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Hello, I'm a Catholic (As my username implies) and I thought like to discuss my biggest issue with Protestantism, it's the phrase "Jesus suffered and died on the cross so that we don't have to suffer."
But Our Lord said:
"If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me." -Matthew 16:24 DRV
What's more Saint Paul says:
"Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up those things that are wanting of the sufferings of Christ, in my flesh, for...
Hey all (AV the copyright cheque for the title is in the mail...)
In a recent conversation with a church leader he expressed the idea that as an atheist I simply can't understand scripture as accurately as he does. He pointed out that Jesus taught in parables explicitly to preclude understanding by some segment of his audience. I have hear this same claim from other believers as well and so.... Your mission, should you choose to accept it...
Present me with a section of scripture that...
I think I may have a crush on my pastor... I recently turned 18.
He is 36 and married and has children.
His wife and children are so sweet and I admire their family.
I don't even feel physically attracted to him but there's just something about him.
I know it's wrong but every time I see him or that I am near him, I just want his attention...
I would never act on my "feelings" but I just don't know what to do.
I play the piano at my church and I feel like everyone looks up to me and...
I already talk to Jesus. I read the word. I play the word on a recording when I'm too tired to read. I write poems, around about over 100 about Jesus and to Jesus and the Father. I sing. I pray. But I'm weary. I'm weak. And I don't feel Jesus. There's something wrong with my practice. I don't feel him and something isn't waking up inside of me. Please don't tell me to just be honest and all that talk. More honest I cannot be. I have endured so much emotional suffering over 14 years due to a...
Well, is there? And if not, why didn't God create that world? And is there a possible world where there is no heavenly rebellion either? Or is there a possible world where no-one rebels against God?
"22 Unless those days had been cut short, no [j]life would have been saved; but for the sake of the [k]elect those days will be cut short." Mt. 24:22 (NASB)
There are now 7.6 billion people on planet earth, meaning that Christ is saying that every single one of them would die had those days not been cut short. That means that some catastrophe of incredible magnitude is coming on this planet. There are other statements to this effect as well. I think that many have forgotten about the...
God has informed me that the end times, can not be prevented all together, but "can be", "postponed", it's not too late right now anyways, to be avoided and postponed for a later time...
What does all this talk, and those creating all this panic about the end times...? Where is all that "getting us"...? Those spreading "fear" in the name of "righteousness"... That kind of behavior and those listening to ones doing this, will get us nowhere...
People who genuinely care about others, those...
I posted this in my introduction thread (link below) and decided to move it here:
Starting from scratch...
1. My biggest question would be how exactly Jesus' death on the cross atoned for the sins of humanity. This has stumped me for a long time and I feel it's a huge road block. What confuses me is why God would send his only son to Earth as a sacrifice on behalf of humanity when He was the one demanding the sacrifice in the first place. It always sounds to me like He basically made a...
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