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Posts by stonehouse01

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  • The Didache - The Complete Text

    04/14/2015 9:06:43 AM PDT · 6 of 80
    stonehouse01 to stonehouse01

    sorry - could have been used - at least the portion about the Eucharist, could have been used as a guideline for mass.

  • The Didache - The Complete Text

    04/14/2015 9:04:44 AM PDT · 5 of 80
    stonehouse01 to Salvation

    Thanks be to God for the Didache!! It was written as early as the New Testament itself, and could ahve been used as a missal for mass. Thanks for posting Salvation! Happy Easter Tide.

  • Apologetics 101: Why Does the Bible Say Jesus Had Brothers?

    04/13/2015 8:46:39 AM PDT · 242 of 278
    stonehouse01 to Elsie

    “... zero data...”

    must we shout?

    The data is in the bible - these are sons of another Mary:

    Matthew 27:55-56

    Matthew 28:1

    Mark 15:40

    John 19:25

    Also it is an unbroken Sacred Tradition that Mary remained unknown to man; “I do not know man”.

    Adherence to Sacred Tradition (not human tradition) is required by the bible:

    1 Corinthians 11:2
    2 Thessalonians 2:15
    2 Thessalonians 3:6

    The bible itself is Tradition since its books included in the canon were for years orally passed on as Tradition before anything was written.

    Very few early Christians were literate and even if they all could read, there was no paper available for copies. Multiple copies of books just did not exist in those times.

    Sola scriptura is an error and not found in the bible.

  • Apologetics 101: Why Does the Bible Say Jesus Had Brothers?

    04/08/2015 6:19:41 AM PDT · 109 of 278
    stonehouse01 to stonehouse01

    Dave Hung - sorry Hunt

  • Apologetics 101: Why Does the Bible Say Jesus Had Brothers?

    04/08/2015 6:19:03 AM PDT · 108 of 278
    stonehouse01 to Sherman Logan

    “...never understood why Catholics are so intent on Mary’s being ever virgin...”

    It is because of the importance of Mary’s holiness because her body must have no contamination because of Jesus’ perfection.

    The Blessed Mother is the Ark of the New Covenant. The previous Ark of the old Covenant was the dwelling place of God and the Ark of the New Covenant, Mary is also the dwelling place of God. (Luke Chapters 1 and 2)

    The orginal ark contained in the tabernacle was the Holy of Holies and to touch it was to die. It was a type or figure of Mary who became the new tabernacle containing God. Mary was overshadowed by the Holy Spirit and so permanently changed by this overshadowing; She must remain undefiled by sinful man afterward - she became too perfect for ordinary mortals to “touch” in that way.

    The Ark of the Covenant could not be touched - however it was not worshipped, and Mary is not worshipped, either. We love and admire her perfection but do not worship it.

    In other words, it is because of Mary’s perfection as the new tabernacle that she must remain so. All of the scriptures in the Old Testament that describe the Ark of the Covenant and the Temple are the biblical references for this teaching as they describe the type or pre-figurement of the perfection and worth of the coming new testament ark - Mary.

  • Apologetics 101: Why Does the Bible Say Jesus Had Brothers?

    04/08/2015 6:01:24 AM PDT · 107 of 278
    stonehouse01 to Star Traveler

    “..It’s a good thing some of those guys didn’t write Scripture...”

    It’s a good thing Dave Hung didn’t write scripture.

  • ASK FATHER: Haven’t been to confession for 40 years (Catholic Caucus)

    04/08/2015 5:21:25 AM PDT · 52 of 55
    stonehouse01 to Not gonna take it anymore

    “...if you have not committed any mortal sins...”

    This is all true, however as a poorly catechized Catholic growing up during the 60’s and 70’s, I can testify that how to properly examine one’s conscience was not taught well at all.

    Because of poor catechesis, many of us do not understand even that transgressing any of the Ten Commandments is serious. Only God knows if it has been to the level of mortal, but we should not assume too much as man’s fallen nature is more inclined to sin than we were taught in the I’m OK You’re OK era. Too many Catholics assume they have not committed grave sin when most likely they have.

    This needs to be taken into consideration by those who feel they do not need confession; an old fashioned (pre Vatican II) guide to examination of conscience would cause many who blithely take communion each week without confession in many years to reconsider their need for the sacrament.

    1 Corinthians 11:27 is EXTREMELY important and many Catholics were not taught this and remain unaware, at least I wasn’t!

  • ASK FATHER: Haven’t been to confession for 40 years (Catholic Caucus)

    04/08/2015 5:07:14 AM PDT · 51 of 55
    stonehouse01 to trebb

    “...all it takes with God is a fleeting thought of regret...”

    My bible doesn’t say that.

    My bible says:

    1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just, to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all iniquity.

    The Holy Spirit accomplishes this and the bible clearly instructs as as to how:

    John 20: 21-23

    Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any they are retained.

    A 14 year old may misunderstood; this does not cause the Catholic doctrine to be wrong, rather it was misunderstood.

  • ASK FATHER: Haven’t been to confession for 40 years (Catholic Caucus)

    04/08/2015 4:47:12 AM PDT · 49 of 55
    stonehouse01 to God luvs America

    “I understand what Catholic teaching is ... went to Catholic school 17 years...”

    Sometimes the Church’s doctrines haven’t been made clear even by attending Catholic school. From the 60’s on, at least in the northeast, catechesis within the schools could be poor, depending on the school. Some Catholic schools became very secularized and poor at teaching doctrine.

    Anwyway, even if this wasn’t the case, go to your bible and read 1 Corinthians 11:27. This will clear up for you the need for confession before communion.

    Also - as far as repeating a habitual sin after confession; one must have firm purpose of amendment. However, if the sin is very entrenched it is possible that it is carried forward and repeated by force of habit after confession.

    This is not a reason to give up and continue to not go to confession. It is a signal to go more often as the grace of the sacrament will help the sin to end, even if it is stubborn. I have experienced this personally. This is a process, if the sin is entrenched. Perserverance with the help of the grace of the sacrament will work over time if sincerely undertaken.

  • Apologetics 101: Why Does the Bible Say Jesus Had Brothers?

    04/07/2015 5:04:16 PM PDT · 92 of 278
    stonehouse01 to Star Traveler

    “Sad to see the Roman Catholic Church go to such lengths...”

    Do you realize that Luther and Zwingli also proclaimed that Mary was a virgin and remained a virgin?

    So it was the early protestants too who taught that the “brothers” of Jesus are simply kin; It is a modern tradition that they were a bunch of actual full brothers. They would be half brothers anyway since they wouldn’t have the same Father.

    The Eastern Orthodox Church also holds this doctrine of Mary’s virginity and reject the notion that she had children after Him.

    Are they “sad” as well?

    Jesus “brothers” are not Mary’s children. They are step brothers from Joseph being previously married and widowed, or they were kin possibly living in the same household. Adelphos is not a term limited to blood brothers; this is not a Catholic construct.

  • Apologetics 101: Why Does the Bible Say Jesus Had Brothers?

    04/07/2015 3:43:54 PM PDT · 82 of 278
    stonehouse01 to ealgeone

    45:22 and 46:16 have moved on to a different topic from 44:2

    Ezekiel is prophesying about the messianic age in Chapters 40 -48. The fact that the prince is not the messiah does not negate interpreting the Ezekiel 44:2 permanent gate closure as a prefiguration of the perpetual virginity of the Blessed Mother who also contained the Lord.

    Two different matters are being discussed. Because the prince is not considered to be the Messiah changes nothing about 44:2..

  • Apologetics 101: Why Does the Bible Say Jesus Had Brothers?

    04/07/2015 2:43:17 PM PDT · 72 of 278
    stonehouse01 to ealgeone

    “...Catholics don’t like context...”

    This is a false accusation:

    Catholics LOVE context!!

    The 1859 Haydock commentary by priest and biblical scholar Rev. George Leo Haydock is our favorite and we not only like we love it!!

    Also: The first concordance (Latin - from the Vulgate) was compiled by Dominican friars in 1230, long before the reformation.

    The concordance is used as a key for referencing and cross referencing words to aid in understanding context in scripture passages in case you are unfamiliar with the concept. Catholics are HUGE fans!!

    The problem isn’t that we don’t like context; the problem is that protestants don’t LIKE our context because we reference the passages that prove the need for the cooperation of free will for salvation rather than just repeating the sola fide passages. Catholics reference BOTH.

  • Apologetics 101: Why Does the Bible Say Jesus Had Brothers?

    04/07/2015 1:14:12 PM PDT · 60 of 278
    stonehouse01 to Amendment10

    “...don’t see where biblical prophecy would be compromised if Mary did have more children...”

    Ezekiel 44:2 would be seriously compromised.

    Mary WAS the gate. Even the early protestants through the 1700’s retained this teaching that “the gate” would remain undefiled by man, including Zwingli and Luther.

    Luke 1:35 compare with 1 Kings 8 verses 10 -11.

    Mary is the Ark of the new covenant. The Blessed Mother contained the Holy of Holies (the Lord Himself) in the vessel of her womb. The pregnant woman is the bearer of the child in her womb and since Mary’s Child was God, She is the God Bearer. Mother of God and God Bearer mean exactly the same thing.

    Jesus did not have brothers. This is a FACT. IF Mary had had other children, they would have been half brothers only; the bible would have used the accurate terminology by using the term half-brother since the bible is inerrant. The meaning of the adelphoi therefore HAS to be that of spiritual brotherhood only, not blood brotherhood. The concept of a spiritual brotherhood is a perfectly acceptable concept found in other places within the bible.

  • Geologist resurrects Jesus family tomb spat

    04/07/2015 6:52:10 AM PDT · 25 of 32
    stonehouse01 to concernedcitizen76

    I only skimmed the article and gave a cursory look at the picture of the engraving. It looks VERY freshly carved to me (the inscription).. The edges are sharp and defined and recent looking and do not look over two thousand years old.

    The witnesses accounts of the empty tomb in the Gospel testimonies ring with truth while this seems very fake.

  • Top Republican candidates to challenge Chuck Schumer

    04/06/2015 3:53:29 AM PDT · 10 of 17
    stonehouse01 to Clean_Sweep

    “...we got screwed over in 1913...”

    Thank you for this info. I didn’t realize this had happened.

    This system for electing senators was much fairer and actually gave a voice to we “disenfranchised” conservative and pro-life upstate New Yorkers. This disenfranchisement is due to demographics that are hopeless for our interests to ever be voted in. Other states are in this predicament as well - PA with Philadelphia, Illinois with Chicago, etc.

    Otherwise, NYC ought to be made a separate state.

    This will never be changed back in real life because now that they (downstate) have the power they will never share it with upstate in a more equitable system of electing senators.

  • What Does The Shroud of Turin Prove About Easter?

    04/05/2015 1:18:25 AM PDT · 38 of 71
    stonehouse01 to JRandomFreeper

    “Why would I need proof?”

    It’s not about proof. No true Christian “needs” the shroud for proof. However it is wonderful to contemplate the Lord’s awesome power and glory and miraculous capabilities far beyond our mere human endeavors. It is about wonder and awe and gratitude and LOVE in the sense of adding to the sense of adoration for the Lord’s efforts for us sinners.


    04/04/2015 4:52:40 AM PDT · 10 of 11
    stonehouse01 to Steelfish

    Thank you Steelfish.

    The very early Church clearly had Bishops!! The presbyteros/episkopos/elders WERE the Bishops. I don’t know how anyone can choose to ignore this because it is scriptural and obvious. Titus 1:4-9. Titus clearly has been ordained and is clearly a Bishop since St. Paul is now sending him off to also ordain priests in every city ...(Douay Rheims translation) I especially enjoyed the quote from St. Ignatius of Antioch concerning Bishops.

    “On looking into history, we find the notion of a vague non-institutional church entirely foreign to the Christian community.” AND On this rock I will build my church.

    This is an actual metaphysical structure, something real, not in terms of an actual physical building, but in terms of the word “build” being chosen by Christ himself purposely to evoke an association by the intellect of an actual edifice that is composed of a built hierarchy, not a vague and nebulous “community” with no structure.

    Excellent points concisely laid out.

    Easter Blessings to ALL!

  • Robert Schuller dies at 88, but his legacy of false teachings lives on...[2 Peter 2:1]

    04/03/2015 6:27:36 AM PDT · 123 of 139
    stonehouse01 to metmom

    “Tozer... helpful...”

    Interesting. Psalm 118: 8 applies to Tozer.

    Tozer taught that there can be no spiritual regeneration until there has been a moral reformation. Tozer clearly states that a person’s salvation is conditioned upon one’s intention to reform. (”The Best of A.W. Tozer”, book 2 pg 115 - 117.)

    A very Catholic concept! And - Tozer read and was influenced by several of the great Catholic mystics.

    Tozer taught that a person must reform their life in order to trust Christ which is a form of the dreaded works salvation.

    Tozer thinks like a Catholic.

  • Memory Eternal: Dad is gone (prayers please)

    03/31/2015 10:25:34 AM PDT · 77 of 79
    stonehouse01 to NRx

    This is so very hard to lose your Dad. The fact that he was able to receive the Last Rites will bring great comfort and peace to you over time. Also to be called home to the Lord during Holy Week seems very fitting.

    I will offer prayers for you and for the repose of his soul during my rosary prayer time.

    Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord

    And let perpetual light shine upon him.

  • Did the Catholic Church really support the Divine Right of Kings?

    03/24/2015 6:43:31 AM PDT · 61 of 66
    stonehouse01 to stonehouse01

    ohe = one (sorry I am not a good typist)

  • Did the Catholic Church really support the Divine Right of Kings?

    03/24/2015 6:42:51 AM PDT · 60 of 66
    stonehouse01 to xone

    “...they have the best King possible...”

    Absolutely - excellent point - and ohe that I meant to be inherently understood ...

    In the fallen world here, our forms of government will always be flawed, but we can certainly try. Power corrupts those at the top who hold the power due to our fallen nature; whether the power holder is a king, an Obama, etc.

    The fact that heaven is a hierarchy suggests that a monarchy here (on earth) could work, but only insofar as the monarch can keep his or her tendency to the capital sins at bay in imitation of Christ the King. In other words, it is not the monarchy concept in and of itself that is off, any human in power can and eventually will be corrupted (look at Obama!) unless they are consciously and deliberately imitating Christ.

  • What Is Temptation, Why Does God Permit It, and What Are Its Sources?

    03/24/2015 5:51:37 AM PDT · 17 of 19
    stonehouse01 to pgyanke

    Excellent post!! Can you add me to your ping list if you get a chance?

    Many thanks.

  • Did the Catholic Church really support the Divine Right of Kings?

    03/24/2015 5:41:57 AM PDT · 58 of 66
    stonehouse01 to walkinginthedesert

    Thank you for posting! Excellent article!

    I am printing this out for my daughter who is a junior in high school and is currently taking AP U.S. History. She is a practicing Catholic who cares about her faith and will find this valuable!

  • Did the Catholic Church really support the Divine Right of Kings?

    03/24/2015 5:35:36 AM PDT · 56 of 66
    stonehouse01 to NRx

    “...the French Revolution is likely the worst disaster to befall Western Civilization since the black Death...”

    Post of the day! Many (students in the American public schools, for example) are told that the French Revolution was a good thing and it was NOT!

    Heaven is a hierarchy (Christ the King) and pure democracy will always play out to disaster since the average IQ is just above 100 and the people will vote for handouts eventually and the tyrants will keep the handouts rolling to stay in power.

    A republic does work - but it WILL devolve into a fascist tyranny because of fallen human nature unless there are definite stops put into the laws; e.g. having to be a landholder to vote, etc. In this age, owning property may not be the best requirement filter, however something ought to be put in place so the completely clueless or illegal can’t vote until the prove they are properly informed on the issues; there should be a literacy of American History test required before someone can vote.

    This is the exact reason that Obama and his evil ilk want to overwhelm the voting system with illegals. The most frightening aspect is that their plan is working.

  • What Is Temptation, Why Does God Permit It, and What Are Its Sources?

    03/23/2015 6:06:34 PM PDT · 12 of 19
    stonehouse01 to Salvation

    Excellent! I was able to listen and it was a very good segment. Thank you Lord for Monsignor Pope and his excellent exegesis and biblical insights.

  • Blood of St Januarius Liquefies During Francis’s Visit to Naples

    03/22/2015 2:10:15 PM PDT · 108 of 143
    stonehouse01 to steve86


    Or the real Pope is still Benedict - there are two Popes alive and one is counterfeit = 1/2.

    I don’t think I actually think the above, but felt the need to at least put it out there.

    I am not a huge fan of this Pope but do consider him authentic.

    Any thoughts on the up coming “declared blessed” of Oscar Romero? I am not thrilled but will do research.

  • Patrick: the saint who knew what it was like to be a slave

    03/18/2015 1:34:24 AM PDT · 11 of 11
    stonehouse01 to Ingtar

    Revisionist tripe. Read the man’s own writings (St. Patrick’s)- he clearly ordained priests, and confirmed; he says so himself. I don’t think the modern Baptists would have approved! He also encouraged monasticism and celibacy for his monks and nuns (also directly from Patrick’s writings, not someone’s cherry picked versions). I have the book and read it myself - St. Patrick was a man of the sacraments.

    People deny the holocaust, too, even in the face of actual evidence for it; in other words, anyone can revise history when they are trying to prove an agenda: - it is up to us to go to the root sources, in this case, Patrick’s own Confessions.

    Go to Ireland - the monasteries there founded by St. Patrick and his followers are WITHOUT A DOUBT Catholic.

  • Patrick: the saint who knew what it was like to be a slave

    03/17/2015 4:16:57 PM PDT · 5 of 11
    stonehouse01 to Ingtar

    “..closer to a Baptist...”

    Oh no - I hope this is a joke? I have a copy of St. Patrick’s”Confessions” and he specifically mentions several times his confirmations and his ordinations to the priesthood that he performed; his understanding of the sacraments was clearly Catholic beyond the shadow of a doubt, including the need for water baptism to be saved.

    I don’t think the Baptists have seen the light and now realize the sacramental and hierarchical nature of the True Church; St. Patrick was an ordained Bishop and confessed Christ’s return and judgment, as well. I could quote Chapter and Verse from the “Confessions” (I own a copy), but they are not that long and his references to the priestly ordinations Patrick as Bishop performed are easily found with even a cursory run through reading of the work.

  • St. Patrick Was a Baptist

    03/17/2015 8:57:56 AM PDT · 92 of 110
    stonehouse01 to Dutchboy88

    Of course not! It was totally twisted and revisionist and there was no point.

    I read from the root sources, which is St. Patrick himself - I do not need to use an interim source with an agenda. I quoted directly from St. Patrick, from his “Confessions”.

  • St. Patrick Was a Baptist

    03/17/2015 8:37:28 AM PDT · 87 of 110
    stonehouse01 to Dutchboy88

    “...more about what Patrick actually taught...”

    Here is a direct quote from Patrick’s “Confessions”:

    “...Jesus Christ is our Lord and God.

    It is he whom we believe and we hope he will soon come again, to be the judge of the living and the dead and WHO WILL RENDER TO EACH MAN ACCORDING TO HIS DEEDS...”

    Is this a protestant position? No!!

    St. Patrick was a Catholic Bishop and completely adhered to Catholic Doctrine.

  • St. Patrick Was a Baptist

    03/17/2015 8:29:31 AM PDT · 86 of 110
    stonehouse01 to Mrs. Don-o


    And the renowned Baptist Monastics who hand wrote the Book of Kells (St. Jerome Vulgate) was actually a Lutheran version of the bible. /s

  • St. Patrick Was a Baptist

    03/17/2015 7:14:32 AM PDT · 84 of 110
    stonehouse01 to Georgia Girl 2

    Yours sounds good - here is ours: - corned beef cooked all day in the crockpot - apple slaw, boiled new potatoes with plenty of butter! and cut out cookies in the shapes of shamrocks and crosses with green frosting.

    The mixed berry dessert sounds fabulous - maybe I will try to find a similar recipe.

    St. Patrick Ora Pro Nobis!!

    P.S. This topic of this thread is so ludicrous as to be hilarious!! I own and read St. Patrick’s “Confessions” in his own words and he is very pleased with God for his baptisms, confirmations, ORDINATIONS to the priesthood and inspiring the monks and holy virgins’ vocations to holy orders and the founding of the monasteries.

  • St Patrick the Bishop of Armagh and Enlightener of Ireland

    03/17/2015 6:54:35 AM PDT · 9 of 10
    stonehouse01 to NRx

    Thank you for the post!

    I just re read St. Patrick’s “Confessions” ( I have a copy) and he was very proud of his baptisms, confirmations, ordinations to the priesthood (in particular; he mentions this several times) and inspiring the Monks and Holy Virgins from the royal clans of Ireland. Of course he gives all the glory to God; however his successes in converting the pagans (Druids) to Christianity were essential. The monasteries founded by St. Patrick were key to the preservation of Western Civilization (Book of Kells, etc.) - I recommend “How the Irish Saved Civilization” to anyone interested.

    St. Patrick Ora Pro Nobis!!

    The corned beef is cooking all day here.

  • Flannery O’Connor: Friends Don’t Let Friends Read Ayn Rand (1960)

    03/15/2015 2:50:14 AM PDT · 29 of 50
    stonehouse01 to Rembrandt

    “..let the consumer judge...”

    No way! The “consumer” is the majority and the average American IQ is around 100. Sad, but true. OK - so Ayn Rand’s fans clearly have higher IQ’s than that, however Flannery O’Connor’s work is more complex, so the basic point holds true.

    We have Obama in the White House based on the premise that the majority knows what they are doing.

  • Flannery O’Connor: Friends Don’t Let Friends Read Ayn Rand (1960)

    03/15/2015 2:45:17 AM PDT · 28 of 50
    stonehouse01 to don-o

    Flannery O’Connor is far superior to Ayn Rand. Her fiction has the depth that comes from the accurate understanding of the fallen nature of her characters and their need of redemption. Rand’s work remains on the shallower level because without the proper understanding of human nature that comes with understanding Christianity, it is going to miss the mark.

  • Pope Francis Enters His Third Year of Scolding Introverts

    03/15/2015 2:02:34 AM PDT · 40 of 41
    stonehouse01 to stonehouse01

    sorry - stand

  • Pope Francis Enters His Third Year of Scolding Introverts

    03/15/2015 2:00:30 AM PDT · 39 of 41
    stonehouse01 to piusv

    “...only ignore them...”

    yes- we must ignore if we can sand it.

  • FROM THE PASTOR [re St. Patrick]

    03/14/2015 3:44:40 PM PDT · 14 of 16
    stonehouse01 to 9thLife

    Great article! Thanks for posting!

  • Thanks for the memories, but it's time for Christians to unite not fight

    03/14/2015 9:56:13 AM PDT · 649 of 1,119
    stonehouse01 to onyx

    “advice for all Catholics to completely ignore those threads...”

    Excellent advice!! I am going to try this approach and see if I can stand letting them butcher our doctrines. (That is why I break down and answer). I AM going to try to stand it though, because ignoring IS the best tactic and I hope the rest of us try this too.

  • How Can a Demon, Driven Out, Return With Seven More? A Meditation on a Puzzling Parable

    03/09/2015 5:27:02 PM PDT · 38 of 53
    stonehouse01 to UCANSEE2; circlecity

    “...Because he knows where the ‘door’ is...”

    Well said. Father Leonard Goffine in his exegesis for this Gospel (Luke 11:14-28) in his book “The Church’s Year” puts it this way (same as your point):

    “because a relapse generally draws more sins with it, and so it is said: the devil will return with seven other spirits more wicked than himself, by which may be understood the seven deadly sins, because after a relapse into sin, conversion to God becomes more difficult, as a repeated return of the same sickness makes it harder to regain health, because by repetition sin easily becomes a habit and renders conversion almost impossible; because repeated relapses are followed by blindness of intellect, hardness of heart, and in the end eternal damnation.

  • Thanks for the memories, but it's time for Christians to unite not fight

    03/08/2015 12:32:43 PM PDT · 146 of 1,119
    stonehouse01 to narses

    I have missed you! I am totally done with the hateful anti Catholicism here as well and baffled by the religion moderators toleration of it.

    I also have decided to lurk for a while to see if it gets any better.

    As far as I can determine, 95% or more of the Catholics here do not become nasty or personal but try to defend their Faith intelligently using scripture, reason and the Church Fathers, as well as the CCC, the saints’ teachings, etc. etc. We are mocked for our efforts.

    At an rate, please let us know, privately if that is better, if you have found a better place for political activism and religious conversation. An honest intellectual disagreement is OK, however that is not what has been happening here and we all know who the meanest are.

    I do not think any one of my posts contains a single ad hominem attack, although I do defend the Faith. If so, it was an accident out of frustration. It is pointless here.

    I have prayed about this in front of the Blessed Sacrament and have determined that for my own health I need to detach from the anti Catholic toxicity. I do not want to leave the forum, but will try to avoid the anti catholic posters.

  • The problem of Evil, from Augustine to contemporary Genetics

    03/07/2015 6:00:27 AM PST · 19 of 19
    stonehouse01 to stonehouse01

    I should have written: “that the effects of original sin ... were passed to their offspring.”

  • The problem of Evil, from Augustine to contemporary Genetics

    03/07/2015 5:36:01 AM PST · 18 of 19
    stonehouse01 to NRx

    “Augustine is the father if guilt in the west ...; (Original Sin named by him in the year 396)”

    The concept of original sin is inherent in the Adam and Eve story. (Genesis 1:19) Because Adam (and Eve) now return to dust, they brought death into the world that God had created. They did this from their own free will. The doctrine would have come to light inevitably by anyone studying Genesis and deducing the obvious conclusions:

    We know with absolute certainty that effects of Adam and Eve’s sin in disobeying God’s Will was passed to their offspring. This is because the immediate offspring and all subsequent generations of man became subject to the law of death (and toil, etc) too. If not, those subsequent offspring would have been free from death as Adam and Eve were before their choice to turn away from God. Only Adam and Eve would have died, Cain and Able, et al., would have lived on, or at least until they themselves sinned.

    If ONLY Adam and Eve were affected by their sin, their offspring would not have died, just the two of them.

    The earliest fathers realized this, even though they may not have called it original sin, per se. Irenaeus refers to infant baptism in 189 A.D. in his treatise “Against Heresies”; he realized that there was guilt to be washed away. Hippolytus and Origen took this position as well; in the 200’s both wrote of the need for infant baptism (and all baptism), well before Augustine. Clearly they recognized that there was sin to be washed away, and for infants it wasn’t personal sin, or course.

    Free will is the cause of evil in this world. God gave us free will because he wanted us to love and serve him freely; otherwise his creation would not have been perfect. Augustine certainly taught that man’s nature is inherently good and clearly takes this position in “The City of God”. Evil is the absence of love for God. God does not create evil, He can’t, He is only good. He allows it because His creatures would not be in His image if they could not reason.

    The problem of evil is not that complicated, actually. Evil comes from man’s (and the fallen angels’ choice to not choose God- look at what happened to Lucifer!)

    Those who have trouble with evil and think that its existence is a reason to lose their Faith have lost sight of the fact or refuse to acknowledge that mankind has a destination that is free of evil (heaven). Here on this fallen earth, this is a pilgrimage, not our final stop. God would be evil if this life here WAS it, but we have a chance to love and serve him here, and get to heaven due to the Redeemer’s work on the cross.

  • The Seven Sacraments and the Dwelling of Christ Within {Catholic Caucus)

    03/06/2015 1:10:38 PM PST · 4 of 4
    stonehouse01 to NKP_Vet

    Thanks for posting. This is my first time hearing about Cora Evans and her mission and conversion.

    The segment on the sacraments was very worthwhile reading.

  • The Problem with Going to Heaven

    03/05/2015 9:17:22 AM PST · 27 of 29
    stonehouse01 to tflabo

    “...We cannot pretend religiosity...”

    Is imitating Christ “pretending religiosity”?

    Scripture instructs us to imitate Christ, so I certainly hope that is not what we are getting at.

    Christ finished His work on the cross in order that we might now cooperate with that work by using our own free will not to continue to sin.

    Matthew 10:38

    Luke 14:27

    1 Peter 2:21

    If following Jesus is “religiosity” then “religiosity” must be OK.

  • The Problem with Going to Heaven

    03/05/2015 7:08:01 AM PST · 21 of 29
    stonehouse01 to Gamecock

    “...How dare we...”

    The doctrines found in Catechism of the Catholic Church are perfectly cross referenced and backed by scripture, the writings of the earliest Church Fathers and Doctors, including from the First Century .

    Serious Catholics read the Catechism and the bible and have no problem with excerpts being posted. Keep posting the CCC. Why on earth would it bother us?

    At issue is the deliberate parodying and twisting of the Catholic position (non Catholics have no idea what they are talking about) and then mocking the parody set up. This tactic is similar to the bait and switch unsavory method sometimes found in sales.

  • The Problem with Going to Heaven

    03/05/2015 6:57:45 AM PST · 17 of 29
    stonehouse01 to sauropod; don-o

    “...It is the teaching of Christianity to become more Christlike...”

    Yes - God equals Christ. We are expected to become Christlike. Since we are sinners, this is not 100% possible, yet grace gives us a boost.

    A biblical example to illustrate this concept is to consider the temptations of Christ in the desert. He didn’t need to be tempted, He did it as an example for us sinners on how to resist the devil and become more like Him. (That is, more like God).

    The fact that we are to try to imitate Christ is a given for Christians. (or ought to be).

    Man doesn’t become God and it is not possible, and that is not the author’s point. At least some of us get it.

  • Conversion from Roman Catholicism to Biblical Christianity

    03/04/2015 4:22:03 PM PST · 146 of 167
    stonehouse01 to RnMomof7

    And Jackie’s opinion has authority because?

  • The Lord's Supper: solemn symbolism or corporeal flesh and blood?

    03/04/2015 3:00:06 PM PST · 27 of 289
    stonehouse01 to RnMomof7

    Barnes, Gill, et. al. are welcome to their opinions and personal misinterpretations of scripture. A massive overproduction of gregarious exegetical commentary is not CORRECT commentary.

    I suppose they know more than St. Ignatius of Antioch writing in 110 A.D.? “heretics abstain from Eucharist and from prayer, because they do not confess that the Eucharist is the Flesh of our Savior Jesus Christ”

    Catholic Truth Alert: Catholic doctrine sticks with the plan sense of the bible: John 6:53. It says what it means and it means what it says. Simple and straight forward.

  • Walking With Jesus as a Former Catholic

    03/04/2015 5:43:07 AM PST · 32 of 125
    stonehouse01 to Gamecock

    “...personal relationship with God that is more than just rule keeping...”

    This man clearly never knew or bothered to properly understand his Catholicism if he thought it teaches just rule keeping without a relationship with the Lord. (By the way, I never saw more rules than evangelicals have: no drinking, no dancing, etc. etc.)

    Catholics accept the Lord Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior, admit that they are sinners, and are clearly taught that without Jesus’ sacrifice no one obtains the grace to get to heaven.

    For fellow Catholics: False Teaching Alert (2 Peter 2; 1-3): Here is the actual Church Doctrine without the anti-Catholic spin:

    Salvation is not a single event that takes place once in time, and then is assured ever after. The bible says that we must believe to be saved, but it does not say that salvation is now guaranteed.

    Salvation can be lost through sin and no amount of Luther’s tweaking of the bible is going to change that.

    I had no idea there were so many bitter ex Catholics out there. In their hearts they know they are still full of sin and ONLY souls in a state of grace will get to heaven. No wonder they jumped ship (the barque of Peter) - the “get into to heaven free card” no matter how much they sin after they are “born again” is very enticing indeed! (and unbiblical)

    Fellow Catholics: Don’t be tempted to follow Luther down the easy road into error.

    Hebrews 10:26 is quite clear that we cannot sin with impunity - Salvation is NOT assured.