Why do so many Catholics drop the ball when it comes to EENS?
Quote: Forbidding water does not forbid salvation,
That is the protestant interpretation and paradoxically, yours.  I think from the context, and the use of the strong language "forbid", withholding water is an allegory for withholding salvation.  Furthermore, the Church has always taught that baptism removes Original Sin and infuses the soul with Sanctifying Grace.  Therefore, Cornelious was a condemned man until he was baptized.  Just because he did some good deeds and prayed, this could never atone for his sins.  He needed to be washed with the waters of regeneration.

Quote: CANON 5. If anyone says that not only the increase of faith but also its beginning and the very desire for faith, by which we believe in Him who justifies the ungodly and comes to the regeneration of holy baptism -- if anyone says that this belongs to us by nature and not by a gift of grace, that is, by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit amending our will and turning it from unbelief to faith and from godlessness to godliness, it is proof that he is opposed to the teaching of the Apostles,
  So for adult converts the Holy Ghost acts BEFORE baptism, giving us Faith and amending our will, which leads us to come to the regeneration of holy baptism.  This is what happened to Cornelius.  Your Bible passage does not prove anything, except that God will send a missionary to those He wishes to save.

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Re: Why do so many Catholics drop the ball when it comes to EENS? - by James02 - 08-07-2009, 12:56 AM

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