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Explain James 5:19-20
  
Nicole_Lacey:

You wrote: And why does anyone have to do something to get some of their sins taken away?

Forgive me if I'm wrong, but doesn't the Catholic church teach that you first have to confess your sins to a priest, and then the priest has to grant absolution? The Sacrament of Penance.


Should Christians Carry A Gun
  
Nicole_Lacey:

You wrote: MOST PEOPLE buy guns for self-defense.

MOST people? Maybe where you live, but I don't personally know anyone who owns a gun, and I feel perfectly safe without one. Maybe it's because people in the South are more violent that you feel that you need a gun to keep you safe?

Forget that their true INTENT for the knife was to cut up food.

Kitchen knives cut up food. Stilettos, switchblades, and bowie knives are designed for other purposes.

The ONLY thing that keeps me in a FAIR fight with at man is a gun.

Do you often get into fights with men? The last fight I was in was in school. Again, maybe the South is more violent?


Finish It Here September 2018
  
KarenD:

This site is the only one that I know of that arbitrarily cuts off conversations after 75 messages and puts a ridiculously low limit on messages, meaning people can't say what they need without much editing down, leaving things out, or posting multiple messages (which is also forbidden).

The problem isn't that discussions go longer than 75 messages, but that they are constantly derailed onto topics that have little or nothing to do with the blog topic itself, rather than starting new blogs.

It's also not just "a bunch of monks and a Catholic woman". They wouldn't be arguing without other equally argumentative people to argue WITH. There are many other argumentative people here.


Explain James 5:19-20
  
kath4454:

You wrote: You also accuse God of not being able to restore the Kingdom to Israel right after Acts 1, because man wouldn't cooperate? YIKES AGAIN? NOTHING TWARTS GODS PURPOSE.

That's not entirely true. In one incident recorded in Matthew 13, Mark 6, Luke 4, and John 44, Jesus said a prophet is not accepted in his own country, as he could not do any miracles in his own country because of THEIR unbelief.


Explain James 5:19-20
  
Exodus 15:26
And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee.

Or, more simply, God will free you of health problems if you get right with Him. Sin is not the disease, just the barrier to being free of disease.

(Then again, the fact that even saints get sick and die show that this model is overly simplistic).


Are Christians Gullible
  
To answer the original blog question:

We are told to be wise as serpents, yet gentle as doves. Sadly, all too may Christians appear to be gentle as serpents, yet wise as doves (e.g. pastors who scapegoat entire groups of people and/or call for people's executions, and the flocks of sheep who agree with them).


Billy Graham Used By God
  
Nicole_Lacey:

You wrote to Samuel: So why do you REFUSED to accommodate Catholics?

You are the first Catholic I have ever heard who objected to the phrase "Roman Catholic", so this isn't a matter of accommodating Catholics, but rather, accommodating one single Catholic.


Billy Graham Used By God
  
Cluny:

You wrote: kathr, don't you think that the church you attend is the only true Church? If you don't, why do you attend it at all?

Most people don't demand exclusivity from most things in their lives. Most people are willing to eat at a restaurant, despite realizing that other good restaurants exist. They just happen to like theirs better.

Jesus' true church is not a building built of human hands, and is not confined by artificial boundaries of man-made organizations. There are members of it in many places. In the final judgment, many will be surprised by who is included and even more surprise by who isn't.


Billy Graham Used By God
  
Nicole_Lacey:

You wrote: I said to be a Church you have to be ALL Sacraments.

The Catholic church teachis this, but others do not. The Bible nowhere teaches that there is some particular type of religious ritual called a "sacrament" that is qualitatively different from all others, nor that there are a small specific number of them nor that you have to believe in them.

How does the Catholic church get to dictate to all other churches who is and who is not an actual church? This is just as presumptuous as those evangelicals who declare that Catholics aren't "real" Christians, or those pseudo-Christian cults who say the same of everyone who isn't a member of that same cult.


Billy Graham Used By God
  
kathr4453:

As Cluny has also previously pointed out, It's not only the Catholic church that has covered up for crimes that its own have committed against children (and sometimes others). The same have also happened among protestant churches as well, and not only by clergy, but sometimes entire congregations as well. I read a story only last year about a woman who was raped by a pastor, and when she brought it before the church, the whole congregation sided with the pastor against her and threw her out.

Google: Ken Engelking
(I am not sure if this was the same case, or just a similar one).
And how could anyone forget the PTL scandal?


Billy Graham Used By God
  
Melody:

The Sinner's Prayer itself is not "God's Word", because it does not occur anywhere in the Bible.

I used the words "magical formula prayer" (specifically in quotes) because many evangelicals believe saying the Sinner's Prayer somehow "magically" saves you - like it is some ritual with supernatural magic powers. However, it is NOT the Sinner's Prayer itself that saves us, but faith in Jesus. Saying the Sinner's Prayer is merely a manifestation of that faith, not the faith itself.

Those who believe that the words themselves have some kind of magic saving power are, in fact, committing idolatry.

You also presume to know all about me, telling me to do something I did over 40 years ago.


Billy Graham Used By God
  
Josef:

It says "causes to stumble". It doesn't distinguish whether such a cause was deliberate or accidental.


Melody:

There are many examples in scripture of people being saved, and of things that one must do do be saved. However, there is no one single "magic formula" prayer anywhere in scripture that sums it all up in one simple neat package. This is what the Sinner's Prayer does, and the use of such formulas is relatively recent. Another one is, "Do you accept the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal savior?", which also does not appear in scripture (and neither does the phrase "personal savior").


Should We Break The Law
  
michael_e:

No, I did not serve, but I respect veterans and the sacrifices they make. Those who gave their lives are heroes, but that doesn't mean those who returned alive aren't.

Trump, who avoided going to Vietnam, called avoiding STDs while partying at Studio 54 his "personal Vietnam".


Nicole_Lacey:

You wrote: Trump has always been the BIGGER PERSON.

He always thinks he's bigger in everything. This is not magnanimity. It is narcissism.

Trump's "Be careful, Lyin'Ted, or I will spill the beans on your wife!" is repaying evil for evil, stooping down to Cruz's low level - hardly the attitude one would expect from a statesman or someone who claims to be a Christian.


Should We Break The Law
  
Nicole_Lacey:

Obama and Bush were friends of McCain, despite being political rivals. Reasonable people can be both - a distinction Trump is unable to grasp.

Today is Labor Day. McCain's funeral was two days ago.

RINO is a pejorative used by some Republicans to disparage others, just as many Christians claim others aren't "real" Christians. No group can survive while its members attack each other.


jerry6593:

"snowflake" is a pejoritative that refers to people who can't take the heat. I live in Arizona. I'm not afraid of a little heat, literal or otherwise.

Personal insults and ad-hominem attacks are the refuge of cowards who have nothing more substantive to say.


Billy Graham Used By God
  
Josef:

You asked: where in scripture is it written or implied that mistakes made, or misunderstanding concerning the teaching of doctrine will condemn the teacher to hell?

Matthew 18:6 (and similarly Mark 9:42 and Luke 17:2):
But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.

(i.e. the penalty for this is WORSE than the death penalty. Use your own imagination.)


Should We Break The Law
  
michael_e:

Are you saying that any soldier who survives a war is no hero, that all veterans are cowards?


Nicole_Lacey:

You wrote: Lefties LOVE to leave out facts!

You choke on one lie McCain told, while swallowing the thousands Trump tells on an almost daily basis.

So Trump CAN'T insult McCain, but McCain CAN insult his Constituents?

As President, ALL Americans are Trump's constituents. He constantly insults Americans of all kinds - i.e. his OWN constituents - reporters, disabled people, families of veterans, even people of his own party who are doing their jobs that just happen to disagree with him - you name it.


Should We Break The Law
  
jerry6593:

How typical. You have only condemnation for a veteran who bravely served, then suffered years of torture and solitary confinement, yet only praise for a man who cowardly avoided service five times, and as Commander in Chief is too afraid to visit troops in combat zones, and mocks the veteran as "he doesn't like people who get captured". Since that's how Trump thinks, imagine what he thinks of Jesus who got captured and killed.

Trump had only condemnation for McCain and acts this way to ANYONE who ever dares defy him. Trump is a "Christian" who "hates all enemies" instead of loving and forgiving them. Talk about vindictive jerks!
Your total hatred for McCain shows a similar vindictiveness.


Billy Graham Used By God
  
David:

As James wrote, we are not saved works, but works demonstrate our faith. Standing up in front of a large crowd to make a public declaration requires a great deal of bravery and a great deal of faith. Doing so doesn't "magically" give you faith or save you - it just demonstrates that you already have the faith, and it's strong enough to act upon.


Should We Break The Law
  
Nicole_Lacey:

McCain knew he was dying, and planned the guest list for his funeral. He specifically invited two personal friends, former presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, but requested that Donald Trump not attend. People everywhere were eulogizing him, but at the same time, Trump did what Trump always does - play golf.



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