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Raise Taxes Cut Spending

Mike said: "lower & middle class are sacrificing for the rich."

I'm not quite sure how that makes sense. Are you aware that the top 10 percent of income earners in the USA pay almost 70 percent of the federal taxes? Would you like them to leave the country and take their money elsewhere so they can keep that tax money and create jobs in other countries? I think I'd like to have them make jobs here.

Loving Someone Unconditionally
Try reading Feeling and Healing Your Emotions by Conrad Baars

Easier To Be Saved
Matthew 7:13 "Enter through the narrow gate, for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many.

14 How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life. And those who find it are few.

It sounds like it is a whole lot easier to be lost.

Perform Miracle To Be Saint

it is not relevant what roman catholic idolaters believe
---Eloy on 6/4/11

Luke: 6:13 "Stop judging and you will not be judged. Stop condemning and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven.
Luke 6:"Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord,' but not do what I command?
15 I will show you what someone is like who comes to me, listens to my words, and acts on them.
That one is like a person building a house, who dug deeply and laid the foundation on rock, ...
But the one who listens and does not act is like a person who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the river burst against it, it collapsed at once and was completely destroyed."

Assured Of Your Salvation
Matt 24:13 But the one who perseveres to the end will be saved.

2Tim 2:12: If we persevere we shall also reign with him.

Romans 11:22: provided you remain in his kindness . . .otherwise you too will be cut off.

Phillipians 2:12: work out your salvation with fear and trembling.

(Part 2) The Bible also says:

1 Cor 9:24-27: "No, I drive my body and train it, for fear that, after having preached to others, I myself should be disqualified."

1 Cor 10:12: "Therefore, whoever thinks he is standing secure should take care not to fall."

Perform Miracle To Be Saint
"the Roman Catholic Church teaches acts of miracles are necessary for someone to become a saint is because they believe in salvation by works." Mark_V.

Actually, a miracle through the intercession of a person who is worthy of emulation by the faithful AFTER his/her death is required for beatification and then again for canonization in the Catholic Church.

Perform Miracle To Be Saint
"The Word can often be interpreted in more than one way." -Donna66 on 5/24/11

That is very true. That is why the Catholic Church passed on the teaching of the apostles who were with Jesus during His ministry! It is still so today. That is why there is a Magisterium, or teaching authority, of the Church, so we can get the same teaching today that was given church members 2000 years ago. The Church guards the "deposit of faith."

Perform Miracle To Be Saint
Rhonda: "either one believes EVERY Word of God or one believes men and their fancies"

OR one can believe scripture and Tradition. Please remember, the *Church* is the "pillar and foundation of Truth" (1 Tim 3:15), NOT scripture. As I have said before, Jesus never commanded a book to be written, rather, in Mark 3:14 and 16:15 Jesus commands *preaching* of the Gospel message: "He said to them, 'Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature. And He clearly gave us A CHURCH. When someone has a problem with a brother, WHICH church does he take it to if each person is of a different denomination??

Perform Miracle To Be Saint
willa: "What exactly do you consider apostolic teaching." Following Scripture and Tradition as taught by Apostles and passed on through successors of Peter. In the 100's, St. Irenaeus wrote a list of eleven Popes who succeeded Peter, then wrote: "In this order, and by the teaching of the Apostles handed down in the Church, the preaching of the truth has come down to us." The church passed this on before there was a New Testament. Papal succession brings the same teaching: Eucharist is Jesus' Body and Blood. The Apostles/successors can forgive and retain sins. The reformers left the church to created "new" truth removing 7 books/Bible which didn't support their new doctrine.

Perform Miracle To Be Saint
willa: "The church the Reformers left was corrupted, full of greed and enslaved people to their doctrine..."

Still, Jesus said the gates of hell would not prevail against His Church. He never said that there would be any other churches! You said that the church was corrupted, etc. Isn't that referring to the gates of hell? The Church Jesus founded still exists today...and the gates of hell are still trying to tear it down. It still follows apostolic teaching!

Perform Miracle To Be Saint
Thank you for your response, Willa5568. I would like to submit to you that Jesus never commanded a book to be written, rather, in Mark 3:14 and 16:15 Jesus commands *preaching* of the Gospel message: "He said to them, 'Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature. Thus we accept the Tradition passed down from the Apostles.

Also, there may have been many reasons for challenging the Church during the time of the Reformation, but in Matthew 16 Jesus says that the gates of hell will not prevail against His Church (singular). If memory serves me correctly, people left the Church that Jesus founded during the Reformation, to form their own Church(es) and change 1500 years of doctrine.

Perform Miracle To Be Saint
How are the doctrines taught by the apostles in this place any different than any other place willa5568? It's the same Gospel message. How can the word traditions be separated out here? How can it make sense that traditions were taught in this place and nowhere else (which is what you are implying if I understand correctly) if they were teaching only one Gospel message?

1 Thess 14: "For you, brothers, have become imitators of the churches of God that are in Judea in Christ Jesus." This scripture suggests that the same message was followed in these other churches, doesn't it?

Perform Miracle To Be Saint
I appreciate your response, willa5568: "I would suggest all who are christians build our beliefs on scripture and not what we have been told we should believe."

I would like to offer you this scripture:

2Thes 2:15 "Therefore, brothers, stand firm and hold fast to the traditions that you were taught, either by an oral statement or by a letter of ours." Tradition and Scripture are both important. From the above scripture, it is clear that scripture is not sufficient.

Perform Miracle To Be Saint
Which came first, apostolic teaching or the bible? The Catholic Church passes on apostolic teaching. The New Testament has come from that, not the other way around. "Tradition" does not contradict Biblical teaching. Look into what the fathers of the Church taught and also what was found in the catacombs which support Catholic teaching. Please do not be so quick to condemn that which you do not understand.

Larry said: "The RCC teaches a lot of things the bible does not teach. Traditions, papacy, beatification, etc."

Is Wife In Heaven
Rob, a wonderful, healing book is out now called Heaven Is For Real. I recommended it and hope it will help during this difficult time of loss. May God grant her peace and joy in heaven and comfort you here on earth.

Weapons For Strongholds
I'm curious, Leslie, where you get your idea that the spiritual weapons I use will get me "nowhere" and only yours will work.

Weapons For Strongholds
AKA, I agree, spiritual weapons are spiritual. Receiving the Holy Eucharist at Mass, Using the Name of Jesus, Rosary, Crucifix, etc, ARE spiritual weapons.

Now my use of the Name of Jesus can be a powerful spiritual weapon, or a curse word by someone who doesn't know better. Even receiving the Eucharist is subject to the opposite effect: 1Cor 11:28-29 says, "For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body, eats and drinks judgment on himself."

"My flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed (John 6:55)."
St. Ignatius of Antioch, disciple of John, wrote: "They abstain from the Eucharist because they do not confess that the Eucharist is the Flesh of our Savior Jesus Christ"

Weapons For Strongholds
Actually, John, I did not overlook the word "always" and used it intentionally because God is Love. You said: "Show me the Love Jesus showed to the Pharissees or the Merchants selling at the Temple." Wasn't Jesus showing His love for His Father? In His anger, was He not dramatically making a point about the wrong things to do in our relationship with the Father?

Assured Of Your Salvation
Not unless you can follow all those "IF'S" in 1 John. Try going back and re-reading the passages and pay attention to all the IF'S.

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