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I am seeing a growing movement in the church. People carrying loaded handguns around.
Even in church. It is very puzzling to me.
I cannot see after reading the sermon on the mount and the beatitudes that God would ever approve of this.
I understand the concept of self protection if someone attacks your spouse or child, I get that. But upon asking gun-carrying friends how they see it as ok, they give examples of how God often "blasted away" His enemies. One guy plucked out the verse where...
I was baptized the catholic way, but I was told it is no good. It has got to be done the right way, a full immersion.
I wan't to recieve the spirit of the Lord but I don't know anyone who can baptize me that way. Should I do the catholic sacrament of confirmation (I think), I have the 1st communion.
What should I do. I feel I in stuck in a rut.
I'm Orthodox, so this isn't an attack on the veneration of Mary because we also venerate her and love her. She is the most perfect Saint. However we don't see her as Divine.
I notice this Catholic tendency to map the Divine qualities of our Lord onto the Theotokos (literally: God-bearer, what we call Mary) and turn her into a Divine being herself when she was in fact completely human just like me. This is most apparent in the Catholic practice of choosing a body part of hers such as her...
I met with some missionaries a few weeks ago and had a good talk. But what confused me is they said I must "drop logic" and ask God if the Book Of Mormon was true or not. They did not answer any of my question. So here are 6 of my questions ( I have a total of 10 tho).
1. The biggest one Joseph Smith said "I told the brethren that the Book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts,...
The Quran makes the following statements about the Injil or Gospels (Defined as the New Testament books called Mathew Mark, Luke and John), to avoid any confusing or claim of misrepresentation of the context of the Quran on the part of the reader I have added the Tafsir (Arabic word for exegesis) :-
46 And We caused Jesus, son of Mary, to follow in their footsteps, confirming that which was (revealed) before him in the Torah, and We bestowed on him the Gospel wherein is guidance...
How are we "Sons of God" like Christ Jesus, or where it says "You/we are god's"... How are we god's, or like god's...?
Reality, this reality, I believe is a simulation, and we are each running in our own simulation or reality, side by side with others each in their own realities, realities that we can "take control of" and be "in charge of" by faith, by believing, and in knowing this... And in this way, the way Christ took charge of and controlled his own reality, with God, of course... We...
It might well prove at least moderately interesting to compare, discuss and debate the qualifications for ordination of respective denominations.
The Orthodox qualifications for bishops and priests:
At least 30 years of age.
Bishops must generally be celibate, except for chorepiscopi.
Priests must not be remarried owing to divorce or being widowed; the wives of priests likewise must not be divorced or remarried (at least, after baptism); the marriage must furthermore be monogamous.
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