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I'm a born-again Christian, active member of the body of Christ, husband and father, and Bible teacher. I love to study Scripture, and firmly believe it is the only credible standard for truth.

Aside from my devotion to God, His people, and His word, I don't really have any loyalty to a particular doctrine or creed.

(The guy in the picture is Zhuge Liang from the movie Red Cliff.)


Apr
23
comment For those who view Israel typologically, what is the significance of the 12 tribes?
@warren ...which is why I asked for the most prominent views.
Apr
20
asked For those who view Israel typologically, what is the significance of the 12 tribes?
Apr
16
awarded  Necromancer
Apr
16
awarded  Yearling
Apr
5
comment What are Christian theologeans referring to when they talk about “God's glory”?
So it can refer to either? Sometimes it's His radiance, and other times it's people's recognition of Him?
Apr
5
asked What are Christian theologeans referring to when they talk about “God's glory”?
Apr
2
awarded  Popular Question
Mar
13
accepted What's the Biblical basis for “all Christians will be together in heaven some day”?
Mar
13
comment What's the Biblical basis for “all Christians will be together in heaven some day”?
The quote from MacArthur was irrelevant; I wasn't asking if we would recognize each other in heaven. The first part was helpful though. +1
Feb
27
accepted Basis for belief that a person can be “possessed by” a demon?
Feb
27
comment Basis for belief that a person can be “possessed by” a demon?
@vs06 I would just be speculating; the text doesn't say. Perhaps it gave him an invisible friend, or prophetic powers (like the girl in Acts)... who knows.
Feb
27
awarded  Nice Answer
Feb
26
comment Origin of the idea that “demons” and “fallen angels” are the same thing?
Regarding the first proof-text, I'm pretty sure that similarity only exists in the English of some translations. The "Devil" (Greek diabolos) is semantically different than the "devils" (Greek diamonia). The second proof-text doesn't say anything about "demons". The remainder of your answer is tangential.
Feb
25
comment Basis for belief that a person can be “possessed by” a demon?
@H3br3wHamm3r81 I did not. Feel free to provide an answer which builds on the meaning & grammar of that word.
Feb
25
comment Basis for belief that a person can be “possessed by” a demon?
There are even theological debates about whether its possible for a person who has "sold their soul to the Devil" to get saved or not, which is the same sort of thinking. The idea is that the Devil "owns" the person now, and the person is now the Devil's property, unable to choose to leave, etc. This whole "owned by a demon" theology is looking suspect to me now. But before I go on a crusade against the idea of being "possessed", I want to check with the community to see if I'm missing anything obvious.
Feb
25
comment Basis for belief that a person can be “possessed by” a demon?
...there is a huge theological debate about whether Christians can be "possessed by" a demon, or whether people who are "possessed by" demons are under their complete authority, or whether they are able to overcome the demons' "authority" over them. I'm wondering if we're chasing our tails here when that's not even what the Bible says was happening. Maybe these people wanted demons because they got some benefit from having the demons, and the demons came with consequences. Why do we assume they were "possessed by" the demons and not vice versa?
Feb
25
comment Basis for belief that a person can be “possessed by” a demon?
@ShemSeger It is very common to speak of "demon possession", as in "possessed by a demon" -- I mean, even a glance at translations shows this. They translate active participles as if they were passive in order to make it look like this is what the text is saying. I think that's strange. The most natural way of translating those passages would be that the people had demons, but instead they say the people were possessed by demons. They're translating that because of their theological bias, which has some origin. I'm wondering what the origin is. (cont...)
Feb
25
comment Basis for belief that a person can be “possessed by” a demon?
To help avoid hasty close votes, this question is not about whether Christians can be possessed, or about whether people today can still be possessed. I'm wondering whether anyone ever was "possessed by" a demon in Scripture, and if not, when did this idea arise in church history. So it's not a duplicate of any of those questions.
Feb
25
asked Basis for belief that a person can be “possessed by” a demon?
Feb
25
comment Origin of the idea that “demons” and “fallen angels” are the same thing?
So just to clarify, the Book of Watchers doesn't specifically say that "fallen angels" and "demons" are the same thing, right? It is just a later inference that demons are the deceased offspring of fallen angels and men?