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Jesus and His Teachings are Catholic!

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Of course, Jesus is catholic! It is the exact reason the Roman Catholic Church chose to call itself what it does. I know that Jesus Grew up in a Hebrew society practicing within the realm of that religious community of people, but He is more catholic than any one man because of what catholic means. Do you notice that the 'C' in catholic as I use to describe Him is lowercased? I am not describing an individual church or organization.

Catholic is defined from many sources as universal, all-encompassing, relevant to all people, or the way. In other words, Jesus is catholic.

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In other words, Jesus is catholic.

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Knowing as I do the connotation of my assertions about Christ's catholicism, I admit to using stratagem to get people to read my words. Most Christians and other faiths of people who intended to see what new approach to religious war asserted can take rest that I am not declaring the Roman Catholic Church as the Lord's supreme religion above all, but the Catholic Church named themselves correctly if they believe that their organization is the vehicle to which all humanity should lock to be lead back to the presence of a loving Father in Heaven. The word catholic means universal. I suppose I could have entitled my article "Jesus Christ and His Teachings are Universal."

What fun would that have caused, though?

Why is Jesus catholic or universal, then? The answer to that will come as another twist of surprise to the religious and irreligious alike. It is all based on one section of a religious document that claims also catholic application to humankind. It belongs to an organization that claims catholic privilege as does the Roman Catholic Church! It is, in fact, a direct quotation of the resurrected Jesus Christ Himself. Before we get to that modern quote, though...

Catholic is defined from many sources as universal, all-encompassing, relevant to all people, or the way. In other words, Jesus is catholic.

To Be a Universalis

Merriam-Webster defines Catholicism as "the faith, practice, or system of Catholic Christianity." Catholic means the organization and the universality of its teachings, By the strict definition of the word, no person can claim to be catholic. Distinguishing the meaning of my words, I pronounce the word catholic this way 'kah- thaw - lick' stressing the second syllable instead of the first to differentiate between the Catholic Church and the universality of a concept such as the application of the act of atonement by Jesus Christ and His teachings.

Again, there is no more pertinent name that applies besides the Roman Universal Church. Catholic has Greek origins, borrow by Latin speakers during the beginning of the decline of the language as a common tongue. The word from which catholic is derivative is the Greek word katholikos. The Romans had their own word for universal, which was universalis. They could have used that!

Not knowing the minds of the Church fathers, why they locked in amber the catholic word to describe the church, anything would prove nothing but speculation on my part. Speculation is what i tend to do. Catholic sounds better than universalis in my opinion. The Roman Universalis Church doesn't quite have the ring to it that the Roman Catholic Church does. My cultural bias is showing. We are all accustomed to the word catholic and would most likely balk at anything else.

Why can't I be catholic?

The more I use the strict definition of the word catholic and push the meaning away from the modern intended cultural reconstitution of the word, the more shaky a platform from which to preach I construct. The origin of a word does not change the current meaning of that word. Does Tire mean the same things it did when it was first used? No!

We do not put women's head ornaments on our bikes and cars! That is one of the archaic definitions of tire. The meaning of a word can, and does change. The meaning of catholic has changed to include adherents to a church that claims to be the very church that Jesus Christ set up with apostles and prophets, save without the apostles and prophets.

I will assert that based on the theology of Christianity as a collection of religions dependent on the divinity of Jesus Christ, He is the only true catholic person. In the New Testament, He is recorded by John to say, "I am the way, the truth and the life. No man cometh to the Father but by me." [JOHN 14:6] In my estimation that makes Him the only catholic person, the universal highway to God the Father.

Devolving from that perspective, I see how each of the followers of Christ can have divine investiture of authority and represent the divinity of Christ in-person to each person he or she meets. This, in essence, would make him or her catholic too. Because this article is of limited intention, I will keep it simple. There will be no exceptions listed here as to who is catholic. Jesus is the author and the finisher of salvation, not Rodric. I am just a messenger, the envelope with the letter tucked inside.

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...based on the theology of Christianity as a collection of religions dependent on the divinity of Jesus Christ, He is the only true catholic perso

DISCLAIMER!

Before proceeding further, I need to emphasize that I am not of the Catholic faith. If I were not of the faith I am, however, I would most likely be Roman Catholic. Credit to the Bishop of Rome and those who supported him to pick up the pieces when the apostles disappeared. Twenty/Twenty hindsight would lead me to suggest that they ask God to call more apostles instead of assuming responsibility for the Church of Jesus Christ themselves, but they did the best they could with the limited understanding they had at the time. I say disappeared--the deaths of the apostles are recorded in Christian canonical histories (I think)--because of John the Beloved. According to tradition he did not die but is allowed to live to see all the events prophecied to occur unfold.

As an aside, I want to ask John why he did not get some more brothers together and cast lots for new apostles. I guess being stuck o the Isle of Patmos was a thing...

Read What Christ Says

With privilege, I assert that Jesus Christ spoke to Joseph Smith on November 1, 1831, providing what He called a preface to a book of commandments that the leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints planned to publish as evidence of Joseph Smith's calling as a prophet of God.

What does that have to do with catholic Jesus? In order to understand it truly, you, the reader, can read the first section of a book called Doctrine and Covenants published by the Church. It is true that Joseph Smith is listed in the old editions of what is called The Book of Mormon as its author. What is also true is that other men wrote that collection of words, ancient men. All Joseph did was translate it into English.

Joseph Smith did receive revelations from God specifically for this period of time as recorded in Doctrine and Covenants. Ninety percent of that book is Jesus speaking. There is no other book of Scripture like it. Jesus gave the preface and speaks directly to you! Yes, the reader.

Jesus said through the prophet Joseph Smith in instruction to you that, "I the Lord, knowing the calamity which should come upon the inhabitants of the earth, called upon my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., and spake unto him from heaven, and gave him commandments; and also gave commandments to others, that they should proclaim these things unto the world; and all this that it might be fulfilled, which was written by the prophets—the weak things of the world shall come forth and break down the mighty and strong ones, that man should not counsel his fellow man, neither trust in the arm of flesh—but that every man might speak in the name of God the Lord, even the Savior of the world;" which is Him!

Jesus told the other prophets what was going to happen before He returned as the resurrected Lord of the earth. War, famine, disease, pestilence, hatred, sexual misconduct, and all such evil is in process, glorified. He also said that goodness, service, healing, miracles, unity, purity, and such would follow the people who loved righteousness before His coming. His judgments on the earth will condemn the wicked but save the righteous. He wants us all to be warned so we can rejoice and change to avoid the hell the wicked will endure who refuse to listen and repent.

God knew that the words of Isaiah and John the Revelator were being fulfilled, so he called a new prophet and servants to tell the world to get ready for it just as He had done in the past. There never was a time where God did not speak to humanity through prayer, never. There was a time where He did not have an organization or group of people who represented His will on earth.

In the above quotation of His modern revealed word, He called Joseph Smith and others to tell the world that there is a catholic message and church again on the earth the matches his catholic salvation. It is the church of Jesus Christ. It is not meant to be exclusive to just some people, but all-inclusive as the true definition of the word catholic.

Jesus informs you and me the earth's judgment is imminent just as John, Isaiah, and all the holy prophets have written. For those of us who are not prepared, it will be a dreadful day. For those of us who are prepared, it will be a great day.

Just as those who wanted to listen to Jesus in His mortal ministry chose to follow Him, or not, we have that choice today. Believe it or not. The good thing is that you have the choice to read and come to a determination yourself. Read Doctrine and Coennts. Pray of the words. Ask God if they are not His voice speaking in modern days through a prophet to you. What do you have to loose?

Who am I to presume to tell you anything? I'm just a nobody trying to tell everybody about somebody who can save anybody! I am the envelope. I am not important. It is the message that is important.

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Comments

Rodric Anthony (author) from Surprise, Arizona on January 14, 2021:

You are correct. I wrote an article and a book that included my story of asking the Lord to destroy all churches to make it easier to do missionary work for my companion and me. My mission president told me I could pray for that if I too would be destroyed. he said we need them all. We do! God allows all of His children to have as much of the truth that we are willing to receive. Some of us can handle more whole others of us can handle less. We can all handle something, though.

Mark Richardson from Utah on January 10, 2021:

I think most churches, like the Catholic church, are just doing the best they can and trying to do good. Good can be found in most (if not all) churches.

Rodric Anthony (author) from Surprise, Arizona on January 07, 2021:

Thanks, Pamela. The catholic message that Jesus is the savior of humanity from endless damnation is a message worth writing about in my estimation. To do so is not popular but it is so satisfying. Also, I believe the Roman Catholic Church appreciated the connection with their name so that some of the protestants and Evangelicals could have an understanding that the Catholic Church was THE CURCPH for centuries.

Rodric Anthony (author) from Surprise, Arizona on January 07, 2021:

Bill, I figured it would capture the interest of some. My wife thought it was interesting also, I don't think she appreciated what I want to do with it She thought it was clever, however. I have a better appreciation for the resp9nsiblity the Church takes on with its name, now. Being the largest Christian church in the world comes with no small tasks.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on January 06, 2021:

This is a very informative and interesting article. I really enjoyed reading it, Rodric. Thank you.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 06, 2021:

Great title, fun article, loved the angle you took, my friend!