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Old 01-17-2018, 09:52 AM
 
Location: Gulf Coast Texas
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No. Actually I already mentioned that his FATHER had started in this direction. His father had gone to the "heresy" long before Joel would ever preach.

You can't have it both ways. Did his father change or not?

Joel has always done this kind of teaching, I assume. Non-threatening. He is only paid by people because they enjoy his teaching, and they believe they are helped by it. I know this for a fact.

No one can accuse him of using "Hellfire Insurance" as a threat the way conservative Christians do, such as Billy Graham.
I don't care about his dad. I was making the correction because he wasn't Southern Baptist.

And yes - people will support what they like. This is unsurprising.
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Old 01-17-2018, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Valencia, Spain
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What stories? You do realize that the disciples had 3 years of Jesus training them, in addition to most of them being educated in the Hebrew Scriptures, right?
Where did they learn to write highly complicated Greek?
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Old 01-17-2018, 11:02 AM
 
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Where did they learn to write highly complicated Greek?
Have you read any of the Greek manuscripts? It's interesting, we can read John and see a completely different style than Peter, or Paul. It wasn't all that uncommon for them to read and write Greek...as it was the vernacular. But some were more educated than others, and they did have different styles. Even the less educated could write it to a degree.
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Old 01-18-2018, 06:41 AM
 
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True enough. An educated Jew could speak and write Aramaic, Hebrew, Greek and probably Latin. But let's stay on topic, yes?
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Old 01-18-2018, 06:19 PM
 
Location: kind of North of the middle of nowhere, FL
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I do recall that the pastor of our small town Baptist church rarely, if ever smiled. He usually walked in with the choir and had a very dour looking scowl on his face, which never left
He often spent most of the time yelling and screaming like an idiot, trying to bully and scare people into following him......or else.
But grinning? no way. Even in the church directory, where we were all required to be photographed and listed by name, he had a very plain non smiling look, not quite stern but certainly not pleasant.
As I recall nothing about that man was pleasant, and I only speculate to this day where he is now as he has disappeared from all traces

But then again, I recall as a child wondering why people in church never smiled. As I got older, I understood why depressed, beaten and downtrodden people do not smile. People of that church never had much to smile about.
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Old 01-18-2018, 07:18 PM
 
Location: Northeastern US
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I do recall that the pastor of our small town Baptist church rarely, if ever smiled. He usually walked in with the choir and had a very dour looking scowl on his face, which never left
He often spent most of the time yelling and screaming like an idiot, trying to bully and scare people into following him......or else.
But grinning? no way. Even in the church directory, where we were all required to be photographed and listed by name, he had a very plain non smiling look, not quite stern but certainly not pleasant.
As I recall nothing about that man was pleasant, and I only speculate to this day where he is now as he has disappeared from all traces

But then again, I recall as a child wondering why people in church never smiled. As I got older, I understood why depressed, beaten and downtrodden people do not smile. People of that church never had much to smile about.
Things weren't quite that bleak in my particular tribe, but the general bias was somewhere between dour and resigned. I suppose we lacked the fire-and-brimstone hectoring but still had the vibe one might describe as "lowly worm slogging through this wasteland of an existence persevering to the end in the hope of finally being happy in heaven".
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Old 01-19-2018, 10:04 AM
 
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I think that's what a lot of us are saying. The guy is a shyster who in no way represents what real Christianity is. He sells a message that the masses like to hear.
Sort of like old times, when ̶S̶a̶u̶l̶ Paul wandered around selling a message that masses wanted to hear, right?
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Old 01-19-2018, 11:22 AM
 
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Preachers grin for the same reason that pickpockets usually work with a partner. It is to distract you from the theft of your cash.

Osteen and others like him make millions selling nonrefundable tickets on a plane to paradise that may never arrive or takeoff.
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Old 01-19-2018, 11:37 AM
 
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Sort of like old times, when ̶S̶a̶u̶l̶ Paul wandered around selling a message that masses wanted to hear, right?
And he was eventually martyred for it, beheaded, in fact. Think Joel will face that?
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Old 01-19-2018, 12:07 PM
 
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And he was eventually martyred for it, beheaded, in fact. Think Joel will face that?
Martyred? Only place that is shown is in the apocrypha (Acts of Paul), which I thought non-Catholics didn't accept. Any other discussion written is hearsay at best. Tradition doesn't provide proof.
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