Lol... You assume much, sir.
the healing thing. I have addressed it from my own personal life. I've also seen many healed in my church. One of those was cystic fibrosis. Not my fault you don't wanna believe that either.
When The Apostles, fearing for thier very lives of spies and false believers ask Jesus how to tell a true believer from a false one, Jesus replies that everyone that believes will be able to, not only perform the same miralcles he did, but ones even greater. Despite all the miraculous healings since Jesus, each and every one has left just as much evidence as if it was done by a charlatan.
That's the reason I don't have a christmas tree. I don't even celebrate Christmas in any way that you would recognize it. Satan clause is a fat bearded lie and has no place in my home. Yes, I tell my children that too. What we do is more like a birthday party for Jesus. In anticipation, I'll answer your next question. Jesus was more than likely born June 22 give or take. Why Dec 25? Thank the UNholy roman empire for that one.
You actually know more than the typical Christian. As per the Birth, I've heard beginning of April to the Feast of Booths, as his birth fufilling God living among his people. Plus, any earlier or later, too cold to be out tending sheep.
I read and study my bible and all things related daily. I have read it cover to cover. I took that initiative long ago.
I've amassed a small library since I was saved. that library includes 5 bibles. Not counting the children's bibleS for the kids. Who also read almost daily. Never told asked or even suggested that they should by the way. I also no longer count the one that fell apart from being read and carried to much. I have never counted the KJV with mormon foot notes or the other books that go with it. oh and the HUGE one that belonged to my grandmother.
Ironic. It was reading the bible that opened my eyes, that it could not possibly come from an All-Knowing, All-Loving God, but superstitious, racist, warmongering, sexist, bronze age goat herders.
The catholic church pushes a false doctrine that only those anointed by God may properly understand the txt. I believe that's because once a catholic reads the Bible they see they are lied to and become protestant. Maybe this is what your "only what you are told to" statement is connected to?
No. Catholics don't even read the bible. The have a big one out, opened to a page on a stand somewhere in the house, but not read. During mass, they pull out an accessory book and read along from that one that has what the priest says normal font and what the people say in bold. It has a listing of verses that it's supposedly pulled from, but I never swiped one to compare it.
I was raised via two religions depending on which parent had custody at the time. The other was protestant and they do love thier scripture memory and reading thier bible. They state, "We read the entire Bible every X years," and you're expected to take it on faith that that actually happens. It does not. You read 1/2 of a chapter of Jeremiah when he's trapped in that well, after that lesson, then "you've [magically] read all of Jeremiah and Lamentaions." I also noticed other books being missed. 1/2 Exodus, All of Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronmy, etc. That's why they bounce around. You expect them to take you there later, but they never do. During service they would have us pull out our bible and read a passage, then continue with the sermon. Since the sermons were so boring, I'd just keep reading. Then I'd hear the pastor take the verse out of context because he would just look at the one verse that supports his stance, ignoring how it's used in the passage. The Chrisistins that I know and grew up with, the only times they open thier bibles is when they're told to by thier minister or the devotional they're using for thier quiet time, read that/those key verse(s) and close it back again.
Those are the types of christians those churches want.
again in anticipation...
I will reject any verse from the new world translation or the NIV. One is JW translation and the other was translated by 3 devil loving humanist witches. I challenge the your default argument of verse comparison amongst the various translations.
Well, I don't believe in a devil, people can be devilish, but an actual devil, no. Do you have problems with black cats and flying broomsticks? There is no such thing as magic. The salem witch trials had nothing to do with witches. Someone said witch about thier political opponents and the ignorant gullible masses believed it and caused a tragedy.
I heard the KJV had King James' edits to promote his agenda and that the NIV was closer to the original manuscripts. Honestly, I have the NIV, 1611 KJV, 1560 Geneva and Student Bible. Honestly, if you get a version that's copyrighted, it's had it's contents changed, that's why copying an entire book or 1,000 words is considered plagerism. After all, "God's word" is open source, no one can copywrite 'his' word and sell for profit.