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Follower of Jesus / Nomadic Programmer


Sep
24
awarded  Autobiographer
May
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comment Why does only one person “teach” during a church meeting?
If church services are supposed to have multiple participants, and that's impractical in a large church setting, perhaps our churches are too big.
Feb
2
awarded  Yearling
May
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comment How do young earth creationists reconcile the age of the universe with the speed of light, and visible distant objects?
@Jas3.1, that's due to limitations in our measurements, though. Those measurements, however, do not point to 6000 years or anywhere close. If you can point me to observational evidence that the entire universe is that young, I'd be interested to read it. [note: my personal view is that an "old" universe, along with evolution (which is another whole issue), is more consistent with God's tendency to develop his creation through a process of growth. we see this spiritually (sanctification) and biologically as well.]
Mar
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awarded  Nice Answer
Feb
2
awarded  Yearling
Jan
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awarded  Critic
Nov
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answered Does God control “demons”?
Oct
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comment How do young earth creationists reconcile the age of the universe with the speed of light, and visible distant objects?
God creating a universe 6,000 years ago that looks 13.75 billion years old is logically inconsistent, because God exists outside of our time. The concept of age is only meaningful within our universe, and age is measured by observing physical processes. A universe that LOOKS 13.75 billion years old is logically equivalent to a universe that IS 13.75 billions years old.
Oct
8
comment Why are the books of the Protestant Bible in the order that they are in?
I've heard that the epistles are ordered first by author and then from longest to shortest.
Oct
1
comment You might be a “fundamentalist” if ___
I recently heard a series of lectures on the history of Christianity in America, and the Scopes Monkey Trial was pointed to as the beginning of the Fundamentalists. The trial was a serious setback for conservative Christianity, which then tended to split into 2 (still conservative) groups: Fundamentalists, who chose separation from the world and were characterized by anti-intellectualism; and Evangelicals, who chose to engage with society and learn new ways to bring Christianity to them. The primary difference seemed to be their response to society and its teachings.
Jul
25
comment Are there any Biblical prophecies that were understood before they were fulfilled?
Well, end-times prophecies seem to be mostly those prophecies that haven't been fulfilled yet, so I'm not sure they should be a separate class. Although many prophecies weren't "difficult" to understand, how they were eventually fulfilled was often surprising (like how the messiah was to come from bethlehem, nazareth, and egypt). This will probably be true of "end-times" prophecies as well.
Jun
18
comment Humankind divided up among the gods?
Thanks. This explains the different translations. For more information, see the answer to my other question here: hermeneutics.stackexchange.com/questions/1952/…
Jun
18
accepted Humankind divided up among the gods?
Jun
14
comment Humankind divided up among the gods?
Good idea. Here it is: hermeneutics.stackexchange.com/questions/1952/…
Jun
13
comment Humankind divided up among the gods?
Interestingly, "The Message" chooses to follow the NRSV and say "divine guardians".
Jun
13
revised Humankind divided up among the gods?
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Jun
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comment Humankind divided up among the gods?
Sorry, should have put that in my question. I'm using NRSV.
Jun
13
asked Humankind divided up among the gods?
May
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comment Is “the ends justify the means” compatible with Christianity?
Ben, what I was trying to do with this was to provide a thought experiment that would help make some of the basic choices clear when a ends-justifying-the-means question comes up. It's our well-known experience that is often filled with complexities and gray areas. Anyway, I suppose a thought experiment using a more common situation would be good, if it made the choices as clear.