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Old 20th February 2008, 02:24 AM
js1975 js1975 is offline
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thanks for this thread. You have opened lines of thought that I never considered.

2cor 7:1 Therefore, having these promises, most beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of the flesh and of the spirit, perfecting sanctification in the fear of God.
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Old 20th February 2008, 05:06 PM
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Yes brothers and sisters, Jesus Christ says:

[Matthew 10]
{10:16} Behold, I am sending you like sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore, be as prudent as serpents and as simple as doves.

We have to be prudent and simple, because of my experience doing so, it's good to talk about people from other religions about the love of God in our lives and the miracles he has done in our lives. It will not be prudent telling them why they are not Catholic, or showing them verses of the Bible proving our reasons why, or talking them about the Pope; because, even though we may telling them the truth, that would cause us to fight over it and that's not the way we could be productive to God because we are not being simple but prideful. But if we tell them about our life with God and that He loves them, we may not convert them overnight, but we may have planted a seed and spreading the Gospel by example. In the middle of that healthy and friendly conversation, we can tell them that we are Catholics but not fighting over religions so we can show them that we are not so bad as they may have though about us before.

If we encounter other Catholics, even lax Catholics, that would be an easier conversation, we can even talk about the Pope with them if we want to, of course; but basically as Jesus said, be prudent as a serpent (if we remember from Genesis 3:1, the serpent was the more crafty animal of all; so God wants us to be crafty in order to serve Him good when we are in the middle of wolves) and simple as doves (peacefully, friendly).
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