We are living between the proclamation of the Kingdom of God and it’s full and final establishment. Satan and his minions, out of hatred and spite, wish to pull as many souls away from the Kingdom of God as they can, since the only battleground they have left is over each human soul on earth.
[quote=yuslee] I read some articles on the internet. There are many people, including protestants and Catholics, who emphasis that we “should be equipped” for the battle with Satan all the time because the devil is always seducing us to do some bad things. I do feel confused with this kind of assertion.
This is not a concept invented out of thin air by some protestants and Catholics. St. Paul made the assertion that we should always be equipped for battle:
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. (Ephesians 6:10-18)
[quote=yuslee]The main reason I cannot go to a Protestant’s church is because they exaggeratedly claim the power of the Holy Spirit. E.g. with the Holy Spirit, one’s illness can be cured, and devil inside one’s body will be expelled.
I personally is not convinced of so many “miracles” happening around us (even though I know the Lord has the overall power to do everything .) I am happy in the Catholic Church because I feel the inner peace in the Church. These “stories”, about the the patients cured by Holy Spirit and the fighting with the devil, are very very DISTURBING to me.
I don’t know why I am so not happy with these miraculous stories. Am I too narrow-minded? Or is it because I just expect too much? The only thing I care about in a Catholic Church is not the healing ability or the battle with the devil. I am just feeling so comfortable under the arms of the Mother Virgin Mary…
What? “Exaggeratedly claim the power of the Holy Spirit?” I think your concept of God is way too small. Go back and read the Gospels and see how many times Jesus healed the sick and cast out demons.
The main reason I won’t go to a protestant church is because they don’t have the Eucharist, not because they believe in healing. We should pray and have faith, too - doing so is not just a “protestant thing.”
Because of the Eucharist, we have access to healing through direct contact with Jesus -body, blood, soul, and divinity - that protestants are missing out on.