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Dec
15
comment What do the woman and the man child from Rev.12 symbolize, for diferent traditions?
I would suggest breaking it into 4 questions. The experts who answer may not be experts in all 4 areas.
Dec
14
comment Why is Satan referred to as Beelzebub?
This question needs to be clarified. Which verse, specifically, are you referring to? And which concept of "Satan"? Or are you only interested in the etymology of the name Beelzebub?
Dec
14
comment How does Ravi Zacharias reconcile prayer with free will?
@Geos: Do you want Ravi's view, or the Arminian view? Ravi does not claim to be an Arminian, so these aren't the same thing.
Dec
11
comment Where did the “theology” behind the Cherry tree carol come from?
It seems to me that this carol (which I'd never heard or read before) is taking poetic license to describe a theology. Are you asking about the symbols in the poem, or the theology? (Your title says theology, but your individual points seem to be about symbols).
Dec
11
comment What is the biblical basis for the freedom of religion?
What makes you think there is a Biblical basis? I think there is Biblical justification, but the basis is civil.
Dec
9
comment How is the amazement of the Jews explained by those who believe that “Render Unto Caesar” affirmed the paying of taxes?
I can see your point, but I do think my answer encompasses both--the questioners were "shamed" in that they were forced to reveal their compromising position of possessing "blasphemous" coins. In any case, I think this is a good overview answer, so +1.
Dec
7
comment Are there official guidelines for mortifying the flesh in the various Christian denominations?
This is far too broad. There are countless Christian denominations, and their views (official, and de facto) could therefore fill countless volumes. Can you focus on a single denomination?
Dec
3
comment How do Bible scholars reconcile the differences between Greek and Aramaic in John 21:15-17?
@ThaddeusB: Do you have a poll to suggest this to be true? Because I strongly doubt it is even a majority who hold that view. I would actually imagine (but I have no poll, either) that a minuscule minority would hold to that view. I would imagine that the majority of scholars consider it meaningful, but to varying degrees, and in different ways. Most people who study ancient texts don't just dismiss differences of words--especially in obviously parallel phrases like that, as "not meaningful."
Dec
3
comment How does the New Testament define a Christian and a non-Christian, a brother in Christ and not a brother in Christ?
I don't know how you can use the thieves on the cross as evidence for the definition of "Christian," since that term hadn't been invented yet. -1
Dec
3
comment Is this distinction of biblical “love” terminology compatible with scripture?
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is a question of Greek language.
Dec
3
comment Has the gospel been “preached to all nations”?
I don't think "I believe..." makes for a very good answer here.
Dec
3
comment How do Bible scholars reconcile the differences between Greek and Aramaic in John 21:15-17?
What might be a better formed question is asking how Bible scholars reconcile the fact that Aramaic does not have the diversity of vocabulary necessary to convey the distinction that is made in the Greek, with the recorded text. Although even that will need further framing, as there are undoubtedly multiple opinions.
Dec
3
comment How do Bible scholars reconcile the differences between Greek and Aramaic in John 21:15-17?
I've heard at least one interesting sermon on the supposed significance of the word difference. I have to agree with @DickHarfield that saying it's not meaningful is to ignore a large number of scholars and theologians.
Nov
25
comment Is there an example in the Bible of a human ever praying [a prayer] to someone other than one assumed to be God/god?
Daniel 6 seems like another good candidate.
Nov
25
comment Is there an example in the Bible of a human ever praying [a prayer] to someone other than one assumed to be God/god?
Daniel 3 seems like a candidate... the entire nation was told to pray to Nebuchadnezzar (or his image), and apparently all but the 3 Hebrews did this. But then there's a question of your definition of "god." Was Nebuchadnezzar claiming to be god? One could possibly make the case that the act of prayer itself is an admission of belief that the object of the prayer is a god.
Nov
25
comment Is this distinction of biblical “love” terminology compatible with scripture?
Of the three types of love you mention, agape and phileo are found in the Bible. The third one, eros, is not in the Bible. -- I assume you mean the word "eros" is not in the Bible, because the concept clearly is.
Nov
25
comment Is it hypocritical to be a Christian and also be against welfare?
In the OT the Bible does mandate that the government take care of the poor.
Nov
24
comment Monogamy and Christianity
Asking whether polygamy is a sin is off-topic here. We can discuss the history of the matter (as in the linked questions), and we could also answer the question from the perspective of a specific denomination (Catholics, for instance, or whichever you prefer), if you want to ask that question.
Nov
24
comment What does the Emerging church see itself as emerging from?
Seems like a reasonable conjecture, but I wonder if you have any sources to add weight to this answer?
Nov
24
comment Have any major Christian intellectuals responded to Stephen Hawking's “The Grand Design”?
Thanks for clarifying Hawking's argument!