Random Questions and Answers about the Catholic Church teachings.

Random Questions, Answered will be an ongoing section with several phases aimed at solving those issues that many Catholics and non-Catholics have with our faith.  My goal is to ask and answer some of the most common questions about the Catholic Church teachings.  You may not agree or like the answers but you can count on it being truthful teachings of the Church.

Jesus drove the moneychangers out of the temple, he seemed angry.  Isn’t anger a sin?

In itself, anger is not a sin.  It is defined as that passion of the human spirit, which reacts to evil, real or imagined.  If the reaction is moderate and constructive, anger may be evidence of zeal for what is of real value.  It should be noted that in the temple incident, Jesus did not use the whip on people but used it to drive out the animals or livestock.

What is the significance of anointing with oil?

The ancient practice of anointing a person with oil, often with perfumed oil, has several meanings, all of them related.  The anointed person is recognized as a “marked or sacred person,” set apart in certain ways from the community the better to be of service to the community.  As an action of the community it also signifies the pledge of the community to respect and support the one anointed.  In many ways the significance of anointing is similar to the granting of public degrees and licenses to special persons who serve the community, such as doctors, lawyers, pharmacists and the like.  Christian sacramental anointing goes far beyond the merely human practice and relates the anointee and the anointing community authoritatively (by the authority of Christ and effectively through the gift of the Spirit) directly to God in his saving work.  Anointing with oil was also a common medicinal practice in early times and therefore a fitting sign of the spiritual healing effected in the sacrament of anointing of the sick.

Who or what is the Anti-Christ?

Saint John speaks of Anti-Christ and Anti-Christs and describes them as certain definite persons who pretend to be the real messiahs and deny Christ this role.  Saint Paul speaks of the coming of the man of sin (2 Thessalonians 2:3), the mystery of sin (2:7), the outlaw, (2:8).  The general impression given is that the Anti-Christ will be one person in particular, not Satan but the minister of Satan-the very embodiment of wickedness who will strive to undo all of Christ’s redeeming work.  No one is quite sure how to interpret these direful passages.  Through the ages there have been many religious enthusiasts who claimed to identify some contemporary person or institution and consequently announce that the day of final struggle and judgment had arrived.  Such announcements of doom, Armageddon, and all the rest, have proved immature.

 

What is Armageddon?

The word means “mountain of Meggido.”  This is spoken of in Revelation 16:16 as the site of a great battle at the end of the world.  In writing Revelation, John probably chose the name because Meggido and the nearby plain of Esdraelon were popularly identified with bloody battles.  Such battles were related in Judges 5:19; 2 Samuel 9:27; and Zechariah 12:11.  The Dragon or Beast, and the false prophet will ensnare and assemble the kings of the whole earth on the Great day of God in their struggle against God and Jesus Christ.  Thus “Armageddon” symbolizes the ultimate uprising of the forces of evil and their definitive defeat by the returning Redeemer crowned with glory.  The language is figurative.  The final judgment is real.  The day and the hour, despite the predictions of many, are God’s own secret.  “But of that day and hour, no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone” (Matthew 24:36).

 

What is an apostle?.

The word means one sent out as a messenger or representative.  The special meaning of the word refers to the twelve men who were chosen by Christ (in symbolic reference to the twelve Patriarchs of Israel) as his special messengers and the core group of his Church.

What are the names of the Apostles?

Here is their names without any explaining of where or who they were.

Simon

Andrew

James

John

Philip

Bartholomew

Thomas

Matthew

James

Jude

Judas

Simon (another one)

 

What are your thought concerning these random questions and answers?  Please leave us a comment below.

2 thoughts on “Random Questions, Answered – Phase 2

  1. I really never knew the true meaning of the Anti-Christ until you explained it. I just thought it was someone who was pure evil. But it makes sense that to try to undo the works of Jesus is the best way to perceive it. Thanks.

    1. Thanks so much for your comment.
      Ronnie, you summed it up pretty good, someone who tries to undo the works of Jesus. Too bad, but pretty sure someone will possess that kind of evil.
      Please come back anytime to check out our latest post.
      God Bless

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