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Feb
21
comment Is the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of the Father?
wrt #2, the Son is fully co-eternal with the other two, he only assumed the human form briefly.
Feb
13
comment What is the opposite of Total Depravity?
That's unfortunate because I don't think the terms necessarily imply that.
Feb
12
comment What does the LDS Church teach about Jesus being married, having children, and His position on polygamy?
I'm going to go out on a limb on the final question and say "zero".
Feb
6
comment Different Bibles and Religions
@GregMcNulty no, but if you read the OP he's clearly floundering in the ambiguous uncertainty of it all. I was trying to take a step back and address the the confusion behind the questions. It definitely needs to be expanded but I ran out of time.
Jan
30
comment Was there a sacrifice in the Old Testament for intentional sins?
Interesting question, though "intentional" seems like a stretch, most people don't intend to sin. It is interesting that the sacrifices in Leviticus all seem to be for unintentional sins. And it's also interesting that there don't seem to be any sacrifices for "victimless" sins (ie the sins against self that you listed). Leviticus 6:1-7 was the closest I could find but it only counts sins against your neighbor.
Jan
25
comment What color was Augustine's skin?
Wasn't the rise of Islam a couple of centuries after Augustine?
Jan
23
comment Does extreme use of capital punishment in ANE & Mosaic laws attest to a universal recognition of God's wrath, or God's tolerance of universal cruelty?
Have you defined what you mean by "infallibility of scripture" anywhere? It seems like you're painting yourself into a corner of literalism.
Jan
22
comment According the infallibility of scripture, do ancient near east laws (ANE laws) really explain the derivation of the laws of Moses?
Don't apologize! Awesome answer.
Jan
22
comment According the infallibility of scripture, do ancient near east laws (ANE laws) really explain the derivation of the laws of Moses?
It's hard to tell because it is subtle, but there seems to be an underlying fear behind this question that if true, the literal story of God dictating rules to Moses on a mountain is called into question.
Jan
17
comment God the Father's possession of a body of flesh and bones
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. (Colossians 1:15)
Jan
17
comment God the Father's possession of a body of flesh and bones
Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have. (Luke 24:39)
Jan
7
comment What is the biblical basis for the claim that abortion is morally acceptable (when there are no complicating factors)?
@Narnian - then you're left with AffableGeek's reference. There is no biblical basis just loopholes. And even then it's a "lesser of two evils" which is very different than "not immoral".
Jan
7
comment What is the biblical basis for the claim that abortion is morally acceptable (when there are no complicating factors)?
I don't think the recent edits help, and arguably make it worse. Abortion is always an elective act. The question you're trying to get at hinges on both the motive for the act and whether or not the act is murder. The biblical argument you are searching for doesn't exist, at best you'll find a loophole.
Jan
4
comment What is the biblical basis for the claim that abortion is morally acceptable (when there are no complicating factors)?
I don't think there is such an argument to be made. The best you can really come up with is that abortion is not murder, but even if you interpret the verse @AffableGeek references in that way, the perpetrator is still fined, which means he did wrong, and the action is therefore immoral.
Jan
4
comment What is the biblical argument against Papal Succession?
@Narnian ... this is part of the great schism, where the Roman Pope altered the creed unilaterally, i.e. without agreement from the others.
Jan
4
comment What is the biblical argument against Papal Succession?
@Narnian - The Catholics don't either, not really. They just believe their Pope has a certain special role, but they certainly don't believe he is "over" the other popes/patriarchs in any authoritarian sense.
Jan
4
comment What is the biblical argument against Papal Succession?
The Coptic church does, in fact, have a Pope. I believe all of the Orthodox branches have an equivalent Patriarch that is a successor of an Apostle other than Peter. They all claim apostolic succession. The only difference is the Catholics see the Roman Pope as "first among equals", while the Orthodox see them all as equals.
Dec
20
comment What is significant about the swaddling clothes with which Jesus was wrapped as a baby?
Maybe just to show that he was a regular baby, or to reinforce the idea that he was of humble beginnings? Were royal babies wrapped differently? I don't know, but it seems to fit with the overall image of humility.
Dec
19
comment Is there a doctrine or Biblical justification that explains why God chose the number 7 to be so significant?
@El'endiaStarman - Your question feels very circular to me. God picked 7 because it's special, and 7 is special because God picked it. There's no way to answer that hypothetical "why". What I tried to point out is 7 is only special to man, there's nothing in nature that is inherently bound to the number 7, and no reason to suppose there's anything about God that has inherent seven-ness either. The reason there are only 7 "classical planets" is because that's all the ancients could see.
Dec
18
comment What is the significance of the angelic visitation of the shepherds after the birth of Jesus Christ?
If they were the shepherds of the sacrificial lambs as some believe, it might make sense for God to introduce them to the true Lamb of God.