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Dec
8
comment Is Jesus' statement that Satan is the father of the Jews anti-Jewish?
@gideonmarx How were the Jews supposed to know Jesus was God, the eternal Son? Well, perhaps their theology was incomplete, was to know Jesus was the Messiah and God in the flesh was well prophesied. Jesus also affirmed that if they loved God, they would love Him as well. So, evidence was not the issue. They rejected Moses and the prophets as well, so rejecting Jesus was par for the course, despite the evidence.
Dec
3
comment When did the practice of bringing non-believers to church originate?
@Zenon Yes, but the purpose is not to show them how cool we are. That was in the original question.
Dec
2
comment When did the practice of bringing non-believers to church originate?
I've never heard of this practice. However, Christians do allow people to see the hope we have and give others an answer for that. A relationship with Jesus does bring hope and healing and forgiveness. We never point people to ourselves--only to Christ.
Nov
20
comment Under what circumstances is disobeying a bad law justified or even obligatory?
Allowance is not given to violate "bad" laws--only "immoral" ones.
Nov
12
comment In the Gospels, is there any recorded instance of the Pharisees quoting Scripture?
Just that in the Matthew passage, it references "chief priests and scribes" without distinguishing whether they were Pharisees or Sadduccees, so that may very well have included both.
Nov
10
comment How do creationists explain the geologic column?
As usual the "evidence" of the geologic column for evolution has been severely contorted: icr.org/article/ten-misconceptions-about-geologic-column
Oct
31
comment How did the Brownists/Calvinists justify capital punishment for witches?
This is really a duplicate of a much broader question regarding which Old Testament Laws are binding. The Law of Moses applied 1) to the Jewish nation, 2) for a certain period of time. In Ezekiel, God spoke of a new covenant. This came through Jesus. Therefore, there is no justification for imposing Old Testament law intended for the Jewish nation at a particular point in history to Christians who are part of the new covenant.
Oct
31
comment How did the Brownists/Calvinists justify capital punishment for witches?
possible duplicate of Do we have to obey the laws of the bible? If so, what laws?
Oct
29
comment Book recommendation that goes over how the bible is compiled based on manuscripts
It's important to understand that verses from the KJV were never removed. There are some Greek manuscripts that have the verses, and some that do not. So, either some explanatory phrases crept INTO some manuscripts OR some phrases crept OUT. Wikipedia has a summary of the major variants, which is pretty good actually. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/… They also have a much more comprehensive list: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
Oct
27
comment Why do Protestants say: “In Jesus' name. Amen.”, whereas Catholics say: “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.”?
@Geremia I personally seldom repeat the Lord's prayer, as I believe it is to be a pattern, not a repetition. I most often pray directly to the Father. I rarely, if ever, address the Holy Spirit directly, except in songs. I do address Jesus personally, but less frequently than the Father.
Oct
27
comment Why do Protestants say: “In Jesus' name. Amen.”, whereas Catholics say: “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.”?
@Geremia No, we typically pray TO the Father (like the Lord's Prayer) in the NAME of Jesus.
Oct
24
comment What happens if someone who is not elect tries to seek God?
It is an impossibility in reformed theology.
Oct
22
comment Why is it called Christianity
@John It seems from your comments that you have a lot of anger toward Christianity. I'm sorry if someone offended you. Admittedly, Christians do not wear his coat well sometimes. bible.org/illustration/you-wear-his-coat-very-well But Christianity is all about realizing that none of us are good enough for God. We are all guilty before God and need His forgiveness. All the best to you.
Oct
22
comment Why is it called Christianity
@john Paul's letter to the Corinthians (chapter 15) attests that most of the people who saw Jesus after His resurrection were still alive at the time he was writing the letter. Thus, we know for a historical fact that the letter was written probably 20-30 years after the resurrection of Jesus (~50 A.D.)--not 75-125 years later. And that wasn't even his first letter. Christianity is not a new religion at all. As I noted, it is fulfilled Judaism that embraces its Messiah. Call it whatever you want. The name does not matter. It all rests on the resurrection of Jesus, the promised Messiah.
Oct
21
comment What do Evangelical Christians consider “the traditions” to be in 1 Thessalonians 2:15?
@CharlesAlsobrook Sorry. Just pointing out that the traditions they were speaking of would, by definition, be in existence then, so it would not refer to teachings introduced later. Scripture can never mean what it did not mean originally.
Oct
21
comment What do Evangelical Christians consider “the traditions” to be in 1 Thessalonians 2:15?
Well, whatever it means, it refers to what was taught before then--not after.
Oct
20
comment What is the meaning of Isaiah 1:17?
It does NOT depend on what the meaning of the word "is" is...
Oct
17
comment Does Jeremiah 8:8 imply that the scriptures were corrupted?
The 5000 variant Greek manuscripts vary largely in 1) alternate spellings (color/colour), 2) word order (Christ Jesus/Jesus Christ), 3) and then insignificant variants in articles and verb tenses that fell out of use over time. So, your statement about those is either uninformed or misleading.
Oct
16
comment Refuting false claim about The Catholic Church in the Medieval Ages
I would wonder how exactly you know these allegations are not true. If your answer is that the Catholic Church tells you it isn't true, that is probably an invalid source.
Oct
13
comment What blood group did Jesus Christ have?
I would guess he would have been O Negative--the universal donor. : )