Second level of meaning of Phinehas: The re-enactment and elaboration of the heresy of Pe’or in 21st century society
Both Scriptural and literal history are being repeated anew all across 21st century global society, to once again violate the first commandment of God through the entry-point of violating the sixth commandment. Specifically, history is repeating itself in 21st century society through the re-enactment and elaboration of, as well as the additions to, the heresy of Pe’or; the daily and pragmatic application of which is occurring under the postmodern rationalizations of the ‘right’ of freedom of sexual expression and the ‘right’ of freedom of worship. Rights considered by many, if not most, as the two pillars-of-mainstay of democratic societies especially in the Western world, since they are strongly considered to both result in and safeguard the ‘freedom and liberty’ of mankind. Hence the re-enactment and elaboration of, as well as the additions to, the heresy of Pe’or in today’s day and age is hereby defined as the heresy of the 21st century.
Defining the current re-occurrence of the heresy of Pe’or as the heresy of the 21st century is, in essence, a definition of good fit because God’s Law has remained unchanged throughout the ages. Specifically, although sociocultural (i.e., societal, political, communitarian, familial, individual) changes have multiply abounded since the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt during the Old Testament era, the Law of God as reflected both in and through the intrinsic structure of nature and expected lifestyle of have remained the same throughout, based upon God’s original and enduring construction of the natural order (Veritatis Splendor, 1993). An argument can be – and is generally – made that the right of freedom of worship allows people who desire to do so, to worship God without constraint or restraint. An argument with roots derived from the anti-communistic mentality and fitting hand-in-glove with the strong relativism structurally characteristic of today’s democratic societies. But given that God was, is, and will remain the Creator – that is, the Alpha and Omega of the entire universe including postmodern man – His Law is not solely immutable; it is also universal (ibid.). Given such immutability and universality of God’s Law, therefore, the “pillars-of-mainstay” rights of freedom of sexual expression and worship in today’s societies are, in essence, nothing but the two heresies-of-mainstay of the heresy of the 21st century. Specifically, such rights typify the lifestyles characteristic of original pagan cultures and add even more degrading variants to them, in essence making 21st century ‘democratic’ societies neo-pagan counterparts. Thus the re-occurrence of the heresy of Pe’or in today’s day and age is nothing but the pragmatic enactment, elaboration, and epitome fulfillment in daily life of the heresy of the 21st century.
The postmodern counterpart of the Israelites in 21st century society
Christians and Catholics. In the New Testament era, Christians – particularly those who are also members of the universal Catholic Church – are both the continuation of, and postmodern counterpart to, the Israelites of the Old Testament era as “the People of God” (CCC 752). Specifically, Christianity and Catholicism were founded by God the Son during the Last Supper with twelve apostles, each of whom represented one of the twelve tribes of Israel (CCC 765). Said apostles had been given the sacramental mandate to both perpetuate and expand in the spirit that which had been the divine heritage of the Israelites in the flesh, under the visible leadership of Peter (Lumen Gentium, 1964). The founding of Christianity and the Catholic Church was ratified with God the Father through the Crucifixion of God the Son, which became the New and Everlasting Covenant between the Father and His chosen people; as well as the shedding of the Son’s Blood and Water from His pierced side. Both of which (1) redeemed and reconciled man with God by re-opening the gate through which mankind can pass in order to reach Heaven (an ability lost through the commission of original sin by the first parents), (2) cleansed and keep on cleansing away the ancestral sin with which each human being is born (CCC 390, Rm. 6:17-19), (3) anointed and keep on anointing man into divine adoptiveness, thus making him a true child of God and heir to His Kingdom.
Given that Christianity took separate though related pathways from Catholicism throughout the ages due to defects of brokenness from Petrine succession and the infiltration of man-made doctrines, especially which latter resulted in altered fundamental beliefs and omissions in the sacramental life, it is the Catholic Church that has retained the entirety of the divinely-inspired preservation, interpretation, and transmission of the Truth of God. That is the preservation of the deposit of Faith in accord with Sacred Tradition, together with its accurate interpretation and intergenerational transmission through the divinely-inspired activities of its authentic Magisterium. The Catholic Church has maintained intact such deposit through its principalness of apostolic succession (St Irenaeus, c.180), manifested through unbroken Petrine succession, and the permanency of all the elements instituted by Christ during the Last Supper (CDF, 2007; Lumen Gentium, 1964). For such reasons it is only the Catholic Church that can provide the route to fullness of communion with God in His Trinitarian form, namely the fullness of mankind’s true Inheritance (ibid.). Hence the Catholic Church established by God the Son, through the beneficence of God the Father, and divinely endowed in perpetuity by God the Holy Spirit is One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic (CCC 811). It belongs to God the Holy Trinity and its members constitute the epitome counterparts of the Israelites in the 21st century – that is “a kingdom of priests to serve his God and Father (Rv. 1:6) . . . a line of kings and priests for God (Rv. 5:10) . . . a holy race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people” (1 P. 2:9).
The heresy of the 21st Century: Violating again the sixth commandment to totally violate the first
As epitome counterpart of the Israelites in the 21st century – that is, the epitome embodiment of the People of God – Catholics are in duty bound to uphold the Law of God as found in the Decalogue, as part of their universal call to holiness (CCC 773, Lumen Gentium, 1964). The necessity of upholding said Law was not only confirmed but additionally refined by God the Son when preaching at the Temple, through the means of the two precepts: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul and with all your mind . . . [and] love your neighbor as yourself” (Mt. 22:37-38) – the latter precept epitomizing the essence of the fourth to the tenth commandments. Thus by virtue of the aforementioned, Catholics as a population are marked from non-Catholics in a manner similar to which the Israelites were marked by God during the Old Testament era. Such marking both imposed and continues to impose upon Catholics the obligation of fully renouncing manners of being and living that typify unholiness and violate the Law of God – that is, lifestyles characteristic of neo-pagan cultures. However, through (1) the establishment and adoption of the pillars-of-mainstay rights of sexual expression and freedom of worship in postmodern societies, especially Western democratic societies; (2) the refusal of many Catholics to resist the adoption of such rights and their implementation in daily life – that is, their ongoing passive or active refusal to both reject and oppose the heresies-of-mainstay comprising the heresy of the 21st century; as well as (3) their consequent acceptance and following of said heresy, Catholics have both acted and keep on acting similarly to the Israelites at the time of Pe’or. Drawing upon themselves and the rest of their brethren the fullness of the wrath of God.
Specifically, when Catholics both decided and continue to decide to follow the heresy of the 21st century – that is, (a) they consent through commission or omission to the expression of any kind of sexuality that occurs externally to the sacramentalized marital union between a man and a woman, and which union embraces within itself the two intents of procreation and purity of heart with regard to the performance of the sexual act (John Paul II, 1981, 1994; Paul VI, 1965); and (b) they consent to any forms of worship that occur externally to those delineated specifically by the authentic Magisterium of the Catholic Church, even if such forms may occur within Catholic churches themselves in and through the cultural rationalizations of ‘dynamic equivalence’ and ‘inclusiveness’ – Catholics (1) engage in great sexual depravity; (2) worship false gods, (3) desecrate themselves, and (4) consecrate themselves to the Ba’al of the 21st Century. They not only forego their state of holiness by violating both (a) their purity and (b) perpetual covenant of exclusive worship to God. They additionally (c) desecrate themselves as the epitome embodiment of the People of God – “a people made one with the unity of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit” (De Orat. Dom. 23; PL 4, 553, cit. in Lumen Gentium, 1964, n. 4) – by (d) consecrating themselves to Death instead of Life. In so doing, Catholics incur God’s burning wrath and decree of annihilation because, in essence, they go from being the People of God to being the people of Satan. Meanwhile, the process used by non-Catholics to entice Catholics to sin, in order to achieve the ultimate aim of eradicating their right to achieve their eternal Inheritance is identical to that originally employed by the Moabites and Midianites during the heresy of Pe’or – that is, getting Catholics to violate the sixth commandment, to ultimately persuade them to fully violate the first commandment. The three-fold aim intrinsic in this process is the complete eradication in our present times of (1) the authentic Catholic Faith, (2) the Catholic Church itself, and (3) the epitome embodiment of the People of God; through the micro-processes of deception, distortion, and attack.