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Thanks for starting this thread, Paul. I gather you're a man who loves God with all his heart, mind and soul. God the Father, that is, after the Christian tradition. Is that correct?

I do, and if this is true for you as well, I would consider myself blessed for the opportunity to correspond with you. For then, you would be a child of God, and my spiritual brother.

I'm not particularly interested in chit-chatting with someone who denies Jesus, for then the only thing we have in common is our basest natures. I'm quite weary of mine. Some of these threads

>>A Christian festival celebrated by Catholics the world over. The faithful's foreheads are crossed with ash created from the burned palms used to celebrate the previous Palm Sunday. The ash is a reminder of our mortality of our body's eventual return to ash. We are also asked to abstain from meat and to fast by not eating in between meals.<<

The mark of the ash signifies we are not our own. I am not my own -- but I am not Christ's -- I am God's. Jesus is my brother; not my Father. It is the Father's flocks he watches over -- a multitude of flocks. All God's children are called to be shepherds. They are the true shepherds.

>>Perhaps the lesson is humility. Perhaps the lesson is merely to focus our temporal minds on our immortal souls lasting importance.<<

It is both.

As Jesus was first -- eldest -- he will be King, and I'm okay with that -- I will defend with my life his right to be King. How many second sons and third sons and fourth sons SUPPORTED their elder brother in his inheritance? Democracy -- Republicanism -- came consequent to the second sons stabbing their elder brother in the back, undermining his legitemacy, colluding with merchants whose god is Mammon.

>>In my experience those who would find cause and time to criticise Christianity are people who nurture a great ignorance of the religion while enthusiastically embracing ill conceived factitious stories that basically go a long the lines what all those religious people who have spent time studying their religion in an informed manner are wrong and this wild idea from this philosophical conjurer who is probably got as many good intentions as a paedophile on heat.<<

Those who rely on experience only are often surprised by events outside their experience. They call these events supernatural. They call them miracles. Others suggest them as some form of demonism.

"And he was casting out a devil, and it was dumb. And it came to pass, when the devil was gone out, the dumb spake; and the people wondered. But some of them said, He casteth out devils through Beelzebub the chief of the devils. And others, tempting him, sought of him a sign from heaven. But he, knowing their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falleth. If Satan also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? Because ye say that I cast out devils through Beelzebub. And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges. But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you. (Lk 11:14-20)

. . . Therefore they shall be your judges. Well, that certainly seems to be the case in this day and age, wouldn't you say, Paul?

>>Forgive the rant.<<

Nothing to forgive. After reading some of these threads, it becomes clear that believers in the Christ of the NT are held to a higher standard -- as they should be.

Regards,
Mark

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Lent: Ash Wednesday 400 Paul Mallon 25-Feb-04 19:57
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 135 Mark Staab 26-Feb-04 03:38
Mod Comment 150 ArmchairObserver 26-Feb-04 06:14
Re: Mod Comment 129 Mark Staab 26-Feb-04 06:49
Re: Mod Comment 136 ArmchairObserver 26-Feb-04 06:56
Thanks for that, too! n/t 190 Saorsa 26-Feb-04 08:14
Thanks for that, Stephanie. n/t 183 Saorsa 26-Feb-04 08:13
Christian fundamentalism? 154 Kees 26-Feb-04 08:45
LOL! Teasing, Kees? 165 Mark Staab 26-Feb-04 10:38
Dead serious Mark 131 Kees 26-Feb-04 11:16
Re: Dead serious Mark 119 Mark Staab 26-Feb-04 18:25
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 136 Paul Mallon 04-Mar-04 10:16
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 130 ArmchairObserver 26-Feb-04 06:54
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 128 Paul Mallon 04-Mar-04 10:41
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 142 ArmchairObserver 04-Mar-04 16:33
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 133 Paul Mallon 05-Mar-04 10:10
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 129 ArmchairObserver 05-Mar-04 17:13
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 233 Paul Mallon 05-Mar-04 18:18
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 151 Lee McGiffen 26-Feb-04 07:56
Mod remark 143 Kees 26-Feb-04 08:47
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 133 Shawnzi 26-Feb-04 17:12
Mod remark 138 Kees 26-Feb-04 17:15
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 147 Paul Mallon 04-Mar-04 10:46
Mod remark 137 ArmchairObserver 04-Mar-04 16:35
Re: Mod remark 134 Paul Mallon 05-Mar-04 10:16
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 142 Lee McGiffen 05-Mar-04 13:05
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 234 Nebankh 26-Feb-04 13:15
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 161 Paul Mallon 04-Mar-04 10:54
Memes, Creeds and Needs 154 Thirdwave 04-Mar-04 12:18
Re: Memes, Creeds and Needs 139 Paul Mallon 05-Mar-04 10:13
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 129 Paul Mallon 26-Feb-04 17:42
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 139 Ahatmose 04-Mar-04 21:21
Hey, moderator!!!!! 155 Archietype 05-Mar-04 06:08
Re: Hey, moderator!!!!! 136 ArmchairObserver 05-Mar-04 06:43
Re: Hey, moderator!!!!! 115 Paul Mallon 05-Mar-04 10:07
Re: Hey, moderator!!!!! 138 Ahatmose 05-Mar-04 13:14
Re: Hey, moderator!!!!! 184 Paul Mallon 05-Mar-04 14:25
Re: Hey, moderator!!!!! 118 Lee McGiffen 05-Mar-04 13:29
Historical fact: 136 Paul Mallon 05-Mar-04 13:56
Re: Historical fact: 132 Lee McGiffen 05-Mar-04 14:50
Re: Historical fact: 139 Paul Mallon 05-Mar-04 14:56
Re: Historical fact: 129 Lee McGiffen 05-Mar-04 15:09


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