THE CAT AND THE
CHRISTIAN SCIENTIST CATHOLIC
by Maurice M. Johnson
Froude's story of the "CAT'S PILGRIMAGE" is, in brief, that of a cat setting out to learn the secret of happiness. She met successively an ox chewing the cud, a bee gathering nectar, a bird singing to its mate; and in answer to her question each gave a characteristic reply. The ox bade her chew the cud; the bee, make honey; the bird, perch on a bough and sing; but, as she could do none of these things, they could advise no further, because that was to them the great secret of happiness which they advised her to do.
At last she came to an owl, and he advised her to MEDITATE. The advice seemed to her sensible and feasible, but the question was, what to meditate about. The owl was equal to the emergency, and said "Our race has observed that the owl comes from the egg and yet the egg from the owl; hence the question arises, 'which first existed, the owl, or the egg?' " And the owl said: "I ponder perpetually on this question."
"But", the cat rejoined, "how are we to find out?" "Find out?" said the owl. "We can never find out. The beauty of the question is that its solution is impossible. What would become of all our delightful reasonings if we were so happy as once to know?"
"EVER LEARNING, AND NEVER ABLE TO COME TO THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE TRUTH" (See II Tim. 3:7) describes the condition of professing Christendom in the last days of this age, according to God's Word.
"I'm a Presbyterian!" "I'm a Methodist!" "I'm a Roman Catholic!" "I'm a Pentecostalist!" And that settles it as far as the vast majority of professing "Christians" are concerned.
If you sincerely ask them to open the Word of God and "give a reason for the hope that is within them," they are either offended or they will argue that they, and you, and everyone else "CANNOT KNOW" just who is right.
They will contend only for the privilege of REMAINING UNCERTAIN.
MUST WE BE "RELIGIOUS KNOW-NOTHINGS"?
Every sincere believer in the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ HAS "received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God that (he) might know the things which are freely given to (him) of God." I Cor. 2:12-16.
No, thank God, we who have been washed from our sins in the precious blood of Christ should never be "religious know-nothings," but rather be TRUE—
CHRISTIAN SCIENTIST CATHOLICS!!!!
Oh, no, Mrs. Mary Baker Glover Patterson Eddy's COUNTERFEIT brandy for giving heed "to old wives' fables" will never enable one to KNOW spiritual truth. I am "A CHRISTIAN SCIENTIST CATHOLIC" because I am a blood washed "sinner," and therefore, I have been "Baptized into the Body of Christ" (I Cor. 12:12-13), which body is the TRUE "Catholic Church" (not Roman Catholic).
Note these definitions:
A Christian is a CHRIST-ian, one who can truthfully say with Paul, "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me."—Gal. 2:20.
A scientist in the spiritual sense is a Christian who KNOWS; for the word "science" comes from the Latin word "scio" which means "to know," or, "I know". So I am a "Christian Scientist" because I KNOW I am saved. Like Paul, "I KNOW whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day." I Tim. 1:12.
(For other glorious occurrences of the word "know" see 1n. 7:17; 8:32; 17:3; 2 Cor. 8:9; 2 Tim. 3:1; 2 Pet. 3:3; 11n. 2:20; 3:2,14; 5:10.13; Rom. 8:28; Prov. 22: 20.22 I Cor. 10.12; I Tim. 6:3.6).
A Catholic is simply a saved sinner, a child of God, and therefore a member of the TRUE "Catholic" or universal Church. The word "catholic" simply means "universal." Every blood washed believer is truly a "member" of the only church known to the Word of God for "By (or with) one Spirit are we ALL baptized into ONE body, and have been ALL made to drink into ONE Spirit."
Thus, you see, every true Christian is a "church member"—a "baptized" member—in the "Church of God" (I Cor. 12:27.8; Rom. 12:4.5; Eph. 1:22,23; 2:19-22; 4:1-6).
Therefore, we may truthfully say that every "born again" believer is un-doubtedly "A CHRISTIAN SCIENTIST CATHOLIC".
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