Search found 8852 matches

by PaulSacramento
Wed Mar 30, 2011 7:35 am
Forum: Christian Theology
Topic: Chrisian relics found
Replies: 0
Views: 870

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: 7986

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: 1274

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: 7986

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: 1965

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: 2038

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: 1965

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: 2038

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: 3096

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,...
by PaulSacramento
Tue Mar 29, 2011 10:58 am
Forum: Moral and Ethical Affairs
Topic: "I preached against homosexuality, but I was wrong"
Replies: 41
Views: 7986

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

Christ was quite clear on the whole judgment thing, don't do it, we are not qualified. totally wrong. We are in fact told often in the scriptures to judge. Matt. 7: 1-5 1 “Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it wil...
by PaulSacramento
Tue Mar 29, 2011 10:51 am
Forum: Christian Theology
Topic: Taking the name of the LORD God in vain
Replies: 13
Views: 2584

Re: Taking the name of the LORD God in vain

I think that when we swear by God or Christ and break that promise, we take their name in vain. When we claim to be Christians or believers and go against what Christ taught, we take their name in vain. To the Jew and to the first Christians, a name meant more than the letters that made up the name,...
by PaulSacramento
Tue Mar 29, 2011 10:45 am
Forum: God and Science
Topic: Learn more about evolution
Replies: 6
Views: 1569

Re: Learn more about evolution

In regards to evolution and faith:
www.biologos.org
by PaulSacramento
Tue Mar 29, 2011 10:41 am
Forum: Moral and Ethical Affairs
Topic: Abused, Raped, Tortured, Killed - what good can be taken?
Replies: 8
Views: 2543

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

The issue of human caused suffering has been dealt with in quite a few books. The core issue is one of free will, if we have free will we must also have free will to do bad things to each other, as is our curse in our "fallen state". God not permitting free action coming from free will would make Go...
by PaulSacramento
Tue Mar 29, 2011 7:39 am
Forum: General Discussion & Introductions
Topic: Please Introduce Yourself Here
Replies: 2263
Views: 488499

Re: Please Introduce Yourself Here

Hi there, My name is Paul, I am a 42 years old married male, orginally from Portugal but living in Canada. I have a Bach. of Business, Bach. of Mechanical Eng. and on doing my Bach. in Theology. I was brought up a RC, but my parents and older sister converted to the JW's a few years ago ( my younger...
by PaulSacramento
Tue Mar 29, 2011 7:34 am
Forum: God and Science
Topic: Atheist forums
Replies: 11
Views: 2629

Re: Atheist forums

Atheisim and science don't always go together it seems. I think that many atheists fall into the same trap that many believers do - they tend to only read books and views that they agree on. They will read a book about how Jesus never existed, because they want to believe that, and they will agree w...