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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
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
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.
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.