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"The Holy Bible" by the Creator: My bucket list includes reading the King James Authorized Version of the Holy Bible in its entirety. I recently read that Catholic priests aren't required to read the Bible in seminary. Instead, they read books written ABOUT the books of the Bible and only refer to the Bible when their reading indicates. The good priests, I'm sure, read it at some point, but not as a requirement to be ordained. On a scary side note, I've read that you have to become a Catholic priest before you can become a Satanic priest. Sick, sick, sick. Anyway, I think I owe it to myself as a believer to read it first-hand rather than believe in something that was regurgitated by a priest who read about it through something someone else wrote. Case in point, Genesis certainly offered up some interesting situations that weren't gone over much in Catholic school. Can't wait to read the rest.

"What Would The Rockefellers Do?" by Garrett B Gunderson: It's about how the wealth get and stay wealthy. It compares the spent-and-gone Vanderbilt wealth to the ongoing and growing Rockefeller wealth. This book was written as a sales tool to get you buying whole life insurance and other financial services (some offered by Gunderson and his associates) but the true value of the book lies in how to turn that policy and your assets into a lasting legacy. I read this as a skeptic, so being impressed by this HUGELY insightful book is an understatement. **Spoiler alert: it's not about leaving a huge life insurance payout and marketable assets behind for your wife and kids to blow like the Vanderbilts did.
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I'm currently reading The Last Of The Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper.
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Longshanks wrote:
Tue Dec 25, 2018 9:34 am
"The Holy Bible" by the Creator: My bucket list includes reading the King James Authorized Version of the Holy Bible in its entirety. I recently read that Catholic priests aren't required to read the Bible in seminary. Instead, they read books written ABOUT the books of the Bible and only refer to the Bible when their reading indicates. The good priests, I'm sure, read it at some point, but not as a requirement to be ordained. On a scary side note, I've read that you have to become a Catholic priest before you can become a Satanic priest. Sick, sick, sick. Anyway, I think I owe it to myself as a believer to read it first-hand rather than believe in something that was regurgitated by a priest who read about it through something someone else wrote. Case in point, Genesis certainly offered up some interesting situations that weren't gone over much in Catholic school. Can't wait to read the rest.

"What Would The Rockefellers Do?" by Garrett B Gunderson: It's about how the wealth get and stay wealthy. It compares the spent-and-gone Vanderbilt wealth to the ongoing and growing Rockefeller wealth. This book was written as a sales tool to get you buying whole life insurance and other financial services (some offered by Gunderson and his associates) but the true value of the book lies in how to turn that policy and your assets into a lasting legacy. I read this as a skeptic, so being impressed by this HUGELY insightful book is an understatement. **Spoiler alert: it's not about leaving a huge life insurance payout and marketable assets behind for your wife and kids to blow like the Vanderbilts did.
I don't know where you hear that stuff from . When something sounds totally unreasonable... it probably is ... just saying
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I was gifted A Gentleman’s Murder by Christopher Huang at Christmas this year. I started it today and so far so good. I did a little research on the author and found out he too is a pipe smoker. I expect some reference in the story to pipe smoking but we shall see.
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Ruffinogold wrote:
Fri Dec 28, 2018 12:00 pm
Longshanks wrote:
Tue Dec 25, 2018 9:34 am
"The Holy Bible" by the Creator: My bucket list includes reading the King James Authorized Version of the Holy Bible in its entirety. I recently read that Catholic priests aren't required to read the Bible in seminary. Instead, they read books written ABOUT the books of the Bible and only refer to the Bible when their reading indicates. The good priests, I'm sure, read it at some point, but not as a requirement to be ordained. On a scary side note, I've read that you have to become a Catholic priest before you can become a Satanic priest. Sick, sick, sick. Anyway, I think I owe it to myself as a believer to read it first-hand rather than believe in something that was regurgitated by a priest who read about it through something someone else wrote. Case in point, Genesis certainly offered up some interesting situations that weren't gone over much in Catholic school. Can't wait to read the rest.

"What Would The Rockefellers Do?" by Garrett B Gunderson: It's about how the wealth get and stay wealthy. It compares the spent-and-gone Vanderbilt wealth to the ongoing and growing Rockefeller wealth. This book was written as a sales tool to get you buying whole life insurance and other financial services (some offered by Gunderson and his associates) but the true value of the book lies in how to turn that policy and your assets into a lasting legacy. I read this as a skeptic, so being impressed by this HUGELY insightful book is an understatement. **Spoiler alert: it's not about leaving a huge life insurance payout and marketable assets behind for your wife and kids to blow like the Vanderbilts did.
I don't know where you hear that stuff from . When something sounds totally unreasonable... it probably is ... just saying
I agree. This sounds like rubbish. I’ve been an active and practicing Catholic my entire life and never heard such foolishness... Further, I’d argue there is more importance in living a good life in the image of Christ rather than read the Bible. My bet is that getting into heaven has more to do with your actions, not knowledgeable understanding from reading a book, even if it is the Bible.

*Not trying to push religion moderators. If this is too much, please delete this post and accept my apologies.*
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PipeProfessor wrote:
Fri Dec 28, 2018 2:15 pm
Ruffinogold wrote:
Fri Dec 28, 2018 12:00 pm
Longshanks wrote:
Tue Dec 25, 2018 9:34 am
"The Holy Bible" by the Creator: My bucket list includes reading the King James Authorized Version of the Holy Bible in its entirety. I recently read that Catholic priests aren't required to read the Bible in seminary. Instead, they read books written ABOUT the books of the Bible and only refer to the Bible when their reading indicates. The good priests, I'm sure, read it at some point, but not as a requirement to be ordained. On a scary side note, I've read that you have to become a Catholic priest before you can become a Satanic priest. Sick, sick, sick. Anyway, I think I owe it to myself as a believer to read it first-hand rather than believe in something that was regurgitated by a priest who read about it through something someone else wrote. Case in point, Genesis certainly offered up some interesting situations that weren't gone over much in Catholic school. Can't wait to read the rest.
I don't know where you hear that stuff from . When something sounds totally unreasonable... it probably is ... just saying
I agree. This sounds like rubbish. I’ve been an active and practicing Catholic my entire life and never heard such foolishness... Further, I’d argue there is more importance in living a good life in the image of Christ rather than read the Bible. My bet is that getting into heaven has more to do with your actions, not knowledgeable understanding from reading a book, even if it is the Bible.

*Not trying to push religion moderators. If this is too much, please delete this post and accept my apologies.*
I'm not going to wade too deeply into this one, but I always recommend reading the Bible closely and praying and meditating over its contents with the intention to discern the Holy Spirit in its words and why the Bible says what it says. The Bible is not one book but a collection of books written over centuries. It isn't a novel. Its books are guideposts to get one into the right frame of mind and the right frame of life. I don't think PSF is the forum to discuss the magisterium of The Church, or any offshoot of it, but, instead, I encourage anyone and everyone to read the Bible with an open and accepting heart, mind, and spirit, and then do what thou wilt according to the dictates of a well-formed conscience.

As a Jesuit once said (I am paraphrasing), you shouldn't light up a pipe when you are praying, but you should pray while you are smoking a pipe.

Smoke in good health.
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Whalehead King wrote:
Fri Dec 28, 2018 6:10 pm

I'm not going to wade too deeply into this one, but I always recommend reading the Bible closely and praying and meditating over its contents with the intention to discern the Holy Spirit in its words and why the Bible says what it says. The Bible is not one book but a collection of books written over centuries. It isn't a novel. Its books are guideposts to get one into the right frame of mind and the right frame of life. I don't think PSF is the forum to discuss the magisterium of The Church, or any offshoot of it, but, instead, I encourage anyone and everyone to read the Bible with an open and accepting heart, mind, and spirit, and then do what thou wilt according to the dictates of a well-formed conscience.

As a Jesuit once said (I am paraphrasing), you shouldn't light up a pipe when you are praying, but you should pray while you are smoking a pipe.

Smoke in good health.
Wow.. as usual, remarkably well said WK.
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Fri Dec 28, 2018 7:38 pm

A Listening Walk and other stories by Gene Hill.
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