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revised Under what conditions does the Bible support divorce?
I expect this is what you meant
Jul
7
comment Are the gifts of the Holy Spirit still active today?
I've already started a meta discussion on this. Feel free to join. And you are right that you shouldn't jump to conclusions about my personal beliefs.
Jul
7
revised Are the gifts of the Holy Spirit still active today?
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Jul
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comment Are the gifts of the Holy Spirit still active today?
@Jas3.1 The problem with that approach is that it turns this site into a discussion site plus popularity contest. We would be abandoning the idea of being able to make any kind of definitive answer, and simply allowing people to post their opinions.
Jul
6
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Jul
6
revised What is Baptism of the Holy Spirit?
no need for footnotes here
Jul
6
comment Are the gifts of the Holy Spirit still active today?
@Jas3.1 The fact that you are presenting your view as the only correct one is why you still get my downvote.
Jul
6
comment Are the gifts of the Holy Spirit still active today?
@Jas3.1 The first paragraph of your 'Groundwork' section reads very much like you are saying that it is the 'correct' view. If you reworded it to make it clear that some Christians disagree, that would be much better.
Jul
6
comment Are the gifts of the Holy Spirit still active today?
"Miracles from God were not fake things in secret closets but ‘public manifestations’ that none could deny" That's certainly not the case of all the miracles Jesus did.
Jul
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Jul
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comment Are the gifts of the Holy Spirit still active today?
@waxeagle Good idea.
Jul
6
comment Are the gifts of the Holy Spirit still active today?
@waxeagle We can't enforce, but we can encourage. Why should we encourage? Because if people just vote for their own opinions, this stops being a site answering questions about Christianity, and instead becomes a site where we answer questions about the subjective individual opinions of the people who happen to be visiting here.
Jul
6
comment Are the gifts of the Holy Spirit still active today?
@Jas3.1 One of the mistakes you are making is to imply that it is universally agreed that "receiving the Holy Spirit" and "baptism in the Spirit" are one and the same. That is far from agreed. Pentecostals would disagree. References: 1 2
Jul
6
comment Are the gifts of the Holy Spirit still active today?
@waxeagle I agree that it is possible to create an authoritative, complete answer from several partial, partisan answers. But to make that work we should be voting up the complete answer and voting down the partial answers. That isn't happening here.
Jul
5
comment Are the gifts of the Holy Spirit still active today?
It's not silly, it's the point of the site. A slew of disagreeing answers, all being voted up according to whether you agree with them or not, makes this a popularity contest, not a Q&A site. It is certainly not too much to ask a person to know and understand views other than their own. If you don't know know the opposing views, how could you possibly have given them enough thought to arrive at a 'considered' opinion.
Jul
5
comment Are the gifts of the Holy Spirit still active today?
I appreciate and respect your experience and consideration. However this site is for giving of general answers, not personal ones. Your answer presents only one of a number of (considered) views held by Christians on the subject. You might improve the answer by making it clear that you are presenting your view: the groundwork sections seems to imply that you are presenting an answer that all Christians would agree with.
Jul
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revised Are the gifts of the Holy Spirit still active today?
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Jul
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comment Are the gifts of the Holy Spirit still active today?
I'm sure this is an excellent summary of your theology, and probably even the theology of your church, but it is not a view universally agreed on by Christians. "If you are born again, you have been baptized in the Spirit." is absolutely disagreed with by a substantial number of Christians
Jul
5
comment How does a biblical literalist interpret the tale of David and Goliath?
The main discrepancy will be between 1 Sam 17:56-58, where Saul asks David who his father is, and 1 Sam 16:17-21 where he clearly already knows who his father is.