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An Evangelical Pope?

Wherewithall Wrote: Feb 17, 2013 10:37 AM
First thing Catholicism should do is stop parceling out the 3 biblical readings during the mass. 70% of the New Testament and 15% of the old. Funny have you noticed that these readings do not contain any verses which would bring their man made church doctrine into question. God's biblical word is not wasteful. None of it. Every verse, every word, does and I repeat does serve a purpose and has spiritual meaning. That includes the Old Testament. So do they mention anything about Leviticus 23??? This describes God's holy days or has it been conveniently left out? Too many falsehoods and inconsistencies for my taste.
Dave8528 Wrote: Feb 17, 2013 11:37 AM
The reason why the readings at Mass are more from the New Testament is because Christ Jesus is the fulfilment of the Old Testament. We follow the Christian laws, not the Jewish laws in the Church; though many of the Jewish laws are still used in the Christian Church because Jesus was Jewish. The Catholic Church teaches us to read the Bible, both Old and New Testaments.
The Church doctrine will never come into question if the Church used more Old Testament readings at Sunday Mass. Besides in the daily Mass we use many Old Testament readings.
It sounds like you once belonged to the Catholic Church. If you have, you are welcomed back at any time. If you haven't, may God's graces be always with you.
Wherewithall Wrote: Feb 17, 2013 12:49 PM
Dave: "Christian laws and not Jewish laws". Excuse me please. Since when should there be a difference as there is now. Sunday worship is what Christians do I know and Saturday Sabbath worship is what Jews do this I also know. I can go down the list on the differences. Following Jewish customs that are unbiblical is one thing. No need to do that and there are plenty. However following God's commandments and his statutes is for everyone which Christians only partially do. They do not follow the Holy days which they should do nor do they observe the Sabbath. And it is not a Jewish thing but a God thing.
Whitebeard Wrote: Feb 17, 2013 10:44 AM
Where: Good morning. I have found that the Feasts given to the Israelites are a most wonderful outline of the plan for Salvation - beginning with Yeshua's sacrifice of Himself (symbolized by the Passover lamb, obviously), our expected response (Unleavened Bread, i.e. repenting), Firstfruits (focused on individual believers), Pentecost (focused on believers as a group), Trumpets (announcing His return), Atonement (our "change" from mortal to immortal), Tabernacles (His living with us in the Kingdom), Last Great Day (Judgment).
Andy544 Wrote: Feb 17, 2013 11:16 AM
We are no longer in the Old Testament system of endless sacrifice. Christ our Passover has been sacrificed- ONCE, for all.
Whitebeard Wrote: Feb 17, 2013 11:49 AM
Andy: I agree with you, completely. As I wrote, the feasts are an outline, and my wife and I used them to teach our children (, our grandchildren). They are a wonderful tool for education as to the plan that had been in place since before Yeshua's first incarnation.
Wherewithall Wrote: Feb 17, 2013 12:19 PM
544 The only part of the Old Testament that was done away with was the animal sacrifices because when Christ died on the cross he became our living sacrifice. This however does not allow us to do away with his holy days. Not in the least. Nor does it give us latitude on how we wish to observe them via Easter, Christmas, Halloween etc. Satan is the great deceiver and imitator. Christ warned us not to be deceived. Do you know what that means??? It means that you are not worshiping God even though you may think you are. He stated that many will come in my name saying "I am the Christ." What this means is that the Christian churches of the world all acknowledge that Jesus is the Christ. However do they follow the biblical doctrine? Answer: No
Andy544 Wrote: Feb 17, 2013 7:07 PM

Please study Colossians 2, in its entirety, with emphasis on verse 16.

Christ set us FREE from ALL the ceremonial requirements of the Jewish Law. PERIOD.
Wherewithall Wrote: Feb 18, 2013 10:42 AM
Colossians 2:16 So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths, 17 which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ.
This reinforces my theory. His statutes have not changed. All of your pagan holidays which are solely the invention of man are not and I repeat are not a shodow of things to come but only the holy days written in Leviticus 23. PERIOD.

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