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Let's get this straight - Saint Paul oversaw the execution of Saint Steven. You agree? And you are saying that in the eyes of the People, he is still a murderer? Then why did the Apostles & Disciples accept him as one of them?
He says to TITL: "TITL, whatever I have made clean, DO NOT CALL COMMON".
Repentance is only good for your spiritual life, but if you were a prostitute, you still are in the eyes of people. Nothing will change that- not even repentance. St. Moses the Strong and St. Paul are still a murderers.
That's not fair. You can't compare Egyptians with idle Apostles. When I said St. Paul is a murderer, I meant his history proves that he is a murderer. It's the truth. I never said he was a sinner. Murderers can go to heaven.
Repentance doesn't change the mind's of people. As Mina said, it doesn't "undo" an action; it just erases it before GOD. People's perspective wont change.
I never said I thought it was right to have sinful perspectives on people. You're assuming I think that.
Refusing to marry a person who smokes or isn't a virgin isn't condemning them. It's a means of watching out for your own salvation and making sure your kids are brought up in a Godly house.
If one spouse is weak, theyre both weak. If a girl or guy wasn't faithful before marriage, what makes you think they will be after marriage?
If a girl or guy wasn't faithful before marriage, what makes you think they will be after marriage?
someone who was chaste physically speaking, yet sinned in his/her mind and heart and was impure constantly and entered marriage like this.
But perhaps even among women some one will say, I havecommitted fornication, and adultery, I have defiled my body by excessesof all kinds: is there salvation for me? Turn thine eyes, O woman, uponRahab, and look thou also for salvation; for if she who had been openlyand publicly a harlot was saved by repentance, is not she who on someone occasion before receiving grace committed fornication to be saved byrepentance and fasting?
The question is whether this is fair if that person has truly repented and is otherwise the perfect match for you.
Or perhaps it bothers them in a personal way that they will not be "the only one."
It is a preference only, provided the heart is right before God and that you are not disregarding another or lording a sin over them. As to whoever said, "once unfaithful, always unfaithful .." That is exactly the bad example I am talking about. That assumes God cannot change a person's heart .. presumptuous at best, no?
Without being inflammatory here, I sometimes get the idea that others want to raise the standard of personal holiness in such a fashion as to be conspicuous and call attention to either their own understanding or their own efforts. When Christ's love is in our hearts and we desire to please God through obedience, must we really pretend to be so much holier than that? It seems pretentious to me. Holiness flows from a personal relationship with Jesus Christ rather than from our own efforts.