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Discussion in 'Religious Debates' started by metis, Aug 9, 2016.

  1. First Baseman

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    That's right, they closed themselves off. Those of the synagogue of Satan have closed themselves off, too, if they will not hear Jesus.

    Do you think Jesus was addressing Satan or Peter? Obviously He was addressing Satan.
     
  2. Saint Frankenstein

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    And not all non-Christians have closed themselves off to Christ.
    He was talking to Peter:

    "23 He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are an obstacle to me. You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.” (Matthew 16:23)
    https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+16:23
     
  3. First Baseman

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    I never said that all non-Christians have closed themselves off to Christ. You only assume this is so. All those who will not hear the Gospel willingly close themselves off to Christ.

    Jesus was addressing Satan. Satan is and always will be an obstacle to Him until he is judged and cast into the lake of fire. Peter was never an obstacle to Christ, only Satan had influenced him to say what he had said at that moment.
     
  4. Unveiled Artist

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    It is true. It is a fact. I'm sure I'm not the only one; and, of course, I can speak for myself.

    I know I'm not part of this convo; but, it interest me only because I've never seen this point of view in other Catholics and Catholic doctrine before.
     
  5. First Baseman

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    What are you saying is true?
     
  6. Unveiled Artist

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    Actually this is a contradiction "I never said that all non-Christians have closed themselves off to Christ. You only assume this is so. All those who will not hear the Gospel willingly close themselves off to Christ." now that I'm reading it.

    Those who are not willing to hear the gospel are willingly closing themselves off to Christ. Unless non-christians are not Christians by force, would you say they, being non-christians, are closing themselves off to Christ?

    It's not a bad thing to be closed to Christ and not everyone is. Unless non-christians are not closed to Christ in another way? Do you believe that? (I do. But not all Christians do.)

    :herb:

    My main confusion is that you don't want to associate with satanist. I find that odd, especially as a Catholic. I can't say it's a fundamental doctrine in protestant Churches, but I'm more familiar with that mindset in some of those denominations. In Catholicism, I never had that. If that be the case, no one would be allowed in the Church and there'd be no reason for confession because the priest don't want to associate with those who wish to confess.

    So, I'm confused.

    Is it your personal preference not to associate with Satanist?
     
  7. First Baseman

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    Few non-Christians are professed Satanists. What I had said is that no professed Satanist is my friend. I hope that no Satanist advocates every doctrine of Satan but many of them do.

    Satan is diametrically opposed to Jesus Christ. It is Satan's will that all be damned. Satan is a murderer and a liar. Satan brought evil into this world. No, I do not have fellowship with such people as would worship or admire Satan.

    All are welcome in Church. In Church we worship God and all who wish to do so are welcome. However, those who wish to come to Church to teach a false doctrine will find themselves cast out of the Church as such things are not tolerated.

    Of course if a person comes to Church to confess they will not be turned away. If they need help of any kind they should not be turned away. But if they come to do evil and disrupt the order of worship they will be cast out if they will not leave willingly.

    Of course no Satanic doctrine will be tolerated.
     
  8. Unveiled Artist

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    Of course it would be wrong for a Satanist to spread his or her doctrine (false or not) within the Church. That's just rude. I got the impression that you would not associate with a Satanist because of what he or she believed in pretending, for a minute, that you knew this person was a Satanist. I wouldn't expect any Catholic to have fellowship (be in communion/Mass) with anyone not just a Satanist who does not have believe in Christ.

    The way you express it makes it seem you are targeting not having fellowship because of the individual himself rather than his belief system.

    Think of this, though. During the Easter Vigil, the Church has communion with everyone. They do not allow non-Catholics to take the Eucharist; and, they tell non-Christians to give their prayers and thoughts to be in communion with Christians who are not Catholic but are acknowledged and welcomed as children of Christ, and further welcome Catholics to have physical communion via the Eucharist.

    The only way I can see a Catholic denying fellowship with a non-catholic is denying that non-catholic the Eucharists. That is understandable. Common fellowship with those of like mind as in the Vigil is perfectly fine. That I find is beautiful.

    Would that be fellowship for you?

    How would you see the part of the Easter Vigil that welcomes non-Christians in communion with Christians and Catholics?
     
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    1. Yes, if I'm understanding you correctly.

    2. I have no problem with it.

    To me a friend is someone I can trust and depend on and who can trust and depend on me. That will never include a Satanist. We care about them and we pray for those who hate us for whatever reason. Christ commands us to love them and enables us to do so. However, we are also commanded to be holy. Satan is most unholy so we have no fellowship with him or those who adore him.

    Satanism and Christianity are opposite one another. I have been freed from Satan, why would I want fellowship with him any longer?
     
  10. Unveiled Artist

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    Hmm. I'll respect that. But I will probe more.
    Why would you think a Satanist is someone you wouldn't trust? A satanist is not Satan. Why would you think a Satanist (the person not Satan) would hate you? Is this what you truly believe?

    If the Church can have fellowship/communion in thought and moment of silence with non-christians (satanist included) during the Easter Vigil and at every Mass, why can't you? (Sorry, don't mean to phrase it like that).

    I have a co-worker that doesn't want to have fellowship with me. She says that since I don't believe in god, that wouldn't be right. Then I think of what I experienced at the Church and how the Church welcomes all people in fellowship. The difference is they don't allow non-christians (satanist included) and non-Catholics to take physical communion (full fellowship) in Christ.

    If the Church didn't have communion with satanist, why would they have communion with other non-christians?
     
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    Hmm. I'll respect that. But I will probe more.

    Why would you think a Satanist is someone you wouldn't trust? A satanist is not Satan. Why would you think a Satanist (the person not Satan) would hate you? Is this what you truly believe?


    Satanists worship Satan and Satan is a murderer and a liar. So a Satanist thinks both murder and lies can be justified. If he doesn't think that then he admires Satan for some other evil reason.

    Satan hates us. Satan will use his followers to deceive and manipulate us. Satan will do anything to turn us from our faith. I abhor talking about this. Please don't ask me anymore questions about it.




    If the Church can have fellowship/communion in thought and moment of silence with non-christians (satanist included) during the Easter Vigil and at every Mass, why can't you? (Sorry, don't mean to phrase it like that).


    I have never attended such a mass so I really have no idea what you're talking about. We have never had a moment of silence for communion with non-Christians, Easter mass included. We do pray for non-Christians but I wouldn't call that communion.


    I have a co-worker that doesn't want to have fellowship with me. She says that since I don't believe in god, that wouldn't be right. Then I think of what I experienced at the Church and how the Church welcomes all people in fellowship. The difference is they don't allow non-christians (satanist included) and non-Catholics to take physical communion (full fellowship) in Christ.


    She is obeying St. Paul's commandment given in 2 Corinthians 6:14 through 18. Christians are right to avoid fellowship with non-Christians because we can so easily be swayed from Jesus and the Apostles' doctrine. She is not commanded not to love you or care about you or pray for you, but to not get too involved with you.

    Only those called by God to take the gospel to Unbelievers should do so.


    If the Church didn't have communion with satanist, why would they have communion with other non-christians?

    Define what you mean when you use the word "communion," I don't think we define it the same way.
     
  12. Brickjectivity

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    @First Baseman its confusing when you don't use the quote function.
     
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    Sorry, I'm on a tablet with no keyboard. I did it that way so that I could be sure and answer each question asked.
     
  14. metis

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    Deutero-Isaiah cannot refer to Jesus because the time period, the events covered, and the general theme do not fit. This is a long shot, but if you have "Jerome's Bible Commentary" which is Catholic, says what I just posed, but they conclude that it "prefigures Jesus". IOW, it sets up a comparative paradigm.

    Isaiah covers the Babylonian exile that took place five centuries before Jesus, plus the general theme runs like this:
    1.Israel did not follow the Law (613 of them) close enough...
    2.Israel is punished by being taken over by the Babylonians, with a great many being exiled there...
    3.a "remnant" returns to eretz Israel...
    4.God insists that Israel must follow the Law much more carefully from then on.

    Now, that clearly cannot be a reference to the church simply on one basis alone, namely that the church gradually walked away from the Law, and that process clearly shows up in Acts.

    If you want to deal with Isaiah 53+, let me link you to this site: http://jewsforjudaism.org/?s=Isaiah+

    BTW, let me just add that I really don't much get into the "messiah" issue because it simply doesn't apply to where I'm coming from.
     
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    Actually many were, plus Jesus operated out of a liberal Pharisee tradition. The disconnect with him and "the Pharisees" appears to be with the main branch of the Pharisee movement, which added extra observances to follow beyond the Law. And Paul identifies himself as being a Pharisee when arrested by the Romans.
     
  16. Unveiled Artist

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    Did you forget to use the quote function? I just caught this.
    I think what you are mixing up is treating Satanist as if they are Satan. What is wrong with associating with Satanist the people? I know why you don't want to associate with their beliefs. However, Satanist are not Satan.

    I will say non-christian instead of Satanist. Why would you not associate with a non-christian since their beliefs are not supported by Church doctrine?

    It seems you are reflecting what you disagree about X beliefs on the people who believe them. Hence, why you dislike associating with them. Priest associate with a lot of people and are friends with a lot of people of various beliefs that the Church dislikes.

    However, I don't see that as something you do. Why? What about non-christian beliefs make you not associate with the X people who inherit them?

    During the Easter Vigil, there is a part of Mass that the priest says that even though non-christians are accepted as brothers in Christ (or something similar), we still don't permit them to take the Eucharist. They say to non-christians to communion with everyone in thought if not in prayer. I will find it. It's written in the bulletin as a customary way of communing with everyone regardless their religion or

    If she and my other friend can be swayed by my being in prayer with them, then their belief isn't as strong as I would have thought.

    On that note...

    Catholics define it taking part in the Eucharist at Mass. During some holidays and circumstances like funerals and weddings, they'd have communion with everyone. However, it isn't by the Eucharist but as brotherhood in Christ regardless of a person's faith. The one you're talking about is that of the Eucharist. The Church doesn't always commune with Catholics only. If that be the case, they would lock the doors to non-catholics. Non-catholics and non-christians commune too if need be.

    There is RF member with a wife, I think, who is Catholic. He attends Mass with her. He is in communion with the Church even though he doesn't take the Eucharist. In general, that is communion. Commune with humanity. That's the universal Church.
     
  17. metis

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    Yep, and I gotta feeling I may know who that is.;)

    At our church, the priests not only fully welcome me, but I have helped them out on several occasions. OK, maybe these priests are just poor judges of character. :D
     
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    Rats. You found me out. Yeah. Maybe so. ;) I found priests to be very accepting and welcoming too. I pay respects to Jesus for the sacraments and my christian grandmothers during sometimes. If anything, they smother me wih rosaries, prayers, hugs, and smiles. I can be a satanist or an alien. Im blessed to have those experiences. I wish other people had the too.
     
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    Sounds like a total cop-out to me.
     
  20. Disciple of Jesus

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    Doesn't bother me.
     
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