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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?
Feb
25
comment Origin of the idea that “demons” and “fallen angels” are the same thing?
Great answer, but could you add the quote from 1 Enoch? Otherwise I'm just guessing at what it actually says and whether it's relevant or not. Thanks.
Feb
25
comment Origin of the idea that “demons” and “fallen angels” are the same thing?
This is a great summary of the Bible's teachings on "fallen angels" but it doesn't show me that "demons" are the same thing as "fallen angels". Does that make sense?
Feb
25
asked Origin of the idea that “demons” and “fallen angels” are the same thing?
Feb
17
accepted Do Calvinists Know Whether They Are Saved?
Feb
17
comment Do Calvinists Know Whether They Are Saved?
You said in your latest edit that "He has not given us a copy of the book of life, for us to inquire directly into whether our name . . . is there. He's made it more complicated for us by requiring a life of discipleship." Does this suggest that it is only by a life of discipleship that you can know for sure that you are elect? If so, wouldn't that be like the logical fallacy of circular reasoning, since you wouldn't be able to call it a (full) "life of discipleship" until the life was over and it was determined that you had not "fallen away"?
Feb
14
comment Do Calvinists Know Whether They Are Saved?
So the claim is that no one who was convinced they were saved & did good things has ever ceased to trust & obey God? That can't be right... experience would disprove that theory. If that is what you're saying though, how would you handle passages like Matt. 7:22?
Feb
13
comment Do Calvinists Know Whether They Are Saved?
So if you, as a Calvinist, attain this assurance, and then subsequently "fall away", does that disprove Calvinism, or does it mean you were mistaken?
Feb
13
revised Do Calvinists Know Whether They Are Saved?
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Feb
13
asked Do Calvinists Know Whether They Are Saved?
Jan
30
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Jan
28
comment According to Mormonism, how does a person get saved?
That sounds more like it. Thanks. I would like to see a comment on how salvation differs for men and women, and for whites and blacks. I know at various stages in Mormon history they have been different. (Men have to call wives into heavenly existence, blacks don't have a soul, etc.)
Jan
28
accepted According to Mormonism, how does a person get saved?
Jan
21
comment Jesus said no one had gone into heaven except the Son of Man, but what about Elijah?
Doesn't it also say in the NT that Jesus "was taken up"?
Jan
20
accepted How do Calvinists account for Calvin's statements on atonement?
Jan
20
asked How do Calvinists account for Calvin's statements on atonement?
Dec
28
comment Why did Jesus have to die?
It might help you to ponder the questions of why Jesus had to be human, why He had to take on our sin, and why He had to rise from the dead as you are pondering this question. The answers to these questions are all related.