OP, I'm Christian (Pentecostal) as well and like a couple of other posters have said I wouldn't send my kids to a Catholic school- I just think the differences between what they teach and what we follow at home/ what they hear at church are too great.
It sounds like a really tough decision though, with the local schools in your area not being good and the other school costing a whole heap more! I hope you manage to find a solution that works for your family
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04-05-2012 04:34 #61
04-05-2012 20:52 #62
To answer briefly, though, we Christians take Jesus' teachings as the basis of our own morality, at the least - for many of us (like you and I and many other BHers ), He gives our life its purpose.
But some of these teachings are open to interpretation (the "eat my flesh and drink my blood" bit, for example) and some modern issues were not explicitly addressed in the Gospels (contraception?) - we need to carefully interpret what we think He wanted.
You will remember that St Peter, in Acts, receives a vision which he interprets as meaning that the Jewish prohibition on pork is lifted. He and other church leaders also resolve that circumcision, obligatory for Jewish males, is unnecessary to be a Christian.
Jesus did not specifically state either of these things but we accept that Peter and the other leaders at that time had the authority to make these decisions.
04-05-2012 22:15 #63Senior Member
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Thanks for your reply, The disciples were born along by holy spirit in minor matters that arose yes, But always 'reasoned from the scriptures'. Even with regards to circumcision, the nation of Israel proved unworthy of that trust by rejecting the true Seed of Abraham, Jesus Christ. Hence, they were rejected by God, and their state of circumcision ceased to have any meaning in God’s eyes. However, some Christians in the first century C.E. insisted that circumcision was still a requirement of God. (Acts 11:2, 3; 15:5) Because of this, the apostle Paul sent Titus to “correct the things that were defective” in various congregations.
He knew this requirement from the mosaic law was no longer relevant (as were many others from the mosaic law) and that Jesus was the new covenant which overid the mosaic law.
So by grey areas you mean things like contraception, which of course depending what contraception you use is a personal choice you make, agreed. As the bible doesnt say anything specific about it. ( Unless it entails abortion)
But those grey areas are very very few wouldnt you agree? Core bible truths and doctrines are not open to interpretation, they are to be clear and understood. Thats the whole point of Gods word. 'taking in knowledge means everlasting life' It harmonizes if you let it guide your thinking , not use it to fit in with your own ideals or traditions
But what about all the other non scriptural core church practices and teachings? celebrations, symbols and practices that are known to be pagan? They are not grey areas at all, rather the bible is ignored in favor of church tradition,.... they blatantly contradict and ignore the bible. for instance, the pope - and cellibacy just to name 2 -
Ask yourself ...have u really looked into the bible and checked?
(1) Does the Bible support the claim that Peter was the first pope?
(2) What does history teach about the origin of the succession of popes?
(3) Do the conduct and teachings of the popes support their claim to be Peter’s successor?
Ive discussed these questions at length on another thread with all the evidence mof scripture after scripture clearly showing the answers are no.
http://www.bubhub.com.au/community/f...o-marry/page14 (if ur interested to have a read)
The bible also says there is nothing to be added to it or taken away, its complete in giving us all we need until new scrolls are open after Armageddon.
Jesus told his disciples that the wine symbolized ('he said this means by body etc) his blood and the bread his body, not that they were his actual blood and body, its not open to interpretation cause the bible also tells us to 'abstain from blood'. And eating flesh would make them cannibals? They were clearly just emblems, and a model of the dignified, simple memorial of his death that he wanted his followers to continue to commemorate.
Anyway i think we will just go around in circles, lovely to chat with you, have a nice evening
14-05-2012 16:40 #64
I didn't participate in this conversation, but it has been I interesting to read.
I have to say I really agree with the last comment made.
14-05-2012 18:11 #65
14-05-2012 21:16 #66
14-05-2012 21:17 #67
Well, Jesus did preach a new law that then trumped the Mosaic law. The Old Testament was a precursor to the New Testament. These days we don't abstain from pork, or adhere to laws about facial hair circumcision, etc. The Mosaic law was used to show the people of Israel that they couldn't be saved by their deeds. It was impossible not to break the law at some point. They needed to be shown that they needed grace, and that the grace of God was the only thing that would ever be able to save them. Jesus came to show them grace and showed them a new law.
In fact the Pharisees tried to 'prove' Jesus wasn't the promised messiah by ridiculing him when he performed miracles on the Sabbath. (Matthew 12:10; Mark 3:2, John 9:14–16). The also attacked the disciple or picking wheat on the sabbath (Luke 6:2)
The trap the Pharisees fell into was making rules for the sake of it instead of having a real relationship with God. They knew the scriptures inside out and knew of all the prophecies of the coming messiah, and yet didn't even recognize him when he was in front of them. They were so wrapped up in tradition that they overlooked the whole point.
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15-05-2012 14:12 #70Senior Member
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The 10 commandments were part of the Mosaic Law, so The Ten Commandments, as well as the rest of the Law, would thus prepare the Jews for the Messiah and guide them to him. When Jesus came, lived among them, and died perfectly obedient to the Law, he became “the end of the Law.” Then God removed that bar, as it were, and offered the Jews something better. Now they could “as a free gift” finally be “declared righteous by his undeserved kindness through the release by the ransom paid by Christ Jesus.”—Romans 3:24.
Now, since Christians are not “under law,” (mosaic law) are they then freed from all moral restraints? Not at all. As Paul showed, Christians are being led by God’s holy spirit ( “You are not under law but under undeserved kindness” and, “If you are being led by spirit, you are not under law.”—Romans 6:14; Galatians 5:18.) and it does not lead anyone into sin. It urges them to stay away also from sins dealt with in the Ten Commandments. For example, if you read 1 Corinthians 6:9, 10, you will find several Christian laws that are similar to some of the Ten Commandments. They are the prohibitions against idolatry, adultery, stealing, and covetousness.
So the 10 commandments that still applied were re stated in the new testament.
Christ also summed up the old Law code, which included the Ten Commandments, with these two dictums: “You must love Jehovah your God with your whole heart and with your whole soul and with your whole mind” and, “You must love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:37-39)
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