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Software Developer, part-time pastor, and I raise chickens. Who can't love a chicken?

For Christianity.stackexchange.com, my religious background:

  • Grew up in a Protestant, evangelical, nondenominational "Bible Church" (-1990)
  • earned a M.Div at a Baptist Seminary (2008) and pastored a very small Baptist church (2004 - 2008)
  • Served in an Episcopal Church, and yes I did that site. (2008 - 2013)
  • Back to a Baptist church that has a true passion for breaking down the barriers of church so as to focus on the original mission of the church - namely to bring Jesus to a dying world.

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reviewed Reviewed Forgiveness Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit
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comment Why God reveals Himself as a male?
This question should be closed.
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comment Why God reveals Himself as a male?
Yes, but no culture has s female goddess as the supreme God. Furthermore the point I'm getting at is that there are too many answers, not that that is the right one.
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comment Are there any verses showing God being fooled or deceived?
I was just about to put in Galatians 6:7. This is a better answer than what I would have done though :)
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comment Why God reveals Himself as a male?
Welcome to C.SE! When you get the chance, please check out our tour and specifically How we are different than other sites. Unfortunately, I'm voting to close, because this really is a book, not a simple answer. If it helps, I suspect a common answer you'll find is "Because in the past, most men wouldn't have listened to a woman" regardless of how wrong headed we now understand that to be. That said, you'll find 100s of answers - and that's the problem. We expect questions to have an answer. This doesn't - this has too many answers, from good to bad
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comment What is the Biblical basis that it was was the second person of the Trinity that walked in the garden of Eden?
@fredsbend can I suggest if you are going to change a question that radically, you should really start a new question. Even if this were a duplicate, my answer could be folded into the dupe. Or as s closed question, I can just leave it. But you've effectively asked such a radically new question that I feel compelled to delete. That seems rather unfair.
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comment Did God have sex with Sarah?
Let us continue this discussion in chat.
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comment Are there any verses showing God being fooled or deceived?
Those verses all make total sense if God, who knows all things but who desires to relate to his people, takes a loving pause to allow people who have done wrong a chance to explain themselves. Those are words that a loving parent will ask o the child with crumbs in his mouth and a missing cookie, in order to let the child admit and confess. God knew what happened. He wanted to know if we knew what we did, and were willing to come clean about it
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comment What is the basis for the idea that God is highly involved in human lives?
Better. You are giving good references now
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comment Does Catholicism Share Some Beliefs with Deism?
It historically is a belief in a God without special revelation. All Christians believe in special revelation, but that is a difference. I was pointing out the commonality. I'm aware of both the historic and contemporary nuance.
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comment Does Catholicism Share Some Beliefs with Deism?
Deism just means the adherent believes there is a God. Catholicism believes there is a god. But that's true of Protestantism, Orthodoxy, and even Mormonism. For that matter, even Muslims and Hindus are Deists. And each of them believe that God allows man to choose within limits. Even a Calvinist would say that. Sadly, this question shows a painful ignorance about Deism, and therefore is just flawed from the outset. I don't mean to be unkind, but you need a better understanding of your terms.
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comment What is the difference between 'Hell', 'Sheol', 'Hades' and 'Gehenna'?
See, this is what I'm talking about! I'd like to see if other answers come, too, but this is a good answer.
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comment What is the difference between 'Hell', 'Sheol', 'Hades' and 'Gehenna'?
I'd like to focus on "the" biblical interpretation, and see if there is any difference in how they are used, and how they differ from the modern notion of "hell"
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comment What is the basis for the idea that God is highly involved in human lives?
Again, not an answer. It may be right, but there is no support shown.
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revised Chronologically, when was the concept of Hell first mentioned in the Bible?
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comment What is the difference between 'Hell', 'Sheol', 'Hades' and 'Gehenna'?
I think you'll find the subject matter itself is sufficiently narrow (take these three words often translated as hell and tell me if there are any differences between them) that there are a very limited set of interpretations. There will be only two camps. Those that say "They are the exact same thing" and those that say "Gehenna is different from Sheol and/or Hades in this way, according to X". That's a narrow enough scope to get a decent answer
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comment What is the difference between 'Hell', 'Sheol', 'Hades' and 'Gehenna'?
Basically, if your denomination distinguishes between any of these types of hell, and you have any sort of biblical reference to show that, your answer is on-topic.
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comment What is the difference between 'Hell', 'Sheol', 'Hades' and 'Gehenna'?
I'm allowing doctrinal interpretation, which is why I posted it here instead of bh. I'm aware that different denominations may have different interpretations, but since this is inherently seeking to identify the distinguishing criteria, a denominational perspective itself isn't necessary.
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asked What is the difference between 'Hell', 'Sheol', 'Hades' and 'Gehenna'?