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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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Nov
15
answered What person(s) of the Trinity were the people of the Old Testament interacting with?
Nov
15
revised What person(s) of the Trinity were the people of the Old Testament interacting with?
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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.
Nov
12
revised Are there any surviving hymns from the Valdensian movement?
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Nov
12
comment When did the one-way monologue sermon first become a normal feature of church assemblies?
Are we in danger of setting up a false dichotomy here? Jesus clearly sometimes preached 'monologue style', and also had dialogues. In the modern day a pastor might preach a monologue sermon, but also run a Sunday school class where questions are encouraged. Maybe the two things just happen (or happened) in different places?
Nov
12
comment When did the one-way monologue sermon first become a normal feature of church assemblies?
Movies about Jesus are not necessarily a good source of historical accuracy.
Nov
8
comment How will the earth be cleansed by fire?
In this one sentence there is a lot of clearly symbolic language - "stubble", "root" "branch". The surrounding verses have similar non-literal imagery. Why would "fire" be the one literal thing?
Nov
8
comment How will the earth be cleansed by fire?
Better on Biblical Hermeneutics?
Nov
5
comment Proverbs 1:14 compared to John 13:29
Excellent answer generally, but the rules you link to are not "commonly accepted". They are specific to biblical literalism, which is a minority view within Christianity. Of course not taking a single verse out of context certainly is commonly accept, but the others - not so much.