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#361693 May 31, 2012
Anthony MN wrote:
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Jesus said He is the living bread which came down from heaven. He said that the bread He gives us is His flesh for the life of the world. He said you must eat His flesh and drink His blood to have eternal life. So when He broke the bread and gave it to His disciples saying "This is My body...", Catholics take Jesus at His word.
Why don't protestants?
Because He was talking metaphorically...to read what He said in the literal sense, as Catholics do, that labels them as cannibals. Quote: cannibal: A person who eats the flesh of other humans.

We are not cannibals...
Michael

Hamilton, Canada

#361694 May 31, 2012
Truth wrote:
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Isaiah 7:10-16
10 Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz,boy knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right,[the land of the twoin 4 BC.
That makes Jesus birth somewhere in the furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi.
17 Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled:
18 “A voice is heard in Ramah,
weeping and great mourning,
Rachel weeping for her children
and refusing to be comforted,
because they are no more.”
In keeping with his paranoia and brutality, Herod thinks, "If I can’t kill just one baby King, I will kill them all. I am bound to get the right one if I kill them all."
Every boy in Bethlehem less than two years old died.
Except Jesus, who has already escaped.
There is weeping in Bethlehem as little boys are killed in a futile attempt to stop the coming kingdom.
That is the nature of the old kind of king; brute force.
Jesus is born with a price on his head.
Herod is right in realizing the threat Jesus makes to the status quo.
This newborn king of the Jews is going to challenge the might and brutality of old kings.
Later, the Jewish leaders would realize this truth.
These leaders would force Pilate to finish what Herod could not.
*****
There is nothing man can do to stop the spread of His Kingdom!
thankyou for your response.
Show me evidence, a writing, anything OUTSIDE the bible that King Herod attempted to kill Jesus of Nazareth?
Show me a writing OUTSIDE the bible that there were 12 apostles of a man named Jesus who lived in Jerusulem, Nazareth and Bethlehem during his life.
Show me historical writings from the mediteranean that a miracle worker named Jesus actually lived and died?
Anything written about a miracle worker named Jesus who performed miracles for thousands of jews and witnessed by thousands more, who had 12 apostles, who walked on water, who turned water into wine, who died on a cross are ONLY written about in the bible, and no where else in our histoical writings anywhere.
Imagine if only a handful of writers with ONE agenda wrote about the Civil war, the first world war or the second world war.
http://www.holysmoke.org/sdhok/jesus5.htm

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#361695 May 31, 2012
Answer the question....
Catholics teach: Jesus Christ the Incarnate Son of God....you don't follow your religion's teaching?????
Full of Love wrote:
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And without controversy great is the (((mystery))) of godliness:
>>>>GOD was manifest >>>>>>>in the FLESH<<<<<.
So...you don't follow the Catholic teaching that Christ is the Incarnate Son of God...You are either not a Catholic or just say you are...
Truth

Leesburg, VA

#361696 May 31, 2012
Michael wrote:
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thankyou for your response.
Show me evidence, a writing, anything OUTSIDE the bible that King Herod attempted to kill Jesus of Nazareth?
Show me a writing OUTSIDE the bible that there were 12 apostles of a man named Jesus who lived in Jerusulem, Nazareth and Bethlehem during his life.
Show me historical writings from the mediteranean that a miracle worker named Jesus actually lived and died?
Anything written about a miracle worker named Jesus who performed miracles for thousands of jews and witnessed by thousands more, who had 12 apostles, who walked on water, who turned water into wine, who died on a cross are ONLY written about in the bible, and no where else in our histoical writings anywhere.
Imagine if only a handful of writers with ONE agenda wrote about the Civil war, the first world war or the second world war.
http://www.holysmoke.org/sdhok/jesus5.htm
here is some interesting read:

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/story...
Truth

Leesburg, VA

#361697 May 31, 2012
Michael wrote:
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If the King Herod story was true that he had become aware that Jesus was the son of God, then King Herods subordinates would have had to inform him which means they would have all known about Jesus being born son of God, yet throughout the scriptures no one in the company of Jesus, his mother and Joseph, or 12 apostles seemed to be aware of him being the messiah.
The brothers/cousins of Jesus seem oblivious to Jesus being son of God.
The 12 apostles at the last supper (that you believe) all sitting around and none of them know Jesus to be the son of God, yet according to scriptures he has been the son of God already for 33 years.
None of this makes any common sense...
Here John testifies about Jesus:

John 1:29

29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said,“Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

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#361698 May 31, 2012
OldJG wrote:
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I John 5:7, "For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one."
While Jesus was on earth the three were: God the Father, Jesus the Incarnate Son, and the Holy Spirit..

Today they are: God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit..
Truth

Leesburg, VA

#361699 May 31, 2012
Michael wrote:
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The catholic fathers had to ad that piece or the story wouldn't fit.
However if Mary was the birth mother of son of God Jesus, she had no idea that 33 long years later he would be crucified.
Why would Mary flee to Egypt with baby Jesus to avoid being caught by King Herod as the story goes if she already knew that Jesus would live no matter what to be crucified 33 years later?
It was the crowd of people at the crucifixion who determined the fate of Jesus. No one else. If the crowd had changed their mind and screamed Barabas what would have happened?
Fulfilled prophecies:

Look at the story of Moses and the story of Matthew 2 and compare....

What do both stories have????

Wicked tyrants...

Killed baby Jewish boys...

Miraculous baby deliverance...

Those who sought you are dead...

Sons called out of Egypt.
Truth

Leesburg, VA

#361700 May 31, 2012
Michael wrote:
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The catholic fathers had to ad that piece or the story wouldn't fit.
However if Mary was the birth mother of son of God Jesus, she had no idea that 33 long years later he would be crucified.
Why would Mary flee to Egypt with baby Jesus to avoid being caught by King Herod as the story goes if she already knew that Jesus would live no matter what to be crucified 33 years later?
It was the crowd of people at the crucifixion who determined the fate of Jesus. No one else. If the crowd had changed their mind and screamed Barabas what would have happened?
OK, now....

Why did God involve Herod in the story????

So, we would know that Jesus is the new Moses.

So, we would know that Jesus is going to lead us in a new exodus.

To fulfill his promises to restore the nation of Israel to freedom!

Fulfilled prophecy:

Jeremiah 31:15

15 This is what the Lord says:

“A voice is heard in Ramah,
mourning and great weeping,
Rachel weeping for her children
and refusing to be comforted,
because they are no more.”

Ramah was in Babylon.

Jeremiah is saying the Jews in Babylonian captivity are weeping for their children.

But, check this out:

Jeremiah 31:16-17

16 This is what the Lord says:

“Restrain your voice from weeping
and your eyes from tears,
for your work will be rewarded,”
declares the Lord.
[[[[[“They will return from the land of the enemy.]]]]]

17 So there is hope for your descendants,”
declares the Lord.
[[[[[“Your children will return to their own land.]]]]]

God is going to bring his people out of captivity!

The nation of Israel would be reborn from captivity.

This is going to happen in the new kingdom which Jesus is bringing.

"Your kingdom come… is the promised kingdom. Jesus is going to fulfill Jeremiah!"

God’s people are coming out of captivity!
blacklagoon

Boston, MA

#361701 May 31, 2012
LTM wrote:
God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?
Numbers 23:19 (KJV)
This Morning's Meditation
C. H. Spurgeon
"Take us the foxes, the little foxes that spoil the vines."—Song of Solomon 2:15.
little thorn may cause much suffering. A little cloud may hide the sun. Little foxes spoil the vines; and little sins do mischief to the tender heart. These little sins burrow in the soul, and make it so full of that which is hateful to Christ, that He will hold no comfortable fellowship and communion with us. A great sin cannot destroy a Christian, but a little sin can make him miserable. Jesus will not walk with His people unless they drive out every known sin. He says, "If ye keep My commandments, ye shall abide in My love, even as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love." Some Christians very seldom enjoy their Saviour's presence. How is this? Surely it must be an affliction for a tender child to be separated from his father. Art thou a child of God, and yet satisfied to go on without seeing thy Father's face? What! thou the spouse of Christ, and yet content without His company! Surely, thou hast fallen into a sad state, for the chaste spouse of Christ mourns like a dove without her mate, when he has left her. Ask, then, the question, what has driven Christ from thee? He hides His face behind the wall of thy sins. That wall may be built up of little pebbles, as easily as of great stones. The sea is made of drops; the rocks are made of grains: and the sea which divides thee from Christ may be filled with the drops of thy little sins; and the rock which has well nigh wrecked thy barque, may have been made by the daily working of the coral insects of thy little sins. If thou wouldst live with Christ, and walk with Christ, and see Christ, and have fellowship with Christ, take heed of "the little foxes that spoil the vines, for our vines have tender grapes." Jesus invites you to go with Him and take them. He will surely, like Samson, take the foxes at once and easily. Go with Him to the hunting.
Religious "White noise."

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#361702 May 31, 2012
Anthony MN wrote:
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Jesus spoke literally at times and metaphorically other times. When He said He was a vine or a door the disciples didn't question if He really was a door or vine, they knew He wasn't. In John 6 they were incredulous and even said it was a hard teaching, yet He repeated the teaching in even stronger terms.
We know that His dialogue concerning the Eucharist was meant literally because St. Paul teaches it as well, and the fathers of the Church are unanimous.
For it is the life of all flesh; the blood of it is for the life thereof: therefore I said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall eat the blood of no manner of flesh: for the life of all flesh is the blood thereof: whosoever eateth it shall be cut off.

Only be sure that thou eat not the blood: for the blood is the life; and thou mayest not eat the life with the flesh.

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Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.

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When all verses are taken in the literal sense, as Catholics do, you have contradiction in the Bible.

The SBC teaches the first set of verses are in the literal sense, and the second set of verses are in the metaphoric sense...hence no contradiction.....
hojo

Minneapolis, MN

#361703 May 31, 2012
New Age Spiritual Leader wrote:
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Isn't that nice!!
When can I expect to see results of your prayers? DO you have a time frame in mind?
Again, don't tell me about your prayer, because I want it to be a surprise if it ever actually has an affect upon me.
I personally doubt it, but you never know, your prayer may very well have an impact.
To be honest with you, I think you haven't prayed for anyone, and are just saying this, to difuse your own fear of other beliefs.
Gods timing in answering pray is not my timing nor yours!! The fact is New Age, that I make it a point to pray for you and every other Protestant "individually" ----(Confrinting, Orville, 4GVN, Michael, OLDJG, Jethro8, and justachristian "every day", not only at daily Mass, but in adoration prayer hours 1:00, 2:00. 3:00 or 4:00AM depending on the open hours. As a convert from Protestantism to the One True Apostolic Catholic Church inititate by Jesus HIMSELF, I am well aware of the Judgmental and condemning "bondage of hate" that has infected and polluted the 40,000+ conflicting, contradictory and confusing Protestant beliefs.---- Prayer is a necessay essential for all of us, each and every day as Christians --However---when God has to deal with heresy, hypocricy and HARDNESS OF HEART, in constant denial of the TRUTH of TRUE Church History and TRUE interpretation of the Bible in 382,393, and 397AD, that Protestants have been "shackeled in" since the Reformation,---(again)---- Gods timing is not our timing!!!
Truth

Leesburg, VA

#361704 May 31, 2012
Michael wrote:
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The catholic fathers had to ad that piece or the story wouldn't fit.
However if Mary was the birth mother of son of God Jesus, she had no idea that 33 long years later he would be crucified.
Why would Mary flee to Egypt with baby Jesus to avoid being caught by King Herod as the story goes if she already knew that Jesus would live no matter what to be crucified 33 years later?
It was the crowd of people at the crucifixion who determined the fate of Jesus. No one else. If the crowd had changed their mind and screamed Barabas what would have happened?
OK, one more fulfilled prophecy:

Matthew 2:23

23 and he went and lived in a town called Nazareth. So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets, that he would be called a Nazarene.

OK, check this out....

Matthew wants us to connect Jesus to Isaiah 11.

Matthew is pretty slick so you have to pay attention.

Isaiah 11:1-5

1 A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;
from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.

2 The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—
the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and of might,
the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord—

3 and he will delight in the fear of the Lord.
He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes,
or decide by what he hears with his ears;

4 but with righteousness he will judge the needy,
with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth.
He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth;
with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked.

5 Righteousness will be his belt
and faithfulness the sash around his waist.

Matthew wants us to connect Jesus to the fulfillment of Isaiah 11.

The one from Nazareth, this branch of Jesse is the one who is going to be filled with the Spirit and who will rule the earth with righteousness.

There is a new king and he is coming from Nazareth.

Isaiah is predicting a new nation, a new Israel.

The Branch, the Nazarene, who is full of the Spirit of the LORD will lead a righteous nation into glory.

This nation will gather Judah from the four corners and it will be a banner for all nations.

That is us again.

The new king comes as a child!

Now, can you see the differences between the two kings???
Michael

Hamilton, Canada

#361705 May 31, 2012
Truth wrote:
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Luke 2:48-51
48 When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him,“Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.”
49 “Why were you searching for me?” he asked.“Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?”
50 But they did not understand what he was saying to them.
51 Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them.~~~~~But his mother treasured all these things in her heart.~~~~~
Mary was the "only" person who really knew the identity of
Jesus; that she let her Son die on the cross is evidence that He was truly the Son of God!
John 2:5
5 His mother said to the servants,“Do whatever he tells you.”
YOu said:

Mary was the "ONLY" person who really knew the identity of Jesus.

...So does that mean the nativity scene is not true? Remember the story we were all taught 3 Kings riding camels who followed the light in the sky bringing gifts of Gold, Myr, and Franchesnese, to the "NEW BORN SAVIOR"! Mary wasn't the only one who knew. 3 Kings or Kings maybe there were 20 kings.

What about King Herod and his henchmen? If you believe the story that King Herod tried to kill baby Jesus than King Herod also knew. How did King Herod know unless someone told him? Right?..... Mary wasn't the only one who knew.

If we are to believe that Jesus was free of sin his entire life than Jesus himself would have known he was the son of God, yet no where during his 33 years, does he claim such a title.

what say you!
blacklagoon

Boston, MA

#361706 May 31, 2012
OldJG wrote:
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I challenge anyone to PROVE evolution with facts.
I would Prove it to you in a second but being as uneducated as you are in the science's, it would be like trying to explain it to a three year old.

Why not get off your fat lazy ass and make a trip to the LIBRARY, it is there you will find piles of books with MOUNTAINS of evidence for the FACT of evolution. The proof is there for anyone with a grammar school education to read, you are either to lazy or to stupid to see it.

Next, take a trip to a science museum, or museum of natural history, you; along with throngs of school children can see the FACTS of evolution right before your eyes.

Don't be a lazy ass and expect someone to do your investigation for you, friggin EDUCATE yourself. Willful ignorance is one of the worst traits a human can have. NOW get busy!!!!!!!

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#361707 May 31, 2012
blacklagoon wrote:
<quoted text>Boston is fine, a really great city. I love being close to the ocean. Thanks for asking!!!!
I love Boston also.Been there many many times.
Anthony MN

Andover, MN

#361708 May 31, 2012
OldJG wrote:
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<snipper for space>
No, AnthonyMN, you are way, way off base. Way off!!!
As I said, sometimes He spoke in metaphors and other times literally.

If I'm "way, way off base", then so was St. Paul and the unanimous testimony of all who were taught by the apostles.
Read and learn....

John 6:35,41,48,51 - Jesus says four times "I AM the bread from heaven." It is He, Himself, the eternal bread from heaven.
John 6:27,31,49 - there is a parallel between the manna in the desert which was physically consumed, and this "new" bread which must be consumed.

John 6:51-52- then Jesus says that the bread He is referring to is His flesh. The Jews take Him literally and immediately question such a teaching. How can this man give us His flesh to eat?

John 6:53 - 58 - Jesus does not correct their literal interpretation. Instead, Jesus eliminates any metaphorical interpretations by swearing an oath and being even more literal about eating His flesh. In fact, Jesus says four times we must eat His flesh and drink His blood. Catholics thus believe that Jesus makes present His body and blood in the sacrifice of the Mass. Protestants, if they are not going to become Catholic, can only argue that Jesus was somehow speaking symbolically.

John 6:23-53 - however, a symbolic interpretation is not plausible. Throughout these verses, the Greek text uses the word "phago" nine times. "Phago" literally means "to eat" or "physically consume." Like the Protestants of our day, the disciples take issue with Jesus' literal usage of "eat." So Jesus does what?

John 6:54, 56, 57, 58 - He uses an even more literal verb, translated as "trogo," which means to gnaw or chew or crunch. He increases the literalness and drives his message home. Jesus will literally give us His flesh and blood to eat. The word “trogo” is only used two other times in the New Testament (in Matt. 24:38 and John 13:18) and it always means to literally gnaw or chew meat. While “phago” might also have a spiritual application, "trogo" is never used metaphorically in Greek. So Protestants cannot find one verse in Scripture where "trogo" is used symbolically, and yet this must be their argument if they are going to deny the Catholic understanding of Jesus' words. Moreover, the Jews already knew Jesus was speaking literally even before Jesus used the word “trogo” when they said “How can this man give us His flesh to eat?”(John 6:52).

John 6:55 - to clarify further, Jesus says "For My Flesh is food indeed, and My Blood is drink indeed." This phrase can only be understood as being responsive to those who do not believe that Jesus' flesh is food indeed, and His blood is drink indeed. Further, Jesus uses the word which is translated as "sarx." "Sarx" means flesh (not "soma" which means body). See, for example, John 1:13,14; 3:6; 8:15; 17:2; Matt. 16:17; 19:5; 24:22; 26:41; Mark 10:8; 13:20; 14:38; and Luke 3:6; 24:39 which provides other examples in Scripture where "sarx" means flesh. It is always literal.

John 6:55 - further, the phrases "real" food and "real" drink use the word "alethes." "Alethes" means "really" or "truly," and would only be used if there were doubts concerning the reality of Jesus' flesh and blood as being food and drink. Thus, Jesus is emphasizing the miracle of His body and blood being actual food and drink.

John 6:60 - as are many anti-Catholics today, Jesus' disciples are scandalized by these words. They even ask, "Who can 'listen' to it (much less understand it)?" To the unillumined mind, it seems grotesque.

John 6:61-63 - Jesus acknowledges their disgust. Jesus' use of the phrase "the spirit gives life" means the disciples need supernatural faith, not logic, to understand His words.

cont.
Clay

United States

#361709 May 31, 2012
Oxbow wrote:
Answer the question....
Catholics teach: Jesus Christ the Incarnate Son of God....you don't follow your religion's teaching?????
<quoted text>
So...you don't follow the Catholic teaching that Christ is the Incarnate Son of God...You are either not a Catholic or just say you are...
Enough with the word play. Everyone, including your fellow Protestants have explained it properly to you.
If you're a Baptist, ask your preacher.
Whatever you do, don't make up your own Christianity.
Did we just witness the beginning of the latest Protestant religion the "Oxboro Southern Baptist"?

Stay tuned
Michael

Hamilton, Canada

#361710 May 31, 2012
Oxbow wrote:
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"Jesus said to his desciples. I will return before the end of this generation..........still waiting!!"
It is typical of scoffers to use the English definitions for Greek words!!!!
English definition of generation: The average interval of time between the birth of parents and the birth of their offspring.
Greek definition of the Greek word from which generation was translated. genea: a generation; by implication, an age (the period or the persons):--age, generation, nation, time.
Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
With the proper definition applied it reads:Verily I say unto you, This nation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
twist and scrape the definition anyway you want to make your story fit...(lol)

Till all things be fullfilled you say....... WHAT THINGS?

Jesus said to the thief on the cross "by the end of "THIS DAY" meaning crucifixion day, you will be with me in paradise".

Scriptures claim when Jesus died, he was layed in his tomb for "3" days, he didn't go anywhere with this thief on the cross. Thats 3 days after he said to the thief at the end of this day I will be with you today. Obiviously that never happened........right?......ri ght!

a lot of contradictions in the bible!
Truth

Leesburg, VA

#361711 May 31, 2012
Michael wrote:
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Mary was the "only" person who really knew the identity of Jesus..........you say.
Wasn't Joseph informed before the birth? Didn't Jesus even know himself that he was the son of God for 33 years on earth.
If Jesus was performing miracles as ONLY the new testament claims who was he suppose to be if he didn't know himself who he really was? What was the purpose for him performing miracles, and what did the people miraclized think was happening to them and by whom? Wasn't the reason for performing miracles to show people he was special? Son of God! Yet outside the BIBLE, nothing is written in our history about any miracle worker or miracles performed..........
Acts 2:22

22 “Fellow Israelites, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know.

It was the miracles that showed that God approved of what Jesus said and did.

John 5:36

36 “I have testimony weightier than that of John. For the works that the Father has given me to finish—the very works that I am doing —testify that the Father has sent me.

His "works" proved that He was Who He said He was.

John 14:11

11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves.

Isaiah 35:5-6

5 Then will the eyes of the blind be opened
and the ears of the deaf unstopped.

6 Then will the lame leap like a deer,
and the mute tongue shout for joy.
Water will gush forth in the wilderness
and streams in the desert.

OT prophecies predicted that the Messiah would work miracles.
Anthony MN

Andover, MN

#361712 May 31, 2012
cont. to oldjg

John 3:6 - Jesus often used the comparison of "spirit versus flesh" to teach about the necessity of possessing supernatural faith versus a natural understanding. In Mark 14:38 Jesus also uses the "spirit/flesh" comparison. The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. We must go beyond the natural to understand the supernatural. In 1 Cor. 2:14,3:3; Rom 8:5; and Gal. 5:17, Paul also uses the "spirit/flesh" comparison to teach that unspiritual people are not receiving the gift of faith. They are still "in the flesh."

John 6:63 - Protestants often argue that Jesus' use of the phrase "the spirit gives life" shows that Jesus was only speaking symbolically. However, Protestants must explain why there is not one place in Scripture where "spirit" means "symbolic." As we have seen, the use of "spirit" relates to supernatural faith. What words are spirit and life? The words that we must eat Jesus' flesh and drink His blood, or we have no life in us.

John 6:66-67 - many disciples leave Jesus, rejecting this literal interpretation that we must eat His flesh and drink His blood. At this point, these disciples really thought Jesus had lost His mind. If they were wrong about the literal interpretation, why wouldn't Jesus, the Great Teacher, have corrected them? Why didn't Jesus say, "Hey, come back here, I was only speaking symbolically!"? Because they understood correctly.

Mark 4:34 - Jesus always explained to His disciples the real meanings of His teachings. He never would have let them go away with a false impression, most especially in regard to a question about eternal salvation.

John 6:37 - Jesus says He would not drive those away from Him. They understood Him correctly but would not believe.

John 3:5,11; Matt. 16:11-12 - here are some examples of Jesus correcting wrong impressions of His teaching. In the Eucharistic discourse, Jesus does not correct the scandalized disciples.

John 6:64,70 - Jesus ties the disbelief in the Real Presence of His Body and Blood in the Eucharist to Judas' betrayal. Those who don't believe in this miracle betray Him.

Psalm 27:2; Isa. 9:20; 49:26; Mic. 3:3; 2 Sam. 23:17; Rev. 16:6; 17:6, 16 - to further dispense with the Protestant claim that Jesus was only speaking symbolically, these verses demonstrate that symbolically eating body and blood is always used in a negative context of a physical assault. It always means “destroying an enemy,” not becoming intimately close with him. Thus, if Jesus were speaking symbolically in John 6:51-58, He would be saying to us, "He who reviles or assaults me has eternal life." This, of course, is absurd.

John 10:7 - Protestants point out that Jesus did speak metaphorically about Himself in other places in Scripture. For example, here Jesus says, "I am the door." But in this case, no one asked Jesus if He was literally made of wood. They understood him metaphorically.

John 15:1,5 - here is another example, where Jesus says, "I am the vine." Again, no one asked Jesus if He was literally a vine. In John 6, Jesus' disciples did ask about His literal speech (that this bread was His flesh which must be eaten). He confirmed that His flesh and blood were food and drink indeed. Many disciples understood Him and left Him.

Matt. 26:29; Mark 14:25; Luke 22:18 – Jesus says He will not drink of the “fruit of the vine” until He drinks it new in the kingdom. Some Protestants try to use this verse (because Jesus said “fruit of the vine”) to prove the wine cannot be His blood. But the Greek word for fruit is “genneema” which literally means “that which is generated from the vine.” In John 15:1,5 Jesus says “I am the vine.” So “fruit of the vine” can also mean Jesus’ blood. In 1 Cor. 11:26-27, Paul also used “bread” and “the body of the Lord” interchangeably in the same sentence. Also, see Matt. 3:7;12:34;23:33 for examples were “genneema” means “birth” or “generation.”

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