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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 When was the number of the beast, 666, first identified as referring to Emperor Nero?
@BenMordecai: I didn't say it was an accepted assumption. I said many accounts make the claim. And, as your question states, if that claim is true (which of course we can't settle here), then Revelation does indeed refer to 666 as associated with Nero. Put another way, your question leaves the possibility for the answer to be Revelation. IOW, someone could answer "Revelation said it first, according to X." If that's not the answer you want, it would be better to clarify.
Nov
24
comment When was the number of the beast, 666, first identified as referring to Emperor Nero?
Revelation is, by many accounts, about contemporary Rome, and its ruler. Thus it is "about" Nero. Something needn't mention it explicitly (and in this case, could not, for political reasons) to be about it. This is Literature 101. You acknowledge this association in your very question (it seems to be part of the motivation for your question, in fact).
Nov
24
comment When was the number of the beast, 666, first identified as referring to Emperor Nero?
Perhaps you meant to ask about the first Biblical commentary which made an explicit association between Nero and 666 as referenced in Revelation?
Nov
24
comment When was the number of the beast, 666, first identified as referring to Emperor Nero?
You didn't ask for exegisis. You asked for the first instance of an association, which you just pointed out exists in Revelation.
Nov
24
comment When was the number of the beast, 666, first identified as referring to Emperor Nero?
That sounds like an association to me.
Nov
24
comment When was the number of the beast, 666, first identified as referring to Emperor Nero?
Are you looking for a source earlier than Revelation? Because the book of Revelation seems to be the obvious answer.
Nov
24
comment What's the biblical basis for the belief that God truly judges our hearts behind our actions and not the actions themselves?
Unlike your "opposite question," I think it's clear enough that many groups believe this, but I still think it's a bit of a false dichotomy to approach the question from these two sides alone.
Nov
24
comment Does CCC 2291 imply smoking is sinful?
@RedRackham: Unless you're asking for a question from the Church of the FDA, "GRAS" and similar classifications are completely meaningless here.
Nov
24
comment Is masturbation worse than smoking (for the Catholic Church)?
@RedRackham: Your explanation doesn't help matters. You're still falling for the Appeal to nature logical fallacy. Your statement is invalid. Nothing is better or worse because it is natural (never mind the fact that neither smoking nor masturbation, is necessarily inherently "bad").
Nov
23
comment How was 'years' defined in the book of Genesis?
Possible duplicate of Why did people live so long before the Flood?
Nov
20
comment Why did the Roman soldiers compete to possess Jesus' clothes?
@AndrewLeach: I think it would render the question obsolete, since the question is "why did the Romans want to gamble for worthless clothing?" If they weren't blood soaked, then it becomes obviously apparent that the clothes were not worthless.
Nov
20
comment Why was the prodigal son spoken harshly of by his elder brother?
In the parable, the prodigal son represents the Gentiles, the elder son the Jews. The parable is a commentary on the welcome of the Gentiles into faith in the God of the Jews, and the Jewish resistance to this. So why did he speak harshly? Because that was the point of the analogy being made. But of course, there are other (IMO, inaccurate) interpretations of this parable, and they would have different answers, making this question "primarily opinion based".
Nov
20
comment Why did the Roman soldiers compete to possess Jesus' clothes?
Yup... and he wasn't clothed in the clothes they were raffling off. They removed his valuable cloak before he got bloody.
Nov
20
comment Why did the Roman soldiers compete to possess Jesus' clothes?
Where do you get that the clothes were blood-soaked?
Nov
19
comment What is the Orthodox canon?
@AndrewLeach: By that logic, all protestants would use the same canon as the Catholic church, but that's obviously not true.
Nov
18
comment What is “faith?”
@nathaniel yes, style is pretty fluid and does change over time. I don't particularly object to this particular change, but the edit should have been rejected, IMHO, for being too trivial, and only about style.
Nov
18
comment What is “faith?”
@cloudy: Your "correction" didn't correct anything. It changed from American to British style, which we try to avoid on SE.
Nov
17
comment Why didn't the universe fall apart when Jesus died?
This question is based on a misunderstanding of Colossians. I think a better way to resolve this question would be to ask "How do protestants interpret Colossians 1:16-17 mean?"
Nov
15
comment According to Catholic Tradition, can God the Father and Jesus disagree?
I believe this question depends entirely on the definition off agreement. Does the dialogue between Jesus and the Father on the Mount of Olives prior to the crucifixion count as a disagreement? If so, they can disagree. If not, perhaps not. A strong case can be made in either direction, and the conclusion depends, I believe, on the definition of agreement, not on thoelogy, per se.