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  1. NotMe, I don't remember exactly when mass started being in English. It may have been in the early or mid 60's. (Are there any Catholics who can help me?) I think it is very cool that you studied Latin. I wished I would have. Are you in medicine?
  2. I grew up Catholic and went to Catholic school until the 8th grade. Mass was in Latin. So I didn't learn much from the Bible there. I believed I needed a priest or nun to explain it to me. So I decided I would be a nun when I grew up. In Catechism class, I saw a picture of Jesus surrounded by little children. I imagined I was the little girl in a beautiful white dress sitting on Jesus' lap. I finally met Jesus when I was 22, in 1976. I wasn't an innocent girl. I was a sinful woman. But He wanted me anyway. Giving my heart to Jesus changed my mind so that I wanted to read the Bible and learn more about Him. I couldn't read it enough. I've read it almost every day since then. It's like being in love. It just keeps getting better. I love the gospels. They melt my heart. This probably sounds crazy...My favorite book is Revelation. I can't wait to see Jesus in His glory and worship the Father with many saints from every nation.
  3. Blessings upon you, ShiaMahamed. What is sense? Is it truth? Is it understanding? Is it the mind of God? The Bible is for me the revelation of God throughout the history of mankind. Because I believe it is inspired by God, spoken through many Prophets and eye-witnesses, for me there is no inconsistency. I have not found any contradictions or inconsistencies therein. It confirms itself. Therefore, it explains my faith; and my faith affirms its truth. I do not have any problem accepting the Trinity. I, myself am body, soul, and spirit. Part of me will die. Part of me will live forever. I accept that as truth, although I don't fully understand it now. I believe, as you do, that God is One. There are not any other gods beside Him. God has revealed Himself through His written Word, the Bible. He has manifested Himself in the personhood of Jesus the Son, who is the exact representation of the Father. God, through Jesus, is my Savior. God has demonstrated Himself by the power of His Holy Spirit, who indwells me and causes me to live for Him. These three manifestations of God are all God. These are truths to me. Yes, I defend them by the Bible. And I am not judged by any man. Original sin, by any other name, is Sin. It describes living according to our fleshly desires rather than by the Spirit of God. It manifests itself through "sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these." (Galatians 5:19-21) We are all partakers in sin. Sin separates us from God for all eternity. It is what causes us to fear death. That is why when Jesus conquered sin, he overcame death. We no longer have to fear death or hell, because Jesus overcame them when He died on the cross. Jesus made a "spectacle" of Satan, who peddles sin and death. The word in the Bible for spectacle comes from the Greek word "theatrizo," which means to expose publicly. This happened when an enemy king was conquered and marched naked through the streets in humiliation. The final enemy conquered by Jesus is death. Jesus took away the "sting of death," which is sin. 50 I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. 53 For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. 54 When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: "Death is swallowed up in victory." 55 "O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?" 56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. - 1 Corinthians 15:50-57 Forgive me for using the Bible to explain what I believe. I believe it is God's truth given for me, fulfilled in His Son who died for me, revealed by His Holy Spirit who came to live in me when I put my faith, my trust, in Jesus. I agree. Sin is not God's judgment. Death is God's judgment. The Bible says the wages of sin is death. My point about sin is there is no difference between the first sin and every other sin. There is no big sin or little sin. There is only sin. The Bible tells me that we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. None of us is good enough to go to heaven and live in the presence of a perfect and holy God. Therefore, in His mercy and grace, God put our punishment, our judgment on His perfect Son and allowed Him to be our Eid ul-Adha. God sees me now atoned for by the Holy Sacrifice of His perfect Lamb. He doesn't hold my sin against me. It is forgiven. And I am no longer a slave to sin. I am a servant of Jesus Christ. One day, Jesus will return the Kingdom to the Father, and God will be All in All. Not farewell. Rather, peace and grace, MartyS
  4. ShiaMahamed, Yes, I agree that sin is original, that is, it had an origin or beginning with Adam, through Satan; but once it was unleashed upon mankind, it became personal to every descendant of Adam. This is where judgment is just. Each man and woman is responsible for their actions based on their unrighteous sin nature, or upon their forgiveness and redemption through faith. However, God passed over the sins of ancient civilization, (I.e., those who perished in the flood), saving judgment until after the way of redemption had been made, through Jesus. This is why Jesus went and preached the good news of salvation through faith (belief, trust, clinging to) in Himself to those spirits--after He died (for them, also), and just before He rose from the dead. 18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, 19 in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison, 20 because they formerly did not obey, when God's patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through water. 21 Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him. - 1 Peter 3:18-22 Our belief in Jesus, who interestingly never called Himself the Son of God (preferring "Son of Man"), but permitted others to call Him that, including God the Father... 16 And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; 17 and behold, a voice from heaven said, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased." - Matthew 3:16-17 ...is the entire sum of Christianity. We accept by faith that God became Man (without sin) and suffered and died in our place to satisfy His own righteous requirements for the debt of sin to be paid on our behalf. God forsook Himself in the person of Jesus on that ignoble cross and allowed Jesus to suffer the most shameful inglorious death in the history of mankind, to show the awfulness of sin and the enormity of His love for mankind. By putting our faith in Jesus, His death is credited to our sin account. And His righteousness is applied to our spirit for all eternity. Jesus' resurrection from the dead demonstrated that we also will be redeemed bodily, with glorified bodies, after our death, or when He returns in the clouds. 26 And then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. 27 And then he will send out the angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the Earth to the ends of heaven. - Mark 13:26-27 Peace and grace, MartyS
  5. Hello, dragonxx! As I was reading the account of Jesus' crucifuxion this morning, I read this and remembered your question about who rose Jesus from the dead. It also speaks to the relationship between God the Father and God the Son. 11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13 He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. 17 For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father." - John 10:11-18 Jesus did not deny equality with God, and yet He is in subjection to God The Father. This makes Him a co-regent with The Father who is also under The Father's authority. But Jesus is much more than a Prophet. Therefore, it is acceptable to address Him as Lord. And yes, He died; but He is alive forevermore, which makes Him eternal in the future. And as the Word of God, He was present at the beginning of creation. Therefore He is eternal past. Many blessings and great peace during this time of Ramadan, descendant of Abraham and Ishmael. Your relative, grafted in to the family of Abraham, by faith in Jesus, MartyS
  6. ShiaMahamed, Thank you for your question. I believe all unrighteousness is sin. God is a holy God, and I was separated from Him by my unholiness. Jesus came to cure the sickness of mankind. That just as through one man, Adam, sin came into the world, so through one man, Jesus Christ, came life. So bad deeds are the result of sin that leads to eternal death, and good deeds are the evidence of a changed earthly life, preceding eternal life with God our Father.
  7. Well, thank you again. Ashvazdanghe, for the other side of the story. Even though the story has not unfolded completely yet, it seems the whole world knows it is true. From God's perspective, that must be important. I wish we all had the same understanding of our common truths. I must say, I am relieved to be a Christian. By believing in Jesus, everything has been pre-planned and fore-ordained. All I have to do is believe and trust in Him. He takes care of me and everything else, justice is accomplished, no matter how it all unfolds. But I do pray for courage and perseverance from Him to "persevere until the end." And I would rather die as a martyr for Him than from this cancer. It would be such an honor for all eternity. Peace, my friend.
  8. Greetings. I am a Christian. As it seems like we are living in the End Times spoken of by the Prophet Daniel, I've been reading often in the Bible book of Revelation. I am not surprised by increasing persecution of Christians, but I am surprised and deeply saddened by the persecution of Muslims. I read this morning... 9 If anyone has an ear, let him hear: 10 If anyone is to be taken captive, to captivity he goes; if anyone is to be slain with the sword, with the sword must he be slain. Here is a call for the endurance and faith of the saints. - Revelation 13:9-10 I also think genocide is a possibility. Daniel prophesied... 23 And at the latter end of their kingdom, when the transgressors have reached their limit, a king of bold face, one who understands riddles, shall arise. 24 His power shall be great-but not by his own power; and he shall cause fearful destruction and shall succeed in what he does, and destroy mighty men and the people who are the saints. 25 By his cunning he shall make deceit prosper under his hand, and in his own mind he shall become great. Without warning he shall destroy many. And he shall even rise up against the Prince of princes, and he shall be broken-but by no human hand. - Daniel 8:23-25 Peace and blessings!
  9. Thank you for sharing your beliefs with me, Ashvazdanghe. I didn't know this. Now I see why you believe as you do. We both agree that when Jesus returns, all doubts will clear about His death. Our Bible teaches us that when Jesus returns again, this is how His appearance will be... 11 Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. 12 His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. 13 He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. 14 And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. 15 From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. 16 On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords. 17 Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, and with a loud voice he called to all the birds that fly directly overhead, "Come, gather for the great supper of God, 18 to eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all men, both free and slave, both small and great." 19 And I saw the beast and the kings of the Earth with their armies gathered to make war against him who was sitting on the horse and against his army. 20 And the beast was captured, and with it the false Prophet who in its presence had done the signs by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped its image. These two were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulfur. 21 And the rest were slain by the sword that came from the mouth of him who was sitting on the horse, and all the birds were gorged with their flesh. - Revelation 19:11-21
  10. Respectfully, I disagree. Jesus explained that He did not come to abolish the Old Testsment. Rather, He said He came to fulfill it. The Old Testament did not require good deeds to atone for sins. It required the shedding of blood, bulls and lambs and goats. God demonstrated the type of sacrifice He would require to atone for the sins of mankind is the Passover Lamb. "What to me is the multitude of your sacrifices? says the LORD; I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams and the fat of well-fed beasts; I do not delight in the blood of bulls, or of lambs, or of goats. - Isaiah 1:11 "Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool. - Isaiah 1:18 For the bodies of those animals whose blood is brought into the holy places by the high priest as a sacrifice for sin are burned outside the camp. So Jesus also suffered outside the gate in order to sanctify the people through his own blood. - Hebrews 13:11-12 Blessings of God, my friend.
  11. Ashvazdanghe, I found the answer to your question. It is made more clear in the gospel of Luke 22:7-24:12. The Three Days and Nights are Three Nights and Days. They begin with the celebration of Passover meal at sundown on Thursday, which is perfect, because Jesus was the true Passover Lamb. He told His disciples he would be betrayed by one of them, handed over to the authorities, and put to death. He was Arrested Thursday evening, Tried and Crucified on Friday day (1st 24-hour day); He was in the Tomb on Friday evening and Saturday day, the day of Preparation, and beginning of Sabbath (2nd day); and He Resurrected at or before dawn on Sunday, the 3rd Day! 1 But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. 2 And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. 5 And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, "Why do you seek the living among the dead? 6 He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, 7 that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise." - Luke 24:1-7 Many blessings!
  12. Propaganda of the Deed, Thanks for being honest with me. I can understand why you distrust me. I disdain spiritual evangelists who want to use my soul to further their eternal rewards. But if you are right and I do have an agenda, it is this... 9 After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out with a loud voice, "Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!" 11 And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying, "Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen." - Revelation 7:9-12 It makes me so happy to imagine how one day, maybe today, this prophecy will be fulfilled. I pray for my friends on this site, Muslims and Christians and Jews. I pray for you by name. (I call you PoD) Many blessings, Marty
  13. Hi, Ashvazdanghe. Thank you for sharing your beliefs with me. I agree it would be sad if the world were forever destroyed. But the Prophet Isaiah said (God speaking)... "For behold, I create new heavens and a new Earth, and the former things shall not be remembered or come into mind. - Isaiah 65:17 And the Bible tells us... 11 Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, 12 waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn! 13 But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new Earth in which righteousness dwells. - 2 Peter 3:11-13 It is my understanding that son of man is a descendant of a human...just as Jesus was the son of Mary. Psalm 146 exhorts us not to put our trust in or give praise to a descendant of a human, even a prince, but only God. I believe you and I are, in a human way, children of God. That's why we call Him our Father. But, we Christians believe Jesus was begotten of God, fully human and fully divine. So He is The Son of God. Best regards, Marty P.S. I'm not ignoring your other differences. I just don't know the answer. I believe one day, we will. Blessings.
  14. Thank you, Dragonxx. Your questions are so good. I'm not sure I can answer them to your satisfaction, but I will try. You are correct that only God should be worshipped, as Jesus said to Satan, He would not worship Satan... 5 And the devil took him up and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time, 6 and said to him, "To you I will give all this authority and their glory, for it has been delivered to me, and I give it to whom I will. 7 If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours." 8 And Jesus answered him, "It is written, "'You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve.'" - Luke 4:5-8 Although Jesus allowed Himself to be called the Son of God, He preferred to call Himself the Son of Man. When He was being interrogated by the high priest before being sentenced to death... 61 But he remained silent and made no answer. Again the high priest asked him, "Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?" 62 And Jesus said, "I am, and you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven." 63 And the high priest tore his garments and said, "What further witnesses do we need? 64 You have heard his blasphemy. What is your decision?" And they all condemned him as deserving death. - Mark 14:61-64 Even David said, The LORD says to my Lord: "Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool." - Psalm 110:1 Finally, Jesus permitted His disciples to call Him, "Lord." 23 And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. 24 And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. 25 And they went and woke him, saying, "Save us, Lord; we are perishing." 26 And he said to them, "Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?" Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. 27 And the men marveled, saying, "What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?" - Matthew 8:23-27 And Jesus told His disciples to believe in Him as they believed in the Father... 1 "Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. 2 In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. 4 And you know the way to where I am going." 5 Thomas said to him, "Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?" 6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him." - John 14:1-7 And, as we know, Jesus is not dead. He is coming back. 3 As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, "Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?" 4 And Jesus answered them, "See that no one leads you astray. 5 For many will come in my name, saying, 'I am the Christ,' and they will lead many astray. 6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are but the beginning of the birth pains. 9 "Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name's sake. 10 And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another. 11 And many false Prophets will arise and lead many astray. 12 And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. - Matthew 24:3-14 We agree, Jesus came on mission from the Father; I believe to restore my relationship with God that had been broken by my sin (and that of all mankind). In the end, God will restore all things to Himself. 24 Then comes the end, when he (Jesus) delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. 25 For he (Jesus) must reign until he (God) has put all his enemies under his (Jesus) feet. 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death. 27 For "God has put all things in subjection under his (Jesus') feet." But when it says, "all things are put in subjection," it is plain that he (God) is excepted who put all things in subjection under him (Jesus). 28 When all things are subjected to him (Jesus), then the Son himself will also be subjected to him (God) who put all things in subjection under him (Jesus), that God may be all in all. - 1 Corinthians 15:24-28 Respectfully yours, Marty
  15. Jesus is my Lord. He was put to death because He said He was the Son of God. He rose from the dead to prove He is the Son of God. I will never deny Him.
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