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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.


Jan
25
answered Are some people pursued by the “enemy” relatively more than others?
Jan
24
revised 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?
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Jan
24
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?
@kurosch - When I use the term 'infallibility of scripture' - I simply mean a belief in 2 Peter 1:20. I simply mean the bible is not made up but is actually God's word. In this case it means when God said someone would be stoned, he actually did say that. If this is what you mean by 'literalism' then yes, you are correct. I am taking the Bible literally and request answers that do the same.
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?
@svidgen - cool, add option 3. cheers
Jan
23
accepted According the infallibility of scripture, do ancient near east laws (ANE laws) really explain the derivation of the laws of Moses?
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?
@svidgen - I think your answer is good as is and the question does not really have to be denominational. You can revise if you like but due to the depth of the subject matter even great answers like yours will not necessarily be fully accepted by an OP. I decided to put my own answer in as a supplement. I think both answers supplement each other well. They provide a good spectrum of the subject with a goal to preserve the infallibility of scripture. It is an interesting subject and I appreciate your have thought deeply about it. I am sincerely impressed. Cheers.
Jan
23
answered 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?
Jan
23
comment What's the story behind the traditional haircut associated with monks?
Ya should definitely summarize but then again this is a prefect summary and good believable answer. It even picks up on the sun god theme like the halo - which has an honest historical ring to it. +1
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?
+1 - I do not personally accept this argument as fully preserving the infallibility of scripture (at least as I believe it) I think God 'increased' the severity beyond the cultural norms, the people were reluctant to put people to death when it was justly commanded. However the answer is consistent with your general assumptions, clear, more defensible than many possible positions and basically a high quality answer, so I must at least upvote.
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?
hmmmm...ok. I will see what else is posted..but good hit in the general case arguments.
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?
Although your previous answers about ANE laws was excellent, sorry but I do not feel the same at all about this one. God personally took the initiative to ensure that the person picking up sticks was publicly stoned. I believe it was a just law and related to covenant theology. It was not something he tolerated, he promoted it himself. Cheers.
Jan
23
comment According the infallibility of scripture, do ancient near east laws (ANE laws) really explain the derivation of the laws of Moses?
great post, few words yet a lot of meaning.
Jan
23
asked 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?
Jan
23
comment According the infallibility of scripture, do ancient near east laws (ANE laws) really explain the derivation of the laws of Moses?
+1 - excellent post. This is a good protestant answer as well.
Jan
22
comment When scripture quotes a non-biblical source, without any opposition of the source, does it imply any endorsement?
@warren -we are agreeing if you have not noticed. Of course I do not believe it does. One of the answers is also mine. I have only asked the question as some people think it does.
Jan
22
asked According the infallibility of scripture, do ancient near east laws (ANE laws) really explain the derivation of the laws of Moses?
Jan
22
comment Why did early Christians in Acts still go to the Jewish temple every day?
You seem to have a good common sense observation. Am I correct to assume that you think they were no longer participating in the sacrifices, or are you thinking they may have also been doing that not really realizing the real impact of the 'wall of partition' being torn down?
Jan
22
comment Did Paul write the Epistle to the Hebrews?
@swasheck - no not at all. It would be likely that Paul condescended to their weakness of their low view of him to skip the subject of his Apostleship for their sakes in love. Also as they were doubting the whole NT they might not even respect the title of Apostles, so Paul concentrates on the OT authority to establish Christ's superiority with no need to over emphasis the authority of the Apostles and add that stamp to the header of the epistle. He was being meek and concentrating on the facts.
Jan
22
answered Why was the Apostle Paul seemingly not that interested in baptizing believers?
Jan
21
comment Before the fall of man
Ha, ha. Again this question. Of course Adam and Eve would not have died. I have noticed some classical Calvinists suppose that the tree of life represented the eternal life that Adam could have achieved for humanity under the original covenant of works. As he did not Jesus is the new Adam, son of man, to achieve it for us.