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May
7
comment Why do we use words like “servants” to mean “slaves”?
Related: christianity.stackexchange.com/questions/9809/…
May
7
comment Did God create Adam and Eve with free will and knowledge of right and wrong (good and evil)?
Interesting points. I would disagree with one point, though. The fruit of the tree was, indeed, good for food. It likely tasted great. It also probably looked great, and it did impart to them wisdom that they did not otherwise have. God was not denying them something that was terrible in and of itself. This is the deceptiveness of sin, though. Things appear to be good and to our benefit, and there is certainly pleasure in sin for the moment, but the lasting impact is quite bad.
May
7
comment Did God create Adam and Eve with free will and knowledge of right and wrong (good and evil)?
@FFCoder No, it means that they had never known sin in that they had never experienced it. Shame, guilt and fear were all completely foreign to them. They did have a command to obey, which they failed to follow.
May
6
comment Does the Bible give us any indication of why God created such a vast universe with so much stuff in it?
One would wonder how God would be able to create a smaller universe. If we could see the edge, would we not wonder what was on the other side? As it is, we can never see even the edge, if there is one.
May
6
comment Will Jesus reveal himeself to anyone with the name “Isa”
I have personally met someone who was Muslim and was studying the Quran. From that, he learned that Moses received the Law, Mohammed received the Quran, but Jesus received the Spirit of God. He reasoned that the Spirit of God was a greater thing to receive than the others, so he went in search of Jesus and became a believer.
May
6
comment Will Jesus reveal himeself to anyone with the name “Isa”
I think he means that Jesus will reveal Himself as "Isa"--the name for Him in Arabic.
May
3
comment How should a Christian respond to “Does this dress me look fat?”?
Interesting dilemma--who do you fear more?
May
3
comment How should a Christian respond to “Does this dress me look fat?”?
RUN! JUST RUN!!!
May
3
comment What happened to the two trees in the Garden of Eden?
@AffableGeek Yeah, that seems logical. I guess I had wondered if the tree of life could not die, but that was before the fall.
May
3
comment Did Jesus need to die, or would mere shedding of blood have been sufficient?
Divine wisdom never undertakes that which is superfluous. (Charles Spurgeon)
Apr
30
comment Could there be any possible action proving Yahweh to be cruel?
@PaulA.Clayton Good point. Indeed, they do.
Apr
29
comment What is the argument against the imposition of clerical celibacy as practiced in the Roman Catholic Church?
Good answer, but it seems you are not simply answering the question, but arguing against the legitimacy at every turn.
Apr
25
comment What is the basis for the claim that the entire New Testament can be reconstructed apart from original and copied manuscripts?
+1 Great question.
Apr
25
comment Why did the conclave elect Pope Stephen I, when he died prior to taking office?
He died a couple days after his election, before he took office. So, why would God have him elected if God knew he would never take office? I'm not saying God's plan was thwarted. I'm asking why this happened?
Apr
25
comment Why did the conclave elect Pope Stephen I, when he died prior to taking office?
The election of a pope only requires a 2/3 majority, as I understand it. Also, I understand that Catholic doctrine does not teach that he becomes infallible, but is infallible in that he won't lead the church astray, when he speaks ex cathedra (from the chair).
Apr
25
comment Why did the conclave elect Pope Stephen I, when he died prior to taking office?
The problem is that God worked through the conclave voting to elect him to serve as Pope. However, would not God have known he was going to die prior to taking office?
Apr
24
comment What is the difference between Protestantism vs Protestants?
Protestantism was originally based on ideas like "Sola Scriptura", meaning that the Scriptures alone should be the basis for doctrine and practice. Praying to Mary is never taught in the Scriptures. The pattern and teaching on prayer in the Scriptures always indicates that prayer should be directed to God and to God alone.
Apr
24
comment What is the difference between Protestantism vs Protestants?
Protestants are people. Protestantism is the tradition to which they belong.
Apr
24
comment What is the difference between Protestantism vs Protestants?
The 95 Theses were not merely against indulgences, but against many things, of which indulgences was one.
Apr
24
comment Why did God create the great flood?
@FFCoder God does not delight in punishing people, yet He does not force people to return His love. Hell is the place where God is not. For those who have reject God, it would seem to be a punishment to make them be with God forever. So, God does not do this, but gives them a place where He is not because of their choice. God has extended His love to all people and desires that all would come to Him. In fact, God has payed the penalty and the debts for all wrongs, yet again, He does not force people to love Him against their will.