Wednesday, April 14, 2010

"Jesus Christ Had Only One Will."

How many people would be offended by such a statement? Would it be worth holding an ecumenical council (and one with far more urgency than Vatican II)? How many would find it so reprehensible that they would be willing to endure torture and death?

I'm willing to bet that most wouldn't even care about the question that would prompt it, much less the actual response above. To discuss it in a general council or go to one's death to combat it would probably be passed off as insanity.

Pope Martin I had his feast day yesterday. He was a guy who went through unspeakable tortures and eventual death because he dared to oppose the Byzantine emperors who sought to propagate the heresy of monothelitism, which is embodied in the title of this post.

It's a sad state of affairs that these kinds of issues that so many of our Fathers went to their deaths over are now things that would be sneered at by so many. Whenever I hear folks who denounce doctrine and orthodoxy as insignificant, or even harmful, I feel nauseous. My old priest used to constantly remind us that "People died for this," meaning the Truth.

We seem to live in a world of worse-than-Pilates, who won't even ask "What is Truth?" And why? Because they might hurt someone's feelings or be uncomfortable or maybe just tax themselves too much in thinking a little.

The scarier part: Would the reaction be any different if the statement was "Jesus wasn't Divine"?

I really don't think so.

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