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Apr
4
comment Noah's flood and Giants
@LoveTheFaith I understand there are different positions on it, but if he were considered a giant, and Saul was head and shoulders above the people, but not a giant, then the average would have had to have been pretty short for a 6'9" guy to be considered not merely tall, as Saul was, but a giant.
Apr
3
comment Why Lot's daughters seduced their father?
Is there any basis for this or is it just conjecture?
Apr
3
comment How many wives did Joseph Smith Jr. have in his lifetime?
Wow! That's a lot!
Apr
3
comment Does the Holy Spirit's procession from the Father and Son infringe on the co-equality of the Trinity?
@Steve I think he's saying "procession"--not "progression". The Son proceeds from the Father--that is, the Father sent the Son, as Jesus affirmed many times. The Father--or the Father and the Son--send the Holy Spirit, as Jesus affirmed as well. Whether or not the Spirit proceeds from just the Father or both the Father and the Son is debated. It may be good to mention that in the question.
Apr
3
comment Faith vs Works for salvation
@davidbrainerd I agree that they can do anything they want, but my position is that a true believer will have different "wants". Thus, their fruit will reveal whether or not they are truly following Christ.
Apr
2
comment Is Mary, “Mother of God”, the mother of the Son or of the whole trinity?
Mary is the mother of Jesus in His physical being. Yet He is eternal and only took on flesh. So, Jesus is Mary's Creator, but Mary is the mother of Jesus according to the flesh.
Apr
1
comment Is there any Biblical basis for hating homosexuals?
This question should be completely rewritten to admit that there are a very few people who claim to be Christians who show this kind of hatred. Christians themselves are quite hated as well, oftentimes much worse, not for hating homosexuals, which they do not, but for merely believing that homosexuality is one of many things which the Bible classifies as immoral.
Apr
1
comment According to the LDS Church, what is the purpose or result of proxy baptisms for those who have already died?
Thank you Mason... always good information from you. I do wonder, though, if someone accidentally performed a proxy baptism for someone who was, in fact, a Mormon, or for someone who had renounced Mormonism. Any thoughts?
Mar
31
comment Pre-flood Rock Monsters? Modern Noah Mythology?
Well, this has absolutely nothing to do with Christianity. Why someone who claims to be an atheist came up with the existence of rock monsters prior to the flood has no basis in the Bible at all.
Mar
31
comment Does Luke 13:24 give us a more vivid picture of how many people will be saved?
There are two positions: one views salvation as based on our own works, the other views salvation as based on the work of Christ alone. If it's based on works, one could, in my opinion, never be good enough. That's like saying as long as we do more good things than crimes, then the government will leave us alone. In reality, any crime is sufficient to merit punishment. God's holiness is so great that the smallest sin will be punished, but his mercy is so great that the greatest sin can be forgiven--not by our works, but by the work of Christ and our faith in Him.
Mar
31
comment What does the bible say about people who see dead people on earth?
I agree with @BruisedReed. I read a book many years ago entitled "The Beautiful Side of Evil". I'm also currently reading a book entitled "Lucifer Dethroned". Both of these books give some insight into the deception of the demonic world. Perhaps these would be helpful to you in understanding this. The bottom line, though, is that it is extremely dangerous to mess with the spiritual world without a personal relationship with Jesus.
Mar
28
comment When were the angels created?
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
Mar
27
comment How do you know if you believe?
Belief and trust may be thought about differently. Do you believe that a particular doctor can save your life if you have appendicitis? You can be anywhere from fairly certain to quite certain. Trust comes when you show up at the hospital on an empty stomach one morning and entrust yourself to his care. So, your belief could be anywhere from 10% to 100%, but you can still choose to trust, no matter how strong your belief is.
Mar
27
comment Do not boil a goat in its mothers milk
I think this is because grilling is so much better...
Mar
26
comment How many of each species went onto the Ark?
The first was general. The second was specific. The number of clean animals was probably very small.
Mar
26
comment Why The Church keeps on collecting a Tithe?
@jlaverde But Aaron also mentions Calvary Chapel, as if any church accepting donations at any time is somehow wrong.
Mar
26
comment Why The Church keeps on collecting a Tithe?
Yeah, last I checked, building maintenance, electricity, custodial salaries and everything is free for churches everywhere.
Mar
26
comment How does the LDS Church handle verses that imply there is no one like God?
So, according to your second paragraph, virtually all of mainstream Christianity is labeled as "Anti-Mormon", because they view those verses as indicating there is only one God and no other?
Mar
25
comment Why are the men of Genesis so old? Were the dating systems just different? Are all of these old ages supposed to have symbolic meaning?
@StevenDoggart Perhaps. However, it is also suggested that the genetics were originally free from all of the deterioration we see today, so inbreeding would not have had negative consequences until much later. Indeed Abraham married his half sister. The Mosaic Law came 400-500 years later.
Mar
25
comment What is the mark placed on Cain?
I think it was just a "kick me" sign.