Critical GRACE Theory
Critical Grace Theory is an important asset for Catholic Christian Believers today in three important ways:
- It provides a foundational perspective upon which we can effectively critique the current madness of the crowds.
- It demonstrates how critical God’s grace is for healing and transformation in our individual and social lives today.
- It draws us out of the darkness of woke-ness into the light of Christ, who is the critical factor in saving our souls.
Critical Grace Theory exposes our deepest problem and shows us where we are going wrong:
- Systemic Atheism: Without God as our Father how can we ever truly be brothers and sisters?
We lack any common ground in a higher power who is the basis of goodness. How sad!
- Rampant Corruption: We cannot save ourselves despite our best efforts, as history aptly proves.
We cover up the deeds of darkness through lies, deception, and censorship. How ugly!
- Unbridled Narcissism: Without God, we mistake ourselves as supreme beings in ourselves.
It becomes all about me, my needs, my truth, my reality, my victimhood, myself. How lonely!
Critical Grace Theory also presents us with a solution to our problem and our need for God’s saving grace:
- Birth: The broken world around us precedes our own faults and frailties, compromising us from the start.
At our first birth, we came out of the darkness of our genesis into the light of day that is darkened by sin.
- Rebirth: God saves us from ourselves through Christ, who came on a search and rescue mission to save us.
At our new birth, we come out of the darkness of this world into the saving light of Christ and his teachings.
- ELM: Eternal Life Matters! more than anything else, and its blessings already start here and now in the Spirit.
Knowing that you are going to exist forever, you should take better care of yourself and repent right now.
Critical Grace Theory exposes and confronts Atheism as a Dysfunctional Secular Religion:
- False Beliefs: The bigger the lie, the more deceptive and superficial (only skin-deep) it is.
“I am my own god. I discover my own truth. I create my own reality. I find my own self.”
- False Values: I feel, therefore I am always right! (And you had better not get in my way!)
“I can do no wrong. Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals is my unholy bible and game plan.”
- False Leaders: If you don’t believe in God, you will most probably believe in almost anybody else:
Celebrities, Tech Giants, Tycoons, Pop-psychologists, Politicians, Pundits, Peers, and others.
Critical Grace Theory also offers us a graceful way out of the spiritual catastrophe of Atheism:
- God’s Purpose: God our Father created us for happiness in love,
with a plan for sharing the fullness of life with us, both now and for eternity.
- Our Problem: We rejected God’s loving plan for us through sin,
and thus, we lost our way, both in this world and in the life to come.
- God’s Provision: God provided a sacrifice for the forgiveness of our sins
through the saving death and resurrection of his Son, Jesus Christ.
- Our Pathway: We return to God through the love and grace of Jesus Christ,
as we commit our whole life to Christ as our God, in the community of his Church.
Some Further Talking Points on the topic of “Who am I to judge?” in the light of Critical Grace Theory:
- God is certainly our judge, and he has revealed his judgment to us in many ways, but especially in Christ.
- It is not only what Christ himself said, but what his Apostles taught in the name of Christ, that also counts.
- Christ said it, the Apostles preached it, the Bible records it, the Catechism teaches it, and so we believe it.
- We are sinners who deserve punishment but, instead, the mercy of God offers us the gift of salvation.
- When we substitute our judgment for God’s judgment, we repeat the original mistake of Adam’s sin.
- When people tell us to not judge them, pray for them, for they are acting guilty about something bad.
- When we accept God’s judgment, we throw ourselves on the mercy of his Court, and we are pardoned.
- Let us stop judging by human standards, and start living by God’s judgments and standards in faith.
- Lord, confront me with my sin, then forgive me by your grace, for I am a hopeless case without You!
For more information about these critical spiritual matters, here are some resources for you to consider:
- CatholicsComeHome.org – survey of Catholic Christian teaching
- Catholic.com – concise answers to commonly posed faith questions
- StDaniel.org/ChristLife – an evangelical course in Catholic Christianity
- MyCatholic.Life/the-my-catholic-life-series – online Catechism course