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comment What is the Christian perspective on deceptive brain messages?
@GregMcNulty Yes and no - it depends what the original author meant by their use of the word(s) "mind". For example, 1 Cor. 14:15 seems to contrast the mind with the spirit, as if "mind" = "brain". Likewise, Eph. 2:3 seems to equate "the desires of the mind" with "the lusts of the flesh", as if "mind" were part of the flesh. But then Rom. 8:6 implies that the mind is distinct from the flesh, and 1 Cor. 2:16 seems to indicate that the Lord has a mind, which we can share in. Words are defined by their usage, and have modern connotations, which is why I stuck with "material" and "immaterial".
Aug
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answered What is the Christian perspective on deceptive brain messages?
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Jul
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Jul
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comment How can a loving God make a deal with the devil?
Also, see here for further explanation on the apparent discrepancies between a "God of love" and the "God of the Old Testament".
Jul
26
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Jul
25
comment Should a Christian watch horror movies?
The most common objection I am aware of is Psalm 101:3, "I will set no worthless thing before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; It shall not fasten its grip on me." Now, if we were to actually apply that to our lives, it wouldn't stop with "horror movies" ... :p
Jul
25
comment Do the dietary prohibitions in Acts 15:20 apply to Christians today?
Context is key. These weren't "dietary restrictions" per se, but rather "love" restrictions. The gentile converts were essentially being instructed not to cause offense to the Jewish converts who had "weaker" consciences due to their traditions.
Jul
25
comment To what extent should the Apostles' speech be considered infallible?
Great question! I don't have time to write an answer now, but one distinction that needs to be made is the difference between "descriptive" passages and "prescriptive" passages. Another important distinction is between the view that the Bible is historically true and the belief that each individual statement in the Bible is literally true. (Hint: the latter is false.)
Jul
25
comment Were any Biblical prophecies understood before they were fulfilled?
Good points. We were indeed discussing "end-times" prophecies, which many consider to be a "separate class" of prophecy. But given the wording of my question, this is a great answer. +1
Jul
25
comment Were any Biblical prophecies understood before they were fulfilled?
Interesting - Thanks! And welcome to Christianity.StackExchange! Please stick around and continue to contribute to our Q&A. Here are some tips for formatting longer answers, for future reference. Ciao.
Jul
24
revised What is the significance of the Bible to Christianity?
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24
comment Christ doesn't come back until ______?
let us continue this discussion in chat
Jul
24
comment Christ doesn't come back until ______?
@Flimzy But did they sit in the temple and actually display themselves as "being God"?
Jul
24
comment Christ doesn't come back until ______?
@Flimzy We have? When? (I don't understand.)
Jul
24
comment What is the significance of the Bible to Christianity?
I'm having trouble understanding what your answer is, exactly. (And how the long quote fits in.) Could you try to address some of the specific questions I listed?
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