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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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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 Did God have sex with Sarah?
Abraham had sex with his wife. The miracle was that she was able to get pregnant, even though she was past menopause.
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comment Did God have sex with Sarah?
You may want to consider reading Genesis in your native language. Being Algerian, you could look at an Arabic or French translation and you will see this story makes total sense without your theory. Beyond that, ask an imam. Of course as a Muslim he will say our book is corrupt, (he's wrong on that) but this isn't one of the theories he'd use to show that.
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comment Did God have sex with Sarah?
Your English makes no sense, and you refuse to listen even when given exact citations. I'm sorry but you don't want an answer, so I can't help you.
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comment Did God have sex with Sarah?
And, no. God did not have sex with Sarah. Why would God sleep with another man's wife?
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comment Did God have sex with Sarah?
I did look well at Genesis. I read the chapter before the verses you cite. You need to do the same. See Genesis 18:12. That is the context (okay a few chapters before) but look in chapter 18
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comment Did God have sex with Sarah?
Finally you are taking the "did to Sarah according to his promise out of context." The promise had come in the previous chapter when God said she would have a child, and she laughed. He did what he promised- he allowed her to have a child.
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comment Did God have sex with Sarah?
More importantly people are trying to help you and break through your language barrier and you seem only to want to argue. If you want an answer, you need to listen. If you want to argue, you need a better argument, and you need to do it on chat or somewhere else. This is a QA site, not a forum
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comment Did God have sex with Sarah?
You seem to want to imply that Isaac was some kind of Virgin birth, just because it was miraculous. This is a poor argument, because God miraculously "opened the womb" for Hannah (Samuel's mother), Elizabeth (John the Baptist's mother), arguably Rachel & Leah, and many others. Women having babies is old age is a miracle of one kind, a teenage mother having a baby without sex is another.
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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.