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To properly understand the Shroud, you must go into considerable detail. 1) Why create an image which is a photographic negative a thousand years ago, when photography has only existed for less than 200 years? The illustration is a negative of the appearance of the Shroud. It was a massive shock when the first negative images of the Shroud were developed! 2) Who knew that the placement of the spike in the hands would make the thumbs curl under, so that they are not visible? 3) What can account for the similarity of the early images of Jesus to the face on the Shroud? Coincidence? I don't think so. 4) How was it possible to provide the image of the coins covering the eyes? 5) How can you account for the pollen, which is representative of plants from the area from 2000 years ago? 6) Multiple miracles have preserved the Shroud, including a disastrous fire some 700 (?) years ago. The damage done by the melting solder from the bindings on the casket account for the mended portions (the eight triangular patches), sewn into place to preserve the integrity of the Shroud. How do you account for this? 7) The image is a scorch mark. There is no other means known for altering the linen in a visible manner, without use of dyes or paints (which cannot be found). There is a great deal more to be said about this.
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Yes, we honor our war dead and our political leaders. In no way do we worship them or expect them to do anything for us NOW. We recall their service and give thanks for their lives. Peter walking on the water, Peter and Paul raising the dead, the Apostles healing, were simply obedient servants of their Master. That is what He told them to do. As I read Revelations I find the saints engaging in worship of the Lamb. I do not find them passing prayer requests along to the Throne. In our Requiems we pray "Give to the departed eternal rest." Being required to respond to a billion petitions a day does not seem very restful to me. Was it not enough that Mary's Sacred Heart was pierced when her Son died on the Cross? Must she be subjected to endless requests for intercession? Is there no rest for her? This has nothing to do with protestant/Catholic divisions. This has to do with simple logic. Who wants to be a Saint and spend one's entire "time" in Heaven passing along prayer requests?
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Deity is said to be characterized by omnipotence, omniscience, and omnipresence. That is the way I learned it, anyway. There is no dispute that the Rosary addresses requests to Mary. She is asked to intercede on the part of the person praying the Rosary. To intercede infers that she first hears the requests. Since there are over 1 billion Catholics, most (?) praying the Rosary, that means close to 1 billion intercession requests. In several thousand languages, at that. How does Mary do this, not being blessed with Omnipresence and Omniscience? The First and Great Commandment instructs us to worship One God, and Him Only. That means bow down, adore, give reverence to, and praise. Anything short of this is forbidden. Yet churches are named after Mary, statues are made in her image, candles lit and flowers left before her image, and whole organizations dedicated to her. You can tell me there is no worship of Mary as many times as you like. The evidence is otherwise. We ask Christians to pray for us, the ones who are alive now (that is), because that is part of the Living Church. The Saints have gone forward to their well-earned rest.
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Key question. Boko Haram, Al Quaeda, ISIS, the Fort Hood Terrorist, all perform their deeds "Allahu Ahkbar." Thus I would take them to be Muslim, since Allah comes to us from Mohammed. The Crusades and the Inquisition were done by men to claimed to be acting in the name of Christ. Thus they are Christian. The parallelism is exact. Chant "Allahu Akhbar" goes with Islam. There is no room for dispute in this issue.
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Serious questions were raised during the Reformation about the nature of Christianity. One issue was the validity of the ancient texts. Textual criticism was used to provide the best available document. Early parchments were consulted. Erasmus published a master summary. No such textual work has been done on the Koran. The entire issue is sealed off from any discussion. The Saudis will not allow anyone to consult whatever source material is available. The Suras cannot even be re-ordered in the date of their reception by Muhammad. The same is true of the Muslim commentaries. So how do we know when their material originated? Did it come from the Prophet? No answers are available on these questions. Even discussions of the life of the Prophet are out of bounds! There can be no reformation of Islam as things now stand. So no wonder every Imam has his own version!
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She can't handle the truth! Fabricating a medical excuse is an easy out. You are just brutally honest; what else can I say? There are multiple sources which she could visit which would not trouble her sense of rightness. She could subscribe to the collected utterances of Nancy Pelosi or Hillary Clinton, for example. The first stage of grief, Ross says, is denial. So she needs to get over it. She denies that you tell the truth. Oh, well. Her problem. I distinctly recall that Jesus told his followers that consigning someone to hell would send you there yourself!
Toggle Commented Jul 29, 2014 on "Hell awaits you" at Brutally Honest
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It is really simple. The Jews killed Jesus. And therefore all the Jews must be killed. Of course the Jews did not kill Jesus. Most of them were ignorant of the whole thing. It was a rump session of the Sanhedrin; the actual execution was done by Romans under the command of Pilate. But there will be peace in the world when all the Jews are dead. This was the dream of Luther, the dream of Hitler, the dream of endless others. The quest for a scapegoat is endless. See Anti-Semite and Jew for details. Besides, it is in the Koran, which cannot be questioned (or even sourced!).
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Rick: Are we created ab initio as individuals, or is our creation in the context of a family? Do these children coming across our borders exist in isolation, or do their parents have an obligation of care and protection for them? In the US to abandon one's child is a crime. Does abandoning one's child cease to be a crime if done in a foreign country? I can see the refugee point if the parents or caregivers are dead; however, if the parents are still living, do they not have an obligation of care? Our Creator established the family as the fundamental unit: one man, one woman, and their children. Jesus, Paul, and others certainly had this viewpoint. What conceivable ethical standard legitimizes the parental surrender of responsibility to the citizens of a foreign nation? You have jumped past the origin of these children, it seems to me, and completely skipped the parent part of the equation. God is to be known to us as our Father, after all. I seriously question the advocacy of abandonment of parental responsibility in this way. If things are that bad in the home country, should they not rather take steps to make things better?
Toggle Commented Jul 17, 2014 on Why I'm grateful to be Catholic at Brutally Honest
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This is going to be a real shock when the proponents of this abominable idea get before the Throne of Judgment. The Lord does not take kindly with having Himself taken in vain. The worm is not yet quenched, and the fire still burns. Eternal death awaits the perpetrators of this escapade, both among the presenters and among the Harvard Trustees. They will pay. With their eternal souls. You can look it up in the New Testament. The Psalmist says it right: "fools make a mock of sin." I really REALLY do not want to go there. It is time for Jonathan Edwards to rise up again. "Sinners in the hands of an angry God" is needed once again.
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The official Obama policy: "They bring a gun to the fight. We bring a teleprompter." We have nothing to send. The orders have come: "stand down." All our military force is unavailable. Sorry.
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There is a radical disconnect here. The God Whom I worship welcomed me to repent and believe the Good News. He did not affirm my state of being created with original sin. He did (and does) offer me eternal life, but in the World to Come (not this earthly life). Lots of stuff I did was bad, and I had to stop. Some stuff I still do now is bad, and He calls me to stop that as well. I am welcome to eat the bread and drink the wine of the new life, but I am solemnly urged to stop the sin. Whatever this Pastor is offering has no relation to the God Who sent Jesus to us. Sorry to be so blunt, but there it is.
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The Roman Catholic Church needs to modernize very badly. They need to modernize right back to the beginning, with humility and service as the marks of all Priests. They need to go back to practicing what they preach, and preaching what is in the Caonons. Enough with the revisionism already! Look to Africa and Asia and look at what works. Servant communities, that's what. Get rid of the ostentation. Enough already with choosing the chief seats at the dinners. Enough with the elaborate embroidery and grand palaces. The fire won't start again until its leaders understand that the fire will come for them first, and that outward observance of the law is not enough!
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There really was a Star of Bethlehem. Go read up on Balaam. His prophecy was direct and unambiguous, and accounted for the Wise Men. The Star was to appear in the sign of Judah, which was the Lion (Leo). So it did. In Babylonia, on August 12, 3 BC, Venus and Jupiter appeared to merge at sunrise. And again, in Israel, on June 17, 2 BC, Venus and Jupiter appeared to merge at sunset. These data are from Jean Meeus, from the JP4 ephemeris. This was published years ago, in Sky and Telescope, by Roger Sinott. Such mergers are extremely rare.
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Bah. Humbug. It is sin. We are sinners. Face it. Get with the program. Repent and be baptized. Never known to fail. Of course you have to confess your sins and reject them. Of course you have to clean up your act and stop sinning. But it is a small price to pay for eternal life. Of course you have to believe that Jesus died for you, but is that really so hard? The hard part is getting on your knees and really meaning that you repent. Try it. It really works!
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Of course Christianity has been rejected. The 200 proof item is not presented. Consider today's Gospel: "You brood of vipers...". You can't say that! Nevertheless John the Baptist said it. His remarks hit home, and folk headed for the water for the baptism of repentance. You can't get well until you admit you are sick. When the Gospel is proclaimed it is radically effective. See Africa for details. Where the Gospel is watered down to the ratio 10,000,000 to one and is made homeopathic, it is useless. Just try it. REPENT! Confess your sins and Jesus will forgive them. And THEN see what happens!
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Thank you, BH. It is time that SOMEONE got brutally honest about abortion. And who better than Bonhoeffer? Abortion is a cynical debasing of marriage, sexuality, human life, and the whole issue of ethics. Fact: if a woman keeps her legs together, she will not have a fetus to abort. Fact: if a man keeps his pants zipped up, he will not father an unwanted child. Fact: just because it feels good, you do not have automatic permission to do it. Fact: self-control is hated by liberals. If you have self-control, you do not need Government to control yourself for you. Again, thank you!
Toggle Commented Nov 11, 2011 on Confusing the issue at Brutally Honest
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The ruling is significant because of the thorough way in which the ruling treats the history of the subject: the Constitutional authority of Congress. Obamacare would make us all into subjects of the Royal House. We would lose the freedom to decide how to spend our money. With mandated insurance a done deal, there would soon be endless other mandates, requiring us to purchase endless numbers of things which Congress decided were important to us. No, thank you. I like the limited Federal power just fine.
Toggle Commented Aug 14, 2011 on "Congress exceeded its authority" at Brutally Honest
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How unutterably sad. Frank Schaeffer, growing up in his family, missed the whole point of Francis Schaeffer's teachings. He is now a member of the "blind leading the blind" society. He has nothing to contribute to the discussion, so he flaps his jaw. By what right does he declare himself an expert on the United States? I suppose, because I read and believed what I read in his father's books, that I am one of those unlearned and ignorant people he vilifies. Poor me, with a Ph.D. in mathematics. I'm so dumb. Given the chance to fill the role of prophet, instead he chooses the role of hack. Ugh.
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I met Jim Wallis a long time ago. I can no longer give you an exact date; it was probably 1970 or 1971. My wife and I were looking for a church; the Sojourners were meeting in a local center and had a rowhouse in NW DC. At the time that we met them, they were organizing protests. They were being schooled in how to get arrested: how to go limp, what to say, how to block access to public places, how to get observers to be inflamed at their treatment; how to carry no ID so as not to be identified; and other such enlightening instructions. Their moral basis was the imposition of their opinions by public relations, claiming a relationship to historic Christianity while in fact working the Alinsky community organizer model. Jim Wallis is one of the best obfuscators around today. Unless you listen most closely, you will think that he agrees with you; it is necessary to record his words and parse them in order to really understand what he says. He knows all the right words to say; he quotes from all the right authorities; he has the blessing of many in the NCC and the WCC. He remains a charlatan and a fraud.
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Naah. The ObaMessiah can do no wrong. ObaBoob (CBUH) changes direction without notice and without warning. He has an internal compass which runs on Alinsky time. This is unshakable faith, based upon the quest for a Messiah and the hope for the Utopian Socialist State. It is just words. What is the meaning of the word "is", anyhow? He has no authority to mobilize the National Guard. He has no authority to impose universal purchase of health insurance. He has no authority to nationalize GM, nationalize banks, or nationalize anything else. Since he has no authority to do anything he is doing, and since he is flagrantly unwilling to exercise that authority which he has, I must conclude that he is not President. He is something else.
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I hate to see this happen. The Herndon Climb has been a vital tradition of the Naval Academy since I was a kid. And to place a "no injury" shield on the activity? Will they ban the carrying of weapons by cadets? Will they abolish weapons training? The whole idea is nuts.
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Shame on you, and shame on Seraphic Secret. You are presenting the truth. Your truth is not Politically Correct. Islam is "the religion of peace,", according to its defenders. In truth, Islam means submission. One submits to Allah, as expressed in the Qu'ran. The Prophet expressly presented Jihad as obligatory on all adult male followers of Islam, which meant bringing all infidels into either submission or death. Convert or die, was the war cry for a thousand years. According to Wahab (ca 1830), and after him Qutb (ca 1930), Islam will only flourish when its followers return to the one true path, which is the rule of the Twelfth Imam under universal Sharia. The Peace of Islam is betrayed daily, as one follower of Allah butchers another follower of Allah, all in the name of Allah. Remember: these guys (the girls have nothing to say in the matter) still have not resolved a little controversy about Muhammad's grandson (look up Sunni and Shi'ite). And that issue dates back, oh, 1200 years or so. Go figure.
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