"nothing unclean will enter it [heaven]" [Rev. 21:27]
"Holiness is not an option.", St. Maxmilian Kolbe
"Some" say that Christians do not have to be "holy" or "perfect" to get into Heaven.
However, we can clearly see that The Bible says different. The following are the "Readings"
for the Catholic Mass for "All Saints Day" 2007.
Rv 7:2-4, 9-14
I, John, saw another angel come up from the East, holding the seal of the living God. He
cried out in a loud voice to the four angels who were given power to damage the land and
the sea, "Do not damage the land or the sea or the trees until we put the seal on the
foreheads of the servants of our God." I heard the number of those who had been marked
with the seal, one hundred and forty-four thousand marked from every tribe of the children
After this I had a vision of a great multitude, which no one could count, from every nation,
race, people, and tongue. They stood before the throne and before the Lamb, wearing
white robes and holding palm branches in their hands. They cried out in a loud voice:
"Salvation comes from our God, who is seated on the throne,
and from the Lamb."
All the angels stood around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures.
They prostrated themselves before the throne, worshiped God, and exclaimed:
"Amen. Blessing and glory, wisdom and thanksgiving, honor, power, and might
be to our God forever and ever. Amen."
Then one of the elders spoke up and said to me, "Who are these wearing white robes, and
where did they come from?" I said to him, "My lord, you are the one who knows." He said to
me, "These are the ones who have survived the time of great distress; they have washed
their robes and made them white in the Blood of the Lamb."
The Second Reading:
1 Jn 3:1-3
See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God.
Yet so we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved,
we are God's children now; what we shall be has not yet been revealed. We do know that
when it is revealed we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.
Everyone who has this hope based on him makes himself pure, as he is pure.
We know that Christ marries the Church in The Book of Revelation [Rev. 19:7 etc.],
"The Marriage of The Lamb" .
Does He marry a Bride clothed with righteousness, who is filled with rot and decay beneath?
Would you want to marry someone who was beautiful on the outside but filled with rot and
decay on the inside?
I think not!
Nor does Christ. Throughout The Bible Jesus calls us to "holiness" = "perfection".
Lev. 11:44 "For I, the LORD, am your God; and you shall make and keep yourselves holy,
because I am holy."
Mt. 5:48 "So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect."
Furthermore God admonishes us against a mere covering of "cleanliness" in the Gospel of
Matthew, chapter 23.
Mt. 23:25 "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You cleanse the outside of
cup and dish, but inside they are full of plunder and self-indulgence."
|THE "BOTTOM LINE" IS THAT EVERYONE WHO WISHES TO BE THE BRIDE OF
CHRIST AND SO ENTER ETERNAL LIFE
"makes himself pure, as he [Christ] is pure".