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Discussion in 'Ethics & Morality Forum' started by Mayflower, Jul 7, 2019.

  1. Marymog

    Marymog Well-Known Member

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    Hi QT,

    How do you fulfill Luke 22:19 and John 6:53 while you are whistling on the beach?

    Curious Mary
     
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    Hi Deborah,

    How do you fulfill what Jesus told us we MUST DO in John 6:53 and Luke 22:19?
     
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    That is a very good point Willie....:)

    Sooooo to fulfill the question of the OP by @Mayflower: Why Do You Go/or not go to that designated building?

    And an answer to my question would fulfill me: Why do several hundred people have to come together for it to be a church? Why not two or three gathering in his name? Wouldn't a living room or a park bench suffice?

    Sincerely....Mary
     
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    Marymog Well-Known Member

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    Hi Amadeus,

    How do you fulfill on internet forums what Jesus told us we MUST DO in John 6:53 and Luke 22:19?
     
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    Marymog Well-Known Member

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    HE wasn't "in a church" because there were no churches (buildings).
     
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    Marymog Well-Known Member

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    Hi QT,

    Be mindful that the NT Christians and the Apostolic Fathers (men who walked and talked with the Apostles) and Early Church Fathers disagree with you.

    A church has ministers who can forgive sins in the name of Jesus (John 20:21-23), healing rite for the dying that forgives the sins of the person who is dying (James 5:14-15), meets daily for the breaking of the bread ( Matthew 6:11, Acts 2:42-46) and teaches that you must physically eat the flesh of Jesus and drink His blood to have life in you (John 6:53). A building, a cave or a mountain is physical place where they can meet to accomplish this.

    Mary
     
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    Marymog Well-Known Member

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    Hi Nancy,

    The NT Christians did not meet in "large groups" because the Christian community was not large at that time....Sooo it was IMPOSSIBLE to meet in large groups. As time progressed the community became larger hence the need for larger areas (such as large churches instead of homes). What the NT Christians did DID constitute fellowship (friendly association, especially with people who share one's interests) only in smaller numbers than we do today. Sooooo whether one is in a large or small group...... it is still fellowship.

    They did not gather ONLY for fellowship. They gathered to break bread together (per His instructions in Luke 22:19) and to baptize and confess their sins, gather money/goods for the needy....Just like Scripture and early Christians writings says they did.

    Mary
     
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    I think I answered those questions for you in one of our previous discussions on this forum, but... you may have forgotten and that is true of me as well.

    I have not partaken of physical bread or crackers or wafers made from grain, nor have I drunk of the juice of grapes in fermented or unfermented form in many years where I have physically gathered together with other people even when we were "in His name". I do eat of His flesh daily and drink of His blood daily however, but I partake of the real flesh and the real blood rather than the types of shadows that most people in church groups consider important or necessary. I don't answer for them, but only for myself.

    "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth." John 1:14

    “Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.
    For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.” John 6:54-55


    His flesh is the Word of God, which is brought to Life within a man by the Spirit of God, which is the blood of Jesus.

    “For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.” Lev 17:11

    But the Life of spiritual man is the blood of Jesus, which is the Holy Spirit which quickens [brings to Life].
     
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    Well, Jesus did this in the upper room of a house as part of the evening meal. And early Christians did the same thing before there was such a thing as a church building. They observed the commemorance with the bread and the wine with their evening dinner.
     
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    Marymog Well-Known Member

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    A lot of words but no real discernible answer....

    You kind of did answer in a previous post. Your answer was something to the effect that you eat his body and drink his blood by reading the bible o_O and you participate in communion as often as you gather with others...o_Oo_O

    Soooooo combining that previous (non)answer with this (non)answer it appears to me you do not fulfill what Jesus told us we MUST DO in John 6:53 and Luke 22:19 or practice it regularly like the NT Christians did.

    Thank you for your time....Mary

    Thank you for your time....

    PS....It is not "crackers or wafers" like you PRETEND it to be. It is His body....just like He said (Luke 22:19).

    I believe Him...not sure why you don't. :(
     
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    I said I was answering for myself rather than for others. Each one of us must follow God ourselves. If you want to judge me for not seeing my way as wrong and your way as right, there is nothing I can do about that. Only God gives the increase to anyone and His judgment, ultimately. is the one that makes a difference.
     
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    Hi Stan B,

    Soooooo what you are saying is we can go to a house (or stay in our own home) and fulfill Luke 22:19?
     
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    Hmmmmm......so we all get to read the bible and find the answers to it that fit what WE believe it to mean???

    Fascinating.....I wonder if that goes against the sound doctrine scripture teaches and fulfills Jesus prayer that we all be one?

    Hint....your cafeteria Christianity lifestyle is opposite of what scripture teaches.

    I am not judging you.....Just showing you that you have twisted scripture to fit YOUR belief and not what has been taught for 2,000 years.
     
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    Taking Communion is another thing that I should have put on my 'sharing' list. One can't observe the sacraments on one's own. But there are so many things that could have been on the list...
     
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    We all get to eat His flesh and have it quickened within us by the Holy Spirit, if we will allow it [not quenching the Holy Spirit]. Some people fail to eat thus never providing the dead meat to be quickened. Some fail to drink thus never providing the means for what they have eaten to be brought to Life within. Without the Living Word within us there is no "new man" so when we die the death of our flesh, nothing would remain.

    I never tell a person he should not partake of communion as both the Catholic and many/most Protestant church practice and teach it...but when you ask me, should I lie to sooth your feelings. Being honest you would say, no, but you really would like see me follow you and the traditional teachings of most believers. I cannot do that.


    You say I have twisted, but for me it is you who have twisted by including me and everyone in your conclusions as if were the correct end of every story of every person. I know you will speak of the early Fathers and the original ones designated as Apostles, but no matter where they were, each of us needs to be growing while time remains to us.

    If I were now right where the Apostle Paul was at the time of his natural demise, I would still have to be growing while I still had time to do so. Even Jesus was growing while here in His flesh. To stop growing is to stagnate and die. The limit to our growth, is not in God in which there is not limit, but in us.

    Give God the glory!
     
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    >>One can't observe the sacraments on one's own????
    Is that something that can be found in the Bible, or only in the Gospel According to Deborah??
     
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    Yes Mary. Whether I commemorate my Saviour's death and resurrection at church or at home, that's totally between me and Him. He is the one that doesn't look upon the outward appearance, but sees what is in the heart.

    I have studied the writings of the Early Church Fathers, and how things happened in the church. In the very earliest church, communion was served within the group by laity, and for those who were infirm and could not attend, family took the bread and wine home for that person.

    Over the years, the evil clergy seized upon communion as a way to exalt themselves and bring the congregation into submission. At the outset, they proclaimed that only they could serve communion, and over time they morphed it into a magical elixir that only the clergy could manufacture. It got so totally ridiculous, that at the Roman Catholic Council of Trent 1545, a major item for discussion, was that the wine was so sacred and magical, that what should they do with a man who accidentally spilled a drop of wine on his beard. Should they merely cut off his beard and burn it, or should they burn the entire man at the stake!! YUK! So the Roman Catholic Church stopped serving wine at their magical communion nonsense, and to this day, they no longer serve communion, but just wafers. In all fairness, I think they stopped serving wine merely because they were cheap!! And that left more booze for the priests!
     
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    'man does not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God'
     
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    It is a directive to remember that Jesus is the bread of life. It was never a MUST DO.
     
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    You're understanding of the scriptures you have quoted is in error. You're cobbling amounts to gobbledy gook
     
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