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Feb
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comment What specific foods and drinks are forbidden by the LDS (Mormon) Church?
@MasonWheeler Very interesting! In the movie Saints and Soldiers -- en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saints_and_Soldiers -- the Mormon protagonist at one point, on a very cold and snowy night, refuses the offer to drink hot coffee, insisting on sticking with his hot lemonade instead. I mention this because the movie was made by a company specializing in entertainment for LDS consumers; if the general prohibition was on hot drinks then this detail slipped by... or can an exception be made for health in cold weather?
Feb
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answered Can man judge whether God is fair?
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revised Does Scientology claim to be Christian?
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answered Does Scientology claim to be Christian?
Feb
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comment Why is the Bible so short?
Because brevity is the soul of genius? :-)
Feb
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comment What specific foods and drinks are forbidden by the LDS (Mormon) Church?
Fair enough -- I get the "consume nothing addictive" part... but what is there in coffee that is addictive other than caffeine (or in my case, Kahlua)?
Feb
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Feb
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comment How does Christ define a Christian?
Oh don't go there! LOL For years, at the Easter Vigil when the quotation of St. Augustine's O felix culpa was read in the liturgy I would mentally add "I suppose..." as I think it would have been better if we had no need of a Redeemer. Since then I've heard the commentary that by Christ taking on flesh, our human nature has been ennobled beyond that even of the Angels, and it's for this reason it's a "happy fault" which has caused God to, in a way, "divinize" humanity by taking on our nature.
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revised What specific foods and drinks are forbidden by the LDS (Mormon) Church?
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comment What specific foods and drinks are forbidden by the LDS (Mormon) Church?
So if it's more correct to edit out caffeine, then why are coffee and tea banned? If I understand correctly that the underlying principle is that you're not to take anything that clouds the ability of the mind then what is it about coffee and tea that is mind altering? I ask both out of comparative-religious curiosity and because I get the impression there might be some "good" coffee and tea that heretofore I've not known about. :-)
Feb
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comment What symbols are unique to the various denominations?
Okay, it makes sense that the Chi Rho isn't only Catholic: it's a symbol that goes back to antiquity as those are the first two letters of "Christ" in Greek. I am accustomed to seeing that as a symbol referring to a Catholic priest. The IHS monogram was invented with advent of the Society of the Holy Name whose aim was to combat blasphemy... I thought that was post-reformation but maybe it wasn't... or maybe it was a crossover symbol?
Feb
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answered What guidelines should be followed using spiritual gifts?
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comment What guidelines should be followed using spiritual gifts?
Since it wasn't tagged as Catholic I didn't want to answer thinking it was a reference to charismatic graces when it really was a reference to a gift offering -- bread and wine? -- used in a spiritual ceremony.
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answered What specific foods and drinks are forbidden by the LDS (Mormon) Church?
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answered How does Christ define a Christian?
Feb
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answered What does Jesus mean when He says that we should be like children?
Feb
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comment Why do adherents to the priesthood of all believers still have organized congregations?
@Peter: that might be the case, but it's a common share in the priesthood of Christ which isn't the same as Holy Orders which sets a man apart from the Faithful in order to offer sacrifice and confect the Sacraments on their behalf. I'm not asserting you don't know this, just stating it for non-Catholics who might not get the "common Priesthood" thing as understood in Catholic teaching.
Feb
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comment What guidelines should be followed using spiritual gifts?
Could you define, a bit more please, what you mean by "spiritual gifts?"
Feb
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comment What is the hope in Roman Catholicism?
I would have posted a summarized version of Aquinas or Augustine for this question but since Peter Turner went with the most recent encyclical on this topic I decided to go the less formal route with my answer. To say that A LOT has been written on this topic by Catholic authors is a significant understatement!