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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
12
comment Moses' age when before the burning bush
This doesn't really say much more than the OP already stated. -1
Jul
11
comment Premillennialist view of 1 Thessalonians 4:16
You might want to edit this to specify "Dispensationalists" rather than "Premillennialists". The former believe there will be a rapture several years prior to Christ's 2nd Coming. Historic Premillennialists, on the other hand, view this verse in pretty much the same way an Amillenialist would.
Jul
9
comment What language did Jesus speak?
@curiousdannii As I noted in my question, I'm referring to a very common debate over the original language of the bulk of Jesus' sayings in Scripture. This is a common question. I'm not asking whether He knew more than one language, or whether a few odd sayings were in a different language than the one He typically spoke during His sayings that are recorded in Scripture. The question pertains to the original language behind the sayings in Scripture, which is an important topic in exegesis.
Jul
7
comment What language did Jesus speak?
@FrankLuke Sure, that would be great. Thanks!
Jul
5
comment Does it state ANYWHERE in the Bible that pets can or can not go to heaven?
There will be sheep (Rev 5:6) but not dogs (Rev 22:15).
Jul
2
comment How can this contradiction in Acts be explained?
Belongs on hermeneutics.SE....
Dec
17
comment Where does prevenient grace originate in the Bible?
Related: christianity.stackexchange.com/q/8557/1548
Dec
17
comment When are children held accountable for ther sins?
Related: christianity.stackexchange.com/q/8557/1548
Dec
14
comment Is the title of Jesus “Son of God” synonymous with “ Messiah”?
Related: Are “Christ” and “Son of God” two things or one in John 20:31?
Dec
13
comment Did Jesus commit any sin pertaining to the Sabbath?
@gideonmarx Your reasoning doesn't make any sense... if that were true, why didn't Johanan ben Zakkai change the Hebrew Bible too? Why doesn't the LXX differ drastically from the MT? The post-AD70 changes made the law less stringent (because there was no more temple) -- not more stringent. If anything you should be arguing that what I said is true and then some. Also, how would you know "it was different" if you reject later testimony (like the Bible)? What you are presenting is "revisionist history" and is neither Christian nor scholarly.
Dec
12
comment Did Jesus commit any sin pertaining to the Sabbath?
@gideonmarx That's a bit like saying that we can never know what people in the OT believed because our oldest manuscripts of the TaNaKh are from 600 AD. The Mishnah teaches about the Oral Law, which Jesus frequently refuted according to the New Testament... the NT whose extant manuscripts were written centuries after Jesus' death, btw.
Dec
7
comment Clarifications on “Temporal Predestination”
You have some useful information in here, but I DV'd because it is way, way, way too long. When I got to the end I felt like it would have only taken you about a paragraph to summarize the parts of your post that actually answered my question. (Not trying to be mean, just trying to offer some constructive criticism.) If you can rework the post for more efficiency, I'll remove my DV (possibly up-vote.) Thanks.
Nov
30
comment Clarifications on “Temporal Predestination”
@AffableGeek Haha... thanks. Yeah, I've been more active on Hermeneutics.SE lately.
Nov
26
comment Was the Trinity still a Trinity when Jesus died?
It could also be in regards to "Father, why have You forsaken Me?" which is interpreted by many to indicate a separation took place between the Father and the Son at that moment.
Nov
23
comment What is the Biblical definition of “prophecy”?
Also, it would be good if you could provide some sort of credible source for what you're claiming. (As it is now it just sounds like your personal opinion.)
Nov
23
comment What is the Biblical definition of “prophecy”?
Based on your answer, it sounds like all of Scripture could be considered "prophecy"... If that's what you're saying then it wouldn't "usually" be telling the future, right?
Nov
22
comment What is the Biblical definition of “prophecy”?
Thanks, but I couldn't tell whether you were saying that prophecy is "telling of history before it happens" or if you were saying that it is "any message from God"? It seems like you were saying both, and my question was which is the correct understanding.
Nov
6
comment Why did God make the “Forbidden Fruit” available in Eden?
@Omar To answer your specific question, no, God does not enjoy sending people to Hell. God takes pleasure in loving His people and seeing His people love others. For the defective ones who refuse His good ways, He eventually grants them the separation they desire ("Hell") and removes their destructive presence from the midst of His beloved people. You wouldn't allow a rattlesnake to remain in your child's bed, and God won't allow the wicked to remain in His peoples' company.
Nov
6
comment Why did God make the “Forbidden Fruit” available in Eden?
@Omar The kind of love that forces a person to choose you every time is not love... that's a terrible perversion of love. Imagine a father who forced his young child to hug him, or a husband who forced his wife to be intimate with him... what a terrible picture that would be!
Nov
4
comment Why did God make the “Forbidden Fruit” available in Eden?
@Omar He created us with the capacity to love. Love involves choice. You can't choose if there are no options. Sin is choosing contrary to God's ways. By creating us with the ability to love, he created us with the ability to embrace Him and His ways, or reject Him and His ways. Sin is rejecting Him and His ways. Hope that helps.