You say it sort of like Billy Tem, but not quite exactly like that. I can help you practice saying it, but not now, some other time. I'm not Catholic though I once taught mathematics and coached a little football, American football not soccer futbol, at Notre Dame - at the high school in Los Angeles - not the University in South Bend, IN. B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Minnesota, now living in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. Lived in Mexico, in Oaxaca mostly, for 20 months after leaving LA. The valley of Oaxaca, once given by the Emperor Charles V to Cortes after the latter's conquest of the New World, is in the tropics but high up in the mountains, and cool breezes keep you comfortable while you write your novel. I had spent 4 months wandering round Europe a few years earlier, so I was used to going here and going, living carefree without any chains holding me down.
My novels 'Amanda's War,' 'Warrior Girls' and 'Single Moms' are either not religious, or only slightly, but my other books are all about Christianity. Let me explain the most controversial parts of my books right here in this bio page. You won't have to dig for them in my books if I put them right up front. I make a distinction between the Roman Catholic crucifix and the other sorts: the Eastern Orthodox crucifix, the Anglican crucifix etc. What does the Roman Catholic crucifix symbolize? Well it is an image of a Roman Catholic version of Jesus on the cross. A Roman Catholic version of Jesus is a version who says Rome leads people to heaven, because Rome teaches and upholds the True Faith, and because Rome is God's True Church, the Church which Christ founded on a rock. You wouldn't say the Roman Catholic crucifix is an image of a Protestant version of Jesus. You wouldn't say it is an image of a Mormon version of Jesus, a Jesus who says the Mormon Church is God's True Church. No, the Roman Catholic crucifix is an image of a Roman Catholic version of Jesus, a version who says the Roman Catholic Church is God's True Church, who says the Roman Catholic Church upholds the True Faith and leads people to heaven. Christians are especially interested in what the True Jesus / True God says. We have two especially interesting cases in regards to the Roman Catholic crucifix. Case 1. The True Jesus / the True God says Rome leads people to heaven, because Rome upholds the True Faith. This is Case 1. There is nothing wrong with the Roman Catholic crucifix if Case 1 is true. I mean, if Rome is God's True Church, if Rome upholds the True Faith, if Rome has not fallen into heresy, if Rome leads people to heaven, then you would have to think Rome is absolutely right when Rome says the Roman Catholic crucifix is sacred and holy. In Case 2, the True Jesus / True God says the Roman Catholic Church leads people to perdition, because Rome has fallen away from the True Faith, because Rome is simply not God's True Church. Now if Case 2 is true then there is something very very wrong with the Roman Catholic crucifix. If the True God / True Jesus says the Roman Catholic Church leads people to perdition, then an image of a version of Jesus who says Rome leads people to heaven - which is what the Roman Catholic crucifix is - is an image of a false god. And false gods are beastly because they lead people away from heaven and drag them down to perdition. The Book of Revelation mentions people worshipping the image of the beast. Well, if the True God says Rome has fallen away from the True Faith and therefore leads people to perdition, then, the Roman Catholic crucifix - the image of a version of Jesus who says Rome leads people to heaven - is the image of a false version of Jesus, hence it's the image of a false god, the image of a beastly false god who leads people to perdition, hence it is most likely....
Of course the Atheists insist there is no heaven and no hell. But if there is a heaven and a hell, then 1) Rome either leads people to heaven, because Rome upholds the True Faith or else 2) Rome drags souls down to perdition, because Rome does not uphold the True Faith, and because Rome is simply not the Church which Christ founded on a rock So, do you get how Rome, or any other church for that matter, is staring at two possibilities? A church, any church, has either fallen into heresy or else that church hasn't fallen into heresy. It's not all that complicated! A church is either God's True Church or else it is not God's True Church...you just can't advance very far in your understanding of Christianity and Western Civilization if you can't see the truth about the Roman Catholic Church. You know, you have to be right when you make your judgment on Rome. We've been over the 2 Big Cases with the Roman Catholic crucifix. Let's turn to the cross. Here again we find two especially interesting cases. Case 1, the cross reflects no evil, and Case 2, the cross reflects some evil. In Case 1, where the cross reflects no evil, and is holy and sacred, then the True God / True Creator of the universe must exist, and this Deity says the cross is sacred and hence it reflects no evil. Case 2: the cross - a material representation of the cross Jesus was crucified on, reflects some evil, therefore it is not sacred to the True God. You can find scriptures in the New Testament which tell us the cross of Christ is sacred, but these can be interpreted to mean Christ's sacrifice on the cross is sacred, but the cross itself, the pagan instrument of torture and execution, or a material representation of the same, is simply not sacred to the Creator of the universe. So, as with the Roman Catholic crucifix, we have 2 big cases with the cross. Case 1, the cross is sacred and it reflects no evil. And Case 2, the cross reflects some evil. Suppose Case 2 is true. Suppose the cross reflects some evil. Just how much evil does the cross symbolize? Large parts of my books might be seen as unreadable because they just go on and on and on explaining the evils perpetrated over the centuries by people carrying crosses. The Nazis perpetrated evil for a few years and as a result we say the Nazi swastika reflects that evil. The people under the cross perpetrated evil for century after century...The Book of Revelation mentions some marks placed upon some foreheads. If Case 1 is true, if the cross is sacred, if the cross reflects no evil, then you have to be mindful of Revelation 9, which mentions a seal of God which saves one from torments, when placed upon ones forehead. But if the cross reflects some evil, if Case 2 is true, then the cross becomes a suspect for this mark of the beast, see Revelation 13 and 14. If the cross is the mark of the beast then every church under the sign of the cross leads people to perdition. If a church tells you the cross is sacred and advises you to put the mark of a cross on your forehead, thinking it is the seal of God mentioned in Revelation 9, the holy seal which saves one from torments, but if in fact you end up burning in hell forever because you put the mark of a cross on your forehead, because the cross is actually the mark of the beast, mentioned, for instance, in Revelation 14. 11, then it certainly wasn't God's True Church, but rather, it was some worthless fallen church, some heretical church which drags souls down to perdition, which gave you the terrible terrible terrible advice which led directly to your burning in hell forever...So, to review, the cross either symbolizes no evil, or else it symbolizes some evil. What do you think about these scriptures which tell us the cross of Christ is sacred? I think my position is perfectly correct and rational: Christ's sacrifice on the cross is sacred, but this doesn't mean a pagan instrument of torture and execution, or a material representation of one, is sacred to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
I can't cover everything in my books, but I think I review quite a bit! A sect, any sect - Roman Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, the Anglicans, the Mormons, the Jehovah's Witnesses etc., etc., any sect, either upholds the True Faith, at least upholds it well enough, and therefore leads people to heaven, or else it does not uphold the True Faith - not well enough anyway! - and therefore that sect leads people to perdition. A church, any church is either good enough to be God's True Church, or else it is just not good enough. An Atheist can understand why a Christian would obey theological as well as political commands given to him by his church. The Atheist will see that church as an agent of barbarism, superstition and ignorance, but once a person is powerfully convinced that his church is God's True Church, and is powerfully convinced that he will attain heaven and will never be plunged into eternal perdition, provided he always obeys his church, then, you would think, this person would always obey both religious as well as political commands from his church. People twist a few Christian scriptures and try to argue that Christians must always obey the secular authorities. Christians must obey the secular authorities except when these authorities give anti-Christian commands. The apostles would certainly have rebelled against an emperor's orders if he ordered people to worship his image. The apostles would have refused to obey any order from the secular authorities if that order was anti-Christian in their eyes. Of course if a person is on the fence, if he is not quite sure if his church is God's True Church, or if it is a misguided and deluded and heretical church which leads people to perdition, then this changes things, and he will probably not be 100% obedient to his church in these circumstances. Revelation 20. 12-15 describes the Last Judgment, where one is either cast into the lake of fire, or else one enters the kingdom of heaven. Those two options are the only options. Revelation 20.12-15, Matthew 5, Luke 13. 3, 2 Thess 1. 8, John 15. 6 all say, more less, the same thing: Repent or Perish, fire for those who do not obey the Gospel of Jesus Christ, fire for those who do not abide in Christ etc. One who is cast into the lake of fire at the Last Judgment will never enter the kingdom of heaven: he is always damned to perdition.
The True Faith, the new law, the Divine Law, the new covenant, and the Gospel of Jesus Christ are all different names that mean the same thing. Christ told us at the Last Supper: 'This cup is My blood of the new covenant...' We first read that God will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah in Jeremiah 31. 31-34, where we read that God will write His new law on the hearts of His people. So, everything depends on getting this new law / new covenant / True Faith written on your heart. If you have God's new law written on your heart, then you will know how to attain heaven and how to escape perdition. If one doesn't have the Divine Law written on his heart, though one is deluded enough to insist that one does, when, in fact, one does not, then one is indeed deluded. 2 Thess 2 is a scripture which pertains to delusion. 2 Thess 2 also mentions a falling away - presumably a falling away from the True Faith. And 2 Thess 2 mentions a man of sin / son of perdition, presumably this is none other than the Antichrist mentioned in 1 John 2. 18, who is, presumably, the beast mentioned in Revelation 19. 19. Many commentators tell us the Temple in Jerusalem will have to be rebuilt in order for the man of sin / son of perdition described in 2 Thess 2 to stand in the holy place, in order for the prophesy of 2 Thess 2 to be fulfilled. However St. Paul tells us that the heart of a True Christian is the temple of God - 1 Corinthians 3. 16. So, if the Antichrist attempts to write the law of the Antichrist on the hearts of True Christians, and the law of the Antichrist is probably, more or less, the same thing as the law of the Devil, and since the heart of a True Christian is the holy Temple of God, then, the Antichrist will be standing in the holy place, so to speak, when he attempts to write his law on the hearts of True Christians, and perhaps in this way the prophesy of 2 Thess 2, the prophesy about the man of sin / son of perdition who sees himself as God, and who will be standing in the holy place, will be fulfilled, even though the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem has not been rebuilt.