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I am a Canadian, married with kid, and working in Hong Kong. I usually answer posts from a reformed / protestant / evangelical perspective.

People I have encountered on this site seem to be a ‘whole bunch of good people’. Even those who sharply disagree with my own point of view.

I am a huge sinner but am happy knowing God's grace will keep me in his grip.


Oct
16
comment “God desires all men to be saved” from a Calvinist perspective?
@Jas3.1 - I see what you mean and that is fair. I may post a second answer according to 100 percent view if nobody else does just because it is a good question and the answer does not seem commonly known. Bu i would have to reference a book I read on it to do it proper justice and it would take some effort so don't expect anything soon. Cheers.
Oct
16
comment Why does God often permit his children to suffer in this world more than the wicked?
@Hammer - I think yours and David's make a really excellent combined answer an are complimentary. I also understand where the perceived feeling of conflict occurs because often 'building character and faith' provides little comfort to a person really suffering intensely like Job, on the other hand once patience has had is work many years later, assuming the sufferer is still alive, this can once again comfort for the soul finally sees God's love in the pain by a faith like Jobs. Anyway I really appreciate both your answers together, I would accept both if I could.
Oct
16
comment Why does God often permit his children to suffer in this world more than the wicked?
I think the I can't explain now but trust me is a golden answer and goes deeper than any in addressing extreme suffering especially the permanent kind. After all even human parents do that with their children a bit, but management of all the souls in the world is much more extreme and beyond comprehension than management of a family. Yet I agree with David that although this is an excellent answer it does not collide with some of the more knowable reasons that often comfort people also. Excellent answer though, I think you picked up on Job well. Thanks.
Oct
15
comment “God desires all men to be saved” from a Calvinist perspective?
@Jas3.1 - To be 100% Calvinist one does not beleive C. That's why I explain my departure on that point and call myself 90% Calvinist. Calvin beleived that Gods mercy and grace was in that he chose to saved only some, willed to save only some, not all. Strict Calvinists think 'the world' in John 3:16 means some, not all. I think in one sense it is just the elect, but in another it is all, i.e. I am only 90 percent Calvinist.
Oct
15
comment Why does God often permit his children to suffer in this world more than the wicked?
+1 Good stab at it. Only thing I would add to the reasons is 'the unknowable reason' - this seems to be the take-away in Job. Even if God could explain how his love might take away a child's parents or leave a young athlete paralyzed for life, our pea sized brains could never comprehend it. Only thing certain is that he hates suffering more than we, for his end-game is 'no tear or sorrow'. He does care for us in our suffering more than we will ever know.
Oct
15
asked Why does God often permit his children to suffer in this world more than the wicked?
Oct
14
revised When did “tithing” come to mean “giving 10% of your gross income to the Church”?
added third quote from ever
Oct
14
revised When did “tithing” come to mean “giving 10% of your gross income to the Church”?
added Catholic ref
Oct
12
revised For since the creation(ism)… men are without excuse
grammar
Oct
12
answered For since the creation(ism)… men are without excuse
Oct
12
revised “God desires all men to be saved” from a Calvinist perspective?
intro clarify
Oct
12
comment “God desires all men to be saved” from a Calvinist perspective?
Good verse selection. Ezekiel 18 is especially strong.
Oct
12
answered “God desires all men to be saved” from a Calvinist perspective?
Oct
12
comment Joseph reveals himself to his brothers, why the elaborate ruse?
i answered but you may get more answers if migrated to BH.SE. - cheers
Oct
12
answered Joseph reveals himself to his brothers, why the elaborate ruse?
Oct
11
revised What does it mean that Jesus fulfilled the law but did not abolish it?
total re-word
Oct
11
comment Is 1 Corinthians 7:26-40 not the 'Word of God'?
I think this seems well thought out. Basically the infallible scriptures includes Paul's sanctified opinions showing us that we should learn to also form goo opinions yet be flexible knowing others may have equally sanctified opinions. I am glad the scriptures an Paul made this distinction.
Oct
10
revised What is God's shape or form?
spelling
Oct
10
answered When did “tithing” come to mean “giving 10% of your gross income to the Church”?
Oct
10
comment When did “tithing” come to mean “giving 10% of your gross income to the Church”?
I am not sure if every Jew always gave a tithe (i.e. 10%) of all they got, but it does see that at least the Pharisee did trying to excel in external righteousness. 'I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.' Luke 18:12. Abraham also gave Melchizedek "tithes of all" the spoil of the battle (Gen 14;18). I am not sure of other details of the tithe but I think Affable has basically answered the question. Of course tithe is not mentioned in the NT showing the importance of the strict 10% rule (plus, or minus).