Some very good quotes from scripture have been given here so far and you’ve ignored God’s word and chastened the messenger.
WHY should one listen to YOU if you, yourself will not heed the Word of God for your own bigotted doctrine?
>>Bigoted. I used to be one of you, but the more I looked at the Bible and how the earliest Christians read the Bible, the more I realized that Evangelicalism and the rest of Protestantism was dead wrong.
There’s enough anti-Catholic bigotry on FR and has been for years to write a book about.
You give me quotes from scripture, take them out of context without understanding their deeper historical, cultural, and linguistic contexts. Then you (pl.) interpret the Bible in the light of Renascence humanistic philosophy and imagine that it means what you say it does, and when I have a difference of opinion you resort to ad hominem attacks telling me that I am going against the Word of God.
If you want to discuss a holier-than-thou attitude, then maybe some individuals should look in the mirror.
If you want to understand St. Paul, read up on 1st century Hellenistic Judaism to find the proper context.
The reactionary literalism of the post-J. Gresham Machen era in Evangelicalism has totally distorted the Bible’s meaning.
It is not God's will that any should perish, so why would one opt for a 33% chance of heaven but a 66% of not. (Heaven, Hell and Purgatory)
The repentent thief on the cross KNEW, because God imself had spoken it, he would be with God (Jesus) the moment he died
God spoke it, the malfactor believed it ... and that's all we and ANYone need do.