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David Morton is a person. You can find him on Twitter at @HelloDMO, where he rarely tweets at all.


Mar
27
comment What is a Christian's justification for a legal prohibition of homosexual marriage?
I think I can rent your answer. Even if I can't buy it. :) I suppose I don't see the government as a proper tool for the church to use for catechesis. That seems to be your viewpoint. I agree that legislation influences morality, but I don't think it's naive to assume convictions can thrive in a society contrary to those beliefs. Church history tells us that the church thrives under persecution and hardship. (Matthew 16:18) I would agree with your point about the naïveté of the secular person. Good discussion. If we have more, we should move it to chat.
Mar
27
comment What is a Christian's justification for a legal prohibition of homosexual marriage?
In short, I think that the problem started long before the gay marriage debate happened. I agree that the deeper understanding of marriage is important, and more people should view it as such, but the short-sighted view of marriage as being nothing more or less than 1 man/1 woman does leave something to be desired. If I want to be truly reflective on marriage, it would need to be only allowed to Christians, because only they can reflect the interactions of Christ and the Church clearly. "Christian" marriage should always be different than legal marriage from a practical standpoint.
Mar
27
comment What is a Christian's justification for a legal prohibition of homosexual marriage?
I agree with you, when talking about marriage within the church, a proper definition is vital, but isn't it the role of the clergy to clearly define marriage during those conversations? After all, how many people really think of marriage as the picture of Christ and the Church? Isn't that, according to Paul, the REAL definition of marriage? If that's the case, the government has always been shortsighted in the definition. I agree that marriage is one man/one woman, but I don't think it's ONLY that. Your answer tends to place the burden of knowledge on the state, and not the individual.
Mar
27
comment What is a Christian's justification for a legal prohibition of homosexual marriage?
Your main argument seems to boil down to simply saying that Christians should ban legal gay marriage so the definition of the word "marriage" is clear. It's like saying that the word "sending" shouldn't be associated with email, because doing so clouds the original meaning of the word which was associated with mail, and therefore someone will misunderstand the postal service. Why can't a person simply state the distinction that sending, in an email context, is fundamentally different from sending, in a snail mail context? In the same way, legal marriage isn't Christian marriage. Never was.
Mar
27
revised How does the life of Joseph (son of Jacob) foreshadow the life of Jesus the Messiah?
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Mar
27
answered How does the life of Joseph (son of Jacob) foreshadow the life of Jesus the Messiah?
Mar
26
comment Does the New Testament allow Christians to interfere in policy making processes of the nation?
I don't think he's asking for individual thoughts on all the examples listed, but rather whether the church as a whole has a right to be politically active. Doesn't seem to broad to me.
Mar
25
answered What is the significance of presenting the Apostles as acting foolishly many times in the Gospels?
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
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.