Free Republic 3rd Quarter Fundraising Target: $85,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $21,238
24%  
Woo hoo!! And the first 24% is in!! Thank you all very much!!

Posts by JAKraig

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • TLC Wrongly Accused Hundreds of Being Illegal Cabbies in Past Year

    07/21/2014 11:25:42 AM PDT · 18 of 20
    JAKraig to RedMDer

    How do you “flash a siren” ?????
    You float by slowly in your boat while wearing a rain coat.
    _____________________________________________________________

    I have to say this is one of the very best responses I have ever seen here, very, very good!
    LOL

  • Jesus Would Support Universal Healthcare, Say Most Americans

    07/16/2014 11:39:26 AM PDT · 68 of 79
    JAKraig to Westbrook

    The New Testament makes it clear that giving should be done from the heart, freely, without compulsion. Indeed, the case for giving is very stronly made, but it is a matter of the heart, not a matter of force.

    __________________________________________________________

    Charity comes from giving. Welfare comes from taking.

    There is no good in paying taxes except you get to keep from going to jail. It is not a good deed. What you GIVE to help others is a good deed and is what The Lord would approve of. Although I’m sure He would approve of your paying your taxes but, it would not be a Christian good deed.

  • True or false? Ten myths about Isaac Newton

    07/12/2014 1:04:52 PM PDT · 24 of 39
    JAKraig to El Cid

    No one has every accused Newton of denying Christ. Newton only did not believe in the theology of the “Trinity” as taught in Trinity College. Trinity College was a divinity school. Newton believed in Christ and believed that Christ was the Savior of the world. He believed that God was Christs Father and a separate being from Christ Himself. He also believed that the Holy Ghost likewise was a separate being.

    Newton was an avid student of the Holy Bible and believed mostly in the literal meaning of it.

    Not ascribing to the Catholic interpretation of the Holy Trinity in Newton’s day would however classify him as a “heretic”. By the time of Newton however the classification of being a heretic was not the same as it was just a hundred years earlier.

  • Corey Booker, Rand Paul team up for justice (Barf alert)

    07/08/2014 6:13:40 AM PDT · 11 of 17
    JAKraig to Above My Pay Grade

    I can’t believe I used to admire Rand Paul. He supports Federal interference in State criminal justice matters and coddling criminals by giving them light sentences, clean records, voting rights and preferences in hiring.
    Paul clearly hates law abiding Americans as strongly as any Liberal.

    ________________________________________________________

    When you commit a crime in the US and are caught you pay. You pay by going to prison, you pay by being on probation, often for years after you get out. When you are a an ex-con it is nearly impossible to get a job. If you commit a drug crime and you do the time, why should society force you to live a life a crime? If you have a felony conviction that follows you around nobody will hire you. When do you stop paying for doing something stupid? If your record follows you you never stop being hounded by society.

    If you do the crime, do the time and get back into society.

  • St. George Utah Temple: 1st operating temple [Dead 'Founding Fathers...appeared' in Mormon temple?]

    07/05/2014 5:40:59 AM PDT · 102 of 111
    JAKraig to Zakeet
    Next, take a few minutes (about 10) and watch this video where Shawn McCraney addresses the fruits of Mormonism argument and show how it completely misses the point.

    Then ask yourself if Mormon fruit [still] looks pretty good, and we could use a lot more of their fruits in this country right now.

    _________________________________________________________

    Thanks for your comment. I live with a Mormon. I don't need to look at a film by a Mormon Hater to know the truth about Mormons. The rest of us should be so good.

  • St. George Utah Temple: 1st operating temple [Dead 'Founding Fathers...appeared' in Mormon temple?]

    07/04/2014 7:46:54 AM PDT · 18 of 111
    JAKraig to Zakeet
    appearances by Jesus Christ, Moses, Elijah, Elias, and numerous angels; speaking and singing in tongues, often with translations; prophesying; foot washing; and other “spiritual experiences.”

    _________________________________________________

    Perhaps you don't believe the Apostles of the 1st Century that said they saw many of the dead saints walking around in Jerusalem on the Easter morning. Perhaps you don't believe the Apostles when they say they saw the dead Christ appear to them, teach them and eat with them. Maybe you don't believe the 500 or so people that saw the “dead” Christ speak to them and then ascend in to Heaven.

    Just because you or I don't believe something doesn't make it not true.

    The Apostle Paul, who also heard and saw the “dead” Christ and said that by their fruits you shall know the followers of Christ, Mormon fruit looks pretty good. We could use a lot more of their fruits in this country right now.

  • St. George Utah Temple: 1st operating temple [Dead 'Founding Fathers...appeared' in Mormon temple?]

    07/04/2014 7:32:54 AM PDT · 16 of 111
    JAKraig to Colofornian
    From the Mormon temple description: The St. George Utah Temple is the first temple where endowments for the dead were performed.
    Yes, and no.
    ______________________________________________________________

    Actually as I understand it it was the first Temple to perform “endowments” Mormons baptism for the dead is not the same thing as endowments. The baptisms have to be performed before the endowments. Living people received their own endowments in the Nauvoo temple but not for dead, the article is correct in that endowments didn't happen for the dead until St. George.

    If I were to join the church I could perform baptisms the next day in the temple but would still have to wait a year for my endowments or for doing the endowments for the dead. A person has to have their own endowments before they can do it for the dead.

  • Science ignored: Dissecting the claim that pregnancy is a disease

    07/03/2014 6:28:19 AM PDT · 5 of 9
    JAKraig to GladesGuru

    As far as I know there has only been one documented birth from anyone not having sex.

    Pregnancy is not a disease, it is the result of people having sex. If you don’t want to get pregnant don’t have sex or use a reliable contraceptive. It is stupid that other people should have to pay for you to have sexual fun. The report that says over 25% that got pregnant got that way while using contraceptives is a lie. I have seen reports that say that the unintended pregnancy rate from the pill is less than one percent and the worst I ever saw was 2.5% unintended, but that was using only the “pill” when it was first introduced. If you use the pill and spermicide the unintended pregnancy rate approaches 0%. People need to start taking responsibility for their own actions.

    By the way my mother said in her time the pill was just aspirin, you put it between your knees and hold it there tightly.

  • Reince Priebus: Why the Silence on Mississippi?

    07/01/2014 6:46:11 AM PDT · 21 of 44
    JAKraig to Old Retired Army Guy

    The people who are trying to advance the idea of bolting the Republican Party and starting a third party are Democrats. Their strategy is called “Divide and Conquer”.

    __________________________________________________________

    From reading the headlines of this article, I would’ve surmised the same thing as you. If you read the entire article you will find that is not what it says.

    The gist of the article is that conservatives must unite and take over the leadership of the Republican Party. That the Republican Party leadership is simply an organization to keep incumbents in power.

    If conservatives are to take over the party the article says, that we must stop donating to the Republican Party and start donating only to conservative candidates.

    After reading the entire article I feel impressed that it contains wise logic and is well worth reading every word.

  • The EPA reports more lost emails as the House Oversight chair threatens contempt of Congress

    06/27/2014 6:44:53 PM PDT · 52 of 53
    JAKraig to nomorelurker
    In the days of the Roman Republic, when the “Ceasars” became emperors, this is what happened. Soon the Senate was nothing but a status symbol, they had no real responsibility. the exact same thing is happening here.
  • Peak Oil 3: Has Production Peaked?

    06/27/2014 10:24:10 AM PDT · 18 of 24
    JAKraig to thackney

    The whole article is baseless.

    In 1960 I bought gas for 19.9 cents a gallon.

    Today for the same two dimes (if I use silver dimes) I can actually buy more than a gallon of gas. The price of gas is down. At $4.00 a gallon it is cheaper today than in 1960. Two silver dimes today cost over $2.20 each, that would be $4.40, in some states that would leave a dollar left over in change for that one gallon of gas.

    What has changed is only the value of the American Dollar. Pure and simple, government counterfeiting has raised the prices of all commodities.

    Fiat money is the downfall of all societies.

  • How Marriott’s owner put aside his Mormon beliefs to cash in on the LGBT travel market

    06/27/2014 10:10:14 AM PDT · 16 of 45
    JAKraig to circlecity
    I thought I liked Marriott Hotels, they have always been roomy and clean. I will never stay in another one.
  • The U.S. Economy Has Collapsed: “This Is A Monstrous Negative Revision”

    06/26/2014 2:35:38 PM PDT · 53 of 55
    JAKraig to zek157
    Banks won't be able to foreclose after the next one either. Tier 1 reserve requirements are 5%. . . . .

    ________________________________________________________

    While your numbers are correct the deficit will be taken care of with inflation, the plan all along. The central banks hold more of a percentage of American money than at any time in the history of our country. Once we have hyper or even high inflation the percentage of bad debts from underwater homes will be substantially reduced simply because the homes will still be valued in old dollars. When it takes 3 million dollars to buy a house the $200000.00 owed on it will seem like chump change to the bank.

    There are protections against that, the bank owns the mortgage not the home and the house will supposedly be sold at auction, so that when a $200000 house sells at a give away price of 2-1/2 million the banks will clean off their books, oh and nobody but the banks will have money to buy.

  • The U.S. Economy Has Collapsed: “This Is A Monstrous Negative Revision”

    06/26/2014 8:04:10 AM PDT · 49 of 55
    JAKraig to zek157
    Several years ago we had a housing bubble because people with no investment in their property found themselves upside down and rent was cheaper than paying their high payments and then housing prices fell.

    Soon people again won't have money to pay their mortgages even though they have worked decades to pay for it they will lose their homes. Who will end up with all those homes? All those financial institutions that Quantitative easing went to. People will be paying rent to the leaches that Obama gave all our money to.

    The liars in the press will not likely survive. People starving and homeless don't have a lot to lose and take revenge.

    I highly recommend to all my friends, get out of debt and the first debt to get rid of is your mortgage. There are a variety of ways to get the mortgage paid down quickly. Don't treat your self to any luxury, use all available cash to apply to the principal of you mortgage. When you do this a higher percentage of every payment goes to the principal helping you to get rid of the debt even faster.
    Don't wait until the end of the year, everytime you can squeeze the minimum amount your mortgage company will take give it to them. and get your interest payments reduced. Most companies will accept $1000.00. That sounds like a lot but isn't what it used to be and the mortgage companies haven't raised it yet.

    Once the home prices fall you won't be able to sell your home for what you owe on it. You may have relatives who will want to come and live with you if you have a secure place to live. That may not be all bad, having someone there all the time would be a good thing. They might even be able to pay some rent. If you have a basement it can be lived in even if it isn't finished.

    I hate to see all this coming but don't see anyway around it.

  • Sticker Shock: Food, Gas Prices Set to Go Higher

    06/22/2014 8:36:36 AM PDT · 116 of 117
    JAKraig to RipSawyer
    I could lie in bed, get up only to eat and visit the bathroom and on 1100 calories a day I would dry up and die.

    __________________________________________________________

    There is a pretty simple way to figure out how many calories a day you need. Multiply your weight by 10 and that is the number of calories it takes just to maintain your weight. If you want to lose weight just realize that 3600 calories subtracted from your maintenance diet will decrease your weight by a pound.

    If you weigh 200lbs, they you can get by fine on 2000 calories, and that includes moderate exercise. If your exercise calculates to more than 200 calories then you may need to adjust. For me a brisk 2 mile walk won't equal the calories in one 12oz Coke.

    Most of the survival food assumes you will have access to something else to eat, the survival food is only the base of the meal.

    I suggest to people that they get a house with a basement and simply double their food purchases for a year or more and they you have a normal diet in storage for a year.

  • Dick Boehner is a conspirator to Cantor and McConell

    06/11/2014 12:48:12 PM PDT · 17 of 18
    JAKraig to INVAR
    I live in Kentucky.

    I am not as stupid as those who sat at home and allowed Obama to be elected because they didn't like Romney.

    I will vote for McConnell even though I worked for Bevin. McConnell is not great but is one heck of a lot better than ANY democrat.

  • 89-Year-Old Vet Waits 68 Years for Benefits

    06/03/2014 11:34:36 AM PDT · 21 of 22
    JAKraig to DUMBGRUNT
    When I enlisted in the late 60’s the recruiter told me one of the best things I could would be to enlist because I would then be eligible for free health care for the rest of my life. Some time ago while unemployed I checked on the “free” health care I was eligible for, it wasn't free, it was $50 copay every time you visit. I fortunately was not sick, but the lies I heard certainly sickened me.
  • Hampton man arrested in Waffle House parking lot shooting

    06/03/2014 8:22:23 AM PDT · 22 of 33
    JAKraig to csvset
    One of Obama’s older children.
  • Vanity - Vietnam Vet visiting my local Vet Out patient first time.

    05/27/2014 6:08:30 PM PDT · 45 of 76
    JAKraig to RWGinger

    My understanding is the VA gives good service, you have to wait a long time for it and you pay for it if you aren’t retired from the service or service related.

    Good luck, they mostly seem like really nice folks in there.

  • EARLY HISTORY OF THE BIBLE

    05/22/2014 7:44:25 PM PDT · 173 of 417
    JAKraig to NKP_Vet
    NKP_Vet, Peter went to Rome and there is no doubt in my opinion that Peter was the authority in the Church after Christ left the earth, we agree so far. Peter and all the Apostles taught the same Gospel. Mark taught the Egyptians and they believed, the remnants of the Church that Mark organized are called Coptic's. Marks Church and Peters church are one in the same.

    Prior to the Council at Nicaea there was no “Catholic” Church. The word “Catholic” as I stated earlier simply means universal. Until Nicaea there was no universal church. Each church was independent. While there were several leaders in Rome there was no real central authority and each church taught what it wanted. After the Apostles died off there was a free for all for domination of the Christian doctrines. While all the Christian Churches had Christ in common they had so many differing beliefs about who He was or even what He was that there were horrible disputations between the different churches lead in the different cities.

    After the death of the Apostles and then after the death of all that had been taught by them things started going south. Not so much a falling away as disarray. Into this vacuum stepped Constantine. If you think about how much time had passed it will be easier to understand, it would be like going back to the year 1600 or so for us. 300 years is a long time. While Peter may have been the head of the Church for a time that was 250 years ago. Peter never had a chance to install someone else as head of the Church so different Elders or Bishops all vied for the position and whom ever could convince the most people that he was right won. When Constantine stepped in it was a much needed adjustment to the Christian world. While we say now that the Bishop of Rome has an unbroken line to Peter it simply isn't so. Certainly the Bishop of Rome has lead the Church more than any other Bishop. Bishops have lead the Church from Spain, from France, from Turkey but mostly from Rome. The Leaders of the Church or Popes were not always anyone whom had ever met the Previous Pope and could not have been ordained to the position as Peter was. Some were evil men, some had bastard children and many were ridiculously influential.

    Don't misunderstand me, I'm not trying to undermine the authority of the Pope but I don't think making statements that are not factual help anybody.

    Now let me change gears just a little. Much has been said about the authority of the scriptures and a comparison has been made to the US Constitution. The argument being that any believer with the Holy Ghost can interpret the Scriptures with the aid of the Holy Ghost and come up with the true doctrines of the Kingdom. The reason there have been so many schisms in the “Body of Christ” is precisely because so many spirit filled Christians thought they knew better than other Spirit filled Christians what the true doctrine was. It is a wonderful sounding thought but in practice it doesn't work. There has to be an authority where the buck stops. Either someone speaks for God or there are thousands of gods since there are thousands of churches. We cannot have two different answers to a question and both of them be right.

  • EARLY HISTORY OF THE BIBLE

    05/22/2014 5:19:18 AM PDT · 166 of 417
    JAKraig to RegulatorCountry

    You said:
    “The Eastern Orthodox beg to differ, and have for going on a thousand years.

    ___________________________________________________________

    The Eastern Orthodox Catholic Church and the Roman Catholic were one in the same for nearly 800 years, so add 800 to your 1000 and you will be pretty close.

  • EARLY HISTORY OF THE BIBLE

    05/21/2014 2:37:39 PM PDT · 154 of 417
    JAKraig to NKP_Vet
    NKP_Vet,

    I hope I haven't waited too long to respond.

    I read the documents you linked to, at least a good portion of them but I disagree with some of the most basic statements. First the Eastern and Roman Church had a disagreement and split. They both are from the same place, they both have what they claim are a basis for their own legitimacy and I think I am unable to say which has the better argument. Since they have been for so long trying to see a way back to being one I suspect they are having the same difficulty as me.

    Since the Coptic churches were really what they were from before 325 I am inclined that they have very much a good argument of being from the beginning of Christendom. The Apostle Mark started them during his lifetime. As it turns out Bishops from the Coptic Church authored most of what we now have as the Nicene Creed. So if anything they predate the “Roman” Catholic Church.

    I have never claimed that Protestants have any claim to legitimacy as the original church or any authority to baptize or any other ordinance that Christ says we must have to enter Heaven.

    As far as the Church remaining until The Savior returns, I think there are arguments that a reasonable person could infer that that argument is invalid, not that it is, just it could be reasonably argued. The Apostle Paul actually argues that there must be a “falling away first” before the Lord returns. I don't know when the falling away is to have happened or when it is to happen but anyone who proffers that the Church will stand in perfection till He returns does not have the best of sure footing.

  • DITCH MITCH DAY!!!

    05/20/2014 6:59:54 PM PDT · 53 of 54
    JAKraig to the_boy_who_got_lost

    We were well received in general but the response was overwhelmingly in support of McConnell. They were afraid to lose the seat.

  • DITCH MITCH DAY!!!

    05/20/2014 11:20:24 AM PDT · 47 of 54
    JAKraig to SomeCallMeTim

    I did my part, I voted today after spending several hours at the phone center making call for him.

  • Machine Gun-Toting SWAT Team Blindsides Innocent Old Man, PUMMELS Him

    05/19/2014 12:22:07 PM PDT · 49 of 71
    JAKraig to moose07

    Aw, common, the JBT’s just want to be able to go home at night.

  • Think Yer Smart? Take the Pew Research Science Quiz...

    05/19/2014 12:17:47 PM PDT · 107 of 136
    JAKraig to Tijeras_Slim

    Very Easy!

    13 of 13 less than one minute to complete.

  • Could John Cornyn become Senate majority leader?

    05/19/2014 12:06:09 PM PDT · 13 of 19
    JAKraig to Opinionated Blowhard
    McConnell is an organizer. He always has a plan and follows through with it. It doesn't always work but there is a plan, stuff doesn't just happen.

    I will be voting for Matt Bevin in the Primary, I wish I could vote for him in the General. I realize that the polls call for Grimes to win but McConnell hasn't started campaigning against her yet. Here in Kentucky Obamacare didn't hit us quite as hard as some states because we already had a state controlled health plan of sorts, let us say State commanded health plan. We were already higher than most of the country so ours only went up about 50% or so, but people don't like loosing their doctors and don't like losing their work provided health care. I think November will be a bad for Democrats. But, then again I thought Romney would beat Obama.

    I will vote for McConnell in November but I won't like it.

  • EARLY HISTORY OF THE BIBLE

    05/19/2014 11:30:35 AM PDT · 141 of 417
    JAKraig to NKP_Vet

    NKP_Vet

    Very interesting things you have to say about the Bible. Most of them very logical and obvious, yet, still there are many churches that do just what you say they shouldn’t, most of them say they use not only the Cannon or Bible they have for authority but also teach as “guided by the Holy Spirit”.

    I couldn’t agree with you more that they have little to no foundation on which to stand.

    The Savior Himself set Peter up as the earthly head of the church. For an outsider to say he knows better than a descendant of holder of Peters office seems implausible. Not that I don’t understand the desire. At the time of Luther there were many abhorrent practices in the church. I think in Christianity we are generally taught to hate the sin and love the sinner. For sure some early and even later Catholic leaders were not thinking clearly or not being led by the Holy Ghost, the question is then did The (Roman) Catholic Church lose it’s place of authority? There were other churches that sprang from the same well as the Roman Church. Did the Eastern Church keep it’s authority? The Roman Church excommunicated the Eastern Church and Visa Versa. Are one of the Coptic churches the only ones still having authority from Peter? Where today are the keys given to Peter to bind on earth and in Heaven? Certainly none of the Protestant churches claim them. Who then on earth has the keys to settle doctrinal disputes, certainly one of authority descended from the seat of Peter should, but certainly none of the Protestant churches can, they all claim the Same Holy Ghost but still come to differing opinions on The Gospel. Who can decide if abortion is right or wrong? Who can decide if Gay Marriage is wrong. Who can decide if fighting for your country in a war is right or wrong? How can a dedicated Christian know his sins are forgiven? I think there needs to be some kind of Priesthood authority of the type given to Peter by The Savior Jesus Christ on the earth to be able to call it Christ’s Church.

    What sets the various “Catholic” churches apart from all protestant churches is that they have (certainly at least claim) a priesthood that they themselves did not give unto themselves. The priesthood that The Lord had was given to Peter, and given to all the Apostles and through them to many servants in The Church.

    Today when a person feels he is called to preach in the Protestant world he goes to a school where he learns much and gets a parchment instead of laying on of hands, however some seminaries have a “laying on of hands” ceremony where someone who felt called of God ordains someone else. That is not the priesthood Christ had IMHO.

    When my father passed away some decades ago our minister asked his adult children and his widow if we had any particular scriptures we would like him to preach from, I had 10. They all spoke about the reality of a literal Resurrection. The minister said he could not use any of them because they were confusing, that they might lead some people to conclude that there was a literal Resurrection instead of a spiritual Resurrection. Having never gone to seminary but having read the Bible many times I was done. I left the Methodist Church over this nonsense. The wisdom of man can be a wonderful thing but many plain truths of the Holy Bible have been abandoned in favor of the wisdom of man.

    Today I don’t have so many answers as questions. This much I do know, Christ taught that He was The Son of God; that earthling humans are sons of God; that Christ will inherit all that His Father has; that followers of Christ will be joint heirs with Him and also inherit all that Christ and His Father have. That Christ was dead but is now alive. That after the Resurrection Christ had a body of flesh and was not a spirit and to confirm that ate and drank and had His associates touch him and handle Him. The two angels who stood next to The Risen Lord told the crowd assembled as He ascended to Heaven that He would come back in the same way He left. We will be “like Him”. The saints that died in Christ on the first Easter morning were seen walking the streets of Jerusalem not as ghosts but persons of flesh and bone.

    I do know Christ lives.

    Church and truth is not always what we want it to be. It is what it is. Accept or reject it, don’t make something that fits your needs.

  • EARLY HISTORY OF THE BIBLE

    05/18/2014 7:14:54 PM PDT · 126 of 417
    JAKraig to NKP_Vet

    Catholics were not the “Authors” of any scripture”.

    Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John were followers of Jesus Christ. Followers of Christ might not have not been called “Christians” when they started following Him, but they were Christians in every sense of the word. Christian/Catholic, one in the same. There was only one type of Christian/Catholic back then. There were no protestants. Sorry to disappoint you.

    __________________________________________________________

    I don’t know what you are referring to when you talk about Protestants being around back then, I suppose you have my words confused with someone else’s words.

    By the time the word “Christian” started being used likely all the scripture we have today was written.

    Followers of Christ were called “Christians” very shortly after the death of the Apostles. The need for written words of the Apostles arose because they died off and the people that had heard them in life were beginning to die off too. Nobody in the early church suspected the world to continue so long, they expected the second coming to be in their lifetimes, perhaps every generation does. Anyway since the Apostles and those that heard them in life were no longer around their words needed to be written. Memories of the sermons of the Apostles are what we have in the Gospels.

    Christian and Catholic are not the same thing. Christians are followers of Christ or members of a church that Teach Christ. Catholic simply means Universal. The Church was not “Universal” at least until after 325 some will say sometimes in the 380’s that the term “Universal” was first used. Whenever it was used it started becoming universal after the first council of Nicea in 325.

  • EARLY HISTORY OF THE BIBLE

    05/18/2014 6:58:09 PM PDT · 124 of 417
    JAKraig to CTrent1564
    Thanks for the kind words.

    The Nicean Council was actually in 325. The church was called Christian even then or at least the followers were called “Christians”. The Council of Nicea of which the Emperor Constantine called and directed was the beginning of legitimacy of the Christian Church and could be said to be the beginning of the Catholic Church. Catholic does not mean Christian but it does mean “Universal”. Until Constantine there were many Christian churches each one independent from all the others. Their doctrines were in some cases very different from each other. They didn't all have the scriptures we now have so they came to conclusions perhaps if they would have had the whole Bible that we now have that would be different. Anyway, what Constantine did was hear all the differing doctrines of the different churches presented by the Bishops in attendance (Bishops then were the leaders of a church in a city) and determined that one of the Greek churches made the most sense. Anything that contradicted that was disallowed. Writings supporting other doctrines were ordered destroyed. Uncooperative Bishops were ex-communicated some threatened with death sentences although I don't believe any were carried out. Over the next 50 years nearly all the bishops fell into line and the Nicean Creed became the statement all had to conform to. Other councils mostly strengthen and affirmed what was done in 325 except that it became a capital offense to preach differing views. The doctrines established at Nicea and later became the “Universal” belief in Christendom, thus the Holy Catholic (Universal) Church.

  • EARLY HISTORY OF THE BIBLE

    05/15/2014 6:03:22 AM PDT · 11 of 417
    JAKraig to tophat9000
    Catholics were not the “Authors” of any scripture.

    Catholics may have compiled what we have to day of scripture.

    In music when someone composes a song, that person is the song “writer”. Sometimes a popular song will be rearranged and the new arrangement will be more popular than the original song version. The arranger is not the song writer, he is not the composer and lists himself or herself as the “arranger”.

    The Catholic Church arranged the scriptures (New Testament) we have today, the authors were the apostles, actually the authors were those who heard the apostles speak and later recorded what they said. Apostles would travel from church to church telling their story of their memory of being with Christ The Lord. The other writings of the New Testament in large part are from letters written to churches from Apostles. We have to assume that the copies we have of those letter were copied from the originals. In all cases we assume that the Apostles were speaking as moved by the Holy Ghost. Since the Gospels and Epistles don't altogether agree with one another it is safe to say these scriptures were not written by God but by His inspired servants.

    When the texts we have in our New Testament, that is the many varieties of The New Testament, were written there was no Roman Catholic Church, the Bishop in Rome had no more authority than other Bishops. After the Apostles died off there was a struggle for leadership, indeed there was no “one”, “Universal” church. There were many different churches each with differences from the next.

    When Constantine Took control of the “Christian Churches” his council decided what would be “cannon” although they didn't use that word. From that point the universal or (Catholic) church grew in strength and spoke more or less with one voice. It was a new era for Christendom, a lot of what remains today traces back to that first council.

    There are perhaps many writings of apostles and those that traveled with them that we don't have today that were destroyed in one of the various councils trying to decide what was of value and what was not of value to the Church.

    I don't know what was left out but I do feel strongly that the church leaders of the third century did a good job at least as far as picking texts for scripture that were true. I can't vouch for their changes over the years, I don't like to argue over one or two words but like to take the text as a whole. this is because we can't possibly now know the origin of a word in many, perhaps most cases.

    I read the scriptures given to us by the earliest councils of what we now call the Catholic Church but I don't use them to split hairs. The story of the Gospels, namely that the Son of Man was indeed The Son of God. That He lived among men and performed many good works and miracles and gave the keys of the kingdom to Peter to continue in His absence is enough for me.

    I am not a Roman Catholic but I am grateful that they preserved what we have of the scriptures today. I wish they would have preserved more but I do like what we have.

  • Mormons and the Nazis: Glenn Beck’s Purple Triangle Story

    05/10/2014 7:34:13 PM PDT · 99 of 120
    JAKraig to greyfoxx39
    JAKraig “If The Mormons have a ritual that includes a dead persons name being said who cares? Or perhaps I should say Why would anyone care?”
    That statement appears to illuminate the general attitude that Mormons have towards the beliefs of others...”We Mormons, believing ourselves to be superior to all other faiths, take upon ourselves the right to insult non-mormons by desecrating their dead, and we don't give a damn if others object!

    The arrogance in this remark is outstanding.

    _______________________________________________________

    I'm sorry for being so dumb. I just don't understand the problem. If you go to your church and hold a mass and say all Mormons are going to Hell, would the Mormons care? I doubt it. Thats is all I'm trying to say. The Mormons believe that ALL people have to be Baptized before anyone can be saved, I know it sounds impossible but to them it is seems possible. They aren't trying to make anybody mad at them they are just trying to do what they consider their duty. They would be perfectly pleased if nobody ever knew what people were Baptized in their Temples. They aren't putting a finger in your eye, or at least not trying to.

  • Mormons and the Nazis: Glenn Beck’s Purple Triangle Story

    05/10/2014 6:04:05 AM PDT · 82 of 120
    JAKraig to Godzilla
    Elsie,
    Sorry, I was wrong on the number of Methodists. The term Methodists include a number of denomination's worldwide. If you include all the Methodists in all the other denominations there could be as many as 80 million. The United Methodists, which is what most of us think of as Methodists have about 7 million members in the US and about 12 million worldwide.

    If Mormonism is not true then nobody has been “Dead Dunked” I have never heard of anyone taking a dead body and “dunking” it. If The Mormons have a ritual that includes a dead persons name being said who cares? Or perhaps I should say Why would anyone care?

  • Mormons and the Nazis: Glenn Beck’s Purple Triangle Story

    05/08/2014 6:44:23 PM PDT · 56 of 120
    JAKraig

    Elsie, I don’t understand your hatred of Mormons or Mormonism. I’m around it all the time and just don’t see the problems you think you see.

    I have always been a live and let live kind of person unless what you do negatively effects me. They don’t negatively effect me, neither do Baptists, Catholics, Methodist or Lutherans which are all in my background.

  • Neighbor Screams at Former Navy SEAL as He Takes Down His Flag: ‘You F***ing Fat A**

    05/08/2014 6:40:18 PM PDT · 50 of 53
    JAKraig to DuncanWaring

    I do subscribe and watch. I don’t recall him suggesting we question God’s existence. He shows his crew praying during most show prep which is partially filmed. He constantly talks about the answers to our country’s problems being in “this book”, referring to the Bible.

    Maybe you should turn him on a little.

  • The ploy that could sink Obamacare Case contends Reid violated...

    05/07/2014 8:14:32 PM PDT · 30 of 30
    JAKraig to Usagi_yo
    The standing issue is already settled and can not be brought up again.

    I suspect that Roberts knew what he was doing. What he was doing is delaying invalidating Obamacare until a new Congress could be elected so that it wouldn't be started by Pelosi in the House after it lost in the SC.

    At least that is what I am hoping happened.

  • Neighbor Screams at Former Navy SEAL as He Takes Down His Flag: ‘You F***ing Fat A**

    05/07/2014 6:24:39 AM PDT · 35 of 53
    JAKraig to VaRepublican

    Glenn Beck is a “Money Whore?”

    He has a company. People own companies to make money.

    Do you work? Why don’t you tell them where you work that you don’t want to be a “money whore” and tell them you will work for free from now on?

    You have to make money to stay in business. Beck’s business at least promotes wholesome and conservative ideas. Profit is one of those ideas, there is nothing wrong with it.

  • Mormons and the Nazis: Glenn Beck’s Purple Triangle Story

    05/07/2014 6:07:16 AM PDT · 13 of 120
    JAKraig to PGalt
    It is hard to criticize those who follow the laws of their countries instead of going to a concentration camp to be tortured and starved.

    Mormons are told to honor their governments and obey their laws. I notice that there are many, many so called conservatives who participate in Obamacare, Social Security, Medicare, etc. Is that any different than what the Mormons, Baptists, Catholics and others did during the war. At the same time that these German people were trying to survive in their country there were plenty of Catholics, Baptists and even Mormons joining the US Armed Services to Defeat the German Armies.

    This article is a very poor attempt to impugn Glen Beck and the Mormons he belongs to. I personally am very impressed with Glenn Beck. He risks his substantial fortune on a new network to promote conservatism. He works hard to do what he thinks is good for the USA, I applaud him.

  • OBAMA'S LAST SHOT – CLIMATE CHANGE – AND WHY IT'S DOOMED TO FAIL

    05/06/2014 8:57:09 AM PDT · 17 of 29
    JAKraig to Hojczyk
    The House COULD defund the EPA. The House WON'T defund anybody.
  • John Kerry won't comply with Benghazi subpoena, State Dept. says

    05/06/2014 8:51:12 AM PDT · 14 of 35
    JAKraig to mylife
    Congress has special powers of arrest and could legally arrest him and hold him in jail until he produces the records or fulfills the subpoena. I hope there are Marshals waiting at the ramp of the airport when he arrives back in the country.

    I hope this ends with Kerry's impeachment and it would be cool to see Hillary impeached too. Don't laugh, it could happen, actually there could even be a conviction if the Senate turns red enough in November. If she is convicted she would never be able to serve in the Federal government again.

  • NJ man shoots 11-year-old nephew dead while demonstrating laser sight on his forehead

    05/05/2014 8:03:00 PM PDT · 90 of 92
    JAKraig to Bulwyf
    I realize that the guy who shot the kid will be ruined for the rest of his life, but what an idiot.

    I carry. I carry ALL the time. My kids know I have rifles but they have never seen any of my handguns. My grandchildren don't even know I have guns. Until I take them out shooting after learning about guns they won't.

    I carry loaded and chambered but I would never show the gun to a kid. When I show any of my guns to friends that also carry I unload and unchamber and lock the slide open and STILL treat it as loaded.

    A gun is only as safe as the operator.

    I recommend to just about everyone:
    1. Conceal carry
    2. get a gun light enough and small enough that you won't mind carrying.
    3. Once you carry don't ever not carry, that is when you will be needed.
    4. Practice, practice, practice. It may be overkill but I don't like to go more than two weeks without practice.
    5. Carry personal defense rounds, (Hollow Points), for safety. Never let a bullet go through anything to hit someone else.
    6. Get a gun safe.

    I don't normally have kids around but even when I don't I keep my carry gun up high on closet shelf when I go to bed. I'm not dressed in the morning until I have my gun on. I have respectful fear of my gun but I would have more fear without it.

    Guns like gasoline, cars, power tools and many other things are potentially killers and deserve a lot of respect.

  • Palmdale Girl, 16, Dies After Suspected DUI Driver Slams Into Her Home

    04/21/2014 1:22:17 PM PDT · 19 of 19
    JAKraig to Freeport

    Bail??! BAIL!!!

    I see a case of lead poisoning in his future...

    ______________________________________________________________

    We can only hope your are right.

  • Navy OKs changes for submariners' sleep schedules

    04/20/2014 8:11:34 PM PDT · 24 of 45
    JAKraig to Mariner

    How many times did we watch the same detective movie over and over again. How crazy was it to look forward to Mid-Rats.

    I agree that the whole 18 hour day was stupid and confusing. I thought they did it to make the whole patrol a blur that you wouldn’t remember anything when you got in. I hated it.

    Patrick Henry SSBN 599G

  • Walker’s in, the left fires first, and the War for Wisconsin is on

    04/16/2014 8:25:26 AM PDT · 17 of 73
    JAKraig to 9YearLurker

    You said:

    Walker is massively pro-amnesty.

    ____________________________________________________

    It just isn’t so, here are Walkers own words:

    “See now that’s where they take it out of context,” Walker said in response. “I’ve not said there should be amnesty in this country. I don’t believe that. I don’t support the legislation being kicked around. What I’ve said repeatedly is we need to fix the immigration system, but fix the legal system. So if people want to come in this country we should have a legal immigration system.”
    Bannon then interjected: “And take care of the borders and everything we have to do first.”
    Walker concurred, saying that any immigration reform efforts should “fix the front door.”
    “If you’re somebody, whether you’re from Mexico or Germany or Ireland, and you want to come to this country legally, we should find a way to make it happen,” Walker said.

    ________________________

    I think that is likely what most people in this country would say.

  • NC SENATE: Most-electable? THE POLLS keep saying NO.

    04/11/2014 5:38:04 AM PDT · 10 of 11
    JAKraig to GBA
    No more Rovian and establishment BS.

    I can't stand the smell, no matter how tightly I hold my nose.

    ________________________________________________________

    We have something slightly similar going on here in Kentucky. Mitch McConnell is trying to hold off a challenge by Matt Bevin in the primary.

    I'm a conservative kind of guy, I have voted for Mitch McConnell in every election he has ever run in. When he started politics as County Judge Executive he was great. He cleaned house, got rid of the graft and cronyism, it was all good. He went to the senate, acted like a true Kentucky conservative. He and Jim Bunning were the best tag team in the Senate, for a while. Something has happened to Mitch. When he sued over McCain Finegold he was at the top of his game, since he lost that battle he seems to have been going down hill.

    I am deserting Mitch in the primary. It is a hard thing to do. How cool it would be to have our state represented by the Majority Leader in the Senate.

    When Rand Paul ran, we were told how a TEA party guy couldn't win in the general and to not waste our opportunity, well I didn't listen then and Rand Paul is the finest Senator in the Senate. I'm not listening now, I don't have to hold my nose so I won't. Mitch has done a lot of good, a lot but there always has to be an end and this, I hope is it.

  • Emirati Wives in Bad Health Ask Husbands to Marry Again… But the Husbands Refuse

    04/07/2014 5:12:15 PM PDT · 16 of 17
    JAKraig to BykrBayb
    It is a sick culture that devalues women and girls. That is one of many things about islam that makes them sick.

    It is not a parallel to Christianity. They aren’t following a different path to God. Allah is not God. Allah is Satan.

    If your only objection to that culture is how they view you personally for being a Christian, then you are missing the greater message.

    ___________________________________________________________

    BykrBayb,

    In my opinion there is no sicker religion than the Moslems. Their fake prophet was a child molester, but that was not the subject, or so I thought. I thought that the subject was how horrible it was for a wife to offer her husband to take another wife.

    When you condemn the practice of polygamy you put people like Solomon, Abraham, Jacob, King David and other Biblical greats in the same boats as the Islamist’s. I simply point out that at different times there are different standards.

    There was a time when a very large percentage of people looked upon slavery without objection, we know better now but because we know better now we shouldn't condemn those who didn't know better. We are better now, those that follow us will look back and call some of what we now find perfectly normal as crass and uncivilized, perhaps even barbaric.

  • Emirati Wives in Bad Health Ask Husbands to Marry Again… But the Husbands Refuse

    04/06/2014 8:46:55 PM PDT · 14 of 17
    JAKraig to BykrBayb

    What a sick culture.

    ________________________________________________________

    I could not agree with you more about the sick culture part but not because of the story. They are sick because they want to kill anybody that is not their religion.

    The Father of Israel, Abraham was asked by his wife to take another wife, her handmaiden. She did this because she could not satisfy his desire for an heir.

    Was that sick?

    During the time of Christ polygamy was not uncommon. To be a bishop in those days however you must have but one wife.

    We do a lot of judging by our own standards, things change.

  • Did the Bishops at the 1st Vatican Council, who voted on Papal Infallibility, possess infallibility?

    04/01/2014 5:38:08 PM PDT · 208 of 260
    JAKraig to Elsie

    We may all not agree on some things but let us all agree that The Lord is Risen and is Lord, that would be a good start.
    We DO all agree with this.

    WE are WAY past this milk teaching!

    ___________________________________________________

    Elsie, perhaps you have a mouse in your pocket when you say we, unfortunately there are those who claim to be Christian ministers who teach that Christ was not divine. There are Christian ministers in mainline churches that teach that Christ was not literally resurrected but that it was only his spirit that was resurrected.

    I realize that Christ told His Apostles that He was not spirit, to touch Him, to give Him meat to eat but somehow some preachers think they are smarter than the translators of the scriptures. Woe be unto them.

  • Did the Bishops at the 1st Vatican Council, who voted on Papal Infallibility, possess infallibility?

    03/31/2014 9:51:53 AM PDT · 60 of 260
    JAKraig to Laissez-faire capitalist

    Sin did not enter the world through Eve, as sin is passed on through the loins of men, not women, thus there was no need for Mary the mother of Jesus to be immaculately conceived.

    __________________________________________________________

    I can’t agree that there was no need for the mother of Jesus to be immaculately conceived but not because she didn’t carry original sin, hardly. Remember that Jesus was half man and half God. He absolutely needed the carnal half, the human half to be able to appreciate the weight of sin and overcome sin. Because He was human and overcame sin He was able to be punished, or accept the punishment for the rest of mankind and keep us from having to receive it. Because He was also God He was able on His own to overcome death. When we agree to accept His punishment for us then we too will be free of Adams curse of death.

    While this may be an oversimplification it is the cornerstone of Christian faith. The Immaculate conception is not important because it brings Christ into the world without sin, it is important because His Father is The Father and because His mother is mortal.

  • Did the Bishops at the 1st Vatican Council, who voted on Papal Infallibility, possess infallibility?

    03/31/2014 8:37:26 AM PDT · 45 of 260
    JAKraig to Jim from C-Town

    I am not a roman Catholic.

    I have only the greatest respect for the Roman Catholic believers.

    Peter is considered the first Pope. Peter was given the keys of the kingdom, what he bound on earth was also bound in Heaven. If you believe this and if you believer that Popes after Peter were inheritors of those same keys then you must also believe that Popes are infallible. They would be infallible because the decisions they make are honored in Heaven.

    If you are not a Roman Catholic then it doesn’t make any difference. I say that understanding that mainstream “Protestant” religions claim a part of the same Apostolic faith. If you are a Protestant I can see no way to dismiss the theology of Papal infallibility. If you don’t accept it then find a church you can believe in. Don’t make fun of people who are trying to live close to The Lord.

    If the administrators of the Holy Roman Catholic Church are wrong, if they have assumed authority they do not have then God will sort it out later, it is not my job to do so.

    I pray for the Pope. I do not pray for him because I believe he is an authorized inheritor of the keys of Peter but because he is at the head of a large group of believers, I do not want him to lead them astray, I hope he leads people to Christ.

    I hope there are many ways to Christ and that all the different churches will all lead people to Christ.

    Perhaps there is only one church that is the “true” church like nearly all churches claim they are but I hope that all churches will bring the rest of us to that true church with The Lord at the head of it.

    We may all not agree on some things but let us all agree that The Lord is Risen and is Lord, that would be a good start.