They have always had resonance where their brains ought to be.. at any rate w.r.t. the article, I was relieved to find out that Global Warming wasn’t at the base of hole-less swiss cheese.
May 29, 2015 at 1:08am
Technically there weren’t Christians until after the Lord rose from the dead and gave the Holy Spirit some 50 days later on the Day of Pentecost, so strictly this verse in Mathew cannot be referring to Christians. As with many, many parts of the Bible however, there may be a legitimate application of the verse to Christians today without specifically being written about them.
May 28, 2015 at 10:39pm
You are another who doesn’t understand the nature of biblical covenants, apparently. Explain this: Deuteronomy 6:25 “And it shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before the Lord our God, as He hath commanded us” compared with Galatians 3:11 “But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident; for The just shall live by faith. And the law is not of faith but, the man that doeth them shall live in them.”
A contradiction? No, but one needs to understand that the covenant of the Law was fulfilled by Jesus Christ, effectively closing out all these sections that you and other atheist types read thinking that Christians need to observe them all. Upon Pentecost, the Lord instituted a new covenant (described in Jeremiah 31:31-34) which has much simpler and better expectations of believers than the Law ever had. Scholarship is truly a good and greatly liberating thing for those that believe.
May 28, 2015 at 10:26pm
Did you learn anything substantive about covenants in your educational career? You are aware that Jesus Christ fulfilled the Law, yes? Colossians talks about His taking the ‘writings and ordinances against us (the Law) and taking it out of the way, nailing it to His cross. Paul also said that all things were lawful for him,. but not all things are profitable.
I didn’t mention sex before marriage, because that is still condemned in the NT, similarly divorce, except for adultery. Go back and read the NT, especially the Epistles and the book to the Hebrews for a more detailed dissertation.
May 28, 2015 at 11:29am
Thanks for the input; as always I learn and gain insight into the “catholic mind” if you don’t object to my phrasing it that way :).
You do know that 1 Cor 3:13-15 speaks of a man’s works not built on the LJC will be ‘burned’ but the man himself will be saved, “yet so as by fire”. Is this one of the key verses the RC’s use regarding the presence of purgatory? I don’t say I agree with the concept of purgatory but am curious to know where this all began.
As for the verses in Mt, consider the audience the Lord was speaking to and what had not yet been accomplished by Him. Pentecost changed a LOT of parameters for those seeking the Kingdom of Heaven/God. Sozo (the word for save or saved) has a very broad meaning in the text and one must determine its usage by the context. I believe this is where so many get tripped up not realizing that their spirit is (or can be) sealed by the Lord but leave the ‘saving of the soul’ wide open for the suffering of loss as stated in 1Co3:13-15. Working out ones own salvation as in Philippians has zero to do with the saving/sealing of the spirit as that is God’s job, but the quality of one’s status in Heaven is greatly determined by how they live their life subsequent to getting born again, or at least that is how I see it.
This is all for your consideration and not an attempt to argue doctrinal differences.. really.
May 28, 2015 at 11:18am
The interlinear translation I have which uses the Stephens text, (with footnotes to several other critical texts) all have “a” sin which is in accord with the Greek manuscripts. The literal rendering of 1 John 5:16 reads as follows: “if anyone should see his brother sinning a sin not to death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for those that sin not to death. There is a sin to death; not concerning that do I say that he should beseech.”
But, you should satisfy yourself: I do not wish to argue about words in various translations or versions. A biblical scholar would by course, compare these anyway.
 May 28, 2015 at 11:07am
You are confusing two covenants and the respective parameters for each, with respect to the absurd statement about wearing “two fabrics” and “eating lobster”. It is painfully evident the lack of even a modicum of biblical understanding when someone such as yourself makes this type of claim against Christians.
May 27, 2015 at 11:52pm
Ya got me..:) I would likely disagree with you on a point and that being in the translation I read, it says a ‘sin unto death’ which I have been taught is the so called unforgiveable sin. The only sin that is unforgiveable is refusing to take Jesus as Lord, believing that God has raised Him from the dead. In other words refusing the new birth. Elsewhere the Word declares that all other sins are forgivable but as it is by free will we accept the atoning sacrifice of the Lord, someone, God or man cannot impose it or intercede for it on behalf of the one refusing. I John continues to say that all unrighteousness is sin, and that any who are born of God “sinneth not” in that that person can never, ever commit the refusal of the new birth as that is a done deal in them.
 May 27, 2015 at 11:38pm
Having never served in the Military, I certainly wouldn’t presume to speak of the legalities/technicalities involved in this story, but I do think that Christians need to wise up considerably when it comes to the public display of their faith. Given the increasing hostility toward anything Christian in the public arena, it would be well to heed the expression, “be wise as serpents but harmless as doves.” When Jesus was asked, ‘master where do you live?’ His answer was “come and see”. Rather than erecting a billboard with flashing lights advertising one’s faith, would it not be wiser to live it out and ask God to point out those that need and will heed the Message? A Christian baker for example…
 May 27, 2015 at 10:40pm
As I recall, one of the checks and balances on the SCOTUS is that Congress has the ability to limit the jurisdiction of the Supremes. For example if Congress were to impose this restriction on abortion issues, the final arbiter on such challenges to the laws of the states would end at the respective state supreme courts. I may be incorrect on this, but there must be congressional restraint on the supremes de facto making laws out of whole cloth through the underhanded method called judicial fiat.
 May 27, 2015 at 10:33pm
Anyone here know who it was that ordained this man? Or Jesse Jackson for that matter? I don’t ever recall either man making reference to Jesus Christ in any fashion so perhaps it is the First Church of Wha’ssapin’ Now?
I'm thinking self-proclaimed, self-ordained. He probably thought nobody's gonna mind or care and figgered he'd just give himself a helpin' hand. He ain't hurting no body, no how. I just wonder if he even has a church (or had a church) or is he just a "Ramblin' Rev"?
Sharpton has never professed a testimony of conversion, nor has he ever led a church. He has written no books about the Bible, and any language of grace, salvation, forgiveness, repentance, restoration, the Gospel of Jesus Christ or even Jesus are consistently absent from his remarks.
Read more at http://www.christianpost.com/news/al-sharpton-is-as-much-a-reverend-as-i-am-a-black-man-130899/#cMDC6BJPgX6vVHlG.99
Read more at http://www.christianpost.com/news/al-sharpton-is-as-much-a-reverend-as-i-am-a-black-man-130899/#bgM134G8UlIOoTLo.99
Surely you remember er the election where al was ordained the leader of all black people.
Jackson enrolled in a Divinity college after MLK died, thinking he would be the successor. He never finished the course though. His self-proclaimed title of reverend is sort of my self-proclaimed title of Emperor of the Universe.
neither has ever been a preacher. or pastor, or had a church. Probably ordained from the back of popular mechanics.
Actually it was the First Church of Pimpin,' Panderin,' and Prosetylizin.'
I think he found his certificate at the bottom of a cracker-jack box.
Al Shakedown, and many like him, forget that ministering of the gospel is for those who are called by God. Not those who want to use His name to enrich themselves.
"And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron. "
 May 27, 2015 at 10:49am
I can’t make up my mind…which is worse: the actions of Mr. Duggar or the gleeful comments by those who always rush to rejoice when some Christian sins? This is, I believe called “rejoicing in iniquity”. Sin is sin with no gradations, despite what some denominations will tell you.
Paula Deen campaigned for Obama back in 2008, and invited his wife Michelle to cook with her during an episode of Paula's Party. Later, she said she "just loved" being around the First Lady, and praised her platform: encouraging kids and young adults to eat healthy and get plenty of exercise.
Paula Deen got railroaded by her own kind. Gives me a tingle down my leg when that happens.
Here, in order of repugnance.
1. Dugar's actions
2. The rush to tear down the Dugar's because they're Christians
3. The back pedaling, excuse making, and whining 'just because he's a Christian'.
I assume your last statement is in reference to the teaching of Mortal vs. Venial sins. In which case, I recommend you look at I John 5:16-18:
If anyone sees his brother committing a sin that is not a deadly sin, he will ask, and God will give him life for those whose sin is not deadly. There is sin which is deadly; I do not say one is to pray for that. All wrongdoing is sin, but there is sin which is not deadly. We know that anyone born of God does not sin, but He who is born of God keeps him, and the evil one does not touch him.
Sin which is not deadly, is venial sin, which does not cut us off from the Body of Christ. Sin which is deadly and does cut us off from the Body is Mortal sin.
 May 27, 2015 at 10:28am
All this has been a long time in coming: there is a large canal close to where I grew up that has been in existence since 1910. Imagine my surprise when in the 70′s I returned home for summer vacation from college to see the Army Corps of Engineering’s signs at every entry to the ditch bank access road… Didn’t know they had one iota of input in the building of this canal, and yet, now they claim authority over it as a “waterway”.
 May 27, 2015 at 10:18am
Persecution has always accelerated the growth of the Christian Church.
 May 26, 2015 at 9:56pm
That smacks of something but I am not sure what…
 May 26, 2015 at 9:10pm
Oh dear The WH is upset over a “questionable” court ruling…. I guess the cows are coming home to roost.. and about time too.
 May 26, 2015 at 9:06pm
It was Sonny Bono that skied out of control and hit a tree. Sadly this type of accident is all too common. An expert skier suffered this same type of accident at our local area this past season. :(
Look at the gate hit the gate.
Look at the tree, hit the tree.
Throw a football while skiing... hit tree
That smacks of something but I am not sure what...
 May 26, 2015 at 8:58pm
People will always reflect the god that they worship. “Allah” was the god of war before he got promoted to the big kahuna. Of course the kookoo-nuts go berserk at the drop of a hat. Best for Christians to better understand their own God and His love for all people.
 May 26, 2015 at 8:53pm
I have long looked askance at actors and actresses who, upon entering the political fray automatically assume that the rest of us should immediately take them seriously. Do they not make their livings pretending to be something they are not? Perhaps being treated as if the world revolves around them has deluded them into actually believing it themselves… I don’t really care what Cher thinks about much of anything to be truthful.
Cher, Here is what I do not get. God made salvation so easy, yet the ones He is trying to save are so stupid.
I don't get it. Why are any Christians Democrats ?
She sure as hell would not be on any advice list of mine, other then how to be a self absorbed, know nothing, progressive, plastic woman.
If we could turn back time???
I have a question, you are obviously a liberal, therfore , you must believe in man made global warming, so isn't it funny that the most natural thing to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere killed your X???
If we cut down all trees, Sonny would still be with us
It's odd that someone who is for all natural is so man made?
With all the plastic surgery she’s had, it’s a damn shame she didn’t get a brain implant...(there’s plenty of room for one)
Registered Republican, but Tea Party principles advocate - which means that I'm hated by establishment R's like Orin "Sometimes I just want to smash those Tea Party people in the mouth" Hatch.
Cher, you're hanging around with the most hateful crowd I can imagine just after ISIS. During the "McCarthy era" it was not the majority of America that were black-listing writers and actors. It was the Hollywood crowd and a Dem Majority Congress. Joe may not have been a D, but the D's made political hay with the House and Senate hearings. They all did it wholly for financial and power grabbing reasons, not because they were great bastions of liberty and freedom.
 May 25, 2015 at 3:15pm
Here is a secret: I am not a fundamentalist either. But, there you go again, presuming and assuming you know what is in the mind of others. And, denying what? That your very, very limited scope of what the Bible says and means is correct? Egad! Another unbeliever lecturing about what the Bible means: it is to laugh; but also to pity because you cannot see how silly you are.
Convincing you? We both know that you have erected such parameters so that will never be accomplished. Eyes wide shut I think I said you once. Believe and then see Someone once said to a doubting “Thomas”.