I teach at a secular college, and when the term scapegoat came up one time I had fun showing the class where the term originated. It was a fun way to share the gospel, without looking like I was sharing the gospel.
PoT- you said to SteveR, "Even if this guy is trying to impersonate you, you don't need to attack him." I have been off and on this board for a year at least with my name Stevenr. I have an n. I also make it clear I am originally from Missouri. I have never impersonated anyone. SteveR, I am on an iPhone. It shows me the last x number of posts. If I don't check regular, which I often do not, then I miss some comments. I saw no valid critique, so I did not respond to it. However, that said, if the "valid critique' was anything like your diatribe, then I will likely ignore it.
If you could point me at a post where I "hid like a coward" I would be happy to respond. If you could point me to anything accurate that is pro-catholic, I will respond to that as well. The fact is I'm not a regular, I just pop in when I think of it. (this is on my phone, I don't sit in front of a computer) As far as your other accusations, I find it disturbing that someone who would claim to be a Christian would respond in such a overtly perverse method. Perhaps your IQ is low enough that you would assume that such an attack would actually make you seem more of a Christian. I would never assume Christ, as you claim to follow, would make those kind of unfounded accusations, (perhaps talking of those things give you pleasure, creepily enough) As far as doctrine, I fall somewhere between Arminianism and Calvinism, I disagree with both in several areas, however I have no desire to waste my time arguing with you about them, In order to give an opportunity to fulfill your perverse desires. In short, sir, I bid you a good day.
First, Unprofitable Servant: well said... Second, SteveR, you hurt my feelings with you the vehement rejection of being confused with me... Lol. Of course, based on many of your posts, I would probably feel the same way.
Ladybug, et al... "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8) "We love him, because he first loved us." (1 John 4:19) God loves mankind, but He hates sin. He died to remove the penalty of sin from those that He loves. Them who were created for fellowship.
Well, let's break this down. God loves man, He doesn't love their sin. He despises Homosexuality the same as he despises all other sin. Christ died to cover that sin. So, in effect God does love gays, He just despises their sin and expects them to stop. (As the ones Paul spoke of in 1 Corinthians 6 did, "...and such were some of you..." ) Let us remember to love the sinner while hating the sin.
Now, I know there is about to be a large number of anti-me comments as a result if this statement, but you cannot look at the whole counsel of God and deny that there were men who were in sin that turned to follow Christ, so let the name calling begin.
Having the spirit leave the body is not anti-Biblical, was not Paul outside the body when he met that man in 2 Corinthians? What about John, whom the Revelation of Christ was given to? Now, there are problems with that. As Chris mentioned, a Christian shouldn't dabble with astral projection and other sorceries that attempt to pull spirit from a body (i.e. -If God wants to pull me out, cool, but I'm not pulling myself out) The problem I have is with the NDE (near death experience) that so many reportedly have: they think they've gone to Heaven and got pulled back. Not every person who has had a NDE is (IMHO) someone that will be in Heaven. Many I have met were spiritualists that deny the deity of Christ, and all manner of other heresies.
No disrespect taken, however I am full where of the difference between a literal interpretation and a figurative interpretation; I believe there are things in the Bible that would fall under one or the other category, but not everything falls under just one.
Sorry, I accidentally hit the 'add comment' button too early. At the marriage supper are we going to eat real food or fake? Jesus said "I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom." (Matthew 26:29)
Let me say first this, I respect the opinion of many of you here, however: when Jesus spoke of the man in hell, The man was asking Abraham to dip his finger in water so he may cool his tongue, because he was tormented in flames.(this is not verbatim, I am going from memory.) The point is, we know that he felt heat because he wanted his tongue cool and thirst because he wanted water. Those sensations are both, what I would personally call, pain.
What I am capable if is a statistical analysts of a situation. Of course not all Catholic Priests have abused children; but a far more significant number of them have abused children than I am comfortable with. In my experience with pedophiles,