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Apr
22
comment What do the Catholic Church consider constitutes intrinsically impossible things?
Perhaps an improvement (though I don't know if it's found in the Catechism) would be to mention that God cannot/will not do things that are contrary to his own nature, like ceasing to exist, lying, etc.
Mar
24
comment How does Jesus describe God in the Gospels
To say that you won't allow anyone else's words but Jesus is to disqualify the Biblical account. The Bible we have was recorded by people who, if they so chose, could have changed the words they ascribed to Jesus. One could make a good case against such a claim, but to the point: if you disallow all the Christian writings except those passages that say "Jesus said, '...'", then you're not going to get a complete picture and any reasoning or argumentation built on that assumption will necessarily be faulty.
Mar
19
comment What is the Vatican's position on ISIS?
It just seems like half your answer is unnecessary (and not necessarily good exegesis) to the point you've affirmed in a comment. The answer would be just as good without the additional edit. Nobody argues that there aren't cases of killing that are justified. The question (the OP is asking) is, is this instance justified?
Mar
18
comment What is the Vatican's position on ISIS?
Isn't "murder" defined as unlawful/unjustified killing? If the rest of the law enumerates (some of which begins right after the 10 commandments in Exodus 21-23—including some about killing) instances of justified killing, then the commandment isn't talking about all forms of killing—it's talking about murder.
Mar
6
comment How do people who believe in immediate heaven for believers at death explain Tabitha?
Emphasis: It is a fundamental assumption of adherents that this belief doesn't preclude the possibility of resurrection.
Mar
5
comment What is the gist of CARM's critisizm of Joyce Meyer?
The one thing this answer could use is specific references to the sources of alleged heresy or at least provide some sort of summary as to the sources where Meyer taught these things. A part of the question regards the legitimacy of the allegations and (perhaps) whether or not she still teaches (or has not since recanted) these things.
Mar
5
comment How do people who believe in immediate heaven for believers at death explain Tabitha?
Paramount to this question (or any answer given) will be defining what immediately-in-heaven means. Without a clear definition, an answer won't be worth much. @RedRover do you know of groups who claim to believe what you're describing?
Mar
5
comment What did the carnivores/predators eat on the Ark?
In Ge 6:19-20, there's a suggestion that God would be instrumental in bringing all the animals to Noah to put on the ark. Do we need some sort of biological reason for this urge affecting the animals that were saved, or is the providence for the animals also a part of the miraculous events of the flood?
Mar
5
comment What did the carnivores/predators eat on the Ark?
Abel (Adam's son) also offered "of the firstlings of his flock and of their fat portions" (Ge 4:4; NASB). This certainly sounds like killing animals was allowed. Would it be merely for sacrifice? It's not addressed directly, but there's at least a suggestion that humans could have been consuming meat. Another alternative is that this phrasing was used to relate to Genesis' expected audience rather than offer a precise meaning to the offering.
Mar
4
comment Does the Bible explain why God chose Israel?
If God dealt with all of Abraham's ancestors, Noah in particular, it stands to reason that every culture in the world at that time had the potential to know about the God who eventually chose the Israelites.
Mar
3
comment Romans 16:1 vs 1 Corinthians 14:34 - Position of Women in Congregation?
In the case of this question, it seems like a good answer could very well take a long time to develop. I suspect there have been whole books written about this topic. The format of this site doesn't lend itself to really long answers.
Mar
3
comment Romans 16:1 vs 1 Corinthians 14:34 - Position of Women in Congregation?
I think the goal of the "off topic" rules is to prevent protracted arguments that diminish the value of the Q&A content. I agree that a lot of what I see labeled as "opinion based" seems like it could provide a very reasonable discussion. I don't have as much experience here as others, so I'll defer to them as to whether or not "opinion" questions tend to work out well.
Mar
3
comment Romans 16:1 vs 1 Corinthians 14:34 - Position of Women in Congregation?
Probably because of unsuitability to the site. Answering this question would require a very thorough treatment and rely on some subjective valuation.
Mar
3
comment How could the person in Luke 9:49 cast out demons without Jesus' mandate?
Claiming to have performed miracles is not necessarily evidence that any have actually been performed. Jesus never endorses their claims.
Mar
3
comment What is the reason for differences for Genesis 3:9 among Bible translations?
"Adam" = "man" (in Hebrew). H3br3wHamm3r81 says that translating "Adam" in 3:9 is suboptimal, but the basis of the big difference is that there is only one Hebrew word.
Mar
3
comment Romans 16:1 vs 1 Corinthians 14:34 - Position of Women in Congregation?
There were also female prophetesses, too (e.g. Acts 21:9).
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.