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Pope Francis has conferred the title of “Commander of the Pontifical Equestrian Order of St. Gregory the Great” on Lilianne Ploumen, a Dutch politician and vocal agitator for abortion rights.
Last year, Ploumen founded a pro-abortion organization called She Decides, which offers funding and support for international NGOs that provide, facilitate or campaign for abortion.
Speaks like the dragon
I decided to open this thread to discuss something I learned almost 10 years ago when I investigated the claim of Atheists that the Author of the Bible does not know how the Universe came into existence due to His description not correlating with Scientific discoveries. At that stage I was still Agnostic, or shall I say a cowardly Atheist that thought it sounds nicer to be called an Agnostic in stead of an Atheist.
Well, let me show you what I learned.
Up until now no "Atheist" Scientist could show me that the information here was incorrect.
The best response I received was...
...I DID NOT KNOW ABOUT THIS...
I WILL LEAVE A POST ONCE A DAY ON THIS FORUM TO ALLOW CHRISTIANS TO INVESTIGATE MY CLAIMS AND TO CRITICIZE WHAT I SAY.
I have copied this thread from another forum to give a more general group of people from different denominations the opportunity to respond without getting themselves into trouble. I would appreciate if people didn't aim comments at me personally, but to comment on the issues instead. Then we can have a good, even if very spirited discussion for and against what I might be implying. Here is the post I entered in the other forum:
I know that there have been threads on this topic before and there has been quite a range of views, some very supportive, and others fairly harsh and unloving toward him.
The first question to be asked - Is he a born again Christian brother? If he is, then we have to love him as Christ loves us, because if...
I wasn't sure whether to post this in advice, or theology, but as I guess I am looking for advice I went with this - apologies if it's wrong.
I have a friend who not only believes in psychics, but claims to be one. What's interesting is that there are a lot of stories, and I don't believe this is made up. And that worries me. I know that "real" psychic activity doesn't come from God.
How do you witness to this kind of person? Their spiritual experiences are as real as mine. So where someone says they have talked with dead relatives, and someone who they didn't know, but after research discovered that the person existed and that the details were right, I can't just say "that's not true".
Has anyone had any experience of...
The US spends hundreds of billions of dollars on wars and sends thousands of soldiers around the world to fight in them, but it seems unable to translate all that might into anything that could be called victory.Why Does America Keep Losing Wars?
That is true and apart from a few very tiny poor nations, with basic military, the US has not outright won a war since WW2. The first Gulf War was a limited success and Saddam stayed longer in power than George H Bush.
Mat 22:23-33 the Sadducees try and trap Jesus with counter-resurrection logic and Jesus proves them wrong. As Christians we believe there will be a resurrection
"34 But when the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered themselves together. " NASB
34 But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together. KJV
So then just how did Christ "win the argument" in Matthew 22? In that chapter the Pharisees admit that "Jesus put them to silence" -- put the Sadducees to silence meaning that they had nothing to counter-with.... they had no counter argument left to them and thus before all the onlookers they were forced to be "silent" having no answer available.
And in this way all Israel will be saved, as it is written, “The Deliverer will come from Zion, he will banish ungodliness from Jacob”;
1.) All Israel will be saved is referring to ethnic Israel based on surrounding context.
As regards the gospel, they are enemies for your sake. But as regards election, they are beloved for the sake of their forefathers.
2.) Only the remnant of Israel is saved
And Isaiah cries out concerning Israel: “Though the number of the sons of Israel be as the sand of the sea, only a remnant of them will be saved,
How is ONLY the remnant of Israel saved AND ALL Israel saved?
3.) Not all Israel is Israel
But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For not all who...
For most of my Christian walk I believed that Jesus died for the elect a.k.a his sheep as said in John 10:7, John 10:11, , John 10:15, and John 10:26. Also in John 17 in Jesus's prayer to the Father he talks about saving the sheep and not the whole world. But there are other verses in the bible that begin to bother me like 1 John 2:2 where it says:
"He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world."
and John 3:16-17 where it says
" For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him."
Well if Jesus...
I see a lot of people making hopelessly wrong statements about Revelation because they do not have a clue about the Book Of Daniel, and I mean this in the nicest possible way.
Daniel and Revelation interlock, and Revelation is the prophetic continuation of Daniel. That is why John is called 'the beloved disciple', because Our Lord was showing us that he is like Daniel, who was "greatly beloved" (Dan 9:23), a "man greatly beloved" (Dan10:19).
John wrote Revelation therefore because he is the prophetic successor of Daniel, just as John the Baptist succeeded Elijah.
We can understand Revelation to some extent without understanding Daniel, but it will be a limited understanding.
Blessings to all.
Whenever I debate atheists over the existence of God I think I do a pretty decent job, especially when we get on the subject of the creation of the Universe which I have read extensively about. However, I have to admit that I struggle when I debate people on why Christianity is better than the other major world religions. Some of that may be because I don't know enough about them. I have a few points to make but I always walk away from the debate feeling like I didn't make a good enough case. Please help me by telling me what you do in that situation. Also, if you know of any books that could help I would appreciate recommendations. I work with very well educated folks and desperately want to improve my skills in relaying to them why...