K.I.S.S.



I am sure that most people have an inkling as to what the meaning of that acronym is.
For those who have never heard of this one, the explanation can be found later in this writing.


"What is truth"? That question was asked of Jesus Christ by Pontius Pilate in John 18:38.
Truth is a person, and that person is Jesus Christ. John 14:6, Ephesians 1:13,4:21
Since there is only one Jesus Christ, it stands to reason that there can be only one truth. John 17:17-19.
Since He IS truth, then His Word is truth. John 17:17
In fact, He IS "The Word". John 1:1
Therefore, we know that something is true if, and because He said it.
We also know something is true if Holy Scripture had said it elsewhere, since the books within it were inspired by the Holy Spirit.
Simple, isn't it?

Now since His Word is truth, whoever does not abide by His Word has just called Him a liar.
"He who believes in the Son of God has the testimony of GOD in himself. He who does not believe the Son, makes him a liar, because he does not believe the witness that God has borne concerning his Son." 1John 5:10
Simple, isn't it?

"Jesus answered him, "If a man loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. He who does not love me does not keep my words; and the word which you hear is not mine but the Father's who sent me." John 14:23-24
"You are my friends if you do what I command you." John 15:14
Are you still His friend if you do not do all of what he commands of you?

Now these verses do not say that we keep some of what He said, but ALL of what He said.
We cannot be selective and choose this, and reject that of what He commanded, can we?
Simple, isn't it?

While He walked the earth, He founded a teaching Church, and guaranteed that He would be with it every day in every century until the end of time.

"And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." Matthew 16:18
In this verse He said one Church only, and nothing could ever destroy it from the outside or from the inside.
Simple isn't it?

His one Church was prefigured (typed) in the Old Testament:
"Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain." Psalms 127:1
Simple, isn't it?

"Going therefore, teach ye ALL nations: baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe ALL things whatsoever I have commanded you. And behold I am with you ALL days, even to the consummation of the world." Matthew 28:19-20
Notice the three "ALLS", ALL nations, ALL teaching of His, for ALL time.
That is the definition of the "Universal Church". The Greek word for "Universal" is "Katholicos".
Hmmm, I wonder what that word would be when translated into English?
Notice also in the last sentence, where He said that He will be with His Church every day in every century until the end of the world, and with no gaps whatsoever, not one single day.
That is what the person of Truth Himself said.
Strangely, I ask non-Catholics to name this one Church which Jesus Christ founded, since it was His guarantee that it is with us every day from the time He founded it and to this very day. It has been in plain sight for almost 2000 years and yet not one has ever given me a correct answer.
Why then do some say He left His Church since they falsely charge that it fell into apostasy soon after the last Apostle died?
Who are we to believe, truth Himself, or those who make undocumented and unprovable false charges contrary to what He said?
I would suggest at this point, that you should go back and re-read 1John 5:10, for the answer to these questions.
Now if Truth Himself is deemed a liar, then of what purpose is all of Christianity?
Simple, isn't it?

"I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you." John 14:18
Yet another promise of perpetualty for the Church which He founded.
Simple, isn't it?

"Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, for ever and ever. Amen." Ephesians 3:20-21
Yet another promise that His Church will last for ever and ever.
Simple, isn't it?

Now comes more promises of teaching.
"And I will pray the Father, and he will give you another Counselor, to be with you for ever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him; you know him, for he dwells with you, and will be in you." John 14:16-17
Notice that the Spirit of Truth is not given to the whole world, but to a select few, His Apostles, those who build upon the foundation of which He laid.
Simple isn't it?

"But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you." John 14:26
Notice the future tense of this verse. The teaching or Development of Doctrine will continue into the future.
Simple isn't it?

"I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come." John 16:12-13
Another two verses speaking of future tense, "He will guide you..."
Simple, isn't it?

Since it is all so very simple, why then do pickers and choosers accept verses which fit with their personal opinions or feelings, and reject others which do not? Doing that makes it a smorgasbord religion. "I will pick this verse and reject that one, or at least pretend that it does not exist."
Here are a few examples of what the pickers and choosers reject:

Luke 1:48 (NIV), "From now on all generations will call me blessed."
1. "From now on", means from the time she said it until the end of time.
2. "All generations", without a doubt means every one of us. There is no excuse. There is no escape.
3. "Will", is surely a binding command and not merely a suggestion.
4. "Call me blessed". The word "blessed" has been missing in every non-Catholic post I have ever received regarding the person who uttered these words. Why do they think they can reject this verse? If anyone rejects "The Word" of GOD, then they reject Him, simply because "The Word" IS GOD (John 1:1).
Simple, isn't it?

Matthew 18:17 (NIV), "If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, treat him as you would a pagan or a tax collector."
I have asked the pickers and choosers, "To which Church would they go to satisfy this command of "Truth Himself", if they had lived in 150, 700, 1000, or 1400 A.D.?" It is such a simple question, but of the scores of those I have asked, I have yet to receive an answer of the truth from any one of them. The answer is obvious, as it is the Church which Jesus Christ founded and promised that it would be found in every century until the end of time.
What is so hard about answering this question by naming the Church?
Simple isn't it?

1Timothy 3:15 (CR), "if I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God's household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth."
Strangely, when I ask the pickers and choosers, "What is the pillar and foundation of the truth?", they usually say it is the Bible. I then ask, "Why do you say that when the Bible had said it is the Church?"
When I ask them to name the Church to which Saint Paul referred in this verse, they cannot, or simply refuse to do so.
It is, quite simply, the one Church which Jesus Christ founded, and it most certainly has a name.
Simple, isn't it?

2Peter 1:20-21 (RSV), "First of all you must understand this, that no prophecy of scripture is a matter of one's own interpretation, because no prophecy ever came by the impulse of man, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God."
Clearly, Saint Peter had said in these verses that private personal interpretation of Scripture is NOT to be done. Interpretation of Scripture comes from GOD alone through a few chosen men inspired by the Holy Spirit. Yet there are millions of non-Catholics all running around claiming "The Holy Spirit told them". That is the main reason why there are over 35,500 different Protestant sects in the world today, with each disagreeing on this private interpretation or that one.
Why do those millions continue to ignore these very simple and very important Words of GOD?
Just look at the problems they have created for themselves by not abiding by this basic teaching of Holy Scripture?
Simple, isn't it?

John 10:16, "and there shall be one flock, and one shepherd." 
Why is it when Truth Himself has exhorted all of us to be one, that today we find over 35,500 Protestant divisions (and still increasing every week) of the Body of Christ?
There is only one Jesus Christ and He has only one Body.
"Has Christ been divided up?" 1Corinthians 1:13
How could Jesus have made the meaning of the number one to be any simpler than it is in John 10:16?
Will someone please tell me what part of one is it that they simply do not undersand?
Simple, isn't it?

James 2:10 (GW), "If someone obeys all of God's laws except one, that person is guilty of breaking all of them."
James 2:10 (RSV), "For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it."
Wow! Those are tough words, but they are not my words. They are GOD's Words. That verse is so important that I had to give you quotes from two different Protestant Bibles, so there could be absolutely no confusion in grasping the meaning of it.
I have listed in this writing many verses which are disobeyed or ignored by millions of non-Catholics.
Saint James has said that breaking only one was needed to make anyone guilty of breaking them all.
According to "The Word of GOD" in James 2:10, all of GOD's laws have been broken by them.
So where have they put themselves in regards to their own salvation?
Simple, isn't it?

What I have presented here is so very simple that anyone with GOD given common sense and the power to reason, should have no difficulty whatsoever in gleaning the truth from these verses. Why then do some "invent" elaborate and complicated denials of them?




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Written by Bob Stanley, February 7, 2003
Updated April 30, 2003



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K.I.S.S. Is the acronym for "Keep it Simple Stupid". It is not what you thought it was is it?
Everything which Jesus Christ taught is so very simple, straight forward, and is plain old
common sense.
Why then do some try to complicate something which is so simple?