I like to make it real simple. Lets break it down to basic math:
1x1=1 This would be a mutation that changes a portion of the dna into something different, but doesn't change it's 'size'. This will always be neutral when it comes to the amount of genetic material.
1-1=0 This is what happens when we get a mutation that decreases the genetic material. This kind of mutation will never create anything bigger, or the same size as the original. It will always loose.
1+1=1 This is what is require for macro evolution. They are little positive changes that can be added together to create something bigger than the original. This is what we do not see happening except in examples where things clearly go very bad and usually kill the organism. These mutations are detrimental, not beneficial, and are more likely to be bred out into extinction.
So in other terms, 1-1 would be degeneration and natural selection (sometimes loss is a good thing such as the gene in a bug that makes it susceptible to antibiotics. Loosing this gene would make it a superbug) 1x1 would be natural selection where traits are simply switched on and off. And 1+1 results in macro evolution. WHICH DOES NOT HAPPEN.
Things adapt within the pre-existing genetic material. They don't macro-evolve.
You dug your own hole there AntiVaticanist. They Mods don't disagree with your belief that Rome is wrong, they disagree with the slanderous terms you use in saying so. We are to preach the gospel in love. Not denigration.
Christians need not ever worry about being possessed. Where God Himself dwells in the third person (the Spirit indwelling the believer) can never hold a demon at the same time.
As I said earlier, if God chooses not to cast anything out, there is absolutely nothing man can do to change that. No incense, magic water or hocus pocus chants will change it. So the merit of these practises is what?
As GG rightly pointed out - they are good horror movie material.
Act 19 Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth.
And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye? And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.
Just because they make claims means absolutely nothing. If God doesn't will it, no priest or pope can cast anything out.
So the question becomes, 'Are the Pope and these priests following God's will or their own agenda by this?' Compare their motives and methods with scripture and you can easily answer that as negative. The same can be said of most of their beliefs and practises. *IF* people actually analyse it and don't take other's word for it.
Exo 7:13 And he hardened Pharaoh's heart Exo 8:15 But when Pharaoh saw that there was respite, he hardened his heart Exo 9:12 And the LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh Exo 9:34 And when Pharaoh saw... he sinned yet more, and hardened his heart, he and his servants.
2Ch 36:13 And he also rebelled against king Nebuchadnezzar... and hardened his heart from turning unto the LORD God of Israel.
Isa 63:17 O LORD, why hast thou made us to err from thy ways, and hardened our heart from thy fear?
Joh 12:40 He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.
Joh 12:37 But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him... Therefore they could not believe, because that Isaiah said again, He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.
Who does the hardening of the heart toward believing God?
For God so love the world that woever believes shall...
Question. Who are those that believe? Where in that verse does it say that they who believe were able to believe on their own unbiased will? It doesn't. Where does it say that God did not choose to enable them to be able to choose to believe? It doesn't (and for arguments sake, it doesn't say that they were either).
It is a declaritive statement. But ignoring what it does and does not say and trying to imput your opinion of what it says is not how you are supposed to read it. That which it does not say is important as it does NOT exclude what we think it means in favor of what you think it means.
You say that like the opinion of the UN actually holds some weight on this matter. Would they know the difference between justification and sanctification if they were asked on the street?
Well those Roman Catholics who I spoke of would be horrified to know that a fellow Roman thought they were protestant based. They make all the same arguments you make, except that some of them recognise falsified history.
Check the directory and you'll find a bunch of roman catholic denominations too.
I've met people who claim to be roman catholic (which is all you need do to be in there statistics as one) who's congregation believe all sorts of strange and different things that the official RCC does not teach. Some don't believe in purgatory for example, and others deny the Pope is infallible. Clearly these 'denominations' do exist in the RCC. Not that they would admit it when they get so much mileage from ranting about protestant denominations.
It seems to me that the problems that come up in modern languages about Vatican contradictions with scripture can be best avoided by not reading/hearing these teachings in a language that can easily be understood and debated/discussed.
That's one way to avoide being told you are wrong I guess. It doesn't alter reality tho.
Romans 1 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves: who changed the truth of God into a lie
For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: and likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet.
And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
Nothing more needs be said. God described this ages ago.