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Posts by ADSUM

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  • 15 Things Foreigners Are Surprised by in America

    04/19/2015 12:20:20 PM PDT · 115 of 160
    ADSUM to Tailback

    The difference is Americans will help a foreign visitor with words or pronunciation.

    In France, waitresses and shop keepers will often pretend not to understand unless your pronunciation is exact. However, I did have a non-English speaking driver that helped me immensely learning pronunciation for a speech. Many (business people) do understand English.

  • 15 Things Foreigners Are Surprised by in America

    04/19/2015 12:06:44 PM PDT · 111 of 160
    ADSUM to KarlInOhio

    I was in Germany and felt the opposite. But you did not want to get between the Germans and the door when the end of the shift hit - you would be crushed by the prompt and efficient Germans promptly and efficiently leaving.

    Sounds like the federal government and the unions in Washington DC. As an auditor I observed this behavior often with coats on and hands folded waiting for the bell to ring.

  • 15 Things Foreigners Are Surprised by in America

    04/19/2015 11:55:00 AM PDT · 107 of 160
    ADSUM to driftless2

    but many of the secondary roads are pretty narrow...especially in Ireland

    Yes need to avoid the cows in the road.

  • 15 Things Foreigners Are Surprised by in America

    04/19/2015 9:45:26 AM PDT · 43 of 160
    ADSUM to TurboZamboni

    We had a group of visitors from Nigeria, including a judge, attorney, educator , etc. and after touring the local jail, they couldn’t believe the country club existence of the inmates at Milwaukee jail (3 hot meals, a bed, basketball, tv, etc.).

    I had a group from Indonesia that commented on the roads not paved in gold and how well they were accepted considering their darker skin and their fear of America’s racism.

    A group from Russia was taken to Old World Wisconsin (19th century village) and we found out that many in Russia lived in similar circumstances.

    Many others have commented on the size of our houses and land and the distances that we travel.

    Even with difficulty with languages, all observed and were curious and shared with us about themselves.

  • What Ever Happened to the Spiritual Works of Mercy?

    04/17/2015 5:15:10 PM PDT · 25 of 27
    ADSUM to RnMomof7

    Your comment/question:
    “Actually He admonished them because they were not hungry for His word.. they were not following Him because they were seeking the Savior ... what was the bread He wanted them to eat ?

    Almost in exasperation Jesus says, “I am the Bread of Life!” (v. 35)

  • What Ever Happened to the Spiritual Works of Mercy?

    04/17/2015 12:15:17 PM PDT · 18 of 27
    ADSUM to JAKraig

    Your comment:”I find that too many people concentrate on the acts of mercy but forget about Justice. Mercy cannot rob justice.”

    God is the Judge, not us. God also has Divine Mercy.

    We are asked to do God’s will and part of that as Msgr. Pope has said is for us to to do works of spiritual mercy.

  • What Ever Happened to the Spiritual Works of Mercy?

    04/17/2015 7:38:36 AM PDT · 6 of 27
    ADSUM to metmom

    Jesus answered them, “Amen, Amen, I say to you, you are seeking me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.” (Jn 6:24-27)

    In other words Jesus admonishes them (and us) not to be solicitous only for food for our bellies, but also food for our souls (i.e. he Himself in the Eucharist) which he really wants to give us so we make it to eternal life. But as you may recall they persist in asking for the merely natural, belly-filling bread. “Give us this bread always…like Moses once did.” they cry out. Almost in exasperation Jesus says, “I am the Bread of Life!” (v. 35)

  • New poll finds Clinton leads Walker in Wisconsin

    04/16/2015 1:37:00 PM PDT · 23 of 54
    ADSUM to Cincinatus' Wife

    Polls are not completely accurate. Perhaps they are in the ballpark.

    The consensus (RCP) for the Nov 2014 election of Walker just before the election: Walker 47.50% Burke 45.3% real close nail biter. One poll (Rasmussen) had Burke ahead!

    Actual results Walker 52.3% Burke 46.6% a 5.7% win

  • Salon: Scott Walker’s Wisconsin: How a once-liberal state became a political battlefield

    04/10/2015 5:30:05 AM PDT · 32 of 45
    ADSUM to ADSUM
    The problems in Wisconsin are in the areas controlled by Democrats; Milwaukee and Madison.

    Barrett et al don't want to solve problems, they just want a choo-choo train to go around the block and spend a couple hundred million and leave the taxpayers with future operating losses. Barrett et al (School Board) are unwilling to provide a quality education in Milwaukee and just spend more money from the taxpayers from the rest of the state.

    If we look at the problems in America - the cities and states controlled by liberal politicians, we see democratic control and they keep raising taxes and spending and don't know how to solve problems.

  • Salon: Scott Walker’s Wisconsin: How a once-liberal state became a political battlefield

    04/10/2015 5:21:20 AM PDT · 28 of 45
    ADSUM to Cincinatus' Wife
    Wisconsin is basically conservative with a strong German influence that supports strong government assistance to general public structure, such as parks, schools, law and order, the needy, etc.

    Prior to Walker, the special interests of the public unions were supported by Democrats (and Democrat politicians were supported financially by the union dues) and Republicans did not stop the incestuous relationship. Republicans also continued high spending and high taxation in Wisconsin.

    Democrats are unwilling to compromise and want to dominate at all costs, especially by using courts to delay and not allow us to solve problems. Republicans would often cave and go along.

    Scott Walker is the best leader Wisconsin has seen in a long time because he wants to solve problems and will stand up against the Democrats and special interests.

    Don't listen to the idiot university types that pontificate the liberal agenda, but don't know how to fix problems.

    Wisconsin stands with Scott Walker.

  • Church braces for same-sex marriage decision (from SCOTUS)

    04/09/2015 3:10:43 PM PDT · 29 of 63
    ADSUM to GraceG

    Special Rules Limiting IRS Authority to Audit a Church
    Tax Inquiries and Examinations of Churches

    Congress has imposed special limitations, found in section 7611 of the Internal Revenue Code, on how and when the IRS may conduct civil tax inquiries and examinations of churches. The IRS may begin a church tax inquiry only if an appropriate high-level Treasury official reasonably believes, on the basis of facts and circumstances recorded in writing, that an organization claiming to be a church or convention or association of churches may not qualify for exemption, may be carrying on an unrelated trade or business (within the meaning of IRC § 513), may otherwise be engaged in taxable activities or may have entered into an IRC § 4958 excess benefit transaction with a disqualified person.

  • The Day Frozen Pudding-Pops Destroyed Boris Yeltsin's Faith in Communism

    04/09/2015 10:53:27 AM PDT · 27 of 81
    ADSUM to Reaganite Republican

    We hosted a group of business and political people from Russia In Wisconsin several years ago and we took them to Old World Wisconsin, an historic area recreated on how Wisconsin citizens lived in the late 19 century.

    They indicated that many still lived in similar circumstances in Russia.

  • Lunatics, Liars, or Witnesses to the Risen Lord?

    04/06/2015 2:35:24 PM PDT · 4 of 11
    ADSUM to NYer

    So were all 500 smoking something!

    God is a mystery to some. Free will allows some to be wrong.

    B. The Appearance to the 500 – Of all the appearances, you might think that this one would have been recorded in some detail since it was the most widely experienced. It would seem that many accounts would have existed and that at least one would have made its way into the Scriptures. Yet there is no account of it other than that it did in fact happen. Paul records the fact of this appearance in 1 Cor 15:6: Then he appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/3276220/posts

  • Easter 2015 Conversion Stories From One Catholic Parish

    04/05/2015 2:45:33 PM PDT · 14 of 24
    ADSUM to RnMomof7

    Your comment: “Jesus established HIS church, not the ROMAN church.. .A church that has Him as the corner stone.. His church had no mass, no priests, no pope, no confessionals, no 7 sacraments, no queen of heaven, no prayer to the dead..etc...etc “

    So you believe. The protestors can believe what they want just like the pharisees.

    The Bible and Sacred tradition says differently.

  • Easter 2015 Conversion Stories From One Catholic Parish

    04/05/2015 1:53:14 PM PDT · 8 of 24
    ADSUM to RnMomof7; Steelfish

    It is a shame that the protestors do not realize and reflect on the importance of Jesus Christ establishing the Catholic Church to spread His word and He left us with His Body and Blood for our salvation.

    I am concerned that many protestors seem to have little understanding and less faith in the word of God and His teachings.

    From: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3275699/posts
    Embracing Christ and the Cross

    How Many Souls Will Lose Their Faith?

    Certain truths about God and our supernatural end we can learn by using the reason He has given us. Because our reason has been clouded by sin, however, we can know other truths only because God has taught us. In His infinite goodness, He has revealed them to us in the Old and New Testaments.

  • Happy Easter!

    04/05/2015 11:00:14 AM PDT · 4 of 11
    ADSUM to Grateful2God

    Happy Easter.

    God’s Peace to all.

    An excellent christian Easter movie: “Do you Believe?” (in the cross) about 12 people dealing with life today.

  • Embracing Christ and the Cross

    04/04/2015 9:11:48 AM PDT · 3 of 5
    ADSUM to HomerBohn

    Check out the christian movie “Do you believe?” (in the cross).

    We need to stand up for God and follow the right path and not the politically correct way of the world.

  • Seven Questions for Same-Sex Marriage Advocates

    04/04/2015 8:32:57 AM PDT · 33 of 69
    ADSUM to TwelveOfTwenty

    It is amazing that God gives us free will and even with our sins, Jesus still loves us and wants us to love Him.

    We are all sinners and we leave judgment to God, we endure like Jesus did the sinfulness of the world.

    Yet we need to stand up for the right and moral way and detest the immoral and political correct way of the world.

    I highly recommend the christian movie “Do you believe?

    Your comment: “It’s not only what we say that will win people to our side, but how we live. “Faith without deeds is dead.” I agree.

  • 'A.D. The Bible Continues' Review: A Biblically Accurate Adventure With a Diverse Cast

    04/04/2015 8:12:08 AM PDT · 6 of 13
    ADSUM to ADSUM

    A dozen different souls—all moving in different directions, all longing for something more. As their lives unexpectedly intersect, they each are about to discover there is power in the Cross of Christ … even if they don’t believe it. Yet.

    When a local pastor is shaken to the core by the visible faith of an old street-corner preacher, he is reminded that true belief always requires action. His response ignites a faith-fueled journey that powerfully impacts everyone it touches in ways that only God could orchestrate.

    This stirring new film from the creators of God’s Not Dead is in theaters now. More than a movie, it’s a question we all must answer in our lifetimes: DO YOU BELIEVE?

  • 'A.D. The Bible Continues' Review: A Biblically Accurate Adventure With a Diverse Cast

    04/04/2015 8:10:47 AM PDT · 5 of 13
    ADSUM to SeekAndFind

    Another good christian movie - out this week at movie theaters.

    Do you believe? (In the cross)

  • Seven Questions for Same-Sex Marriage Advocates

    04/04/2015 7:33:52 AM PDT · 16 of 69
    ADSUM to Sherman Logan

    If you don’t stand with God, who do you stand with?

    Are we like Peter and deny Him three times?

    Do You believe? (A new movie just out - very worthwhile).

    Then we must act on that belief and do the right things while on earth and not the politically correct way of the world.

    Look at what Jesus endured for us, can’t we endure for Him and show Him our love?

  • Finding the Good in Good Friday

    04/03/2015 8:55:45 AM PDT · 5 of 8
    ADSUM to Salvation

    As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love.f

    10If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love.g

    11“I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete.h

    12This is my commandment: love one another as I love you.i

    13* No one has greater love than this,j to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

    14You are my friends if you do what I command you.
    John 15

    Jesus showed us His love for us and His endurance.

    Can we endure and show our love to Him?

  • John 6: Believing on Jesus as the Messiah. or not

    04/03/2015 5:57:53 AM PDT · 67 of 68
    ADSUM to CynicalBear

    Your comment: “We’ve shown many errors of Catholic teaching but those who have been indoctrinated by them don’t see it. Those that follow Islam don’t see the errors either. Neither do those that follow Mormonism. Catholics, Mormons, and Muslims all have their beliefs beyond what scripture teaches.”

    By the same logic Protestants,FR posters and self appointed readers/interpreters of the Bible don’t see their errors either.

  • Apologetics 101: Why Do Catholics Keep Christ on the Cross?

    04/03/2015 5:43:54 AM PDT · 11 of 54
    ADSUM to NYer

    Jesus showed us His love for all of us and His endurance.

    I hope that we can show our endurance and love back to Him as we do God’s will.

  • The Challenge: What is Good about “Good Friday?”

    04/02/2015 4:55:20 PM PDT · 11 of 14
    ADSUM to Kaslin

    It was Good that He endured and He showed His love for us.

    I hope that we can all return that love and endurance to follow God.

  • John 6: Believing on Jesus as the Messiah. or not

    04/02/2015 4:44:23 PM PDT · 66 of 68
    ADSUM to CynicalBear

    Your comment:”Perhaps you don’t understand the scriptural implications.”

    Perhaps your scriptural implications are specious.

  • John 6: Believing on Jesus as the Messiah. or not

    04/02/2015 4:23:21 PM PDT · 64 of 68
    ADSUM to CynicalBear

    >>Your COMMENT: “are all of pagan origin,”<<

    That wasn’t my comment. That was a quote from Cardinal Newman. Do you not actually read the posts

    Well it was your post.

    Again so what? Perhaps you don’t seem to understand a logical reply?

  • John 6: Believing on Jesus as the Messiah. or not

    04/02/2015 3:56:23 PM PDT · 62 of 68
    ADSUM to CynicalBear

    Your COMMENT: “are all of pagan origin,”

    So what, that doesn’t make the Catholic Church pagan.

    Your explanations lack logic and reason.

    You haven’t shown any errors in Catholic teaching. Just your own specious opinion.

  • Catholic Word of the Day: GIFT OF UNDERSTANDING, 04-02-15

    04/02/2015 10:40:45 AM PDT · 4 of 8
    ADSUM to Salvation

    Is the gift of understanding available to some of the posters
    at FR?

    Or do Catholics just need to continue to defend Catholic teaching?

  • John 6: Believing on Jesus as the Messiah. or not

    04/02/2015 9:14:05 AM PDT · 60 of 68
    ADSUM to CynicalBear
    Your comment:”I can understand how Catholics resent being shown the errors of Catholicism. Scripture however demands that we point out those errors rather than simply allow people to remain ignorant of the truth. “

    I see no proof of the errors of the teaching of the Catholic Church. Just the folly of someone that believes in opinions contrary to the words of Jesus. I see calumny against the Catholic Church.

    Even if the Catholic Church adopted customs of others does not make it pagan. Nor does your saying so. Your comments are considered blasphemous.

    “Stop judging,* that you may not be judged.b 2For as you judge, so will you be judged, and the measure with which you measure will be measured out to you.c 3Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own eye? 4How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove that splinter from your eye,’ while the wooden beam is in your eye? 5You hypocrite,* remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter from your brother’s eye. Matthew 7:1

    Just as God warned us about following false gods in Deuteronomy, I often wonder if you follow false gods while rejecting the teachings of the Catholic Church and using the Catholic Bible incorrectly to support your beliefs?

    Quoting passages from the Bible does not make one righteous or in agreement with God.

    Do you accept any of the teachings of The Catholic Church? The Trinity? Baptism? Final judgment? Forgiveness of sins? Communion of saints?

  • John 6: Believing on Jesus as the Messiah. or not

    04/02/2015 7:03:33 AM PDT · 58 of 68
    ADSUM to CynicalBear

    Your comment:”I thought you wanted scripture? Backing off of that now?”

    I know the difference from your personal opinion and the Lord’s Truth. Many of your comments and opinions are blasphemous.

    Your comment;”The same reason Christ had disdain for the Pharisees.”

    God has a disdain for sinners but truly loves everyone and hopes that they will do God’s will. Catholics are sinners and we try to follow God’s will through our prayers and actions as members of His True, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. Did you look for the wooden beam in your eye?

    Pagan is defined as polytheistic religion or one who has little or no religion. So your captious remarks about the Catholic Church are just your personal opinion without substance. Recitation and use of crass language about the Catholic Church is certainly unchristian. (Matthew 7:1)

  • John 6: Believing on Jesus as the Messiah. or not

    04/01/2015 2:59:12 PM PDT · 56 of 68
    ADSUM to CynicalBear

    You can repeat quotes from the Bible all day long, but that does not make them relevant or support your opinion.

    I would like to know why you have such a disdain for Catholic teachings? You seem to use crass language - pagan, carnal, etc. I often wonder if you are a lapsed Catholic? Do you disagree with all Catholic teachings as I don’t remember where you have agreed with one?

    You have stated that it is your duty to correct Catholic teachings, but why do you express your personal or other non catholic opinions without a real analysis of why catholic teachings are incorrect? Other times you seem to use misdirection instead of addressing the issue?

    You ate entitled to your beliefs and your postings, and you are persistent. I wish you well and I hope you are with the Truth.

  • John 6: Believing on Jesus as the Messiah. or not

    04/01/2015 11:34:04 AM PDT · 54 of 68
    ADSUM to CynicalBear
    Your comment: “I post scripture not my opinion.”

    Some of your recent posts are full of your opinion without any reference to the Bible:

    From previous postings on FR by Cynicalbear:
    I do understand Catholic teaching. It's carnal and pagan at it's core. It simply manipulates and changes scripture in an attempt to give itself legitimacy.

    It's astounding that Catholics would put that meaning in one instance yet insist it's real physical flesh and blood in another. The duplicity of Catholic thought is stunning.

    Now, all you have to do is prove from an infallible source that the apostles taught everything the Catholic Church teaches. If you can not, we are to regard them as accursed.

    There is no way the Catholic Church can be the ekklesia Christ began. They teach way different stuff then Jesus or the apostles did. Besides, the Mormons claim they are the the one. Interesting how those who rely on writings of fallible men over the inspired words of God all claim to be the one and only.

    What the Catholic Church has spread is NOT the faith that Christ instituted. It’ a corrupted combination of paganism and apostasy.

    “And tradition”? It amazes me that Catholic can't see that those “traditions” are simply additions to what Jesus and the apostles taught. The Holy Spirit through Paul said that anyone who teaches something they didn't should be considered accursed.

    There is no position in the New Testament “church” called priest and what the Catholic Church calls priests don’t even qualify for leadership in the New Testament church. The Catholic Church is a pagan “church”.

    I vote for “the most blasphemous and deceptive hoax any religion could impose on its people”.

    There is no way the Catholic Church can be the assembly He instituted

    How can the above postings be based on the Bible without facts or is this just the ramblings of disdain about the Catholic Church? Or perhaps the caviling against Catholics.

  • John 6: Believing on Jesus as the Messiah. or not

    04/01/2015 8:49:54 AM PDT · 52 of 68
    ADSUM to CynicalBear

    So it now a duty to point out purported errors with captious contorted interpretations of the Bible and not even acknowledge the Catholic Church as the source of the written words of the Bible.

    Are you affiliated with a Protestant Christian Church or are an independent non affiliated believer who has the self appointed role in criticizing the teachings of the Catholic Church?

    Why should anyone accept your personal interpretation of the Bible as the Truth and free from error?

    I am trying to have a rational discussion, but I perceive an animus towards Catholic teachings that I do not understand.

  • John 6: Believing on Jesus as the Messiah. or not

    04/01/2015 7:42:56 AM PDT · 50 of 68
    ADSUM to CynicalBear

    Being thankful is not same as giving glory or worship to God.

    Are you always so captious or just here on FR?

  • John 6: Believing on Jesus as the Messiah. or not

    04/01/2015 6:31:56 AM PDT · 48 of 68
    ADSUM to CynicalBear

    Judas made his own decision just like others that betray the Catholic Faith and God.

    The Catholic Church is for both saints and sinners,

    All are welcome to follow God’s will.

    So are you still not thankful to the Catholic Church for the New Testament and the many wonderful works that has led many to follow Jesus?

  • John 6: Believing on Jesus as the Messiah. or not

    03/31/2015 4:51:04 PM PDT · 43 of 68
    ADSUM to CynicalBear

    Clearly the Jews were entrusted with the words of God in the Old Covenant.

    The Apostles and many of the early Catholics were ethnic Jews, but with the New Covenant the Catholic Church established by Jesus was separate from the Jewish religion and open to all and was entrusted to Peter and his successors.

    You can thank the Catholic Church for providing you with the Words of God so that you can attempt to dispute the teachings of the Catholic Church that you call carnal and pagan.

  • The Mystery and Power of Personal Prayer

    03/31/2015 4:02:01 PM PDT · 22 of 27
    ADSUM to NYer

    Very special. God appreciates your prayers.

  • John 6: Believing on Jesus as the Messiah. or not

    03/31/2015 2:15:56 PM PDT · 32 of 68
    ADSUM to CynicalBear

    With your own interpretation.

    Catholics receive the Truth from Jesus and the Holy Spirit as they were inspired by the Holy Spirit to write the Holy Bible.

  • John 6: Believing on Jesus as the Messiah. or not

    03/31/2015 1:30:16 PM PDT · 30 of 68
    ADSUM to CynicalBear; mlizzy
    Just because you say the opposite, doesn't make what you say or believe true either.

    So you are the expert on the religious beliefs of everyone and can verify the truth or non truth of what they believe?

    The only one that knows the whole Truth is God.

  • John 6: Believing on Jesus as the Messiah. or not

    03/31/2015 12:09:44 PM PDT · 29 of 68
    ADSUM to RnMomof7

    Your question: “One question ...did the apostles and Jesus eat the actual flesh and drink the real actual blood of Christ while He lived and was using it??”

    Yes Jesus and the Apostles ate the bread and wine at the Last Supper after Jesus transformed the bread and wine into His Body and Blood.

    And as they were eating, he took bread, and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.” And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, and they all drank of it. And he said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. Truly, I say to you, I shall not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God” (Mk. 14:22-25, emphasis added).

    Yes, it is a shame that you seem not to accept this miracle from our Lord that provides graces to His followers.

    I can understand someone’s non belief, but I do not accept ridicule of Catholic beliefs.

    Pax vobiscum.

  • The Mystery and Power of Personal Prayer

    03/30/2015 7:03:49 PM PDT · 14 of 27
    ADSUM to NYer

    That is wonderful. My prayers for you and your family.

    My mother was also brought up by non practicing parents and converted to Catholicism after marriage influenced by Monsignor Fulton Sheen. She found out after his death that her father was a baptized Catholic.

  • On taking John 6 literally

    03/30/2015 12:56:58 PM PDT · 119 of 144
    ADSUM to Boogieman

    You act first to do works such as Baptism, Confirmation, Receiving the Holy Eucharist, Confession, Marriage and then you receive the graces from God. Since the time of the Council of Trent theologians almost unanimously have taught that the sacraments are the efficient instrumental cause of grace itself.

    The Church teaches that there is a difference between actual grace and sanctifying grace. An easy way to understand actual grace is to remember that it enables us to act. It is the strength that God gives us to act according to his will. Sanctifying grace is a state in which God allows us to share in his life and love. When we speak of being in the state of grace, we mean the state of sanctifying grace. There is no mortal sin in us. This grace comes to us first in baptism and then in the other sacraments.

  • John 6: Believing on Jesus as the Messiah. or not

    03/30/2015 11:01:12 AM PDT · 20 of 68
    ADSUM to mdmathis6

    Sorry I took your comment as mocking (”So perhaps churches should start the ritual of “the living water” ).

    In verse 15, the woman then begs our Lord, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.”

    There is no doubt the Samaritan woman has it wrong here. But far from leaving her in her error, our Lord responds most profoundly, beginning in verse 16, “Go, call your husband…” And when the woman responds, “I have no husband,” in verse 17, Jesus reads her soul and tells her, “You are right… for you have had five husbands, and he whom you now have is not your husband.”

    He now has her attention, to say the least. And he then turns the conversation to what he was really speaking about in terms of the “living water” he came to give that would “well up to eternal life.” In verse 23, he declares,

    But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for such the Father seeks to worship him. [24] God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.

    When the woman then responds, in verse 25, “I know that Messiah is coming (he who is called Christ); when he comes, he will show us all things,” Jesus then tells her plainly, in verse 26, “I who speak to you am he.”

    It seems clear that the woman then understood that Jesus’ words were metaphorical concerning the “living water,” because she immediately “left her water jar,” went back to her fellow countrymen and urged them to, “Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ” (verses 28-29)? And according to verse 39, “Many Samaritans… believed in him because of the woman’s testimony.” She came to realize Jesus was about much more than filling war jars.

    Yes the first step to accepting eternal life with God is Baptism through living water and by following His Commandments and by believing and participating in the teachings and Sacraments of the Catholic church including receiving the Body and Blood of Christ.

  • On taking John 6 literally

    03/30/2015 10:10:56 AM PDT · 94 of 144
    ADSUM to ADSUM

    Video http://www.pdtsigns.com/euch.html

    My mistake it was the 8th century (not 1100 AD in Lanciano, Italy)

  • On taking John 6 literally

    03/30/2015 9:45:15 AM PDT · 89 of 144
    ADSUM to dartuser; Salvation
    Do a google search.

    Maybe you will learn something.

    It has been posted numerous times by salvation.

    I think the most recent was in Sokolka, Poland in 2008 and it was scientifically determined to be heart muscle and blood type AB.

    1996 in Buenos Aires and 1100 AD in Lanciano.

    Your question; “Care to put that flesh on display for the whole world to see? .”

    Yes the Consecrated Host is put on display at Catholic Churches throughout the world for adoration. Check your local Catholic Church for times. At my parish it will be on display until midnight Thursday as we remember and celebrate the Last Supper. It is a wonderful experience to honor God and pray in His presence.

    The Consecrated Host as the Body and Blood of Christ are also on display during a Catholic Mass.

  • On taking John 6 literally

    03/30/2015 9:09:00 AM PDT · 81 of 144
    ADSUM to CynicalBear
    When you seek the Truth, you may begin to understand Catholic teaching. Read the whole article posted below and you may understand.

    Your example is completely unrelated to the Real Presence and I did not state that he did not eat the small scroll because I do not know. The Bible does tell that he ate it and it tasted like honey. Your examples are just distractions from the main issue of the Real presence in the Eucharist that you try hard to ignore.

    Why do Fundamentalists and Evangelicals reject the plain, literal interpretation of John 6? For them, Catholic sacraments are out because they imply a spiritual reality—grace—being conveyed by means of matter. This seems to them to be a violation of the divine plan. For many Protestants, matter is not to be used, but overcome or avoided.

    God approves of matter—he approves of it because he created it—and he approves of it so much that he comes to us under the appearances of bread and wine, just as he does in the physical form of the Incarnate Christ.

    NIHIL OBSTAT: I have concluded that the materials
    presented in this work are free of doctrinal or moral errors.
    Bernadeane Carr, STL, Censor Librorum, August 10, 2004

    IMPRIMATUR: In accord with 1983 CIC 827
    permission to publish this work is hereby granted.
    +Robert H. Brom, Bishop of San Diego, August 10, 2004

    http://www.catholic.com/tracts/christ-in-the-eucharist

    In John 6:63 “flesh profits nothing” refers to mankind’s inclination to think using only what their natural human reason would tell them rather than what God would tell them. Thus in John 8:15–16 Jesus tells his opponents: “You judge according to the flesh, I judge no one. Yet even if I do judge, my judgment is true, for it is not I alone that judge, but I and he who sent me.” So natural human judgment, unaided by God’s grace, is unreliable; but God’s judgment is always true.

  • John 6: Believing on Jesus as the Messiah. or not

    03/30/2015 8:19:12 AM PDT · 17 of 68
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    Your comment: “So perhaps churches should start the ritual of “the living water”

    The Catholic Church has the Sacrament of Baptism with water.

    Perhaps you shouldn’t mock the words of Jesus in promising us “the living water”.

  • On taking John 6 literally

    03/30/2015 8:06:25 AM PDT · 77 of 144
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    Ezekiel 3
    He said to me: Son of man, eat what you find here: eat this scroll, then go, speak to the house of Israel. 2So I opened my mouth, and he gave me the scroll to eat. 3a Son of man, he said to me, feed your stomach and fill your belly with this scroll I am giving you. I ate it, and it was as sweet as honey* in my mouth.

    “It was as sweet as honey.”

    Revelation 10
    So I went up to the angel and told him to give me the small scroll. He said to me, “Take and swallow it. It will turn your stomach sour, but in your mouth it will taste as sweet* as honey.” 10I took the small scroll from the angel’s hand and swallowed it. In my mouth it was like sweet honey, but when I had eaten it, my stomach turned sour.d 11Then someone said to me, “You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, tongues, and kings.”*

    The small scroll was sweet because it predicted the final victory of God’s people; it was sour because it also announced their sufferings. Cf. Ez 3:1–3

    Eat can also mean to affect something by gradual consumption. Absorb, such as retaining the information.

    Rivers of Living Water.* 37 On the last and greatest day of the feast, Jesus stood up and exclaimed, “Let anyone who thirsts come to me and drink.u 38Whoever believes in me, as scripture says:

    ‘Rivers of living water* will flow from within him.’”v

    39He said this in reference to the Spirit that those who came to believe in him were to receive. There was, of course, no Spirit yet,* because Jesus had not yet been glorified.w

    Why wouldn't you want the Real Presence of Christ and the Holy Spirit(Body and Blood) in the Eucharist flowing like rivers throughout your body (flow within him)?

  • John 6: Believing on Jesus as the Messiah. or not

    03/29/2015 9:21:30 PM PDT · 7 of 68
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    You state: “Jesus is literally the Word of God, I also believe that there is some literal meaning to Jesus saying the bread and wine are His body and blood. The Catholic doctrine on it, though, I don’t accept, as it conflicts with Scripture. “

    I do not understand your comment on how the Catholic Doctrine of transubstantiation conflicts with the Words of Jesus.

    Your comment: “But these can’t be proper interpretations as is because Jesus never followed through with the very literal acts that Catholic apologists say offended the people in John 6 and drove many of them away from Him. He never gave to His apostles for them to eat from His actual body and blood, although He was there physically, both at the Last Supper, and after His resurrection”

    You may not believe in the transubstantiation of the bread and wine into Christ’s Body and Blood, but how can you make a factual statement that Jesus did not (nor does not to this day)make it happen?

    You seem to accept other miracles that Christ performed, how can you be so certain that Christ does not continue to perform miracles through His apostles and the priests of the Catholic Church for the last 2000 years?