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  3. This is a puzzlement to me as well, Spock. It seems that many of (what used to be) main-line Churches have adopted a form of Relativism in their practices... adapting to modern social norms and customs. And they do that while Scripture strictly tells us not to do that. Still... they preach the basic Gospel and so I'm left confused by it all rather than enlightened in any way. Many times I've heard from catholic (small "c") pulpits, that our faith is demonstrated through our actions.... that it's "lived, not merely learned." But when it comes to people of other faiths inheriting eternal life, I just can't see that happening without them turning from false Gospels and turning their lives over to Jesus.
  4. Interesting insights Willa... and so much on point! It does bother me a bit they some would go to some other as a mediator to God, other than Jesus. I know that God cannot be happy with this and wants all people to put their trust, reliance and hope on Jesus alone, for He alone is our source of all good things. As to recited prayers, I don't have too much of a problem with because it mainly comes across to me as petitions done in unison for the sake of cooperation... agreeing in thought for the church body. I haven't seen any voodoo or animism practiced in any church that I've been to... so I can't speak to that.
  5. Okay, thanks for that response... I was just trying to get a clearer picture of what others believe regarding this subject.
  6. Well, don't RCCer's and EO believe and confess those? To my understanding they do... ergo, Saved. They just happen to add to the Gospel a little extra stuff that's basically works related and we know that's a bad thing.. but does it remove them from Salvation after having repented, confessing and believing? They don't have a good handle on what "good doctrine" is, but I don't think that nullifies their Salvation. Makes them perpetual babes in Christ...
  7. What, in your own words, IS the Gospel?
  8. Sorry that it was post 666 for ya, lol... it kinda makes me not want to get involved and reply. But in seriousness, we do know some things about Constantine's reign as they were recorded just not everything in detail... the documentation that does exist often describe the "what" he did, just not the inner thinkings of the man. That he took interest in the Christian religion and made it both legal and preferred religion has been documented. Why he did that is left to speculative thinking. He of course stated that it had to do with a miraculous vision that he had and a calling by God Himself to make certain changes, that part was recorded, but we don't have any documentation (to date) as to what specifics were involved in that calling for him to do. See?
  9. I believe that there's too much faith being put on doctrine and a complete understanding of it that leads one to Salvation. I don't believe that we need to be theologians or even have a "good" working knowledge of Scripture to be Saved. Nor do I believe that we need a full understanding of Who God is to be Saved. Instead, I follow what the Scriptures say: Acts 2:38 38 Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." That alone is the Good News... to trust that through some, somewhat mysterious way, God supplied to us Jesus Christ as an atonement of our sins. That's enough... Roms. 10 9-10 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. It's a shame to make it more complicated.
  10. That's only one list of Popes... from/for the RCC; there are others by different denominations. That's what makes tracking this type of history so difficult... there are different perspectives to take into account. Constantine's biography is obscured and remains so in most of the personal details of his life and role as Emperor... we're simply left to guessing as to the reasons for many of his decisions. Constantine showed some remarkable traits as Emperor and political savvy. He worked hard at shaping the Empire in new ways, one of which was his desire for social reform... that part is clear. His making Christianity legal just seems to be part of that endeavor. He saw that Christians make for good citizens as their doctrines and dogmas stated and it's adherents followed. This religion produced a type of people that the "old" religions could not... and he appreciated that about Christianity. We know that he personally took a hand in some of the religious matters concerning how/who it was run (by), but what he exactly did doesn't seem to be recorded for us. Probably because he gave the Church some level of autonomy.
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