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Who Was St John The Baptist

Who was St John The Baptist? What was the point of his ascetic life out in the desert, where he wore camel hair and ate locusts and wild honey? Would we welcome such a man if he came into our streets today? This man whose birth was announced by an angel and who was related by blood to Jesus.

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The Bible refers to all Christians as "Saints" (Romans 1:7, etc)
---Todd1 on 9/21/08

Why is he referred to as a saint?
---Susie on 9/21/08

John was a cousin of Jesus and gave his life over to making way for our Saviour. He baptised our Lord Jesus among others. He lived the simplest of lives in prayer and humility. He died a ghastly death.
---NVBarbara on 6/9/07

I think John was a very special man, both privileged and burdened in life. I would have probably found him fascinating--but would not want to come to his barbeques! :O I can do without my barbequed locust, thank you :D
---Mary on 5/22/07

Part 2 about the "barbeque": my aunt once said she'd eat bugs if they're dipped in chocolate! And I believe she would, too lol! :D Hey, if it's dipped in white chocolate, I might even eat a locust! :D
---Mary on 5/22/07

Mark B, yes, and some were dead

Matthew 27:52 "And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,"

The RCC does canonize "Saints", this is not the limit of those in Heaven, nor does it mean that they were not saints on earth. There have been many difficult eras during which living saints walked the earth and gave good example for the rest of us aspiring saints.
---lorra8574 on 5/21/07

In the bible saints were alive
---mark_B. on 5/21/07

He was not called St. John. He was called John. Those of us in Christ are saints of God. We don't call each other saint and we don't call believers that have gone home with the Lord saints. When I was a Catholic, we called them saints and you can always identify a Catholic, if they use that term.
If John the baptist was alive today, it would be the same. It would not happen though, because the time has passed. God's time. Jesus is lord.
---sal on 5/21/07

Carl, Psalm 106:16 "They envied Moses also in the camp, [and] Aaron the saint of the LORD."

Daniel 8:13 "Then I heard one saint speaking, and another saint said unto that certain [saint] which spake, How long [shall be] the vision [concerning] the daily [sacrifice], and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot?"
---lorra8574 on 5/20/07

Carl P2: Philippians 4:23 "Salute every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren which are with me greet you."

It seems that what we do less of now is read the Bible. In the RCC, this is mandatory, but apparently not all Christians do this as often as they should.
---lorra8574 on 5/20/07

John the Baptist was the son of Elisabeth, Mary's cousin (read Luke 1). This chapter explains his relationship, his name and his reason for being (vs76). It is said he was a recluse to spend more time in communion with God. Locust could have been a bread rather than the insect. A saint is a person that stands out from others in morals or ethics. To me that title would be a stumbling block of pride yet many respect it even worship it.
---mikefl on 5/19/07

No one called each other saint back in that day as we don't now. No church makes a saint. I remember when I attended Parochial school (Catholic school) in the 50's they were just making Mother Seaton of the Sister's of Charity, officially a saint by the Catholic Church. What a crock. Like she had to do so many good deeds and be approved by the "Powers that Be" in the Catholic world. A saint is a believer and a follower of Jesus Christ as we should all be.
---Carl on 5/13/07

O.k. let's not get caught up in the terminology of "saint".
Let's just call him John.
Who was John? He is extraorindary in the way we find him living in the desert, wearing extraordinary clothes, eating extraordinary food - living like a wildman, this man in the desert - an ascetic - who baptised Jesus, a relation of Jesus, whose birth was announced by an angel.
A man separated from the world - cut off from wealth, power and prestiege.
---Ed on 5/11/07

As I read this question I failed to find anywhere in the question asking about the Catholic Church and its beliefs, some people just can't pass it up can they.
---Johannes on 5/11/07

john,the church existed the day of resurrection.and though paul may have referred to believers as saints,most today don,t make the grade to be called saints.I personally don,t throw the word saint around,cause I see the darkness in many so caklled believers,becoming saints ,? maybe.but acheiving? NOT IN THIS LIFE.
---tom2 on 5/10/07

tom2. None are saints? The word "saints" is mentioned 61 times in the N.T. and always refers to believers. None of those were Catholic. The Catholic church does not make saints. They may try, but they can't do it because all of us are already saints when we believe in Jesus. Paul mentioned saints in the churches at Jerusalem, Lydda, Rome, Cenchrea, Corinth, Ephesus, Philippi, Colosse, and others. That was before any Catholic church existed.
---john on 5/10/07

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John the Baptist, who was filled with the Holy Spirit before he was born, was God's messenger to introduce his son to the world. The closer one is to God and more isolated he becomes in the world.
This was proved by his living in the desert and dressing very commonly.
---Mima on 5/10/07

though all believers are children of God,none are saints.the catholic church makes saints out of people sometimes after death ,sometimes before.he was john the baptist.he life was foretold in the the old testament as the mesenger fortelling of christ.
---tom2 on 5/10/07

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