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        Christ described Himself as the Shepherd and the door of the sheepfold. And this door signifies a life of humility and  meekness.  Anyone who tries to enter heaven by another way will not be able.  Christ calls them thieves and brigands. 

        St. Thomas of Aquinas states that Christ became man so man will never desire to be as gods, so that man will always remember that he is man.  Adam and Eve were tempted "to be as gods" and this was their fall.   

        Most of us do nothing for the salvation of our souls; or we devise our own way to salvation, approve it and truly believe that our way will save us.  Others devise a faith that is different from the Faith Christ described which consists in obeying His commands.  Hardly anyone knows the commands of Christ, even confusing them with the Ten Commands of God which , in some way, is obsolete.  Now, that is acting like God because only God can demand what is required to enter the kingdom of heaven.  Pride or, as St. Paul calls it, the pride of life has transformed many of us into pagans and idol worshippers, believing that we can do things by ourselves, improve life by our mere human efforts, improve the future of nations. . .we cannot do these without God's help or approval.  "Remember you are but men."






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