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Oct
29
comment How is the parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus interpreted?
This site is about what Christians believe. Christians in general consider this a parable. If you personally disagree that is your right, but not really on topic here.
Oct
29
comment What place do ritual and ceremony have in the church today? (Non-Liturgical POV)
@BigM You write "worship began changing with David when he danced out of his clothing. Worship began to become more spontaneous." But in fact everything else you are saying indicates the exact reverse. There was spontaneous worship before David, and less spontaneous worship after (the Temple wasn't build until after David's time).
Oct
29
comment What place do ritual and ceremony have in the church today? (Non-Liturgical POV)
Your section on Baptism is focussed on one controversial aspect - the name used - to the exclusion of everything else. That wasn't what the questioner asked about. Your conclusion is also very much a minority view within Christianity.
Oct
29
comment What place do ritual and ceremony have in the church today? (Non-Liturgical POV)
Your section on Communion is confusing. Paul's point is that they are doing communion (The Lord's Supper) badly and not in the spirit of Christ. He is not saying "Communion is not the Lord's Supper". The fact that you are using an archaic translation is maybe causing trouble.
Oct
26
comment How is the parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus interpreted?
This is really a minority view among Christians.
Oct
25
comment What are the different main views existent in Christianity on how 1 Peter 4:6 must be interpreted?
Asking for the views of Christians on it, rather than the Biblical meaning, probably makes it a better fit here.
Oct
25
revised What are the different main views existent in Christianity on how 1 Peter 4:6 must be interpreted?
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Oct
25
comment What is the difference between a church and a social club?
Are you asking for concrete suggestions on how to make a church less like a social club? Or for how the fundamental nature of the church is different from that of a social club?
Oct
25
revised How is the parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus interpreted?
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Oct
25
comment How is the parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus interpreted?
@AffableGeek In modern times almost everybody considers this a parable. Wikipedia has only a single webpage backing up their section on 'literal interpretations', and that's a webpage which on closer inspection doesn't itself believe in a literal interpretation - it just says that other people believe that. (And the page has animated flames - never a sign of a balanced, scholarly viewpoint).
Oct
25
comment How is the parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus interpreted?
@TheMonkeyMan If it's a parable then there doesn't need to be an explanation for how the Rich Man recognized Abraham.
Oct
25
answered How is the parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus interpreted?
Oct
25
comment Is there anything unique to a christian marriage that non-christian marriages are deprived of?
Are you asking here whether there is something special and unique about marriages started with a Christian ceremony, in a church and done by a minister; or whether there is something special about a marriage lived out between two Christians?
Oct
24
answered What's the name of this doctrine and (when) did the Eastern Orthodox Church condemn it?
Oct
24
comment Does God lie? And does devil tell the truth?
Part of the problem here is that you seem to be trying to treat Christianity as a set of rules, where if you define the rules well enough and follow them to the letter, you will be OK. Christianity isn't like that.
Oct
23
comment What guidelines or rules should be used when interpreting the Bible?
I'll look for Stanley Hauerwas. Any other names you want to mention would be welcome.
Oct
23
comment What guidelines or rules should be used when interpreting the Bible?
I don't disagree, but there is much more to interpreting the Bible than just this.
Oct
23
comment What guidelines or rules should be used when interpreting the Bible?
There is a difference between "How should scripture be interpreted" and "How should I approach my own personal Bible study".
Oct
23
comment What guidelines or rules should be used when interpreting the Bible?
I'd like to follow up on that with you It's not been my experience that Evangelicals, in general, believe that scriptures ought to be interpreted by the community. However most of my experience with Evangelicalism has been North American.
Oct
23
revised Are there any denominations that teach a Hell that is not a place?
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