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Jan
12
comment On which date was Christ born?
@FMS: Questions should rarely ever be made duplicates of closed questions, unless the new question has the same flaw as the closed question.
Jan
12
comment How does washing your face and anointing your head hide that you are fasting?
@MattGutting: Some context is needed to make that connection.
Jan
11
comment On which date was Christ born?
@FMS: Thanks for the edit attempt. However, given the relatively ancient nature of this question, and the existing answers, I'd rather leave this question as is, and closed, than to invalidate the existing answers. Feel free to ask your overview question separately, if you're so inclined.
Jan
11
comment How does washing your face and anointing your head hide that you are fasting?
Why do you think it hides that you are fasting?
Jan
11
comment Is there biblical basis for the belief that God “likes” or feels “affection” toward us?
This does not appear to address the question. It affirms God's love for humanity, but doesn't address the question of whether God feels affection for individuals.
Jan
7
comment What does it mean to abstain from blood in the 21st century?
@Marc: Yeah, I found that. But that doesn't say what you claim it says. That doesn't say to abstain from all blood. In your translation, it says to abstain from blood from strangled animals. In the translation quoted in the question above, it says "blood." Nowhere is it clear that this ought to mean "rare meat."
Jan
7
comment What does it mean to abstain from blood in the 21st century?
@Marc: That is stated in the OT. I can't find it in the NT. Reference, please?
Jan
7
comment What does it mean to abstain from blood in the 21st century?
@Marc: That doesn't appear to be clear at all. How do you reason?
Jan
7
comment What scriptural arguments are there, if any, that there is hell but it is not eternal?
@fredsbend: I'm sure there's some overlap, but I don't think it's accurate to say they always use the same verses.
Jan
6
comment Does the nature of God's love for us include what we humans would call “constant, strong, and genuine affection”? (Catholic)
I see. Thanks for explaining. I don't really see how that follows, but now I understand your thought process.
Jan
6
comment Does the nature of God's love for us include what we humans would call “constant, strong, and genuine affection”? (Catholic)
"I know that God doesn't experience emotions like affection" -- how do you know this?
Jan
5
comment Generational Curses vs Personal Resposibility
@Jeff: Thanks, but I'm afraid "protestant" isn't really any better than no scope, in this particular case. Protestants are really all over the board on this topic, ranging from Charismatics, who are sometimes criticized for treating every "bad" thing as the result of a curse and/or demon possession, to far more "conservative" denominations which don't believe in curses at all, except as the natural consequences of one's poor decisions.
Jan
5
comment What does it mean for Christ to have been slain before the creation of the world?
You say 'Revelation describes Jesus as "slain before the foundations of the earth"', but then you quote something that doesn't actually say that.
Jan
5
comment Why does God have a chosen people?
Since this question was asked, nearly 5.5 years ago, the site guidelines have changed such that this question is off-topic as being about God's motives. If you want to reframe the question to ask about a particular denomination's view on the issue, it would gain be on-topic, but as there are already answers, I would encourage doing that as a separate question.
Jan
4
comment How do those who believe in a works or works + faith based salvation interpret Jesus' words to the criminal in Luke 23:43?
I agree with @Mr.Bultitude. Whether works-based is polemical or not, opinions are likely to vary widely across even "works-based" traditions, so choosing one for the question would be preferred.
Jan
4
comment How do those who believe in a works or works + faith based salvation interpret Jesus' words to the criminal in Luke 23:43?
@MattGutting: That's rather beside the point, don't you think?
Jan
4
comment How do evangelical universalists reconcile their position with the designation for Judas that it would be better if he had never been born?
@Mr.Bultitude: Would you mind sharing that definition? Even the opening sentence on wikipedia offers two different definitions, before it even gets to details. And each is open to wide interpretation. I'm not being pedantic at all. "Inerrant" is not at all well defined, at least for the purpose of scoping a question like this one. I'll grant you that the concept of inerrancy is not so hard to define, but what that looks like is very difficult, if not completely impossible, to define. Thus, question scope, it requires clarification.
Jan
4
comment How do evangelical universalists reconcile their position with the designation for Judas that it would be better if he had never been born?
@BenMordecai: I appreciate what that you're trying to scope the question appropriately. It's a difficult thing to do some times. I'm not sure that "evangelical" is any more clear than "inerrant." Many proponents of inerrant scripture are Evangelical, many aren't. And many Evangelicals are proponents of inerrant scripture, many aren't. They're two distinct (and undefined) groups, with overlap, but neither is necessarily more specific than the other.
Jan
3
comment How do those who believe in a works or works + faith based salvation interpret Jesus' words to the criminal in Luke 23:43?
@DJClayworth: There are many denominations that say works are an essential component of salvation. Catholicism is probably the largest example, but I know there are many others, not least those which demand baptism for salvation. I'm not aware of any Christian denomination which claims a works-only salvation, although there are some which come close--at least according to opponents (the Word of Faith movement comes to mind).
Jan
3
comment How do evangelical universalists reconcile their position with the designation for Judas that it would be better if he had never been born?
@BenMordecai: "Inerrant" is a very loaded word, which means many different things to many different people. If that is central to your question, you probably need to define it for the purpose of your question.