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  • Predestination: Should We Even Talk About It?

    03/20/2014 7:47:22 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 82 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | March 20, 2014 | Daniel Hyde
    Full Title: Predestination: Should We Even Talk About It? Is the doctrine of predestination an obstacle to the usefulness of preaching? I’d like to begin a series on—get ready—predestination. Yes, I said that word. I know this is not the most popular topic to bring up among polite company; in fact, it’s downright divisive, isn’t it? In the fifth century, Augustine recounted in his letters that some said, “The doctrine of predestination is an obstacle to the usefulness of preaching.” And who wants an obstacle? In the sixteenth century, John Calvin had to go out of his way to state...
  • Bill Maher Absolutely Trashes the Bible and ‘Psychotic Mass Murderer’ God

    03/15/2014 12:49:04 PM PDT · by re_nortex · 56 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 11:22 pm, March 14th, 2014 | Andrew Kirell
    Maher began the monologue by declaring that America is “stupid” because 60 percent of the country reportedly believes the tale of Noah’s ark is literally true. He went on to slam the film Noah as “floating giraffe cr**,” but said it “must be doing something right” since it’s been condemned by both Muslims and Christians. And the fact that it might lose a lot of studio money, he joked, “may put it in hot water with the Jews too.”
  • The Biblical Evidence for Hell

    03/02/2014 10:59:45 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 20 replies
    ligonier ^ | February 2014 | Christopher W Morgan
    Would a loving Jesus really teach about hell? Yes, and so does every New Testament author. Let’s consider what they teach.Hell in MatthewIn the Sermon on the Mount, often known for its emphasis on love and the kingdom, Jesus teaches the reality and nature of hell (5:20–30; 7:13–27). In Matthew 5:20–30, Jesus contrasts hell with the kingdom of heaven and warns that hell is a real danger to unrepentant sinners. The fire of hell, the justice of hell, and the extreme suffering in hell are particularly stressed. The unrepentant are warned to use extreme measures to avoid being cast into it by God.As...
  • Is the Founder of the Christian Religion Paul of Tarsus or Jesus of Nazareth?

    02/24/2014 2:10:01 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 111 replies
    Evidence for God ^ | 02/24/2014 | Rich Deem
    Many skeptics assert that Paul of Tarsus (the apostle Paul) hijacked the early Christian religion, changing the theology from what Jesus originally taught. Usually offered as proof for this claim are the doctrines found in Paul's great theological work, his letter to the Romans. Without a doubt, the book of Romans contains the most complete exposition of orthodox Christian doctrines. Are these doctrines contrary to what Jesus taught? Do they conflict with the teachings of the Old Testament from which they were purportedly derived? If Paul really "invented" Christianity, then one would expect that his teachings would be different from...
  • The Scientific Proof of the Existence of the Soul

    02/23/2014 5:18:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 74 replies
    Waking Times ^ | February 27, 2013 | Debbie West
    Michael Hathaway, author of 10 books on psychic development, past lives, regression, hypnosis and spirituality, and a board certified Past Life Regression Therapist is one of the most respected hypnotists in the country. He published a book entitled, “It’s Time to Simplify Your Soul’s Code”, an easy how-to guide for discovering our unique special purpose and to enrich our life experience by delving into the aspects of higher self and soul contracts. In this book, Mr. Hathaway emphasizes the source energy of the loving universe as a means to connect to our divine purpose as incarnated souls. He brilliantly describes...
  • House of Deputies President Accuses Africans of "Homophobia" and "Repression" of Gays. But is it tru

    01/30/2014 3:13:09 PM PST · by Epistolizer · 13 replies
    The President of the Episcopal Church's lay and clergy House of Deputies, the Rev. Gay Jennings has blasted laws in parts of Africa that she says, "are brutally repressive to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people."
  • Did Jesus Die for All or for Only the Elect? Two Theologians Debate

    01/26/2014 7:24:03 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/26/2014 | Anugrah Kumar
    For whom did Jesus die? For the sins of the entire humanity or only for the elect? This was the topic of a live debate between Messianic Jewish apologist Dr. Michael L. Brown and Alpha and Omega Ministries Director Dr. James White on RevelationTV.com Friday evening. The issue boils down to what the intention of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit was in Christ going to the cross, said White, who heads the Phoenix, Ariz.-based evangelical Reformed Christian apologetics organization, as the debate began Friday at 9 p.m. EST. "Jesus' death on the cross was a covenantal death,"...
  • Evolution is Most Certainly a Matter of Belief... and so is Christianity

    01/15/2014 8:57:46 AM PST · by xzins · 155 replies
    Christian Headlines ^ | January 15, 2014 | Albert Mohler
    One of the most misleading headlines imaginable recently appeared over an opinion column published in USA Today. Tom Krattenmaker, a member of the paper’s Board of Contributors, set out to argue that there is no essential conflict between evolution and religious belief because the two are dealing with completely separate modes of knowing. Evolution, he argued, is simply “settled science” that requires no belief. Religion, on the other hand, is a faith system that is based in a totally different way of knowing—a form of knowing that requires belief and faith. The background to the column is the recent data...
  • When is the Rapture ?

    12/23/2013 7:16:44 PM PST · by Uri’el-2012 · 751 replies
    Jesus is coming 2016 ^ | current | Jesus is coming 2016
    Why I believe the Rapture of the Church will take place between December 25, 2013, and January 4, 2014 The Lord has been giving me pieces to a puzzle for the last 13 years, leading me to the date for the firstfruits Rapture of the Church. The puzzle ends between December 25, 2013, and January 4, 2014. I very strongly believe that the Rapture will take place on January 3/4, 2014. However, it is possible that the puzzle can end as early as December 25, 2013.
  • Catholic Sacraments - Explained without Protestant Bias

    12/16/2013 6:05:21 AM PST · by vladimir998 · 56 replies
    Youtube - posted by Jeremy Hochstein ^ | October 11, 2011 | Karlo Broussard
    Karlo Broussard does a very good job of explaining the sacraments without the distortions or misrepresentations of Protestants who never even walked the earth until more than 14 centuries after Christ established the sacraments.
  • The EITHER/OR of "It's EITHER Calvinism OR Arminianism" has proven useless

    12/12/2013 2:20:13 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 24 replies
    12/12/2013 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Did God provide for the salvation of sinners that he chose to be saved, or did God provide a way of salvation and then it is up to sinners to choose it? Wrong question that has been asked... The question that SHOULD be asked: Did God know which choice we would make (as to salvation) when He created this universe and bring into existence that choice to be saved, or did He bring into existence His choice for whom He would save when He brought this universe into existence? Is the ultimate, final answer to this either/or, neither/nor, or both/and?...
  • [Fr.] Edward T. Oakes, S.J.: An Appreciation [Ecumenical]

    12/07/2013 12:09:45 PM PST · by sitetest
    First Things ^ | December 7, 2013 | Thomas G. Guarino
    Father Edward T. Oakes, S.J., professor of dogmatic theology at Mundelein Seminary and University of St. Mary of the Lake, has gone to God, dying on December 6, 2013. Readers of First Things know Fr. Oakes well. Over the course of two decades he has been intimately linked with the journal, publishing essay after essay on subjects that extended from Shakespeare to original sin, from the latest movie, to the nature of evolution. Oakes wrote well on many themes, but he will surely be remembered as one of the earliest and most insightful interpreters of the extraordinary thinker, Hans Urs...
  • Edward T. Oakes, R.I.P. [Ecumenical]

    12/07/2013 6:37:44 AM PST · by sitetest · 5 replies
    First Things ^ | December 6, 2013 | David Mills
    Father Edward Oakes, S.J., distinguished theologian, gifted writer and teacher, generous ecumenist, and our friend, has died, of pancreatic cancer, at 8:00 this morning. The announcement from the Academy of Catholic Theology, of which Father Oakes was president, reports: Father Oakes entered the Society of Jesus in 1966, and was ordained a priest in 1979. He received his doctorate in theology from Union Theological Seminary in 1987. He taught at New York University, Regis University, and Mundelein Seminary, where he was deeply loved and valued by his colleagues, students, and indeed everyone on the staff as well.
  • There Is No Hope. But I Really Don't Give A Flying Flip And Neither Should You

    12/05/2013 8:07:28 AM PST · by IChing · 27 replies
    ClashDaily.com ^ | 12/5/13 | Donald Joy
    A couple decades ago I was talking with a Christian friend about the vicissitudes of life, and about the maddening corruption and treachery we saw all around us. “This world is hopeless,” my friend said conclusively, in spiritual summary of what we’d discussed. I recognized his attitude as a core feature of orthodox Christian doctrine, which assesses a fallen world, full of sin, and resignedly accepts that fallen man is simply incapable of improving conditions. Incapable, that is, beyond temporary intervals of marginal revival and renewal, however worthwhile and glorious. Hoping for some kind of man-made, permanent solution to evil,...
  • The Fallible Prophets of New Calvinism (new book)

    11/25/2013 9:44:04 AM PST · by fishtank · 26 replies
    The Armoury ^ | Nov. 14, 2013 | Michael John Beasley
    Thursday, November 14, 2013 The Fallible Prophets of New Calvinism by Michael John Beasley From the website: This book examines Dr. Wayne Grudem's controversial teaching on fallible prophecy in view of various lexical, exegetical, and historical points of analysis. It also addresses the teaching's popularity and continuing advancement through many charismatics within the "New Calvinism" movement. The doctrine of fallible prophecy is neither benign nor harmless, rather it constitutes a troubling strange fire for the body of Christ and continues to spread through the advocacy of popular continuationists like Wayne Grudem, D.A. Carson, John Piper, and Mark Driscoll: 1. Chapter...
  • Author of 'Mormon Christianity' Claims Christians Can Learn From the LDS Church

    11/14/2013 9:24:09 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 358 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | November 11, 2013 | Tyler O'Neil
    A Roman Catholic scholar and former philosophy and religion professor has released a new book that defends Mormonism as "one of the youngest branches on the Christian tree," and claims that Christians can learn from the Mormon religion. Stephen H. Webb, former 25 year professor of religion and philosophy at Wabash College and author of the book, Mormon Christianity: What Other Christians Can Learn From the Latter-day Saints, told The Christian Post that, among other things, "Mormon theology teaches us to think of matter in new and creative ways." "Traditional theology teaches that matter is lifeless, without the soul it's...
  • God Talks To Our DNA

    11/14/2013 1:00:43 AM PST · by Yosemitest · 23 replies
    www.YouTube.com ^ | Nov 13, 2013 | Yosemitest
    ISON is in an Outburst Now. The Hidden Code This is the quote from the 12 minute 35 second video that BPEarthWatch posted on YouTube.com:"God talks to our DNA." This quote comes from the 3 minute 14 second to the 3 minute 18 seconds part of that video.BPEarthWatch has a lot of information in this video and information that, I believe, should be discussed. He took 200 or 300 pages of information and tried to boil it down to this video and he's talking about ELF (Extremely Low Frequency) Waves and the Earth's Resonance Frequency of 7.8 Hz or...
  • Salvation Lessons from the Thief on the Cross

    10/22/2013 1:22:32 PM PDT · by Olympiad Fisherman · 63 replies
    The 1024 Project ^ | 10-21-13 | Dr. Andy Woods
    The thief who became a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ hung helplessly naked from his cross, yet was granted the opportunity to be a historical eyewitness, in a most anguishing experiential way, of God's great salvation event as he watched the suffering of "the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29)." The thief on the cross is the ultimate example of the law free gospel that offers salvation by faith through grace without works (Romans 3:21-4:8; Ephesians 2:8-9).
  • Theology in colors: Icon of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross [Ecumenical]

    10/05/2013 1:06:11 PM PDT · by annalex · 6 replies
    Theology in colors: Icon of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross In the Middle Ages there was no audio and video recordings, photographs, Internet. Historians worked on the basis of tradition and written documents, the lives of the saints were written according to the "literary decorum." Visual imprinting of historical events occurred sometimes many years later, and sometimes centuries, and was conducted in accordance with the canon. Studying the works of art, you can learn a lot about the events themselves, and on the attitudes of people in different eras. Illuminated gospel [Urbin. gr. 2] page 21. AD 1122. Apostolic...
  • CALVINISM’S FALSE DOCTRINE

    09/24/2013 1:43:25 PM PDT · by Rashputin · 56 replies
    Peacemakers ^ | September 14, 2007 | Cathy ??
    CALVINISM’S FALSE DOCTRINE Posted on September 14, 2007 by Cathy “Calvinism” is very popular and many Christians, though they would not identify themselves as Calvinists, may have embraced some of Calvin’s doctrine without realizing it. The doctrine is named after a man named John Calvin, a reformer, who lived in the 1500′s. Calvinism propagates error. Knowledge of error helps us to be discerning when listening to or reading Christian material. If a teacher is a Calvinist, all that they teach will be taught through the lens of Calvinism. The result of this Calvinistic “bent” will be teachings that are dangerously...
  • Syria Conflict Is Fulfillment of End Times Prophecy? Christian Theologians Weigh In

    09/05/2013 6:34:09 AM PDT · by Center2Right
    The Christian Post ^ | September 4, 2013 | Michael Gryboski
    Rally for America, against immigration reform,09-07-2013, West Chester, OH, 2pm (Boehner's home turf).
  • Jesus As Mary's First-Born

    09/03/2013 5:38:10 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 337 replies
    Question: It is obvious that Mary had children after Jesus was born. As long as Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit, why was it necessary that Mary have no previous children? I am not asking why it was necessary that Jesus be conceived by the Holy Spirit—I understand that. I guess my question is, Why would it matter that Mary had other children first, as long as Jesus was conceived by the Spirit? Answer: I agree with you that from what is said in Scripture, it appears to be "obvious that Mary had children after Jesus was born. "...
  • Calling Priests "Father"

    09/01/2013 2:10:47 PM PDT · by NYer · 66 replies
    Catholic Answers ^ | August 31, 2013 | Tim Staples
    The other day I received a rather lengthy email from a fellow responding to a chapter in my book, Nuts and Bolts - A Practical How-To Guide for Explaining and Defending the Catholic Faith, specifically responding to my defense of calling priests "father."Score One Up For the ProtestantsI have answered this question hundreds of times over the years, but this fellow's critique caught my attention first of all because he used my own style of argumentation against me. I liked that. "Matthew 23:9," he reminded me, "says, ‘Call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father,...
  • Joel Osteen Rebukes Apostles Paul, Peter, and John

    08/28/2013 12:22:54 PM PDT · by Sopater · 144 replies
    United for Awakening ^ | 8/27/13 | Peter Michael Martinez
    According to Joel Osteen – Pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, these first century apostles are wrong and outdated and he has come out boldly to infer indirectly that Apostles Paul, Peter, and John whom wrote much of the New Testament were wrong and need to be corrected and rebuked.When asked directly if people whom are openly practicing homosexuals are accepted into the Kingdom, Joel Osteen responded with “Absolutely, anybody is.”We all need to listen carefully to the words that this “man of God” speaks as he goes on interviews so we too can find the errors in the...
  • Does God Harden Human Hearts?

    08/28/2013 4:18:40 AM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | August 27, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    One of the more difficult Biblical themes to understand is the concept of God hardening the hearts and minds of certain human beings. The most memorable case is that of Pharaoh wherein, before sending Moses to him God said he would “harden Pharaoh’s heart” (Ex 4:21). But there are other instances where biblical texts speak of God as hardening the hearts of sinners, even from among his own people.What are we to make of texts like these? How can God, who does no evil, be the source of a sinful mind or heart? Why would God do such a thing...
  • Catholicism For Protestants

    08/22/2013 3:56:07 PM PDT · by NYer · 583 replies
    Catholic in the Ozarks ^ | August 22, 2013 | Shane Schaetzel
    Like the article?  Read the book! INTRODUCTION Naturally, any blog entitled "Catholic in the Ozarks" is going to require a page dedicated to answering basic questions that are common to people in the Ozarks.  Since most people in this part of America (the "Bible Belt") are of Baptist and Pentecostal belief, they often don't have much knowledge of what Catholicism really is, or what Catholics really believe.  They may even be under some false impressions or have misunderstandings. This article is a Question and Answer (Q&A) format designed specifically for people in this area, or anyone else who might...
  • Does The MSM-e Support Female Rabbis & Imams? They Push For Female Priests Within Roman Catholicism

    08/13/2013 11:52:11 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 21 replies
    8/13/2013 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    The MSM-e, hollywood, activist atheists, activists within the Roman Catholic Church (RCC),etc, have been, and are pushing really hard for the Roman Catholic Church to change its stance on not allowing females to serve as priests. I don't see these same usual suspects pushing for greater "inclusiveness," i.e., pushing for Sunni, Shiite, or Sufi Islam to allow female Imams or pushing for female Rabbis within Orthodox Judaism, or even other branches of the same.
  • Blessed Grapes and Hymns of Glory: The Feast of the Transfiguration in the Eastern Churches

    08/06/2013 4:22:19 AM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | August 6, 2013 | Christopher B. Warner
    Transfiguration icon by Theophanes the Greek (15th c.). August 6th commemorates Christ’s transfiguration in glory on Mount Tabor. The Transfiguration is one of twelve major feasts on the Eastern Christian liturgical calendar. A major feast is the equivalent of a solemnity on the Roman calendar. A glimpse of this feast through the hymns and traditions of the East gives a fresh perspective on God’s plan of salvation for us. “My favorite part of this feast is singing the troparion,” says Robin Roxas of Morning Star Family Farm in Hartland, Wisconsin. Robin and his family of ten traveled an hour from...
  • Does The Orthodox Presbyterian Church use the Crucifix?

    08/05/2013 10:31:02 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 961 replies
    Question: Does the OPC use the crucifix in the church? If not, are they opposed to it? Answer: Thank you for your question. The answer is, so far as I know, the crucifix is not used in OPC churches, and here is why: 1.The Second Commandment (Ex. 20:4-6 and Deut. 5:8-10) forbids any picture or image of God, and that would include the Son of God, even as man. At any rate we do not know what Jesus looked like as there is no physical description of him. 2.The crucifix will always end up being an object of worship—regarded as...
  • Is Biblical Creation a Distraction to Evangelism? (article)

    08/01/2013 10:40:10 AM PDT · by fishtank · 93 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | August 2013 | James J. S. Johnson, J.D., Th.D.
    Is Biblical Creation a Distraction to Evangelism? by James J. S. Johnson, J.D., Th.D. * The Institute for Creation Research and other biblical creation ministries are sometimes criticized as distractions from the ministry of evangelism. The alleged concern is that the promotion of biblical creation as taught in Genesis creates controversy by derailing the evangelism process—distracting people from learning about who Jesus is and trusting Him as their Savior. Does teaching biblical creation truth interfere with a proper presentation of the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior? Before that question can be squarely answered, consider the context of the controversy. Dr....
  • Archbishop Tutu 'would not worship a homophobic God' ("Would rather go to Hell")

    07/27/2013 2:36:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    BBC ^ | July 26, 2013
    South Africa's Nobel peace laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu says he will never worship a "homophobic God" and will rather go to hell. The retired archbishop was speaking at the launch of a UN-backed campaign in South Africa to promote gay rights. Despite sex-same relationships being legal in South Africa, it had some of the worst cases of homophobic violence, UN human rights chief Navi Pillay said. Archbishop Tutu, 81, is a long-standing campaigner for gay rights. 'Toilet brush attack' He retired as Archbishop of Cape Town in 1996, but has remained the moral conscience of the nation, correspondents say. Same-sex...
  • What The Economist Gets Wrong About Calvinist Baptists

    07/12/2013 8:38:23 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 98 replies
    Patheos / Get Religion ^ | July 10, 2013 | Joe Carter
    Today is the 504th anniversary of the birth of John Calvin (July 10, 1509) — and the 497th anniversary of misunderstanding Calvinists. To commemorate the event, let’s look at a recent notable example provided by The Economist. The article is out-datedly titled, “Dippers divided” and the subhead is “Where evangelicals disagree.” Where evangelicals disagree, apparently, is on whether to maintain, the “theocon” alliance in American politics between Catholics and evangelicals, who have set aside their doctrinal differences (over the Virgin Mary, for example) to take a joint stand against abortion and in favour of the traditional family. What could be...
  • "Theoanonsía" as the fatal flaw of heterodox "feminist theology"

    06/11/2013 1:02:57 PM PDT · by Teófilo · 10 replies
    Vivificat - from Contemplation to Action ^ | 11 June 2013 | Teófilo de Jesús (@vivificat)
    In which Bishopess Schori’s “Theo-fantastic” Curacao sermon is reexamined, evaluated, judged, and ditched. Brethren, Peace and good to all of you. I can't listen to this sermon! I’ve been asking myself what (or who) possessed Dr. Katharine Jefferts Schori, the Episcopal Church’s presiding bishopess of the Episcopal Church, to deliver this sermon in Curacao. As you might remember, I commented on it not long ago on a previous blog post. I think I got the answer after reading a chapter of this book, God or Goddess?: Feminist Theology : What Is It? Where Does It Lead?, by Manfred Hauke....
  • IF John Hagee & Perry Stone Accept Messianic Rabbis As Biblical, What About Female Messianic Rabbis?

    05/22/2013 6:45:28 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 28 replies
    5/22/2013 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    1.) IF John Hagee, Perry Stone, and/or anyone else on TCT, TBN, INSP, WCT, etc, accept women as being able to occupy the positions of apostles, and/or prophets, and/or evengelists, and/or pastors and/or teachers (with such examples such as Paula White and Joyce Meyer (whom I believe operate as a pastor and teacher respectively)), and... 2.) IF they believe that women can occupy these positions within the sphere of the New Testament/New Covenant, and... 3.) IF they believe that the office of Rabbi (Messianic or otherwise) has been carried over into the New Testament/New Covenant, (with such examples as Kurt...
  • “Gay Marriage” Shows Us Why Theology Matters.

    05/15/2013 5:59:46 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 10 replies
    TimothyJhammons.com ^ | May 15, 2013 | Timothy Hammons
    Full Title: “Gay Marriage” Shows Us Why Theology Matters. Three ways Biblically sound theology will help in the same-sex marriage debate To invite homosexuals to embrace themselves so that they are no longer lonely is agreeing with those on the left that God was wrong in ordaining the family as one man and one woman together in marriage. It is agreeing with those whom God is pouring out His wrath. It is agreeing with those who have cast off any notions of holiness, purity and piety in the church. It is, as I have said, theological suicide. Over the weekend...
  • Ayn Rand Really, Really Hated C.S. Lewis

    05/11/2013 12:12:17 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 178 replies
    First Things ^ | March 27, 2013 | Matthew Schmitz
    Ayn Rand was no fan of C.S. Lewis. She called the famous apologist an “abysmal bastard,” a “monstrosity,” a “cheap, awful, miserable, touchy, social-meta­physical mediocrity,” a “pickpocket of concepts,” and a “God-damn, beaten mystic.” (I suspect Lewis would have particularly relished the last of these.) These insults and more can be found in her marginal notes on a copy of Lewis’ Abolition of Man, as printed in Ayn Rand’s Marginalia: Her critical comments on the writings of over 20 authors, edited by Robert Mayhew. Excerpts appear below, with Lewis’ writing (complete with Rand’s highlighting and underlining) on the left and...
  • Homosexuality and Theology of the Body

    05/10/2013 7:01:54 PM PDT · by Morgana · 11 replies
    Life Site ^ | Fr. Peter West
    May 10, 2013 (HLIWorldWatch.org) - Polls show that most young people today, even those who identify themselves as Christians, have no problem with “same-sex marriage.” If young people today are at all aware of what the Catholic Church teaches about marriage and human sexuality, what they think they know is often only a caricature of the truth. They see it as simply a set of prohibitions established by men. But what the Church actually presents is a vision of the beauty of marriage as a sacred union between one man and one woman who are committed for life and open...
  • Are you (Catholics) Saved?

    05/05/2013 10:16:01 AM PDT · by NYer · 196 replies
    Orbis ^ | May 4, 2013
    Are you saved? Have you ever been asked this question? Has anyone ever told you that Catholics think they can work their way into Heaven? The Catholic Church does not now, nor has it ever, taught a doctrine of salvation by works - that we can “work” our way into Heaven. And, the Bible does not teach that we are saved by “faith alone.” The only place in all of Scripture where the phrase “Faith Alone” appears, is in James 2:24, where it says that we are not justified (or saved) by faith alone. However, if works have nothing to...
  • Is Mankind Getting Dumber? (article)

    05/01/2013 12:06:27 PM PDT · by fishtank · 73 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | May 2013 | Brian Thomas
    Is Mankind Getting Dumber? by Brian Thomas, M.S. * Do today’s children have lower I.Q.’s than yesterday’s? Yes, according to measurements of intellectual and emotional strength gathered from different countries and contexts. The results show the same basic decline and resist the notion that public or other forms of education are to blame. Could the cause instead lie within? Stanford University professor Gerald Crabtree thinks so. He published a pair of essays in the journal Trends in Genetics, citing new discoveries that show why the human intellect is “surprisingly fragile.”1 This biblical creation-friendly notion didn’t sit well with the authors...
  • Coelacanths: Evolutionists Still Fishing in Shallow Water (article)

    04/29/2013 8:09:01 AM PDT · by fishtank · 28 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | 4-29-2013 | Timothy L. Clarey, Ph.D., and Jeffrey Tomkins, Ph.D.
    Coelacanths: Evolutionists Still Fishing in Shallow Water by Timothy L. Clarey, Ph.D., and Jeffrey Tomkins, Ph.D. * A recent report, published in Nature,1 on the genome sequence of the so-called living fish fossil, the African coelacanth, has some evolutionists scrambling to defend their story. This is because the coelacanth's DNA is similar to other types of fish and not land animals, thus forcing the evolutionists to postulate that the coelacanth evolved slowly.1 Although modern coelacanths are found in water about 500 feet deep, Axel Meyer, a member of the study team believes that ancient coelacanths may have lived in shallow...
  • The Newbie flamewar provocation is NOT THE WORK OF GOD. It is ZOT.

    04/11/2013 6:40:37 AM PDT · by Vermont Crank · 335 replies
    Doctrinal Catechism ^ | 19th century | R E V.   S T E P H E N    K E E N A N.
    THE PROTESTANT PRETENDED REFORMATION
IS NOT THE WORK OF GOD CHAPTER I.     Q. Can any one reasonably believe that the change in religion brought about by Luther is the work of God?     A. No one can believe it, unless he be utterly ignorant of the true nature of religion, and very unlearned in the matters of history.
     Q. Why do you make this answer?
     A. Because, in the first place, the author of the Reformation is not a man of God; secondly, because his work is not the work of God; thirdly, because the means which he...
  • Ronald Knox on “The Modern Distaste for Religion”

    04/03/2013 3:25:23 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | April 3, 2013 | George J. Marlin
    Within moments of Pope Benedict’s announcement that he was abdicating the Chair of St. Peter, secularists began demanding that the College of Cardinals choose a less rigid, more progressive pontiff; in other words, a pope who would repudiate Church teachings on chastity, same-sex “marriage,” divorce, contraception, abortion, and priestly celibacy.Leading the charge was The New York Times, which devoted plenty of front page, above-the-fold space to castigating the Church and Benedict. The op-ed editor published, ad nauseam, the usual tired-old Catholic critics, including Garry Wills and Hans Küng.And the moment secularists realized that Pope Francis is not a South American liberation theologian, but...
  • But Seriously — Who Holds the Bible’s Copyright?

    04/03/2013 3:43:07 PM PDT · by NYer · 671 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | April 2, 2013 | JOHN ZMIRAK
    Q: Okay, so what is the Christian account of how revelation occurred?As Elmer Fudd might say, “Vewy, vewy swowly.” Divine revelation didn’t happen in a blinding flash—such as God dropping the Summa Theologiae on top of a mountain and waiting for people to invent the Latin language so they could read it. (Though He could have given them magical spectacles that would translate it for them….) It seems that God preferred to slowly unfold His personality and His will for us through the course of tangled, messy human history. We might wonder why, and call up the divine customer service...
  • Calling All Christians: Rebellion brings Civil War 2, and invasion by China/Russia/etc. (VANITY)

    03/17/2013 7:34:56 PM PDT · by ROTB · 89 replies
    Me | 03/17/2013 | Me
    Hello Brothers and Sisters in Christ –We need to seek Jesus with repentance (Acts 26:20), fasting (Matthew 9:15, Mark 2:20, Luke 5:35), weeping, and round the clock prayer, until God visits as he did in the Welsh Revival, after the Revolutionary War, and just before the Civil War, and throughout the 20th century. The USA is in serious trouble with the LORD. This should be apparent from … American Christianity has until the coming revival been in decline and is helpless against porn, divorce, sin, … Despite the LORD telling us in Matthew 5:13 to be "salt", the Church in...
  • The Raven and The Dove ...Genesis 8 pt 2

    And it came to pass at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made: And he sent forth a raven, which went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth. Also he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the ground; But the dove found no rest for the sole of her foot, and she returned unto him into the ark, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth: then he...
  • Main Street U.S.A.

    02/26/2013 6:06:59 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 26, 2013 | Bill Murchison
    The Devil, You Say! Hardly had the shooting stopped at Sandy Hook Elementary School before the national commentary machine cranked up. Everyone and his dog had something to say: Most of it, as events would show, centered on the compelling need, or lack of it, for gun control. To the Rev. Dr. Bill Dickson, it seemed the time had come for a metaphorically deeper treatment, focused on the seething, slithering abode of evil itself and the inhabitants thereof. "Something shocking is going on in the world," Dr. Dickson, rector of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Fort Worth, told me...
  • Funeral Etiquette: Why Bringing a Funeral Procession through a Burger Drive-thru is a Bad Idea

    02/02/2013 3:23:55 PM PST · by NYer · 20 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | February 1, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The video below shows “American tacky” in all its glory. A man who loved Burger King dies and his family honors him by taking the funeral procession through the Burger King “drive thru.” Free Burgers for all on the way to the Cemetery, hearse and all.I’ve seen worse, I have to admit. Probably at the top of the list is and “Funeral Home Drive- thru” where the deceased is actually on display in a window. No need to get out of your car and actually visit the family. No, that’s too much trouble and lacks the kind of convenience we...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: APOCRYPHA, 01-25-13

    01/25/2013 8:35:47 AM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 01-25-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):APOCRYPHA Originally writings that claimed a sacred origin and were supposed to have been hidden for generations; later, a well-define class of literature with scriptural or quasi-scriptural pretensions, but lacking genuineness and canonicity, composed during the two centuries before Christ and the early centuries of our era. Protestants apply the term improperly to denote also Old Testament books not contained in the Jewish canon but received by Catholics under the name of deuterocanonical. The following is a list of the Apocrypha: Apocrypha of Jewish Origin: Jewish Apocalypses; Book of Henoch; Assumption of Moses: Fourth Book of...
  • 11 Biblical Tests of Genuine Salvation: Test #1 - Do you enjoy Fellowship with God and Christ?

    01/04/2013 7:15:20 AM PST · by xzins · 117 replies
    SO4J ^ | John MacArthur
    11 Biblical Tests of Genuine Salvation - In 1746, about six years after the Great Awakening, in which Jonathan Edwards was the primary instrument of God to preach the gospel and bring about the greatest revival in American history thus far, Edwards wrote A Treatise Concerning the Religious Affections. He wrote it to deal with a problem not unlike one we face today: the matter of evidence for true conversion. Many people want the blessings of salvation, especially eternal security, but no more. In the explosive drama of the Great Awakening, it seemed as though conversions were occurring in great...
  • The Descendants of Abraham:Do Church-Age Believers Become "Spiritual Jews"? (Dispensational Caucus)

    12/29/2012 5:52:07 PM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 11 replies
    Bible Prophecy Blog ^ | December 29, 2012 | Dr. Christopher Cone
    Based on Romans 2:28-29, some have concluded that being Jewish is a spiritual rather than ethnic matter, and that people become "spiritual Jews" when they become Christians. Romans 2:28-29 reads, "For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly neither is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh. But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that which is of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter; and his praise is not from men, but from God." For understanding this passage the near context of the passage is very important. Chapter 2:1-16...