His divinity

Only God could make the Christian Religion. To take millions of men who hate and fear and kill each other, to bring them to accept one Faith and to live under one law of love – this is to prove that Christ was God. His Church is Divine on its own merits. But there are other and greater reasons: the miracles and the prophecies of the Founder. No created agent can of himself perform miracles. They transcend the powers of nature and require the special intervention of God. For this reason, the Evangelist, St. John, having related some of the many miracles of Christ – culminating in the most glorious of them all, His Resurrection from the dead – concludes the twentieth chapter of his Gospel with this striking passage: “Many other signs also did Jesus in the sight of his disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written, that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God: and that believing, you may have life in his name” (John 20:30). The Gospel of St. John was written to prove that Jesus is God.

Prophecies are possible only to God. To predict future free events without supernatural aid is outside the pale of a created intelligence. Prophecies are in themselves miracles. For this reason, Jesus made use of prophecies to assert His divinity. The most terrible of all His prophecies was fulfilled only thirty-seven years after the Crucifixion (i.e., the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans under Titus in 70 A.D.) – and Jesus concludes it with these words: “Amen, I say to you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done” (Matt. 24:34). For the awful truth that lay hidden in these words, read the history of Josephus on the fall of Jerusalem.

By His universal knowledge of creation, especially in the searching of hearts, Jesus showed that He was God. “Nathaniel saith to him: ‘Whence knowest thou me?’ Jesus answered and said to him: ‘Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee’.” (John 1:48). “And because he needed not that any should give testimony of man: for he knew what was in man” (John 2:25).

Innumerable texts in the Scriptures bear testimony to the divinity of the Child Jesus. His coming will be preceded by a universal peace. (Cf.Ps. 71). “His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, God the Mighty, the Father of the world to come, the Prince of Peace” (Is. 9:6). At His birth “there was with the Angel a multitude of the heavenly army, praising God and saying: ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men of good will’.” (Luke 2:47).

Even the enemies of Christianity are compelled to admit that “the morality of Jesus Christ is the foundation of human civilization” (Strauss). Another unbeliever declares that “the moral teaching of Jesus is the most beautiful doctrine ever received: the Sermon on the Mount will never be surpassed” (Renan).

Christ’s  Passion and Death are worthy only of God made man. “For, let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus, Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but emptied Himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men, and in habit found as a man. He humbled Himself, becoming obedient unto death, even to the death of the Cross. For which cause God also hath exalted Him, and hath given Him a name which is above all names: that in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those that are in Heaven, on earth, and under the earth: and that every tongue should confess that the Lord Jesus Christ is in the glory of God the Father (Phil. 2:5).

Even His Heavenly Father gave visible testimony: “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Matt. 3:17 and Matt. 17:2). Nor did the earth fail to render homage to its Creator. At the moment of His death, “the veil of the temple was rent in two, from the top even to the bottom, and the earth quaked, and the rocks were rent. And the graves were opened, and many bodies of the saints that had slept arose, and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection, came into the holy city, and appeared to many” (Matt. 27:51)

It was a terrible claim for a man to make: the claim to be God. But Christ made that claim and held to it till the end. And every incident in His life and death bears witness to its truth and justice.

18 Responses to “His divinity”


  1. 1 pablo February 9, 2010 at 16:47

    Dear Miss Gabriella,

    Salutations.

    Another great post; I wish it was longer.

    God be with you.

    pablo

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  2. 2 bigjohn February 9, 2010 at 17:17

    The searching question of our Lord Himself, “Whom do men say that I am?” rings down through the corridors of time challenging the men of every age.

    The estimate of the iniquitous Jewish leaders, “He hath a devil and is mad” (John 10:20) re-echoes in the blasphemies of the infidels and sceptics.

    The estimate of Nicodemus before his conversion that Christ was a great religious teacher finds its echo in the words of unbelieving men of the centuries who have paid tribute to the genius of Christ.

    Renan, the French infidel, said:
    “All history is incomprehensible without him. He created the object and fixed the starting point of the future faith of humanity. He is the incomparable man to whom the universal conscience has deemed the title Son of God and that with justice.”

    Colonel Robert Ingersoll, the notorious American sceptic, stated:
    “I wish to say once for all that to that great and serene man I pay, I gladly pay, the homage of my admiration and tears.”

    We can still hear Christ’s question to all men today: “Whom do men say that I am?”

    Oh yes, Pablo, I also wish Miss Gabriella would write on and on, on some of her subjects.

  3. 3 Osteria Volante February 9, 2010 at 23:09

    Grazie per questa riflessione. E anche per usare l’inglese, così ho l’occasione di affinarlo😉

    The Flying Inn (L’osteria volante)

  4. 4 Mitchell February 10, 2010 at 11:00

    Thank you for making us meditate on the divinity of Christ.
    The Scriptures are full of phrases that confirm this. In fact, I just can’t understand those who think they know better (eg. Jehova’s Witnesses).

    My favourites are:

    “And there came a fear on all: and they glorified God, saying, That a great prophet is risen up among us; and, That God hath visited his people.” Luke 7:16

    “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1

    Cheers to all!

  5. 5 ginny February 10, 2010 at 16:07

    What a wonderful teaching, Gabriella. I especially appreciate the scripture passages on this! Excellent!

  6. 6 Daniel Knight February 10, 2010 at 19:26

    Catholicism is a false religion, it holds tradition over God’s word, which God forbade, further, from their fruits it is obvious Catholics, in general, are evil. You worship Mary, “saints” and angels, and pretend you don’t, playing word games to deny it. Further, I know what Catholics are like from extensive experience, and they are extreme hypocrites, as if that weren’t obvious enough from the mountain of child abuse cases and electing child abusers as priests. Understanding of God’s word does not come through the pope, it is not given by his permission, it is given by the Spirit, and the Spirit is against your church. Like Revelation makes clear, your church is evil. Your church is the one on the seven hills, not the reformed church. Rfute me if you can, but you can’t.

  7. 7 Korrigan February 11, 2010 at 10:50

    @ Daniel:

    It might be common to gripe about all Catholics as “hypocrites.” Besides being clearly unfair, this kind of stereotyping often provides a handy excuse for dropping out of the Church whose founder is Christ Himself or staying away from God. When this is the real reason, we may have a clue as to who the real hypocrites are.
    Yes, indeed, the Church is a place for sinners who want to do better. When Jesus spent time in the company of tax collectors and other outcasts, the religious leaders criticized him. His answer? “The healthy do not need a doctor: sick people do. I have not come to invite the self-righteous to a change of heart, but sinners” (Luke 5:31-32). So, if you really think about Our Lord’s words, my dear Daniel, all of us evil catholics, child-abusing priests, terrible people are really the ones He most welcomes.
    Why are you surprised to find people in the Church who are not perfect? To expect anything else is naïve, to demand it is immature.
    A great saint said it the best: “The Catholic Church is not a waiting room for saints, it’s a hospital for sinners.”

    Everything you say has been refuted many a time with serious arguments, all supported by Scriptures and the writings of the early Church fathers and I have no intention of going into apologetics now; all you have to do is check the internet. Eg.:

    http://www.catholicapologetics.info/
    http://www.scripturecatholic.com/

    And yes, we do ask the Mother of God to pray for us. In the same way we would ask our own parents or our friends to pray for us. Our most important prayer to the Mother of God, “Hail Mary” contains the words: “pray for us sinners”.

    And remember, Daniel, Mark 13:31: heaven and earth will pass away, but Jesus’ Word will not pass away. Jesus never says anything about His Word being entirely committed to a book. Also, it took 400 years for the Catholic Church to compile the Bible, and another 1,000 years to invent the printing press. How was the Word of God communicated? Orally, by the bishops of the Church, with the guidance and protection of the Holy Spirit.

    Mark 16:15: Jesus commands the apostles to preach the Gospel to every creature. But Jesus did not want this preaching to stop after the apostles died, and yet the Bible was not compiled until four centuries later. The word of God was transferred orally.

    and so on…..just read the links…..there’s too much to write!🙂

    God bless you.

  8. 8 andrea February 11, 2010 at 12:39

    “Do not judge, because no one is better than others. One of the most horrible things for a Christian is to judge the sins of others”.

    Spero abbia scritto bene in inglese

    “Non si giudichi mai,perchè nessuno è migliore degli altri. Una delle cose più orribili per un cristiano è il giudicare i peccati degli altri”.

    …per di più,non lo facevano neanche gli antichi pagani, e addirittura, nemmeno Gesù in persona nella “sua divinità”!

  9. 9 Evelina February 11, 2010 at 19:19

    Hai detto bene Andrea, benissimo🙂 anche la risposta di Korrigan è speciale, infatti è molto difficile discutere con persone così <> come il tipo Daniel qui sopra😉

  10. 10 Evelina February 11, 2010 at 19:20

    Scusa, tra i segni <> c’era la parola “perfette”

  11. 11 Cinzia February 13, 2010 at 07:10

    To Daniel Knight:

    YES I do worship Mary the Blessed Virgin Mother of God. I always have and I always will, and never, as a Catholic, have I denied it. She is the most wonderful mother and example to us all and I love her with all my heart.

    I also venerate and pray to the saints.

    None of this takes away from my faith and love in God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

    Every day I recite the CREDO or Nicene Creed to help strengthen my faith as a Catholic and to remind myself that everything Gabriella has said on this post is absolutely true and magnificent.

    “I am the Way the Truth and the Life – no one can go to the Father but through Me”

    • 12 knight February 13, 2010 at 09:43

      Whore that rides the beast says what? Get off your high seven hills, stop promoting child abuse, stop promoting rapes of nuns, stop teaching Christians can have demons in them, stop pretending “everyone sins” is an excuse to sin, stop worshiping mary, stop worshiping angels, stop worshiping the pope, stop acting like the massacre of millions of Christians by Catholic hands and swords was nothing, stop pretending tradition matters more than God’s word, stop pretending Jesus called Peter the foundation of the Church, which is blasphemy, and stop repeatedly crucifying Christ, who already was crucified once and for all the sins of those he chose to forgive. YOU HAVE NO EXCUSE. You are Catholics are manipulated by Satan, JUST AS YOU SAY.

  12. 13 knight February 13, 2010 at 09:46

    Even your header looks demonic. An angel with black eyes. And oh wow, I see you’re also showing the nakedness of a child on your blog, his entire back side except his feet. You really love to egg on the child-molestors and child-molestor wannabes huh? Do you approve of the hundreds of aborted babies forced on nuns in cloisters too, miss “don’t kill the babies, but follow my cult which leads to the death of millions of them by Catholic mothers who could care less about God except to put on a show to make friends”. You are blind.

  13. 14 knight February 13, 2010 at 09:58

    “THE CHURCH MILITANT NOW, MORE THAN EVER, NEEDS STRONG WARRIORS.”

    For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Ephesians 6:12

    But let me guess, the popes told you it really means to kill “fundies” and people who won’t submit to The Church as you arrogantly refer to your cult.

    Something for you to think about heretic: According to Jesus, his children would be the minority, not a little sect and not a giant cult with billions of members.

    Truly your mouth is close to God but your heart is far from him.

  14. 15 Ehawee February 13, 2010 at 14:15

    Ugh, you just can’t get through to some people!
    Daniel Knight your messages are quite insulting and you don’t seem to have an interest in a proper discussion so I don’t think anyone will bother to answer such incredibly facetious arguments.
    Act mature and read the links provided.
    Act mature and as a “man” look for the Truth – as St. Augustine did and many of our great saints. You should read about their lives!
    Just open your arms to Truth.
    We’ll all pray for you.
    God bless.

    NB.: I’m a native american, I’ve got black eyes, my little angels all have black eyes and my infants run naked on the beach🙂

  15. 16 Cinzia February 14, 2010 at 00:04

    knight: why so much hatred?

    Not surprising really. There are hundreds of people out there just like you … full of hatred for the Catholic Church, the Catholics and wherever “the True Light Shines.”

    Not surprising at all! Just wearisome to hear the same ol’ same ol’ accusations over and over again … and never a positive reflection on the 2000 or so years of the Church’s history, starting from Christ himself who founded His one true Church.

    Did you ever stop just for an instant to wonder why it is the Catholic Church, above all others, that gets bashed, spat upon, hated, whipped, crucified, unrelentingly? Interesting point to ponder. But I think I am just wasting my time here.

    Have a blessed and wonderful day of the Lord.


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