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comment From a reformed theology perspective, 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...
Aug
29
comment Does the Bible prohibit women from having any position of power over men?
If you're going to include that exhortation from Ephesians, you should also include the one for husbands...
Aug
17
comment Does the Bible speak of Cain's actions
The usual spelling is "Cain". Where is this question coming from, why are you asking? Read Genesis 4 for the account of Cain killing Abel, after which Seth is born. And Genesis 5 for the lineage from Adam to Noah (which has a few more steps).
Aug
3
comment Some say the cross originates with pagan god Tamus. How is this justified?
Wikipedia mentions a (mostly) Mesopotamian god Tammuz, but I don't see any mention of a cross. Tammuz supposedly died (and was resurrected) each year, as part of the regular crop/harvest cycle. But that'd be a quite different metaphysical backing....
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 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.