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Aug
11
comment Why is the Trinity a Trinity?
Is it? I never knew that... As a roman catholic, I know my churches doctrine is very similar to Orthodoxy... The Nicene creed (this version from the catholic new roman missal) is, to my knowledge, accepted by the major orthodox churches, and it reads "I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son," so my question to you is: what does proceeds mean then?
Aug
10
answered Why is the Trinity a Trinity?
Aug
9
comment When Jesus gave Peter his name (rock) what is the significance that he then said upon a ‘different’ kind of rock he would build his church?
Yeah, i think the Greek writers just thought: "lets make sure this is clear, Peter is a dude." Its like, if you want to name your kid Mary, but you end up with a 'He,' you could use 'mario' instead...
Aug
9
answered When Jesus gave Peter his name (rock) what is the significance that he then said upon a ‘different’ kind of rock he would build his church?
Aug
9
answered Did Mary have other children?
Aug
9
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Aug
9
comment Did Jesus condemn contraception
There's also the line Jesus says (mark 10:8): "and the two will become one flesh.' So they are no longer two, but one." To me, this passage seems to support the catholic doctrine: the point of contraception is to stop 'the two' from making a little 'one,' wouldn't contraception be against the will of God?
Aug
9
comment According to mainstream Christianity, what happens after one dies?
@MonikaMichael I figure, people who are to end up in hell aren't going to spend the time between their death and the end of time in Heaven getting their defense straight, they're going to hell then and there, aren't they? Then at the end of time, the only people left to 'give an account' would be the people who are to go to heaven*. So wouldn't every story be an inspirational story of how God worked in someones life? *other then the people still alive on earth at the end of time...
Aug
9
comment Does transubstantiation apply to the Last Supper, which occurred prior to the crucifixion?
Well, I think a symbolic interpretation, esp. of John 6 is close to what most Protestants believe, isn't it? They will say that "I am the bread that came down from heaven" means only that you must rely on the strength and character of Jesus, like the Israelites relied on the 'mana that came down from heaven' in the desert. Of course, its a valid, reasonable interpretation, just not the catholic one.
Aug
8
comment Does transubstantiation apply to the Last Supper, which occurred prior to the crucifixion?
Fair enough, but i stand by what I said. I was reading CSLewis recently, (gotta love CSLewis) and he discussed in his book "Miracles" how so much of the reality concerning Jesus is so far beyond comprehension, let alone human languages, that the only way much of his message can be understood is with metaphors. So, instead of being untrue, calling Jesus 'the way truth and light' (or door, gate) is simply an understatement, or metaphor of who he really is.
Aug
8
answered Does transubstantiation apply to the Last Supper, which occurred prior to the crucifixion?
Aug
8
comment According to mainstream Christianity, what happens after one dies?
@MonikaMichael I agree, its confusing, but after giving it some thought, i think it would make sense that the 'account' we give isn't so much defending, or telling about our decisions, but relaying a story of the awesome ways God worked through us while we were on earth, and then hearing every other persons story of how God did amazing things in their hearts, like a family at a dinner table shares stories of how their day went. :)
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Aug
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answered According to mainstream Christianity, what happens after one dies?
Aug
7
answered Why the disciple took Jesus' mother unto his own home?