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    [–] Some people have a harder time being good than others. It’s not fair that entrance into Paradise is less likely. kjdtkd 2 points ago in Catholicism

    Right, but the point im trying to get across is that, if it makes intuitive sense that God would love us so much that he'd die for us, does it not further imply that he's willing to forgive our sins all the way up to the last possible minute?

    [–] Some people have a harder time being good than others. It’s not fair that entrance into Paradise is less likely. kjdtkd 6 points ago in Catholicism

    Doesn't it seem absurd that the creator of the universe loves us enough to literally die in the most horrendous way imaginable so that we might have life with him, and no matter how many times we screw up he's still willing to forgive us?

    [–] Good Catholic-oriented blogs/websites? kjdtkd 3 points ago in Catholicism

    https://zippycatholic.wordpress.com

    The author of this blog has unfortunately passed, but it contains a treasure trove of information regarding a few different topics (voting, liberalism, usury, etc..) and is one of the best resources on the web. I'll warn you that it takes quite a bit of reading to get a full view on any given topic, and the discussion in the comments is just as necessary as the blog posts themselves, but I am so glad that I have read them and even interacted with the author a few times.

    [–] Some people have a harder time being good than others. It’s not fair that entrance into Paradise is less likely. kjdtkd 6 points ago in Catholicism

    And the very last choice you make is informed by every other choice you've ever made. Choices arent some discrete and independent events. The rely on your experiences, your past choices and their consequences, your rational mind and of course underlying it all, God's grace. Doesnt exactly sound like your life doesn't matter to me.

    [–] Some people have a harder time being good than others. It’s not fair that entrance into Paradise is less likely. kjdtkd 7 points ago in Catholicism

    Well yes. Thats what it means that forgiveness is available to everyone still alive. It means that they still have a chance to repent. Why does that seem awful?

    [–] Some people have a harder time being good than others. It’s not fair that entrance into Paradise is less likely. kjdtkd 7 points ago in Catholicism

    Life isn’t fair and God doesn’t owe paradise to anyone.

    That being said, you only need to be in a state of grace at exactly two moments to get into heaven, now and at the hour of your death.

    [–] What's the source of morality? kjdtkd 3 points ago in Catholicism

    All scripture and tradition informs Divine Law, but not all scripture or tradition maps to a certain part of divine law. In the end, the ultimate interpreting authority is the Church.

    [–] What's the source of morality? kjdtkd 4 points ago in Catholicism

    All morality comes from God. We recieve it through two main channels, Divine Law and Natural Law. Divine Law consists of the revelation given to us through scripture and tradition. Natural Law consists of what we discover through the use of reason about our essence. Any new question must be answered in the light of both of these laws.

    [–] I’m heavily interested in converting from Protestantism to Catholicism but I have 2 questions kjdtkd 1 points ago in Catholicism

    Christ came down to earth to save us and left us an authority on Earth to teach us. This authority is the Church, comprised of those Priests and Bishops in Communion with Rome who have had their authority handed down to them by the laying on of hands from the Apostles. This Church that Christ gave us infallibly uses two main methods to teach us. The first is Scripture and the second is Tradition. Both proceed from and receive their authority from the Church.

    [–] The thorny dilemma of Genesis: were Adam's grandchildren born by brother-sister incest, or by Adam's children mating with unensouled hominids (effectively bestiality?) kjdtkd 2 points ago in Catholicism

    Yeah your right. No one could possibly mean something else by the words they say then what you think they mean. Let alone that they are following a traditional definition that came about hundreds of years before yours did.

    [–] The thorny dilemma of Genesis: were Adam's grandchildren born by brother-sister incest, or by Adam's children mating with unensouled hominids (effectively bestiality?) kjdtkd 1 points ago in Catholicism

    Depends on who you're talking to. In Thomistic circles, species are defined by the specific difference between two things of the same genus. In this case, ensoulment just is what makes Adam and Eve a different species then non-rational hominids.

    [–] Someone explain to me why a 20% downpayment on a house is so touted around here. kjdtkd 5 points ago in personalfinance

    If you're looking at median wages, you have to also be looking at median house prices, which is $220k. If you want an above average house, you need an above average wage.

    [–] How does a person lacking a SSI get around. kjdtkd 1 points ago in personalfinance

    The number you will probably want is your Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN).

    [–] The thorny dilemma of Genesis: were Adam's grandchildren born by brother-sister incest, or by Adam's children mating with unensouled hominids (effectively bestiality?) kjdtkd 4 points ago in Catholicism

    *shrugs* doesn't matter too much to me.

    I suggest reading what Aquinas has to say on incest. Particularly the following

    There is not the same essential unbecomingness attaching to other persons who are related to one another not directly but through their parents: and, as to this, becomingness or unbecomingness varies according to custom, and human or Divine law: because, as stated above (Article 2), sexual intercourse, being directed to the common good, is subject to law. Wherefore, as Augustine says (De Civ. Dei xv, 16), whereas the union of brothers and sisters goes back to olden times, it became all the more worthy of condemnation when religion forbade it.

    This seems to imply that brother-sister relations may not have necessarily been immoral.

    [–] Question from a non-Catholic on SSA. kjdtkd 6 points ago in Catholicism

    What about persistence of temptation changes its nature?

    [–] I wanna live aboard a small boat with my wife. kjdtkd 2 points ago in personalfinance

    In my experience, marinas cost a lot of money. I don't know your area, but it's something to consider.

    [–] Why did depicting God the Father go from being taboo to being totally fine? kjdtkd 13 points ago in Catholicism

    You could say the same if you so choose. Alternatively, you could say that, although many in the renaissance period created such works, they were wrong to do so. Either way, it's not a particularly contentious matter at the moment.

    [–] I recently heard someone say that punishing someone for a sin counts as penance for them. Is that true? kjdtkd 7 points ago in Catholicism

    Just punishment for crimes committed are a form of purification, e.g. penance. Whether the penance actually has an effect or not is where one's will comes in.