budrojr: Here is an atheist who actually understands more about Christianity than most Christians, and isn't misinterpreting things, taking things out of context, or just believes patently false information.
Duane Dibbley: Harry Freakstorm: [www.atheistinamerica.com image 198x250]We must also obey Commandments 11 through 15. Whatever they were.11. Be excellent to each other.
allylloyd: Farce-Side: Number40: So, what you're saying...is Catholics are the only Christians to celebrate mass?You should stop now. You're embarrassing yourself. Your self awareness is inversely proportional to your weight and stupidity.I don't think any Catholics celebrate mass...I think most of them attend begrudgingly.Methodists don't have mass, Baptists don't have mass. I don't know about all those other Protestants.Believe it or not, all Churches are celebrating Mass. How? Why? Because, Mass means the Holy Eucharist (which means Great Thanksgiving). The purpose of any and all Church services is to give thanks to God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.The Holy Communion, however, is something else. The Holy Communion is a sacrament to celebrate the Last Supper. The Roman Catholic, Episcopalian/Anglican and Orthodox churches all celebrate Holy Communion. It's a standard. Some Protestant Churches: Lutheran, Methodists also celebrate it.The reason why some Protestants don't celebrate the Holy Communion is because it's considered a "Catholic" thing to do and once upon a time, you had to be baptized into the Catholic Church in order to receive it. (Receive it means getting the bread/wine.) Things have changed. If you are baptized Christian, you can receive Holy Communion. If you aren't a baptized Christian, you can still receive Holy Communion. And if you don't want to receive it, you can ask for a Blessing instead.//A member of my church is Jewish. She receives Holy Communion because she's moved by its message.
Fu Manchu: I'm pretty sure when he talks about the mark of the beast on either right hand or forehead, it means taking the "mark" through your actions or your thoughts.So yeah... symbolic.
Jim_Callahan: SquiggsIN: Yet, so many of the people who want to cherry pick old testament verses to justify discrimination continually ignore the parts surrounding said verses. I wouldn't make the assumption that the pastor is gay-friendly. Plenty of people cite lev18:22 while ignoring almost everything else in the book without seeing the hypocrisy in doing so.Eh, stupid individual people do that.The institutions base hating on gay people mostly on the Pauline epistles, plus a few other comments here and there in the NT.The only old testament rules that churches actually treat as rules are the first three or four of the ten commandments, ish. No stealin', no murderin', no idolatry, no covetin'. Everything else isn't really binding, it's the origin story that doesn't really matter... basically the Christian Silmarillion, some interesting imagery and language here and there but no actual moral lessons.
demaL-demaL-yeH: untaken_name: Eh, Christians only pretend to believe in the bible. Look at how many Christian churches serve ham on a regular basis. Look at how many churches perform interracial marriages, etc. They just want the moral authority that traditionally came from the bible without the inconvenience of following its rules.I live with my mom Too obvious.
robohobo: I find the whole idea of the Mark of the Beast terribly interesting.
propasaurus: Leviticus 18:22 still counts, though.
MisterTweak: AverageAmericanGuy: Christians are not bound by the Old Testament. They have a New Testament that is communicated to them directly through the Holy Spirit.But tattoos are gauche.Some of them seem to obsess about the whole Ten Commandments thing - the Roy Moore thing from a few years back, or the monuments that are popping up like boners at a viagra factory.My eyes aren't the best, but if I squint a little I might be able to read it... "Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; "Oh. Well, it's possible they all just lost a contact lens somewhere.[dl.dropboxusercontent.com image 262x365][dl.dropboxusercontent.com image 350x271]
AverageAmericanGuy: Christians are not bound by the Old Testament. They have a New Testament that is communicated to them directly through the Holy Spirit.But tattoos are gauche.
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