Your "private interpretation" differs from that of your protestant "brothers" and "sisters". Which of you is correct? Where did St. Paul say to sit at home with a book and work out your own salvation from it? What if your family interprets scripture differently than you do and decides that this or that command of Christ's isn't necessary? That seems like a pretty dirty trick on God's part. Gee, and what about all those early Christians who didn't have any bibles??!! Oy vey! Are they in big trouble or what?How can one study and understand the Scriptures without making a private interpretation of Scripture?
Each person is responsible for himself.
Another person cannot decide or act for him/her.
Work out your OWN salvation....
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#418765 Jan 29, 2013
#418766 Jan 29, 2013
True, Peter was married. I don't think Christ would have asked Peter to get a divorce to follow Him...
I believe about 39 Popes were married and countless other Bishops.
Celibacy is a Catholic rule. Its Biblical, but not sacred Dogma. It could be changed by the Church at any given time. Maybe in my lifetime too.
Current Priests are married in the CC as well. I think the Church allows married Angelican clergy to convert and still be married.
Fort Frances, Canada
#418767 Jan 29, 2013
Your wrong Regina.
"Can / Should we interpret the Bible as literal?"
Answer: Not only can we take the Bible literally, but we must take the Bible literally. This is the only way to determine what God really is trying to communicate to us. When we read any piece of literature, but especially the Bible, we must determine what the author intended to communicate. Many today will read a verse or passage of Scripture and then give their own definitions to the words, phrases, or paragraphs, ignoring the context and author’s intent. But this is not what God intended, which is why God tells us to correctly handle the Word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15).
One reason we should take the Bible literally is because the Lord Jesus Christ took it literally. Whenever the Lord Jesus quoted from the Old Testament, it was always clear that He believed in its literal interpretation. As an example, when Jesus was tempted by Satan in Luke 4, He answered by quoting the Old Testament. If God’s commands in Deuteronomy 8:3, 6:13, and 6:16 were not literal, Jesus would not have used them and they would have been powerless to stop Satan’s mouth, which they certainly did.
The disciples also took the commands of Christ (which are part of the Bible) literally. Jesus commanded the disciples to go and make more disciples in Matthew 28:19-20. In Acts 2 and following, we find that the disciples took Jesus' command literally and went throughout the known world of that time preaching the gospel of Christ and telling them to "believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved”(Acts 16:31). Just as the disciples took Jesus’ words literally, so must we. How else can we be sure of our salvation if we do not believe Him when He says He came to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10), pay the penalty for our sin (Matthew 26:28), and provide eternal life (John 6:54)?
Although we take the Bible literally, there are still figures of speech within its pages. An example of a figure of speech would be that if someone said "it is raining cats and dogs outside," you would know that they did not really mean that cats and dogs were falling from the sky. They would mean it is raining really hard. There are figures of speech in the Bible which are not to be taken literally, but those are obvious.(See Psalm 17:8 for example.)
Finally, when we make ourselves the final arbiters of which parts of the Bible are to be interpreted literally, we elevate ourselves above God. Who is to say, then, that one person’s interpretation of a biblical event or truth is any more or less valid than another’s? The confusion and distortions that would inevitably result from such a system would essentially render the Scriptures null and void. The Bible is God’s Word to us and He meant it to be believed—literally and completely.
#418768 Jan 29, 2013
Anthony, you're still alive, thank goodness. Today is the day of salvation. Repent and believe, and I'll see you in heaven.
#418769 Jan 29, 2013
Christ was celibate. I guess she doesn't "agree" with that. How vile. LOL!
#418770 Jan 29, 2013
Seconds tick by. The minutes are fleeting. Hours, days, months turn into years.
Still, Clay gambles on the mercy of God not to allow him to expire this very day and his soul pass out into a lost eterntiy.
#418771 Jan 29, 2013
Your baseless threats against our salvation is just that. Baseless.
You are no authority on scripture- no matter how many verses you memorized. Your threats might scare people in your congregation, but they fall flat against us. Christ gave us the Eucharist to protect us from self proclaimed preachers.
You'll need to look Our Lord in the eye and explain every soul you took away from his Church with your lies.
#418772 Jan 29, 2013
Have to disagree with you, Regina...
The Bible teaches that each individual is responsible for himself and is not to blindly follow religious leaders.
The Bible [[[nowhere]]] implies that one is dependent on religious leaders for interpretation.
The Word of God commands the individual Christian to TEST every teacher by the written Word.
#418773 Jan 29, 2013
If you had any authority and were a validly ordained bishop I might consider your threats and judgments, but you don't and you aren't.
#418774 Jan 29, 2013
30 *****“A horrible and shocking thing
has happened in the land:*****
31 The prophets prophesy lies,
[[[the priests rule by their OWN authority,]]]
and my people love it this way.
But what will you do in the end?
The Jews of the old testament were to listen to God's Word, NOT to man's interpretations which created DISASTER.
What happened when the Jews depended on their leaders for man's interpretations???
.....because they have not ~~~listened to my words~~~
and ~~~have rejected my law.~~~
#418775 Jan 29, 2013
Jeremiah 3:15 Then I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will lead you with knowledge and understanding.
Acts 20:28 Take heed to yourselves, and to the whole flock, wherein the Holy Ghost hath placed you bishops, to rule the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
*****2 Peter 3:16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are certain things hard to be understood, which the unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, to their own destruction.*****
There are many more passages I could quote, Hank. Yes, we are to read scripture on our own, that's not the point.
#418776 Jan 29, 2013
What is our (Christian's) responsibility when it comes to the Word of God???
"test the spirits"
Does it agree with the BIBLE?
"Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away."
#418777 Jan 29, 2013
The pastors in the 20 competing protestant groups in my town are reading it for themselves and can't seem to agree on which group is the real deal. If they really had the Holy Spirit guiding them, wouldn't they form one single denomination and make sure all the pastors are preaching the same thing?
#418778 Jan 29, 2013
Lol. You scared me so much, I think I'll leave the Catholic Church!
Now, which one of you 42,000 has the truth? Which one is guided by the Holy Spirit? There are so many to choose from!
Saint Paul, MN
#418779 Jan 29, 2013
My Salvation, as well ANY and ALL OTHER Catholics Salvation, who are on this forum AND the other 1.168 Billion Catholics throughout the world, are NOT dependent upon your Protestant "bogus and distorted "personal opinionated" judgments and condemning obstinate attitude!!!....... I'll (continue) to put my faith, trust and hope in Jesus Christ, at Daily Mass, HIS OWN STATED AND EXPRESSED WORDS (in the Gospel) and in His "true body and true blood" (daily) in the Eucharist, along with the TRUTH of the TRUE teachings that Our Lord left for us. over 2000 years ago, manifested in and through His One True Catholic. Church....... God is NOT, NOR EVER will be, the author of your bible only "(judgemental and condemning) half-truth, half-heresy ministry.
#418780 Jan 29, 2013
So why don't you and other protestants take the bible literally?
Fort Frances, Canada
#418781 Jan 29, 2013
AH Anthony, it seems you have many divsion in your own church.
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#418782 Jan 29, 2013
Unfortuantly that entails the Protestants keeping the traditions of the RCC as well.
Neither Jew or Greek when it comes to God's salvation plan.
#418783 Jan 29, 2013
Acts 15: 27 “Therefore we have sent Judas and Silas, who themselves will also report the same things by word of mouth.
Acts 9: 17 And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.
18 And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.
Here Paul is clearly ordained by a member of the church. He did not just do a jiggy and boom he was saved. Ananias goes on to say rise and be baptized to wash away your sins, but false Apostles like preston ignore it. They ignore Hebrews, they ignore that Christ gave authority to the Apostles. They ignore that clearly men were appointed and chosen. It is so obvious within scripture and history that the church is the Catholic church. They ignore what Paul says to Timohy not to ordain just any johnny come lately. Protestants utterly disregard the fact that heretics before them and satan twisted scripture out of context to make their own world of teachings.
#418784 Jan 29, 2013
can you interpret this passage because I'm not a catholic and I can't. I'm wondering..who are the saints that need to be eqipped for work of the ministry? Thanks
Eph 4:10 He who descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.) 11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds[c] and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ
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