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Faith and Common Sense

I. To Be Human Is To Be Religious


  1. The thing that makes man superior to animals is his intellect, his power to think.


  • A robin will never "think" of building a roof over its nest.

  • A dog or cat who has just given birth to puppies or kittens, will never think about taking out a life insurance policy for their newborn's well-being.

  • A pet fish will never be able to manage a successful Hi-Tech company.


  1. Man's intellect demands that he admit there is a God.

  • The motion we see in today's world has to have been caused by something that moved it. Whatever moved it, must have been caused by a mover. That mover and mover's before it, must have had an initial "unmoved Mover". (God)

  • For the same reason efficient causes, as we see them operating in this world, imply the existence of a First Cause that is uncaused, i.e. that possesses in itself the sufficient reason for its existence; and this is God.

  • The wonderful order or evidence of intelligent design which the universe exhibits implies the existence of a supramundane Designer, who is no other than God Himself. Otherwise:

    • How did something as complex as our human eye come into existence?

    • How did something as complex as a cell phone come into existence?

      If by man, where did man get this knowledge from?


To deny that there is a God is to act sub-human, to refuse to use the power that elevates man above the animal.

II. To Be Religious Is To Be Christian


  1. Jesus Christ claimed to be God.


"And the high priest stood up and said, "Have you no answer to make? What is it that these men testify against you?" But Jesus was silent. And the high priest said to him, "I adjure you by the living God, tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God." Jesus said to him,

"You have said so. But I tell you, hereafter you will see the Son of man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven."

(Matthew 26:62-64 (RSV))


  1. Jesus Christ foretold his resurrection and proved His claim to be God.


  • "And he began to teach them that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again."
    (Mark (RSV) 8:31)

  • And behold, Jesus met them and said, "Hail!" And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid; go and tell my brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see me." (Matthew (RSV) 28:9-10)

  • So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord." But he said to them, "Unless I see in his hands the print of the nails, and place my finger in the mark of the nails, and place my hand in his side, I will not believe." Eight days later, his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. The doors were shut, but Jesus came and stood among them, and said, "Peace be with you." Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side; do not be faithless, but believing." Thomas answered him, "My Lord and my God!" Jesus said to him, "Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe."
    (John (RSV) 20:25-29)


To be a religious man, one must not only, acknowledge God; he must acknowledge Jesus Christ as God.

III. To Be "Fully Christian" Is To Be Catholic


  1. Jesus Christ drew a blueprint of His Church — to distinguish it from false religions.


  • "You therefore, must go out, making disciplines of ALL nations."
    (Matthew 26:63-64)
  • "There will be ONE fold, and ONE shepherd." (John 10:16)
  • "Holy Father, keep them HOLY, then, through the truth." (John 17:17)
  • "Thou are PETER, and upon THIS ROCK,

    I will build MY Church"

    (Matthew 16:18)


  1. No Church except the Catholic Church matches perfectly even one of these essential requirements.

In the United States alone there are over 5,000 Protestant sects.


Whether the individual realizes it or not, the only True Christian Church is the:

  • ONE

  • HOLY


  • APOSTOLIC Church

i.e. the Catholic Church

— despite the occasional bad behavior of some of its members : )


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