The earth's creation, according to Mormon scripture, was not ex nihilo, but organized from existing matter. The faith teaches that this earth is just one of many inhabited worlds, and that there are many governing heavenly bodies, including a planet or star Kolob which is said to be nearest the throne of God. According to some Mormon sources, God the Father himself was once like a human, and lived on an planet with his own higher god.
I am a Christian, in the only sense he wished any one to be; sincerely attached to his doctrines, in preference to all others; ascribing to himself every human excellence; & believing he never claimed any other.--Thomas Jefferson
The reason for the increased loudness and shrillness from the Republicans and their allies is BECAUSE they are getting weaker.
I'm a bit surprised Glenn Beck felt it necessary to actually kill an animal to illustrate a metaphor that is very commonly used
she believes in the ethical strength of Jesus' teachings as she understands them.
Three Rabbis are discussing an issue (in this case, whether an oven can be kosher or not). One of them, Eliezer, is so convinced that he's right and the other two are wrong that he says, "Look, if I'm right, let the tree outside grow 10 feet." It does, but the other two Rabbis remain unconvinced. He says, "If I'm right, let the river outside flow backwards." It does, but still the other two Rabbis won't budge. Finally, he says, "Look, if I'm right, let G!d say I'm right." A big booming voice says, "Can't you tell that Eliezer is right here? He knows the laws backwards and forwards." To which the other two Rabbis respond: "Look, the laws come from the Torah, which was handed to us on Mt. Sinai. It's was in heaven, but now it's on earth. Now that it's on earth, it's up to us humans to decide what it means, and we're the majority opinion, so our decision stays." Later on, Elijah (who is always portrayed as the go-between from heaven to G!d in these sorts of stories) is hanging out with G!d and asks about this incident, to which G!d replies, laughing, "My own children have bested me!"
Christ was a Jew, his religion was and remained the Jewish; and if now we Jews protest – more thoroughly protestant than under you – against the entire Christianity, against the Augustinian-Thomist and against the Augustinian-Lutheran Christianity and against all and each type of Christianity, old and new? How, if we protest in the name of Christ, in the name of the real Christianity of Christ because this is the real Judaism? More powerful today is our protest than ever formerly. Today Judaism protests no longer without Christ, but rather Judaism with Christ; today Christianity protests against Christianity: our true Christianity, i.e. the real Judaism of us real Jews against your false Christianity. We come to the point of saying that we alone are Christians, as soon as we want – and come to it also through what we did not want and do not want: through our renunciation, through our passion story and via dolorosa! – We are Christians as soon as we give this doctrine of Jesus and the apostles its true Jewish interpretation and acknowledge its place.
--Constantin Brunner / "Rede der Juden: Wir wollen ihn zurück!" ["Speech of the Jews: We want him back!"]. In Der Judenhass und die Juden, p. 435 (my translation).
There are two kinds of revelations: (1) universal revelations, which are contained in the Bible or in the depositum of Apostolic tradition transmitted by the Church. These ended with the preaching of the Apostles and must be believed by all; (2) particular or private revelations which are constantly occurring among Christians (see CONTEMPLATION). When the Church approves private revelations, she declares only that there is nothing in them contrary faith or good morals, and that they may be read without danger or even with profit; no obligation is thereby imposed on the faithful to believe them.
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