Progressive Christians

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  1. carlosofcali

    carlosofcali Well-Known Member Donor

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    The credibility of the Church, in general has taken major hits. Pope Francis just admitted the alarming sexual abuse of nuns by priests/ bishops going back centuries. Evangelical support of Trump is viewed as hypocrisy/ denial of the Gospel.

    I'm Catholic but have inlaws who are Protestant including a Lutheran priest [brother-in-law]. My involvement in Dignity [Catholic gay organization] years ago included occasional worship with Integrity [gay Episcopalians]. I appreciate that Lutherans and Espicoplains/ Anglicans are considered "progressive" Christians by how they treat humanity/view science [anthropological insight] .

    No experience with other Christian churches but I understand that just about every denomination struggle with sexual issues [same-sex marriage/ clergy]. Many Catholics think priests should be given option to marry [like Orthodox], eliminate sexual abuse of children/ ordain females [ie. Lutheran/ Episcopal].

    Any thoughts?
     
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    I say that if your Christianity makes you want to make the world a better place the way of Jimmy Carter, then that should be praised and celebrated.

    My problem is you are going to have a very difficult time defending your religion if you are progressive because of all the regressive passages in the Bible. My advice would be to give the concession that not all Scripture is inspired of God. I'm personally an atheist, but if all Christians did this, my respect for Christians would increase a thousand fold.

    I also have a problem with the Catholic and Orthodox churches because of their doctrine that Bishops, Patriarchs and Popes are infallible. That means what they say must go without question. A Protestant Pastor has next to no authority over you (only to pronounce you husband and wife on your wedding or to baptize people). Their job is to merely be your assistant on developing your relationship with God. You don't have to agree with their interpretation on Scriptures. They are just there to help you meditate on them.
     
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    carlosofcali Well-Known Member Donor

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    Not sure that Orthodox view infallibility the same as Roman Catholics. I think the schism followed by the Reformation in the Church was strongly triggered by the notion of papal infallibility/ authority; a doctrine even Catholics have trouble with. My experience with Protestants is limited to 'conservative' reformation communions. Lutherans/ Anglicans worship like Catholics and they practice apostolic succession but layman influence is considerable like most Protestant churches. In studying the issue of 'natural occurrence' several Protestant denominations view homosexuality as a gift from God not a condemnation. Catholics have viewed sex as sinful yet the worst offenders are clergy. Martin Luther, while in Rome, commented that pope Leo vetoed a recommendation that would limit how many boys a bishop could have in the bedroom. :roll:
     
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    I'll be honest with you and admit that while I was raised Lutheran, I do not know what Martin Luther thought on Church (the leaders and the institution) infallibility. What I do know is that Martin Luther and other Protestants declared that Scriptures are the ultimate source of God's authority on Earth and that every believing Christian should/must read the Scriptures themselves. Catholics view Scriptures as ceremonial where they are to be read aloud during worship and that authority in the interpretation rests solely on the Church leadership.

    My Dad was Catholic before he converted in order to marry my mother who was and remains a devout Lutheran.

    This idea came when Martin Luther objected to the idea of buying your way to heaven. Before the Reformation, the Catholic Church used to forgive sins depending on how much you paid them. Luther objected to this and promoted the idea of reading the Scriptures and living it rather than go grovel before a Priest/Bishop.

    I imagine that the Orthodox Churches hold similar views with the Roman Catholic Church, but I need to do more research.
     
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    I've always seen Jesus as having been progressive.

    Of course, he and his apostles had no political power, so we would have to guess what they would have done with the power to make and enforce law.

    However, he was outraged by the prelates cashing in on the power of hte church of the time, demonstrated full acceptance of minorities, taught service toward those who are poor, and argued for peace and understnading.

    He didn't say anything about abortion which took place in his time and long before. Statements about sexuality were toward fidelity, objecting to baachenalia and wonton behavior.

    Frankly, I don't know how to reconcile Republicanism and Jesus.
     
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    The parents are responsible for the continuing sex abuse of their children by the pedophile priests because they keep pimping out their kids to them. If they stopped doing that then the problem would cease to exist.
     
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    The Jesus character was a racist and a religious bigot who sponged off of his rich buddies. He set the model for future preachers.
     
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    carlosofcali Well-Known Member Donor

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    It's eye-opening how close Lutherans and Catholics agree doctrinally per years of dialogue. The papal office is viewed as historic validity but Lutherans reject infallibility, a doctrine Catholics didn't adopt until the 1800's and are willing to be in full communion with other Christians [Anglican/ Orthodox/ Lutherans] who deny papal infallibility.

    "From Conflict to Communion"
    http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/p...doc_2013_dal-conflitto-alla-comunione_en.html
     
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    Please let me know what he did that was racist.
     
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    He spoke i parables so that outsiders wouldn't understand his babbling. He called Gentiles swine and dogs. He told his Apostles to stay away from Gentiles and Samaritans. He said that his Apostles would only judge the twelve tribes of Israel. He said that he had only been sent to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. He never preached to the Gentiles or spoke to them unless he absolutely had to and then it was only a short word or two. If you like him he probably hates you.
     
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    Links to the actual scriptures on which you base these statements. Others may not share your interpretation or conclusions.
     
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    Could you cite a biblical chapter where he called Gentiles swine and dogs.

    I'd also like to heare about where he told apostles to stay away from gentiles.

    I know that in Paul's letters he suggested separation of one of the distant churches where church members were being lured into sin. But, that wasn't Jesus and it wasn't racism.
     
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    Martin Luther's main issue with the church was the idea that the church simply made up new rules and laws for Christians whenever it was convenient. He felt that the bible was the only true doctrine, and anything else was un-Christian.

    He also believed that the church's idea that confession to a priest, or that priests personally living "absolution" was needed to get into heaven was wrong. He believed that faith alone got one into heaven, and that one simply needed to repent in one's heart to be forgiven by god, and a priest isn't needed.
     
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    According to the Augsburg Confession, holy absolution is a sacrament. Lutheran pastors collectively absolve penitents at the start of the eucharist and also in private confession. Catholics don't practice private confession in the way it was just a few decades ago but many make a confession to a priest before Easter.
     
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    Actually hes correct.
     
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    he did not actually call them dogs but used the image in his teachings:

    https://www.gotquestions.org/Canaanite-woman-dog.html

    https://christianity.stackexchange.com/questions/2837/why-did-jesus-refer-to-gentiles-as-dogs



    poor choice of words, in all honesty
     
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    that tells me that you share his interpretation and conclusion. It doesn't tell me that I should. The links to the scriptures would.
     
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    That's a tough one for sure. The whole sequence seems quiite contrary to my impressions from the NT overall. But, if Jesus was in Canaan ministering to those there it seems like his reference might not have been directed at Caananites in general, but perhams to something specific to the case in point.

    Yikes!
     
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    You would know that if you'd read the Bible.
     
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    Wow.So instead of proving an assertion made with a quote, or link or citation, posters instead oblige the audience to have read the material? Here is his quote " He called Gentiles swine and dogs. He told his Apostles to stay away from Gentiles and Samaritans. He said that his Apostles would only judge the twelve tribes of Israel. He said that he had only been sent to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. He never preached to the Gentiles or spoke to them unless he absolutely had to and then it was only a short word or two" This is a simple matter. A positive assertion has been made with respect to what 'The Bible' says without any link or quote directly from the Bible so that we know what the basis is. Now that you appear to have taken over this cause, how about you providing the direct quotes or links to prove what is now your assertion. Its not my job to figure out where in the Bible you are getting your ideas from. You are the person who knows what you read and where to come up with the assertion If the evidence is, for example John 5:24, then that is what you would cite, quote or link. If you don't know where these scriptures are, or what they really say or mean, you should have kept your mouth shut.

    This is not about religion or the Bible, Margot. Its about whether it is my job to prove another posters assertion ( now your assertion) is not true, or his/ your job to prove this assertion is true.
     
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