User Profile: JGraham III

JGraham III

Member Since: September 22, 2010

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  • March 3, 2015 at 10:27pm

    boris:
    I think the better word for you to start your post would be “apparently” rather than “obviously”. Obviously implies that you may have jumped to a conclusion, namely that I know little about Biblical History. “It all depends on whose ox is being gored” my grandmother would have said. What is true about me re: church history is that I was not given the “Catholic inclination”, but that does not mean I am ignorant of such things. Regardless of whether or not the Romans did as you say (Islam does the same thing..:) does not give validity to marking spots in Christian history nor does it give credence to what I consider a ridiculous practice of venerating relics. The veneration of sites is similar. That smacks of a subtle form of idolatry, something that also goes with statues that people pray to in some Christian denominations. Perhaps you should delve into the Greek roots of the word “idol”. Here is a thumbnail sketch: If God is light as the Word declares Him to be, then anything that takes his place or supplants His rightful position in our lives would therefore cast a shadow on the beholder. The Greek word for idol literally means “shadow”, and gradually the power behind the statue became the shadow cast upon the person’s heart, namely the demonic power that inhabits the statue. This also is the root behind the term “antichrist”. It literally means “in place of Christ” more so than “opposing Christ” as that is another way of defining the term.

  • [1] March 3, 2015 at 10:10pm

    Blink:
    Thanks for being so straightforward, but then again in the sporadic conversations you and I have had (if you can call them that..) I already knew what you said.. nothing can convince you. However, your persistent denial of the spiritual does not mean it doesn’t exist. God or the concept of God does not rest on a man’s acceptance of Him, but then again this has been told you ad nauseam ad infinitum. The end result is you continue to insulate yourself from having to admit there are things in Heaven and Earth that are not dreamt of in your world (all due respect to Wm. Shakespeare) as the verse explains, “he that would come to God must first believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those that diligently seek Him.” The opposite is true as well; those who deny him or spurn His calling will never realize what they have missed as He doesn’t jump through any unbeliever’s contrived hoops. What is curious is your continual attempts to convince others of your stance. Each to his own?

  • [67] March 3, 2015 at 10:42am

    kytycexyrex:
    If you look at the French Revolution (there are those who believe this was the arch type and template for all subsequent ‘communist’ revolutions) you will find that the perpetrators of such tyranny almost always were/are consumed by the very thing they begin. In my opinion, when one goes against the goodness of God, as all who follow the lie of Communism do, they begin to reap in their own lives the evil they unleash on others. Look closely on how rapidly the President has been aging for example. Small comfort perhaps but it is a principle that God has woven into life, that what one sows, that shall (absolutely) they also reap. Mr. O and his ilk will most certainly get the “enjoy” the fruit of what they have sown, only it won’t be what they think.

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  • [1] March 3, 2015 at 9:49am

    I rather think the best commentary on the “finding” of yet another relic to be worshipped is the sketch SNL did with Father Guido Sarducci’ discovery of the meal ticket from the Last Supper. Besides, if the site really was genuine the RC’s would have built a church over it…

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  • [1] March 2, 2015 at 8:30pm

    rx4nv
    Not to sound argumentative because I am not trying to start anything, but in the 7 years that I worked in retail, I had available to me and my family “free flu shots”. The whole store got them except me and one other, a woman who felt similarly about vaccinations. We were the only two people on the staff who had children (all in daycare..) and Julie and I were the only two who over that period of time NEVER got the flu. She and I did not miss any days due to illness of any kind. We also drank more coffee than any of the others and I used to joke that no self respecting bug would dare try to take me on with all that caffeine flowing through my veins. Come to find out coffee has some pretty good antioxidants in it. To this day, I see people who get that shot come down with the flu. I still don’t get the shot and do not get the flu. ( I still drink coffee..:)

  • [16] March 2, 2015 at 8:20pm

    My grandmother once worked in a candy factory. She could tell you what was in any dipped chocolate candy by looking at the swirl on the top. She also told me (I was about 5..) that licorice was made from what had fallen on the floor… of course I believed her :). Consequently I have never liked licorice since then, even after I knew she was pulling my leg.

  • [7] March 2, 2015 at 10:05am

    We stopped the vaccination schedule with our older daughter when she was about 3 due to a very strong reaction (much greater than the doctor told us was likely); the second child had even fewer vaccinations. Now 20+ years later, and having modified my stance on vaccinations (largely due to what Dr. Michael Savage has said about them..) each daughter has begun acquiring some of the usual ones (measles, smallpox, etc.). Their reactions are much lower than what has been anticipated, and I have to think that in the 20 years between, they have been exposed to much more than a little tyke would be and their natural immunities (having been breast fed and not hidden away from such things as chicken pox and flu) are able to handle the immunization in the way science wanted in the first place.
    None of us has ever gotten a flu shot and we seldom come down with flu symptoms. The flu shot is a “shot in the dark” anyway and only about 50% of the time is the right one for whatever flavor of flu is going around anyway.

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  • [-1] March 1, 2015 at 5:04pm

    Snooop1e:
    The beauty of learning to walk by the Spirit is that the more we submit to Him, the more familiar we get with how He speaks to and guides us. I’ll wager none of your children just got up and started walking, seconds from coming out of the womb. So it is with the Lord and us. Some time ago we talked about your study of the so-called gifts of the Spirit. I never did hear the outcome of that, but I can assure you that the more familiar one becomes with those 9 enablements, the easier it becomes to correctly discern His voice to us. We have two teachers: the Spirit and the Word. The Word explains the Spirit and the Spirit illuminates the Word. The two are inextricably intertwined and the Christian who ignores one at the expense of the other will flounder far longer than necessary in order to finally “walk by the Spirit.” Your question about “how can I know I am not wrong” is one you use a lot. I could easily ask ‘how can you know your church’s teachings are right?’ Because they say so is the usual answer I get from RC’s. Obviously I do not share that confidence. Mind you I have no problem with you as a Christian brother if you want to continue therein. But I would rather attempt to listen to the Spirit and fall flat on my face than to have to stand before Him and explain why I never tried. Or, to have to explain to Him why I chose to follow man’s teaching without ever weighing against what His written Word says.

  • [55] March 1, 2015 at 12:19pm

    All the latest flavor of campus protests is a rebooting of tired and worn out crap left over from the “good old days” of student protests in the 60′s and 70′s. I was there and recognize the same b.s. from “Beserkley” and other campii. The more things change, the more things remain the same. Same old arguments and the same stupid students that don’t recognize they are being used by forces that don’t give a damn about what they think, just so long as they are willing to be useful idiots.

  • [-1] March 1, 2015 at 11:32am

    Bro. Snooop1e:
    You have asked too many questions that can be answered in a simple responding post! Some will never be adequately satisfied, given our distinct differences in doctrine..:).. unless you are willing to change your postition (!)… not holding my breath.
    Eternal life: Romans 10:9-10 The KJV uses the phrase “thou SHALT be saved”. The use of the word shall instead of what virtually all modern translations have “will” is a key difference as the word ‘shall’ is a legal term meaning an absolute condition. The use of “will” changes it to a conditional status. Consider also 1 Tim. 6:12 admonishes “lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called..” To “lay hold” to something promised (in this case eternal life) is an archaic way of saying “claim it”. When God promises something, He is not like Lucy in the Peanuts Comics and snatches it out of the way. II Cor 1:17-20 says that God, regarding His promises to us is not yes and no, but yea and amen., particularly vs. 20.
    Some years ago I came to the point I had to either believe or reject the same stance that Abraham (who is called the ‘father’ of all who believe) who counted that God, Who had promised was able also to perform those things He had promised. So, in a nutshell, this is where I am coming from, and I stand on what I said about ‘claiming’ what God has promised all who believe. Have a blessed day!
    The thing re: the cup of thanksgiving will have to be for another time, or maybe later today!

  • March 1, 2015 at 11:00am

    @b@man:
    How does this statement of yours fit into the scriptural admonition to “bless and curse not”? I wouldn’t dare ask such a thing to happen to Mr. O, no matter how much I might dislike him. If God does love the Prez (and He does..) then to ask such a thing would in my estimation be going against what 1 Tim 2:3 says.. that God desires ALL mankind to be saved and come unto the full knowledge of the Truth.
    Rather bind the truth to Mr. O and ask that it bring him to repentance, no matter what it takes..:)

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  • [14] February 27, 2015 at 9:46am

    Of course the real culprit behind “global warming/cooling” couldn’t possibly be that giant yellow thing in the sky… in this one can, however, excuse the Seattleites as they have a hard time recognizing the sun most days, which can explain the rusty reasoning most of them employ.

  • February 26, 2015 at 11:57am

    Militant:
    Sorry chum but as Jesus was raised a Jew, and since I am highly in favor of Him, how does that make me or the Christian Church anti-Semitic? You as an atheist, being opposed to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, are a far more likely candidate for anti-Semitic behavior than I am.

  • February 26, 2015 at 11:09am

    Greetings Brother Snooop1e!;
    For years I was in the name it and claim it crowd and thankfully I have left that behind. What happens there is a person makes the mistake of naming their desire and baptizing it the ‘will of the Lord’, even if that is not the case. One can however find the things that ARE promised to us and ‘lay claim’ to those, salvation being one of them. If in the case of your friend claiming a job, it might not be the one she has her eye on, but 3 John 2 does say, “beloved I pray that above all things that thou may prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers”. This may include a job, even if it doesn’t turn out to be the one requested, but at any rate if this verse really is the Word of God, it is pretty clear God wants to supply a Christian’s need.
    I have for years asked God for parking places on a crowded street and have received them; on the other hand I have asked Him for things, only to have him say, “you don’t need that”. Prayers being answered often depends on motive behind them, which is where James comes in with the things that are said about asking amiss, hoping to consume them upon one’s lust. (the failing of the name it and claim it crowd). Need, not greed!
    The best to you and your family!

  • [3] February 26, 2015 at 10:54am

    If one cannot truly know the “will of God” then how can any Christian avoid being as Ephesians warns against, “being tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine”? Plenty of church leaders throughout the centuries have claimed to know what God’s will is and frequently they are at odds with each other as well as what Scripture actually says. This is why I and many others have strenuously said that the final arbiter on such matters must be the written Word of God. God says that He has given us “all things that pertain to life and godliness” (2Peter1:3). Jesus Himself said “sanctify them through thy truth; thy Word is Truth” (John17:17). The Word says there are two witnesses, the Spirit and the Word. And lastly, if one cannot know the will of God, then how does one reconcile this verse with that assumption: “For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.” (1Co.2:16)
    I am not presumptuous enough to claim I can know everything God is thinking and/or doing, but those things He has revealed in the Word I can know, even if it takes work and time to discover it.

  • [5] February 26, 2015 at 10:33am

    The accusation of Mary being a “whore” is as old as the Gospel records themselves. Nazareth was a Roman garrison town and one of the ‘trades’ was prostitution, so the religious leaders of Israel at that time found it easy to level this accusation at her in order to dismiss the claim she and Joseph made about Jesus’s parentage. The charge of being a whore should actually have been leveled at themselves, as by that time much of the Law had been bastardized by the religious Pharisees, Sadducees and the Herodians.

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  • [6] February 25, 2015 at 10:15pm

    @ax2grind:
    I too can attest to the hardworking, conservative nature of many of the Hispanics (most don’t like that term, preferring to be called Mexicans…). They don’t like the freeloading ones either. And to the poster who said most are Catholic, round us that is less true as time passes. The fastest growing church congregations around us are the non-denominational Hispanic ones.

  • [29] February 25, 2015 at 10:05pm

    In 1981 I reiterated what Isaiah 6:8 says, “Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then I said, Here am I Lord, send me.” Evidently he took me up on it as in the fall of 1981 I ended up going to Middletown NY for a year long ‘mission’ that turned out to be a major pivotal point for me in my Christian walk. I have never regretted it as I draw daily on things I learned that year. Not every thing the Lord sends you to do has to be fraught with daunting tasks (but a few here and there certainly build character..) And as far as ” being ready for the work” as the article states is misleading as there is no need to prepare anything but to have the physical things in order, as a person who is sent by God has the assurance that He will cover the needs you acquire along the way. One of the greatest blessings of that year was to watch the Lord provide our needs, often before we asked Him to do it.

  • [1] February 25, 2015 at 10:43am

    J-Mo;
    Do you live your life according to what the masses believe or do? If yes, then eat horse doo-doo because after all, 50 bezillion flies couldn’t possibly be wrong…

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  • [5] February 24, 2015 at 9:23pm

    Or at the very least, the 4 are certified idiots, who, as too many college age students do, mistake intelligence for wisdom. Unfortunately the way these 4 are, it is likely that only advanced age will grant them wisdom, if at all.

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