10 Things We Could Do If We Didn’t Love Porn So Much

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I did some quick calculations:

There are about 25.5 million teenagers in the USA (ages 13-19). On average, each one spends 87 hours per year looking for or at pornography online. That means U.S. teens spend about 2.2 billion man-hours on pornography per year.

There are about 230 million adults in the USA (ages 20 and up). On average, each one spends 40 hours (extrapolating from the Brits) looking at pornography. That means US adults spend an estimated 9.2 billion man-hours on pornography per year.

So, all together, US adults and teens spend 11.4 billion man-hours per year on internet pornography alone.

We also spend over $13.3 billion on pornography in the United States every year. And that number is even a few years old.

Here area a few other things we could do with that same time and money:

With that same amount of time (man-hours) we could…

  1. Build the Empire State building…1,628 times.
  2. Visit every single one of the 1.5 million U.S. nursing home residents, every single day of the year, for 20 hours a day…and still have free time left over.
  3. Visit every single one of the 2 million prisoners in the United States, every single day, two people at a time, for 8 hours.
  4. Have every single person (310 million) in the U.S. spend an extra 36 hours in prayer.
  5. Spend 3 extra hours per week with each and every one of the 75 million teens and children in the United States.

With that same amount of money we could…

  1. Provide, prepare and serve 7 billion school lunches. That’s enough to feed over 38 million students every school day of the year.
  2. Pay for 1.9 million four-year college degrees.
  3. Build 190,000 Habitat for Humanity homes…in Orange County, CA. Or we could build 7.25 million of them in India.
  4. Give $13.3 million to one thousand different charities each.
  5. Feed 1 billion people a meal…70 times.

And this says nothing of all of the other negative side effects that would be avoided if we could give up our porn – the loss of sanctifying grace being chief among them.

How many marriages are stressed by it? How many families broken? How many addictions formed? How many marital unions defiled, nullified and deeply scarred?  How many abusers made callous to the dignity of the human person? How many brains are re-wired to objectify rather than dignify? How many innocents are spoiled?

How many problems would be improved or solved if we could only give up our porn? What a waste.

Here is a good video with more food for thought:

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Whitney June 16, 2010 at 10:09 am

I just wanted to say thank you for your blog. You post things that us Catholics can relate to, as well as things for non-Catholics, and all-in-all, every post shows a better way to show God’s love. Thank you, Matt.

Matthew Warner June 16, 2010 at 12:31 pm

Whitney – that’s very nice of you to say! Thank you!

Cecilia June 16, 2010 at 1:07 pm

I agree, Whitney! Thank you, Matt!

Catholic Pro-lifer June 16, 2010 at 5:16 pm

On this note-it was this blog that stopped me from becoming Presbyterian and staying Catholic. So, yeah, thanks.

Matthew Warner June 17, 2010 at 12:13 am

@Catholic Pro-lifer – that is so humbling to know that. The Holy Spirit is awesome. Thank you so much for sharing! God bless you!

@Cecilia – Thanks for your support!

Ed Carnby June 17, 2010 at 8:14 am

Of course, all this is purely hypothetical. We still really love porn.

Kayla Cox June 19, 2010 at 8:15 am

What if we didn’t love TV so much? Americans spend 250 billion hours watching it per year!

libu August 8, 2010 at 12:25 am

Still USA declared Pakisthan as the country having the highest porn watchers…..????

jason September 11, 2011 at 6:20 pm

(by the time i finish writing this a child in africa will have died of hunger)

god is a piece of s%&$, i will never believe in a man who “loves everyone” and still lets children starve to death everyday.

……rest in peace poor child

Matthew Warner September 12, 2011 at 8:50 am

Jason – I can understand why that’s hard to understand. But God loves us enough to respect our free will. He has much bigger and beautiful plans for every child, regardless of what kind of hard life we are dealt here on Earth. The fact that we let some of our children starve certainly saddens God. But he still respects our free will to do it. In fact, if he didn’t respect our free will in order to erase any kind of suffering in the world, he would also destroy the possibility for Love itself. In order for love to be love, it must be a free choice, not one we are compelled to make by a God that controls every little thing about the world. God knows that in order for genuine love to be possible, he must respect our free will everywhere. In order for our choice for Good to be genuine, we must have a legitimate option to also choose evil. That is one reason why suffering exists. It’s the reason evil exists and that God allows evil to exist.

There is a LOT written on just this topic and it goes much deeper than this simple explanation. If this is something you’re truly interested in, I hope you’ll consider reading a bit more. It really helps make a lot more sense of the world and the suffering we see. And truly, it brings deep meaning and value to the suffering. As evil as some things are, there is much good that can come out of them despite the evil. That’s where real peace and joy in an admittedly tough world can be found.

One book I really like on the topic is by Peter Kreeft called, “Making Sense out of Suffering.” I hope you’ll pick it up and give it a read.

God bless ya.

Sharon December 11, 2011 at 4:47 pm

What an awesome response Matt. I struggle with such responses when many of my friends who aren’t believers challenge me and my faith. But thanks be to God, He somehow always fills me with the necessary Graces in times of extreme need.
I will pray for you and your blessed ministry of this most Holy Spirit filled blog.

Brian Formica July 6, 2012 at 7:55 am

First time reader (caught link from FB) =
You did a fine job of putting the problem of evil justly in our laps. And although you wrote there’s plenty more to be said, I’d like to add this: God isn’t responsible for evil … and he doesn’t just sit by abd watch us in our misery. He is active in our suffering and salvation. For whenever we starve one of his children, we starve him. And then there’s the cross. For all our evil, he doesn’t comdemn us but loves us and offers – but does not force – ever-lasting life without suffering!

Lizzie March 26, 2013 at 7:17 pm

The Holy Spirit is truly working through you, Matt. Thank you so much for your blog!

William December 30, 2011 at 3:29 pm

We must be Christian soldiers. We must retake the world’s heart for God. The battle for man’s sexuality ultimately lies on the moral alone, because uprooting the seed of evil and sin rather than hacking off the branches will solve the problem completely. This world is not yet lost, and only sinners and saints alike who thirst for God will make worthy its salvation.

Good job, Matthew.

God Love You.
JMJ

Saint Michael the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Augustine of Hippo, pray for us.

Edgy DC December 31, 2011 at 11:26 am

Kayla Cox: “What if we didn’t love TV so much? Americans spend 250 billion hours watching it per year!”

No doubt, but one bad habit at a time. I think the key paragraph that distinguishes what he’s speaking about from TV is:

“How many marriages are stressed by it? How many families broken? How many addictions formed? How many marital unions defiled, nullified and deeply scarred? How many abusers made callous to the dignity of the human person? How many brains are re-wired to objectify rather than dignify? How many innocents are spoiled?”

TV brings a lot of bad things into our homes, and certainly consumes our time, but while TV sometimes can degrade us as persons and societies, porn pretty much does that by definition.

libu: “Still USA declared Pakisthan as the country having the highest porn watchers…..????”

I don’t think “USA” declared it, so much as some snarking news sources. But yeah, we all have to embrace the challenge to turn the gospel on ourselves rather than on the other.

kristina December 31, 2011 at 6:26 pm

Thank u for this! Noone speaks enough about what porn is doing to our world…we also must look at the tv, ads,etc that is soft porn to sell consumers n mold the minds of our young people that they need sex n more n more of it to be happu…dont get me wrong i love being intimate with my husband, but not if i were just an object for his pleasure.

Shawn April 7, 2012 at 10:50 am

I wonder what we could get done if all the brainwashed american catholics woulwould stop shoving their faith in the faces of western society and accept thatnot everyone wants your religion.

DN June 25, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Or if all the brainwashed radical secularist stopped shoving their idealogies in the face of western society and accept that not everyone wants a culture devoid of sexual morality.

Noe June 25, 2012 at 1:21 pm

We can’t extrapolate from the UK to the US. God put the British on an island for a reason, good sir.

Julia June 26, 2012 at 3:29 am

I’d love for you, Matt, or anyone, to take Shawn up on his suggestion and create a little sketch of the world void of Catholicism. Somewhat like “Catholicism; builder of Civilizatation” in reverse. I would LOVE for non-Catholics to live one single day in a world built solely on pagan, Buddhist, Muslim, Jewish, atheist, new-age etc. principles.

Great blog post!

Frank July 9, 2012 at 12:24 pm

Awesome post Matt, would like to use the info you posted if you don’t mind. I do have one question, not directed to anyone in particular. What does Catholism have to do with any of this? What is worse then porn and the addiction to porn, and if I may say, Christians are a big part of this number of people addicted to porn, religion is worse. Do people really think that God is gonna look at us on judgment day and say,”You are a faithful catholic, baptist, Jehovah witness, Mormon, Pentecostal” so on and son on? Do we think so highly of “our religions” to think that God really cares? Let me tell you something, God our Father who is holy and righteous and just doesn’t care one bit about your silly religious belief. What He is going to judge is your heart, he is going to pick you apart for every little thing you ever did and every thing you ever said. It’s in the bible, read it. God doesn’t care about our little silly sacrifices or our devotion to our country or holidays, what He wants is your OBIDEANCE. In Acts 11:26, the bible says we were first called Christians in Antioch, in Turkey. Not in rome or in the uk. We are called Christians because we are Christ like, not like this world or of this world but of the Father, who is in heaven. Watching porn is a sin and unles you repent and turn from sin, you will not see the kingdom of heaven. The religions we follow, their sinful and unless you repent and FOLLOW JESUS, you will not see the kingdom of heaven nor will you be in His presence. If you serve other gods othe then God the Father, or have idols in your life, or use the Lords name in vain, or if you do not keep the Lords day Holy, or honor your father or mother, or if you kill or commit adultery, steal, lie or covet, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Unless you repent and believe the gospel you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Jesus said this.

Matthew Warner July 31, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Frank – I’m not sure I ever said Catholicism had anything to do with any of this specifically? Did I?

I mean, other than that it is a way of life that not only helps us avoid things like pornography (which are bad for our mind, body, soul and eternal salvation), but it also systematically gives us the means and graces to discover and choose a much better and more fulfilling life being the people God made us to be.

A religious belief is silly if it doesn’t help with those things. But when it does help with it, it’s good (and not at all silly). And, personally, I believe that Catholicism is the best path to not only best understanding what Jesus(God) expects of us, but is also the fullest way of living it out.

Matthew Warner July 31, 2012 at 2:40 pm

In other words, I believe Catholicism is the best and closest way to “Follow Jesus” and to live the Gospel.

Serena Rainey July 31, 2012 at 10:25 am

Thing is, since over half of us don’t watch porn at all, that average means that those who do, spend an average of almost 200 hours a year on it in their teens (leaving no time for a social life at all), and about 90 hours a year in adulthood (still no social life). That might explain a lot about a lot of people.

Edgy DC July 31, 2012 at 8:50 pm

Not to sound puritanical, because I’m not, but I wonder if it’s true that over half us don’t watch porn, or that many of us have defined porn with a threshold just beyond what we watch.

I know I’ve seen some violent action movies, certainly some with redeeming qualities, but that so fetishize violence, that so glamourize and objectify the sexuality of it’s stars, that I feel diminished for my investment.

But your greater point is important — that once many of us have crossed a moral line — and a chemical one, because porn is certainly habit-forming — we plant our stake set up house across that line.

Edgy DC August 1, 2012 at 11:05 pm

We plant our stake *and* set up house across that line.

Frank July 31, 2012 at 7:08 pm

Sorry Matt wasn’t directed to you, someone else posted about it. But I do disagree with you about catholicism. It is a way a life from the worlds point of view but it isn’t from God and God isn’t in it. Now I know some churches that call themselves Catholics but do not follow the roman catholic church, the pope is not their holy father, but they follow Christ and their true Father in heaven. I came out of the catholic church and nothing about it is is of the Lord. It is a man made religion that is evil and from the pit of hell. I truly believe that when a catholic truly finds Jesus and Holy Spirit dwells within them, their eyes will be opened and then they will see the lies and hypocracy that is prevelent in this religion. Jesus gives us a way to speak to the Father and enter into the kingdom. Jesus said, “I am the way the truth and the life and no man comes unto the Father but by me.” Jesus said “if you believe in me, have faith in my word, love me and obey the Father who is in heaven, you will have life and have it more abundently, but you must repent of your sin and believe the gospel”. The catholic church says you have to do certain things to make it to heaven. Communion, confermation, prayer to saints, prayers to Mary, who is dead and can not intersede for us. If you were to take all of the briefs of the catholic church and hold it up to the bible, you wouldn’t find any of it in scripture. The prayer on the rosery is not in the bible, asking a priest to forgive you isn’t in there either. Sorry so long.

Edgy DC July 31, 2012 at 9:00 pm

Frank, i realize you’re passionate on this subject, but it’s not the length. If you’re going to testify at length that I am condemned to Hell for this faith that so lifts my sin-sick spirit, then please use paragraph breaks.

The rosary is not presented to Catholics as requirement for Heaven. It is a tradition that focuses our prayer. We have our sacraments, but I assure you they are structurally based.

You keep citing the Bible, as if Catholics are unaware of this exotic piece of literature. But we assembled it. And we love it. And our church takes it’s instruction and teachings from it most gravely.

We are humans and we fail, as persons and as a church. Like all, we need God’s grace to struggle forward. I think we and you are the same in this. Please let us begin by loving one another and seeking to understand one another.

William Mayer August 1, 2012 at 11:16 am

There are sinners everywhere, even in the church. But the Holy Catholic Church is the only way to true sanctity and sainthood, for no other religion has the true sacraments, true spirituality (total abandon to God through prayer, fasting, abstinence, almsgiving?)

All have sinned, you and I no exception. The Catholic Church gives us the sacraments to guarantee our way to Heaven, yes. We need Confession! God gave man the power to forgive sins and be restored to a state of grace, we need unity under one authority, God gave St. Peter the keys, the authority to rule, to the Church. We need Holy Eucharist! God gave us His Only Begotten Son, who celebrated the 1st Holy Mass at the Last Supper. If death is the wages of sin (St. Paul), then life is the wages of holiness, and if God is not sinful but Holy, Holiest of All, then eating his Body is true life! That is why we come every Sunday, to every mass.

No one is truly dead, for are either suffering damnation in Hell or in Heaven, praising God (Purgatory of course is also our destination when we have not died in God’s high favor). The Blessed Virgin is in Heaven and intercedes for us, having the honor of bearing the God-man and of raising and being his mother according to the flesh.

You are wrong about Holy Scriptures not having the truths of the Catholic Church. What about “Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church”? and “Our Father Who art in Heaven Hallowed be Thy Name”? The Our Father is most certainly in the Rosary, 6 times actually, and the Hail Mary is Scriptural as well, “Hail Mary full of grace the Lord is with Thee Blessed art Thou amongst women” (St. Gabriel appearing to Virgin Mary, St. Luke Chapter 1) “Blessed is the fruit of thy womb” (St. Elizabeth to the Virgin Mary, St. Luke Chapter 1)
The last part was composed by the Church: “Holy Mary Mother of God Pray for us sinners, Now and at the hour of our death. Amen.”

God gave the power to men to forgive sins: ”
“Whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them; and whose sins you shall retain, they are retained.” (St. John 20:23)
“Amen I say to you, whatsoever you shall bind upon earth, shall be bound also in heaven; and whatsoever you shall loose upon earth, shall be loosed also in heaven.”(St. Matthew 18:18)
“But that you may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then said he to the man sick of palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go into thy house.”(Healing of the Paralyzed(palsy) man, St. Matthew 9:6)
Yes, priests have the power of God. That is why the Saints have performed miracles by their intercession, for they sought holiness by the sacraments, prayer, and fasting.

We need the sacraments to get to Heaven, and the Holy Rosary is a most expedient path also.

I shall pray a decade of the Holy Rosary for your conversion, and your return to the Holy Catholic Church.

May God Bless You!

Edgy DC August 1, 2012 at 11:04 pm

“We have our sacraments, but I assure you they are structurally based.”

I was tired when I wrote this. I meant to say that they are *scripturally* based.

jc January 6, 2013 at 10:06 am

If only we could spend all of that time having sex. think of how much fun that would be.

Frank January 6, 2013 at 10:05 pm

@Edgy DC, I wasn’t referring to the people, but to the church, th leaders of the church. The pope all the way down to the priest. The people I love, speak to them every time we go out to preach the gospel. We give them Jesus. We tell them how sin seperates us from God Isa. 59:2, how came into this world to save sinners 1Timothy 1:15. How he received the wrath of God so that we might live. It is all about Jesus, not the Roman Catholic Church, if anyone needs to follow anyone to know who God is, Jesus said I am the way, the truth and the life, no man comes unto the Father but by me. He tells us that he would not leave us alone but leave us with the comforter, Holy Spirit. Who will teach us all things. The Catholic Church just directs us to man made rules, like I said before Jesus said come to me believe in me and have faith in me, and you will be saved. The Catholic Church gives us a whole list of man made rules to follow in order to get to heaven. God just gave us Jesus. Unlike the guy before this comment, I am not promoting my church or my denomination, they won’t save you. I am promoting Jesus as the only one to save a soul and forgive sins and to send to heaven. There is no other.

Edgy DC January 7, 2013 at 1:59 pm

Wow, an answer from Daniel five months later. You’re still working without paragraph breaks, Daniel. Help me out!

The Catholic Church, as you describe, just gives us a list of man-made rules. This is not true. We have the 10 Commandments, which come from God in the Old Testament. We have the Beattitudes, which come from God as revealed through Christ in the New Testament. The Church shares and teaches these “rules,” which aren’t rules at all but merciful instruction from Christ to help us grow in faith and draw us closer to God.

You go on to hit with at the heart of the faith/acts dichotomy that had long divided Catholics and Protestants, but has led to greater understanding in recent decades “… like I said before Jesus said come to me believe in me and have faith in me, and you will be saved.”

Jesus also said that faith without acts is dead (James 2:17). This is something we have to confront also. And my church challenges me and all adherents to live out our faith in acts — acts of charity, acts of compassion, acts of mercy, and acts of love.

“I am promoting Jesus as the only one to save a soul and forgive sins and to send to heaven. There is no other.”

I too promote Jesus and HIs saving power. But that’s not all you are doing here. You are also using this blog post about the effects of pornography as an opportunity to trash my faith family — the family that introduced me, and you, to the saving truth that is Jesus Christ.

Edgy DC January 7, 2013 at 1:59 pm

Wow, an answer from Daniel five months later. You’re still working without paragraph breaks, Daniel. Help me out!

The Catholic Church, as you describe, just gives us a list of man-made rules. This is not true. We have the 10 Commandments, which come from God in the Old Testament. We have the Beattitudes, which come from God as revealed through Christ in the New Testament. The Church shares and teaches these “rules,” which aren’t rules at all but merciful instruction from Christ to help us grow in faith and draw us closer to God.

You go on to hit with at the heart of the faith/acts dichotomy that had long divided Catholics and Protestants, but has led to greater understanding in recent decades “… like I said before Jesus said come to me believe in me and have faith in me, and you will be saved.”

Jesus also said that faith without acts is dead (James 2:17). This is something we have to confront also. And my church challenges me and all adherents to live out our faith in acts — acts of charity, acts of compassion, acts of mercy, and acts of love.

“I am promoting Jesus as the only one to save a soul and forgive sins and to send to heaven. There is no other.”

I too promote Jesus and HIs saving power. But that’s not all you are doing here. You are also using this blog post about the effects of pornography as an opportunity to trash my faith family — the family that introduced me, and you, to the saving truth that is Jesus Christ.

Edgy DC January 7, 2013 at 2:02 pm

Sorry, I posted and quickly realized I inexplicably referred to “Frank” as “Daniel.” I tried to stop my submission and fix it and accidentally double posted (without correcting the error). Sorry, Frank.

Frank January 6, 2013 at 11:12 pm

William I will answer a few of your comments. First of all, sir you have been blinded by the lies of the catholic church. You need to read the bible and repent of you sins and trust in Jesus. Put your faith in Christ alone and you will be saved.

There are sinners everywhere, even in the church. But the Holy Catholic Church is the only way.
All have sinned, you and I no exception. The Catholic There are sinners everywhere, even in the church. But the Holy Catholic Church is the only way to true sanctity and sainthood…

My reply-For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23, Jesus said I am the way the truth and the life, no man comes unto the Father but by me. John 14:6 it is Jesus who sanctifies us and who makes us holy not the RCC.

All have sinned, you and I no exception. The Catholic Church gives us the sacraments to guarantee our way to Heaven, yes. We need Confession!

MY REPLY-sorry, once again it is Jesus who we have to go through to go to heaven. The church has no power to guarantee people anything, not even the true church of acts could do that. Peter even said he was only an instrument not a pope, matter of fact he asked to be crucified upside down bc he wasn’t worthy to die like Jesus. Repentance is for the lost confession is for the saved who have sinned. 1 John 1:8-10

-Show me scripture in the bible that Purgatory exist?
-Revelation 3:15-16, Gods high favor you said, God said bc you are lukewarm I will spit you out.
-Give me scripture that “The Blessed Virgin is in Heaven and intercedes for us”?
-Read Matthew 16:16, this is the revelation that Jesus spoke of when he told Peter he was going to build his church on. Please read it.
-the art father prayer is an example prayer that Jesus was telling us how to pray. Matthew 6:5-13
-show me scripture in the bible that tells us to use the rosary in our prayers and where does it say to pray to Mary?
-Elizabeth said this of Mary bc she was blessed by The Lord to carry Jesus, that didn’t make Mary a God. In fact Jesus said who are my mother and brothers, but those who do the will of my Father. He ignored Mary the blessed mother. Read it. She was a believer Just like everyone else.
-The last part was composed by the Church: “Holy Mary Mother of God Pray for us sinners, Now and at the hour of our death. Amen.” WHERE IN THE BIBLE IS THIS? WHO SAID IN THE BIBLE THAT MARY SHOULD PRAY AND INTERCEDE FOR SINNERS?
SHE IS DEAD AND CAN NOT PRAY FOR SINNERS NOW OR AT THE HOUR OF OUR DEATH.
- Yes, priests have the power of God.
I HAVE YET TO SEE A PRIEST HEAL THE SICK, open the eyes of the blind, open the ears of the deaf, or raise the dead. But I have seen Holy Spirit filled christians do these miracles.

-That is why the Saints have performed miracles by their intercession, for they sought holiness by the sacraments, prayer, and fasting. WHAT??
We receive these powers by Jesus, read Mark 16:15-20
-We need the sacraments to get to Heaven, and the Holy Rosary is a most expedient path also. WHERE IS THIS IN THE BIBLE? THE ROSARY IS A STRING WITH BEADS, THE BIBLE CALLS IT AN IDOL.

The bible says the prayers of the wicked are an abomination to God. Sir you must repent of your sins to Jesus Christ and Christ alone, put your faith in Jesus and trust in God. This is your only way to salvation. The holy Catholic Church will not save you, your pope won’t save you, your rosary and all the other man made laws will not save you. My church Deliverance Bible Church will not save you not will my pastor save you or any other thing in my denomination won’t save you. The only one who can save you is Jesus Christ. He said to trust in him have faith in Christ call upon his name and you will be saved. Believe the gospel and you will be saved. Follow jesus and read your bible everyday.

William Mayer January 7, 2013 at 1:20 pm

Reading the bible is very good, and reading it every day is better, however I would rather not sin than read the Bible every day for the rest of my life. And the Rosary is the perfect prayer for destroying vice and decreasing sin, for by praying it we meditate on Christ, His life, death, and resurrection. The Rosary therefore is the summary of Gospel, so I ask you, you may read the bible, but do you pray it?

Purgatory is in Sacred Scripture, read 2 Maccabees 12: 39-46. It mentions making offerings and prayers for the dead, so that the sinners who died may be forgiven by All Merciful God.

If you are a baptized Catholic, I would highly recommend knowing exactly what the sacraments do for your spiritual life and your state of soul. It is not enough to believe in Our Lord and His Church, but to work with God by storming the walls of sin and vice with heavenly grace by frequent reception of the sacraments of Penance (Confession), Eucharist (Holy Sacrifice of the Mass), and by using sacramentals like blessed holy water and scapulars and rosaries and the like.

Read the Catechism of the Catholic Church, or better yet, go to your local Catholic priest and ask for an explanation of the Church’s teachings on the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Church and the sacraments.

May God Bless You.

Edgy DC January 7, 2013 at 2:06 pm

And, of course, it is James himself who explicitly declares that faith without works is dead.

Frank, our church is undergoing what we refer to as The Year of Faith. Believe me, we promote faith in Christ Jesus and His salvation.

Lana January 19, 2013 at 2:11 pm

I see that we all have some disagreements on all of these matters, Matt didnt not say this had to do with being catholic, did he? We all have our different faiths, but the thing is, they all are about the truely amazing ways of god. it is your choice if you wouldnlike to read the bible or not, and god says you may have your free willing of speach. I think we all need to put our differences a side, and just love one enother. we are all sinners, every one of us. But god forgives us. That is the truely amazing thing about him. He WILL forgive every single one of us. Why? Because he is a forgiver, leader, our father.

THOMAS JOSHUA January 20, 2013 at 8:08 pm

SOMEONE ABOVE WANTED SCRIPTURES ON PURGATORY. HERE’S A FEW:

Why I Believe In Purgatory
1 Cor:3:10-15 “According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and another man is building upon it. Let each man take care how he builds upon it. For other foundation can no man lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw; each man’s work will become manifest; for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If the work which any man has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through FIRE.” (Comment: That Fire is Purgatory).
Matt 5:8 “Blessed are the Pure of Heart. For they shall see God.” (Comment: Thus no heart with impurities or attachment to sin will see God. If the person dies belonging to Christ, lacking total purification from sin, then, there is purgatory.)
Matt 5:25-26 “Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are on the way with him, lest your adversary deliver you to the judge, the judge hand you over to the officer, and you be thrown into prison. 26 Amen, I say to you, you will by no means get out of there till you have paid the uttermost farthing.” (Comment: The adversary is the devil who is accusing us to Christ to keep us out of Heaven. Thus, we must repent and do penance for every sin we commit so the devil has nothing to accuse us of. Also, in earthly prisons early release is common for good behavior, but not for purgatory.)
Luke 12:58-59 “When you go with your adversary to the magistrate, make every effort along the way to settle with him, lest he drag you to the Judge, the Judge deliver you to the officer, and the officer throw you into prison. 59 I tell you, you shall not depart from there till you have paid the very last mite.”
Ps 99:8 “You answered them, O LORD our God: You were a God Who forgave them, though You took vengeance of their sins. (Comment: If a person dies before vengeance is completed, it is finished in Purgatory if the person dies belonging to Christ.)
Rev 21:27 “…There shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.” (Comment: Absolutely No Attachment To Any Sin Permitted. Perfection Required.)
1Thess 3:12a and 13 12“… May the Lord make you increase and abound in love to one another … 13 so that He may establish your hearts Blameless in Holiness* before our God and Father at the Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints.” (*Comment: *Mother Teresa and Pope John Paul the Great would be examples, but very few other people, hence Purgatory for those belonging to Christ at death but who need to be purified. It is NOT a second chance to get into heaven. There is no second chance.)
1Peter 3:18 -20a “… Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit, 19by Whom also He went and preached to the spirits in prison, 20 who formerly were disobedient …” (Comment: That prison is purgatory)
2 Cor 5:8 “ …to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.” (Comment: To be absent from the body ought to mean being immediately present with the Lord, But God is practical. He knows that most who die belonging to Him will not be “blameless in holiness” —-1Thess 3:13 and the work of many will be burnt up. Thus some are saved “through fire”—- 1 Cor:3:15.
In 2 Sam 11 and 12 God forgave David for having Uriah killed by the Ammonites so that he could take his wife. But God punished him severely for his sin and told David through the Prophet Nathan that David would have to suffer greatly as a consequence of his sin. David’s heart needed to be purified by a great chastisement. Those who die before their hearts are purified by God’s chastisement can expect to finish that chastisement and purification in purgatory.
Luke 1:37 “…with God nothing will be impossible.” (Comment: This is only a paraphrase of the Greek . A better translation would be:
“…Every Spoken Word of God is certain to be fulfilled.” Matt 5:25-26 “…the uttermost farthing”, Luke 12:58-59 “…very last mite.”
Mal 3:2 “… who may abide the day of His coming? and who shall stand when He appears? for He is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap.” (Comment: Some people die before they are completely refined. God then finishes what He started in purgatory)
What can we do ?
We can pray and fast for those in Purgatory and give alms as a sacrifice for their quick release and invite others to do the same that they may pray for us when we are frying in Purgatory.

Sage April 10, 2013 at 2:14 am

Loved your reply to Jason: …”God loves us enough to respect our free will (even if we are women who don’t want to give birth). He has much bigger and beautiful plans for every child, regardless of what kind of hard life we are dealt here on Earth (or if we are aborted). The fact that we let some of our children starve (abort some of our fetuses) certainly saddens God. But he still respects our free will to do it. In fact, if he didn’t respect our free will in order to erase any kind of suffering in the world, he would also destroy the possibility for Love itself. In order for love to be love, it must be a free choice, not one we are compelled to make (such as being forced to carry every pregnancy to term) by a God that controls every little thing about the world. God knows that in order for genuine love to be possible, he must respect our free will everywhere. (This is why we were given the knowledge of how to perform abortions)

Edgy DC April 10, 2013 at 7:24 am

In order to love God back, we not only must choose to love one another, but to oppose evil done to one another.

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