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How Was Christianity Maintained
Anyone besides Nicole please.
---kathr4453 on 1/19/18

I think all denominations function the same way, and I include Catholic and Orthodox as denominations (argue with me later).

The seat or governing body of the denomination determines the doctrine for the denomination, but individual churches have the right to apply or reject specific teaching. Although, if individual churches reject specific teaching they run the risk of losing their connection with the denomination, if the denomination continually vets its churches.

For example, my church is United Methodist. Recently, UMC rejected added the Nicene Creed to its denominational doctrine. However, my church recites the doctrine and uses it in the membership class.

Finish Here January 2018
NONE of these disallow apostles today and SIMULTANEOUSLY permit Paul.
---StrongAxe on 1/18/18

I think you have forgotten what Apostle means.

Generically it means "one sent" or "messenger".

If we accept this definition, only the messengers and ones sent from Jesus are Apostles of Jesus. This would be only the twelve called by Jesus and St. Paul. Paul would be because of his "accepted" road to Damascus meeting of Jesus.

Any of Apostles of today can only be considered Apostles of God and not Apostles of Jesus, because they are not sent by Jesus Himself.

Brother Sister In Christ
I had to do some research on your answer. Very interesting.
---KarenD on 1/13/18

Now that you have read the Nicene Creed, I would be interested to know what you think about the words and the theology of the Creed.

The fight over the Nicene Creed was about the deity of Jesus. The Creed attempted to posit that Jesus was the same essence, the same being (in the meaning like human being) as God the Father.

The Nicene Creed helped in the establishment of the doctrine of the Trinity.

Our Christian faith is the Trinitarian faith of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

All We Need Is Love
How about His words in Gethsemane? "My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even unto death?"
---Cluny on 1/13/18

Yet, St. Paul says:

Phil 4:11 "Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am"

Contentment. Peace. Peace in the storm. These are the ideas I have about serenity. Not the "I am floating on a cloud" serenity, but the serenity that knows "I am going to be alright" in the midst of the trials and even death because I can depend upon my Father who loves me even though I do not deserve it.

How Was Christianity Maintained
Actually, there was a German version of the Bible pre-dating Luther's...
---Cluny on 1/13/18

But Luther's became the predominant version. Few know of the other versions, even fewer have the other versions.

We owe a debt of gratitude to people like Wycliff, Luther, Erasmus, Tyndale, Wojewodka, Van Liesvelt, and others who risked their lives to get the Bible into the hands of everyone in their native countries.

And people like Francois Du Toit for courage to translate the Bible in the face of criticism and calls of heresy.

How Was Christianity Maintained
what was there before Martin Luther penned his 95 Theses?
---Monk_Brendan on 1/11/18

A church (Body of Christ) who did not read the Bible, primarily because they could not read Latin, Greek, or Hebrew.

Luther's greatest contribution was in translating the Bible into German, which allowed the individual German Believer to read the Bible for themselves. Many translations into native languages followed.

We have seen the truth of this with many native peoples in the 20th century. Many of the natives believe in Jesus, but many more do when they can read the Bible in their own language.

Brother Sister In Christ
What do you think it takes for you to consider someone your brother or sister in Christ?
---KarenD on 1/11/18

For me, my statement of faith is the Nicene Creed (without the filoque).

All We Need Is Love
Can you say that the many martyrs died in peace and serenity when they were dipped in pork fat and lit on fire?
---Monk_Brendan on 1/10/18

Who can say what their state of mind was?

Why do you think tribulation should destroy our peace and serenity?

Let's look at Jesus. On the cross with death looking Him in the face, He asks the Father to forgive the people who did this to Him. I don't know about you, but this demonstrates great peace and trust in the care of the Father.

And that is what drives our peace and serenity. Trust in the good will and intentions of the Father toward us. We do not need to strive to get our Father to love us, He already does. And nothing we do can make Him love us more or less.

Finish Here January 2018
meaning he personally believed Enoch wrote it, and WE Consider Jude to be inspired scripture...
---StrongAxe on 1/11/18

There is much in Jude that is unexplained. Rebellious angels not keeping their proper abode being kept in chains, Michael arguing over the body of Moses, and the quoting of the prophesy of Enoch.

Much of this comes from extra-biblical writings and is even discussed in some Kabbalah teaching.

Most Christian Biblical scholars and Christian Theologians do not use this information for doctrine or dogma. Even Judaic Biblical scholars do not put much value on it.

Why do you?

Non Biblical Manger Scenes
There was ALWAYS legalized gambling in the US...
--Cluny on 1/10/18

Yes, you are correct.

I forgot about cities like Deadwood, Dodge City, and Tombstone.

However, these games and others like them were not the mega-million dollar lotteries we see today.

My complaint is the devil-may-care attitude of everyone to these lotteries and gambling casinos. It seems every state has a lottery and now, every state has casinos.

Why do we continue to "legalize" things that are killing our citizens?

Finish Here January 2018
Actually Jude 1:14-15:
---StrongAxe on 1/10/18

I stand by my statement.

As I stated, Jesus and the Apostles did not quote the Apocrypha.

Jesus certainly did not write the book of Jude.

The suspected author of the book of Jude is Judas, the half-brother of Jesus. Judas was not called to be an Apostle, and likely became a follower of Jesus after Jesus death. We know this from John 7:5, where Jesus brothers did not believe in Him. That would have included Jude. Therefore, Jude did not get his instruction and direction directly from Jesus.

Non Biblical Manger Scenes
Now they want to legalize pot because of all the TAX revenue it will give states...
---kathr4453 on 1/10/18

As you said, another bad idea.

The tax revenue is supposed to persuade voters like me. But, as many here know, I am an NA and I know all about weed.

Legalization increases use, increases addictions, increases people using while operating motor vehicles, increases lethargy and apathy of people, increases use by children, increases hospitalizations, increases birth defects and medical conditions, and increases stress on law enforcement.

These issues outweigh any increase in taxes. Besides, more taxes means more government and I want less government.

God Of Old New Testament
The Godhead shall not be DEFINED as three persons/dispensations...
---faithforfaith on 1/10/18

Please explain what this verse means in your belief...

John 1:1 "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God".

Later in John 1:14, we see who the Word is...

John 1:14 " And the Word became flesh, and dwelt in us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth"

As I read these verses, I see that Jesus is God, just as His Father is God also.

Either we believe in Polytheism (more than one God) or we believe in something that can be described in the term "one".

Finish Here January 2018
They just didn't rock my world, or change or add anything to my beliefs...They actually contradicted.
---kathr4453 on 1/10/18

My feelings don't have anything to do with my rejection of the Apocryphal Books.

My belief is based upon the authority and authorship of the books.

The Hebrews did not consider the Apocryphal writings as Scripture. Jesus and the Apostles never quoted from the Apocryphal writings. If these two groups did not consider them inspired, why should I?

Many authors of the Extra-Biblical NT writing are disputed or even false. For example, the Gospel of Thomas was not written by Thomas, the Apostle. Such issues with authorship bring questions to the integrity of the Books.

Addicted To Disney Tarzan Music
If it were merely a physical light, others would have seen it.
---Cluny on 1/9/18 St. Paul describes his conversion in Galatians, he uses a word not used in other places...

Gal. 1:15-16 "But when God, who had set me apart even from my mothers womb and called me through His grace, was pleased to reveal His Son in me so that I might preach Him among the Gentiles..."

God revealed Jesus in Paul to Paul on the road to Damascus.

This is not some linguistic problem, some slip of the tongue, or some translation issue. This is something different.

Jesus was already in Paul while he was Saul.

Non Biblical Manger Scenes
BUT because I don't believe in the Lottery, or even play the lottery my conscience would not let me take the money.
---kathr4453 on 1/10/18

Totally agree. Never played in my entire life, never will.

Lotteries were the beginning of legalized gambling in the US.

I live in NC and we recently created a lottery (2005). During the campaign, the lottery boasted that it would increase funding to schools. Great idea, many thought. However, when the lottery went into effect, all the funding that was currently going to schools stopped, and only the lottery funds went to schools. The funding for schools actually dropped and the prior funding was moved to other "priorities". What a bunch of lies!

Explain Matthew 5:16
Does Matthew 5:16 conflict with Matthew 6:1-4? Why or why not?
---Steveng on 1/7/18

You have been given many good answers.

I think its easy to see the conflict, if you miss these four small words...

Matt. 5:16 "Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven"

Jesus was such a great teacher. When I pay attention to those four words, my next question to Jesus is, "What is the way that I am to shine my light before men?"

The rest of the verse is the answer to my question.

All We Need Is Love
Why is there so little love on these blogs?
---Monk_Brendan on 1/8/18

Love is an action word (I know, I know). And it starts with ourselves.

If I stay in the middle of God's will for me, I stay in peace and serenity.

But what is God's will for me? Easy, love God and love others.

But, when I fire off an answer to someone without really looking to edify, lift up, and really love someone, I am out of God's will. And being out of God's will means I lose the serenity and peace I want. I feel it, physically and emotionally. And if I continue without confessing this error(sin) to God or anyone else, I will do other things outside of God's will and thus, the cycle continues and continues.

Aborts And Miscarriage
the effect is exactly the same.
---StrongAxe on 12/29/17

So, your answer to my question is a big fat YES. You think it is fair to have different tax rates based on the level of success in earning.

I think we should create a new "ism" and call it "envyism". "Envyism" is encoded our tax model. Envyism penalizes the successful, while rewarding the unsuccessful.

Envyism is pervasive like all other "isms", such as racism and socialism, yet is acceptable to large segments of the population (when told to compare themselves to the successful).

Envyism reminds me of the quote "the man who never has enough money to pay his debts has too much of something else".

New Covenant With Israel
Isn't there something wrong with "Christians are not under the 'Jewish' Law because... the New Covenant was made with Israel?
---Jerry6593 on 12/29/17

Under that straw man argument, Gentiles cannot be Christians at all, only Jews can.

Yet we know that St. Paul said that the power of God for salvation has come to everyone, the Jew first, then the Greeks.

So your argument has holes.

First, the OT was made with Israel. The NT, extends to all mankind (Rom. 1).

Second, the OT was concerned with the Mosaic law. However, in the NT grace and truth came thru Jesus (John 1).

Third, the OT was not faultless, and a NT was needed. And when the NT was inaugurated, the OT was made obsolete (Heb. 8).

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