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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.)


Jun
28
comment What could be the reason for Jesus not telling His disciples to write down whatever He was teaching them?
@Pacerier He wanted His disciples to do their ministry by the Spirit like He did.
May
4
comment Does every sin affect other people?
RE: "every sin does affect people - three people, actually: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit"... that's not at all what I was asking; I think it's clear from my original post I meant fellow human people, not Divine Persons of the Trinity.
Apr
23
comment For those who view Israel typologically, what is the significance of the 12 tribes?
@warren ...which is why I asked for the most prominent views.
Apr
5
comment What are Christian theologeans referring to when they talk about “God's glory”?
So it can refer to either? Sometimes it's His radiance, and other times it's people's recognition of Him?
Mar
13
comment What's the Biblical basis for “all Christians will be together in heaven some day”?
The quote from MacArthur was irrelevant; I wasn't asking if we would recognize each other in heaven. The first part was helpful though. +1
Feb
27
comment Basis for belief that a person can be “possessed by” a demon?
@vs06 I would just be speculating; the text doesn't say. Perhaps it gave him an invisible friend, or prophetic powers (like the girl in Acts)... who knows.
Feb
26
comment Origin of the idea that “demons” and “fallen angels” are the same thing?
Regarding the first proof-text, I'm pretty sure that similarity only exists in the English of some translations. The "Devil" (Greek diabolos) is semantically different than the "devils" (Greek diamonia). The second proof-text doesn't say anything about "demons". The remainder of your answer is tangential.
Feb
25
comment Basis for belief that a person can be “possessed by” a demon?
@H3br3wHamm3r81 I did not. Feel free to provide an answer which builds on the meaning & grammar of that word.
Feb
25
comment Basis for belief that a person can be “possessed by” a demon?
There are even theological debates about whether its possible for a person who has "sold their soul to the Devil" to get saved or not, which is the same sort of thinking. The idea is that the Devil "owns" the person now, and the person is now the Devil's property, unable to choose to leave, etc. This whole "owned by a demon" theology is looking suspect to me now. But before I go on a crusade against the idea of being "possessed", I want to check with the community to see if I'm missing anything obvious.
Feb
25
comment Basis for belief that a person can be “possessed by” a demon?
...there is a huge theological debate about whether Christians can be "possessed by" a demon, or whether people who are "possessed by" demons are under their complete authority, or whether they are able to overcome the demons' "authority" over them. I'm wondering if we're chasing our tails here when that's not even what the Bible says was happening. Maybe these people wanted demons because they got some benefit from having the demons, and the demons came with consequences. Why do we assume they were "possessed by" the demons and not vice versa?
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
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
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?
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
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"?