Free Republic 3rd Quarter Fundraising Target: $85,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $78,350
92%  
Woo hoo!! And we're now over 92%!! Less than $6.7k to go!! We can do this!! Thank you all very much!!

Posts by ADSUM

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • Joined by Church Leaders, Sensenbrenner Becomes Catholic

    08/27/2014 7:06:21 PM PDT · 6 of 38
    ADSUM to marshmallow
    Congratulations Jim.

    I was aware that he had been considering this for some time.

  • Study: Minimum wage hikes don’t kill jobs

    07/21/2014 10:30:42 AM PDT · 23 of 27
    ADSUM to Incorrigible

    Perhaps the minimum wage rate hasn’t caught up with the market rate?

    I haven’t read the report, but what percentasge of wage earners are paid at the miminum wage - less than 5%?

    That could influence the lack of effect on overall payrolls.

  • Are You a Mouse or A Man? A Homily for The Feast of Corpus Christi

    06/22/2014 5:09:35 PM PDT · 8 of 8
    ADSUM to markomalley

    Let us appreciate the choices that we have to attend Mass and receive the Eucharist.

    Last week there was no Mass in Mosul, Iran. For the first time in 1600 years.

  • Harry Reid says he won't attend Redskins game until team changes name

    06/17/2014 7:53:14 AM PDT · 34 of 99
    ADSUM to TangoLimaSierra

    It is time to retire the greedy Reid. Let him go back to Nevada and watch their football team.

  • The Sign of the Cross

    06/14/2014 6:37:30 PM PDT · 19 of 41
    ADSUM to NYer

    At Mass this evening, Rev Ted Lawson, a visiting Redemptorist priest in his homily asked how to describe God?

    His response was the Sign of the Cross... “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen”

    It is directed as a prayer to God, but in the manner of not pointing outward toward Heaven instead it reflects back to us.

    He called it the perfect prayer and that he liked to see at meals and even when a basketball player shoots at the free throw line.

  • Is Holy Communion Real or Symbolic?

    06/10/2014 6:43:28 AM PDT · 1,023 of 1,091
    ADSUM to aMorePerfectUnion

    They are historical facts and certainly that Jesus established the Catholic Church is well established in the Bible.

    That Luther and others were men is also well established.

    It is a shame that Liberals feel the need to rewrite history.

    Peace

  • Is Holy Communion Real or Symbolic?

    06/09/2014 5:22:26 PM PDT · 996 of 1,091
    ADSUM to CynicalBear

    Read the Bible and try to understand.

    Jesus is the Vine. He told us to eat His Flesh and Drink His blood for eternal life.

    What don’t you understand? You ignore the words of Jesus and the Apostles and insist on your own interpretation.

    You keep repeating yourself and we need to agree to disagree in our beliefs.

  • Is Holy Communion Real or Symbolic?

    06/09/2014 5:13:49 PM PDT · 995 of 1,091
    ADSUM to CynicalBear

    The question was answered, but you still do not understand.

    Your quote refers to worship of false Gods “idols”
    Acts 15:29 That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well.

  • Is Holy Communion Real or Symbolic?

    06/09/2014 5:11:29 PM PDT · 994 of 1,091
    ADSUM to Georgia Girl 2

    your comment:
    “as the most horrific unclean act to a Jew would be drinking blood and eating human flesh.”

    And those that would not eat or drink the flesh and blood - did not believe - and they did not follow Jesus.

    Please read John 6 which provides a preview of the Last Supper and the establishment of the Sacrament of the Eucharist:

    48I am the bread of life. 49Your ancestors ate the manna in the desert, but they died;z 50this is the bread that comes down from heaven so that one may eat it and not die. 51I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.”a

    52The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us [his] flesh to eat?” 53Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. 54Whoever eats* my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. 55For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. 56Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him. 57Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me.b 58This is the bread that came down from heaven. Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died, whoever eats this bread will live forever.” 59These things he said while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum.

    The Words of Eternal Life.* 60Then many of his disciples who were listening said, “This saying is hard; who can accept it?” 61Since Jesus knew that his disciples were murmuring about this, he said to them, “Does this shock you? 62What if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before?* 63It is the spirit that gives life, while the flesh* is of no avail. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and life. 64But there are some of you who do not believe.” Jesus knew from the beginning the ones who would not believe and the one who would betray him.c 65And he said, “For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by my Father.”

    66As a result of this, many [of] his disciples returned to their former way of life and no longer accompanied him. 67Jesus then said to the Twelve, “Do you also want to leave?” 68Simon Peter answered him, “Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69We have come to believe and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God.”d 70Jesus answered them, “Did I not choose you twelve? Yet is not one of you a devil?” 71He was referring to Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot; it was he who would betray him, one of the Twelve.e

  • Is Holy Communion Real or Symbolic?

    06/09/2014 3:54:22 PM PDT · 990 of 1,091
    ADSUM to CynicalBear

    If Jesus were to ask you to eat His Flesh and drink His Blood. Would you?

  • Is Holy Communion Real or Symbolic?

    06/09/2014 3:50:42 PM PDT · 989 of 1,091
    ADSUM to CynicalBear

    Jesus is the Vine.

    Keep trying, you will eventually understand.

  • Is Holy Communion Real or Symbolic?

    06/09/2014 3:35:20 PM PDT · 987 of 1,091
    ADSUM to aMorePerfectUnion

    Then prove the facts wrong!

  • Is Holy Communion Real or Symbolic?

    06/09/2014 3:30:26 PM PDT · 986 of 1,091
    ADSUM to CynicalBear

    Dense?

    Jesus stated very clearly in John 6;55

    55 The man who eats my flesh and drinks my blood enjoys eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. 56 My flesh is real food, my blood is real drink. 57 He who eats my flesh, and drinks my blood, lives continually in me, and I in him. 58 As I live because of the Father, the living Father who has sent me, so he who eats me will live, in his turn, because of me. 59 Such is the bread which has come down from heaven; it is not as it was with your fathers, who ate manna and died none the less; the man who eats this bread will live eternally.

    26 And while they were still at table, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, Take, eat, this is my body. 27 Then he took a cup, and offered thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink, all of you, of this; 28 for this is my blood, of the new testament, shed for many, to the remission of sins. 29 And I tell you this, I shall not drink of this fruit of the vine again, until I drink it with you, new wine, in the kingdom of my Father. Matthew 26

    Jesus ate and drank with the Apostles and established the Sacrament of the Eucharist. Just as He was baptized by John the Baptist. Jesus provided us an example so that we could follow Him.

    Perhaps you need to ask Jesus Himself so that you will fully understand. You don’t seem to accept the words of the Bible.

  • Is Holy Communion Real or Symbolic?

    06/09/2014 2:22:10 PM PDT · 982 of 1,091
    ADSUM to evangmlw

    You can believe what you want to believe.

    Do you not believe that God can do all things?

    Do you not believe His Word as the Truth?

    As Jesus stated many times (refernces by many posters) that He is the Bread of Eternal Life.

    The Catholic Church has 2000 years of acceptance of this belief (the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist), so how are you the expert on the Catholic belief?

    Did you not read where Christ addresses the issue of those followers that did not have sufficient faith and refused to eat his body and drink His blood? They stopped being followers of Jesus.

    It is very clear, yet you do not believe.

    Instead you call it “cultic”. The members of the Catholic Church make up the Body of Christ.

    Eucharist
    The Eucharist is the most august sacrament, in which Christ himself is contained, offered and received, and by which the Church constantly lives and grows. The Eucharistic Sacrifice, the memorial of the death and resurrection of the Lord, in which the sacrifice of the cross is perpetuated over the centuries, is the summit and source of all Christian life and worship; it signifies and effects the unity of the people of God and achieves the building up of the Body of Christ.

  • Is Holy Communion Real or Symbolic?

    06/09/2014 2:01:36 PM PDT · 981 of 1,091
    ADSUM to aMorePerfectUnion

    You are right. I chose the wrong word.

    All other christian churches were established by man.

    The Catholic Church was established by Jesus.

  • Is Holy Communion Real or Symbolic?

    06/09/2014 10:09:16 AM PDT · 974 of 1,091
    ADSUM to Elsie

    I would advise any Catholic (or non Catholic) to follow the teachings of Jesus as directed by Jesus to Peter and the Catholic Church.(Matthew 16:18-20)

    I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.
    I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins
    and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead
    and the life of the world to come. Amen.

    While I do not know the religious beliefs or practices of your church, I do feel that most other Christian churches were established by man and do not follow all the teachings of Jesus or the Catholic Church. I am sure that the intentions are good and that they attempt to follow Jesus. I hope that there will be unity as promised by Christ and that the many will join Jesus in Heaven.

    I am more concerned with all the bad things that people do to each other (whether reported in the news or not). I do believe that people of Faith can move mountains if we do so with God’s help.

    .

  • Is Holy Communion Real or Symbolic?

    06/07/2014 10:30:48 PM PDT · 905 of 1,091
    ADSUM to WVKayaker

    You only state what you want to believe.

    Certainly, it is important to believe and love God, but the passage also tells us to eat (an action) the spiritual food of Jesus as the food of eternal life.

    There was much more said about the food of eternal life.

    30 So they said to him, Why then, what miracle canst thou do? We must see it before we trust thee; what canst thou effect?[4] 31 Our fathers had manna to eat in the desert; as the scripture says, He gave them bread out of heaven to eat.[5] 32 Jesus said to them, Believe me when I tell you this; the bread that comes from heaven is not what Moses gave you. The real bread from heaven is given only by my Father. 33 God’s gift of bread comes down from heaven and gives life to the whole world. 34 Then, Lord, they said, give us this bread all the while. 35 But Jesus told them, It is I who am the bread of life; he who comes to me will never be hungry, he who has faith in me will never know thirst. 36 (But you, as I have told you, though you have seen me, do not believe in me.)[6] 37 All that the Father has entrusted to me will come to me, and him who comes to me I will never cast out. 38 It is the will of him who sent me, not my own will, that I have come down from heaven to do; 39 and he who sent me would have me keep without loss, and raise up at the last day, all he has entrusted to me. 40 Yes, this is the will of him who sent me, that all those who believe in the Son when they see him should enjoy eternal life; I am to raise them up at the last day. John 6

    How do you develop faith in God? By taking actions (works) like prayer, following Jesus’s teaching, loving God and your neighbor, being humble and obedient to God’s love. God wants us to love Him and that requires action. I don’t think he wants to just say the words that we have faith, it needs to be genuine and we show God our faith by following His teachings (actions).

  • Is Holy Communion Real or Symbolic?

    06/07/2014 9:35:59 PM PDT · 899 of 1,091
    ADSUM to Elsie

    Following the teachings of Jesus is not easy. They are the two great commandments of Jesus.

    Your quote was Jesus reacting to the miracle of the loaves and fishes, where people were fed and witnessed a miracle.

    You should not work to earn food which perishes in the using. Work to earn food which affords, continually, eternal life, such food as the Son of Man will give you; God, the Father, has authorized him. 28 What shall we do, then, they asked him, so as to work in God’s service? 29 Jesus answered them, This is the service God asks of you, to believe in the Man whom he has sent.

    Did you notice “Work to earn food which affords .. eternal life?

  • Is Holy Communion Real or Symbolic?

    06/07/2014 9:12:23 PM PDT · 892 of 1,091
    ADSUM to Elsie

    The basic tenets appear to be positive and similiar to the Catholic teachings, but I really don’t have sufficient information to advise you.

    However, I do believe that the Catholic Church is the one Holy Apostolic Church that was established by Jesus Christ.

    When his visible presence was taken from them, Jesus did not leave his disciples orphans. He promised to remain with them until the end of time; he sent them his Spirit.218 As a result communion with Jesus has become, in a way, more intense: “By communicating his Spirit, Christ mystically constitutes as his body those brothers of his who are called together from every nation.”219 (690)

    I feel that fully folowing the teachings of Jesus is not an easy task and it appears that many Catholics (and non Catholics) follow their own rules.

    I am hopeful that many try to follow Jesus’s teachings in other Christian religions and hopefully with be reunited with the Catholic Church.

    I really hope and pray that many people will join God in Heaven, not the few.

  • Is Holy Communion Real or Symbolic?

    06/07/2014 4:40:53 PM PDT · 807 of 1,091
    ADSUM to aMorePerfectUnion

    No. Any religion that makes salvation dependent on works is man-made and pagan.

    So do you believe that there is a place already set aside for you in Heaven?

    Do you believe that everyone goes to Heaven?

    Do you believe in the Judgment by the Lord on your death?

    So how do you know that your faith is righteous to God and not a false faith based on your understanding of the Bible?

    In a previous post, I thought you expressed that one can show his love for God and his neighbor by good works?

  • Is Holy Communion Real or Symbolic?

    06/07/2014 1:42:37 PM PDT · 777 of 1,091
    ADSUM to dcwusmc

    You are right that the Catholic Church is full of sinners and we welcome them so that they will learn to love God and their neighbor.

    The Catholic Church is also full of saints (those who have or will join God in Heaven). They have followed the teachings of Jesus and generally led (or changed to) a holy life. The members of the Catholic Church are the Body of Christ and inspite of all the indivdual sinners, the Catholic Church teaches the way to love God and our neighbor.

    794 Christ provides for our growth: to make us grow toward him, our head,229 he provides in his Body, the Church, the gifts and assistance by which we help one another along the way of salvation. (872)

    The Church is communion with Jesus

    787 From the beginning, Jesus associated his disciples with his own life, revealed the mystery of the Kingdom to them, and gave them a share in his mission, joy, and sufferings.215 Jesus spoke of a still more intimate communion between him and those who would follow him: “Abide in me, and I in you.... I am the vine, you are the branches.”216 And he proclaimed a mysterious and real communion between his own body and ours: “He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him.”217 (755)

    788 When his visible presence was taken from them, Jesus did not leave his disciples orphans. He promised to remain with them until the end of time; he sent them his Spirit.218 As a result communion with Jesus has become, in a way, more intense: “By communicating his Spirit, Christ mystically constitutes as his body those brothers of his who are called together from every nation.”219 (690)

    In spite of all the sinners, Jesus promised the church until the end of time...
    820 “Christ bestowed unity on his Church from the beginning. This unity, we believe, subsists in the Catholic Church as something she can never lose, and we hope that it will continue to increase until the end of time.”277 Christ always gives his Church the gift of unity, but the Church must always pray and work to maintain, reinforce, and perfect the unity that Christ wills for her. This is why Jesus himself prayed at the hour of his Passion, and does not cease praying to his Father, for the unity of his disciples: “That they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be one in us,... so that the world may know that you have sent me.”278 The desire to recover the unity of all Christians is a gift of Christ and a call of the Holy Spirit.279 (2748)

  • Is Holy Communion Real or Symbolic?

    06/07/2014 1:20:00 PM PDT · 775 of 1,091
    ADSUM to Iscool

    No we can still love our kids, but not accept their behavior and they must suffer the consequences of their actions.

    Just as all of us will face the Judgment of our Lord on our Faith and works (actions).

    Revelation: Archangel Michael casts out the bad angels.
    [12:1–14:20] This central section of Revelation portrays the power of evil, represented by a dragon, in opposition to God and his people. First, the dragon pursues the woman about to give birth, but her son is saved and “caught up to God and his throne” (Rev 12:5). Then Michael and his angels cast the dragon and his angels out of heaven (Rev 12:7–9

  • Is Holy Communion Real or Symbolic?

    06/07/2014 10:37:52 AM PDT · 758 of 1,091
    ADSUM to Iscool

    So you can commit murder, abortion, theft, etc or any other mortal sin and you are still saved? And do nothing but have some faith?

    Good luck!

  • Is Holy Communion Real or Symbolic?

    06/07/2014 10:01:43 AM PDT · 739 of 1,091
    ADSUM to Iscool

    Then his works he asked Jesus to remember him. And Jesus acknowledged his faith and works.
    That’s ridiculous...There are no works involved in asking for the free gift of salvation

    He asked (that is an action or works).

    What if he didn’t ask? That could indicate to God that his faith was not strong.

    Open your heart so that the Holy Spirit can help you understand.

  • Is Holy Communion Real or Symbolic?

    06/07/2014 9:48:11 AM PDT · 737 of 1,091
    ADSUM to Iscool
    Well good luck to you on Judgment Day.
  • Is Holy Communion Real or Symbolic?

    06/07/2014 9:38:03 AM PDT · 733 of 1,091
    ADSUM to dcwusmc

    So you can have faith and repentance and be saved by Jesus!

    Can you lose your salvation by your actions or bad works?

    How do you grow your faith and love of God and neighbor without works (actions)?

    How does God judge your faith?

    Consider that without works (actions, prayers, etc) your faith grows stale and perhaps God’s judgement determines that there is not enough faith.

    Doing good works is not about boasting about them, but rather making things better. We should be encouraging more good works and solving problems.

    We should show our love of God and our neighbor.

    Jesus said Peace be with you.

    For your information, I am not aware that the Catholic Church requires any payments to join the Catholic Church or participate in the Sacraments (perhaps some nominal costs). The Catholic Church encourages its members to support the community, but some do not make contributions. All are welcome to visit our churches or participate with us in prayer to God.

  • Is Holy Communion Real or Symbolic?

    06/07/2014 9:09:01 AM PDT · 725 of 1,091
    ADSUM to CynicalBear

    Although we often think of a “church” as a building—and in fact the
    church building is consecrated with a special liturgical rite—it is also the
    term for the whole People of God filled with the Holy Spirit. The word
    “church” comes from the Greek term “ekklesia,” which refers to those persons
    who are called (kaleo) out (ek) of darkness and sin to abide in holiness and
    communion with God through Christ in the Holy Spirit (see LG, nos. 2ff.,
    10). The visible Church is in historical and spiritual continuity with the
    Apostles of Jesus (termed “apostolic succession”) through the integrity of its
    proclamation of the Word and celebration of the sacraments. This integrity is
    guaranteed by the authenticity of the Ordination of the clergy of the Church
    and by the judicious ordering of Church structure and life (see LG, nos. 8, 13-
    14, 18-29). The Church in fact is the community of all believers, living and
    dead, who have followed Christ. As St. Paul said, “now you are Christ’s body,
    and individually parts of it” (1 Cor 12:27).

  • Is Holy Communion Real or Symbolic?

    06/07/2014 8:51:34 AM PDT · 724 of 1,091
    ADSUM to Karl Spooner
    41And indeed, we have been condemned justly, for the sentence we received corresponds to our crimes, but this man has done nothing criminal.”v 42Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”w 43He replied to him, “Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”x Luke

    Yes. God saved mankind by dying on the Cross.
    The criminal next to Jesus showed his faith in Jesus.
    He confessed his sins and acknowledged his punishment.
    Then his works he asked Jesus to remember him.
    And Jesus acknowledged his faith and works.

    Certainly Jesus by dying on the Cross has provided salvation to mankind.

    Yet individuals can either accept or reject salvation.

    God is the Judge and will make that determination. Many of us probably cannot objectively determine how God will judge us.

    What Jesus has asked us to do:

    You shall love the Lord your God with your whole heart, and with your whole soul, and with your whole mind, and with your whole strength; you shall love your neighbor as yourself.
    To love God, our neighbor, and ourselves, we must keep the commandments of God and of the Church, and perform the spiritual and corporal works of mercy.

    God is merciful, but we must prepare to join Him in Heaven.

  • Is Holy Communion Real or Symbolic?

    06/07/2014 8:20:28 AM PDT · 722 of 1,091
    ADSUM to Elsie

    Catholic Belief
    I.To gain the happiness of heaven we must know, love, and serve God in this world. Man must know, love and serve God in a supernatural manner in order to gain happiness of heaven. Man is raised to the supernatural order only by grace, a free gift of God.
    II.We learn to know, love, and serve God from Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who teaches us through the Catholic Church.
    III.In order to be saved, all persons who have attained the use of reason must believe explicitly that God exist and that he rewards the good and punishes the wicked; in practice they must also believe in the mysteries of the Blessed Trinity and the Incarnation.
    IV.By the Blessed Trinity we mean one and the same God in three divine persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.
    V.By the Incarnation is meant that the Son of God, retaining His divine nature, took to Himself a human nature, that is, a body and soul like ours.
    VI.The Church is the congregation of all baptized persons united in the same true faith, the same sacrifice, and the same sacraments, under the authority of the Sovereign Pontiff and the bishops in communion with him.
    VII.We find the chief truths taught by Jesus Christ through the Catholic Church in the Apostles’ Creed.

    http://www.catholic.org/prayers/beliefs.php

  • Is Holy Communion Real or Symbolic?

    06/05/2014 6:37:39 PM PDT · 513 of 1,091
    ADSUM to aMorePerfectUnion; Religion Moderator

    What if you are wrong about Faith Alone? “

    We cannot be wrong by believing what God inspired in Scripture. For that to be true, it would have to turn out that God got it wrong. Not going to happen

    Since you said that God couldn’t be wrong, then logically you may be wrong.

    There was no personal attack, just stating what appears to be a lack of understanding of the Bible on your part. Especially when you ignore specific statements from the Bible that refute your opinion.

    James 2:26
    For just as a body without a spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.

    You didn’t answer my questions on how you love God and your neighbor and verify your faith without works and following Jesus’s teachings.

    Certainly, Jesus provided for our salvation by dying on the Cross and the opportunity to join Him in Heaven, but we must still do our part by following the teachings of Jesus and His two great commandments (works).

    Please read the whole posting and not just cherry pick your reply.

    I do really hope that the Holy Spirit will inspire you to fully understand the Bible and the teachings of the Catholic Church. You may chose not to accept them, but many converts that wrote books have examined the Catholic Church for its Truth and consistency in the religious teachings for over 2000 years.

    Peace be with you.

  • Is Holy Communion Real or Symbolic?

    06/05/2014 6:00:13 PM PDT · 508 of 1,091
    ADSUM to aMorePerfectUnion

    You ignore that God said in the Bible.

  • Is Holy Communion Real or Symbolic?

    06/05/2014 5:57:55 PM PDT · 507 of 1,091
    ADSUM to aMorePerfectUnion

    Then you admit your interpertation of the Bible is wrong.

    There is no depth to your understanding. You consistently ignore teachings of God that you do not agree with.

  • Is Holy Communion Real or Symbolic?

    06/05/2014 4:14:41 PM PDT · 476 of 1,091
    ADSUM to verga

    The Catholic God can do anything, including create the Universe ex-nihlo (That means from nothing)

    Did you read the 1st book of the Bible, Genesis. Or don’t you believe that God can do anything and be everywhere and knows all?

    You might like the Catholic God if you feel HIS love and love HIM back (and your neighbors)!

  • Is Holy Communion Real or Symbolic?

    06/05/2014 3:07:10 PM PDT · 467 of 1,091
    ADSUM to dcwusmc; Salvation
    James 2:26
    For just as a body without a spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.

    Then you do not understand the Word of God and are selectively interpreting only the parts of the Bible that suit your needs. You seem to ignore those parts that contradict your opinion.It can be positive to inquire about Christ's teachings so that you can understand and follow them.

    However, there is a sense that many posters are just insistent on their own opinion (or their man-made church's teachings) and keep repeating it without examining the true facts and the information presented by Catholics.

    You didn't answer my questions on how you love God and your neighbor and verify your faith without works and following Jesus’s teachings.

    Jesus came to earth and obediently and humbly followed GOD THE FATHER. We should do the same.

    Final question, What if you are wrong about Faith Alone? How will you feel on Judgment Day?

    I will pray to the Holy Spirit to help you on your way to Heaven with God.

  • Is Holy Communion Real or Symbolic?

    06/05/2014 12:39:06 PM PDT · 429 of 1,091
    ADSUM to dcwusmc; Salvation

    James 2:14-18
    What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister has nothing to wear and has no food for the day, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well,” but you do not give them the necessities of the body, what good is it? So also faith of itself, if it does not have works, is dead. Indeed someone might say, “You have faith and I have works.” Demonstrate your faith to me without works, and I will demonstrate my faith to you from my works.

    So how sure are you that FAITH alone saves you?

    The Catholic Church teaches that we are saved by God, and we should follow the two greatest commandments of Jesus.
    1. Love God with your whole heart,etc.
    2. Love your neighbor as yourself.

    How do love God without showing it and doing/ following his teachings. How do you show love to your neighbor without doing good works?

    I feel that much of the disagreement with the Catholic Church’s teachings is that they are not familiar with them and may not fully understand the Bible. Or they may just want to disagree.

    Heb 6:10
    For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love you have demonstrated for his name by having served and continuing to serve the holy ones.

    James 2:20-22
    Do you want proof, you ignoramus, that faith without works is useless? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered his son Isaac upon the altar? You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by the works.

    PEACE BE WITH YOU.

  • Is Holy Communion Real or Symbolic?

    06/04/2014 1:25:36 PM PDT · 311 of 1,091
    ADSUM to Dutchboy88

    I am sorry that you do not understand. There are some very good explanations posted here, but you seem to insist on repetitive comments with no substance other than your own opinion.

    Perhaps you should reread Matthew 7:
    1 Do not judge others, or you yourselves will be judged. 2 As you have judged, so you will be judged, by the same rule; award shall be made you as you have made award, in the same measure. 3 How is it that thou canst see the speck of dust which is in thy brother’s eye, and art not aware of the beam which is in thy own? 4 By what right wilt thou say to thy brother, Wait, let me rid thy eye of that speck, when there is a beam all the while in thy own? 5 Thou hypocrite, take the beam out of thy own eye first, and so thou shalt have clear sight to rid thy brother’s of the speck.

  • Is Holy Communion Real or Symbolic?

    06/04/2014 1:02:43 PM PDT · 305 of 1,091
    ADSUM to Iscool

    If Jesus is already dwelling inside of Christians, what’s the point of the Eucharist??? If Jesus is already living inside of you, what benefit do you get out of eating the wafer??? Can you answer that???

    Jesus told us to do so.

    I thought you read and understood the Bible.

    51 I myself am the living bread that has come down from heaven. 52 If anyone eats of this bread, he shall live for ever. And now, what is this bread which I am to give? It is my flesh, given for the life of the world. John 6:51

    Why are you so arrogant on insisting that you know more than 2000 years of Catholic Faith traditions?

    I really hope that are trying to understand, but your posts are just repititive without providing any meaningful analysis.

    Peace.

  • Is Holy Communion Real or Symbolic?

    06/04/2014 5:18:16 AM PDT · 269 of 1,091
    ADSUM to Gamecock

    I see that the Holy Spirit still has a lot of work to finish.

    May God Bless You.

  • Is Holy Communion Real or Symbolic?

    06/04/2014 4:55:59 AM PDT · 266 of 1,091
    ADSUM to Iscool

    So you are the the all knowing? Are you practing to be GOD?

    Or just worshipping your own idols?

    Yes I believe in the TRUTH of JESUS. DO YOU?

    Jn 14:23
    Jesus answered and said to him, “Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him.”
    Jn 14:20
    On that day you will realize that I am in my Father and you are in me and I in you.

  • Is Holy Communion Real or Symbolic?

    06/04/2014 4:40:12 AM PDT · 265 of 1,091
    ADSUM to Gamecock
    There are many that follow their own teachings, including some Catholics and ignore some of the teachings of Jesus.

    We are all sinners and we attempt to follow the path and teachings of Jesus as best we can and learn to love God with our whole heart, and with our whole soul, and with our whole mind, and with our whole strength; you love our neighbor as ourself.

    I am not sure where you got the authority or sufficient knowledge to judge the teachings of Jesus as followed by the Catholic Church. You either follow all the teachings of Jesus or follow your own teachings or those of the devil.

    As Jesus taught us to humbly and obediently follow HIS teachings so that we can accept God's love and eternal life with HIM.

    May the Holy Spirit help you understand the teachings of Jesus and the Catholic Church.

  • Is Holy Communion Real or Symbolic?

    06/03/2014 8:32:07 PM PDT · 259 of 1,091
    ADSUM to Iscool

    Yes, when I partake in the Eucharist and attempt to follow Christ’s teachings and learn to love and grow closer to God, I expect to join HIM in Heaven. Yet I am still subject to HIS judgment at my death.

    I trust and believe in the words of Jesus:

    Jn 6:51
    I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.
    Jn 6:53
    Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you.
    Jn 6:54
    Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life.
    Jn 6:55
    For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.
    Jn 6:56
    Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him.

    I hope that you will also be able to believe in the words of Jesus.

  • Is Holy Communion Real or Symbolic?

    06/03/2014 7:19:28 PM PDT · 255 of 1,091
    ADSUM to Iscool

    Yes. I believe.

    To the revealed Word that there is “Father, Son and Holy Spirit” the Church labeled the belief “Trinity.”
    To the revealed Word that the “Son of God became man” the Church labeled the belief “Incarnation.”
    To the revealed Word that the “blood of Christ spilled on Calvary saved us” the Church labeled the belief “Redemption.”
    To the revealed Word that “my flesh is true food, my blood is true drink” the Church labeled the belief “Transubstantiation.”
    Transubstantiation reflects Roman Catholic faith in the literalness of the words of the Bible.

    I am sorry that you do not believe, and I hope and pray that the Holy Spirit will guide you so that you become a believer and accept the TRUTH.

  • Is Holy Communion Real or Symbolic?

    06/03/2014 7:00:11 PM PDT · 249 of 1,091
    ADSUM to Iscool

    Correcting you guys with scripture is not the work of the Devil..

    It is the work of the Devil when you lie about the Truth and about God.

    Who made you the authority on the Word of God? God does not favor arrogant Christians who profess to know all. Jesus was a humble man that obediently followed God the Father and Jesus expects us to follow His example and teachings.

    May the Holy Spirit help you understand.

  • Is Holy Communion Real or Symbolic?

    06/03/2014 6:43:08 PM PDT · 245 of 1,091
    ADSUM to JPX2011; Dutchboy88

    from your previous post: (DB88)source of the doctrine of transubstantiation is not the Scriptures. This is not true.

    Transubstantiation
    The Roman Catholic Church through history approached her faith life with the clarification of language. That is, she translated the essentials of revealed faith into the vocabulary of living language.

    To the revealed Word that there is “Father, Son and Holy Spirit” the Church labeled the belief “Trinity.”
    To the revealed Word that the “Son of God became man” the Church labeled the belief “Incarnation.”
    To the revealed Word that the “blood of Christ spilled on Calvary saved us” the Church labeled the belief “Redemption.”
    To the revealed Word that “my flesh is true food, my blood is true drink” the Church labeled the belief “Transubstantiation.”
    Transubstantiation reflects Roman Catholic faith in the literalness of the words of the Bible.

    Jesus (omnipotent God) said: “This is my body; this is my blood.” And again Jesus said: “I am the bread of life;” “My flesh is true food; my blood is true drink;” “He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood ...;” etc.

    Roman Catholics take Jesus at His word: the bread is his body; the wine is his blood.

    From the Apostles at the Last Supper until today, the bread and wine of Eucharist looks and feels and tastes like bread and wine in the eating and drinking.

    Similar to all of God’s Word, faith is essential. Faith in what? In the words of Jesus even though the bread does not look, feel, taste like flesh; even though the wine does not look, feel, taste like blood.

    Medieval philosophers and theologians sought simply to label this simple biblical faith: Jesus said that bread is his body and wine is his blood even though it did not appear to change into visible flesh and blood.

    Transubstantiation means the substance part of the bread and wine elements changes; but the accidental parts—sight, taste, smell, touch—do not. Catholics believe that since Jesus said it and He is God, he can do it. They believe! “Transubstantiation” merely labels it.

    In everyday life, it is not at all uncommon to believe in things man cannot perceive by the senses: wind, electricity, love, peace, etc. All the more when Jesus says it.
    http://www.catholicapologetics.org/ap060500.htm#ap060503

    Are you trying to do the devil’s work by denying the TRUTH (Jesus Christ)?

    Why do you feel the need to lie about the beliefs of the Catholic Church? You may interpret the Word of God based on your man-made church, but your interpretation does not and will not change the teachings of the Catholic Church.

    Actually, your repetitive rantings are not adding to the discussion. There has many informative postings that you ignore and do not seem to understand that explain Catholic Faith and teachings.

    I hope that you read them and allow the Holy Spirit to allow you to understand the Word of God.

    May God’s Peace be with you.

  • Is Holy Communion Real or Symbolic?

    06/03/2014 6:08:01 PM PDT · 233 of 1,091
    ADSUM to GGpaX4DumpedTea

    Have you attended a Catholic Mass recently?

    I would encourage you to attend.

    Yes baptized Catholics can receive both the Body and Blood of Christ at Mass.

  • Is Holy Communion Real or Symbolic?

    06/03/2014 6:04:14 PM PDT · 230 of 1,091
    ADSUM to Iscool

    Just like the biased press, you state half the message and change the meaning.

    Roman Catholic Christians take the word of God seriously and seek to remember Christ in the Last Supper “as often as” possible. And in doing this proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes.

    So do you really have any Faith in Jesus, or do just like to echo the devil?

    May God’s Peace be with you.

  • Is Holy Communion Real or Symbolic?

    06/03/2014 9:30:32 AM PDT · 123 of 1,091
    ADSUM to ShadowAce

    The Mass: Synagogue Service and Last Supper
    Roman Catholic Christians celebrate the Eucharist in the liturgical act called the Mass. The word Mass comes from the Latin missa (”sent”). It was taken from the formula for dismissing the congregation: Ite missa est (”Go, the Eucharist has been sent forth”) referring to the ancient custom of sending consecrated bread from the bishop’s Mass to the sick and to the other churches.

    The Mass contains two parts: the liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist. The Liturgy of the Word is a copy of the Jewish synagogue service of the first century: readings from Scripture followed by responses from the congregation often from the Book of Psalms. The Liturgy of the Eucharist is a reenactment of the Last Supper. A celebrant does what Christ did: take bread and wine and say the same words Christ said and then share the now consecrated bread and wine with the congregation.

    Roman Catholics believe that the bread and wine become the real Body and Blood of Jesus Christ and remain such until the elements are entirely consumed. The Body and Blood not consumed at one Eucharist are reserved for the next celebration of the Eucharist and venerated as the Body and Blood of Jesus.

    Remembrance: One Sacrifice—Calvary—Continued
    Roman Catholic Christians take the word of God seriously and seek to remember Christ in the Last Supper “as often as” possible. And in doing this proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes.

    1 Cor 11:24-26
    “This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes.
    Lk 22:19
    “This is my body, which will be given for you; do this in memory of me.”
    Catholic Christians also believe that there is only one sacrifice, Jesus’, but following the command “as often as” to proclaim the death of the Lord, the sacrifice of Christ is made physically present to every Christian in all places in every age. The Eucharist makes the atemporal aphysical actions of Christ’s redeeming action truly present to us always and everywhere. This is incarnational.

    Following the word of God, Catholics also know that Christ is not and cannot be resacrificed. This has never been the teaching of the Catholic Church.

    Heb 10:12
    But this one (Jesus) offered one sacrifice for sins ...
    http://www.catholicapologetics.org/ap060500.htm

    Sometimes, we may not fully understand the words of Jesus, and we must have Faith in the Son of Man. Some mysteries we will not understand until we are with Jesus. Jesus left us with the Holy Spirit to help us understand after the Ascension.

    Peace Be With You.

  • Is Holy Communion Real or Symbolic?

    06/03/2014 4:16:04 AM PDT · 102 of 1,091
    ADSUM to ShadowAce

    You should not work to earn food which perishes in the using. Work to earn food which affords, continually, eternal life, such food as the Son of Man will give you; God, the Father, has authorized him. 28 What shall we do, then, they asked him, so as to work in God’s service? 29 Jesus answered them, This is the service God asks of you, to believe in the Man whom he has sent. John 6:27

    Jesus through the Catholic Church gave us the Mass with the Eucharist as the continuing sacrifice of the Cross and Himself so that He would be with us in our struggle to follow Jesus and reach the reward of eternal life.

    We still have to do our part and have Faith and follow the teachings of Jesus.

    Isn’t God’s Love for us overwhelming that He will do so much that we may gain eternal life with Him.

  • Is Holy Communion Real or Symbolic?

    06/03/2014 3:36:17 AM PDT · 100 of 1,091
    ADSUM to ifinnegan

    Oh Ye of little faith.

    Perhaps you should read the passage before you make your intrepretation:

    65 But there are some, even among you, who do not believe. Jesus knew from the first which were those who did not believe, and which of them was to betray him. 66 And he went on to say, That is what I meant when I told you that nobody can come to me unless he has received the gift from my Father. 67 After this, many of his disciples went back to their old ways, and walked no more in his company. 68 Whereupon Jesus said to the twelve, Would you, too, go away? 69 Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom should we go? Thy words are the words of eternal life; 70 we have learned to believe, and are assured that thou art the Christ, the Son of God.[10] 71 Jesus answered them, Have I not chosen all twelve of you? And one of you is a devil. 72 He was speaking of Judas son of Simon, the Iscariot, who was one of the twelve, and was to betray him.

    Some have Faith and follow Jesus and others go their own way. I hope that you find a way to follow Jesus and have the opportunity to partake in the Eucharist (Body and Blood)which Jesus declared as the food of eternal life. Check post 20 and 39.

  • Palestinian Authority To Show Pope Art of Jesus as ‘Suffering Palestinian’

    05/22/2014 3:03:23 PM PDT · 8 of 13
    ADSUM to cripplecreek

    So Jesus was a “Palestine” Jew?

    Jesus preached Love and doing God’s will.

    If they would follow Him, then we would all live in a more peaceful world.