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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
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comment How did all the animals fit into Noah's ark?
@MarcGravell Do you have a source for this claim, or is it random opinion? Was there an experiment carried out which proves this? Was it global? Was it repeated? Was it observed carefully? Can you list all of the variables? Actually, there have been experiments carried out in which freshwater fish were acclimated to saltwater (it takes about a week if I recall). (At least some) saltwater creatures actually need fresh water to survive! (Interesting study if you weren't aware.) And let us not forget, "nature always finds a way", right? Perhaps they didn't all make it? Survival of the fittest?
Jul
5
comment Are the gifts of the Holy Spirit still active today?
@DJClayworth The thing which keeps this from being a "popularity contest" as you described it, is that you are not supposed to vote based on whether you agree or disagree, but based on whether it is helpful to a person seeking an answer to this question. I have often voted up on answers I believe to be incorrect if they do a good job of presenting a particular perspective. If you vote based on your "agreement" with the answer, then you're missing the point. I think if you're going to make claims about "the point of this site" you need to check your claims against the FAQ.
Jul
5
comment Are the gifts of the Holy Spirit still active today?
@DJClayworth That could be said about any answer on this site. I am providing an answer from one perspective, as with any answer on this site. I was attempting to show in my opening paragraph that my perspective is not merely one random personal opinion, but the result of much experience and consideration.
Jul
5
comment What does it mean to interpret the Bible literally?
This is incorrect. Hugh Ross, for instance, considers himself a "literal interpreter", and he does not take Genesis 1 to mean 24 hour periods. I think he sincerely attempts to interpret the text literally, taking parables as parables, history as history, poetry as poetry... I think he just uses a different hermeneutic than a YEC (like me) would use. Conversely, any Biblical literalist would say "a day is like a thousand years to God" is not actually saying we can multiply the number of days by 365,000 to see how long it has been for God.
Jul
5
comment What does it mean to interpret the Bible literally?
+1 for "Charleton Heston in front holding a stick." (I'm kidding... +1 for a good answer.)
Jul
5
comment What does it mean to interpret the Bible literally?
"Words don't have meaning, people have meaning", and "The meaning of a word is determined by the context in which it is used". There is no way to say what a person means by, "I take the Bible literally", unless you probe them for further details about what they mean by their use of that phrase. Ten different people could make the same claim and mean ten different things, because there is no standard; there is no Bible verse that says "this is what it means to take the Bible literally".
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answered Are the gifts of the Holy Spirit still active today?
Jul
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comment Does the Bible support the concept of 'balance' between 'two extremes'?
+1 for "We're not finding what is virtuous by seeking a mid-point between extremes; we are defining the mid-point based on what we already decided was virtuous." This hits the nail on the head. Great example with sexual activity, too.
Jul
5
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Jul
5
comment How is modern day Christian morality reconciled with the morality of the Bible?
@MarcGravell LOL... point taken. Thanks. :p
Jul
5
comment How did all the animals fit into Noah's ark?
@MarcGravell Your observation-less "science" is worth exactly nothing in terms of history. Science is useful in making predictions once enough repetitions have been observed. It is not as useful in telling what happened in the past - that is why we have history, which is based on eye-witness accounts. I thought we were talking history, and the "eye-witness account" is everything in history.
Jul
5
answered How is modern day Christian morality reconciled with the morality of the Bible?
Jul
5
comment How did all the animals fit into Noah's ark?
@MarcGravell As I'm sure you know, the dating is based on the presupposition of an old earth. RE: "there is not one shred, one jot, of evidence" - actually, we have an eyewitness account from a pretty reliable source. 3.6 billion years is not enough to get from "basic" life to human either. When Creationists make a claim for which evidence appears to be lacking, it is considered "absurd"... when Evolutionists do the same, it is "under research". We call that a "double-standard". The fact is, Purmou's claims are also under research, but the research is under-staffed and under-funded.
Jul
5
comment How did all the animals fit into Noah's ark?
RE: "as I say in my book, ..." What book is that? Are you John Woodmorape?
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Jul
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comment How did all the animals fit into Noah's ark?
@MarcGravell If it hasn't been observed and repeated in a controlled environment, it shouldn't be called "science". Also, how do you know "the time required to do that is very long"? Do you have scientific (repeatedly observed in a controlled manner) evidence to show this? If not, it would be more accurate to say "according to my presupppositions and assumptions, that would take too long". As a side note, the Theory of Evolution has no way of explaining how to get from nothing to human in 3.6 billion years, but it is still taught as fact. Why is Purmou's claim less valid?
Jul
5
comment Does the Bible support the concept of 'balance' between 'two extremes'?
Although I disagree, +1 for finding a verse that says "Whoever fears God will avoid all extremes"!! I'm curious which translation you quoted? In the NASB, verse 18b reads "for the one who fears God comes forth with both [lit. "all"] of them."
Jul
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Jul
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comment Does the Bible support the concept of 'balance' between 'two extremes'?
@Mike The trouble I have with that is I have seen many, many people use this "balance" idea to justify a lukewarm spiritual life, or a more "reasonable" interpretation of the dramatic claims of Scripture, and so on. This is just simply not a Biblical principle. I think we need to stick with what is actually taught in Scripture and avoid using secular teachings to sugar-coat our doctrine. We really are called to give up everything, die to ourselves, live for Jesus, turn the other cheek, stop sinning, love God with everything we are, etc. etc. People need to hear the actual, extreme truth.