User Profile: Caleb-Texas

Caleb-Texas

Member Since: June 15, 2011

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  • [4] March 25, 2015 at 12:54pm

    Lets make him President already!!!

  • [2] March 10, 2015 at 7:27pm

    Since when these things are up to a vote?

  • February 20, 2015 at 4:29pm

    Speechless.

  • February 20, 2015 at 4:24pm

    Yeah it does a great job in demonstrating how closed/small minded and un-intellectual Hitchen really is…What ever happen to the likes of Bernard Shaw…the state of pop new atheist is truly sad and embarrassing.

  • [3] February 19, 2015 at 6:46pm

    @Snoop1e well said!

  • [1] February 19, 2015 at 6:45pm

    Well said!

  • [4] February 19, 2015 at 6:43pm

    Educate yourself before your make you ignorance and bigotry show.

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  • February 19, 2015 at 5:11pm

    @IntegrityFirst

    Hahaha! TEXAS!!!!

  • [3] February 19, 2015 at 5:10pm

    @IntegrityFirst

    It is awesome to hear your testimony. Keep up the Faith and God Bless!

  • [3] February 19, 2015 at 5:10pm

    @walkingtruth

    In regards to your comment about calling no man father:

    Do you call your minister Pastor or Doctor (from the latin word docere which means to teach, teacher)? If you adhere to the literal interpretation of the scriptural passage that you quoted you should not use the temrs pastors or doctor because those are titles. Jesus was following the Rabbinic tradition of hyperbole as he did in Matthew 5:29:

    “If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and throw it away; it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell”.

    Moreover if we are prohibited from using such terminology then why Paul used them?
    “I do not write this to make you ashamed, but to admonish you as my beloved children. For though you have countless guides in Christ, you do not have many fathers. For I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel”.

    1 Cor. 4:14–15

    Hope this helps,

    Cheers,

    Caleb

  • [3] February 19, 2015 at 5:05pm

    @walkintruth

    When I pray to the Saints I am not praying to dead people, as Jesus said:

    I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.

    Matthew 22:23

    St. Paul is very clear that death cannot separates us from Christ:

    Nothing can separate us from the body of Christ, not even death:

    “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord”.

    Romans 8:38-39

    Death cannot separate us from Christ…quite the contrary we will be far closer to Christ in heaven than we are here. We will be perfected in the presence of God’s love in perfect charity. How much more do you think that we will be compel to pray to God for the interception of those who are here still carrying our crosses.

    The Saints in heaven are more alive that we can ever imagine because they are so much closer to God! That is the beauty of the fullness of faith as shared by Catholics, Orthodox, Coptic Christians (who have churches that trace back from the time of the apostles) and the testimony of the very early Christians.

    It is sad that many Christians denominations have forgotten or actively ignored the great communion of Saint that are in heaven praying for us.

    Cheers,

    Caleb

  • [3] February 19, 2015 at 4:54pm

    During the time of King David, the king would appoint a trusted person to serve in the office of Prime Minister. This person was in charge of daily operations of the kingdom and as a sign of this authority he carries the keys of the kingdom around his neck. The people who Jesus was talking to were Jews and they knew their scriptures very and immediately recognized that Christ was giving Peter authority over his kingdom on Earth…

    So in Matthew 16 we see the template of the Catholic Church, we see how Christ founded only one Church and establish Peter as its head, as its first Pope! And how he gave authority to that Church.

    So yes when the Pope speaks of matters of Faith and Morals he speaks with the authority that Christ invested in him guided and protected from error by the Holy Spirit. So he alone can say: Thus says the Lord.

    I hope this clarify some question you may had.

    Cheers!

    Caleb

  • [3] February 19, 2015 at 4:52pm

    Isaiah 22:19-24

    20On that day I will summon my servant Eliakim, son of Hilkiah;

    21I will clothe him with your robe, gird him with your sash, confer on him your authority. He shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to the house of Judah.

    22I will place the key* of the House of David on his shoulder; what he opens, no one will shut, what he shuts, no one will open.

    23I will fix him as a peg in a firm place, a seat of honor for his ancestral house;

    24On him shall hang all the glory of his ancestral house: descendants and offspring, all the little dishes, from bowls to jugs.

  • [3] February 19, 2015 at 4:51pm

    The Authority of the Church:

    “I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
    Again we noticed how the Old Testament reveals the New Testament in:

  • [3] February 19, 2015 at 4:50pm

    Matthew 16:13-19

    13When Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter said in reply, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” 17Jesus said to him in reply, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father. 18 And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. 19 I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

    Foundation of one church:

    Notice what Jesus says: “upon this rock I will build my church” and how he did not say my churches…but my church. Only one Church not many.

    The Role of Peter:

    Moreover pay attention to the central role of Peter in this passage: “And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.”

  • [3] February 19, 2015 at 4:49pm

    Works are an indelible consequence of love, without love there is no works, without works there cannot be love. It is because we were first loved by God that we can love one another.

    Thus, the merits of our works belong to God, as Saint Augustine puts it: “When God rewards our merits, he rewards his own gifts to us”, because it is through Christ, in Christ, and with Christ that we love one another:

    “Remain in me, as I in you. As a branch cannot bear fruit all by itself, unless it remains part of the vine, neither can you unless you remain in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me, with me in him, bears fruit in plenty; for cut off from me you can do nothing”
    John 15:4-5

    In other words without Christ we cannot do anything. Good works are necessary reflection of his love for us.

    About Peter the Rock

    In Matthew 16 we see how Christ 1) only founded one church, 2) that Peter was appointed as the head of that Church and 3) and that Jesus gave authority to that Church…

  • [3] February 19, 2015 at 4:42pm

    Dear Anron,

    The historical evidence that the Catholic Church has defended and teach the Divinity of Christ is beyond reproach. However let me clarify a common misconception about the role of grace and works.

    The Catholic Church teaches that salvation is a free gift from God. There is nothing we can do to merit it. Christ died on the Cross, for you and for me!

    Paragraph 1996 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church states it very succinctly:

    “Our justification comes from the grace of God. Grace is favor, the free and undeserved help that God gives us to respond to his call to become children of God, adoptive sons, partakers of the divine nature and of eternal life”.

    Catechism of the Catholic Church, Paragraph 1996

    God through his Grace freely gives love to us. Pope Benedict XVI beautifully writes in his encyclical letter Deus Caritas Est: “since God has first loved us (1 John 4:10) love is now no longer a mere “command”, it is the response to the gift of love with which God draws near to us”.

    This illuminates the relationship between faith, works and salvation. Works play a role in our salvation because God loved us first (1 John 4:10). This Christian love (caritas) is fulfilled through works of charity and obedience to God’s commandments.

  • [10] February 19, 2015 at 3:25pm

    Dear Stan,

    I am so sorry that someone in the Church told you that. That is far from the mercy and charity that we should show to all of our brothers and sisters. On the issue of divorce and re-marrieage the Church follows what Christ said in Mathew 19:8-11:

    “He said to them, “Because of the hardness of your hearts Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so.I say to you, whoever divorces his wife (unless the marriage is unlawful) and marries another commits adultery.”

    If you are interested you can visit Catholics divorce:

    http://www.catholicsdivorce.com

    They have tons of information and help. The Church needs people like you! Come back!

  • [1] February 19, 2015 at 2:28pm

    Steve Ray is Awesome!

    http://catholic-convert.com

  • [5] February 19, 2015 at 2:24pm

    Iron,

    Thanks to the Protestant reformation today we have thousands of Christian denomination all claiming to be bible believing Christians but all teaching their own novel version of Christianity. This is far from the unity that Christ asked the Father. Some of these protestant churches welcome same sex marriage, abortion and euthanasia, other preach prosperity gospel and minimize the idea of sin, yet others denied the divinity of Christ (Jehovah witness and Mormons), and the list goes on and on…so much for unity in One Baptism, One Faith in One Lord Jesus Christ.

    Now I understand that there are many misconceptions about Catholic practice but if you take a minute and read the Catechism of the Catholic Church (you can find it online for free) you will find that all these practices have deep biblical roots and are in continuity with the traditions found in the early Christian churches from the first century.

    For example we DO NOT worship Mary. To pray (ask for a request) is not to worship. We abstain from meat on Fridays of Lent as a spiritual exercise/discipline that encourage virtues such as humanity and obedience…

    Cheers!

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