Ecclesiastes 7

6 “So don’t be too good or too wise—why kill yourself 17 But don’t be too wicked or too foolish, either—why die before you have to? 18 Avoid both extremes. If you have reverence for God, you will be successful anyway”.

When I think of the above scripture I think of the Roman Catholic Saints. I perceive these saints were on the whole prophets (or prophetesses). I believe the calling of prophet is still with the church and will be until the end. 
There are those Christians who teach that the calling of Prophet ended with Jesus coming in to this world. But the Holy Scripture (New Testament – NEW WILL) says: “There are Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers”. Maybe teachers are saying we have the calling of Prophet through Jesus Christ and it is not the same Prophet calling like the Old Testament Prophets. So we have a grey area of understanding taught from teachers about the calling of Prophet; meaning the understanding here is not black or white. 
So we have Catholic Saints who are prophets. In my perception a prophet is one to have penetrating insight, they see others and they see themselves. And they see the good and the bad. So they see sins. They see the sins in themselves so prophets are often feeling guilt and remorse about their own sins. And prophets sometimes feel the need not to just atone for their own sins but to also atone for other people’s sins. Seeing in the spiritual brings on a tremendous weight of responsibility in the prophets eyes. Prophets think they must help a lot. Prophets usually turn to prayer to help others. Intercessory prayer is a prophets trademark. 
Many Roman Catholic Saints died in their early years of age. Why? The scripture above may give us insight to why these saints died young. The wise man says “Do not be too good or too bad, get a balance. Why die before you have to”. 

So were these Catholic Saints wise? They may have been very insightful but were they wise? Insight and wisdom go together but are not the exact same. Insight is seeing whereas wisdom is knowing what and what not to do. John the Baptist was a insightful prophet but was he wise? Jesus a prophet is both insightful and wise. The scripture says “Jesus grew in wisdom and stature”. John the Baptist did not grow in wisdom. John the Baptist offended people. Jesus in his wisdom offended few people. 

Many Roman Catholic Saints died young because they were not balanced, not leading balanced lives, they were not overtly wise. 
In my younger years I read now and then stories about the Roman Catholic Saints and such readings would inspire me.
Yours Sincerely; Lester John Murray.


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