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Second Timothy 2:22-26 (ESV) --

So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. And the Lord's servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.


Jun
3
comment Papal Infallibility and teaching heresy?
See also this C.SE question: How could a seventh century heretic have possessed papal infallibility?
Aug
19
comment How does the Catholic church explain Matthew 19:9 which seems to allow divorce in case of sexual misconduct
It's not just the Roman Catholics. Here's John Piper's position paper, where he elaborates on his belief that the Biblical teaching is that "all remarriage after divorce is prohibited while both spouses are alive."
Aug
19
comment Looking for red letter bible in database format
You might be interested in the SWORD Project. They create gnu Bible study tools.
Sep
4
comment Water Baptism - Is it still necessary?
Hello @McGafter. From your profile, it looks like you're new to Christianity.SE. While we all have our own beliefs about who gets the Bible right, and who gets it wrong, you might find the meta post "Brothers, we are not Christians!" to be informative re what C.SE is about. Take care.
Aug
14
comment Any mentions of Environmental protection in Bible?
Responsible use of resources would fall under the general category of "stewardship." See Nave's and Torrey's. Some pundits have observed that there are interpretation of "environmentalism" which seem similar to earth-worship, which would be idolatry. Different people have different understandings of where the line should be drawn between various interpretations.
Aug
13
comment Is Partialism a real heresy?
@waxeagle: Looks like it didn't change to Community Wiki as I thought it might, so reverting isn't necessary. Thank you, though.
Aug
11
comment Did John Calvin teach that God creates certain souls only to be destroyed?
If you would like to get the answer from Calvin himself, go here: Institutes, Book 3, Ch. 21. More: Many references at Monergism; A very readable summary from U. of Oregon's history dept.; Two documents on predestination that Reformed.org claims were written by Calvin.
Aug
11
comment Did John Calvin teach that God creates certain souls only to be destroyed?
You're looking for information on "double predestination," or reprobation. It's difficult to give a simple "yes" or "no" answer, primarily because of the various subtleties of that doctrine. A comprehensive / exhaustive answer would also consider elements of supralapsarianism / infralapsarianism. One of the few people with a commanding understanding of both, as well as of the teachings of Calvin, is R.C. Sproul; he has an article on "double predestination" that answers your question here.
Aug
9
comment How could a seventh century heretic have possessed papal infallibility?
Papal infallibility says that every person to hold the office of Pope was capable of speaking ex cathedra, regardless of whether or not an individual actually made use of the authority, doesn't it?
Aug
3
comment Is hypocrisy a sin?
@ZettaSuro: If you have questions about how to reconcile verses that command rebuke with those which require humility, that might be something to ask on the main board. I think that would be better than talking about it in comments. Thanks.
Jul
29
comment Does a classic Trinitarian formulation consider God to be his own “Family”?
@Rick: Not that anyone asked my opinion, but I suppose that if I were tasked with teaching the Doctrine of the Trinity at an "uncomplicated level," part of my explanation would likely be to offer a survey of the different analogies from throughout history, then explain when, why, and how each analogy was rejected, then reiterate the applicable Biblical texts, and clarify with documents such as the Nicene and Athanasian Creeds. The important part, from looking at 2,000 years of history, seems to be that the Trinity is a mystery, and defies naturalistic explanation.
Jul
29
comment What did Jonathan Edwards have to say about the fact that he owned slaves?
Apparently Edwards the Younger was the ninth of Edwards' twelve children. I didn't know that. Thanks.
Jul
28
comment Can you give some example passage that is not so easy to decide whether to interpret the passage literally or metaphorically?
@laovultai: I think your suggested edit would be a clear improvement. Ultimately it's up to the community, with high-rep users as the community's representatives, to decide which questions are / are not placed on hold or reopened following improvement. The overall idea is to phrase questions in a way that they can be answered by reference to external standards, rather than individual users' interpretations.
Jul
28
comment Can you give some example passage that is not so easy to decide whether to interpret the passage literally or metaphorically?
Hi @laovultai, I offered an edit that gives the question a more specific scope. You can find answers to your question here and here. Thanks.
Jul
28
comment Does a classic Trinitarian formulation consider God to be his own “Family”?
[...] I think the most relevant thing we can learn from the historical events might be that the orthodox understanding teaches that the Trinity is one of the mysterious elements of Christianity, and there are no acceptable earthly analogies -- or at least, AFAIK, no one has thought of any in the past 2,000 years. So, if any groups ever did teach "Trinity as a family," they likely would have been plainly outside of orthodoxy. But again, I don't claim expertise here.
Jul
28
comment Does a classic Trinitarian formulation consider God to be his own “Family”?
As to whether any historically notable groups have officially taught that the Trinity existed as a family, I've never heard of any. Of course, that certainly doesn't mean that none existed, as I'm no expert on Trinitarian history. [...]
Jul
28
comment Does a classic Trinitarian formulation consider God to be his own “Family”?
@Rick: I realize that this answer addresses the "Partialism" part of your question more than the main "Trinity as a family" part. I tried to clarify that with the "Scope" statement at the beginning, maybe it wasn't clear. In any event, I think historical background is always helpful, especially when considering something as complex as the doctrine of the Trinity.
Jul
27
comment Is Jesus the Creator?
@Anonymous: Actually, AFAIK, the hypostatic union describes the union of Christ's divine and human natures, not his union with the Father. Here's a quick reference from a site I like to use that might help. As far as how the Father and Son are related, the way the Council of Constantinople said it in 381 CE was, the Father, Son, and Spirit are "one ousia" and "thee hypostases." The doctrine of the Trinity can be really confusing, IMHO.
Jul
27
comment Is Partialism a real heresy?
@svidgen: I relocated the quote to a point where I think it works better with the narrative. Kudos for checking the writings of Athanasius himself. "To the sources!," as Erasmus would have said. Good find.
Jul
27
comment Why can't Catholicism just drop its Marian devotion?
This is a great answer to begin with, and the use of objective & deferential language makes still better. +1 and welcome.