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I'm a software developer by trade, and I love Jesus.


Mar
21
comment Why is it so much easier to sin than follow Jesus?
@2pietjuh2 One note... be sure you define "sin" properly. Maybe ask yourself, "What law am I breaking by watching a random movie instead of reading the Bible?" It's kind of an important question for life, I think. I also strongly recommend reading this book: amazon.com/Scandalous-Freedom-Radical-Nature-Gospel/dp/…
Mar
21
comment Why Christians wear some elaborate costumes which sometimes outshine those of the pre-Christian epoch?
It sounds like you're looking more for evidence against the wearing of these ornate outfits, as opposed to evidence for. I think he's answered the question sufficiently towards the "for" argument. Put simply, if they simply wore a business suit, then we would think of a businessman. The idea of an ornate outfit is to have us thinking of someone different, other, or "holy" if you will.
Mar
21
comment Why Christians wear some elaborate costumes which sometimes outshine those of the pre-Christian epoch?
Perhaps because they're not going to see a good businessman. I'm not Catholic, but that's just a guess. :) I suppose what I'm trying to say is, why wasn't the question phrased as such, "Are there any Biblical prohibitions against priests and clergy wearing ornate clothing while acting out their roles within the church?"
Mar
21
answered Why is it so much easier to sin than follow Jesus?
Mar
20
answered How do Christians incorporate present moment everyday faith in light of God's multi-generational nature?
Mar
20
answered Why is this man free from guilt?
Mar
19
comment Sola Scriptura to the max
Let's continue this in chat: chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/info/7985/…
Mar
19
comment Sola Scriptura to the max
@caseyr547 Sorry, that was a typo. It's Mark 12:41 (Those verses were taken from the site linked). On another note, on what basis do you levy the accusation towards me that I didn't read your question and that I assume you are covetous or without training? To be sure, I did read your question, very carefully in fact, looking up the references you mentioned, and I never assumed that you were either covetous or without training.
Mar
19
comment Sarah laughed at God and He did not mind
I'm down voting this answer because I believe it seeks more to excuse Sarah's sin, as opposed to magnifying God's mercy. I just don't think that's consistent with the overarching story of the Bible, which is one of God's mercy and grace primarily.
Mar
19
comment Sola Scriptura to the max
And if you really want to be Sola Scriptura, print that page out and bring it to your church. Have your pastor explain all those verses to you. If he's truly Sola Scriptura, he'll have a good and satisfactory interpretation for each and every one, and his explanations will fit both with the immediate context, and with the greater context of the Bible.
Mar
19
comment Sola Scriptura to the max
@caseyr547 I'd encourage you to research the word "gospel", and what it means. The traditional understanding of 2 Cor 6:10 is that Paul was poor in worldly possessions, but gave riches to many via sharing the Gospel, otherwise, how was he poor? Also, if gaining riches is central to the Gospel, then what does that mean for Jesus, who was homeless? Look up James 2:5, Matt 19:24, Mark 13:41-44, Luke 12:33, Rev 3:17, 1 Timothy 6:10, Matt 6:24, James 5:1, James 1:10-11 and more. This is something to be extremely careful about. openbible.info/topics/rich_people
Mar
19
comment Sola Scriptura to the max
Could you elaborate on the scriptures you've posted? It's unclear why you chose each particular scripture.
Mar
18
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Mar
17
comment Why is circumcision not a requirement for Christians?
As a side note, Christ himself also said that no one was good except God: Luke 18:19 and Mark 10:18 both attest to this. If that's the case, then either Deuteronomy or Jesus is lying, delusional, or simply mistaken in what they say. Or there's a third option: The scripture (in it's entirety) is right, and parts of our interpretation is wrong. I tend to assume the latter. Also, it's important to remember that much of what Jesus said was said before his death and resurrection, and that may have had some effect on his choice of words, and on the approach he took.
Mar
17
comment Why is circumcision not a requirement for Christians?
@nickecarlo I'd have to agree on the opinion bit. The question is whether or not you would accept Paul's writings or not. And of course, whether or not we choose to believe Peter, James and John, those who knew Christ the most, is also a matter of opinion. I happen to believe that they told the truth about Christ and who he was, and I happen to believe them when they supported Paul in what he said as well regarding the person of Christ (2 Peter 3:14-18). I suppose we'll have to agree to disagree. Good conversation nonetheless. :)
Mar
17
comment Why is circumcision not a requirement for Christians?
If that's the case, unfortunately, I'm toast. I simply don't believe that God is so unloving as to provide a way for those of us who are broken and fallen. I also believe that any God who does not provide such a way, is simply not worth believing. I believe Jesus was that way.
Mar
16
comment Why is circumcision not a requirement for Christians?
When Paul is talking about the requirements of the law, I don't believe he's saying that Christ fulfilled the requirements of the mosaic law, but failed to fulfill any other requirement he has set forth toward mankind. I believe he's saying that Christ fulfilled perfectly ALL that God has required of people, thus being the only person who, in himself and his own following of the law, is able to please God.
Mar
16
comment Why is circumcision not a requirement for Christians?
@nickecarlo I just saw this comment after responding to the one above. God's commandments aren't simply the ones he gave through Moses, they're every word and every commandment that he has ever given. Christ fulfills the law by doing all that God requires, Mosaic or otherwise. I consider the law to be a "rule" that God has given regarding his desire for what man should do. With Cain, Paul argues in Romans 2 that even those who do not have the law are a law for themselves in that the law is written on their heart. (Romans 2:12-16)
Mar
16
comment Why is circumcision not a requirement for Christians?
Then I will pose this question to you? Have you followed the entirety of the law? Do you know anybody who has, other than Christ? I would also disagree that that is the gist of the passage from Deuteronomy. Yes, it can be obeyed, but we're not talking about simply obeying from time to time. We're talking about perfection.
Mar
15
answered Why is circumcision not a requirement for Christians?