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About Takoda

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  1. I would say " Hello Rabbi, do you have some time to talk?"
  2. I regard the flood narrative as a teaching tool, sort of like a large scale parable. There are other parables of this sort --- Job, Jonah and Ruth.
  3. Takoda

    Tic bite

    Just so you know --- a tic is an involuntary muscle spasm while a tick is an insect. The last post is excellent advice.
  4. Thank you so much. I was unaware of this resource. I loaned the book to a friend 20 years ago and have not seen it since. I've lost a few like that over the years.
  5. Both Popes are reformers and that is the only hope for the future of the RCC. I wish them well because most of my family are RCC. They are on their own, I am no longer involved.
  6. We have walked similar paths. I too was a Catholic for my first 30 years. Another good read is "Vicars of Christ --- the dark side of the Vatican" by Fr. Peter DeRosa. Hard to find because the book is out of print and he has been silenced.
  7. My mother used vinegar, you suggest lemon juice, but both involve chemicals (citric acid) which are drugs. "Natural remedies" and "drugs" are very artificial and needless distinctions.
  8. A 1% hydrocortisone crème is also very good.
  9. I know my Christian history very well too. In fact in 1961 I was given an award for apologetics from a Catholic University. My studies have taken me to different conclusions. In my opinion Pope Francis is the greatest hope for the RCC since Pope John XXIII.
  10. Right from the earliest decades there were several rival Christian churches/denominations. It is only with Constantine and the Council of Nicea that the Roman Catholic Church came into existence. Although I have been a Christian for over 75 years I am now convinced That Jesus had no intention about founding a "church". I think that his real intent was a complete reform of second temple Judaism. It is certainly true that those who followed very quickly lost that vision.
  11. I once had a chili made with rabbit, had me up hopping all night.
  12. If you are fed by the KJV then by all means stick with it. However the others are neither hurriedly copied or incomplete.
  13. The King James Version of the New Testament was based upon a Greek text (the Textus Receptus) that was marred by mistakes, containing the accumulated errors of fourteen centuries of manuscript copying. It was essentially the Greek text of the New Testament as edited by Beza, 1589, who closely followed that published by Erasmus, 1516-1535, which was based upon a few medieval manuscripts. The earliest and best of the eight manuscripts which Erasmus consulted was from the tenth century, and yet he made the least use of it because it differed most from the commonly received text; Beza had access to two manuscripts of great value, dating from the fifth and sixth centuries, but he made very little use of them because they differed from the text published by Erasmus. We now possess many more ancient manuscripts (about 9000 compared to just 10) of the New Testament, and thanks to another 400 years of biblical scholarship, are far better equipped to seek to recover the original wording of the Greek text. Much as we might love the KJV and the majesty of it’s Jacobean English, modern translations are more accurate.
  14. I could not disagree more. I grew up in the RCC before Vatican II. Entered seminary but left after a year. The Church desperately needed to be liberalized. Subsequent popes betrayed John XXIII and threw the church back into the 19th century. This is part of the reason that I am no longer Catholic. When the priest conducted the mass with his back to the people he was essentially cutting the people off from participation in the liturgy. Mass became a little play conducted by priest and servers leaving the people out completely. A far cry from the Last Supper.
  15. What is it about this venue that seems to attract people who hate their fellow Christians? I thought that we were growing out of that but here it is alive and well.
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