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Christian, dad, and programmer


Jun
9
comment What does it mean that the “The Evil One snatches away what was sown in them.”
It's not about the label you give yourself. Rather, it's what you believe and how that affects the choices you make.
Jun
9
comment What does it mean that the “The Evil One snatches away what was sown in them.”
@gideanmarx Though there is not universal agreement on this point, few people can make any kind of claim that Hitler was anything other than a Christian in name only. He subscribed to Positive Christianity (by no means a Catholic as an adult), a movement largely crafted by like-minded people as opposed to a position arrived at first and believed after. By my reasoning, if Hitler acted like a Christian, Jesus would forgive him, just like the people Hitler had murdered.
Jun
8
comment What does it mean that the “The Evil One snatches away what was sown in them.”
Regarding Pharaoh, this topic has come up before (e.g. God hardens a heart? and Does God control our decisions?) and I cannot adequately address it in a comment. Summarily, I will say that Pharaoh generally had free will.
Jun
8
comment What does it mean that the “The Evil One snatches away what was sown in them.”
@gideonmarx I think it’s fair to say that we really cannot be sure of another’s salvation. God is the judge of such things, and we do not know men’s hearts. To say that most of Hitler’s victims went to Hell (I presume you’re speaking of the Jews he had murdered, though he also had 3+ million non-Jews murdered, too) is more than I could argue. Jesus said, “…the one who accuses you is Moses, in whom you have set your hope.” (Jn 5:45 NASB) In the case of the Jews, I couldn’t say with certainty that they were living under the new covenant.
May
19
comment What is the theological justification for my pastor friending gay men on Facebook?
As for dealing with a problem of sin, Jesus does offer some advice/commands.
May
16
comment Why did Christians begin to celebrate other religions holidays?
What is your requirement for something to qualify as a Christian holiday?
May
16
comment A True believer and Drinking Deadly poison | What does test of Mark 16:14-18 mean?
Here's an article about The Ending of Mark.
May
15
comment What is meant by “atheism is a religion”?
@NeilMeyer So why do atheists reject the statement?
May
15
comment What is meant by “atheism is a religion”?
Would you assert that it is rational (for an atheist) to assume that unempirical belief is irrational, or is there empirical evidence to support the assumption? (Or is it a conclusion and not an assumption?) I guess what I'm getting at is: does atheism stand on any more solid logical footing than what they call "religion?" It seems like restricting "rationality" to empirical evidence is an unprovable assumption, and thus not empirically different than the assumptions that "religions" make.
May
15
comment What is meant by “atheism is a religion”?
So, to these atheists, "religion" = "irrational behavior"? Is there more to it than that?
May
15
comment What is meant by “atheism is a religion”?
I don't mean to say that your definition is bad, I'm only saying that I don't know what it is. If you want to provide what an atheist who rejects the title "religion" means by the word, that would probably do for starters.
May
15
comment What is meant by “atheism is a religion”?
The pictures confirm that I understood your terms. My question is: is it logical to say that one doesn't have a religion? How one defines religion is important here. Perhaps if you provided your operating definition, I could word my question to make more sense.
May
15
comment What is meant by “atheism is a religion”?
Consider the second submeaning from dictionary.com. What distinguishes a religion from a belief system? What does a religion have that a belief system doesn't have to have?
May
15
comment What is meant by “atheism is a religion”?
Since you're asking, I guess not. I couldn't find pertinent definitions, so I'm attempting to infer the meaning. My comment is asking whether or not the idea of an anti-set in this context is logical. Atheists may say, "we lack belief (in gods)." What those same people don't affirm is that they believe something in its place, as if the lack of belief about gods doesn't have logical implications about some positive belief concerning gods.
May
15
comment What is meant by “atheism is a religion”?
How can you be sure that resolution is impossible? Is there no logical argument to demonstrate that a claimed lack of belief is, in fact, a positive belief assertion?
May
15
comment What is meant by “atheism is a religion”?
What's the functional difference between a "belief system" and a "religion"?
May
15
comment Why does an omnipotent God allow evil to flourish on his earth?
Where does the premise that "my God is all loving" come from? This is an incomplete description of the Christian god. Can you demonstrate that this is a standard Christian understanding of God? Your view might logically disestablish a god who only loves and nothing else, but this is a straw man fallacy. The Christian god isn't so one-dimensional.
May
15
comment How does calling someone an “idiot” make one subject for gehenna?
The question is about what Jesus means by the statement in Mt 5:22. You've developed a rich definition of raca but don't seem to be answering the question.
May
15
comment How does calling someone an “idiot” make one subject for gehenna?
While this is an artful construction of what raca could mean, you haven't persuaded me that the precise/complete meaning of the offending word is at the heart of what Jesus is teaching us with this statement.
May
15
comment Can two or more agree?
@gideonmarx A part of my point is that a detailed answer (to "blasphemy of the Holy Spirit") might be too lengthy to be of practical value here. Defining blasphemy is manageable, but an exegesis of Mt 12:31 workable for this site would either require alluding to a fair amount of argumentation found elsewhere or not providing a sound explanation.