Well, I’ll give you a clue, I was reading from Acts. I even gave you the verses. So, one who is not even Catholic can assume that I was reading from Scriptures.
As a lector, which is done by the Laity, on Sundays we read usually from the Old Testament, then we recite a Psalm, (or most of one), then we read from one of the Epistles. Then the priest reads from one of the Gospels.
At Daily Mass, which I was at, we only read from the Old Testament and the Psalms. Then the priest goes to the Gospel.
I guess you are referring to Luke 18:16 "But Jesus called them to Him and said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God.
Luk 18:17 Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.”
Are you trying to say that at this point Christ was baptizing children? I’d say you are inferring much more than is there.
I didn’t say Jesus was referring to Baptism. I just meant that Jesus is saying the Kingdom of Heaven is for these little children. Look at the context of the verse(s). The apostles were trying to keep the children away from Jesus. Jesus corrects them, saying let them come to Him. I can only infer that Jesus is saying that these children belong in the Kingdom of Heaven. How do we enter? Through Baptism.
Even to me; just a guy in the pews, it is painfully obvious that the lesson Christ is teaching is that we must have the purity of a child if we are to inherit a home in heaven.
Yes, Christ speaks that we must be like children, but in another part of the Gospels. The context of this story, though, is that these children belong there. It doesn’t say, when they grow up. It says they belong.
To whom did circumcision apply? To the first century Christians? You know better! Circumcision applied to the jews, NOT to the first century Christians! Weak argument!
I do know better. I never made that claim. I simply said, and I was referring to St. Paul’s writings. I think he knows better, too!
Paul makes a direct link between circumcision and baptism. Circumcision to the Jews brought a child into the Covenant of Moses. Paul shows that Baptism brings us into the Covenant of Christ. But Paul does NOT say, “Cicumcision, which pre-figures Baptism, except this time children aren’t allowed”. So I can only infer that children are part of the Covenant.
Finally, you mention, sarcastically I might add, my lack of charity. Charity? Where does CHARITY figure into our salvation?
Only that Christ commanded all Christians to love one another, as He has loved us.
And frankly, in your posts, I don’t feel the love!!! We both love God with all our hearts, man. Let’s treat each other like Christ asks us to, wouldn’t you say?
Other than, of course, that God sent His son to die for us that we might be able to contact His blood through baptism, we must be obedient, just as Christ was obedient!
Your gonna have to do better than this!Billbush, when you preach obedience to Christ to a Catholic, YOU ARE PREACHING TO THE CHOIR!!! God Bless You, my friend!!!