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Oct
22
comment What is the basis for the belief that Christianity and Islam worship different gods?
From reading your Tetragrammaton link, it looks like Jehovah wasn't a thing until several centuries after Christ (as opposed to the Hebrew Yahweh)? Beyond that, the Quran not mentioning a name isn't really something I'd consider a resounding argument; if I wrote a collection of things God told me to do, and just stated it as "and God said...", you wouldn't be claiming that I was referring to somebody else, would you?
Jun
28
comment Does “Jesus Christ” come from “Hesus Krishna”?
When the letter J evolved, it evolved from I, not H. The original (Greek) spelling of Jesus is Ἰησοῦς (usually transliterated Iesous, pronounced "eeasoos"). The claim appears to be trying to operate on the Spanish pronunciation of Jesus ("heysoos"), but the H in Spanish doesn't make that sound - leading H's are usually silent.
Apr
26
comment Methuselah, his name in relations to methamphetamine
@user20978 - why not Methodist, Methane, Methylmercury, or any of the other words starting with Meth-? Methuselah is probably the westernization of whatever the actual name was/would have been, whereas Methamphetamine is named due to specific scientific naming conventions.
Mar
17
comment When did the “upside down cross” become a symbol of anti-Christianity?
Side note - Peter's actual execution isn't mentioned in the Bible, but a matter of church tradition.
Feb
1
comment Washing of feet - Is it a part of Communion?
Jesus was doing it for twelve people, with no time constraints.
Feb
1
comment Washing of feet - Is it a part of Communion?
One major one - logistics/time.
Dec
15
comment Is there any Biblical argument against having a concubine?
...you might want to check into laws in the old testament. Concubines weren't quite outside of marriage for the time period, and were often used as "backup" wives, essentially (that is, any children they had would be considered as being from some other wife - witness Jacob and Rachel/Leah, and their actions with their servants. Or for that matter, Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar). I don't know that having a concubine was really considered adultery, for the time period. You'd also likely have better luck pulling in one of the "husband of one wife" verses...
May
21
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May
21
comment Why is the Vatican against “The Son of God” movie?
Shouldn't that be 'rending'? I'd hate to have to surrender the damage deposit for that... I haven't seen the film, but point 1 may be due to ratings restrictions. For 2... wasn't Mary Magdalene one of the women tending to Jesus' needs? So it's plausible she'd be at some of the events, even if not mentioned.
Apr
11
comment Which Christians refuse vaccinations on religious grounds?
Well, vaccines do affect the immune system - it provides new ways for them to fight sickness. Perhaps you could add a little more information as to why this is a problem (or is perhaps viewed differently)?
Mar
24
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Mar
13
comment In Moses' time, would freeing a slave be harmful to the slave?
Well, they were also allowed to purchase the contracts for fellow Hebrews in debt cases (which I'm guessing is indentured servitude in your answer?). From the look of things in Dueteronomy 15:12-14, only a Hebrew slave was freed at the end of 7 years/generously gifted. A prisoner of war may have had family/land back in their own country, though, so this could still be helpful.
Jan
19
comment What is the significance of Matthew starting with the names of the ancestors of Jesus?
Don't you mean Ruth was forward with Boaz? Especially since Obed was the name of their son...
Dec
8
comment Does Christianity approve wars for faith?
@Anixx - Tough call. Potentially, the Competent Authority clause would mean that it would have to be a member of that government to start the revolution. Otherwise, 'immediate action' could potentially be taken (stopping an in-street excecution, say), but there aren't really any hard and fast rules.
Dec
8
comment How does the trial of Jesus compare to the judicial standards of the epoch and of the modern times?
@Pavel - The recounting of Stephen's stoning in Acts seems to indicate it was a mob action. In other words probably, not a legitamite execution; however, no followup is every listed (other than Saul's further involvement).
Dec
8
comment Does Christianity approve wars for faith?
@anixx - Even then, there's different 'levels' - most laws enacted under most governments are generally 'compatible' with Christians tenets (eg, "don't murder"). A law like 'You must renounce a religion' would probably be cause for civil disobedience (as in, not renounce your faith), rather than going to war. Theoretically, the 'protection' aspect could come into play if a nominally Christian nation was executing Musilims (their beliefs might be considered wrong, but they are still people)... As for strength... would some of the African nations qualify?
Oct
1
comment What Scriptural basis has been used in Christianity to support the idea that a fetus posseses the soul?
The implication (that a fetus would be considered property) only holds if the 'injury' clause applies to the pregnant woman, and not the (unborn til this point) baby. Especially given Exodus 21:23 and on contain the standard 'limiting' clause (eye for eye, etc).
Sep
19
comment Why are we not seeing miracles in our lives?
Although I do believe (supernatural) miracles happen, any time they get mentioned I can't help but remember the joke about a lady waiting to be rescued. I personally think that most modern 'miracles' tend to be ones of timing/'coincidence'. It's not that God is above using His power (if he deems it necessary), it's that in some ways us Christians are supposed to provide the miracle for others. People naturally want a spectacle, but Christianity is really more about relationships.
Aug
31
comment Can humans become angels in Heaven?
It may be beneficial to specify which religions/denominations/etc, and what your definition of 'angel' is, as there are a number of differences.
Aug
13
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