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May
14
comment How should a Christian look at the Crusaders?
Also, saying that, "The Pope's word was law" really isn't accurate in any sense of the word... ever.
May
14
comment How should a Christian look at the Crusaders?
-1 for the, "It happened because they couldn't read the Bible." Many of the leaders of the crusades could and did read the Bible.
May
11
comment God created male and female… What about those who do not fit in the box?
Not all sins are equal. See the first epistle of St. John where he differentiates sins "unto death" and sins "which are not unto death"
May
10
comment Can a Christian have clinical depression?
@JonEricson The biggest thing which we (as Christians) must remember is that we are not defined by our emotions. If we were, then we would all need to dispair if we are not in a perpetual Jesus high. No, defining your relationship with God or even your personality as something which is controlled by a rather temperamental (get it?) organ dangerously borders on sentimentalist materialism. The matter in heaven is a very different substance from the matter on earth and attachment to this life (and its emotions) will only distract us and draw us further from the divine union.
May
10
comment Can a Christian have clinical depression?
@JonEricson I'm only starting to be open about it relatively recently. There is a stigma associated with bipolar and I am (was?) a little paranoid about it.
Apr
30
comment Origin of “The Marks of the True Church”
@DoubtingThomas The "marks of the true Church" have traditionally been "One, Holy, Catholic (universal) and Apostolic."
Apr
5
comment Is there a record of an association of prayer with pain?
Hoping that less pastoral will get someone to actually answer.
Apr
5
comment Why would prayer cause pain?
@waxeagle And if it were about ecstasy, would that make it constructive? What is the difference?
Apr
4
comment Why are there fourteen stations of the cross?
If I were to go for a numerological answer, I would probably say Apostles + Christ + Mary, also 7 = holy * 2 natures, and 12 tribes + parents (like the 14 celestial bodies of Joseph's dream)
Mar
27
comment If Christianity speaks out against the use of “magic” does this mean “magic” is literally real?
Not sure what the down vote was for. This is the only answer which actually has anything even remotely close to actual, tangible, reference to events.
Mar
27
comment Can you explain this Free Will / Predestination illustration?
@Chelonian In the end, it is up to the person to choose the good and reject the bad, and nothing anyone can do can take that choice away. We can try to help the person, but in the end, it is their choice.
Mar
27
comment Can you explain this Free Will / Predestination illustration?
@Chelonian I prefer to think of it this way: we are presented with a choice, and at the end of the day that choice is ours, but God will continue to offer and suggest the right course of action, even if we refuse to follow.
Mar
26
comment Why do some Christian churches have classes about other churches?
@PeterTurner I'd like to see that too.
Mar
25
comment Can you explain this Free Will / Predestination illustration?
@DavidLaberge Thanks.
Mar
23
comment What did Luther think of the Eastern Orthodox and vice versa?
Orthodoxy is still very present. Clocking in at about 230 million, they beat out any given Protestant super-denomination (eg. Presbyterian instead of PCUSA, Lutheranism instead of ELCA) hands down.
Mar
23
comment Changes in Rome since Trent versus the Evangelicals
@MarcGravell I deleted a couple of my comments because I think we were out of sync in our conversation and they were not really "on topic" anymore.
Mar
23
comment Changes in Rome since Trent versus the Evangelicals
@MarcGravell Ah. OK. But then I might counter that there are people who have argued that man has never walked on the moon.
Mar
23
comment Changes in Rome since Trent versus the Evangelicals
@MarcGravell I generally find that sites which feature articles whose titles actively damn their opponents are often inaccurate in their content and frequently mis-portray the arguments of their opponents. Unfortunately, apprising.org happens to be one of those sites. As I speak, the second title under the "Roman Catholicism" topic calls my faith idolatry. I don't really find such mentalities to be conducive to intellectual discourse, and that is why you will never see me cite Catholic Answers (who I view as guilty of similar straw-man arguments).
Mar
22
comment Changes in Rome since Trent versus the Evangelicals
In addition to that, it is arguable alarmist and it decidedly mis-portrays Catholic theology on a number of points (whether this is conscious or not is up to interpretation of the reader). The anathemas of the councils, for example, are judgements/sentences and not a dogma. As it is not a dogma, it is not subject to infallibility and that makes her entire concluding section not only irrelevant, but misleading too.
Mar
22
comment Changes in Rome since Trent versus the Evangelicals
The article you link to does not actually have an accurate understanding of "anathema". Yes, formal anathema as performed by the Pope may have 12 priests with candle, but that is not the meaning intended by conciliar documents (which is closer to "major excommunication").