Have you even read what you've written? Are you capable?
Hint: You agreed that the Catholic Church was a "nice little cult", "ranked
right up there with Scientology", and "need(s) to have (its) tax-exempt status
Nothing, as far as I'm concerned, however that was your position.
You commented on the thread of the LDS not being Christian with statements
that I turned around as also applying to the RCC, to which you agreed. By
indirection, you agreed that the RCC isn't Christian.
Er, no. It was the Church that decided what comprised the Bible in the first
place; in other words, the early Church DEFINED what books would go into the
official canon. The collection was first decided by Council of Laodicea in
A.D. 363 and confirmed by subsequent conclaves.
The folks in these assemblies would take issue with the notion that they
decided which writings would define the New Testament. Their position was
that GOD decided which books and they were only His instrument in carrying
out His will.
Nevertheless. . . .
Most Christians harken to the dogma that the leader of the Church is God's
agent on earth ("Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth
shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be
loosed in heaven." Matt 18:18).
There are more Catholics in Mexico City today than Baptists who have ever
That's odd... Mormons hold that they ARE Jewish - and they want all Jews to
That passage is not tied to a church leader.
Dealing With Sin in the Church
15 “If your brother or sister[b] sins,[c] go and point out their fault,
just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them
over. 16 But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so
that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three
witnesses.’[d] 17 If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church;
and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would
a pagan or a tax collector.
18 “Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be[e] bound in
heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be[f] loosed in heaven.
19 “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about
anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.
20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”
IMO, the only 'pure' Christianity left is the Orthodox Christians in
Ethiopia. They were the only ones to escape the Roman, Papal, and King
James' re-writes of history.
There are more Mexicans in TX that have ever lived in Mexico City.
First time I said it the two looked at each other, one turned back to me
and said 'Okay, have a nice evening". The last 2 times I was a little
rude and just said it, added a "good luck" and shut the door.
I feel sorry for them, many of them don't want to do it. I knew a
"Mormon" (he was my beer-drinking buddy!). To please his father and for
whatever else he was threatened with, he agreed to go be a missionary.
He was assigned to Bulgaria. He lasted about 3 months, got the shit
beat out of him on a regular basis. Hey, but at least his Dad was happy
to 'save face' in the eyes of the "church".
Uh, sort of. The Catholic Church holds otherwise because it is the Church,
as an institution, that alone has the ability and authority to interpret
scripture. The non-Catholic tradition holds that the individual (guided by
the Holy Spirit) has the authority to interpret scripture any damned way he
pleases. Some of the latter hold with your view.
Uh, no. Judah was one of the tribes of the Israelites. It was the larger
group that took on the name "Jew" (from the predominate tribe).
The Book of Mormon holds that early residents of the Americas are descended
from the tribe of Joseph.
I know all about it, I had a friend who was brainwashed as a child. He
told me more about your "church" than any of your door-to-door
missionaries even know.
I know the "official" version, and the real deal.
I suspect you are not an 'elder', thus not privy to the financial goals
of the corp.
Gee, sounds just like the Catholic church....
(Personally, I think all organized religions are con jobs. But whatever
it takes them to get through the night without screaming, I guess....)
It's endemic. When pressed, most Christian denominations will claim theirs
is the "true faith" and that others are virtually apostates because they
have music in the church, have 11 sacraments instead of three, harken to a
centralized authority, and what-not.
I think the attitudes between the Sunni and Shite Mohammadens is similar to
that between the Baptists and the Catholics.
On the other hand, there couldn't be more differences between Reform Judaism
and the Orthodox variety if you'd pulled dogma out of a hat. Yet each has no
problem believing the other is Jewish.
Yep, religion is pretty weird.
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