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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?
edited title
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.
Oct
31
comment The Godfather Baptism Killings
@dmcgill50 Micahel would be an excellent candidate for Godfather. Just a very bad candidate for godfather.
Oct
30
comment What about the story of the “Rich Man and Lazarus” indicates whether it is a parable or not?
There are other names used in parables, including Satan in the parable of the sower.
Oct
30
comment Were the Gospels considered Scripture when the rest of the New Testament was written?
It is certainly not safe to assume Paul MUST have been quoting Luke here.
Oct
30
comment Were the Gospels considered Scripture when the rest of the New Testament was written?
@Wikis No the footnotes are not part of scripture. They are added later (i.e. in the Twentieth Century) by the editors.
Oct
30
comment Were the Gospels considered Scripture when the rest of the New Testament was written?
The footnote does NOT mean that Paul is quoting Luke. Jesus is probably also quoting.
Oct
29
accepted Christian founding of American colonies
Oct
29
comment How is the parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus interpreted?
@BigM I'm sorry if I gave the impression I didn't like you. It's not the case. I certainly don't believe you "stand outside the camp". I'm very happy for you to hold your own view of the Bible, and happy for you to write about it here.
Oct
29
revised What about the story of the “Rich Man and Lazarus” indicates whether it is a parable or not?
added 12 characters in body; edited title
Oct
29
comment What about the story of the “Rich Man and Lazarus” indicates whether it is a parable or not?
I agree with Narian. This story reads like a parable, and it's in the middle of a whole sequence of parables. Why would it not be a parable?