*BEST OF DTB #212* The Catholic Defender: A Message from the USCCB

Posted by John Benko - August 27th, 2012

The following is taken from the USCCB (Summer 2012). It is important to see the Bishops teaching the gospel truth of the Catholic Faith as it has been handed down for nearly 2,000 years. The Catholic Faith was built upon the foundation of the Apostles and prophets and todays’s Bishops are the successors of the Apostles.

“The desire to love and be loved is the deepest need of our being. We long to be known, accepted, and cherished by another. Yet, the ability to fully give or receive this love is unattainable on our own. As Catholics we believe Jesus Christ has entered our broken world to conquer sin and restore us to new life. Throughout every age he continues to invite all women and men to follow him through his Church, to whom he has entrusted his teaching authority, so that all can know and follow him.

Only God can give us the unconditional love and acceptance that we desire. Yet, he has created marriage, a holy union, to mirror this supreme love on earth. At the heart of their married love is the total gift of self that husband and wife freely offer to each other. Because of their sexual difference, husband and wife can truly become “one flesh.” Through the language of their bodies, their sexual union recalls their vows: giving themselves to one another in love that is total, faithful, and life-giving.

This call to love is to follow Christ himself, who handed himself totally over for his bride, the Church. Spouses imitate him by giving the entirety of themselves to one another, including the gift of their fertility and their openness to new life. Contraception and sterilization, which deliberately suppress fertility, reduce the sexual act so that husband and wife withhold the completeness of their total gift to each other. This changes the meaning of their sexual union so that it no longer expresses the fullness of their love.

God our Father loves us and wants our lives to be full and rich! He has given his Church the task of bringing women and men to the fullness of truth which leads to our happiness in this life and in the life to come. Jesus gives us the power and strength of the Holy Spirit—the Spirit of Love—so that we, particularly husbands and wives, can truly love one another.

The teaching on the use of contraception and sterilization may seem challenging, but it is to preserve the true, complete self-gift between husband and wife, the kind of love that brings real, lasting joy and peace. If we have failed to live this in the past, we need not be discouraged. Our loving Father is always calling us back through the Sacrament of Reconciliation and wanting to strengthen us in the Sacrament of the Eucharist.

When we embrace the Church’s teaching on human sexuality and marriage and follow Jesus, we invite the Holy Spirit into our lives in a powerful way. When we trust in the Lord’s desire for our happiness, he can transform our love in a way that can transform the world.

There has been much news lately about the Church’s teaching on contraception and sterilization.
As Catholics, we may be asking thoughtful questions or struggling to understand this teaching.
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*BEST OF DTB #211* The Catholic Defender: Ministers Of Grace

Posted by John Benko - August 23rd, 2012

According to the Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary, grace has several meanings and interpretations.

I love the first example: “1. an unmerited divine assistance given man for his regeneration or sanctification.”

 Of this grace, St. Paul writes, “Of this I became a minister by the gift of God’s grace that was granted me in accord with the excercise of his power” (Ehpesians 3:7).

St. Paul is clearly indicating his role being called to preach to the Gentiles. This is a grace given him to fulfill the Lord’s will in St. Paul’s Ministry.

Grace is understood to be a “state of sanctification enjoyed through divine grace“.

I like what St. Paul writes to the Corinthians, “I give thanks to my God always on your account for the grace of God bestowed on you in Christ Jesus, that in him you were enriched in every way, with all discource and all knowledge, as the testimony to Christ was confirmed among you, so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 1:4).

This is important because we see the believer is “bestowed” grace which was “confirmed” through the Church. Through the Ministry of the Church, which was established by Jesus Christ.

Grace is a “virtue coming from God” that can be seen on just about every page of the bible.

St. Paul writes, “Yet I consider life of no importance to me, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received that I received from the Lord Jesus, to bear witness to the gospel of God’s grace” (Acts 20:24).

The idea of grace has been used for many different things.

Have you ever heard someone speak of how graceful a professional skater might be as they perform on ice before a large crowd?

Or you might compliment someone on how graceful they might look at a particular function.

Christians routinely offer grace before meals for thanksgiving for their benefits, for the gift of plenty.

For family get togethers, we can see the grace of God extended to just about every facit of life.

What makes the Catholic Priesthood so important is that God uses the ordinary to offer the extraordinary.

 St. Paul writes, “For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus, on the night he was handed over, took bread, and after he had given thanks, broke it and said, ‘This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also the cup, after supper saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.’ For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes. (1 Corinthians 11:23-26).

This is a very important scripture indicating grace received through the participation of both the bread and the cup. Through this grace, the Lord is clear with their reception of the Eucharist, “I will raise him on the last day“!

Jesus commands his Ministers of Grace a very important instruction saying, “As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” ‘And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained” (John 20:21-23).

When you go to Confession, the Lord takes those sins you confess and throws them into the sea of forgetfulness and he remembers them no more. This is another grace from God that is administered by his Church.

St. Paul would refer to this grace as the “Ministry of Reconcilation” entrusting to the Church the message of reconcilation.

The grace a believer receives through the Confessional is the forgiveness of sins. St. James writes, “My brothers, if anyone among you should stray from the truth and someone bring him back, he should know that whoever brings back a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins” (James 5:19-20).

I was raised with baseball striving to play Professional ball, I have adopted some of my thoughts of baseball and applied them to faith. I like to see the Priest as like a third base coach, I have seen myself as like a first base coach. We strive to coach people to get them on base, to help them maneuver around the bases until they get to home plate. The challenge many times is to get them into the batters box!

Jesus gives his Ministers of Grace another important instruction: “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age” (Matthew 28:18-20).

St. Peter said, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is made to you and to your children and to all those far off, whomever the Lord our God will call” (Acts 2:38-39).

This is important for the believer to understand, we definitely receive grace through baptism. St. Peter understands that Noah’s Ark was a prefiguring of the Church, that the flood waters was a prefiguing of Baptism which saves us now. God imputes Sanctifying grace into the soul cleansing it from Original sin as well as all actual sin.

We see the Apostles going out as Ministers of Grace laying hands on those who received the Holy Spirit through their authority.

The Lord works through the Ministry of His Church. St. Luke writes, “Many signs and wonders were done among the people at the hands of the Apostles… Thus they even carried the sick out into the streets and laid them on cots and mats so that when Peter came by, at least his shadow might fall on one or another of them. A large number of people from the towns in the vicinity of Jerusalem also gathered, bringing the sick and those disturbed by unclean spirits, and they were all cured” (Acts 5:12-16).

St. James writes, “Is anyone among you suffering? He should pray. Is anyone in good spirits? He should sing praise. Is anyone among you sick? He should summon the presbyters of the church, and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord, and the prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise him up. If he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven” (James 5:13-15).

 It is clear that the Lord is working his grace through his Church.

Jesus instructs his Apostles, “I say to you, whoever divorces his wife (unless the marriage is unlawful) and marries another commits adultry. His disciples said to him, ‘if that is the case of a man with his wife, it is better not to marry.’ He answered, ‘Not all can accept this word, but only those to whom that is granted. Some are incapable of marriage because they were born so; some, because they were made so by others; some, because they have renounced marriage for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. Whoever can accept this ought to accept it” (Matthew 19:9-12).

 There are a couple of points to make from this text:

1. Notice what Jesus says, “Not all can accept this word, but ONLY those to whom it is granted“. The priesthood is a special calling. What it takes to be a true Minister of Grace is to be a true child of God who can accept the grace of the Lord. It is true that a Priest is a human being like all of us who can sin and fall, but there is a difference from someone who sins and falls from one who is a counterfiet. Someone who is a wolf in sheeps clothing. An imposter who has infiltrated the Church with the intent of hurting the Church from within. We know that the enemy is at work who has planted weeds inside the kingdom to cause dissension and scandal. To scatter the flock. We need to pray for all our priests that they remain loyal to their calling and to be true leaders of the Church (1 Peter 5:1-5).

2. Notice Jesus said “unless the marriage is unlawful” a divorced man or woman commits adultry. How is a marriage annulled? Can a husband simply annull his marriage by simply willing it? Who decides? The Ministers of Grace decides this question, not the individual party. Jesus said, “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have won over your brother. If he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, so that evey fact may be established on the testimony of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell the church. If he refuses to listen even to the church, then treat him as you would a Gentile or a tax collector. Amen, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven” (Matthew 18:15-18).

This is the basis for the tribunal system where cases are viewed and decided upon. It is Christ speaking through his Church.

St. Paul writes, “Consider this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each must do as already determined, without sadness or compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. Moreover, God is able to make every grace abundant for you, so that in all things, always having all you need, you may have abundance for every good work. As it is written: He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor; his righteousness endures forever“.

God’s grace cannot be contained in the walls of men, but he works though His Ministers of Grace, the offices of His Church. Deepertruth wants to encourage you to frequent the Sacraments to obtain the great graces God provides through his Church.

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The Notre Dame chronicles part 2

Posted by John Benko - August 21st, 2012

The video to the left is a highlight reel from Notre Dame’s November 12th, 2011 victory over the Maryland Terrapins at Fed Ex field (home of the Washington Redskins).

I was at the game. It was my second Notre Dame game and first win. My first game was on September 10th at Michigan.

The first highlight of this game is Lo Wood (#23) taking a Danny O’Brien interception to the house (towards the endzone we were seated in). O’Brien is now the QB for Wisconsin and I found out this morning that Lo Wood is out for the season with an Achilles injury.

One month from today, I will be in South Bend. This is not a good start. I wish Lo a full recovery.

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The Notre Dame chronicles part 1

Posted by John Benko - August 20th, 2012

On September 20th, I will be leaving the confines of Northern Virginia and heading west to South Bend, Indiana and home of the University of Notre Dame. It is a pilgrimage to the shrine of our blessed lady and to that storied football team that once so proudly represented her and, dare I dream, may one day again.

Since it is August 20th, a month before I leave (and seeing as I cannot sleep once again), I thought this a fitting place to begin.
To put this journey in it’s proper context in my life will be no easy thing. There are so many metaphors to apply.
Let’s start with the football team. An endless succession of disappointing seasons. Notre Dame last beat a #1 team on November 13th, 1993. That’s right, it has been 19 years since the Irish beat a #1 ranked team. When the Irish beat Florida State in 1993, they ascended to the #1 spot and held it just one week. The Irish finished that season 11-1. They have not lost fewer than 3 games in any of the 18 seasons since then.
During that span, Notre Dame is 2-10 in bowl games. They have lost 9 of the last 10 to USC and 5 of the last 6 to Michigan. They have also lost 3 of the last 5 to Navy- something unthinkable when they were winning 43 straight against the middies.
There is an entire generation of kids that have no idea what Notre Dame football is supposed to be about. Each year, us older fans hope this will be the year they finally turn it around. 
Yet, there is more than just the disappointment with wins and losses. Notre Dame football just isn’t what it used to be because Notre Dame just isn’t who they used to be. Something inside me says Don’t give up the dream. Fight for Our Lady’s team and her university.
In doing so, I hope to put to flight my own demons.

*BEST OF DTB #210* The Catholic Defender: The Sign

Posted by John Benko - August 18th, 2012

“Jesus answered them and said, ‘Amen. amen, I say to you, you are looking for me not because you saw SIGNS but because you ate the loaves and were filled. Do not work for food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him the Father, God, has set his seal.” So they said to him, ‘What can we do to accomplish the works of God?’ Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in the one he sent.” So they said to him, ‘WHAT SIGN CAN YOU DO, THAT WE MAY SEE AND BELIEVE IN YOU?”

It is interesting that the crowd was asking for a sign that they might believe in Jesus and follow him. At this point they were ready to make Jesus King. Jesus is King, but not over the temporal realm of Israel, but over the hearts and minds of those seeking the fullness of truth. At the elevation of the Eucharist in Mass, I exclaim in exultation in my heart and soul, “The Sign, the sign, my Lord and my God”! I love the prayer we say, “Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.” The Jews continued:

“What can you do? Our ancestors ate manna in the desert, as it is written: ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’ So Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave the bread from heaven; my Father gives you the TRUE BREAD from heaven.” For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”

The bread that God gave the people in the desert was temporal, it sustained life for their earthly needs. The Bread that we receive at Mass is heavenly food that nurtures our souls. It is far more than satisfying the flesh, the bread of life we receive brings us close to the one the Father sent. Jesus promises, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, then I will ENTER HIS HOUSE and dine with him, and he with me. I will give the victor the right to sit with me on my throne, as I myself first won the victory and sit with my Father on his throne. Whoever has ears ought to hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”  At the Mass, we are called to participate with the worship of heaven, we receive the Lord of hosts at the Altar of the Lord.

“So they said to him, ‘Sir, give us this bread always’. Jesus said to them, ‘I AM THE BREAD OF LIFE; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in will will never thirst. But I told you that although you have seen me, you do not believe. Everything that the Father gives me will come to me, and I will not reject anyone who comes to me, because I came down from heaven not to do my own will but the will of the one who sent me. And this is the will of the one who sent me, that I should not lose anything of what he gave me, but that I should raise it on the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have eternal life and I shall raise him on the last day”.

Jesus said, “While they were eating, Jesus took bread, said the blessing, broke, and giving it to his disciples said, take and eat; this is my body. Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink from it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed on behalf of many for the forgiveness of sins”. This action Jesus uses to introduce the new and everlasting Covenant so that all of us would have the opportunity to receive Christ in the Mass. Regardless of time and space, Jesus is present in all the Catholic Churches around the world. He is being offered through His Church to all the nations, “For from the rising of the sun, even to its setting, my name is great among the nations; And everywhere they bring sacrifice to my name, and a pure offering; For great is my name among the nations, says the Lord of hosts (Malachi 1:11).

“The Jews murmured about him because he said, ‘I am the bread that came down from heaven,’ and they said, “Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph? Do we not know his Father and Mother? Then how can he say, ‘I have come down from heaven?’ Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Stop murmuring among yourselves. No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draw him, and I will raise him on the last day. It is written in the prophets: THEY SHALL ALL BE TAUGHT BY GOD.”

Just as people hearing Jesus murmured against what Jesus was telling them, today, many continue to show their lack of faith rejecting the teaching of Jesus for new gospels of symbolism. Man made denominations built on symbolism due to their own lack of faith putting faith in their own destructive doctrines. Jesus never spoke symbolically especially in this text where he was clear on what he is saying. When you walk up towards the Altar and you see the Minister elevate the host and say, “The body of Christ”, what is your response? Yes, we say “Amen“, but do we really believe? Does this Sign bring about conversion each time you receive? We are challenged by St. Paul as he writes, “You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and also the cup of demons, You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons. Or are we provoking the Lord to jealous anger? Are we stronger than he?” We cannot compromise the truth of the Lord for our own lack of faith. We are called to believe in this Sign.

“Everyone who listens to my Father and learns from him comes to me. Not that anyone has seen the Father except the one who is from God; HE HAS SEEN THE FATHER. Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life. I AM THE BREAD OF LIFE. Your ancesters ate the manna in the desert, but they died; this is the bread that comes down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.”

Jesus has given us many miracles and signs throughout the centuries of his real presence in the Eucharist. He has given us everything but a neon sign pointing to the truth of the Catholic Church. Enemies of Christ will call this a “Pagan” ritual, they will call it a symbol, their rejection is seen clearly in their denial of the Eucharist. To deny this SIGN is to deny the Father’s will. Jesus said that if you believe in Him and receive this great SIGN, He will raise you up on that last day. St. Paul writes, “A person should examine himself, and so eat the bread and drink the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body, eats and drinks judgment on himself” (1 Corinthians 11:28-29).

“The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying, ‘How can this man give us his flesh to eat?’ Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, YOU DO NOT HAVE LIFE WITHIN YOU. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him. Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Unlike your ancesters who ate and still died, whoever eats this bread will live forever”.

We need to stop quarreling and start believing.

Let us be like the grateful Father who cried, “I do believe, help my unbelief!”  Let us come to the Lord with our hearts full of joy and anticipation knowing that we are receiving the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.

Let our “Amen” please the Lord who is the summit and founder of our Faith!

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*BEST OF DTB #209* The Catholic Defender: Virgin Birth

Posted by John Benko - August 15th, 2012

“Therefore the Lord himself will give you this sign: the virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel. He shall be living on curds and honey by the time he learns to reject the bad and choose the good…” (Isaiah 7:14).

Isaiah wrote this sometime between 742-687 B.C. That was a long time before the actual arrival of Jesus Christ.

The Archangel Gabriel appears to Mary, “In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary.

And coming to her, he said, “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you”.

But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.

Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God”.

“Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and his kingdom there will be no end”.

But Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I have no relations with a man”? And the angel said to her in reply, “The Holy Spirit will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God” (Luke 1:26-35).

Of this child, Isaiah had this to say, “For a child is born to us, a son is given us; upon his shoulder dominion rests. They name him Wonder-Counselor, God-Hero, Father-Forever, Prince of Peace. His dominion is vast and forever peaceful, From David’s throne, and over his kingdom, which he confirms and sustains by judgment and justice, both now and forever” (Isaiah 9:5-6).

Concerning this child, St.John writes, “A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was with child and wailed aloud in pain as she labored to give birth” (Revelation 12:1-2).

The virgin birth of Our Lord is so closely connected with the Immaculate Conception of our Blessed Mother that one would not exist without the other.

Mary is the woman of Genesis 3:15, “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; He will strike at your head, while you strike at his heel”.

This is spiritual warfare being waged and the human race is caught right in the middle of it. Actually it is for the human race that the war is being waged. God’s love for mankind was the reason why Jesus came and died on the cross. It was for our sake.

As the serpent strikes at the Lord’s heel, he stands on the sand of the sea positioning himself to strike after the rest of Mary’s offspring, “those who keep God’s commandments and bear witness to Jesus” (Revelation 12:17).

One attack of the serpent that I am recognizing comes from those who are challenging the Catholic Faith and the virgin birth.

I have friends who were former atheists who tell us that they would use these kind of arguments against all Christianity, they were not interested in fighting the Catholic faith in particular, but any thing associated with Christianity.

Some of the Anti-Catholics have taken up this rhetoric and have their own formation they home in against the Catholic Church. Some of it coming straight out of Paganism.

Here is an example of the information being given:

“Eurasian Land Mass”
1500.1200 BC Zoroaster-Born of a Virgin
1500-1100 BC Dionysis-Born of a Virgin in Greece, born in a stable, turned water into wine
1200 BC Krishna-Born of a Virgin
… 700 BC Indra-Born of a Virgin in Tibet
600 BC Gautama Buddha-Born of the Virgin Maya
600 BC Mithra-Born of a Virgin, in a stable on 25 December. His resurrection was celebrated at Easter.
600 BC Adonis-Born of the Virgin Ishtar in Babylon**
550 BC Quirness-Born of a Virgin in Rome
200 BC Attis-Born of the Virgin Nama in Phrygia
“South American Land Mass” Hun-Ytzamma-born of a Virgin, scourged, crowned with thorns, hung on a cross with rope,
died, was born 3 days later.

It would appear that the virgin birth of the Lord is not an isolated event? What is the difference from Jesus and what makes him stand out in this crowd of competing “gods”?

We know that Satan can appear as an “angel of light”, “And no wonder, for even Satan masquerades as an angel of light. So it is not strange that his ministers also masquerade as ministers of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds” (2 Corinthians 11:14).

This is why St. John instructs us to test the spirit. 1 John 4:1-6 warns, “Beloved, do not trust every spirit but test the spirits to see whether they belong to God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. This is how you can know the Spirit of God: every spirit that acknowledges Jesus Christ came in the flesh belongs to God, and every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus does not belong to God. This is the spirit of the Antichrist that, as you heard, is to come, but in fact is already in the world”.

Those so-called gods coming from Pagan roots are former counterfeits and not true spiritual manifestations from God. The woman of Genesis 3:15 was a true prophecy of God to mankind.

God prepared this woman from her very beginning known as the Immaculate Conception. She was visited by an Archangel bearing upon her a great title, “Hail, full of grace”.

This was foretold be the prophets of old. How do you judge a true prophet from a false prophet?

God told Moses, “I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their kinsmen, and will put my words into his mouth; he shall tell them all that I command him. If any man will not listen to my words which he speaks in my name, I myself will make him answer for it. But if a prophet presumes to speak in my name an oracle that I have not commanded him to speak, or speaks in the name of other gods, he shall die. If you say to yourselves, how can we recognize an oracle which the Lord has spoken? Know that, even though a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if his oracle is not fulfilled or verified, it is an oracle which the Lord did not speak. The prophet has spoken it presumptuously, and you shall have no fear of him” (Deuteronomy 18:18-22).

For those who want to resurrect these Pagan gods who bore likeness or held to similar attributes or claims of the Lord, know this: “If today you hear His voice, harden not your hearts” (Psalms 95:7-8).

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*BEST OF DTB #207* Return Of The Guardian Angel

Posted by John Benko - August 6th, 2012

Guardian Angel*** Bringing Light & Exposing Darkness

“But the people who know their God shall stand firm and take action.” Daniel 11:32

Some great news to share for those that have been giving their love and prayers in our efforts to serve the King of Kings. Since October we have been blessed to have three two day mission conferences and have had approx. 900 people sign up for Eucharistic Adoration, two churches working on perpetual adoration 24/7, and one that started 6 weeks ago, to start adoration each week at 4 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, to 6 p.m. on Friday evenings, 122 hours a week, and I have been blessed to be able to have this as one of the places I can participate for a couple of hours a week from 1 a.m. to 3 a.m. concrete evidence that hundreds of them are showing up to give glory and honor to Jesus by visiting HIM in prayer and supplication, and sometimes even just being there with HIM in silent love.

You can get hold of me through the blog, if you would for us to help your parish with this, and or education and apologetics, which has increased the piety of so many people, and helped in their walk toward holiness as Jesus has asked us. Also, we have run off our most recent doctor at a Planned Parenthood facility, from cutting up the babies, and when I say it this way, know that I am very aware that it was the Holy Spirit that was saving the lives, and convincing the doctor to leave, and thank you Jesus for allowing us to be there.

This makes at least seven doctors that have left in the last 3 1/2 years at just one location where the Sacred Heart of Jesus is prayed to through HIS Mothers Immaculate Heart. Thank you to all those behind our efforts, please pray that we will stay in HIS will. At Deeper Truth we try to Defend the Faith, Debate those with agendas against the Church, go to the battles, and educate our brothers and sisters in the Catholic faith and bring others lovingly to the faith. Bringing souls to the King of Kings is our most important reason for these things.

Know that these successes are not the primary reason we are in the battle, yes they are nice when Jesus shows us these things to increase our hope, and encourage our efforts for HIM, but our first reason is to give Jesus glory and adoration. With that being said, we must know that we are to be in the battle until we are with HIM for eternity. So gird up your loins, for the evil has been building in this country and around the world. Look at the first picture of the Knight, and believe that scripture verse, because the battles in this war are increasing and will continue to get closer to our communities and homes.

“Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.”   Ephesians 5:11
Fight!!! Do Battle!!! Contend!!! Satan and his traitors to God and family are increasing their efforts all across the land. We must fight for our faith and religious freedom, or we have lost everything, and many will be in Hell for eternity. As you know, government, education, media, and even our Catholic Church has been infiltrated by false teachers that are working for their father Satan, against Christianity and the family based on God’s truth. Some out of ignorance and the influence of Satan, others with an agenda like Free Masons, and Communists with influence from Satan.
All of us need to keep each other in our love and prayers for all efforts in these battles, recently the governor of Missouri, one of Satan’s dupes, vetoed an effort by the people through their legislators to limit the impact of Obamacare, where it concerned the conscience of Catholics and other Christians. Our country is in bad shape morally in the eyes of a Holy God, and Catholics need to intensify our efforts between now and November send any traitors to God’s commands home. See these leaders in the picture above, as they are definitely wolves in sheep’s clothing.

A closer look at Springfield; I drove 300 miles to have an opportunity to speak for five minutes at the city council of the third largest city in Missouri, on Monday, the Springfield city council allowed myself and other Christian patirots to speak against the mayor’s commission on human rights, which sounds nice and proper, but is an effort to push through what is labeled diversity, and is an attempt to allow Sodomy and other sexual orientation deviants to have special protections, that will open up an evil Pandora’s box like it has in San Francisco and so many liberal cities around the country. This will be an effort by the mayor and his cronies to put forth an ordinance that will give sodomites extraordinary new powers to silence and punish Christian landlords and businesses through civil rights lawsuits, and there are evil lawyers, many with an atheistic ACLU communist tendency ready to intimidate and silence Christians in every sphere.

It will not stop there, as they wish to adults and our young to accept as normal this abomination against God and HIS natural order. Satan wants his dupes to make it illegal to disapprove of homosexuality in Springfield. So they will seek to censor the virtues and morals of our children and families, and further damage the education of children. The mayor and some of the council members are biased as true traitors against God, family, and country if they approve this policy.

Homosexual activists try to use children and act like they care, when their agenda is based on lies, and not caring about kids, their campaign is to further their agenda against children, families, and Christianity. One of their biggest ways to advance their cause is to play the victim, even if you are not actually a victim, even if you have to disregard other legitimate victims in the process to make yourself as the biggest victim, and even if you have to victimise others to promote your own victimhood.

They will scream intolerance and discrimination against those willing to bring the truth, because it does not agree with their agenda. Unlike those within the homosexual agenda, we will always give the truth with charity. Like Bishop Fulton Sheen said, “There is no other subject on which the, average mind is so much confused as the subject of tolerance and intolerance… Tolerance applies only to persons, but never to principles. Intolerance applies only to principles and never to persons.” Even though Satan’s dupes try to twist this to intimidate Christians, we will indeed be intolerant against the principles of the Sodomite agenda, while giving tolerance to those with this disorder.

As far as discrimination, all people do that all the time, from which door we go through to go to the bathroom, to many other things. We should have just discrimination in being against racial discrimination. But realize that our faith compels us that it is not unjust discrimination, when we discriminate against same sex marriage, it is not about fairness or equality or unjust discrimination, it is about just discrimination based on natural law and morals. When people like the mayor and governor go against God’s laws, they have to be prayed for, and fought with all our efforts, and taken out of positions that affect the lives and souls of people.

The actions of the Mayor and his commission, and the Governor on religious freedom, are anathema to that which is Christian. Let us never retreat from this evil.

Let our Lord never apply this verse to us, Revelation 3:15-16, “I know your works; I know that you are neither cold or hot. I wish you were either cold or hot. So, because you are lukewarm, neither hot or cold, I will spit you out of my mouth”.

Jesus, thank you for allowing us to serve the Trinity through service to you, please guide our steps, and send the Holy Spirit to speak through us in the days ahead, St. Paul writes, “With all prayer and supplication,pray at every opportunity in the Spirit. To that end, be watchful with all perseverance for all the holy ones and also for me, that speech may be given me to open my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel for which I am an ambassador in chains, so that I may have the courage to speak as I must” (Ephesians 6:18-20).
There is a true spiritual epidemic today and the need is great to respond to God’s call in our lives. To be spiritually alert is crucial, we are to place the teaching of Christ in our heart. To continually grow in our faith, prayer and devotion are most essential. God be with you,

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*BEST OF DTB #206* Refuting CARM’s position on the primacy of Peter. (revised 8/11/09)

Posted by John Benko - August 5th, 2012

The Protestant organization CARM attempts to refute the Catholic position on the Primacy of Peter, as elucidated in Matthew Chapter 16. They fall short, to say the least. Let’s get right to it.

There are problems with the Roman Catholic position. First of all, when we look at the Greek of Matthew 16:18 we see something that is not obvious in the English.
“…you are Peter (πέτρος, petros) and upon this rock (πέτρα, petra) I will build My church…” In Greek nouns have gender. It is similar to the English words actor and actress. The first is masculine and the second is feminine. Likewise, the Greek word “petros” is masculine; “petra” is feminine. Peter, the man, is appropriately referred to as Petros. But Jesus said that the rock he would build his church on was not the masculine “petros” but the feminine “petra.” Let me illustrate by using the words “actor” and “actress”: “You are the actor and with this actress I will make my movie.” Do see that the gender influences how a sentence is understood? Jesus was not saying that the church will be built upon Peter, but upon something else. What, then, does petra, the feminine noun, refer to?

This is a tortured interpretation of the verses. The person is on the right track when he says that petros is the masculine form of the word. That is why- and the only reason why- it is applied to Peter. It is a name and it is directly ascribed to Peter. Therefore, the masculine form must be used. The default form is the feminine form Petra, which is why it is used in the second, adjoining part of the sentence. This is a result of the translation from Aramaic to Greek and makes the sentence make no sense whatsoever if interpreted the way CARM suggests.

Here is why. In the sentence construction, Peter is called Petros (meaning Rock) rather than Lithos (meaning little stone). The first part of the sentence is joined to the second part by the adjoining conjunction kai (and) rather than the contrasting conjunction alla (but). Finally, the second instance (Petra), is connected to the first (Petros) by the demonstrative construction tautee tee (“This very same” See: 1 Corinthians 7:20, 2 Corinthians 8:6, Acts 13:33).

So, the sentence is literally “You are Rock, and upon this very same rock, I will build my church” Applying this sentence construction to one of the examples given above would read like “You are Actor and upon this very same actress”. It makes the sentence make no sense.

It is clear that Petros and Petra refer to the same thing.

The feminine “petra” occurs four times in the Greek New Testament:Matt. 16:18, “And I also say to you that you are Peter (petros), and upon this rock (petra) I will build My church; and the gates of Hades shall not overpower it.”Matt. 27:60, “and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock (petra); and he rolled a large stone against the entrance of the tomb and went away.”1 Cor. 10:4, “and all drank the same spiritual drink, for they were drinking from a spiritual rock (petras) which followed them; and the rock (petra) was Christ.”1 Pet. 2:8, speaking of Jesus says that he is “A stone of stumbling and a rock (petra) of offense”; for they stumble because they are disobedient to the word, and to this doom they were also appointed.”

Notice that none of the 4 cited instances refers directly to addressing a man by name, in which case, the masculine form must be used.

We can clearly see that in the three other uses of the Greek word petra (nominative singular; “petras” in 1 Cor. 10:4 is genitive singular) we find it referred to as a large immovable mass of rock in which a tomb is carved out (Matt. 27:60) and in reference to Christ (1 Cor. 10:4; 1 Pet. 2:8). Note that Peter himself in the last verse referred to petra as being Jesus! If Peter uses the word as a reference to Jesus, then shouldn’t we?

No. The writer is still playing the same Biblical shell game here. let’s look at 1 Pet 2:8
2:8 and
“A stone that will make people stumble,
and a rock that will make them fall.”
They stumble by disobeying the word, as is their destiny.

Jesus is being depicted as the Rock but He isn’t being NAMED Rock. In fact, to say that Jesus is being NAMED Petra is to ascribe to Him a woman’s name! Blasphemy! Peter wasn’t simply being described as a Rock, he was being called Rock as a proper name and thus, the Greek translation from Aramaic demands use of the masculine form of the name. The very use of the feminine form in Matthew 16:18b demands that it could not possibly have been referring to Jesus.

In addition, Greek dictionaries and lexicons give us further insight into the two Greek words under discussion:Source: Liddell, H. (1996). A lexicon : Abridged from Liddell and Scott’s Greek-English lexicon (636). Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc. Petros: “πέτρος, a stone, distinguished from πέτρα Petra: πέτρα , Ion. and Ep. πέτρη, , a rock, a ledge or shelf of rock, Od. 2. a rock, i.e. a rocky peak or ridge…Properly, πέτρα is a fixed rock, πέτρος a stone.”
Source: Vine, W., & Bruce,
F. (1981; Published in electronic form by Logos Research Systems, 1996). Vine’s
Expository dictionary of Old and New Testament words (2:302). Old Tappan NJ:
Revell. PETRA πέτρα , (4073)) denotes a mass of rock, as distinct from petros, a detached stone or boulder, or a stone that might be thrown or easily moved.

Again, this interpretation is made impossible by the words kai (and) and tautee tee (this very same). “You are John and upon this very Joanne”. “You are Robert and upon this very Roberta”. The interpretation is grammatically untenable.

Only by understanding that the sentence construction necessitates that Petros and Petra refer to exactly the same thing can one interpret this in a way that makes sense.

A stone is movable, unstable and this is exactly what we see with Peter, who doubted when he walked on water, who denied Jesus, and who was rebuked by Paul at Antioch.Matt. 14:29-30, “And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But seeing the wind, he became afraid, and beginning to sink, he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!”Luke 22:57-58, “But he denied it, saying, “Woman, I do not know Him.” 58 And a little later, another saw him and said, “You are one of them too!” But Peter said, “Man, I am not!”Gal. 2:11,14 “But when Cephas [Peter] came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned…14 But when I saw that they were not straightforward about the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas in the presence of all, “If you, being a Jew, live like the Gentiles and not like the Jews, how is it that you compel the Gentiles to live like Jews?”

The writer misses the whole point. If Peter were a mighty leader, elevated to the authority over the Church, it would be less dramatic. Moses was put over Israel, and freed them from Pharoh though he was the meekest man on earth. (Numbers 12:3). It was Peter’s openess that made him the vessal through which God chose to lead the Church. That is why the Father reveled His truth directly to Peter.

Matthew 16:17 Jesus said to him in reply, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood * has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father.

Jesus, who knew the heart of Peter, was not saying that Peter, the movable stone, would be the immovable rock upon which the Church would be built. Rather, it would be built upon Jesus and it was this truth that Peter had affirmed what he said to Jesus, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God,” (Matt. 16:16). This is consistent with scripture elsewhere where the term rock is sometimes used in reference of God, but never of a man.

Deut. 32:3, “The Rock! His work is perfect, for all His ways are just; a God of faithfulness and without injustice.”
1 Sam. 22:2, “The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; 3 My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge.”
Psalm 18:31, “And who is a rock, except our God.” Isaiah 44:8, “Is there any God besides Me, or is there any other Rock? I know of none.”

Rom. 9:33, “Behold, I lay in Zion a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense, and he who believes in Him will not be disappointed.”
It should be obvious from the Word of God that the rock Jesus was referring to was not Peter, but himself.

Actually, it is obvious that the opposite is the case. Notice that the first three citations are Old Testament citations, while the 4th quotes the Old Testament (Isaiah 28:16). True, all these citations refer to God-and specifically Jesus- but that does not change anything.

The mystery here is that God- the Heavenly Rock and Foundation- works through Peter and the Apositles- the earthly Rock and Foundation. (John 1:42, Revelation 21:14).

The fact is clear that one must torture Matthew Chapter 16 to deny that Peter is the Rock, even, as I mentioned before, accepting the idea that Jesus ascribes a woman’s name to Himself!

In contrast to this, in paragraph #2 at the beginning of this article, the Roman Catholic Church says that the rock cannot refer to Jesus, “but only Peter, as is so much more apparent in Aramaic in which the same word (Kipha) is used for ‘Peter’ and ‘rock’.” The problem is that the text is not in Aramaic, but Greek. Since we do not have the Aramaic text, it is not proper to refer to it as proof of the Roman Catholic position.
Furthermore, in
John 1:42 it says, “He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him, and said, “You are Simon the son of John; you shall be called Cephas,” (which is translated Peter).” The word “Peter” here is petros, not petra. It is used to
elucidate the Aramaic kephas which is not a name in Aramaic.
“Except in
Jn. 1:42, where it is used to elucidate Aramaic kēphás, Pétros is used in the NT only as a name for Simon Peter….The translation supports the view that Kēphás is not a proper name, since one does not usually translate proper names.”

Actually, we do know that Matthew is translated from Aramaic. It is not a supposition. The first of two proofs can be found in this very Gospel where Jesus is translated as calling Simon “Simon Bar Jonah”. The second instance is Chapter 27, verse 46 where Jesus cries out “Eli, Eli Lama Sabachthani. To suggest we don’t know that Matthew was translated from Aramaic to Greek is dishonest.

This paragraph is even more tortured than the first. Peter is referred to- by name- as Kephas, not only in John 1:42 but in 1 Corinthians 1:12, 1 Corinthians 3:22, 1 Corinthians 9:5, 1 Corinthians 15:5, Galatians 1:18, Galatians 2:9, Galatians 2:11, Galatians 2:14.

For Peter to be translated as “little stone” would have required the Aramaic work Enva rather than Kephas. That Peter is the Rock is inescapable.

The truth is that the only foundation is Jesus. The only rock of truth is Jesus Christ and that we, as his redeemed, need to keep our eyes on him. We are to look to no one else as the foundation, the source, or the hope in which the church is built. The Church is built upon Jesus, not Peter.
“For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ,” (
1 Cor. 3:11).

Ephesians 2:20 tells us that the church was built on the foundation of the apostles. Is this verse contradicting 1 Cor 3:11? Far from it. Context is key. The Apostles, with Peter at the head are the Church’s earthly foundation while Jesus is it’s ultimate foundation. The idea of Jesus working through men is certainly not alien to scripture.

Some protestants try to escape the plain sense of Matthew 16 by making a contexual argument that the Rock is neither Peter nor Jesus but Peter’s profession of faith. Let’s look at their case;

16:13 * When Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi* he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”
16:14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, * others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
16:15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
16:16 * Simon Peter said in reply, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
16:17 Jesus said to him in reply, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood * has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father. 16:18 And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, * and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.
16:19 I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. * Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
16:20 * Then he strictly ordered his disciples to tell no one that he was the Messiah.

The argument is, admittedly, stronger than their others. Let me paraphrase in order to elucidate the argument;

Jesus: “Who do you say that I am?”
Peter: “The Messiah, the Son of God”
Jesus: “Blessed are you, Simon. This fact was revealed to you from heaven and I will build my church upon the rock that is your profession of faith”

Once again, the plain text gets in the way of this admittedly clever diversion.

If Jesus went straight from “My Father gave you this truth”, to “Upon this rock I will build my church”, the interpretation would be plausible. At least then, rock and truth could be inferred as describing the same thing. He does not. Instead, He turns the entire discourse directly to Peter and addresses him personally and, with great emphasis, leaves no doubt that Peter is the subject.

16:17 Jesus said to him in reply, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood * has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father. 16:18 And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, * and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.
16:19 I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. * Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

YOU are blessed.
YOU did not receive this knowledge by flesh and blood (your own efforts)
My Father has revealed this to YOU.
YOU are the Rock.
YOU will be given the keys to the kingdom of heaven.
What YOU bind on earth will be bound in heaven.
What YOU loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.

Jesus, seven times, emphasized that Peter is the subject that connects the whole discourse together. Not only that but, one by one, ratifies the doctrines that define the Catholic Papacy.

By saying YOU are blessed, He ascribes that Peter’s office is set apart with a special blessing. By saying that Peter received knowledge directly from God, not men, He validates the Divine inspiration of the office. By calling Peter the Rock upon which He would build, He declares Peter the earthly cornerstone of the Church. By giving Him the keys, He declared that God’s plan of salvation must necessarily pass through His Catholic Church. Finally, by giving Peter the power to bind and loose on HIS behalf, Jesus declares the infallible teaching authority of the Church.

How anyone could read Matthew 16 and deny the authority of the Catholic Church is impossible for me to imagine.

For the first 1500 years of the Church, no one disputed that Peter was the Rock. but don’t take my word for it. Look at what prominent Protestant scholars have to say;

J. Knox ChamblinPresbyterian and New Testament Professor,
Reformed Theological Seminary

By the words “this rock” Jesus means not himself, nor his teaching, nor God the Father, nor Peter’s confession, but Peter himself. The phrase is immediately preceded by a direct and emphatic reference to Peter. As Jesus identifies himself as the Builder, the rock on which he builds is most naturally understood as someone (or something) other than Jesus himself. The demonstrative this, whether denoting what is physically close to Jesus or what is literally close in Matthew, more naturally refers to Peter (v. 18) than to the more remote confession (v. 16). The link between the clauses of verse 18 is made yet stronger by the play on words, “You are Peter (Gk. Petros), and on this rock (Gk. petra) I will build my church.” As an apostle, Peter utters the confession of verse 16; as a confessor he receives the designation this rock
from Jesus. (“Matthew,” Evangelical Commentary on the Bible, (Grand Rapids, MI:
Baker, 1989), 742.)

Craig L. Blomberg Baptist and Professor of New Testament,
Denver Seminary

Acknowledging Jesus as The Christ illustrates the appropriateness of Simon’s nickname “Peter” (Petros = rock). This is not the first time Simon has been called Peter (cf. John 1:42), but it is certainly the most famous. Jesus’ declaration, “You are Peter,” parallels Peter’s confession, “You are the Christ,” as if to say, “Since you can tell me who I am, I will tell you who you are.” The expression “this rock” almost certainly refers to Peter, following immediately after his name, just as the words following “the Christ” in v. 16 applied to Jesus. The play on words in the Greek between Peter’s name (Petros) and the word “rock” (petra) makes sense only if Peter is the rock and if Jesus is about to explain the significance of this identification. (The New American Commentary: Matthew, vol. 22, (Nashville: Broadman, 1992), 251-252.)

David Hill Presbyterian minister and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Biblical Studies, University of Sheffield, England
On this rock I will build my church:
the word-play goes back to Aramaic tradition. It is on Peter himself, the confessor of his Messiahship, that Jesus will build the Church. The disciple becomes, as it were, the foundation stone of the community. Attempts to interpret the “rock” as something other than Peter in person (e.g., his faith, the truth revealed to him) are due to Protestant bias, and introduce to the statement a degree of subtlety which is highly unlikely. (“The Gospel of Matthew,” The New Century Bible Commentary, (London: Marshall, Morgan & Scott, 1972), 261.)

Suzanne de Dietrich Presbyterian theologian
The play on words in verse 18 indicates the Aramaic origin of the passage. The new name contains a promise. “Simon,” the fluctuating, impulsive disciple, will, by the grace of God, be the “rock” on which God will build the new community. (The layman’s Bible Commentary: Matthew, vol. 16, (Atlanta: John Knox Press, 1961), 93.)
Donald A. Hagner Fuller Theological Seminary

The natural reading of the passage, despite the necessary shift from Petros to petra required by the word play in the Greek (but not the Aramaic, where the same word kepha occurs in both places), is that it is Peter who is the rock upon which the church is to be built. . . . The frequent attempts that have been made, largely in the past, to deny this in favor of the view that the confession itself is the rock . . . seem to be
largely motivated by Protestant prejudice against a passage that is used by the
Roman Catholics to justify the papacy. (“Matthew 14-28,” Word Biblical
Commentary, vol. 33b, (Dallas: Word Books, 1995), 470.)

Fundamentalists have a great deal of difficulty understanding that God’s sovereignty remains perfectly intact even when He works His will through fragile human beings. In fact, in all of scripture, that is God’s normal model.

*BEST OF DTB #205* Sola Fide show notes

Posted by John Benko - August 5th, 2012

These show notes coincide with this Blog Talk Radio debate

Our show notes are at tinyurl.com/bs5orzx and include nearly 100 verses of scripture refuting this doctrine. 

There are two parts of faith that are enunciated in Scripture. One is belief (the Greek noun pistes) and the other is trust (the Greek verb pisteo). The latter is informed by the former and that is why faith, the noun, illuminates, faithfully, the verb. The first is assent and the second is response. They are inextricably linked. If one has faith, one will act faithfully to demonstrate that faith.

Nowhere is this duality clearer than in the 11th chapter of Hebrews, where the writer states that faith is the substance of things to be hoped for, the evidence of things not seen

So it is both belief and trust and that results in hope

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