I study and preach and learn about the Bible every single day. I have been involved with church in a lay minister or pastor position for over a decade. And I can seriously say that I can interpret the entire Bible, Catholic or Protestant, and find a loving interpretation to every verse. I can honestly say that I find nothing that tells me I should make decisions regarding damnation.
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I see horrible concepts portrayed, but I see them as true. But only as metaphors. Torment and annihilation are real but we cause it for ourselves. The depictions in the Bible are like a great big and loud horn steering us away from harm and toward lo
I get your point. And I get the point that we say "Living Bible". But it is just a thing. Jesus is the Word. That must be understood. Although divinely inspired the Book is of man. Can we know Jesus with out the book - yes. Can we know the book w/o J
Very funny thanks for the levity
Celafoe, did I tell you about my youth parishioners using apps to check up on what I preach. It is totally cool. Boom, the pastors' sermon is checked against scripture real time. So in order to teach my Gospel of Love, I have to be right on with trut
Celafoe, if I had a penny for every time someone draws a distinction between real Christians and those that are not...... You do not know what goes on inside someone else's head or how they pray in their private closet. How can you be the judge?
DH-- i read we will know them by their fruit, your bible doesn't say that?? But I do not judge anyone nor does Christ, just their fruit, they judge themselves. He just confirms the judgement they have taken for for themselves.
Seems to me that Celafoe and DH are compatible. One thing we cannot escape is judgment of ourselves.
Cel, read this hub. It is interested, no? https://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/Popes-Gon...
LG-- I am not interested in reading catholic or and other cult materials. Catholocism is not a Christian religion so it has no value to me.
Cel, I am not interested in what you say anymore because all you can do is point fingers at anyone who tries to discuss things here or anywhere that you have commented. You say I am confused? Yeah Right! NOT.
Who is we? I can and do. So my question is where did you get the rule: "we cant interpret bible without condemnation"
With we, i just mean us and i read that
“Your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear” (Isaiah 59:2).
And I read that as a great suggestion on what not to do. But if you read it literally it violates the premise that nothing can separate you from your God. So your interpretation must be wrong.
Emily you are just repeating a throw away line. Ditch the flawed KJV and look at a concordance. Count up the uses of heaven and Gehenna and you will see for yourself the truth. Gehena is not hell it is the Ben Hinnom valley.
Emily Sparks, don't just make false statements, give scripture to prove what you say
I do believe I sensed a parishioner here spewing what a preacher said. I could be wrong. But I see no love in this response but rather a automaton reaction. Again I could be wrong.
But you are not saying if have to read and decide for others are you? It would seem that for me I do not need to worry about it period. But does the Bible instruct me to worry about it for others?
Ericdierker is right. Reading the Bible should be treated the same way as eating a buffet. You choose those dishes that you like to eat. I used to read the Bible from Pg 1 and never got to finish the book. When I skip Genesis, the going gets easier.
Well If I had a potluck and invited you, I do not think I would follow you around and make you eat everything.
Yes you are right I forgot the question mark at the end. But otherwise how could I possibly make it more of a question "can a real Christian interpret the bible without condemnation? "
Thank you, that was really nice, I know it sounds pop psychology but your comment let me feel validated.
LG __Based on you support of non scriptural doctrines, such as your support of homosexuality and others you are not qualified to minister the Word of God. I rebuke for supporting such evil doctrines
Cel, why do you attack people who do not believe as you do? Is that also NON Biblical or do you like to instigate fights which is also NON Biblical according to what Jesus taught.
You are correct LG. Yahshua taught that if someone didn't hear His, or their words not to judge, just leave them alone.
And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the worl
Tnx Deb. Cel has taken it o HIMSELF to condemn me. I dunno why but he is a very caustic person in all this accusing. He has no idea what a Christian is outside of his dogma.