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    If the Bible is a Catholic book...

    The words of the Bible include the correct gospel, not traditions of churches or cults. Both testaments say trusting God IS salvation. Jesus said we must be born again (trust Him, rely upon Him) in John 3:3, 3:7, 3:16.
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    If the Bible is a Catholic book...

    Thank you for your thoughtful response. Can you direct me to the scriptural passages that indicate the entire body of clergy of the church has to take vows of celibacy to be eligible to be clergy?
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    How does God allow pain & suffering?

    Sounds like you need to explore what free will is: Several times, I've spoken to bitter victims of rape. Each time, I've asked, "What should God have done?" and they said, "Stop my rapist." When I said, "Should you have free will but not the rapist?" they "got it" and soon after, prayed about forgiveness for their rapist and healing from God. I'm glad you are zeroing in on a decision to trust Jesus Christ for salvation. It will help to know that the Bible describes dozens of purposes for suffering, but nearly all of them as benefiting people, mainly born again Christians. We suffer to learn in school, we suffer to exercise and eat right, and make tough decisions and find love... Suffering is a part of life now.
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    If the Bible is a Catholic book...

    My understanding is, it's not working, and rescinding vows of celibacy for Roman clergy would reduce sexual problems within Roman clergy, vastly (the bible always being accurate). The Bible describes such temptation well.
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    Save your family

    I'm not familiar with his life and works.
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    If the Bible is a Catholic book...

    I agree, 100%! The Jesus I know paid for my sin for I couldn't. I try to have fruit, am led by the Spirit, and do works, however, only perfect people can live in a perfect kingdom, so from the cross, He's able to grant me perfection--when I meet Him in person!
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    If the Bible is a Catholic book...

    I appreciate your passion, but the true speaker is Jesus, He doesn't lie in John 3:16, "Whoever trusts me HAS ETERNAL life, and will NOT come into judgment, but has already passed from death to life."
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    If the Bible is a Catholic book...

    Would you tell a homosexual, "stop having gay sex, become heterosexual, then trust Jesus, because all straight people go to Heaven"? It helps to tell Romans the true gospel, if they trust Jesus for salvation, the Spirit will lead them to truth--including either finding a new church or witnessing as a "gospel spy" within.
  9. Read John's gospel, fourth New Testament book, a few minutes daily, unless you "feel like more", but pray to Jesus Christ to understand what you're reading, and to follow it.
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    Need advice

    How can you be running from God, by asking for help from running from God at a Christian forum? You've made the first step. Subsequent steps must focus on you understanding what born again salvation IS.
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    Save your family

    As a Jewish believer in Jesus, who experienced great heartbreak, I take solace that for every 1 I lost I get 100, and that I can relish fellowship with Christian "family" in church.
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    If the Bible is a Catholic book...

    Take what I'm saying with a grain of salt, because I HEAR you, I do: My Roman friends need to be sure they trust Jesus for salvation, not sacraments, works, "how good their faith is" or 100 other things. My Roman friends need to read the scripture and ask Jesus to send His Spirit for them to understand and obey the scriptures. After 1 and 2 are in plac,e for sure: * Some will leave Rome behind * Some will stay in Rome to witness to lost Romans * Some will be saved and go to Heaven, sure, but just miss out on a lot of growth and witnessing It should be "get saved, read the Bible, pray to Jesus to understand the Bible" and then we never/rarely need to say, "Change churches now." IMHO.
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    If the Bible is a Catholic book...

    EVERYONE, Let's have peace when brothers discuss. Tone down the rhetoric. Keep the main thing the main thing: 1) What is the gospel, really? 2) What parts of Rome are correct regarding the gospel? What parts are wrong? Per the scriptures, we trust Jesus for salvation, per Rome, we start by trusting Jesus, but then, we have many ways to be lost afterwards.
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    If the Bible is a Catholic book...

    Justified sort of means "just as if I had never sinned/am perfect/am able to live in perfect Heaven". Taking what you wrote, "justification is the blood of Christ only (amen!)", faith is not justification. Neither James nor Romans says faith is salvation, they say Christ's atonement is salvation. James never says, "Can those WORKS save?" he says, "Can that FAITH save?" which means, "true saving faith saves". Truly born again people have works, amen, unless they are born again on their deathbed, or hanging on the cross next to Jesus's cross, or reading the Bible after their plane crashes in the desert, think about it. Many say, baptism in water saves. Yet I'm SURE a person reading a Bible in a desert can drop dead, saved, 100 miles from open water. SURE I'm sure.
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    If the Bible is a Catholic book...

    I agree that if sacred tradition exists, it would not contradict scripture, which is why I'm amazed it does so regarding assurance and salvation. I'm not a Protestant, and I'd rather we not make this "Who is right, Rome or Luther?" since they both have errors. I and you also have error, being human, fallible. In fact, my friends who are apologists for Rome explain changing traditions and statements by saying God puts fallible people in His church in Rome. The holy texts teach in both testaments that trusting God is salvation. I have read texts with the official imprimatur of the Index of the Holy See on them--meaning they are official dogma. Tradition is capitalized within, scripture gets a lower "s", literally. Fortunately, we need not argue tradition, Rome, Luther, etc., we only need to discuss the Holy Scriptures, based on what you posted, "divine Scriptures to be venerated, a light unto my path." Jesus told me in John's gospel three times I must be born again, and in verse 16, "whoever trusts me has eternal life". Jesus told the truth, I trusted Him in the past for my salvation, and have eternal life, not temporary eternal life, eternal meaning not temporary. Romans 8 says God's gifts are irrevocable (cannot be returned; God isn't "an Indian giver") and Romans 6 says salvation is a gift. Salvation is an irrevocable gift. All we need now is another Bible statement, "Jesus Christ gave me a gift from the cross; an irrevocable, everlasting gift, unless He takes it back again, meaning it's not everlasting, not irrevocable." JMJ, any one of a hundred things you can say to reply will have this in common: WORKS. Romans also says a gift has no works in it, and Romans 4 says "zero works are needed for this GIFT." It's not, however, a "free gift", because Jesus PAID for it. Not my works. I don't care that much about Luther or Marian adoration, icons or iconoclasm, incense or no incense. I care that my Catholic friends know the correct gospel.
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    If the Bible is a Catholic book...

    Thank you, JMJ, for seeking agreement. Yes indeed, if we stick tight to Jesus, good works will flow. I do believe, though, from studying scripture for a long time, that I'm adopted as His child and can never lose grace or salvation.
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    I really must go...

    What is the risk of visiting another church? (It's lessened if you go online, and make sure the church's statement of faith is biblical, and the church seems friendly).
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    Moving in with my boyfriend

    If you are a saved Christian, marriage is righteous, shacking up isn't. There has to be a female friend you can move in with instead...
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    If the Bible is a Catholic book...

    Thank you for your comments: 1) Scripture teaches salvation by grace through faith, not through works (Eph 2:8-9). 2) The perennial teachings of Christianity, the "faith delivered to the apostles" (Jude) is hundreds of years older than the Roman church or even Peter--both testaments teach salvation by trusting God, not through law-keeping or works. Those are the perennial teachings--in God's Word--and Rome clearly teaches that Roman tradition is superior to scripture, even where Roman tradition contradicts scripture. 3) A big reason the Reformation occurred--and Luther was one of many reformers, before and after his time, was because Rome taught salvation by works, and Luther and others were shocked/delighted to find salvation by trusting Jesus instead.
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    If the Bible is a Catholic book...

    Hi JMJ, When I wrote, "Justification, per dozens of scriptures, comes through Jesus, not sacrifice, works or even our attitude. Salvation is 100% through the cross, not through our "best efforts"," I meant that the scripture teaches works are no part of salvation, either before or after trusting Jesus to be saved.
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    Grieving the Holy Spirit

    FACTS first, faith second! Feelings last--if at all! FACT: Jesus died and rose for my sin, to make me morally perfect, fit for Heaven, when He returns. FACT: I've trusted Jesus, telling Him, "I can't save myself/be morally perfect, save me!" FAITH: A synonym for faith is trust. I trusted Jesus for salvation, I have and will always have, eternal life. FEELINGS: Often do not match facts or faith, but I persist.
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    Faith

    1) Yet the father waited at the edge of his field for his son, daily, and threw him a party. Not a "you're my son again, and you weren't my son for a while," but a party. 2) My fault for bringing up a parable, where people can argue about the interpretation. You should carefully consider Hebrews 12, which makes no sense if Christians can lose their salvation via backsliding. 3) Why is it okay for God to remain married to backslidden Israel, but not keep the engagement to a member of His bride, the church? 4) From memory, Hebrews says false teachers crucify Christ shamefully, not backsliders. 5) It's not technically "God will be the judge," God chooses to give people free will to receive or reject Jesus. However the cross is salvation, not our repentance. Be very, very, very careful not to add to the cross what we do or don't do. Number 5 is of great concern to me, I'm often meeting Christians who believe salvation can be lost, because they think repentance/faith/good deeds/whatever/who cares? (!) is more of salvation that this free gift of the cross and resurrection power. One more set of verses? Romans 8: God does not take back His irrevocable gifts. Romans 6: Salvation is a gift.
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    Faith

    I understand. Let's start with what we both know and affirm: Hebrews 11 is a great chapter that tells Christians how to live, boldly and not sinfully. Hebrews 12 is a great chapter that tells Christians they are children of God and get spanked for backsliding. Hebrew 12 says if a backslider isn't spanked, they're not a child but illegitimate (child of Satan!). The Beatitudes and countless other scriptures describe God as Father and God as nurturer and supreme parent. Christians are adopted by God. Can He parent them perfectly? Of course. Can Satan take a born again person, resurrect their old man, re-adopt them away from God, etc.? NO! He lacks this power--but he always wants people to think he has more power than he does. Show me an ex-Christian who loves every minute of their sinful lifestyle and I'll tend to call them out as never saved to begin. I constantly witness to such people, often, atheists trolling websites (or in person, seeking attention). I ask their "testimony" and hear they sought spiritual experiences, pursued a charismatic pastor, followed the people they liked, etc. but NEVER do they say, "Jesus and I had a relationship, then He disappeared from the scene." NEVER. Never do they say, "I sincerely trusted Jesus to be born again," NEVER. Show me an ex-Christian who indulges their flesh but is miserable, and I'll tend to call them a lost child (parable of the prodigal here). Remember Hosea also, "Israel, you are backslidden but I AM MARRIED TO YOU." GOD HATES DIVORCE as the scripture encourages us, so the nation of Israel (or the Northern tribes in this case) would NEVER be fully cast away by God. As backsliders, would there be suffering, misery, chastisement, YES. Total loss of salvation? No, see Romans 11:26.
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    If the Bible is a Catholic book...

    Justification, per dozens of scriptures, comes through Jesus, not sacrifice, works or even our attitude. Salvation is 100% through the cross, not through our "best efforts".
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    If the Bible is a Catholic book...

    If you confront a priest with scriptures regarding salvation by faith only, without works, they will, if you are persistent, say something like, "I've taken vows and gone to seminary, I'm here to interpret God's Word for you, you've been studying too much, take it easy for a while". This is one reason why the Reformation occurred.
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