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Sep
28
comment Is the following rationale for sharing the gospel consistent with reformed theology?
2) Let me put my friendly critic hat on: what's curious is that you also don't ask the same question about communion, baptism, prayer, and works. If you're saved by grace, you don't need any of those things for salvation, right? So why even bother? If holy, sovereign God already knows who is going to do what, why they will do it, when they will do it, and whom they will do it to, then why pray? What about these things do you find "intellectually satisfying?"
Sep
28
comment Is the following rationale for sharing the gospel consistent with reformed theology?
1) Your claim that it glorifies God to punish those in hell is too crass to make clear Biblical sense. God is not willing that any should perish, yet in His plan many do. Is God glorified in this? Yes. Does He delight in it? No. He doesn't take joy in it. Your crassness doesn't let one appreciate the difficulties of this problem.
Sep
28
comment Is the following rationale for sharing the gospel consistent with reformed theology?
Praise God for when we no longer look upon His commandments as "not intellectually satisfying."
Sep
27
comment According to reformed theology, does reformed theology fall apart if one removes the doctrine of predestination?
Without some doctrine of pre-d you don't have a Biblical faith. Regarding the Reformed view, if you drop pre-d, then you must redefine the effects of the fall. If you redefine this, then you must redefine the purpose of the atonement. If you redefine this, you must redefine Christ's purpose for coming in human flesh and dying. You come to a point where you have a Christ who was not God, to effect a salvation for people who don't need it since they really aren't dead in sin. We have healthy debates about this, but I don't see this as a key to Reformed Theo, I see it as key to the Bible.
Sep
27
revised Did the early Church Fathers have a complete agreement on how to interpret 1 Peter 3:18-20?
scripture added, title changed
Sep
27
suggested approved edit on Did the early Church Fathers have a complete agreement on how to interpret 1 Peter 3:18-20?
Sep
20
comment Which are the parts of the Old Testament that point to Jesus?
If you ever write a book, your nom de plume should be "Affable Geek."
Sep
15
answered According to Reformed Theology, What is the greatest assurance of Salvation?
Sep
5
comment Why is Jesus at the center of everything
@unregistered-matthew7.7 Are you sure that you aren't me?
Aug
26
comment Why did Christianity survive at all?
If I didn't like you and your contributions to the site, I'd point out that you're ruling out the Biblical explanations right away. ...but I won't do that because I like you.
Aug
24
comment Can a person lose his/her salvation?
@zefciu Doctrinally, I agree with you. For the purpose of the site, I think the question is legitimate.
Aug
24
comment Can a person lose his/her salvation?
@zefciu They are not duplicates, but closely related. Speaking logically, "walking away" would be a subset of all possible ways to "lose" salvation, even if it is the only member of that set.
Aug
23
comment Does any church denomination believe it possible to go one moment without sinning?
I don't understand why this question is voting to be closed. It seems like a good question. An explanation would be nice as to how it is "not constructive."
Aug
22
comment According to reformed theology: Is loving God a choice? If not, do the elect differ from robots?
This is quite a deep topic, and far too broad to answer well in an SE post. Please consider looking up the following terms as defined in a Reformed Theological work: "concurrency" and "necessitation" especially regarding their relation to "ordination" and ask some questions regarding them when you don't understand something.
Aug
22
comment Is it possible to achieve a life without sin on earth?
@Mike I'm a little bit new to it myself, so I'm not the best one to ask beyond a conversational level. However, many believe in what they term "entire sanctification," which you'll see under "What does the Church of the Nazarene believe about living a holy life?" at nazarene.org/ministries/administration/visitorcenter/questions/…
Aug
21
comment Is it possible to achieve a life without sin on earth?
@BijoyThangaraj Some sects of Wesleyanism (amongst others) say that after receiving Christ, one can and should live perfectly. They are known as the "Holiness" bodies en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holiness_movement.
Aug
21
comment How should a Christian object to those who say Paradise may be a little boring?
@warren that's my point.
Aug
21
comment How should a Christian object to those who say Paradise may be a little boring?
Simple: if they say that they wouldn't enjoy Paradise, don't argue with them. They may be correct. That's the point of Hell, a place reserved for those who have no interest in praising God.
Aug
18
comment What are the classics/giants of Biblical Theology?
@David these are not the same question.
Aug
14
comment How do Calvinists go from “X is Sinful” to “X is unable to accept Christ on his own?”
Don't get me wrong, I concur. I'm just pointing out that man's definition of "good" is different that God's. For instance, both heathens and Christians consider helping widows to be a "good" work. To the uneducated, your remarks sound like nobody is capable of helping widows when what you mean is the Biblical doctrine that in our best moments of helping the neediest widows, apart from Christ, God only sees our wickedness and works that flow from it.