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comment does God know the people that are going to hell?
Why can it not be called choice if what we will choose is (fore)known? Does knowing the outcome before it happens predetermine it or does it reveal great understanding?
Aug
24
comment Why do Baptists even baptize in water at all considering their “spirit baptism” views?
@curiousdannii, While he might have overstated the case, I think the point he was making is that any time you come to a place where it sounds like "baptism" is commanded or spoken of as something that precedes/accompanies salvation, baptists will, generally, interpret that as referring to spiritual baptism. I don't think it's really a straw man. This is not an extreme position. It's the assumption they start with.
Aug
15
answered Is John 8:23 contradicted by 1 John 4:6 or does the latter mean that we are born of God at the born again experience?
Aug
14
answered Is Jesus the seed of Abraham?
Aug
13
comment Is there a scriptural example of a non-believer speaking on God's behalf?
God refers to some foreign nations as "servants" (Je 25:9; 43:10) and tools/instruments (Is 10), but they are never said to be in closer communion with him. Israel is sometimes condemned for being more idolatrous than her neighbors, but her neighbors are never accused of being anything resembling righteous. Nebuchadnezzar is one potential exception, but he isn't ever compared to Israel. The rest of the answer looks good.
Aug
13
comment Is there a scriptural example of a non-believer speaking on God's behalf?
It's conceivable that each site is managed by different people and that those who manage CM are employed but not completely controlled by the owning/managing entity.
Aug
13
answered The question of graven images
Aug
13
comment If God is all knowing then why didn't he prevent Adam and Eve from sinning?
@FMShyanguya I've added a hint of explanation for the assumed conclusion regarding our goal in existence.
Aug
13
revised If God is all knowing then why didn't he prevent Adam and Eve from sinning?
added explanation for initial conclusion
Aug
13
answered If God is all knowing then why didn't he prevent Adam and Eve from sinning?
Aug
13
reviewed Approve suggested edit on How did the Crusades impact modern Christianity?
Aug
11
comment Where in God's promises did it show that Abram needed to have a child through Sarai?
It seems at least plausible to think that Abraham could have second-guessed his own understanding of what God told him because of the extended time that had already elapsed since God made the promise (11 years or more). I don't think this is contrary to a literalist perspective, unless that perspective requires the text to be exhaustive in its details.
Aug
11
comment Where in God's promises did it show that Abram needed to have a child through Sarai?
Both of these passages from Genesis take place after Ishmael is born. I read the question to pertain to what God told Abram before Sarai gave him Hagar.
Aug
11
comment Where in God's promises did it show that Abram needed to have a child through Sarai?
It seems possible that God told Abram something to the effect that the promise would be fulfilled through Sarai that isn't written in the text. The fact that God says this is at least a suggestion that Abram should have understood God's words to mean it. God does not have trouble making himself understood.
Aug
11
comment Why was Jehu considered a “bad” king of Israel?
In particular, the great sin of Jereboam was leading the people into idolatry. Jereboam set up the golden calves to keep people from going to Jerusalem to worship. There's nothing written about Jehu doing this particular thing, but the strong suggestion is some sort of institutionalized idolatry.
Aug
11
revised How can the sun be created after day and night?
typo
Aug
9
awarded  Enlightened
Aug
9
awarded  Nice Answer
Aug
5
comment If God is one then why is belief in God insufficient?
Remember that "belief" (πιστευο, 4100) in the case of "belief in God" means more than just "acknowledging the existence of." It means "belief, trust, confidence, conviction, faith, entrusting." Genuine belief in God has consequences.
Aug
4
comment Is there Biblical support for the concept that 'Whenever a man lies with a woman…a transcendental relation is set up between them'?
Marriage does not extend beyond death, but does the relationship between the two eternal beings last beyond death? The relationship is arguably more than the marriage.