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answered How can one explain the apparent contradiction between Ex 31:17 and Is 40:28
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comment Why can't there be another fall?
@V.Rollins, is this filling in something missing in my answer or in contradiction to something I've said? I said that there will be no more sin. Most of my answer is about why this could be, because (I assert) the scriptures do not provide a simple answer to why.
Apr
13
comment Why can't there be another fall?
@V.Rollins, Nahum 1 starts out with "An oracle of Ninevah," and uses the same kind of language you'd find in any other prophesy to humans about God's wrath (in this life, I presume) for their continued sins. If you want to assert that Nahum 1 is speaking of final judgment, the burden is on you to justify the claim.
Apr
13
comment How do Trinitarians explain verses where Jesus claims to have a God?
@user1361315 The Romans already held that their emperors were/would be deities (though my understanding of this is imperfect). It seems conceivable that saying that you were a god was in itself a challenge to Roman authority. Either way, Pilate didn't consider the Jews' claim to hold much weight, since he said publicly, "What has he done?" It just doesn't make sense that the Jews would call claiming to be the Messiah "blasphemy."
Apr
10
comment What is the reason and meaning of the symbols on the garments worn by Temple-worthy LDS members?
Is the "answer" different for everyone?
Apr
5
comment How do Trinitarians explain verses where Jesus claims to have a God?
@user1361315 I agree that "son of God" doesn't mean anything other than "human being" in Jewish theology. These Jews were speaking to a Roman, and this was their charge that equated to blasphemy. "…and by that law He ought to die because He made Himself out to be the Son of God." They were not using the phrase in the typical Hebrew sense since a Roman wouldn't share their definition of the word. I assert that saying he was deity would have been much more damning in the eyes of a Roman. It certainly meant something more than what "son of God" meant to the Jews.
Apr
4
comment How do Trinitarians explain verses where Jesus claims to have a God?
@user1361315, I don't know what qualifies as "authentic passages" for you. I'm using the typical protestant canon. "I am" is the name that God gave himself ("This is my name forever..."; Ex 3). The Jews certainly knew what he was implying by this statement. When they accused him before Pilate (Jn 19), they said, "He made Himself out to be the Son of God," meaning that Jesus asserted himself to be deity.
Mar
27
comment What does it mean when God 'hardens' a heart?
Wouldn't this line of reasoning require us to come up with a new vocabulary of "finite" words for virtues/concepts embodied by God, like love, truth, compassion, mercy, gentleness, etc.? I naturally concur that God is infinitely greater than us in every way imaginable, but isn't it safe to assume that if we're speaking about humans, we don't mean to say that they are on par with God in any way?
Mar
26
comment What does it mean when God 'hardens' a heart?
Is Calvin's beef with us having "free will" more than that God's is "free-er," and so ours must be (somewhat) less that completely "free?" The sentiment of the argument seems valid to me, I just don't see why he takes issue with saying that we have "free will." Does "free will" have to mean "absolutely free will?"
Mar
19
comment As an atheist, what awaits me after death?
Christianity isn't about getting what you deserve. It's about accepting a gift from God (on his terms) and choosing to live in his presence.
Mar
19
awarded  Custodian
Mar
19
reviewed Reject suggested edit on A Russian Bible other than the Russian Synodal Translation
Mar
16
comment In which Christian group is “prosperity theology” derogatory?
I think "prosperity theology" has to do with believing that God will give you whatever you ask for if you have enough faith. The way the worst of these people teach, God is almost obligated to give you what you say you want.
Mar
7
answered According to Scripture, where is Hell?
Feb
28
comment Is saying “Oh My God” really using God's name in vain?
Consider Lev 24:10-23. The crime this man committed was that he " blasphemed the Name and cursed," for which he was executed.
Feb
26
comment How do Trinitarians explain verses where Jesus claims to have a God?
@rhetorician I've heard someone else describe the psalms as providing us with a vocabulary for suffering. Perhaps the possessive here has more purpose as a quote than as a description of the unique nature of Jesus' relationship with the Father.
Feb
26
comment How do Trinitarians explain verses where Jesus claims to have a God?
@user1361315 When Jesus says, "Before Abraham was, I am," (Jn 8:58-59) he is equating himself with God. The Jews understood this very well, because they picked up stones to kill him for blasphemy.
Feb
24
comment Did Hosea love Gomer the prostitute?
@waxeagle I disagree that only sex is meant by this statement. What God puts Hosea through is precisely analogous to what God did for Israel even though they forsook their covenant relationship with him to serve other gods. Love here is about a continual choice, not just a one-time act. "Go and love your wife again" means "take her back."
Feb
24
answered How does Christianity explain the health benefits of sexual intercourse
Feb
23
comment Are there female devils cited in scriptures?
Perhaps humans could be described as incomplete in the sense that they have gender, whereas spiritual beings are not similarly incomplete. The do not need gender, hence there is no complimentary type/gender for them.