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by PaulSacramento
Thu Mar 31, 2011 6:14 am
Forum: The Bible and Scripture
Topic: Authors of the New Testament
Replies: 12
Views: 1770

Re: Authors of the New Testament

There are a few books out there that give a far more balanced view than Bart's. The ones by Metzger ( as Canukster mentioned) are great. Bloomberg has a few also. There is nothing wrong in reading a book that states a particular viewpoint, even if controversial, as long as we are balanced and fair a...
by PaulSacramento
Thu Mar 31, 2011 6:07 am
Forum: Moral and Ethical Affairs
Topic: "I preached against homosexuality, but I was wrong"
Replies: 41
Views: 6047

Re: "I preached against homosexuality, but I was wrong"

I don;'t think it is a "to each his own" type of thing. I don't agree with homosexuality, I don't think it is natural and find it a tad repulsive to be honest, but being a man I am certainly "OK" with to attractive lesbians or bi-sexual females going at it :D I am only human of course, LOL ! On a se...
by PaulSacramento
Wed Mar 30, 2011 12:44 pm
Forum: Moral and Ethical Affairs
Topic: "I preached against homosexuality, but I was wrong"
Replies: 41
Views: 6047

Re: "I preached against homosexuality, but I was wrong"

I agree, what Bart said was everything that needed to be said :)
by PaulSacramento
Wed Mar 30, 2011 12:08 pm
Forum: Moral and Ethical Affairs
Topic: Abused, Raped, Tortured, Killed - what good can be taken?
Replies: 8
Views: 1967

Re: Abused, Raped, Tortured, Killed - what good can be taken

For all who answered my questions, thanks alot. While I can't imagine myself can handle those kind of situations, but I am grateful I am never been in those situations (hopefully will never be). Even sometimes it is very hard to say that God does have plan, I give my salute to anybody that can do t...
by PaulSacramento
Wed Mar 30, 2011 11:49 am
Forum: Moral and Ethical Affairs
Topic: "I preached against homosexuality, but I was wrong"
Replies: 41
Views: 6047

Re: "I preached against homosexuality, but I was wrong"

The most compelling argument against the genetic link for homosexuality is that of identical twins where one is a heterosexual and the other homosexual. Genetics cannot explain this. Not sure how scientific that is...but lets assume homosexuality is NOT genetic but a choice, how does one explain ch...
by PaulSacramento
Wed Mar 30, 2011 10:03 am
Forum: Moral and Ethical Affairs
Topic: "I preached against homosexuality, but I was wrong"
Replies: 41
Views: 6047

Re: "I preached against homosexuality, but I was wrong"

When you say "homosexual since birth," this brings up a lot of issues. For one, there is no genetic evidence to indicate one is homosexual from birth. Except for extreme rare instances, all people are born obviously male or female. It is a scientific fact that homosexual activity is wholly unnatura...
by PaulSacramento
Wed Mar 30, 2011 7:35 am
Forum: Christian Theology
Topic: Chrisian relics found
Replies: 0
Views: 655

Chrisian relics found

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12888421#story_continues_1 They could be the earliest Christian writing in existence, surviving almost 2,000 years in a Jordanian cave. They could, just possibly, change our understanding of how Jesus was crucified and resurrected, and how Christianity was...
by PaulSacramento
Wed Mar 30, 2011 7:17 am
Forum: Moral and Ethical Affairs
Topic: "I preached against homosexuality, but I was wrong"
Replies: 41
Views: 6047

Re: "I preached against homosexuality, but I was wrong"

Jlay, you make an excellent and compelling argument. I don't think I am saying not to judge, but to not judge others in regards to things that WE CAN'T be judges of. And IF homosexuality is indeed "from birth" what exactly are you judging and what gives you that right? I think you are making a case ...
by PaulSacramento
Wed Mar 30, 2011 6:13 am
Forum: Questions for Christians
Topic: Your thoughts on this question?
Replies: 5
Views: 913

Re: Your thoughts on this question?

God told them to NOT eat of that tree, they disobeyed because they wanted to be like God. Pride, THE sin of mankind. Our belief that we can be like God, that we don't need God, that we can do it without God. What God did can be viewed as punishment or it can be viewed as giving Adam and Eve ( humani...
by PaulSacramento
Wed Mar 30, 2011 6:08 am
Forum: Moral and Ethical Affairs
Topic: "I preached against homosexuality, but I was wrong"
Replies: 41
Views: 6047

Re: "I preached against homosexuality, but I was wrong"

Fair enough, though I believe that being fallen as we are, we are indeed NOT fit to judge others, it is clear to me that only God and Christ can judge. Though Paul does mention that we "will judge the angels" and that the 12 will judge all of Israel, that is not NOW and not in OUR CURRENT state. Th...
by PaulSacramento
Wed Mar 30, 2011 5:59 am
Forum: The Bible and Scripture
Topic: Which bible
Replies: 8
Views: 1507

Re: Which bible

It also matters of you want a bible that includes certain books not included in the basic protestant ones. The New Jerusalem Bible has those. I myself have a few of them ( ESV, NIV, Message, NRSV, NASB, NJB) and a couple of interlinears. A good bible for studying is one that shows the different take...
by PaulSacramento
Wed Mar 30, 2011 5:56 am
Forum: The Bible and Scripture
Topic: New translation of the Bible!
Replies: 7
Views: 1559

Re: New translation of the Bible!

Did she remain a virgin after Jesus is where the question lies at although it doesn't make a real difference. Though often debated, it seems that Jesus did indeed have brothers and sisters as per the Gospel accounts. Doesn't take away from Mary at all, nor is the doctrine of the "Perpetual virgin M...
by PaulSacramento
Tue Mar 29, 2011 11:27 am
Forum: The Bible and Scripture
Topic: Which bible
Replies: 8
Views: 1507

Re: Which bible

For most people the NIV or the NRSV is just fine, though some prefer the ESV. All translations have their issues and bias and there is no one "perfect" translation. The Message bible is a good one for some people to get the right contemporary view of things. You can read almost all the versions onli...
by PaulSacramento
Tue Mar 29, 2011 11:24 am
Forum: The Bible and Scripture
Topic: New translation of the Bible!
Replies: 7
Views: 1559

Re: New translation of the Bible!

Whether or not the orignal hebrew from Isiah meant young girl or virgin or whatever, isn't really the point in the NT.
In the NT it is clear that Mary was a virgin.
by PaulSacramento
Tue Mar 29, 2011 11:10 am
Forum: Christian Theology
Topic: Lust
Replies: 13
Views: 2308

Re: Lust

Lust is a very natural feeling, we all have it. We lust after someone we find attractive, we lust after a new car, a new job, a promotion perhaps. To deny we have these feelings is to feed them, we must understand them, where they come from and why we feel that way. Its not about suppression really,...