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I often chose best answers not because they are the best, but because I have to choose a best answer. Please, don't take offense to it.


May
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answered Who will judge the 12th tribe of Israel?
May
4
comment How can common believers in the Eastern Orthodox Church be sure that the Church's decisions are correct and not erroneous?
"Some of them had simple faith which could be crooked by eloquent preaching of heretics" - Which means that the matter was not as simple as you have presented in your answer, right? I am sorry, I am not trying to argue just for the sake of arguing, but I do want to get to the core of the matter.
May
4
comment How can common believers in the Eastern Orthodox Church be sure that the Church's decisions are correct and not erroneous?
Why protect if the believers already knew their faith so well that they could easily tell which teaching went against the faith of the Church, and thus was false?
May
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comment How can common believers in the Eastern Orthodox Church be sure that the Church's decisions are correct and not erroneous?
"If a decision goes against the faith of the Church - it is a heresy" - Your answer sounds as if all the believers knew from the very beginning all their faith to the smallest detail and where able to judge all new teachings and decisions against that faith. If so, then what was the point of having those Councils in the first place?
May
4
comment Do they use icons in the Roman Catholic Church?
That one is placed way above their heads. I don't think they can reach it. Do they have icons that they kiss?
May
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revised Do they use icons in the Roman Catholic Church?
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May
3
asked Do they use icons in the Roman Catholic Church?
May
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comment How can common believers in the Roman Catholic Church be sure that the Church's decisions are correct and not erroneous?
@Peter - This is quite interesting! I never thought of that. Now I am not sure about the exactness of the "extended permission" part. I do remember that he extended the permission, but now I see that it might have been an extension only to other kinds of non-procreative sexual intercourse. I will read your blog.
May
3
comment How can common believers in the Roman Catholic Church be sure that the Church's decisions are correct and not erroneous?
@Peter - What's the difference between condoms and contraception? I've always thought of condoms to be a subset of contraception. BTW, later he extended this permission to all kinds of sexual intercourse, not only male prostitution. So, before these words of Pope, I guess, it was a bad thing for any ordinary catholic to use condoms, right? Now, it's seems to be okay.
May
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comment How can common believers in the Roman Catholic Church be sure that the Church's decisions are correct and not erroneous?
@Peter - check out these links: richarddawkins.net/articles/… and bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-11804398
May
3
comment How can common believers in the Roman Catholic Church be sure that the Church's decisions are correct and not erroneous?
@Peter - This was on the news. I watched about it on CNN. I thought it was a well-known fact, at least among Catholic believers. I'll try to Google it now.
May
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comment How can common believers in the Roman Catholic Church be sure that the Church's decisions are correct and not erroneous?
@Peter - What exactly do you need to be explained? What I meant is exactly what I said: Pope has condoned (=allowed) using contraceptives.
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revised How can common believers in the Eastern Orthodox Church be sure that the Church's decisions are correct and not erroneous?
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asked How can common believers in the Eastern Orthodox Church be sure that the Church's decisions are correct and not erroneous?
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asked How can common believers in the Roman Catholic Church be sure that the Church's decisions are correct and not erroneous?
May
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comment How can common believers be sure that the Church's decisions are correct and not erroneous?
@Flimzy - I mean Roman Catholic Church and the East Orthodox one
May
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comment How can common believers be sure that the Church's decisions are correct and not erroneous?
@Peter - "Pope Benedict actually has condoned condoms for male prostitutes..." - Yes, I am aware of that. And that's exactly what I meant - condoned, which is "allowed". I also heard that later he extended it onto all kinds of form of sexual discourse, not only male prostitution.
May
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comment How can common believers be sure that the Church's decisions are correct and not erroneous?
@Andrew - "it was called and chaired by the imperial family and no patriarchs were present" - It doesn't really matter. What matters is that at the time when it took place it was announced as an Ecumenical Council, which means that ordinary folks - at least during the time between those two councils - had to follow the decrees of the council of Hiernia, otherwise, they would definitely fall into the category of heretics according to the decree of that council
May
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comment How can common believers be sure that the Church's decisions are correct and not erroneous?
@Andrew - "Any others?" - One of the councils in the East Orthodox Church (don't remember which one) comes to my mind, in which the baptism of infants was announced as the only right way to go. I may be mistaken here, but I heard that later the view on that matter in the Church became less categorical (need to research it more).
May
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comment How can common believers be sure that the Church's decisions are correct and not erroneous?
@Marc - It's really hard for me to define the Church here. Perhaps, the definition would be a group of people calling themselves Christians, the leaders of which were holdings such councils. Thus, my main target here is the Roman Catholic Church and the East Orthodox Church.