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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.)


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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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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.
Jul
4
comment How is modern day Christian morality reconciled with the morality of the Bible?
Aren't you assuming that "Christian morality" changes with time? "Christian morality" is "Biblical morality", by definition. Or, if you are referring to the trends in thinking within the sub-culture of those called "Christians", the changes would either be a result of recalibration with Biblical principles, or influence from worldly thinking. Or, if you are suggesting that because secular morality changes over time, Christians need to try to justify the Bible in light of the new secular morality, that is incorrect. Please clarify.
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comment How is modern day Christian morality reconciled with the morality of the Bible?
Possible duplicate: How did God's morality not change between OT and NT times?
Jul
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Jul
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comment How do we argue when someone posits a non-causal universe
If a person isn't willing to accept Colossians 1:16 or Genesis 1, a good Christian response would be: "OK." If they're ever interested in actually knowing whether God exists, they can always ask Him. He's ready, willing, and able to respond.
Jul
4
comment What is meant by the expression “living in darkness”?
Nice answer. (+1) See also: Proverbs 4:18-20.
Jul
4
comment Why did Satan fall to Earth?
@Mike My apologies - I misunderstood. I read your answer to mean that the reason Satan was "sent to earth" is that "the more sin ... increased the more exceeding and praiseworthy is the glory of God". (I'm a bit hyper-sensitive to the M.P. view.)
Jul
4
comment Does the Bible support the concept of 'balance' between 'two extremes'?
@GregMcNulty The goal is not to be an "extremist", but rather, to walk in God's ways "to the extreme." For example, we are called to love others; in the spectrum between "not loving others at all" and "loving others completely", we should strive to follow God's ways to the extreme, and love others completely. However, we are not called to be "extremely dark", because that is opposite of God's ways.
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answered Does the Bible support the concept of 'balance' between 'two extremes'?
Jul
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revised When did Satan get cast out of heaven? Or is that yet to come?
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Jul
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comment Why did Satan fall to Earth?
Thank you for the clarification. I agree, and nice answer. +1
Jul
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comment Why did Satan fall to Earth?
Also, the statement that this "has always been the position of great theologians" is simply incorrect. C. S. Lewis, for instance, rejected this doctrine.
Jul
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comment Why did Satan fall to Earth?
I strongly disagree with this answer, and want to clarify why for other readers... You are arguing from the perspective of "Meticulous Providence" in this post, which basically says that this is (ultimately) "the best of all possible worlds", including all the evil(!), because God is glorified more through the "presence" of evil than He would be otherwise. Problem: In this view, God created most people in such a way that they would choose to reject Him, resulting in them burning in Hell for eternity, all for self-glorification. This is clearly contrary to the nature of God (i.e. love).
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comment Why did Satan fall to Earth?
It might be worth first considering the question, "Did Satan fall to earth"? See here for my impression - that Satan "fell" in the sense of "falling from grace", but was not banished from heaven to earth when he sinned as is commonly believed.