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Nov
21
comment How can panentheism or God's immanence be reconciled with Satan?
What the authors of the book you reference call 'Christian panentheism' does in fact allow you to say that God is external to the created world while also pervading it. Not the definition of panentheism I'm used to, but it's within reasonable bounds and also within bounds of Catholic doctrine as far as I can tell.
Nov
20
comment How can panentheism or God's immanence be reconciled with Satan?
Do you have specific panentheistic Christians in mind whose views you would like to know about?
Nov
20
comment How can panentheism or God's immanence be reconciled with Satan?
The vast majority of Christians do not hold to panentheism, and Catholic doctrine is explicitly against it. There is a big difference between being created by God and being part of God.
Nov
20
comment Reformed perspective on “It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us” (Acts 15:28)
The question of whether the church in Antioch wrote to the church in Jerusalem asking advice from a more established but fundamentally equal church, or asking for a doctrinal ruling from the 'head church', has exercised the minds of theologians for many centuries.
Nov
19
comment What translations differ (and where) in regards to whether a text is a direct quotation of Jesus?
Your best source is the footnotes of the NIV.
Nov
19
answered What translations differ (and where) in regards to whether a text is a direct quotation of Jesus?
Nov
19
comment What person(s) of the Trinity were the people of the Old Testament interacting with?
Jesus is there talking to the Pharisees, who indeed have not seen or heard the Father. We know he is talking to them, and not the whole of humanity, because the sentence continues "nor does his word dwell in you, for you do not believe the one he sent."
Nov
19
comment Reformed perspective on “It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us” (Acts 15:28)
Not sure what the question is here. This incident took place before there was a canon of Christian scripture. No Christian at that time could possibly consider that church decision making consisted solely of carrying out the edicts of scripture.
Nov
15
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15
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Nov
15
comment Matthew 1:19, Divorce, and Virginity
I like this, but you have to remember also that Joseph is basing his decision on pre-Christian rules. What he did, or what he thought was right, is not binding on Christians
Nov
15
comment Matthew 1:19, Divorce, and Virginity
I think he's assuming that Joseph thought Mary wasn't a virgin.
Nov
15
comment What person(s) of the Trinity were the people of the Old Testament interacting with?
None of the translations I checked have "heard of". Even the KJV has "Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father". 'Learned of' means 'learned from'. It doesn't mean "heard of the father".
Nov
15
comment What person(s) of the Trinity were the people of the Old Testament interacting with?
"Nobody has seen" does not mean "nobody has interacted with". If you actually read the verse before the one you quote it talks about "Everyone who has heard the Father..." so clearly some people did interact with the Father.
Nov
14
comment How should Reformed Christians deal with homosexual marriage of individuals prior to their conversion to Christianity?
I'm not going to play bible-verse ping-pong with people.
Nov
13
comment How should Reformed Christians deal with homosexual marriage of individuals prior to their conversion to Christianity?
The trouble is - that's a discussion question. They should not be on this site. This question is perilously close to that already. If nobody can cite an actual Christian answer I may have to vote to close.
Nov
13
comment How should Reformed Christians deal with homosexual marriage of individuals prior to their conversion to Christianity?
What about if 'stopping a sin' has huge negative effects on someone else? Isn't stopping the sin then as big a sin as keeping on? You mustn't fall into the trap of thinking that sin is just a 'rule book' where, if you check all the boxes, you are OK.
Nov
13
comment How should Reformed Christians deal with homosexual marriage of individuals prior to their conversion to Christianity?
What a great question. Unfortunately the truth is that virtually no churches have considered this, and therefore every answer is likely to represent the view of the answerer and not the view of Christianity.
Nov
13
comment How should Reformed Christians deal with homosexual marriage of individuals prior to their conversion to Christianity?
There are huge problems with this answer. What if one partner has been supporting the other financially? Are they suddenly expected to go out and get a job, perhaps after many years of not furthering a career? What if they have children? The church has in fact encountered a very similar problem to this, regarding converts in polygamous marriages - and the response has almost always been to accept the marriage as valid.