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Michael went to be with the Lord on February 14, 2015. He considered this his favorite hangout. I know he would have wanted to leave you an explanation for his lack of activity on this site.

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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revised What is the argument AGAINST the position that only Paul's writings are applicable to the church today?
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revised What is the argument AGAINST the position that only Paul's writings are applicable to the church today?
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answered What is the argument AGAINST the position that only Paul's writings are applicable to the church today?
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reviewed Leave Open Fallen Angels worshiped in ancient civilizations?
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reviewed Reviewed When were the angels created?
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revised When were the angels created?
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reviewed Reviewed Why is “fornication” used to describe the actions of “Babylon the Great” in Revelation 18?
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reviewed Reviewed If believing that Jesus is God is that important, why doesn't Jesus say it more often?
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comment If believing that Jesus is God is that important, why doesn't Jesus say it more often?
When you get the chance, please check out our tour and specifically How we are different than other sites.
Sep
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comment If believing that Jesus is God is that important, why doesn't Jesus say it more often?
Sorry. Jesus did claim to be God. Check out John. And the same Peter you quote in Acts 5 directly said, "You are the Christ, the son of the Living God."
Sep
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reviewed Reviewed Who are the leaders of the Jehovah's Witnesses church?
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comment Who are the leaders of the Jehovah's Witnesses church?
Welcome to C.SE! When you get the chance, please check out our tour and specifically How we are different than other sites. This is a great first answer (+1), I like that it is referenced and clear. I like that it is expressed in your own words. And, I'm happy that we'll finally get some JW perspectives here!
Sep
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comment Did Jesus actually ever say “if you don't believe in me you go to Hell”?
(NP on the 'college classes' thing) The thing I was getting at with that college classes remark, though, is that this is a Q&A site. We're not a forum. As a Q&A, the whole point of posts is to synthesize what has been apprehended. As I said, it shows a lot of potential - it just could be tightened up in some places and synthesized better.
Sep
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comment Why is it hard for a rich man to go to heaven?
Just remember, "With man this is impossible, but with God, all things are possible."
Sep
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reviewed Reviewed What did Jesus mean in Luke 18 vs 25
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comment Did Jesus actually ever say “if you don't believe in me you go to Hell”?
Finally, please do not post multiple times. If you want to edit your previous response, that's fine. If you want to delete and just go in a new direction, that also works - but giving two answers to a question is generally frowned upon.
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comment Did Jesus actually ever say “if you don't believe in me you go to Hell”?
When you get the chance, I'd suggest you check out our tour and read how we are different. I think you have a lot of potential - you clearly have a base of theological knowledge, but this answer does a poor job of expressing it.
Sep
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comment Did Jesus actually ever say “if you don't believe in me you go to Hell”?
A much better answer along these lines would have avoided the whole "It's metaphorical" stuff, and concentrated on the salient issue of Luke 19.
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comment Did Jesus actually ever say “if you don't believe in me you go to Hell”?
What finally led me to a -1 was that there was so little that actually dealt with the question. Your most valid point is that the Jewish conception of the afterlife is ambiguous. Had you left it there, I'd probably have left this alone, or maybe even given it a +1. That said, your theology just starts spray shotting a hodgepodge of dubious interpretation. Ending on "take some college classes" is actually rather odious. I've done a lot of this reading (I do have a Masters and I've been in the pulpit for a bit), and the interpretations are inconclusive at best.
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comment Did Jesus actually ever say “if you don't believe in me you go to Hell”?
After spending way too much time on this answer, I finally gave it a -1. Your assertion that "it almost certainly wasn't John who wrote the Gospel" is an overreach at best. Is there debate? Sure. But no certainty.