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  1. I agree 100 percent that it is Mary that is being lifted up instead of Christ right from the start in the OP. Mary was not God in flesh but it was Jesus that God made flesh. Mary had the sin nature from Adam just as every one born into the world has been and are a slave to sin and death has passed upon all the human race. I can read the Word of God and can see where Mary didn't escape the wages of sin as she died a physical death she had no immaculate flesh. Mary was already a believer she wasn't suddenly born again as the OP is saying. Instead you see Mary keeping the law of God as she took Jesus to the temple to have him circumcised on the 8th day as was required by the law. Mary knew God and worshiped him as her Creator maker of heaven and earth. Mary did not die on the cross for our sins she was no sacrifice nor did she give of her body to be slain on the cross for the sins of mankind. No instead it was Jesus who was God in flesh an earthly mother but a Heavenly Father. Mary was just a humble servant to the will of God like Moses and so many others that could be named nothing Immaculate about there earthly flesh. All bodies are simply a house which the Spirit of God abides.
  2. Promotion is of the Lord may He grant you His favor and open doors that no man can shut. blessings oc
  3. Keep reading and studying the bible for the scriptures are able to make you wise.
  4. What you believe is very "relevant". Because it is what you are teaching others in your post. If what you believe is irrelevant as you say that it is, then why are you putting so much effort in trying to prove what you are saying is the truth. When it comes to the book of life there will be many who think their names are still in the book of life but will be shocked. There are those in the world perhaps those in your stories may find their names are still in the book of life. One thing I have learned through the years is that I am not a mind reader of the thoughts and intents that are in another persons heart. I don't know every thought and therefore I am disqualified to judge those who do think of committing suicide nor to judge the souls of those who have committed suicide and died from it. If you want to stand as a judge, jurer and prosecution of those who commit suicide without having all the facts. It's possible you in return will be judged likewise in the same way by God. I would caution that giving heed to one's own name being removed would be in order.
  5. So you believe that a person who commits suicide cannot be forgiven at all? Perhaps a person commits suicide and doesn't die a quick death and while waiting to die the person begins to be sorrowful during that time period and asks for forgiveness. But still the person dies as a result of suicide by his own hand. No one can really see what goes on within the heart of another except by God the judge of us all, as He alone knows the secret intents of our hearts
  6. Yes the angels themselves would give warning not to worship them. For they themselves are a created being of God, but they are not God, only his ministering spirits sent forth on God's behalf.
  7. Personally I would be more concerned about entertaining angels unawares which can come to us in any form, than being concerned about the angels pure form being scary or beautiful. What difference does it make?
  8. There is such a thing as a healthy fear and it is good to have.
  9. Acts 23:6-9 - But when Paul percieved that the one part were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee: of the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in question. And when he had so said, there arose a dissension between the Pharisees and the Sadducees: and the multitude was divided. For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit: but the Pharisees confess both. And there arose a great cry: and the scribes that were of the Pharisees' part rose, and strove, saying, We find no evil in this man: but if a spirit or angel hath spoken to him, let us not fight against God (the whole text should be Acts 22:30-23:1-11) Paul had been brought down before the Sanhedrin and earnestly standing before them began to say to them that he lived with a good conscious before God until that day. Ananias who was the high priest there commanded those who stood by Paul to smite him in his mouth for saying he was not guilty of breaking the law. Then Paul spoke back to Ananias and said God would smite him and then called him a whited wall because he sat in the council to judge him after the law and commanded that he be smitten for saying he was innocent of breaking the law. Those that was around Paul told him Revilest thou God's high priest, speaking of Ananias. Paul then said I wist not brethren that he was the high priest: for it is written Thou shalt not speak evil of the ruler of thy people. Paul came to realize in the midst of this that one part of the council before him was part Sadducees and the other part of the council were Pharisees. Whenever Paul realized that he cried or yelled out in the council that he himself was a Pharisee, he was the son of a Pharisee who believed also in the hope of the resurrection of the dead and for that belief he was called in for question. Of course that caused a stir between the two groups as well as the rest of the crowd there. The Sadducess believed that there was no resurrection, neither believed in the spirits of angels nor did they believe that we have a spirit living within our fleshly body. They don't believe in the bodily resurrection or spirits of any kind. The Pharisees on the other hand did believe in both the bodily resurrection and in the spirits of angels and people. When the word "spirit" is used in verse 8 it is referring to the spirit of a person or the life of a person. We are made up of body soul and spirit.
  10. News flash, all of your questions do not prove one thing. I'm a Christian because I believe in my Creator. Who caused a literally flood to happen during Noah's time here on earth. Which Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord as he and his family being 8 souls were saved in the ark saved from the death of the flood. Reading one's bible with faith instead of unbelief would make a believer to see the truth given to us in scripture themselves that God started over again the human race with 8 souls that he saved on the ark being Noah and his family members. Evolution is against what the scriptures teach and is a flat outright lie from this acclaimed Catholic in the OP.
  11. Thank God for the Lilly that's still blooming in my valley. Praise God Praise God I don't have to worry now.
  12. I would suggest you read the entire book of Ecclesiastes. It is a short book of just twelve chapters which gives a conclusion at the end of it that I believe will give you some clarity in the vein in which you are seeking. blessings
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