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Jun
20
comment what differentiates virtuous faith from the faith of extremists
This may be asking more what the difference is between faith of virtuous people and the so-called faith of murderers. Virtuous people may have "extreme" faith, but would never use their faith as an excuse to carry out acts of hatred and vengeance.
Jun
20
comment What is the “gospel” supposed to mean?
@fredsbend Here's one article: stephencairnsjr.wordpress.com/2013/05/06/…
Jun
19
comment Did Jesus himself assert the fact that he belonged to some religion like Judaism?
He called Himself the I AM--the holy name of God with which He introduced Himself to Moses in Exodus 3. So, He claimed to be God. He did not belong to a religion.
Jun
19
comment What evidence is there that the Chinese script reflects a knowledge of Genesis 1-11?
This appears to be an answer to a different question or a comment.
Jun
17
comment What evidence is there that the Chinese script reflects a knowledge of Genesis 1-11?
@RyanFrame They are based on the Oracle Bone scripts--the oldest known to exist.
Jun
17
comment What does messiah literally mean in the Bible?
@NotMyWill-butGodsWillBedone The simple answer is easily found on wikipedia or a simple online search. This gives context to the answer.
Jun
13
comment Why is faith so much more important than being a good person?
Are you asking about faith or morality? It seems the title of your question differs significantly from the last question in the content.
Jun
13
comment Why is faith so much more important than being a good person?
The assumption that there are "good" people that deserve heaven is completely opposed to biblical teaching. In reality, the Bible teaches that there is no one who is righteous or good or deserving of heaven. We are all sinners. It is true that every person has not committed the exact amount or depravity of sins as every other person. However, a person who committed treason only once is certainly not as bad as someone who did that multiple times, but that doesn't mean he receives no punishment. The standard is holiness--not the average amount of sinfulness.
Jun
13
comment Why is Lust a sin in Matthew, but praised in Proverbs?
@user1477388 I would suggest that the prohibition against adultery includes all sexual intimacy outside of marriage. If the only prohibition were to married individuals, then people could elect not to get married and then be free to have as many partners as they wanted. It would be a pretty difficult case to make that this was God's intent. God created the marriage relationship as the first human to human relationship.
Jun
11
comment Why are Mormon Temples Ceremonies kept secret from non-Mormons?
Actually, everyone in Israel knew what was in the temple, as did anyone who read the Torah. It was not secret in the least bit, only sacred.
Jun
10
comment Why did God describe the light as being good, but not the darkness?
It seems that verse 1 indicates that God created the heavens and the earth and the default state then was darkness, but not before the heavens and the earth were created. So, would you not say that God created the time-space-matter continuum that included darkness as the default state?
Jun
4
comment How many New Testament manuscripts do we really have?
@H3br3wHamm3r81 Yes. This was a joke.
Jun
3
comment How many New Testament manuscripts do we really have?
@JonEricson But if I copied them by hand in Greek, would they count?
Jun
3
comment How many New Testament manuscripts do we really have?
Let me see... I have at least 15. Full Bibles: 1 KJV-1611, 1 Amplified, 1 NASB, 1 NIV, 2 ESV, 1 Russian Synodal, 1 New Russian. New Testament Only: 1 NIV, 6 Greek Texts.
Jun
3
comment How do Bible Literalists deal with trees older than the flood?
@fredsbend Yes. It's interesting that no one finds trees that are 10,000 years old or 50,000 years old. They are all approximately 4400 years old...
Jun
3
comment Why do Jehovah's Witnesses refuse to pledge allegiance or salute the flag?
Thanks, but when does anyone ever bow down to the flag?
Jun
3
comment What does John 3:13 mean, NO MAN has ASCENDED to heaven?
@fredsbend Whether or not the account of the rich man and Lazarus is a parable or not is debatable. I hold to the position that it is an actual account, given the fact that two of the characters are named, one of them being the patriarch Abraham.
May
30
comment Where did Goliath come from?
You might be interested in this article regarding the bones of a human that would apparently make Goliath look small: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant_of_Castelnau
May
30
comment Is it a valid Christian concept to attribute subjectively attactive physical characteristics, as blessings from God?
This reminds me of the proverb... give me neither wealth nor poverty.
May
30
comment What guidance has Scripture or church fathers offered on how to deal with sacred objects of other religions?
There is a big caveat to this answer. This was, indeed, God's instruction to His covenant people. This was how they should treat things from false religions among their own people. This is not an instruction on how every Christian should every treat every sacred object of every other religion he ever sees.