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  • #6264
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    [color=red:3cbjcxdf]Moderator EDIT: This is not the place for debate, Ron. Start a new thread.[/color:3cbjcxdf]

    -Jon

    there was nothing wrong with my reply on YOUR board
    It’s just that you don’t like the truth or what?

    #6723
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    [color=green:1kmdijbe]The most commom one’s I get are from my wife’s side of the family. I also have a few comments that they, as well as my own family, have said to me. I know, some of these sound really stupid, just bear with me while reading. <img loading=” title=”Smile” />

    -Why do you worship Mary?
    -Why do you kneel for?
    -Why do you confess your sins to a priest? Only God can forgive sins, not a man.
    -The mass is so boring. I get nothing out of it. My church teaches you the bible on Sunday’s.
    -Why can’t women become priests?
    -What does the pope do?
    -What’s the deal with making the sign of the cross on yourself with the water. That’s just weird.
    -Some of my family believe that Jesus is only the Son of God, but not God himself. They have trouble understanding between God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit for some reason(Trinity).
    -You can miss church on Sunday to spend time with your cousin, he flew all the way up here from Arizona.
    -They don’t belive Jesus founded the Catholic church.
    -My sister-in-law doesn’t beleive that the Catholic Church is over 2000 years old.
    -They don’t understand where the bible came from. They just say it came from God. They don’t know the Catholic church put the bible together and even though they are reading a protestant bible, the table of contents is all Catholic. I guess to them it just fell from the sky or something.

    Peace! :mrgreen: [/color:1kmdijbe]

    #7269
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    [quote:1hz9r6rs]Why do you think you need to do good deeds or works to get into heaven?

    Why do you say the rosary?

    What is the rosary?

    Why do you do the stations of the cross?

    These are just some of the many questions I’ve been asked through the years :mrgreen:[/quote:1hz9r6rs]

    [color=blue:1hz9r6rs]Read this and it might help why Catholic’s say the rosary.[/color:1hz9r6rs]
    http://www.catholicity.com/encyclopedia/r/rosary.html

    #7270
    Anonymous
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    [quote:jdi8u7hk]”Are you saved?”[/quote:jdi8u7hk]

    I cant imagine why one wouldn’t be saved if he totlally believes in Jesus and follows the 10 commandments.

    #7656
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    1. Why do you hold that the Pope cannot sin?

    2. Well we both agree on the Immaculate Conception don’t we?

    Most non-Catholics, and many Catholics confuse Impeccability with Infallibility. As far as Infallibility, most believe their own Minister or Pastor has a greater claim to Infallibility (Because he says that he is preaching just from the Infallible word of God, even when he invents new teachings based on his own “inspiration” from God, “Laying it on his heart”) than the strict limits laid down by the Vatican Council, (Vatican I) regarding Papal Infallibility.

    Most non-Catholics believe that the Immaculate Conception deals with the Miracle of the Virgin Birth and the Conception of our Lord, rather than the special privilige afforded to our Lady in order for a pure vessle could be had to bring about His promise of the Incarnation.

    It reminds me of an old apocryphal story surrounding the Immaculate Conception I read somewhere, (not a de fide dogma required of Catholics to believe.) While it may simply be a nice tale about how our Lady was chosen for the singular privilige of the Immaculate Conception, it none-the-less offers to us a tale of our Lady’s total commitment to do the Will of God, and why she is such an example to us all.

    Before all time, God was looking across history at sinful humanity. Mankind was self absorbed and ignoring God. He noticed one place where He should have seen someone standing, on closer inspection He saw our Lady, bowed down deeply, in honor and submission to every aspect of the Will of God. It was this act of love and total devotion to God that convinced Him that humanity was worth Redeeming.

    #7657
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    [quote:13mg1ry6]-They don’t understand where the bible came from. They just say it came from God. They don’t know the Catholic church put the bible together and even though they are reading a protestant bible, the table of contents is all Catholic.[i:13mg1ry6][b:13mg1ry6] I guess to them it just fell from the sky or something.[/b:13mg1ry6][/i:13mg1ry6] [/quote:13mg1ry6]

    Not just fell from the sky, but in the version they have been inspired to believe is the correct version. Oh what awsome powers to always be correct even when it contradicts known truth, and history.

    #7713
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    [quote:35bj74j4]Why do you continue to support the Catholic Church when it has so many child molesters and goes to such great lengths to protect them?
    *sigh*[/quote:35bj74j4]

    :cry: The Catholic Church does not support child molesters,The Catholic Church(which is sinless cause it was made by God)but ALL denominations have sinners in them otherwise there would not be a need for churchs.ALL sects have preditors in them,I think the Catholic Church postion is amplifyed cause they have the deepest pockets.

    #7717
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    I’ll add a little note to this when I get back from the dentists office. But here in a non-Catholic paper is an interesting article.

    [url:3fjkkqoo]http://www.csmonitor.com/2002/0405/p01s01-ussc.html[/url:3fjkkqoo]

    #7799
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    I found this article both very true, and funny. Written by another former. “Bible Christian” who submitted his life to the Biblical Christ, as taught by the Biblical Church, (The Catholic Church) it expresses some of the frustrations met with attempting to discuss the Truths of the Bible with “Bible Christians” [url:1mi44vst]http://www.catholic.com/thisrock/2002/0201fea3.asp[/url:1mi44vst]

    #7800

    [quote:1do7xti0]I found this article both very true, and funny. Written by another former. “Bible Christian” who submitted his life to the Biblical Christ, as taught by the Biblical Church, (The Catholic Church) it expresses some of the frustrations met with attempting to discuss the Truths of the Bible with “Bible Christians” [url:1do7xti0]http://www.catholic.com/thisrock/2002/0201fea3.asp[/url:1do7xti0][/quote:1do7xti0]
    That is a pretty good article. Thanks for the find!

    #7801
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    [quote:3gr8il0a]I think the Catholic Church postion is amplifyed cause they have the deepest pockets.
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    Deep pockets is indeed one factor, after surviving for 2000 years we would all have deep pockets. Most of all when the good done by the people in the Church has far outweighed the individuals who have turned against the moral teaching of the Church.

    While the CS article points out that molestation is not a Catholic issue, but is universal, and many protestant sects are plauged by the problem as well as civil jurisdictions etc, (Just look at the school teahcers, and a couple of days ago a Juvinile Judge in Orange County Calif) The focus on the Catholic church, in my opinion and the opinion of a group of Protestant clergy and jewish rabbis that I know from my connection to clergy related associations I am involved in dating back to my father’s pulpit is this….
    The Catholic Church, aside from being the largest religious orginization in the world and in history is centralized. If a minister or rabbi is caught doing something like molestation or rape, it is hushed up, because there is a feeling among the congregation that they don’t want bad publicity. The molester was employed by the individual congregation, so he can go to another congregation and apply for a job knowing that the old congregation will not tell of what they see as their shame for hiring him in the first place. With no centralized authority it is hard to find records of the deeds, and if the minister or rabbi has really burned his bridges within the denomination, it is easy enough to jump over to another denomination and become a “leader” there, even become a minister and rise through the ranks quickly if they show a potential to increase the sizes of congregations and pull in more money. Now many molesters have a bright personality and gain peoples trust very easily, you most of the time hear shock, “how could he be accused of that, he is so nice, and friendly” Making the molester a good candidate for a job and able to bring in bigger collections, giving them a far more exciting resume for the unaware new synagoge or congregations. People are people everywhere and will gravitate to someone who is charming and promises to build up their orginization rather than one who is willing to stick to what has always been done.

    #7806
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    [quote:3hmwhjux]Why do you think you need to do good deeds or works to get into heaven?

    Why do you say the rosary?

    What is the rosary?

    Why do you do the stations of the cross?

    These are just some of the many questions I’ve been asked through the years :mrgreen:[/quote:3hmwhjux]

    In reply as to “why do you(Catholic’s)do the stations of the cross”
    The Stations of the Cross is a popular devotion used by individuals or groups who wish through prayer and reflection to follow Jesus Christ on his way to Calvary. Many Christians practice the devotion, but the Stations holds a special significance among Roman Catholics. It is one of the most important devotions honoring the passion of Jesus.

    What matters most in the Stations of the Cross is to follow Jesus Christ in his passion and to see ourselves mirrored in him. To face life’s dark side in ourselves and in our world, we need images of hope, and Jesus offers images of hope in his passion. By accompanying him on the Way of the Cross, we gain his courageous patience and learn to trust in God who delivers us from evil.

    #7807
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    [quote:2nf8sxnk]Why do you think you need to do good deeds or works to get into heaven?

    Why do you say the rosary?

    What is the rosary?

    Why do you do the stations of the cross?

    These are just some of the many questions I’ve been asked through the years :mrgreen:[/quote:2nf8sxnk]

    Why do you say the rosary?
    The word Rosary means “Crown of Roses”. Our Lady has revealed to several people that each time they say a Hail Mary they are giving her a beautiful rose and that each complete Rosary makes her a crown of roses. The rose is the queen of flowers, and so the Rosary is the rose of all devotions and it is therefore the most important one. The Holy Rosary is considered a perfect prayer because within it lies the awesome story of our salvation. With the Rosary in fact we meditate the mysteries of joy, of sorrow and the glory of Jesus and Mary. It’s a simple prayer, humble so much like Mary. It’s a prayer we can all say together with Her, the Mother of God. With the Hail Mary we invite Her to pray for us. Our Lady always grants our request. She joins Her prayer to ours. Therefore it becomes ever more useful, because what Mary asks She always receives, Jesus can never say no to whatever His Mother asks for. In every apparition, the heavenly Mother has invited us to say the Rosary as a powerful weapon against evil, to bring us to true peace. With your prayer made together with Your heavenly Mother, you can obtain the great gift of bringing about a change of hearts and conversion. Each day, through prayer you can drive away from yourselves and from your homeland many dangers and many evils.
    It can seem a repetitive prayer but instead it is like two sweethearts who many times say one another the words: “I love you”…
    A devout exercise to perform praying the Rosary to obtain any request is the “54-day Rosary Novena” in honor of Our Lady of Pompeii.

    #7808
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    [quote:1w07ykv8]Why do you think you need to do good deeds or works to get into heaven?

    Why do you say the rosary?

    What is the rosary?

    Why do you do the stations of the cross?

    These are just some of the many questions I’ve been asked through the years :mrgreen:[/quote:1w07ykv8]

    What is the rosary?

    The Rosary (from Latin rosarium, “Rose Garden”), is a traditional popular devotion in the Roman Catholic Church. The term denotes both a set of prayer beads and a system of set prayers to be said as the beads are told. The Rosary combines vocal prayer and meditation centered around sequences of reciting the Lord’s Prayer followed by ten recitations of the “Hail Mary” prayer and a single recitation of “Glory Be to the Father”; each of these sequences is known as a decade.

    Until the recent addition of five additional Mysteries by Pope John Paul II, the Rosary had been prayed in three parts of five Mysteries assigned throughout the week. Today the Rosary can be prayed in four parts, one part each day, with the “Mysteries” (which are meditated or contemplated on during the prayers) being rotated daily. But those who want to say the rosary the way all of the saints did can still pray it in three parts.

    What distinguishes the Rosary from other forms of prayer is that, along with the vocal prayers, it includes a series of meditations. Each decade of the Rosary is said while meditating on one of the “Mysteries” of redemption. These mysteries originated in the 15th century, and while there has been some disagreement on them (the final mystery is sometimes the Last Judgment) the earliest sets bear a remarkable resemblance to those still used.

    Many similar prayer practices exist in popular Catholicism, each with its own set of prescribed prayers and its own form of bead counters. These other devotions and their associated beads are usually referred to as “chaplets.” (To see types of prayer-bead prayers used by other religions, see article on prayer beads).

    The Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary has the liturgical rank of universal memorial. It is associated with Our Lady of Victory and is celebrated on October 7 on the Catholic liturgical calendar in commemoration of the “Victory of Our Lady” at the Battle of Lepanto.

    #7809
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    [quote:1vsn6o8h][color=darkblue:1vsn6o8h]”Why do you worship statues …that’s idolatry”
    As if we’re too stupid to know the difference between a statue,picture,or other icon and the almight creator of the universe.(DUH!) Ignoring the FACT that the whole iconclastic argument is Moslem based from the 800’s. Ask anyone who lived in Afganistan under the taliban…

    “Didn’t the Catholic Church fall away back into paganism?”
    Ignoring the pagan inspired wedding ring on his finger and the whole early history of Christianity.. :rolleyes:

    “Why did the Catholic Church add 7 books to the Bibe when it says not to?”
    Knowing nothing of where the Bible came from and that the 66 book Bible in his hands had those 7 books REMOVED by Luther and his Prot “reformers” even though every council all the back to the early church had all of them.
    THEN…I wanna know why his KJV ADDS the doxology “For thine is the Kingdom…” to the Our Father when it’s not in the original and is in fact from the Didache, a non-canonical early church writing. :o

    Pax vobiscum,[/color:1vsn6o8h][/quote:1vsn6o8h]

    Why do you worship statues …that’s idolatry”
    “Catholics worship statues!” People still make this ridiculous claim. Because Catholics have statues in their churches, goes the accusation, they are violating God’s commandment: “You shall not make for yourself a graven image or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: you shall not bow down to them or serve them” (Ex. 20:4‚Äì5); “Alas, this people have sinned a great sin; they have made for themselves gods of gold” (Ex. 32:31).

    It is right to warn people against the sin of idolatry when they are committing it. But calling Catholics idolaters because they have images of Christ and the saints is based on misunderstanding or ignorance of what the Bible says about the purpose and uses (both good and bad) of statues.

    Anti-Catholic writer Loraine Boettner, in his book Roman Catholicism, makes the blanket statement, “God has forbidden the use of images in worship” (281). Yet if people were to “search the scriptures” (cf. John 5:39), they would find the opposite is true. God forbade the worship of statues, but he did not forbid the religious use of statues. Instead, he actually commanded their use in religious contexts!

    #7810
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    [quote:1refw28z]What do Catholics feel about Homosexuality?
    Why do Catholics think birth control is wrong? Why abstinence?[/quote:1refw28z]

    Why do Catholics think birth control is wrong? Why abstinence?
    Contraception is wrong because it’s a deliberate violation of the design God built into the human race, often referred to as “natural law.” The natural law purpose of sex is procreation. The pleasure that sexual intercourse provides is an additional blessing from God, intended to offer the possibility of new life while strengthening the bond of intimacy, respect, and love between husband and wife. The loving environment this bond creates is the perfect setting for nurturing children.

    But sexual pleasure within marriage becomes unnatural, and even harmful to the spouses, when it is used in a way that deliberately excludes the basic purpose of sex, which is procreation. God’s gift of the sex act, along with its pleasure and intimacy, must not be abused by deliberately frustrating its natural end procreation.

    #7811
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    [quote:2j813tnb]Doesn’t the Bible condemn the use of tradition as a source of authority?
    or this one….
    How could Catholics say that Mary remained a virgin, there is plenty of evidence in the Bible that says otherwise?
    or this one….
    Catholics are wrong to classify some sins as ‘mortal’ and others as ‘venial.’ All sin is mortal because ‘the wages of sin is death.

    ~Victor[/quote:2j813tnb]

    Doesn’t the Bible condemn the use of tradition as a source of authority?

    The word tradition (Greek paradosis in the ecclesiastical sense; which is the only one in which it is used here; refers sometimes to the thing (doctrine, account, or custom) transmitted from one generation to another sometimes to the organ or mode of the transmission (kerigma ekklisiastikon, predicatio ecclesiastica). In the first sense it is an old tradition that Jesus Christ was born on 25 December, in the second sense tradition relates that on the road to Calvary a pious woman wiped the face of Jesus. In theological language, which in many circumstances has become current, there is still greater precision and this in countless directions. At first there was question only of traditions claiming a Divine origin, but subsequently there arose questions of oral as distinct from written tradition, in the sense that a given doctrine or institution is not directly dependent on Holy Scripture as its source but only on the oral teaching of Christ or the Apostles. Finally with regard to the organ of tradition it must be an official organ, a magisterium, or teaching authority.

    Now in this respect there are several points of controversy between Catholics and every body of Protestants. Is all revealed truth consigned to Holy Scripture? or can it, must it, be admitted that Christ gave to His Apostles to be transmitted to His Church, that the Apostles received either from the very lips of Jesus or from inspiration or Revelation, Divine instructions which they transmitted to the Church and which were not committed to the inspired writings? Must it be admitted that Christ instituted His Church as the official and authentic organ to transmit and explain in virtue of Divine authority the Revelation made to men? The Protestant principle is: The Bible and nothing but the Bible; the Bible, according to them, is the sole theological source; there are no revealed truths save the truths contained in the Bible; according to them the Bible is the sole rule of faith: by it and by it alone should all dogmatic questions be solved; it is the only binding authority. Catholics, on the other hand, hold that there may be, that there is in fact, and that there must of necessity be certain revealed truths apart from those contained in the Bible; they hold furthermore that Jesus Christ has established in fact, and that to adapt the means to the end He should have established, a living organ as much to transmit Scripture and written Revelation as to place revealed truth within reach of everyone always and everywhere. Such are in this respect the two main points of controversy between Catholics and so-called orthodox Protestants (as distinguished from liberal Protestants, who admit neither supernatural Revelation nor the authority of the Bible). The other differences are connected with these or follow from them, as also the differences between different Protestant sects–according as they are more or less faithful to the Protestant principle, they recede from or approach the Catholic position.

    #7816
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    [quote:wulkxecc]What do Catholics feel about Homosexuality?
    Why do Catholics think birth control is wrong? Why abstinence?[/quote:wulkxecc]

    You asked what do Catholics feel about Homosexuality? Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction towards persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. Its psychological gensis remains largely unexplained.Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.” They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. [color=red:wulkxecc]Under no circumstances can they be approved.[/color:wulkxecc]

    The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. They do not choose their homosexual condition;for the most of them it a trial. [color=red:wulkxecc]They must be accepted with respect,compassion,and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in[/color:wulkxecc] [color=red:wulkxecc]their regard should be avoided. [/color:wulkxecc]These persons are called to fulfill God’s will in their lives and,if they are Christians,to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.

    Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtures of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by thesupport of disinterested friendship,by prayer and sacramental grace,they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfectiom.

    CC 2357,2358.2359

    #7919
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    [color=darkblue:bkx1hxz4]My wife, who is converting in April, was having a conversation with her mom(Lutheran) about religion last week. My wife said to her, “you know, the Catholic church was the first”. Her mom replied, “well, I’m a hard-nosed Lutheran”. Might I tell you her mom does not even go to Lutheran services on Sunday’s from what my wife tells me. Why do people respond like this? Is it because maybe they are afraid they might find truth and have to change their ways? Sheer stubbornness? [/color:bkx1hxz4]

    #8831
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    Change doesn’t come easy for most people. No one jumps in glee when they are wrong. They are even less reluctant to pursue anything that might lead them to possibly being wrong. They’d rather be ignorant and happy, then right and unhappy. Or atleast that’s how they perceive it.

    It was a kick in the gut when I first started venturing into the Catholic Church. To think that what I was told wasn’t only wrong, but that in light of the evidence it was pretty obvious the Catholic Church was the Church started by Christ. It hurt, it hurt bad.

    People naturally stay away from pain and move toward pleasure. Your mother in law is doing just that.

    Unfortantely, people fail to realize that having it right is true happiness.

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