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thatbrian last won the day on December 25 2017

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  1. This issue is not one among many issues regarding Christianity. It is the dividing issue. It separates sheep from goats. It's as old as mankind. (See Romans 9:32)
  2. All of the physical creation reflects spiritual realities. Creation isn't random. God, the Father, in a non-physical sense, of course, is a male. And, God the Son, is certainly a male.
  3. Yes. It's too bad that He was mislabeled by all those darn misogynists.
  4. Your God sounds impotent. Perhaps he is a she.
  5. That doesn't sound like an orthodox response. Are you a Christian?
  6. You said this: "Good within this world is to be made by Christians who are part of a spiritual state. God is not counting on the earthly state to spread good even though He can. The main good comes from Christians." Is not loving one's neighbor a physical reality, as opposed to a "spiritual" one?
  7. By Gnostic, I mean that you view the physical creation as bad, and the spiritual realm is good. You have a very dualistic worldview, which Christianity does not go along with. God created the physical world, and we will live eternally in new bodies. He also created and gave authority to states (governments) so that they would govern the people of the earth. He also called, gifted and gave authority to leaders of His church who are to be obeyed and followed. All things which your religion discounts, as far as I can tell by your posts.
  8. Wow! You sound VERY gnostic. Are you?
  9. So, a Christian judge should, "turn the other cheek", and let criminals off? A Christian cop should not arrest drunk drivers? A Christian town tax official should not foreclose on someone who has failed to pay his property taxes for 20 years? I can forgive a person who stole my TV, but the police still will (and should) arrest him, and a judge should sentence him. The two are completely different things.
  10. The waters get muddy when people fail to read the texts properly. They take an instruction that was given regarding interpersonal relationships and apply it across the board, including he realm of the state. Following the logic os some, a police officer should, "turn the other cheek" if he catches me speeding.
  11. First came John 6, then came The Last Supper, the full explanation of Jesus words recorded in John 6 in which Jesus made clear that it was a way in which to remember His work on our behalf. He made it so clear by His words at the LS that it boggles the mind anyone would not understand Him. 26While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” 27Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28This is my blood of theb covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 29I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” Notice how He says that He will not drink of THIS fruit of the vine until. . . Also notice that He took BREAD and said, "this is my body". All who were present would not have mistaken Him for speaking metaphorically, otherwise He would have been applying ketchup to His ram and telling them to take a bite. Men's hearts are idol factories. Calvin was right about that, and those who turn the Supper into a religious magic trick, I must surmise, are doing so in order to create a "pill" of justification for themselves.
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