Skip to comments.My Faith: Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), from Catholic to Muslim
Posted on 09/02/2011 9:07:47 AM PDT by marshmallow
Minneapolis, Minnesota (CNN) Prior to 2006, few people even knew that then-Minnesota state legislator Keith Ellison was a Muslim. Because of his English name, he said, no one thought to ask.
But five years ago, when he ran for a seat in the United States House of Representatives - a race he would go on to win - word of his religious affiliation began to spread.
When I started running for Congress it actually took me by surprise that so many people were fascinated with me being the first Muslim in Congress, said Ellison, a Democrat now serving his third term in the House.
But someone said to me, Look Keith, think of a person of Japanese origin running for Congress six years after Pearl Harborthis might be a news story.
Though Ellison's status as the first Muslim elected to Congress is widely known, fewer are aware that he was born into a Catholic family in Detroit and was brought up attending Catholic schools.
But he said he was never comfortable with that faith.
I just felt it was ritual and dogma, Ellison said. Of course, thats not the reality of Catholicism, but its the reality I lived. So I just kind of lost interest and stopped going to Mass unless I was required to.
It wasnt until he was a student at Wayne State University in Detroit when Ellison began, looking for other things.
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At the hypothetical Council of Jamnia ca. 90 AD in reaction to Christianity. The Septuagint, which existed 3 or more centuries before Jamnia contained them.
If you would, consider the Magisterium as a sort of Supreme Court for issues like this. Individual bishops have their opinions, but it is the court that issues the ruling. Same thing with the Bible. Jerome was wrong in a bunch of things and so were Augustine and Aquinas, according to the Magisterium.
That is what separates us from Protestant theology. Individual opinions lead to individual theologies. Hence, the ruin of the Reformation and the rubble of the Restoration.
Of course not!! That means the New Ager atheists who do good works (in their eyes - abortion if the mother wants it is a good work to them - dreadful!)
It is Faith plus works - see Phil 2:12; Mt 10:22; Mt 24:13.
Also consider Mt 7:21; 2 Cor 11:25.
The evidence is overwhelming - Faith alone does not bring salvation - Works alone don’t either
It is both - why wouldn’t it be, logically?
Faith in what, stonehouse01?
I forgot to finish the first sentence - The New Ager atheists who (think) they do good works are not saved.
This dispensation/ rapture mumbo jumbo is the product of fertile imaginations which worship themselves not Jesus our savior.
This dispensation/rapture/ Harold Camping/Ring of Fire/188 day infatuation resembles the New Age Atheist nonsense which Jesus instructed us to root out of our lives.
If you read the posts of the antiCatholics even on this thread, Christ is not who they are pointing to. Most of the posts of the antiCatholics point to themselves. Read them with fresh eyes and see if I'm wrong.
Usual phrases. I'm saved. I'm Christian. I'm going to be Raptured. I'm His. I'm assured. My personal saviour. My walk with Christ. My personal salvation. My interpretation of Scripture. My beliefs. Mine, mine, mine. And so on.
I, I, I, me, me, me.
Read this or any other thread that contends between Catholics and Protestants. At random.
Compare and contrast between the acquiesence of Catholics to God and His Church and that of Protestants. I will leave it up to you, of course. But focus in on certain key words that highlight the difference in the approach and acceptance by the individual of Almighty God.
There are of course, certain Catholics here who are highly Protestantized, but if you read with an objective eye, I think that you will be able to pick out the differences in posting as a result of very different theologies. I would invite converts to the Faith to comment on this in order to illustrate what I am saying.
YOPIOS is not simply a mudslinging term.
Faith in the Trinity - God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit
Extremely well said.
The Bible does not contradict itself. Those who attempt to twist one dispensation into another, and become a group of people who they are not, nor ever will be, are the ones who cannot seem to come to terms with What God says, When He says it, and Why He says it. Attaching themselves like barnacles to a boat, they cling to the ship of fallible fools AKA the magisterium, and there they gather for a lifetime of feeding until the hull is rusted through and the boat sinks into a rubble of rot. And barnacles.
What type of faith in the Trinity? Do you mean believing in the Trinity? Because even Satan believes. Knows. So faith cannot be just believing in the Trinity. It must be another faith. A saving faith. Otherwise it seems Satan could be saved. And we all know that isn't so.
If Jesus told the apostles in Mt 24 36-37 that the end time knowledge is reserved to the Father how then can you be so bold to assert that the answer is " One thousand years after the battle of Armageddon"?
Are you manufacturing scripture or are you lacking this indwelling of the Holy Spirit but have an indwelling of some other type of spirit?
So if you reject the reformers you then must rely on the Church who preserved the written words of the Savior. Is what we have here a closet Catholic?
What a startling revelation. How interesting
So heaven, according to your assertions, will have no Jews?
Would you feel more comfortable in in the Mel Gibson camp of thought after your previous renunciation of the reformers and replacement theology ideas?
How did Mary point the way to Christ? >>I see you demanding that everyone be in lock step with your views alone.<<
I dont demand anything. I simply illustrate what I believe scripture says. I dont convict anyone or condemn anyone. If the scriptures I point to seem to cause you to feel bullied could it be because you arent secure in your beliefs? Never have I felt bullied simply because someone disagrees with me. I am totally at peace with my beliefs and free from any guilt there is no condemnation to them which are in Christ.
John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
I am already right with God as Luke shows in Acts.
Acts 13:39 Everyone who believes in him is declared right with Godsomething the law of Moses could never do.
No one can cause me guilt or think to condemn me for my faith.
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life." [John 5:24]
"There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." [Rom. 8:1]
Have you been freed from the guilt of sin? Are you at peace with your faith in Christ? If you are, there is not one thing anyone can do too cause you to feel bullied, inferior, or guilty.
>>And you criticize the Catholic Church!<<
Absolutely. I will continue to speak out about false teaching
We all have a Point of View.
So enlighten us as to how the homemade and dime-store magisteriums the Protestants turn to to interpret Scripture and define doctrine, such as pastors educated at the Po-dunk Theological College of Enlightenment and Air Conditioning Repair, forbidden websites, comic book publications, wikipedia, prophetic radio shows, televangelist tent and TV shows and the various catechisms and publications of the Reformation, is superior to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church.
I said faith - I never mentioned belief. Faith has a different connotation than belief.
Faith has its roots in the Latin word fides - Trust is among its nuanced meanings.
Faith in the Trinity means trusting in its saving power. Is that what you meant by (a) saving faith? If so, that is what I meant, as well.
Then why don't you tell me what is written over the head of Jesus on the Cross? Why don't you find the OT prophecy that says that Jesus will be a Nazarene?
Without the interpretation of those who wrote and commissioned the Bible, you cannot give me a credible answer. Thus, you haven't. Will you ignore it forever and cling to your mistaken message that the magisterium of one (smvoice) has the authority to ignore it and the claim that the Bible is infallible (regardless of four different descriptions) and also ignore the fact that the Magisterium is the only entity authorized to interpret the Bible infallibly?
I await your reply with bated breath.