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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.)


Jul
9
asked What is “heresy”?
Jul
9
comment Are God, Son (Jesus) and The Holy Spirit Same?
I wonder what would happen to the diagram if the Son was the Father (Isaiah 9:6) and the Son was the Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:17-18). We might just end up with one big circle (and a lot of questioned assumptions.) But all that "extra-Biblical" stuff aside, we know God the Father is a green man (Rev 4:3) and there are actually seven Holy Spirits in the Trinity (Rev 1:4-5).
Jul
9
comment Are God, Son (Jesus) and The Holy Spirit Same?
For what it's worth, you are pretty much exclusively going to get "no" answers here, since practically everyone in Christianity today is a Trinitarian. And Trinitarians will always (more or less) answer by saying "three in one and one in three". If you were interested in considering the "yes" side of the argument, look up "modalism". (I'm not brave enough to venture another 'heretical' answer to this effect... yet.) :)
Jul
9
revised Are God, Son (Jesus) and The Holy Spirit Same?
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Jul
9
accepted Why did God speak Hebrew?
Jul
9
comment Why did God speak Hebrew?
I don't believe that He speaks Hebrew more of than not. Let me try this a different way. Do we see God speaking Hebrew a lot in the OT? Yes. ... Why is that?
Jul
8
comment Why did God speak Hebrew?
I don't understand why this is being down-voted. (1) People really do ask this question, sincerely wondering what the answer is. (2) Christians have made many claims about the reason and significance for God speaking Hebrew (consider the alleged Bible Codes as one random example.) (3) Reflect on Mason Wheeler's answer, and notice that his conclusion actually has some interesting and important implications about the kind of God we have.
Jul
8
comment Why did God speak Hebrew?
Excellent. Thanks.
Jul
8
comment Why did God speak Hebrew?
Thanks - very good points. If you would humor me, though... can you add a "Summary" to the top which directly answers the question as to why He spoke Hebrew so often? (I realize it might not be clear why I am asking this question, but I think the implications of the answer will become more clear once the answer is clearly stated.)
Jul
8
comment Was Jesus' resurrected body the same as his glorified body that he now has in heaven?
I understand your position, I just don't understand where you're getting it from. I hesitate to ask, but are you Mormon? (I haven't gotten that impression, but this answer is in line with their teachings.) Bottom line: I don't see a strong case here for claims like "Christ's flesh is like Adam's original flesh." - where does that come from?
Jul
8
comment Was Jesus' resurrected body the same as his glorified body that he now has in heaven?
@Mike By the "Acts 9" logic, though, one might argue that Father God's eternal form is a burning bush. By the Revelation 1 logic, one might argue that Father God's eternal form is a jasper-colored man (Rev. 4:3).
Jul
8
comment Was Jesus' resurrected body the same as his glorified body that he now has in heaven?
I'm with you on a lot of things, but I found this answer a bit weird. "We will have a body like His, still flesh and bone, but glorious" seems to be based on a lot of assumptions and conjecture, and I don't feel you've made a strong case for it. Remember, "it has not appeared as yet what we will be", but we know that "flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God", so that narrows it down a bit.
Jul
8
comment Why did God speak Hebrew?
@MonikaMichael Please don't take it as a silly question. Many people have wondered what the answer to this question is. If you have an answer, please post it. I am interested in the implications of the correct answer as much as the correct answer.
Jul
8
asked Why did God speak Hebrew?
Jul
8
revised Are the gifts of the Holy Spirit still active today?
Clarified my position, restructured the post
Jul
8
revised Are the gifts of the Holy Spirit still active today?
added 46 characters in body
Jul
7
comment Is Evolution / Darwinism just a modern version of Epicurean philosophy?
@TRiG In Christian circles, "Evolution" is very frequently used to refer to a philosophy (as defined in my answer.) This is part of the problem in "Creation vs. Evolution" debates - the two sides are generally using different definitions for all of the words they wrangle over! Given the context of this discussion, and the wording of the question, I believe my usage of the word is warranted (and correct.)
Jul
7
comment Are the gifts of the Holy Spirit still active today?
@DJClayworth I give up. I don't want to jump to conclusions, but I get the feeling you are highly motivated to reject what I'm saying, regardless of whether it is true - whether that be because you disagree with my answer, or because you consider your own answer a better one. My answer is solid according to the design and rules of this site. If you have any interest in understanding this reality, bring it up on Meta and someone else can try to explain it. I don't feel like I'm being listened to or understood here, so I'm going to move on.
Jul
7
comment Was Jesus' resurrected body the same as his glorified body that he now has in heaven?
@Mike With that said, if you are curious about His form or appearance, and whether He currently dwells in a "spiritual body" which looks similar to a man's body, that would be another question altogether. I suspect that any time Jesus appears to man He will look like a man (glowing or not), but that is based on how I view the so-called "Trinity". I see Jesus as God's way of approaching man in a familiar form. So my point is, whatever form we are in (now or in eternity), I would expect "Jesus" to appear in like form.
Jul
7
comment Was Jesus' resurrected body the same as his glorified body that he now has in heaven?
@Mike All I'm saying is what I said: that flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God. If we take it as a given that His resurrected body was the same as His earthly body, then no, that was not the same "body" that He has now. According to 1 Cor. 15 He would now be in a "spiritual body", which would be different than a "natural body" (i.e. of flesh and blood.) All else is speculation.