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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?
Jan
8
comment Why do Protestants trust what Paul and Luke wrote 100%?
JasonBray's comment on the question is certainly apropos to your exemplified scholastic source. I know a great many protestants who "trust Paul and Luke 100%" and who wouldn't agree with assertions about Paul contradicting himself or Paul and Luke disagreeing because they believe that both men knew the truth and taught it. Much of the ideological discord in your conclusion isn't necessary as it is not the only way to read the text.
Jan
8
comment Why do Protestants trust what Paul and Luke wrote 100%?
@GregoryMagarshak Is Luke's gospel also suspect because he was a friend/student of Paul's? Even though you say that Paul didn't know much (of the details, at least) about Jesus earthly ministry, could we still rely on Luke's account at all?
Jan
8
comment Why do Protestants trust what Paul and Luke wrote 100%?
Regarding the serious import of your question, Christianity hangs on Jesus, not on Paul. Most Christians believe that Paul understood Christianity. Regardless of whether one accepts such a statement, it is through Jesus (and belief in him) that salvation comes.
Jan
8
comment Why do Protestants trust what Paul and Luke wrote 100%?
Does your question accept that any of the Bible is "provably" true? It's difficult to argue from the Bible if the Bible is not accepted as a reliable source, but it is almost our only source of any information. How would one know which parts of the Bible are usable as good evidence? Why trust the words ascribed to Jesus (as they're written and have been preserved)?
Jan
8
comment Why do Protestants trust what Paul and Luke wrote 100%?
You say, "Jesus said he was sent only to save the lost sheep of Israel," but those are not his exact words. The word "save" is not in what he said. His words could be understood differently if taken together with the great commission: he came to the Jews, his followers are sent to all nations.
Jan
5
comment What is the Christian position on sleeping with a menstruating woman?
Let us continue this discussion in chat.
Jan
5
comment What is the Christian position on sleeping with a menstruating woman?
As to why the restriction on menstruating women sounds "serious," that is another question (perhaps already answered, IDK) requiring a thorough answer. In short, I will observe that a number of things are considered "abominations" that are explicitly permitted in the NT (like dietary restrictions). One way of making sense of this is that the sense in which it was an "abomination" is that it was disobedience to God. It is surmised by some that many of these prohibitions were made because they were a part of the idolatrous practices of the nations, not that the act was abominable by itself.
Jan
5
comment What is the Christian position on sleeping with a menstruating woman?
@GregoryMagarshak The manner in which one interprets the OT answers that question (but there is more than one possible choice). Some would wholly accept the Law of Moses, including restriction on menstruating women. Some don't accept any of the law (as binding on Christians), and thus wouldn't automatically accept anything, including the restriction about menstruating women.
Jan
5
comment What is the Christian position on sleeping with a menstruating woman?
There is some (though, not serious, IMO) debate about the precise meaning of μαλακός ("effeminate") and ἀρσενοκοίτης ("homosexuals") and whether they are interrelated and refer to idolatrous practices. πόρνος ("fornication") refers to any unsanctioned form of sex. I don't think it would include menstruating women.
Jan
5
comment What is the Christian position on sleeping with a menstruating woman?
@GregoryMagarshak Christians wouldn't say that they "follow Paul." Rather, they would say that Paul knew the truth and taught it. They would expect that every other apostle to have been in agreement with Paul.
Jan
4
answered What is the Christian position on sleeping with a menstruating woman?
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reviewed Reject What does it mean that Jesus fulfilled the law but did not abolish it?
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revised Mentioning of Prophets
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answered Mentioning of Prophets
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Dec
10
comment Why was having concubines not a sin like adultery?
@Beestocks De 21:15, for example. It's never stated as an official commandment or allowance, but it is regulated, as if it as least permitted.
Dec
2
reviewed Approve When did the practice of bringing non-believers to church originate?
Dec
1
comment Is there a verse about “big” and “small” lies being the same in God's kingdom?
I don't think you'll find such a statement strictly about lies (in a typical protestant Bible). All sin is equated as being equally sinful, but even that is a conclusion based on the Biblical authors' treatment of sin, not a statement saying "murder is just as sinful as lying." If you have a specific canon in mind, you could add that to the question or as a tag.
Nov
22
comment Does the Bible indicate whether Solomon is in heaven?
"as I took it away from Saul" could also be referring to the kingship staying within David's family God did with Saul.