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Jul
2
awarded  Curious
Jun
25
comment Why did the Old Testament command to kill?
@Steve: There is. In a divorce, it's usually the adulterer who gets less money and no custody of the children, as it was legally their fault the marriage fell apart.
Jun
17
comment What would the Catholic Church's hierarchy look like without the Vatican?
As far as I know, nothing in Catholic doctrine requires anything about the Vatican. By the way, the Catholic Church survived quite a large number of assassinated popes, and there were times when the pope did not even rule from the Vatican or even from the vicinity of Rome.
Apr
18
comment How much were the 30 pieces of silver (Judas's payment) worth?
What source do you have for calculating the sum of $750 ? How did you end up with that value? By the way, "Judas was like any other peasant who knew little about money" is false, as he was actually in charge of the finances for the whole group, this implies that he was among the most knowledgeable from the twelve about money.
Apr
17
comment How much were the 30 pieces of silver (Judas's payment) worth?
That's the meaning of approximately. :) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/False_precision
Apr
6
comment How much were the 30 pieces of silver (Judas's payment) worth?
While I agree with your points, I don't agree with the $324. To understand how much that money was worth to people back then is more important than to know how much that weight of silver would be worth today. If we calculate a sum in USD, it should be based on how much it was worth for common people in that time. Wage for a skilled laborer would probably bigger than minimal wage; and taxes, social security etc. might also distort it, but for a rough estimation I would take $7.25 * 8 hours * 260 days = approximately $15000. That's not an insignificant sum for a blue-collar worker.
Mar
11
comment What reasons do Christians have to believe there is one God?
It does. Polytheistic deities differ greatly from the concept of a "Creator God". It's more of a linguistic problem that we call them "gods", as in all major classical mythologies they are part of the world, not the creators of it. They are just like some superpowered human beings, and while they are stronger and more resilient than mortals, and can perform some basic magic, the rules of the world still apply to them. That is a totally different concept. Monotheism and polytheism doesn't only differ in the number of deities, but in their very nature.
Mar
7
comment Did Jesus die earlier than expected?
An interesting view. I though "willingly" meant that Jesus did not defend himself at all at the trial, or didn't hide when knowing the soldiers are coming to arrest him.
Feb
28
awarded  Famous Question
Feb
17
comment The attitude of animals before and after fall
Actually, my question was about references for this interpretation (animals meaning personalities). Was it your idea/viewpoint, or did notable theologians also write about it?
Feb
16
comment How does a Catholic church support itself without Tithe?
I don't know how much of a percentage of the total income it is, but I do know that the Church owns a large number of buildings which are rented by various institutions, usually schools, museums, etc.
Feb
16
comment Why did Jesus physically throw out the money changers instead of winning the argument with reason?
Reason would have helped if the money changers did not fully realize the harm they were doing. However, they probably did know that what they do is evil, so they would not leave just because someone pointed it out to them.
Feb
16
comment The attitude of animals before and after fall
A very interesting viewpoint, I like it! However, could you please indicate some sources for it, whether you arrived to it yourself or there is some notable discussion about it.
Feb
1
comment Is the Qur'an compatible with Christianity?
We shouldn't forget about non-trinitarian groups who do consider themselves Christians.
Jan
9
comment What is the biblical basis to either consider tattoos acceptable or not?
+1 for Corinthians 8:4-13, as it's the best answer to almost all questions of type "is liking fashion accessory/food/hairstyle/music X a sin?"
Dec
29
awarded  Yearling
Dec
24
accepted What is the significance of presenting the Apostles as acting foolishly many times in the Gospels?
Dec
18
asked How much are we personally responsible for the salvation of someone else?
Dec
17
awarded  Civic Duty
Nov
29
comment Why was the New Testament Written in Greek?
Think about Greek in the New Testament as the role the English language is playing today. It's understood by a lot of people in a lot of different cultures all around the world. This is why the language of this site is English, probably a lot of our readers don't speak English as their native language, but still English is the most practical language you can use today for a message to reach people all around the world.