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Change for Ten

I want you to understand my criticisms come from my own Christian walk. As I share them, my hope is they may evoke change, if not on a denominational scale, at least in you the reader.

Over the years I have had some interest in the Catholic Church. I am still looking for a congregation or denomination that I am completely happy attending.

Yet, there are several points on which I disagree with the Catholic Church besides transubstantiation. I do not believe men should pray to Mary or to Angels. Acts 4:12. I do not think priests should be forbidden to marry. 1 Timothy 4:1-3.

On top of these things, which may be obvious to those with a cursory interest in the Catholic Church, they have changed the Ten Commandments. They remove the commandment to not make any graven image nor bow down to them. They then separate the Tenth Commandment, thou shall not covet thy neighbor’s wife or goods into two commands in order to complete the Ten. The Catholic Ten Commandments, I found in Outlines of the Catholic Faith p.51, 52. I do not know if they have actually changed the wording in the Holy Bible, but as Catholics believe much in crucifixes, images, and statuary I am not overly surprised by this brazen and impermissible change.

I hope Catholics will be baptized properly by immersion in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. It is my hope that the saved will come from many denominations. They will be those that realize the errors of their own denomination and follow God’s Word not the teachings and perversions of men.

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CLE

Lawyers take CLE, continuing legal education, classes yearly to keep their bar credentials valid and current.

The idea – in keeping current, there’s always room for improvement. We’re never too old to learn new material or to refresh our memory of something we have already learned.

Galatians 3:25 KJV says But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.

Faith then is our diploma.

Faith, primarily my faith, calls me to try to read the Holy Bible daily. We could call that continuing legal education. God himself recommends CLE. See 2 Timothy 2:15 KJV Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth, and 1 Peter 3:15 KJV … be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:.

My faith tells me the Holy Ghost will teach me himself. There are things in the Bible I still don’t understand. There remains wisdom to gain everyday. And there remains room to grow in faith.

James 1:5 KJV If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

Mark 9:24 KJV
And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.

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Practice makes Perfect

Galatians 3:24-25 KJV
Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. [25] But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.

I have heard these verses used by some to argue that we are no longer under the law. I have a few questions for them.

Did you graduate?

What did you learn?

Won’t you carry it with you, forever?

When we put into practice what we have learned from our schoolmaster, the law, we can identify sin, choose the right over the wrong, and move through faith into perfection.

Matthew 5:48 KJV
Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

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Faith

Romans 10:17 KJV So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

I rented The Case for Christ today. I had hoped for some inspiration in my own Christian path. What I got instead was an hour and fifty minute book promo.

The case for Christ as presented in the movie was the number of surviving copies of the New Testament, the fact that women discovered the empty tomb, and a doctor’s interview establishing that Jesus indeed died on the cross because blood and water came out when he was stabbed in the side. Additionally, one expert states 500 witnesses couldn’t have the same hallucination. She said that 500 witnesses having the same hallucination of seeing Jesus after his death would be a bigger miracle than the resurrection.

Are you convinced? I am a believer, here’s why and it has very little to do with the movie.

I believe the KJV is the authorized inerrant Word of God. If you are a believer, you either believe that or you believe your version is substantially accurate.

Don’t go to outside sources looking for corroboration. Anything that is not the Holy Bible is suspect. The Bible is called Holy for a reason. My faith tells me the Bible is truth. I am not resigned to it, but with Hope I accept it. It is why I was baptized not as a public declaration of faith, but for the remission of sins and to be under the atoning blood of Jesus.

Romans 9:18 KJV Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy , and whom he will he hardeneth.

The inspiration of The Case for Christ if any is the wife. She read, she studied, she prayed, and she let her own heart be open to accepting the Truth. May you and I do likewise.

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