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- Matthew 22:29

Isaiah 55:11
So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it
Gen 1:3
Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light
Matthew 26:26
And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body."
Malachi 1:11
My name will be great among the nations, from the rising to the setting of the sun. In every place incense and pure offerings will be brought to my name, because my name will be great among the nations," says the LORD Almighty.
John 20:23
If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.
James 5:16
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.
James 2:14
What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?
Luke 20:38
For He is not the God of the dead but of the living, for all live to Him.
Rev 21:27
Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life.
1 Cor 3:15
If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
Psalm 51:5
Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me.
John 3:5
Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
Titus 3:5
Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
1 Timothy 3:15
but if I am delayed, I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.
Acts 22:16
And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.

Ash Wednesday Ritual at Evangelical University

The Tennessean has a detailed article on an Ash Wednesday service held at Belmont University, an evangelical university attended primarily by Baptists. The service was led by Catholic Bishop David Choby and Belmont's vice president of spiritual development Todd Lake. (Catholics may be interested to know that ashes may be imposed by lay persons).

Alaina Reagan, another student, said she'd never been to an Ash Wednesday service before. In the past, she'd seen students with ashes on their foreheads and wondered about it. She appreciated learning more about the practice.

"I think it's good for Belmont to have services like this," she said.

The article points out that college students are familiar with symbols thanks to the many icons on signs, phones, and computers, thus they are comfortable with spiritual symbols as well.

The article also provides some church history behind the Christian ritual.

Some die hard evangelicals will likely be distressed to read:

It's part of a broader trend of evangelicals, who are rediscovering liturgical practices they once shunned.

Harris said that in her three years at Belmont, she's seen Protestant students move from completely rejecting her Catholic faith to being curious about Catholic practices.

Related Posts:
Baptists Recovering Lost Catholic Treasure of Lent
Baptists Observing Advent
Ash Wednesday & Lent: Are They in the Bible?

Source: Evangelicals rediscover Ash Wednesday rituals

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Blogger Takis Konstantopoulos said...

Hi, I have a question: What do you think of the concept of time-varying religion? Say I want to be Christian every Monday and Wednesday, a Muslim on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and a Zoroastrian on Fridays and weekends. I tried to do that and people insulted me. Why? I like changes and since all religions are good, why not adopt a time-varying religion?

There is another reason for me wanting to have a time-varying religion. Since we do not know what the true religion is, since we do not know whether there is one or many gods, why not try all religions? In this way, we're definitely covered.

It seems to me a bit myopic to adhere to a very particular religion when nobody knows the truth.

3:35 PM  
Blogger Timothy said...

Greetings, again, Takis...

Are we going to make a habit of posting off-topic questions here at CAS. If so, this is your last.

>"What do you think of the concept of time-varying religion?"

Not very much, as it generally reflects poorly on the practicioner.

>"since all religions are good"

Um, positive claim without proof. What proof have you that all religions are good?

>"Since we do not know what the true religion is"

This seems another assumption on your part and not based in fact/proof. What proof have you that the true religion is not known?

>"since we do not know whether there is one or many gods"

This seems yet another assumption on your part.

With all these illogical and unsupported assumptions, we're beginning to doubt that you are the rational university professor that you claim to be in your profile. Surely someone at your university teaches a course covering logic, debate, and fallacies and will allow you to sit in.

>"It seems to me a bit myopic to adhere to a very particular religion when nobody knows the truth."

Possibly, but what proof have you that nobody knows the truth? Its seems reckless to claim an absolute (nobody) when there are over 6 billion humans and you have likely never interviewed all 6 billion plus. The mathematical laws of probability seem arranged against the veracity of your assumption.

God bless... +Timothy

11:28 AM  

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