists in the Consecration; the Offertory (by which bread and wine are prepared for the Consecration) and the Communion are integral parts of the Mass, but are not essential ones. The essential part is the Consecration, by which the priest, in the person of Christ, and in the same way, pronounces the consecrating words of Christ.--Alfons Cardinal Sticler, The Attractiveness of the Tridentine Mass, Latin Mass Magazine, © Summer 1995 Issue [My emphasis]

I recognize that it often is difficult to convince people of the lengths to which the Roman Catholic Church is willing to go in order to acquire and maintain its control of the Catholic faithful. It could be that, even after reading the words of Cardinal Stickler, some might doubt that Catholicism actually teaches that her priests are other Christs. Would you believe it if a pope said that a Catholic priest is alter Christus, another Christ?

Through the character of Sacred Orders, God willed to ratify that eternal covenant of love, by which He loves His priests above all others; and they are obliged to repay God for this special love with holiness of life. . . So a cleric should be considered as a man chosen and set apart from the midst of the people, and blessed in a very special way with heavenly gifts—a sharer in divine power, and, to put it briefly, another Christ. . . He is no longer supposed to live for himself; nor can he devote himself to the interests of just his own relatives, or friends or native land. . . He must be aflame with charity toward everyone. Not even his thoughts, his will, his feelings belong to him, for they are rather those of Jesus Christ who is his life.--Pius XII, quoted by John XXIII in the encyclical Sacerdoti Nostri Primordia, August 1, 1959 [My emphasis]

Now do you believe that the Roman Catholic Church teaches that her priests are other Christs? If you do and are starting to feel a little bit left out, not to worry. If you happen to be Catholic, or are willing to trade your hopes for eternity in exchange for godly powers, you can be another Christ too. Like the Word of Faith preachers, Rome promises that just about anyone can be another Christ.

Christ's saving work did not at once blot out every individual sin and transform every sinner into a saint, it only procured the means thereto. Personal sanctification is effected the special acts, partly Divine, partly human; it is secured by loving God, and man as the Saviour did. Christianus alter Christus: every Christian is another Christ, a son of God, an heir to the eternal Kingdom. Finally, in the fulness of time all things that are in heaven and on earth shall be re-established, restored, in God through Christ (Eph., i, 9-10). The meaning of the promise is that the whole of creation, bound up together and perfected in Christ as its Head, shall be led back in the most perfect manner to God, from whom sin had partly led it away. Christ is the Crown the Centre, and the Fountain of a new and higher order of things: "for all are yours; And you are Christ's; and Christ is God's." (I Cor, iii, 22-23).--J. Wilhelm, Mediator (Christ as Mediator), The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume X, © 1911 by Robert Appleton Company, Online Edition Copyright © 1999 by Kevin Knight, Nihil Obstat, October 1, 1911. Remy Lafort, S.T.D., Censor, Imprimatur. +John Cardinal Farley, Archbishop of New York [My emphasis]

Catholic apologists can be a stubborn lot and will go to great lengths to reject opposition to what they hold dear. I have seen some reject citations from the Catholic Encyclopedia, which they call “outdated.” I have not figured out just how truth can become outdated; When J. Wilhelm wrote the article the above words were taken from, it was considered to be reliable and truthful. Things may have changed since 1911 in the cult that boasts of being “Always the Same;” but what was presented as truth 90 years ago remains a reliable record of what once was considered truth. But not to worry, Mother Church has provided a current and official teaching on Christians as other Christs.

2782. We can adore the Father because he has caused us to be reborn to his life by adopting us as his children in his only Son: by Baptism, he incorporates us into the Body of his Christ; through the anointing of his Spirit who flows from the head to the members, he makes us other 'Christs.' God, indeed, who has predestined us to adoption as his sons, has conformed us to the glorious Body of Christ. So then you who have become sharers in Christ are appropriately called 'Christs.'[St. Cyril of Jerusalem, Catech. myst. 3, 1: PG 33, 1088A.] The new man, reborn and restored to his God by grace, says first of all, 'Father!' because he has now begun to be a son.[St. Cyprian, De Dom. orat. 9: PL 4, 525A.]--Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2nd Edition, United states Catholic Conference, Inc. ©1994-1997

Some valiant champion of Mother Church might jump on his charger and rush to her defense by pointing out that “christ” is nothing more than the rendering in English of the Greek word “christus,” which means “anointed one.” He would, of course, be quite correct. However, if the RCC and her shamans simply wished to make the point that true believers are numbered among God's anointed, why would the christ in Christianus alter Christus be capitalized? Think about it.

The Catholic Church speaks of many Christs; not only her priests and bishops, but even the Catholic faithful. The Holy Scriptures, on the other hand, inform that there is but one Christ.

For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;--1 Timothy 2:5

As far as I am concerned, choosing which source to believe is a no-brainer.

Come quickly, Lord.

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