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Sep
6
comment What are the consequences of suicide according to the Roman Catholic church?
@JohnPeyton I would say that it couldn't necessarily be a mortal sin. But, as a venial sin, while it still is a sin, it is something that would be covered by purgatory and not prevent you from ultimately entering into God's presence.
Feb
1
comment Why has God punished every human for one person's sin?
@Jonathan. Not quite. God has done everything short of forcing us against our own free will to bring us to Him. He even came to us in the flesh. He instituted the Church. God wants to protect us. But, like a child who refuses its mother's embrace and runs away, so can we. God has done everything He should. All that's left is for us to respond and accept it. That is a basic tenet of Christianity.
Nov
21
comment Who saved people before ~33AD?
@svidgen You are correct. I will see what I can do, here. Thanks!
Dec
7
comment What are the biblical arguments against the papacy and papal succession?
Ah I see. Thanks for clarifying that.
Nov
30
comment What are the biblical arguments against the papacy and papal succession?
Is this widely held? Because it seems plain to me that the rock is Peter, given the name Peter comes from the Greek word Petra which means "rock", and Jesus was using a bit of a play on words there.
Nov
8
comment If one divorces is it considered adultery to marry again no matter what the circumstances were for this decision?
@newwings Although, doctrine typically should be derived from interpretations of Scripture. There may be different doctrines, but they derive from different interpretations of Scripture. And I understand that it is rare for different translations of the Bible to select different doctrines.
Oct
21
comment Is it a sin to do “works” for the sake of “rewards” in heaven?
@Pacerier The incorrect assumption is that if you do good works, you will be rewarded. It is not, in fact, simply the works that will get you the rewards. If you do not have your heart in the right place, no work will get you any reward in heaven.
Oct
4
comment Is the stigmata biblically sound?
I'd say it answers the question quite well, and succinctly, as it directly addresses whether it is Biblical or not.
Sep
26
comment How should Christians participate in a democracy?
Absolutely agree. Though I would emphasize that we should be sure that we are not neglecting evangelization of the spirit by evangelizing the laws.
Sep
21
comment How do theistic evolutionists view the Fall of Man?
Good answer, though I'm not sure I follow the point of the poem. I can understand it, but it's not easy to parse. :)
Sep
16
comment Why do OEC discount the literal interpretation of the book of Genesis?
@Jonathan I understand that it's not light reading. :) In short, the view is basically that we cannot infer timelines and key dates by looking primarily at the Bible simply because of the way and the reason it was written/recorded and the stories passed down. I didn't want to just leave it at that, though. :) There's a good 2 sentence summary in the preface to the book of Genesis in my New American Bible back home. I'll have to include that for the TL;DR version later on.
Sep
14
comment Do Christians and Muslims worship the same God?
"I do not think" is not really an answer, but an opinion. Do you have sources to demonstrate that the stance you mentioned is widespread and/or officially held by some denominations?
Sep
14
comment What criteria are used to denote one commentary as “better” than another? What are the hallmarks of a good commentary?
I've heard others say the NAB's footnotes aren't as good, too. I like them (when they're there). What do you mean when you say they "aren't quite cutting the mustard"? Just that they don't cover enough ground? Or are they just plain wrong at times?
Sep
12
comment Does Christianity allow Christians to celebrate other holidays?
@Jurgen It's not putting "Church" first, before God, when the celebration of the Mass is entirely all about God. In fact, one could say that putting Church (i.e. Mass) first is putting God first, as we only go to Mass to reconnect with God.
Sep
9
comment If we are saved by grace, then why does Jesus say we must be baptized in both spirit and water?
The Catholic Church (and some older Protestant denominations) believe in the sacramental significance of baptism. The Catholic Church also (and I don't know if this is common in Protestant churches, so I will not assume) recognizes a baptism of the will. For instance, if one legitimately accepts God in his/her heart but is not able to be baptized before dying, we believe that through God's grace that person's soul probably will have been baptized, but as you said, to be certain, and the preferred and prescribed way, we must be baptized by water and the Spirit.
Sep
9
comment Would it have been possible for Jesus to sin?
@Richard Most certainly. The Trinity is one of the great (perhaps the greatest) mysteries of the Faith. And so it is only natural that it would be a hotly debated issue. Also, here's the CCC's treatment of sin and the Trinity (as I promised links).
Sep
9
comment Would it have been possible for Jesus to sin?
@richard Because even though He is God as much as the Father is God, He is not the Father. They still have a relationship, and so they communicate in this way. Yes, it is confusing, but it is fundamental to the doctrine of sin and the Trinity that Jesus cannot sin. I will post links later when I'm not on my phone. :P
Sep
9
comment Would it have been possible for Jesus to sin?
@Richard Whatever the outcome, it was the will of God. Remember that sin is separation from God and that Jesus is God. How can he be separated from Himself?
Sep
9
comment Why are certain non-harmful behaviors considered sins?
@Ingo He could but that also would also be messing with His will. Remember that God created the world as we experience it. It is not often that God would violate His own natural laws, or modify the world after the fact if He didn't have to. The idea isn't to make it easiest but to allow us to know him through our own will and desire. God didn't want to create a nation of people who survived but didn't know Him. He wanted to create a nation of people who survived because they knew Him.
Sep
9
comment Would it have been possible for Jesus to sin?
However, Jesus was also God, so how would He be able to choose to disobey God if he was God? That'd be like going against your own will, which is a logical impossibility. Jesus was also fully human, but that means he experienced temptation and suffering like us. But His will was God's will as they were one in the same. (And I will make this an answer, too, but elaborated.)