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Christian, dad, and programmer


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.
Feb
22
comment Are there female devils cited in scriptures?
God the father is never said to have a physical body. Jesus was alive before he had a physical body. The serpent mentioned in Genesis 3 isn't seen again. The fact that these spirits have appeared in physical form does not mean that they are confined to a physical body. Jesus is exceptional in this regard because of the unique nature of his earthly mission.
Feb
22
answered Are there female devils cited in scriptures?
Feb
20
revised According to Jehovah's Witnesses, how many of the 144 000 have already been identified?
typos
Feb
19
answered Do Luke 1:48 and Luke 11:27-28 contradict each other?
Feb
18
answered Who talked to Moses in Exodus 33:9?
Feb
18
comment Can Christians be judges
@EliasVanOotegem I think it would be fine to discuss it there. It just wasn't the main thrust of this question (though you did bring it up).
Feb
18
comment Can Christians be judges
@EliasVanOotegem This question addresses capital punishment. Even though an answer's been accepted, it might still be better to discuss this topic there.
Feb
18
comment In which denominations do people consider Mary, mother of Jesus, to be the “Second Eve”?
I see numerous references to this idea in (Roman) Catholicism (if that counts as a denomination). Google doesn't turn up a hit on this idea (for me) that isn't Catholic. It seems a lot of what Catholicism teaches about Mary stem from the need for her to be sinless (at least until Jesus' birth), because otherwise Jesus would have inherited a sinful nature and not been perfect and sinless. (I apologize to adherents to this idea if my summary is inaccurate—it's not an answer to the question.)