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Deborah

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  • [3] November 16, 2014 at 7:57am

    TM,

    Everyone here seems to be saying that a prolonged death is necessarily agonizing. I don’t see anyone mentioning the use of painkillers as part of comfort measures.

    One of Satan’s tools in promoting the “right to die” is the very image you evoke of the dying process. It generally doesn’t involve what you are evoking, namely, lots of tubes and someone “tethered to machines.”

    I watched my husband die for many months. He was under hospice care for ten months. He was an inspiration for many people, even the hospice workers. They nicknamed him “St. Michael” because he inspired so many people. I remember one nurse saying that the bedroom Mike was confined to “lit up” because of the grace and dignity he demonstrated in the last days of his life. Actually, even when Mike was not dying, he was inspiration to many. He was so kind and generous to everyone. The way we live our life is often the way we handle our death. If I could show only half the dignity that Mike did when it’s my time to go, I will have done well.

  • [1] November 16, 2014 at 7:44am

    Yes, God can forgive anyone. But we are not suppose to deliberately sin because we expect to be forgiven. For example, we don’t go out and fornicate because we know we will be forgiven. That is the sin of presumption.

  • [1] November 6, 2014 at 7:36am

    And your assertions are dogmatic, indeed.

  • [2] November 5, 2014 at 5:30pm

    Isn’t it possible that as time passes the cost of “fracking” could drop owing to developing cheaper ways to “frack?” Remember that first laptop computer you purchased for $3000 that had only 20 gigs of hard drive and a couple of mb of memory? My, how times have changed!!

  • [1] November 5, 2014 at 5:21pm

    bonesiii,

    What is your background? Are you a “recovering Catholic?”

  • [2] November 5, 2014 at 4:59pm

    Amen! And wonderful traditions indeed!

  • November 5, 2014 at 4:55pm

    @CaptMickeyed,

    Actually, I have listened and sung the song “Refiner’s Fire” many times. It reminds me of Purgatory because it mentions refining fire that purifies and sets one apart for the Lord.

  • November 5, 2014 at 3:21pm

    @Sgt cookies,

    You write:

    “Love how this article doesn’t mention a single biblical reference. How appropriate.”

    What is your point? Does your statement not presuppose that one must find something specifically mentioned in the Bible to make it a reality? You see, that is the difference between a Catholic and/or a Greek Orthodox and a Protestant. I don’t know why people argue and argue and argue over these matters. A Protestant generally thinks that something must be specifically mentioned in the Bible in order for it to be a spiritual reality. A Catholic does not believe this. And a Catholic does not believe it for a reason. Another thing . . . think of this. What came first, the chicken or the egg? A Protestant thinks that the Church sprang from the Bible. A Catholic thinks that the Bible sprung from the Church. Knowing and understanding this, one would seemingly understand how and why Catholics and Protestants have different worldviews, more specifically, different eschatologies

  • [3] November 5, 2014 at 2:55pm

    Everything about secularism is manmade.

  • November 5, 2014 at 8:29am

    Are you familiar with the song, “Refiner’s Fire?” To me, that song is about Purgatory.

  • November 5, 2014 at 8:26am

    For your sake, I hope Purgatory does not exist. But what are you going to do when you die and you find out it DOES exist? Personally, I would rather believe in the hardship of Purgatory, and then find out it does not exist, than to NOT believe in it, and be unpleasantly surprised that it DOES exist. Just sayin’.

  • [1] November 5, 2014 at 8:24am

    I am a Catholic who loves Her teachings. I’m not crazy about the institutional Church. For example, I hate those big hats that Bishops wear. I can understand why these outfits scandalize Protestants and others. And meat on Friday? I cannot understand that either. Eating fish is not a sacrifice for me. I wish this practice would be replaced by something more meaningful. But then again, what would constitute “meaningful” in the eyes of many in modernity?

  • [1] November 5, 2014 at 8:09am

    Hee, hee. Is that an allusion to Chick Publications?

  • [1] November 5, 2014 at 8:07am

    Purgatory is not a PLACE, it’s a STATE, or an EXPERIENCE. Allusions to Purgatory are in the Bible, such as when purification is mentioned, or that anything unclean cannot enter Heaven. There is also an allusion to Purgatory in Maccabees, but Protestants do not have the books of Maccabees in their Old Testament. Catholics are also criticized by Protestants as having added books to their Bibles. But actually, Protestants have dropped books. Why doesn’t anyone criticize the Greek Orthodox? They have more books in their Old Testament canon than Catholics do.

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  • [1] November 5, 2014 at 8:00am

    Actually, this is not accurate. Only those who have been martyred are believed to have gone straight to Heaven after they die. Those who have been canonized as “saints” are those who have lived an exemplary Christian life. That does NOT mean they did not experience Purgatory. Note that I say “experience” and not “go to.” Purgatory, as I understand my Faith, is not so much a PLACE as it is an EXPERIENCE or a STATE.

    It is actually difficult to shed one’s blood for Christ. Think about it. Think about having a gun to your head, and someone says they are going to blow out your brains unless you deny Christ. I think most Christians would falter. I know I would. I’m afraid I would be a coward under such duress.

  • [6] November 5, 2014 at 7:45am

    Um, the Bible is also a human source. It was written by human beings. Do you think that the Bible was written by divine dictation? Catholic teaching is rooted in both Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition. Actually, many Protestants also have their traditions. They just aren’t as willing to admit it. Do you not believe in the Holy Trinity? There is no reference in Scripture to “Trinity.” So why do believe in it? Oh, oh, there are ALLUSIONS to it. Well, there are also allusions to suffering in the afterlife, allusions such as “purification.” You must read the New Testament in its entirety, and not merely “cherry-pick” your verses, in order to understand it. Most Catholics I know who actually read the Bible–and I am one of them–read the entire New Testament instead of reading what they feel like reading in order to substantiate some thought process. Seriously!

  • [11] November 5, 2014 at 7:36am

    I am going to repeat myself. Why must there be a specific “reference by CHRIST” in order for something to be true? Read the 21st chapter of the Gospel of John. Here is an interesting Bible quote that seems to be forgotten or overlooked by Protestants:

    “And there are also many other things which Jesus did, that which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.” (John 21:24-25)

    Are you not aware that Martin Luther considered the book of James as an “epistle of straw” and thought it should be thrown out of the New Testament canon because of a lack of references to Christ? I have noticed this myself in the book of James

    Could not the above quote also refer to things that Jesus SAID? Read also what I have written below regarding the difference between Catholic, Protestant, and Greek Orthodox Old Testament Canons. Catholics and Greek Orthoxodox Christians tend to think alike because of similarities in their Canons.

    I could not agree more that “CHRIST died once for ALL SIN.” The doctrine of Purgatory has nothing to do with what you have proposed. Nothing whatsover. Do you not not have a friend or relative who has died, and you know that they haven’t lived a virtuous life? Do you think that God mercilessly sends these souls into Hell? Somebody please explain to me how Protestants derive any consolation regarding such souls.

  • [11] November 5, 2014 at 7:20am

    Your response presupposes that there must be some reference by Christ in he Bible of “such a place.” Where is that written?

    “And there are also many other things which Jesus did, that which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.” (John 21:24-25)

    Does not the above quote indicate that Jesus did–and perhaps also said–many things that we do not specifcally find written?

    One of the differences between Catholic and Protestant thought stems from the fact that Catholic Bibles have a longer Old Testament Canon than Protestant Bibles. In fact, the Greek Orthodox have a longer canon than Catholics. For example, a Catholic Bible has 1 Maccabees and 2 Maccabees, whereas a Greek Bible has 1, 2, 3, and 4 Maccabees. Protestant Bibles have NO books of Maccabees. In Maccabees, Judas Maccabeus finds Jewish soldiers who have died in battle wearing medals devoted to pagan gods. There are allusions to the Afterlife, and allusions to suffering of these dead because their hearts were not solely devoted to Yahweh. There are other allusions to suffering in the Afterlife in the New Testament, but at the moment I am too lazy to look them up! I see such suffering as God’s mercy toward those who have not lived a virtuous life but are not deserving of eternal damnation.

  • February 7, 2014 at 1:33pm

    It’s interesting how many posters believe that DeavonReye actually exists. I’m simply posting something below where someone–if it actually is indeed someone–who claims to be DeavonReye posts. Could someone verify that this is a real person, please? I would like to chat with this individual, in real life, that is. Face to face.

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  • February 7, 2014 at 9:17am

    I agree. I believe these claims are real, however, Satan knows how to distract people from evil that is much more dangerous and is affecting the lives of many, many more. The worst manifestations of real evil are more ambiguous.

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