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Theology Forum / Re: LGBT
« Last post by chosenone on Today at 02:03:08 AM »
I find myself wondering why we need another thread on LGBT.

yes there have been a few lately.
Catholic Forum / We cannot be Christians without the grace of the Spirit.
« Last post by Paulus on Today at 12:42:59 AM »
Pope Francis:"We cannot be Christians without the grace of the Holy Spirit"

Pope Francis reflected on "the limitless language of God’s love" during his Thursday morning homily at Casa Santa Marta.  "We cannot be Christians without the grace of the Holy Spirit" who gives us the strength to love, he said.

Pope Francis was reflecting on St Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians in which the Apostle describes his experience of Jesus, an experience "that led him to leave everything behind" because "he was in love with Christ." His is an "act of adoration": firstly, he bends his knees before the Father, who "has the power to do much more than we can ever think or ask ". He uses a “limitless language”: He adores this God, "who is like a sea without beaches, without limitations, an immense ocean". Paul asks the Father for all of us, "to be powerfully strengthened in our inner selves, through his Spirit".

"He asks the Father to send the Spirit to strengthen us, to give us strength. We cannot go forward without the power of the Spirit. Our own forces are weak. We cannot be Christians without the grace of the Spirit. It’s the Spirit that changes hearts, that keeps us moving forward in virtue, to fulfill the commandments".

"He then, asks another grace from the Father", "the presence of Christ, to help us grow in charity”. Christ’s love “which surpasses all knowledge”, can only be understood through “an act of adoration of such great immenseness”.

"This is a mystical experience of Paul and it teaches us the prayer of praise and the prayer of adoration. Before our pettiness, our many, selfish interests, Paul bursts out in praise, in this act of worship and asks the Father to send us the Holy Spirit to give us strength and to be able to move forward; he helps us understand the love of Christ and that Christ consolidates us in love. And he says to the Father: 'Thank you, because You are able to do what we do not dare to think'. It is a beautiful prayer ... It is a beautiful prayer".

Pope Francis concluded his homily: "And with this inner life we can understand how Paul gave up everything and considered it all rubbish, in order to gain Christ and be found in Christ. It does us good to think of this, it does us good to worship God. It does us good to praise God, to enter this world of amplitude, of grandeur, generosity and love. It does us good, because then we can move forward in the great commandment - the only commandment, which is the basis of all others - love; love God and love your neighbour".

Source: Vatican Radio
Nevertheless: I saw nothing in that trailer that would make an atheist "worried".

The worried part might come into play when they are proving there is a God.  It's no surprise to us, but to an atheist, it might be.
Catholic Forum / Re: Why are there so many rules in the Catholic Church?
« Last post by kensington on Yesterday at 11:11:38 PM »
I had to laugh, you just asked and answered your own question, the way you wanted it answered.

I think your video would have more meaning if someone else actually had asked the question. 
Theology Forum / Re: LGBT
« Last post by kensington on Yesterday at 11:06:11 PM »
I still can't use the quote feature... so frustrating.  Nevertheless, I agree with Nevertheless.
Theology Forum / Re: So why do you think some churches are...
« Last post by Charlie24 on Yesterday at 11:00:06 PM »
As usual this subject has become an offensive extreme.

It is my opinion you have exchanged doctrine in the epistles of Paul for doctrine not intended in the book of Acts. All this comes from disecting the Word until grace is no longer present.

As for your disclaimer, you have my permission to do so. No hard feelings Jaime. I don't believe you to be what you say. I believe you have been deceived.
Amazing, there have been 1,000 more likes on Facebook for “The Principle” since one of my earlier posts in this thread.
Theology Forum / Re: LGBT
« Last post by e.r.m. on Yesterday at 10:27:39 PM »
With love and unflinching conviction on God's word.
Apologetics Forum / Re: Is it ever okay to lie or deceive?
« Last post by Curtis on Yesterday at 10:01:01 PM »
Lying is never a good idea, no matter what the circumstances are.
Brother, I know how important it is to be honest in all things~but I also understand the gift of sound judgment in the light of danger and necessity; and serving and loving my neighbor as myself, and doing the complete will of God under any given circumstances, with whatever available means at my disposal at that given time, in order to do so.

Example~God wanted Saul to go Jesse's house to anoint David to be king over Israel.  Samuel knew that doing such as task would stir up Saul's wrath against him and he would seek to kill him.  God wisely instructed Samuel to not completely reveal the reason why he was coming to Bethlehem~so, Samuel actually kept the true reason hidden from Saul. 

1 Samuel 16:1,2

  " And the LORD said unto Samuel, How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? fill thine horn with oil, and go, I will send thee to Jesse the Bethlehemite: for I have provided me a king among his sons.

  . And Samuel said, How can I go? if Saul hear it, he will kill me. And the LORD said, Take an heifer with thee, and say, I am come to sacrifice to the LORD."

Let say that Saul would have asked Samuel why he was coming to Bethlehem, what do you think Samuel should have said to Saul? I do not read where Samuel ever made a sacrifice while at Jesse's house, if he did, the scriptures does not mention that he did~ at least my memory cannot serve me to think that he did.  1 Samuel 16:1-13   

A thought to ponder:  Samuel took a heifer with him to Bethlehem, only for protection against Saul, but kept the anointing oil hidden to do the will of God more perfectly!   

Brother Red, there is a big difference between "secrecy" and "concealment" as opposed to "deceitfulness", and "falsehood." It has to do with the purpose. Secrecy, and concealment of a good purpose, for a good purpose can and is justifiable.

Deu_29:29 The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.

It was a common practice for the prophet Samuel to offer these kinds of sacrifices as told us in 1 Samuel 7:9
Even though it does not say if he did this, we can pretty much assume he did as it was something did  a lot.

1Sa 7:9  And Samuel took a sucking lamb, and offered it for a burnt offering wholly unto the LORD: and Samuel cried unto the LORD for Israel; and the LORD heard him.
Sex in Marriage Discussions and Topics / Re: New need help
« Last post by MeMyself on Yesterday at 09:47:56 PM »
If there is no love in this marriage no amount of good christian advise no matter how well intended is going to make a difference.

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