Let me have you bitten by a poisonous serpent, and if nothing happens to you, I will believe!

The Catholic Answers

You are asking me to do that which is sinful in order to prove God’s religion true! Satan said to Christ, “Throw thyself down,” and Christ replied, “It is written, thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.” It is wrong to try to force God to do even things we believe that He has promised—for Satan quoted a promise of God. Above all, it is wrong when you want God to do always what He has promised to do on some particular occasions only. The Jews cried, “Come down from the cross, and we shall believe.” You would have watched Him die for your salvation, and then refused to believe because He did so! You have suflicient evidence, and if you refuse to look at that, you would not believe even if one rose from the dead before your very eyes. I do not fear death. I do fear sin. But your logic in promising to believe that I am a true successor of the Apostles provided I indulge in sinful conduct is baffling.

Radio Replies Volume 1 by Rev. Dr. Leslie Rumble MSC and Rev. Charles Mortimer Carty

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