Written by Stephen Michael Leininger
Posted on August 28, 2023
Was God Serious When He Said “Be Fruitful & Multiply?”
Answer: Yes! He IS Deadly Serious
The LGBTQ (T=Transgender) movement and its assertions that the feelings and beliefs promoted are typical, morally neutral, and A-OK with God are unquestionably Satan-led. This summary does not constitute a judgement on the state of individual souls. Only God can do that. To comprehend the depth of this evil, one must understand that the very Essence of God (in whose image and likeness we are created) includes unceasing fruitfulness.
In a letter to Cardinal Carlo, Sr. Lucia (one of the Fatima visionaries) wrote,
The final battle between the Lord and the reign of Satan will be about marriage and the family [emphasis mine]. Don’t be afraid … because anyone who works for the sanctity of marriage and the family will always be fought and opposed in every way, because this is the decisive issue [my emphasis].
Almost every passage in Scripture that directly or indirectly deals with unfruitfulness also equates dire consequences as a result of God’s justice, resulting from it. Why? Short answer: We are in the image and likeness of an unceasingly fruitful God. Consequently, he requires us to be fruitful and multiply as well.
In God, this fecundity [fruitfulness -- SML] relative to God can only exist in act [SML].
Pope St. John Paul II tells us the purpose of the image is to reproduce its own prototype. To be in the image and likeness of God, one must be fruitful, just as God is unceasingly fruitful through communion and expression. He speaks, and it comes into being.
St. Hildegard tells us that the Incarnate Son of God is the “plenitude of fruition.” The Son also expresses fruitfully, for we know that all things were made through Him, especially man, who is created in God’s image and likeness. The fruitfulness of His Word was desired by the Father, as can be seen in Scripture when He says,
So shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and prosper in the thing for which I sent it (Is. 55:11).
The Son of God is not the mouth of the Trinity. Only the Father is the Mouth of the Trinity. However, when the Son took upon himself a human body and spiritual soul, he also took on a human scriptural mouth, through which all graces flow to mankind. Therefore, we can see that the Son was expressly sent to creation to be fruitful. ALL expressions in the Love of the Holy Spirit are essentially fruitful.
We must ask ourselves, does the fact that we are created in the image and likeness of God — a God whose very nature is to radiate His Light fruitfully — place upon us an inextricable mandate to express fruitfully?
Let’s answer that question by examining the consequences of not doing so. For modern man, fruitfulness (and its requirement for those in God’s image and likeness) is the most under-appreciated, misunderstood, and ignored topic by fallen man. No wonder the world is in the shape it is today.
Exodus 3:14 is the passage where “Moses when he asks, who shall I say sent me. And God said to Moses, I Am That I Am. When one applies the Hebrew meanings of the words used, it becomes clear that I Am that (or Who) I Am can be summarized this way: I Am (the Father) so that I Am (i.e., the Son — indicating Divine Fruitfulness). Additionally, the single “I” used for the two I Ams’ indicates a Unity that can only come through the Love of the third Person of the Trinity — the Holy Spirit.In Genesis 1:27-28, God gives Adam and Eve the very first positive command: “Be fruitful and multiply.” He has never rescinded that command. Was he serious about our following that command? Well, let’s see.
What Do the Mystics Say About God’s View of Multiplicative Fruitfulness
Several examples provide information helpful to evaluating the seriousness with which God views intentional/inherent sterility (not including medical conditions).
1). Why was Sodom and Gomorrah destroyed
Quoting God Himself, St. Catherine of Siena (a Doctor of the Church) writes:The sins of Sodom were “not simply [committed] with the sort of impurity and weakness to which you are all naturally inclined because of your weak nature ... No, these wretches not only do not restrain their weakness; they make it worse by committing that cursed unnatural sin [of homosexuality and other types of same-sex-relations]. ... they do not recognize what miserable filth they are wallowing in. The stench reaches even up to me, supreme Purity, and is so hateful to me that for this sin alone [emphasis SML] five cities were struck down by my divine judgment. For my divine justice could no longer tolerate it, so despicable to me is this abominable sin.
2). We Make Ugly Beasts of Ourselves
Quoting God, St. Catherine also wrote:You who were created kin to the angels have made ugly beasts of yourselves! You have stooped so low that even the demons whose friends and servants you have become cannot stand the sight of such indecency .... It is true that it was they who in the beginning shot the poisoned arrows of concupiscence [i.e., sexual perversion], but when it comes to the sinful act itself they run away.
3). Why the Flood
We are all familiar with the world’s destruction through the Great Flood of Noah’s time. The Bible only tells us that there was great wickedness, but it is not specific. The visions God gave to St. Hildegard of Bingen, who is a Doctor of the Church, provides us with greater insight. These are God’s words to Hildegard (also a Doctor of the Church):In this manner [Satan] enticed them to defile themselves with the animals, so that the image of God would be destroyed in man [emphasis SML]. If the product of their unnatural union was of the human kind [e.g., hominin], they hated it, but if it had more of the form of an animal, they caressed it.At that time men had forgotten God and acted more like animals than according to the will of God. Hence it came about that many loved animals more than people, so that women as well as men mixed with animals and had relations with them to such an extent that the image of God in them was almost completely destroyed. The whole human race was changed into monsters, and transformed so that in fact some men modeled their way of life and voice after the way of wild animals in their walking about, howling and life.But after the earth was filled with such a perverse people, I Who Am could no longer tolerate this criminal outrage. I decided to destroy the people in the water, with the exception of the few who acknowledged me. (W. M. 253) Since I could no longer tolerate that kind of thing [SML], I drowned them in the Flood. (World and Man, 285).
4). We Have One of Two Callings: Desire of Fruit & Lust for Vice
God tells St. Hildegard:Each person has in himself two callings, the desire of fruit and the lust for vice. How? By the desire of fruit he is called toward life, and by the lust for vice he is called toward death. In the desire of fruit a person wishes to do good, and says to himself, “Do good works!” … But in the lust for vice, a person wants to do evil, and says to himself, “Do the work of your own pleasure!”
5). God Hates Lukewarmness
St. Jerome writes:But while [the Lord] does not wish the death of a sinner, but only that he should be converted and live, He hates the lukewarm and they quickly cause him loathing.
6). Self-pleasuring is Inherently Sterile
Quoting God, St. Hildegard writes:
As a priest should keep himself from contamination with a woman, let him also keep himself from himself; let him take care not to arouse defilement in himself by the touch of his hands [sterile/unfruitful self-pleasuring; see also Onan (Gen 38:8-10)], so that the clamor of lust may not make a sinful tumult within him. For the crime of Adam, which brought death to Man, aroused his senses to fornication; so let people restrain their flesh so as not to undergo a shameful death.
Before reading God’s words to St. Hildegard, I want to point out the spiritually deadly danger to those souls engaging in sexual acts that are inherently sterile/fruitless. This category includes those who engage in biologically same-sex acts, including transgenders who have been made sterile via chemicals or surgical alterations. They are self-pleasuring by using another person’s body as an instrument. I’m sure many will attempt to justify these acts by saying they are in love with each other when it is actually false/animalistic so-called imitation love — not true spiritual Love. It is nothing more than biological/biochemical bonds created from hormones circulating through the bloodstream — bonding hormones such as dopamine, testosterone, oxytocin, and vasopressin.
7). LGB[Trans]Q+ Is Sterile Self-pleasuring Masquerading as Love
St. Hildegard writes:
And men who touch their own genital organ and emit their semen seriously imperil their souls, for they excite themselves to distraction; they appear to Me as impure animals [emphasis SML] devouring their own whelps [i.e., young offspring], for they wickedly produce their semen only for abusive pollution. And women who imitate them in this unchaste touching, and excite themselves to bodily convulsions by provoking their burning lust, are extremely guilty, for they pollute themselves with uncleanness when they should be keeping themselves in chastity. Hence both women and men who elicit their own seed by touching themselves in the body do a filthy deed and inflict ulcers and wounds on their souls; for they will not keep themselves in a state of chastity for love of Me. …And a man who sins with a woman by this same method of perverted fornication [anal sex] is a voracious wolf of wickedness. How? A person would seem perverted and harmful to other people if he threw away beautiful clean food and ate the ordure that comes out of the body in digestion; and these are in My sight equally unworthy and unclean, since they forsake the proper way of uniting with a woman and seek in her an alien sin. And a woman who takes up devilish ways and plays a male role in coupling with another woman is most vile in My sight, and so is she who subjects herself to such a one in this evil deed. For they should have been ashamed of their passion, and instead they impudently usurped a right that was not theirs. And, having put themselves into alien ways, they are to Me transformed and contemptible. …many are found among both spiritual and secular people who not only pollute themselves in fornication with women but also assume a heavy burden of condemnation by contaminating themselves in perverted forms. How? A man who sins with another man as if with a woman sins bitterly against God and against the union with which God united male and female. Hence both in God’s sight are polluted, black and wanton, horrible and harmful to God and humanity, and guilty of death; for they go against their Creator and His creature, which is in them. How?God united man and woman, thus joining the strong to the weak, that each might sustain the other. But these perverted adulterers change their virile strength into perverse weakness, rejecting the proper male and female roles, and in their wickedness they shamefully follow Satan, who in his pride sought to split and divide Him Who is indivisible. They create in themselves by their wicked deeds a strange and perverse adultery, and so appear polluted and shameful in My sight.
8). In 2014, Pope Benedict XVI said This About Transgenderism:
According to Simon Caldwell,
The next great challenge the Church is going to face is gender ideology, and it will be the ultimate rebellion against God the Creator. … The profound falsehood of this theory and of the anthropological revolution contained within it is obvious. People dispute the idea that they have a nature, given by their bodily identity, that serves as a defining element of the human being. They deny their nature and decide that it is not something previously given to them, but that they make it for themselves.According to the biblical creation account, being created by God as male and female pertains to the essence of the human creature. This duality is an essential aspect of what being human is all about, as ordained by God.This very duality as something previously given is what is now disputed. The words of the creation account: “male and female he created them” (Gen 1:27) no longer apply. No, what applies now is this: it was not God who created them male and female – hitherto society did this, now we decide for ourselves. …Man and woman in their created state as complementary versions of what it means to be human are disputed. But if there is no pre-ordained duality of man and woman in creation, then neither is the family any longer a reality established by creation. Likewise, the child has lost the place he had occupied hitherto and the dignity pertaining to him. …When the freedom to be creative becomes the freedom to create oneself, then necessarily the Maker himself is denied and ultimately man too is stripped of his dignity as a creature of God, as the image of God at the core of his being.The thrust of this entire article has been to show that we cease to be in the image and likeness of God when we intentionally engage in artificial/inherent practices that render us sterile. And, as stated previously, when we are no longer in God’s image, we are spiritually dead — seriously, dead!
What Does Scripture Say About Unfruitfulness
The following passages describe the grievous nature and consequences for those who do not obey God’s first positive command: To be fruitful and multiply. Some are objectively unable to “be fruitful and multiply.” For example, Many people are not called to the Sacrament of Matrimony and, thus, cannot co-create with God new children.
Many have valid medical reasons why they cannot multiply — no, sinful intervention by man involving biology does not qualify as an exception. Many other examples can be cited from which the command to be fruitful and multiply would not apply. The critical thing to remember is that All people can be fruitful to one degree or another; Some through the multiplication of sons and daughters of God, others through the virtues of Faith, Hope, and Charity.
For example, Christ was crucified, died, resurrected from the dead, and Ascended to the Father. By doing so, Jesus established his Church — his Mystical Body, the rebuilt Temple to which we become living stones built into that Temple. He made all of us a New Creation. By cooperating with God’s graces, we bring people to this Church; these newly reborn (like the dead Prodigal Son who came back to life as written in Lk 15:29-32) become New Creations, and we become fruitful.
According to St. Hildegard, virtues work through the body and soul together. She writes, “A virtue is a divine quality that … fully incarnates itself [emphasis SML].” What does this mean? It means the body is also purified and made virtuous as the heart is also purified and made virtuous. The higher powers of the spiritual soul (where the Holy Spirit dwells) are not fenced off from the lower powers (which control the body). Why is this necessary? In its role as the mouth of the overflow of the spiritual heart, the body must accurately express (both sense-ably and meta-sense-ably) virtuous acts which will bear good fruit. How does this affect our neighbors?
St. Catherine of Siena tells us:
Keep in mind that each of you has your own vineyard [from which God expects a fruitful harvest]. But every one is joined to your neighbors’ vineyards [emphasis SML] without any dividing lines. They are so joined together, in fact, that you cannot do good or evil for yourself without doing the same for your neighbors.
So much for keeping our sins private, hidden behind four walls. Our spiritual soul uses the body as a veritable transmission tower, the waves of which radiate outward to affect our neighbors. Many of those who have had near-death experiences comment about the interconnectedness of all persons, both on earth and in Heaven.
Let’s begin exploring what Scripture tells us about the seriousness of fruitful multiplication:
(Gen 38:8-10): The Contraceptive Sin of Onan
In Genesis 38, we read:
Then Judah said to Onan, “Go in to your brother’s wife, and perform the duty of a brother-in-law to her, and raise up offspring for your brother.” But Onan knew that the offspring would not be his; so when he went in to his brother’s wife he spilled the semen on the ground, lest he should give offspring to his brother. And what he did was displeasing in the sight of the Lord, and he slew him also.
Intentional unfruitfulness is why God killed Onan after intentionally spilling his seed on the ground. Rather than risking a child with his deceased brother’s wife, Onan chose artificial contraception. In other words, he decided not to fully complete the marital act to its naturally designed end. This decision is an example of how we make ourselves into beasts.
(Gen. 19: 24-26): Brimstone Rained Down on Sodom; Lot’s Wife Became a Pillar of Salt
In Genesis 19, we read:
Then the Lord rained on Sodom and Gomor′rah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of Heaven; and he overthrew those cities, and all the valley, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground. But Lot’s wife [likely named Idit] behind him looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.
This event occurred while escaping God’s destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. He destroyed the five cities of the plains because of their disobedience to His command to be fruitful and multiply, which is an impossibility with LGBTQ-related sex acts. As a result of Idit’s disobedience to God’s command to not look back, she became a pillar of salt near, or on, the shores of the Dead/Salt Sea. The Dead/Salt Sea, itself, symbolizes the biology of fallen/disordered/hormone-driven/lustful man.
When Abimelech conquered Shechem and all its inhabitants, he sowed the city with salt (Jdg. 9:45) to make it a wasteland, as was the land of brimstone and salt described in Deuteronomy (Deut. 29:22-23). So again, salt is often a sign of death and barrenness in Scripture. For a better understanding of the varying connotations of salt in the Old and New Covenants, go here.
(Zeph. 2:9): A Sequel to Pillar of Salt in Gen. 19: 24-26 Above
In Zephaniah 2:9, we read:
“Therefore, as I live,” says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, “Moab shall become like Sodom, and the Ammonites like Gomor′rah, a land possessed by nettles and salt pits, and a waste for ever.”
Moab and Ammon were the product of the incestual relations between Lot (while he was drunk) and initiated by his daughters. This event occurred shortly after escaping the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah in the areas around the Dead/Salt Sea. Why were these five cities destroyed? Because of the inhabitants disobedience to God’s command to be fruitful and multiply; committing the unnatural (and inherently sterile) sexual act known as Sodomy.
(Deut. 29:16-19,22-24): Spread Poisonous and Bitter Fruit
In Deuteronomy, the Bible tells us:
You know how we dwelt in the land of Egypt, and how we came through the midst of the nations through which you passed; and you have seen their detestable things, their idols of wood and stone, of silver and gold, which were among them. Beware lest there be among you a man or woman or family or tribe, whose heart turns away this day from the Lord our God to go and serve the gods of those nations; lest there be among you a root bearing poisonous and bitter fruit [emphasis SML], … This would lead to the sweeping away of the moist and dry alike [emphasis SML]. …And the generation to come, your children who rise up after you, and the foreigner who comes from a far land, would say, when they see the afflictions of that land and the sicknesses with which the Lord has made it sick—the whole land brimstone and salt, and a burnt-out waste, unsown, and growing nothing, where no grass can sprout, an overthrow like that of Sodom and Gomor′rah, Admah and Zeboi′im, which the Lord overthrew in his anger and wrath—yea, all the nations would say, “Why has the Lord done thus to this land? What means the heat of this great anger?”
What does the moist and dry in the above passage mean? The Hebrew word for moist is raveh, which means watered. The Hebrew word for dry is tsame. According to Brown-Driver-Briggs, Deuteronomy 29:19 can be translated as the watered with the thirsty, symbolic of an entire people or land. According to Rabbis Moshe Shamah and Ronald Barry, these two terms symbolize the righteous and the wicked, respectively (cf. Isa. 58:11; Jer. 17:6-8; Ez 19:12-13; Ps. 1:3-4). Thus, indicating sinners would bring destruction to all — both the moist (those softened by living water, i.e., Actual Grace in OT times) and the dry (those made dry/hardened due to rejecting God’s Laws) alike.
Arguably, the following statement could be made: if God had not been so harsh on Old Covenant humanity (cruel, as some foolish people might say), the seed of Abraham could not have been preserved from irreparable damage. Thus, the Son of God — our Redeemer — would not (could not??) have come into the world as a member of the family of man, the entirety of which required redemption. Put another way, the entirety of the Chosen People would have become synonymous with the cursed fig tree (Mark 11:14).
(Is 55:10-11): The Fruitfulness of God the Father’s Son
In Isaiah 55:10-11, the Holy Spirit gives us the prophesy of the coming Savior. We read:
For as the rain and the snow come down from Heaven, and return not thither but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and prosper in the thing for which I sent it.
(Ez. 47:7-11): Living Water flowing From the New Covenant Temple
In Ezekiel's dream of the rebuilt New Covenant Temple, we are told of that which is fruitful, and that which is not. It reads:
As I went back, I saw upon the bank of the river very many trees on the one side and on the other. And he said to me, “This water flows toward the eastern region and goes down into the Arabah; and when it enters the stagnant waters of the sea, the water will become fresh. And wherever the river goes every living creature which swarms will live, and there will be very many fish; for this water goes there, that the waters of the sea may become fresh; so everything will live where the river goes. Fishermen will stand beside the sea; from En-ge′di to En-eg′laim it will be a place for the spreading of nets; its fish will be of very many kinds, like the fish of the Great Sea. But its swamps and marshes will not become fresh; they are to be left for salt.”
In the Bible, the morning dew is associated with Heaven (Gen. 27:39), freshness (Num. 19:17), newness (Deut. 32:2), life (Is. 26:19), and fruitfulness (Ez. 47:7-10). Ezekiel is writing about his dream of the fruitful water that results from the Living Water flowing out from the rebuilt New Covenant Temple of Jesus’ resurrected body. When all becomes a New Creation. In verse 11, the consequence for not receiving this Living Water is death, as symbolized by the Dead/Salt Sea.
(Jeremiah 48:10): Cursed is He Who Works With Slackness
The Prophet Jeremiah warns us against being lukewarm in practicing our faith. He writes:
Cursed is he who does the work of the Lord with slackness; and cursed is he who keeps back his sword from bloodshed.
In other words, working with slackness leads to a harvest that is far below what the owner of the vineyard expects/demands.
(Deut. 11:13-17): You Will Perish Quickly from The Good Land
In Deuteronomy, God tells us if we obey his commands and do the works of God, he will make us fruitful. If not, we will be fruitless and cursed. The passage reads:
And if you will obey my commandments which I command you this day, to love the Lord your God, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul, he will give the rain for your land in its season, the early rain and the later rain, that you may gather in your grain and your wine and your oil. And he will give grass in your fields for your cattle, and you shall eat and be full. Take heed lest your heart be deceived, and you turn aside and serve other gods and worship them, and the anger of the Lord will be kindled against you, and He will shut up the heavens so that there will be no rain and the ground will not yield its fruit; and you will perish quickly from the good land which the Lord is giving you.
(Psalm 107:33-34): A Salt Waste
The Psalmist is telling us that if we rely on ourselves and ignore God, he will humble us. He will render us fruitless. We read:
He changes rivers into a wildernessAnd springs of water [i.e., Living Water] into a thirsty ground;A fruitful land into a salt waste [i.e., a barren land],Because of the wickedness of those who dwell in it.
(Heb. 6:7-8): If Yield Is Thorns & Thistles, It Is Burned
In Hebrews, St. Paul is telling us that which produces bad fruit will be burned. He writes:
For ground that drinks the rain which often falls on it and brings forth vegetation useful to those for whose sake it is also tilled, receives a blessing from God; but if it yields thorns and thistles, it is worthless and close to being cursed, and it ends up being burned.
(Mk 11:12-14, 20-21): Jesus Curses the Fig Tree
Mark tells us how Jesus cursed the barren fig tree. He tells us:
On the following day, when they came from Bethany, he was hungry. And seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to see if he could find anything on it. When he came to it, he found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. And he said to it, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard it. … As they passed by in the morning, they saw the fig tree withered away to its roots. And Peter remembered and said to him, “Master, look! The fig tree which you cursed has withered.”
After cleansing the Temple, Jesus and the disciples passed by the fig tree that Jesus had cursed. They saw that it was now withered to its roots (Mark 11:20). At first glance, these actions seem rather strange. Why would Jesus be so intolerant of an everyday fig tree, guilty of nothing more than not bearing fruit out of season? ... Scholars are virtuously unanimous in determining this episode as an acted prophecy of judgement against the Temple. As well as symbolizing the Temple, the fig tree was a metaphor for the Jews living in the land of Palestine who failed to recognize their Messiah and, thus, failed to bear the fruit that can be achieved through becoming a member of the Mystical Body of Christ — the Church — the Bride of Christ (Eph. 5:21-33).
(Lk. 19:20-23): The Parable of the Sums of Money
In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus condemns the person who bears no fruit. Luke writes:
Then another came, saying, “Lord, here is your pound, which I kept laid away in a napkin; for I was afraid of you, because you are a severe man; you take up what you did not lay down, and reap what you did not sow.” He said to him, “I will condemn you out of your own mouth, you wicked servant! You knew that I was a severe man, taking up what I did not lay down and reaping what I did not sow? Why then did you not put my money into the bank, and at my coming I should have collected it with interest?”
(Lk. 13:6-9): The Parable of the Fig Tree
When Jesus cursed the fig tree outside of the Temple (Mk 11:12-14, 20-21), he enacted a real-life parable. Luke 13:6-9, Luke conveys the same message as the former, but in the form of a traditional parable, i.e., a short fictitious story illustrating a moral attitude or a religious principle. Luke tells us:
A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. And he said to the vinedresser, “Lo, these three years I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and I find none. Cut it down; why should it use up the ground?” And he answered him, “Let it alone, sir, this year also, till I dig about it and put on manure. And if it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.”
(Luke 3:9): Axe is At the Root
Indeed the axe is already laid at the root of the trees; so every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
(Mt. 3:10): Axe is At the Root
Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire [i.e., hell].
(Mt. 7:19): No Fruit — Burned in Fire
Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
All three of these passages convey the same fate for those who are intentionally, or through slackness, do not produce good fruit.
(Mt. 21:33-34, 41,43): The Parable of the Tenants
Matthew is telling us that we are mere tenants in the world and the owner demands that we cultivate it and produce good fruit. If we don't, we will be thrown out of the Kingdom of God.
There was a householder who planted a vineyard, and set a hedge around it, and dug a wine press in it, and built a tower, and let it out to tenants, and went into another country. When the season of fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the tenants, to get his fruit … [When the tenants produced no fruit, the owner decided] He will put those wretches to a miserable death, and let out the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the fruits in their seasons. … Therefore, I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a nation producing the fruits of it.
(Mt. 13:22): Seed Sown Among Thorns
And the one on whom seed was sown among the thorns, this is the man who hears the word, and the worry of the world and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.
Please note. According to the Centers for Disease Control:
By age 30, three-quarters of women in the U.S. have been married and about half have cohabited outside of marriage, according to a comprehensive new report on cohabitation, marriage, divorce, and remarriage released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
More than 99% of women aged 15–44 who have ever had sexual intercourse have used at least one contraceptive method.
The subject of both of these statistics is women, but we know it also intimately involves the choices and behaviors of men. Are Mt. 13:22 above and Mk. 4:19 below pointing to intentional attempts to achieve sterility in the sexual behaviors likely indicated above?
How many spouses (both male and female) are more concerned with their respective careers (as well as their spouse’s) than the multiplicative fruitfulness commanded by God? Is radical feminism and machismo self-centered husbands contributing to an increase in the “worries of the world” in the context of the family?
When it comes right to it, how many parents lack complete trust in God to provide for their needs? I know from experience that trusting God can be very difficult. My Son and Daughter-in-law have eleven children. I know that there were times when their trust was put to the test. God did not let them down.
Remember, according to Sr. Lucia, the final battle with Satan is centered around his efforts to destroy marriage and the family.
(Mk 4:19): Seed Sown Among Thorns
But the worries of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.
See also Luke 8:14.
(John 15:6): Abide in Jesus or Be Cast into Fire
If anyone does not abide in Me [via Baptism and the Eucharist], he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned.
Important Note relating to this Passage: Only those in the image and likeness of God can experience an indwelling of the Holy Spirit. When Adam and Eve disobeyed God’s command, the Holy Spirit ceased to dwell in their spiritual souls. Concupiscence was the consequence. In other words, Adam and Eve did NOT abide in Him. It is my contention that the Tree of Life in the Garden was the means through which they could have abided in the Son. See Part 1 and Part 2.
Fact 1: The very Essence of a Trinitarian God includes an unceasing Dialogue among three Divine Persons which is eternally Fruitful;Fact 2: We are created in the image and likeness of an eternally Fruitful God; and,Fact 3: Artificial, intentional, inherent sterility destroys* the likeness of God within us.
Therefore, intentional/inherent fruitlessness leads to our own spiritual death, as Scripture and the Mystics demonstrate.
*Remember God’s words to St. Hildegard quoted in the Mystics Section above: “[Satan] enticed them to defile themselves with the animals, so that the image [and likeness — SML] of God would be destroyed in man [emphasis SML].”
(James 2:14-26): Faith Without Works is Dead
What does it profit, my brethren, if a man says he has faith but has not works? Can his faith save him (v. 14)? So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead (v. 17).
It has been said the Holy Spirit is the life of God, the force by which God breathes in and breathes out the Breath. If one is not exhaling and inhaling the Breath, then that person is not in the image and likeness of God, and there is no life within them. Pope Benedict, citing St. Peter, tells us,
“[God] made no distinction between us and [the Gentiles], but cleansed their hearts by faith” ([Acts] 15:5-11). “Faith cleanses the heart ... Faith comes about because men are touched deep within by God’s Spirit, who opens and purifies their hearts.”
However, if He dwells in our spiritual soul and we do not breathe out the Breath, we and our Faith are dead. As James also tells us,
“For as the body apart from the spirit is dead [because we do not breath in, or exhale out, the Breath], so faith apart from works is dead” (v. 26) and, “You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe [SML] — and shudder” (v. 19).
These are profound passages. Full of meaning. Heavy with warnings. In a discussion elsewhere on the STOSS Books website, it was learned that if any One Person of the Trinity were missing, God would not be God — God would not be Love. Our being in the image and likeness of God, to deny the promptings of the Holy Spirit, who is Divine Charity personified, we cannot be in His image and likeness. We are removing the Holy Spirit from that image and likeness. St. Catherine of Siena likens the spiritual soul to a tree that must receive water and nutrients to live and bear fruit, i.e., Divine Love (uncreated Charity — the Holy Spirit). Without this love, the tree will be fruitless. It will also be spiritually dead.
Luther was wrong when he said the Catholic Church believes that works justify us. No, that is not what the Catholic Church teaches. Works, acts, actions, and other words that denote “doing”, are all forms of expression / sending out. When done in the Holy Spirit, they are always fruitful. If we are not doing works in Love, we are not in the image and likeness of God. If we are not fruitful — in the likeness of God — the consequences are dire. Works do not justify us. Works are the consequence of being justified through Baptism, subsequently becoming members of the Mystical Body of Christ — his Church. If, as we learned in our exegesis of James 2:14-17, Faith without works is dead. It is so because there are no works. No works —> no fruit. A thought, an impulse of the Holy Spirit that is not breathed out, not sent out, accomplishes nothing for God.
(Luke 6:44): For Each Tree is Known by its Fruit
What is the significance of a tree being known by the fruit that is borne of it? It’s virtually axiomatic that the importance of fruit in the Bible is to understand that the quality of the fruit must be seen as an accurate reflection of the quality of the tree that produced it. We could also surmise that the seed carried within the fruit accurately reflects the quality of the fruit that bears it, which accurately reflects the tree that held it.
I want to pause for a second to talk about St. Paul's view on the works of the flesh - works that should be bearing fruit. He tells us,
Now the works of the flesh are plain: immorality, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, anger, selfishness, dissension, party spirit, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and the like ... But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” (Gal. 5:19-23).
For once you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them (Eph. 5:8-11).
(Rev. 3:15-17): I Will Spew You Out of My Mouth
In the first few Chapters of Revelations, John is instructed to write what he sees regarding the seven churches in Asia. However, before being ordered to write, John hears something like, “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches,” or, “I know your works,” or both. These words are significant because it is by the force of the Holy Spirit that all expressions in Love are sent out, through whom all expressions/works are made fruitful.
John is instructed to write to the Church in Laodicea:
I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of my mouth. For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing; not knowing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked (Rev. 3:15-17).
God informed St. Hildegard concerning the meaning of this passage. The cold are those who are not entirely given over to the works of evil, while the hot are those who are on fire in the Spirit to do good works. Thus, she writes:
[The lukewarm] are one who begins, but not one who finishes; you touch the beginning of good, but you never feed on its perfection, like the wind that blows around a person’s mouth and not the food that reaches his stomach.
According to St. Catherine of Siena, the stomach is a metaphor for something being digested into the inner heart, i.e., the spirit of the spiritual soul.
After learning more about the scriptural meaning of the mouth, you probably have a pretty good idea of the meaning of the phrase “spew you out of my mouth” (Rev. 3:16). When the Word of God took on a human body, he also took on a human mouth. Through his human mouth, he could become one body, one flesh, with man. Thus, he could express the life of God dwelling in his human heart, i.e., the Holy Spirit.
Remember to which Church John was directed to write. It was to the Church in Laodicea. And what is the Church? It is the Mystical Body of Christ. And who is the Church? We are the Church through Baptism and the Eucharist. So, when Jesus tells us he will spew the lukewarm out of his mouth, he reiterates what was said in the Gospel of John. Jesus said:
I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch of mine that bears no fruit, he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit … I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him [it is through Baptism and the Eucharist that we obtain this mutual abiding. See Jn. 6:56], he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If a man does not abide in me, he is cast forth as a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire and burned (Jn. 15:1-2;5-6).
More Resources on the Topic of Intentional/Inherent Fruitlessness
Satan’s 100–120-year plan to destroy the Church
Promoting Artificial/intentional/inherent sterility was integral to Satan’s 100–120-year plan to destroy the Church. He planned to accomplish that destruction by destroying marriage and the family — the Domestic Church, the Bride of Christ. Welcome to Pride month (the author says sarcastically). Satan’s plan is discussed in detail in a three-part blog titled, The Beast in Scripture is Not Coming: It’s Here!
In Part I, we are warned about the dangers of being too literalistic in our interpretation of Scripture. We talked about the substance of the Beast described in the books of Daniel and Revelation, about whether the Beast was a single person or a group of persons. We talk about the significance of five of the six Beasts in Scripture described as coming out of the sea. We learned that the final two Beasts have been in the world since the beginning of the twentieth century.
In Part II, we identify that which distinguishes man from beast. Only by undertaking this comparison can we understand how we willingly make ourselves into beasts, becoming part of the substance of the Beast. To understand what it means to be created in the image and likeness of God, we first need to understand (as much as is humanely possible) the Essence of God. Only then can we know the substance of the Beast.
In Part III, we learn about multiplication versus addition. The distinction is necessary for understanding fruitfulness as God described it in Genesis. We know about the one battle being waged on two fronts by the spirit of the Antichrist (the Beasts). We will learn about the watershed event in Church history, which changed the Church and the world for the rest of salvation history. Finally, we will discuss the Antichrist and who, or what, it is. We will discuss the relationship of Mary’s appearance at Fatima in 1917 to our understanding of the Beast/Antichrist and the meaning of end times in Catholic theology.
Born With Same-sex Attraction, Does That Mean God Wills It?
Links to Parts 1-3:
In Part One, we answer the question: Does God will spiritually destructive behavior and harmful addictions? It would seem so. Why? Because many are born with spiritually and physically harmful predispositions. To answer the question posed in the Section title, we will examine the science of epigenetically–driven biological change. We will use science and theology to refute certain erroneous beliefs.
In Part Two, we address the LGBTQ’s plea for legislative enforcement to normalize same-sex-attracted behavior. The premise of this plea is based on false logic, false/chemically-induced love, and false/hormonally-induced so-called compassion. The argument used to justify these destructive and morally dangerous behaviors goes something like this: I was born this way, so it must be God’s will that I am this way. In other words, they set up a Straw god and use it to promote their evil agenda.
In Part Three, we show why the above reasoning is based on a logical fallacy known as non-causa pro causa. Also discussed are the following:
The Trinity — Our Biblical and True God;Satan Presents to His Followers a Straw God. One whose Essence is a Lie;Some Lies That Flow from the Straw/False God;Why We Can Never Tolerate Same-Sex Behaviors, and;How Does God View Same-Sex Behaviors?
Resources Revealing the Scientific Truth About Transgenderism
According to scientists in one study:
Transgender individuals who undergo gender-affirming medical or surgical therapies are at risk for infertility. Suppression of puberty with gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist analogs (GnRHa) in the pediatric transgender patient can pause the maturation of germ cells, and thus, affect fertility potential. Testosterone therapy in transgender men can suppress ovulation and alter ovarian histology, while estrogen therapy in transgender women can lead to impaired spermatogenesis and testicular atrophy. The effect of hormone therapy on fertility is potentially reversible, but the extent is unclear. Gender-affirming surgery (GAS) that includes hysterectomy and oophorectomy in transmen or orchiectomy in transwomen results in permanent sterility.
The Ruth Institute’s Research Page. Make sure to scroll the entire page.
To understand how widespread junk/biased/falsified science has become — even among so-called peer-reviewed submissions, read here.
Studies Support the Belief That Gender Ideology is Demonic. This article is written in multiple parts. They are: Introduction; Part 1) Brainwashing our young through the education system; Part 2) Physical damage caused by various treatments; and Part 3) Psychological damage. The link above leads to the Introduction. Links to the other three parts are contained in the Introduction.
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Cited by Giles: Bonaventure, 1 Sent. d. 2, a. 1, q. 2, fund. 4 (Opera Omnia, vol. 1, 53).
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