Hi Penny, I hope you don't mind my asking, but I've been curious about infant baptisms within the church since it was brought up. Here's what I was thinking about it, and maybe you can tell me if I'm right or wrong. An infants baptism within the church, I'm thinking, is a simple dedication, an offering of sorts, to God by believing parents. However, once the infant comes of age, or sometime into adulthood and hopefully becomes born again, then the actual baptism, biblical baptism would take place as the symbolic new life in Christ. Is this the thought process, or is this in line with the belief of many concerning the guard and his family supposedly being saved due to his own belief?
Christian-Muslim dialogue? Mend ties with Islam? Sounds like the liberals, the politically correct crowd, the snowflakes, and the past administration believing that a hearty smile, a friendly demeanor, a basket of cookies, using our tax dollars to build and restore mosques, and opening our borders will win them over. Nope...silliness, and all in vain. Islam is on a worldwide mission to convert or kill in the name of their Allah, and in many cases, just kill, as they plan their hostile takeover and make all of the infidels subject to them. No, no mending, building, or friendships, especially amongst Christians, other than superficial platitudes and empty promises as they plan our demise
After doing a little research which also includes a disbelief in justification through faith:
"Orthodox distinctives that are in conflict with the Bible include:
The equal authority of church tradition and Scripture Discouragement of individuals interpreting the Bible apart from tradition The perpetual virginity of Mary Prayer for the dead Baptism of infants without reference to individual responsibility and faith The possibility of receiving salvation after death The possibility of losing salvation."
John, for the life of me, I just can't process why you still belive this, especially considering all of the biblical proof against your claim offered up over the years. You've said yourself that you are highly intelligent, yet your intelligence seems to stop short when it comes to God's Word and obediance; seemingly relying upon a canned prayer at an alter call for your eternal comfort. No, John, it's most certainly not okay. The Roman machine can claim whatever they want in a creed, but their doctrines, rituals, and dogmas, etc., paint a much different story; doctrines which are diametrically opposed to God's Word...anti-biblical, anti-God...anti-Christ. No, remaining within such a diabolical system is most certainly not okay.
Mike wrote: If Luther was guided by the Holy Spirit to retain the scriptural parts of the Mass, and drop the unscriptural parts, why didn't the Holy Spirit guide Luther into dropping his belief in Purgatory? Is Purgatory scriptural?
The former is washed away and they unite in obedience to God's Word. Part of putting off the old is conforming to sound doctrine and having nothing to do with the dark things of man. We're to have nothing, whatsoever, to do with anyone, or any system which teaches a false gospel. Ignoring these things is far from enough when we choose to align ourselves and remain a part of these dark systems that blatantly and proudly preach and teach exactly what God Himself warns us to run from. The question is, why would any born again Christian remain faithful to any of these once their dark works have been revealed? How can any born again Christian remain comfortable in these dark place?
Many believe but few follow and few live in obedience. Way too many believe that simply being a decent person, in their frame of reference, earns a golden ticket to Heaven. I know many. Go to church once a week, but live as they see fit the rest of it. Just don't be a "bad" person, and you're in.
I consider myself a literalist in that God means what He says, and says what He means. I'm not foolish to the extent that I'm not aware of, and can't separate allegories, symbolism, and similitudes, etc, but I think too many mysteries are crafted from the simple and direct, and confusion made out of things that are clear. I think when anyone needs to work real hard to turn a seemingly clear thought, etc, into what "it really means", I find that troublesome. The, "I know it says this, but it really means that", type scenario. When I'm left more confused after reading anyone's proof and reasons for their position on whatever, I'll always revert back to the simplicity of God's Word. I like to think I have an open mind, but I find some positions take way to much work to arrive at.
John, the simple answer is that they're being led by God's Spirit out from a system which clashes hard with God's Word; a system with practices and doctrines that God warns very sternly of. They're simply being obediant.
The poster two comments below related my issue with capitol punishment...let make certain they're guilty as charged. How many have had their sentences commuted over the years thanks to DNA evidence? I realize that the innocent are few and far between, but there are inocents incarcerated, and some on death row, I'm sure. Just imagine being on death row or imprisoned for life and being the only person on planet earth who knows you're not guilty as charged. Yikes.
Personally, I would have ended up settling on the $800 and an open plane ticket for a future flight, but this was a mess. People are rightfully outraged on social media, saying they'll never fly United again, but I think that's a bit strong. All of the airlines have the very same policy, right or wrong, but it was the security guards actions that should be under fire, not the airline as a whole, which has suspended the guard pending an investigation.
TMC Wrote: "...Right now, Iâ€™m a bit more concerned with researching how to fight off an invasion of box elder bugs..."
Have you tried an undiluted, liquefied vegemite solution? Trust me, they'll never venture near your property again...or anything/anyone else for that matter. Also good for killing weeds and spraying at an attacker, etc.
Death by firing squad is still legal in Oklahoma and Utah. In fact, Utah used it as recently as 2004, and just reinstated the method. Death by firing squad is still legal in Washington state. In my opinion, there should be much worse scenarios, and none too quick. There's a reason the crime rates are so much lower in many places abroad...steal, and lose a hand, etc. I'm not saying that should be the extreme case and sentence for petty crimes, etc, but for violent offenders who rape and murder, etc. for the fun of it...
I think it's so troubling and outrageous that even one, single person on planet Earth would be against such a great idea, and why...because it would place an undue burdon on the mother? So, to make certain that the poor, poor mother doesn't get stressed, or get her feelings hurt, or whatever nonsense, just murder the "thing" and be done with it. Really something. As I've said as nauseum...murder a helpless baby seconds before delivery, and whatever...no big deal. Murder that same helpless baby seconds after delivery, and you're a disturbed monster, jailed, and the topic on every national news outlet shortly after as the psychiatrists, medical professionals, and talking heads discuss what happened to this monster as a child that would make him commit such an heinous act of savagery.