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Dec
29
comment How do Protestants interpret Matthew 16:13–20?
Isn't this a bit of a straw man? Catholics don't claim a blood lineage for the Papacy, either.
Dec
28
comment According to Evangelicals, who now has the authority to bind and loose (per Matt. 18:18)?
Evangelicalism is a subset of Protestantism, so a suitable answer to the Protestantism question should answer this one. Is there some aspect of the other answer that you think needs a different answer from an evangelical perspective?
Dec
24
comment What arguments have been advanced against “Angel Therapy”?
Thanks for the edit, @ThaddeusB, to keep the question on-topic :)
Dec
23
comment What's the difference between Actual Grace and Karma?
Maybe you would want to pre-empt any such comments by linking to one question you think answers that especially well?
Dec
21
comment Sermon on the mount by Jesus Christ
The story, I would agree, is best understood that way. But I would also argue that the story is not meant to be taken as a literal account... More a "based on true events" reconstruction.
Dec
21
comment Sermon on the mount by Jesus Christ
@curiousdannii: The text, if you consider all the gospels together, gives an excellent indication that there was no single "Sermon on the Mount." Most likely, there were countless such instances, condensed into a single narrative. Whether any given instance lasted more than a single day, I think can only be answered by speculation. It seems quite likely to me that Jesus might have participated in a multi-day event, which may have happened on a mountain, and may have covered some, many, or all of the points mentioned in the gospels as the SoM.
Dec
21
comment Sermon on the mount by Jesus Christ
Are you asking how long it would have taken Jesus to deliver the SoM once? Or are you asking on how many different days Jesus delivered a sermon covering the points recorded in the SoM? Neither is an answerable question. Most scholars believe Jesus, as most teachers in oral cultures, would have repeated the same themes countless times, much like a "stump speech". It was, years later, condensed into the gospels--part of which is known as the SoM. He undoubtedly gave the same speech countless times, each time on a single day, but each day not necessarily covering the same exact points.
Dec
20
comment From a Reformed perspective, does retroactive prayer makes sense?
@Nathaniel: Is there only one answer from a Reformed perspective? That's the key to whether that's a sufficient scope.
Dec
19
comment Is Jesus the real name of Jesus or is it some kind of translation?
@AChildofGod: 1) The definition of a duplicate question is that the answer addresses the question. 2) I would have indicated this as the duplicate, but it was also closed as a duplicate of the other.
Dec
19
comment What is the name of a film about three brothers saying the Jesus prayer?
@Dejan: We permit "identify this" questions, as long as they are about "Christian things," so movie identifcation questions are expressly on-topic here--if the movie is of a Christian nature.
Dec
19
comment What is the name of a film about three brothers saying the Jesus prayer?
Please accept your own answer, if it is correct.
Dec
19
comment What is the name of a film about three brothers saying the Jesus prayer?
While this is likely on-topic here, it's clearly on-topic on Movies.SE, and may get a better answer there.
Dec
19
comment Does Jesus coming on the clouds mean through the Internet?
At the time those words were written, "coming on the clouds" was simply an image used to describe royalty. It was specifically, therefore, a claim that Jesus was/would be King. Whether there was a hidden, "deeper" meaning for future generations to understand is, of course, a matter of pure speculation and opinion, and thus unanswerable here, except within the scope of a specific denominational framework.
Dec
18
comment Why no specific names of false apostles and false brothers in Acts and epistles?
Which is why we limit ourselves to "What does group X say verse Y means?" questions. BH allows more "What does verse Y mean?" types of questions, but within their own guidelines.
Dec
18
comment Why no specific names of false apostles and false brothers in Acts and epistles?
If you wanted to rephrase this question to "Do any of the authors of Acts or the Epistles explain why they don't mention the names of false apostles?" I would consider that sufficiently scoped. But the answer you accepted doesn't even answer that question--it offers opinions.
Dec
18
comment Why no specific names of false apostles and false brothers in Acts and epistles?
Because the authors aren't around to interview, so any answer anyone here can provide is conjecture and opinion. If your question is "Does the author of X explain their reasons for writing X?" then it would be on-topic. And sometimes, as in your example, there may be an overlap between the two. But the overlap is razor-thin.
Dec
17
comment Why no specific names of false apostles and false brothers in Acts and epistles?
Asking why something is omitted from the Bible is akin to asking the motives of God and/or the author of the specific book, and therefore off-topic.
Dec
17
comment What is the farthest back an LDS Member has traced his family tree?
@TheFreemason: It makes perfect sense if you replace "all the way back to Adam" with "All the way back to Biblical genealogies which include Adam", which is obviously what it clearly means.
Dec
16
comment What is the farthest back an LDS Member has traced his family tree?
@TheFreemason: You don't have to believe in Lilith to believe Adam and Eve were not literal people :)
Dec
16
comment What is the farthest back an LDS Member has traced his family tree?
Can you provide an example of someone who claims a known lineage back to Adam?