Jesus didn’t intend divorces to be easy. Perhaps there was some conviction that was making these words hard to hear.
“And Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful to divorce one’s wife for any cause?” He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” They said to him, “Why then did Moses command one to give a certificate of divorce and to send her away?” He said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. 9 And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery.”
I can’t emphasize enough that I don’t know your situation and the divorce may have been for good cause but I usually find that those who have heartburn with such unoffensive phrases also have some other deeper issues.
 June 25, 2015 at 6:28pm
I like your response Blest. Instead of admitting that you were definitively speaking about something you were completely ignorant of and admitting how wrong you were, you instead move the goal posts with your comment, “Then why not just say it the way Jesus said it? You seem to be grasping at translation straws.”
“Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: …”
“But Jesus answered them, “You are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God.”
And the other examples alluded to above by AYFKM..
It’s clear to anyone that Jesus used many techniques to communicate to His audiences. Sometimes it was in parables, others it was exact quotations, others were paraphrases, and others were simply His own words.
And as Paul stated, “But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped.
Perhaps you should give reading the Bible a go before trying to speak on what it does and does not say.
May 31, 2015 at 11:36am
I wonder if her family is Mormon. I wonder if those who made the decision are Mormon.
If her family is not Mormon and the administrators are, I could see it being a petty religious thing. As irrational as the decision was, I can’t think of any other scenario that makes sense.
May 25, 2015 at 10:59pm
“Though I was unable to view the video, due to the crummy site that is the Blaze, I doubt, not just anyone, including trained, off duty professional police officers viciously attacked the bikers as you propose.”
Glad you can derive the information you need by not watching the video. I’d link you tens of videos of professional police officers acting in such a manner but you probably wouldn’t be able to view and make assumptions anyways.
“You, Café, are off base on this one.”
Says the person who can’t even see the video but will readily tell people they’re way off base based on pure assumption.
May 25, 2015 at 1:14pm
So let me get this staight, if you shoot someone with a Super Soaker, they should be able to tackle you to the ground and repeatedly scream “I’ll break your ******* arm” while wrenching said person’s arm behind their back?
The dudes with the water guns were d***s but it seems the “professionals” here were even greater d***s and abusing their police authorities. Had anyone else performed such abusive “arrests” after getting shot with Super Soakers the “arresters” and not the “arrestees” would have been going to jail and getting sued.
[-1] May 14, 2015 at 11:41pm
“And yet you accused snoop of lying when he quoted your comment. You are in such a hurry to bash the church given to us by Jesus that you don’t even remember when you spew untruths.”
And in your rush to blindly hold to your religion and play favorites (which Jesus condemned), you actually ignore his comment and the words he attributed to me when I call him a liar.
“Roger that Café, finally we agree on something.
Salvation is NOT by faith alone”
“Did you not know that ALL of your comments can be accessed on the Blaze obviously not. Oops.”
This has nothing to do with search as you originally acknowledged “snoop … when he quoted your comment.” The comment is right there. It precedes his comment. It required no search of my entire history.
Fun how you project onto me your very own desperation. You’re so desperate to affirm your fellow Catholic that you’ll throw spaghetti on the wall to see what sticks. He commented on a specific post. He attributed to that post something I neither said nor implied in that specific post. He lied plain and simple. You supported him in that lie plain and simple. You used deceit by trying to imply he had search my comments and found something.
Neither of you can deal honestly and that is the face of Catholicism not only here but throughout your religion’s history.
[-1] May 14, 2015 at 11:13pm
“We may be talking about two different things.
As a Christian, I do not require someone to repent in order to find forgiveness in my heart.” Yep, because you are ignorant of God’s Word and instead rely on Catholicism to guide. You and your religion replace God’s Words and ideas with your own but pretend that you’re still following God.
“The wellness of my own soul requires forgiveness and mercy FREELY given by me.”
You and your religion don’t determine the wellness of your soul, God does. But again, His Word is foreign to you. Catholic teaching is all that matters.
“However, Good Catholics believe when one confesses sin to God, one must repent and to resolve to avoid that sin again! Then we dare to ask for forgiveness.”
Too bad that’s not what God directed.
“So, yes, in our Sacrament of Reconciliation, repentance is necessary.”
Twist it however you will to justify ignoring His Word.
But specifically, the Pope’s vocation is not to judge as if he were God. He should reach out in Christian mission to those MOST IN NEED OF GOD’S MERCY.”
Thus inquisitions and burnings.
“Remember, Jesus did not come for the righteous, but for those steeped in sin.” And demanded repentance or He turned his back on them just as we were likewise told to do. Read His Word.
“Hate the sin . . not the sinner!” “Engage and evangelize the sinner, and do not leave them simmering in their own errors.”
Read up on pearls and dogs and knocking dust from your feet.
[-1] May 14, 2015 at 11:06pm
“Since the first written reference to the “Catholic Church” dates back to 107AD and was written by the man who actually succeeded Peter as Bishop of Antioch. More than likely, he was ordained by Peter himself.”
Except the language Ignatius wrote it in was a language that didn’t have capital letters. The Nicene Creed, written a couple hundred years later, wrote “catholic church” and not “Catholic Church” until the Catholics got their hand on it and tried to revise history again, the original language lacked capitalization, a concept foreign to westerners without training in old languages.
[-1] May 14, 2015 at 10:57pm
Yet you were unable to show a single example of that.
Pathetic and desperate. In short, Catholic.
[-1] May 14, 2015 at 10:56pm
“Still knows zip about the church Jesus gave us. Pray for those who have been given the truth but refuse to believe it. And special prayers for those too arrogant to hear it.”
Catholic projection would be so cute in its naivete if it weren’t so tragically dangerous to the souls of those projecting.
[-3] May 11, 2015 at 9:48pm
Again, lying by claiming I said something which I did not. Why are you so terribly desperate in making your points that you have to keep lying about what I have said?
“Have you not read,”
Apparently, you have not. Because I provided you several verses on repentance and you completely ignored them. You show that Jesus and His Word are completely foreign to you and your belief system.
[-2] May 11, 2015 at 9:44pm
Another Catholic ignoring that forgiveness requires repentance. Forgiveness isn’t blind or given freely.
Boy you lover cherry picking that Wikipedia article don’t you. Guess you missed the part where the membership of Solidarność was described across a spectrum of types of people with Catholics on one end of the spectrum which means they were but a part and not the whole.
I understand that your faith relies on physical manifestations and you won’t believe anything even if the words appear right before your eyes.
[-1] May 11, 2015 at 9:36pm
Cute that you quote Corinthians to defend your church while every single Catholic has ignored what that same chapter says about the Holy Spirit leading us and not a single one of you asserts that you are led by the Holy Spirit. So, as is status quo, Catholics will assert the Bible when it helps them and ignore it when it doesn’t. What does that say about you?
[-2] May 11, 2015 at 9:31pm
“@café and LCDR,
Both of you INSIST that we are saved by “faith alone” …”
I did? Where? Oh yeah, I made no such comment. Why do you insist on inventing things? Is the devil that much in you that you cannot actually address what I said?
I may believe what you claim I said but I never said such a thing. Perhaps I’m correct that your reading comprehension is indeed very poor.
Which is it? Are we saved by belief in Jesus Christ or by belief in certain doctrines?
“Not everyone who says to me Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven”
And Jesus said in the same speech that the road to salvation is the narrow path but that which the Catholic church offers is rather wide. Hell, you can be a pedophile priest in your church and not worry about being excommunicated but dear God don’t have some ideology that contradicts the Catholic church’s authority or dogma (female priests) because there will be hell to pay. Yep, those little ones Catholics keep drawing into arguments are great for buggering by priests but if one dare to say women ought to have access to the priesthood then that’s a disgrace to the church.
[-1] May 10, 2015 at 11:51pm
“We gave you the Bible, the Trinity and many other things which you now reject.”
Funny how Catholics replace God with their church. God gave us His Word and everything in it; Catholicism abandoned it in favor of its church. But don’t let me harsh on your arrogance, ignorance, and pride.
[-2] May 10, 2015 at 10:08pm
Good to hear from you again, Zip. Nice to have another voice on the topic that understands the role of the Spirit in leading our faith and is able to speak to it.
[-1] May 10, 2015 at 9:21pm
“You’ve said it yourself, it doesn’t matter what Christians believe.”
“However, we can agree to a certain extent that Christians agree on about 90% of everything, but it is worth discussing differences so that we can work together towards unity as God desires. But that also requires dialog with respect of individuals and their beliefs. That seems to be the biggest problem in Christianity today.”
Jesus had no tolerance for false beliefs and we are warned against false prophets and false teachers. To show respect towards those things are ridiculous. As Jesus told Peter when Peter was talking out of his rear, “But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me; for you are not on the side of God, but of men.”
Do you realize that verse occurs just moments after Jesus said, “And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it.”
Does that sound like respecting an individual and his belief? Your appellations aren’t about dialog. Your appellations are for not criticizing error and sin. It’s a requirement for your faith to flourish. “Don’t take a careful look at us and we can all get along.” That’s not what Christ called us to do.
May 10, 2015 at 8:57pm
“The earliest recorded use of the term “Catholic Church” is found in Saint Ignatius (Bishop of Antioch and student of John the Apostle) “Letter to the Smyrnaeans” written about 107 AD to Christians in Smyrna. In his letter Saint Ignatius is telling Christians to obey the teachings of the Bishop saying,
“Wherever the bishop shall appear, there the multitude of the people also be; even as, wherever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church.””
Funny how you ignore something more telling in that same Wikipedia article, “The term Catholic (usually written with uppercase C in English) was first used to describe the Christian Church in the early 2nd century to emphasize its universal scope.” You realize that the early second century is the time of Ignatius’ writings, correct? You realize that the Greek he wrote in had no capitalization, right? Even the Nicene creed does not capitalize Catholic 270ish years later. You also realize that your quote comes from a 20th century Anglican that relies on capital C Catholic term in his faith and is not most neutral of sources, right?
It wasn’t till 380 that there was an attempt to make the term Catholic exclusive but even then it wasn’t.