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  1. kunoichi9280

    Introduction

    Hi and welcome, Joe!
  2. kunoichi9280

    5 Lessons from Persecuted Christians in China

    That is an excellent article, and gave me food for conviction. Thank you. I have to put in a plug for the excellent (but not easy to watch) movie "Love Costs Everything", about the persecuted church. It really moved me and motivated me to make caring for my persecuted brothers and sisters a more consistent part of my life. The movie is free to watch if you have Amazon Prime.
  3. I think this is the crux of the problem the person I was talking to has. He doesn't really believe in original sin, so it makes sense that he doesn't believe in the need for regeneration, and therefore a person has at least some good in them and can be "good enough". Whereas what I was trying to say and didn't do a good job of is that all men need regenerating.
  4. I was talking with a somewhat liberal Catholic who has also attended the Eastern Orthodox for a period of time. He said that he didn't believe in the Catholic notion that if you commit one mortal sin you go to hell, but that there was certainly greater and lesser sins. I said that I believed all sins were mortal in a sense, in that we all deserve hell for our sins. He said that if that were the case, then Christians would be worse off then under the Old Covenant where you could sacrifice animals to atone for sin and Gentile God-fearers could be saved. I asked what was the point of Jesus coming and dying if some of us could be a sinner that was "not really that bad", but beyond that I blanked out on how to answer his point. Any input would be greatly appreciated if only so I can answer myself in my own mind. 🙂
  5. kunoichi9280

    Returning Protestant

    And if all else fails, there's the ultimate argument of the Magisterium. It's up to them to tell us what Catholic tradition is and what Scripture means, since there's not one nice and neat resource you can go to and say "This is Tradition". So really, for the Catholic, it's sola Magisterium.
  6. kunoichi9280

    Returning Protestant

    In my case, I had lost all but one of my Catholic friends over some complicated personal problems, so no one cared. My one friend is a very devout Catholic, but she fully believes Protestants are saved (she believes we have a lot of the faith but only Catholics have the "full" faith), so she was fine, although I'm sure she's disappointed. I had left my previous parish and hadn't really made any connections at another one so it was less of an issue for me. Had I done it five years ago, though, I believe we would have had a great deal of social pressure to stay, and the priest probably would have wanted to meet with us..
  7. kunoichi9280

    Prayer for Chinese Missionaries

    Praying for the persecuted Chinese Christians
  8. I used to be really big into the apologetics of proving the Bible when I was younger. Now, God's Spirit testifies in me it's His Word. But I'm very grateful for all the apologetics. I"m sure there will come a time in my walk with God where I need a little more "concrete" proof and it will be there.
  9. kunoichi9280

    Falling away?

    So, to put it in casual terms, the fact that we care enough about our salvation to examine ourselves means we have it. You don't care about something that's not there. Kind of like the answer we were given when we were young and worried we blasphemed the Holy Spirit. I was told if we were worried about doing it that it was proof we hadn't done it. Am I getting what you're going for?
  10. kunoichi9280

    Falling away?

    So those who fall away and return would be ones who were truly saved? Also, if you have to continually examine yourself, does that mean that no real assurance of salvation exists? I realize what you're saying (I think) that the idea that you can believe and repent and then just go on your way doing whatever is wrong. I guess I'm just thinking if someone is a Christian, then falls away, but comes back, were they never really a Christian in the first place, or did they come back because they truly were a Christian? And had they died in the time they were away, would they have gone to hell? Maybe I'm overcomplicating it. 🙂
  11. kunoichi9280

    Falling away?

    What does the Bible teach about falling away from the faith? Can it happen? If you do, were you never really saved in the first place? And if that's the case, how can you know you're saved now?
  12. kunoichi9280

    Returning Protestant

    I went to a "traditional" Catholic church for years, and our stance was basically to ignore anything that had happened since the Second Vatican council. We had very technical, in depth reasons why this was true and right, and over time I began to wonder; wouldn't God make it easier to know truth? Would He demand that you had all this intensive theological knowledge just to know what truth was? Not everyone is interested or capable of that. I remember trying to share with my mom and my in laws, and their eyes just glazing over as I went into Canon law and the definition of infallibility and how by the skin of our teeth you could ignore the Pope, etc. This is almost exactly my experience, and what got me looking at the other errors in Catholicism, as well as personal reasons. I just couldn't try to put the square peg in the round hole anymore and tell myself they actually lined up.
  13. kunoichi9280

    Returning Protestant

    To remain Catholic, I would have to basically ignore the fact that he was pope. Kind of impossible. So I sympathize.
  14. kunoichi9280

    Returning Protestant

    I posted in the testimony section today. Basically it was both that I was questioning key areas of Catholic doctrine (ex: the infallibility of the Church, if for no other reason in the light of the contridictions in Catholic teaching between pre-Vatican II and post Vatican II teaching) and I was craving for a different relationship with Jesus then I had; a relationship that the whole Catholic system seemed to be preventing me from having.
  15. kunoichi9280

    My testimony

    It seems wrong to have a section like this and not post in it, so I'm posting my testimony. 🙂 Not the most doctrinally indepth; it's mostly personal musings. my testimony.docx
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