You can say what you want about the Bible and the teachings of the Catholic Church, you can choose to believe them or not, you can think that they are all myths, the same with God. But for those skeptics out there (no, I am not going to try to convince you) let me share a couple of things I have found recently.
The first reading from today’s Mass is from the second letter to Timothy. This letter was written almost 2000 years ago and the section in today’s reading pretty accurately predicts what is happening in our world today.
…proclaim the word; be persistent whether it is convenient or inconvenient; convince, reprimand, encourage through all patience and teaching. For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine but, following their own desires and insatiable curiosity, will accumulate teachers and will stop listening to the truth and will be diverted to myths. – 2 Timothy 4:2 – 4
We see this every day whenever someone tries to spread the Word they are shouted down. some are even arrested. These people believe in free speech and freedom of religion as long as it agrees with them. If it doesn’t they don’t want to hear it.
Would you like another example? How about this from Paul Letter to the Romans:
And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God handed them over to their undiscerning mind to do what is improper. They are filled with every form of wickedness, evil, greed, and malice; full of envy, murder, rivalry, treachery, and spite. They are gossips and scandalmongers and they hate God. They are insolent, haughty, boastful, ingenious in their wickedness, and rebellious toward their parents. They are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Although they know the just decree of God that all who practice such things deserve death, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them. – Romans 1:28 – 32
We don’t need to look too far to see this in our world. Turn on the nightly news, it is all around us.
Okay enough of the Bible, let’s look at an example from the teaching of the Catholic Church. Back in the 1960’s the church convened a council known as Vatican II. One of the documents that came out as a result of this was an encyclical called Humanae Vitae written by Pope Paul VI. This encyclical talks about the value of Human Life. In section 17 Pope Paul VI makes this prediction about the consequences of contraception:
Let them first consider how easily this course of action could open wide the way for marital infidelity and a general lowering of moral standards. Not much experience is needed to be fully aware of human weakness and to understand that human beings—and especially the young, who are so exposed to temptation—need incentives to keep the moral law, and it is an evil thing to make it easy for them to break that law. Another effect that gives cause for alarm is that a man who grows accustomed to the use of contraceptive methods may forget the reverence due to a woman, and, disregarding her physical and emotional equilibrium, reduce her to being a mere instrument for the satisfaction of his own desires, no longer considering her as his partner whom he should surround with care and affection.
This is followed by:
Consequently, unless we are willing that the responsibility of procreating life should be left to the arbitrary decision of men, we must accept that there are certain limits, beyond which it is wrong to go, to the power of man over his own body and its natural functions—limits, let it be said, which no one, whether as a private individual or as a public authority, can lawfully exceed.
In other words, a man should not be playing God, nor should they let the government do it.