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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 Ancestors of Jesus Christ
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 the trial of Jesus compares to the judical 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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Aug
13
comment How can an all powerful supreme being be either good or evil?
You're going to need to provide more examples that God had a specific view on something, not humanity (which was my point earlier). Slavery, at least in the OT sense, seems primarily intended to be a debt-relief mechanism, for both parties - that is, you pay off your debt to person X by 'contracting' to work for person Y, who is supposed to provide for certain basic needs in exchange for the work. Which probably moves those laws into the 'civil' rather than 'moral' category.
Aug
13
comment How can an all powerful supreme being be either good or evil?
@Monty129 - I would argue that our interpretation of good and evil may have changed; however, God's nature (what he holds to be good) has not. If you could reference some specific examples of 'subjective' or 'changed' concepts? For the purposes of your question (the 'side' a supreme being is on), I don't necessarily see a difference in the points of view between atheists and agnostics (as both would likely view good/evil as created by man, regardless of whether the 'target' exists or not).
Aug
1
comment Biblical View on Temporary vs Permanent Contraception
Although I've heard that Onan was being punished not for refusing to father a child per-se, but for refusing to provide for Tamar's future (old-age) security. He was making sure to have all the fun, but not take any of the responsibilities.
Jul
27
comment Who is Father or God in Christianity
In the interests of completeness, I would like to point out that there is a 4th state of matter - plasma. Certain aspects of quantum physics also usually link time and space in certain ways - there may not be a hard 'boundary'; usually, time is considered the 4th 'dimension' to existence.
Jul
17
comment How do we know that Jesus was crucified at 9:00 a.m.?
@Ray - Except it wouldn't be three 'absolute' hours, it'd be three 'relative' hours (based on the portion of the sky traversed). And I'd expect a time that close to when the sun was directly overhead to probably be +5 hours.
Jul
3
comment How is modern day Christian morality reconciled with the morality of the Bible?
It should be noted that your example passage is dealing with 'consecrated' (vowed) subjects, not slaves. Most probably, the valuation was based on some measure of work that the person could provide (not sure of duration). While a woman may not be inferior spiritually or morally, in an agrarian society she would be limited in the type of work she could perform (compared to men).
Jun
22
comment How can the sun be created after day and night?
The fact that 'light' was created before the Sun/Moon/Stars (other Suns!) suggests that some very interesting and unusual things (to particle physicists) were happening. Personally I've always wondered if 'light' is potentially a stand-in for all energy (so, Day 1, matter and energy?), something the original writers wouldn't necessary have had an abstract concept for (or a better one than light, anyways).
Jun
22
comment Could Adam calculate the age of the earth using science?
Which makes things interesting when it say that 'Adam lived so many years, and then he died...' - when did the count start, Day 7, or when he left the Garden? And along with tree rings - consider that otherwise it would take millions (or more!) of years for the light from stars to get here...
Jun
20
comment Did Jesus wear tefillin?
To be more precise, Jesus was criticizing not the practice itself, but being showy about it. Perhaps akin to someone carrying a 3-foot wide Bible today? Additionally, depending on how common it was for other teachers to wear these, Jesus' not having one could be seen as a statement in itself.