Who Do You Say That I Am, Bono? "When people say 'Good teacher,' 'Prophet,' 'Really nice guy,' … this is not how Jesus thought of Himself. So you're left with a challenge in that, which is either Jesus was who He said He was or a complete and utter nut case. And I believe that Jesus was, you know, the Son of God. … [But] if I could be so bold, [we] need to be really, really respectful to people who find that ridiculous." Plugged In the podcast also played a clip last week of the interview that Jim Daly did with Bono. (See: http://onewayjesus.weebly.com/4/post/2013/07/focus-on-the-family-appreciates-an-unorthodox-bono.html)
Plugged In also did an interview with an actress turned Catholic nun. I've excerpted a couple of the q&a's below.
From Film Star to Faithful Servant
[The title of the article alone is misleading. A Catholic nun is not a "faithful servant", at least not of the Christian God, maybe a faithful servant of the Roman Catholic Church.]
[P=Paul Asay M=Mother Dolores]
P: Did you grow up in a fairly religious environment?
M: My grandparents, my grandmother came from central Illinois, where religion was the golden rule. But my grandfather, he had fallen away from the church at a very young age. He didn't think that any religion worked, so I didn't have much help from them. But my grandmother did send me to a Catholic school so I wouldn't have to cross the streetcar tracks. So at the school … I noticed that some of the kids had sweetrolls. And so after Mass, I told the sister I wanted bread. She thought I meant the real bread of life. The way to do it was to take the religion classes, she said. So I asked my grandmother, she said, 'Look, I told you before, whatever you want to do in life is fine. Whatever floats your boat.'
P: So you became a Christian, and eventually you were "discovered" and went to Hollywood yourself. Was it difficult to be a Christian in Hollywood at the time? ...
[Does taking some religion classes make one a Christian? This is her testimony? Where is the gospel of salvation? Did she repent of her sins and put her faith in Jesus Christ alone for the forgiveness of sins and eternal salvation? No mention of a true conversion here. This is a serious lack of discernment on Paul Asay's part to say,"So you became a Christian...".]
P: In the 50 years you've been at the abbey, how has your faith changed? How has it grown? How are you different from when you first stepped in?
M: I think when I first went in, I think I expected to find the Lord in a puff of smoke somewhere. Or in some manifestation. And I really understood, gradually, that the Lord is in the Eucharist. And the Eucharist is the gift of all of the body of Christ. That you find the Lord in every person you meet. Each person will tell you something different. Or show you something. Or give you another sense of who this person of Christ is meant to be. So it's a much more deep and pervasive understanding. But at the same time, it made a lot of sense to me.
[Mother Dolores' statement is ironic. The Roman Catholic Church's claim that Jesus manifest Himself in the Eucharist is just as mystical as the "Lord..." appearing "...in a puff of smoke...". Christ is not in the Eucharist. The bread and wine (or juice) are only meant to be symbols of Christ's body and blood. According to the Bible, Jesus is sitting at the right hand of the Father and has not returned to earth yet and will not until the second coming when all will see Him. What the Roman Catholic Church teaches about the Eucharist is paganistic and utter blasphemy! The statement, "...you find the Lord in every person you meet..." smacks of Hinduism. The Lord is not found in every person. The Holy Spirit only indwells true believers!]
Where is the discernment Plugged In???
READ the full interview here: http://community.focusonthefamily.com/b/pluggedin/archive/2013/07/02/from-film-star-to-faithfful-servant.aspx