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Christian, dad, and programmer


Mar
2
reviewed Reject Where can I find a free Russian Bible other than the Russian Synodal Translation?
Feb
26
awarded  Nice Answer
Feb
24
comment God's sacrifice to himself
The Son sacrificed himself on behalf of fallen humans, not merely as an offering to God.
Feb
5
comment What is the meaning of 'the Sun and the Moon' in Joseph's dream?
@Bye Your answer needs no improvement. The OP commented about the mother, specifically why one is mentioned when Joseph's mother was (presumably) already dead.
Feb
4
comment Where does “amen” come from?
Even if it did come from an Egyptian pagan culture, would that be important? It almost certainly had a completely secular meaning by the time it was used in the written text. Would there be other serious ramifications of any particular etymology?
Feb
4
comment What is the meaning of 'the Sun and the Moon' in Joseph's dream?
A related question might be, "Was the dream fulfilled at a specific moment in time, or was it a prediction of the future state of affairs?" Requiring that it be fulfilled in one corporate act (brothers and parents bowing before him) isn't the only conceivable intent of the vision. The treatment of dreams in the Bible is necessarily figurative with a certain amount of latitude for the details of fulfillment.
Feb
4
comment What is the meaning of 'the Sun and the Moon' in Joseph's dream?
@Bye I'm not doing anything other than thinking about the text. If I were Jacob and my son had such a dream and his biological mother was dead (but my other wife still lived) I could easily refer to Leah as his mother as someone to be honored and obeyed and not subjected.
Feb
4
comment How do Baptists catechize children?
Sunday school is a modern invention, even in the relatively brief history of Baptists. Some would say that children are (or should be) catechized at home by their parents.
Feb
4
comment How do Baptists catechize children?
I think (American) Christians (Baptists included) like to distinguish themselves from "religion" not because of ritual but because of the bad connotations that often come with the panoply of incorrect religions, faux/parody religions, and those who've peddled the Gospel for money or otherwise given the church a bad name by their conduct.
Feb
4
comment What is the meaning of 'the Sun and the Moon' in Joseph's dream?
@Bye, the differences in these two uses of "mother" are the speakers and the purposes. One is used by Joseph's father referring to people in authority over Joseph. The other is used by Joseph's brothers to distinguish Benjamin from his brothers. Both are legitimate uses of "mother" and both could easily refer to different women. It seems unlikely that Rachel was alive by Ge 37 (assuming straightforward chronology) and it seems perfectly reasonable to read the statement in 37:10 as referring to Leah.
Feb
3
comment What is the meaning of 'the Sun and the Moon' in Joseph's dream?
The burden might be on @Bye to prove that the dream came before Rachel's death. Her death is mentioned in Ch 35, whereas the dreams are in Ch 37, when Joseph is said to be 17 years old. Another way to understand "Your mother and I" (37:10) is to read it as referring to Leah, Jacob's only remaining wife. Jacob's statement need not be an attempt to refer to his biological mother, but to the uncontested matriarch of the family. It at least makes sense to me that Leah could have been considered Joseph's mother (because he had no other).
Jan
29
comment Did God have sex with Sarah?
The word "visited" used in Ge 21:1 does not necessarily mean "coming physically into the presence of another" when it God is the one doing the visiting. There are many occasions when God is described in human terms, but the description is simplified. For other examples of the use of "visited" used in this way, read Exodus 4:31, Ruth 1:6, Psalm 17:3, Proverbs 19:23, Isaiah 29:6.
Jan
23
comment Why does the Coptic church still perform circumcisions?
How about Gal 2:3 "But not even Titus, who was with me, though he was a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised." (NASB)
Jan
22
revised Why do Protestants worship on Sunday?
Added emphasis to the the thesis of the answer.
Jan
22
revised Why do Protestants worship on Sunday?
added note of explanation
Jan
22
comment Why do Protestants worship on Sunday?
@CRags Being "Lord of the Sabbath" doesn't mean people gave the day a new/additional name. He is lord of all the other days, too.
Jan
21
revised Why do Protestants worship on Sunday?
added emphasis
Jan
21
answered Why do Protestants worship on Sunday?
Jan
20
revised Was Bible Revealed to Jesus? (Christian Perspective)
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Jan
8
comment Why do Protestants trust what Paul and Luke wrote 100%?
@GregoryMagarshak I don't know how to accept only part of the Bible as authoritative. It seems logically untenable to trust any one thing if the whole thing cannot be trustworthy. How would I know if the part I'm reading is one of the reliable parts? If it's all a matter of my own logic, then what reason is there to believe any of it at all?