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Mar
18
comment Did Jesus' disciples believe Jesus was God or a prophet?
@user1361315 Peter did not merely identify Jesus as "a" son of God, but as "the" Son of God.
Mar
18
comment Why did God hide away the fact that He had the Son in the Old Testament times?
I'm not sure He hid it. Psalm 2, Isaiah 7:14, Isaiah 9:6-7. It may not have been completely obvious, but it was certainly in there.
Mar
18
comment Does God need/demand humans' faith for them to be saved? If so, why?
Thank you for removing the misleading quote. However, now there doesn't seem to be anything else on which to base the premise that God has faith.
Mar
17
comment If the dinosaurs and man co existed, why did the dinosaurs perish?
For evidence on the coexistence of dinosaurs and mankind, you may be interested in this site that shows ancient artistic depictions of dinosaurs--my mankind: genesispark.com/exhibits/evidence/historical/ancient/dinosaur The coexistence of men and dinosaurs based on this evidence should be considered a scientific fact.
Mar
17
comment Does God need/demand humans' faith for them to be saved? If so, why?
Hebrews 11:3 reads, "Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God." This does not suggest that the worlds were created by faith, but that we understand this by faith. You omitted three words and completely changed the meaning of the passage.
Mar
13
comment Does the Bible espouse moral absolutism or moral relativism?
This seems to be a classical assertion that because there is an absolute moral law, then the Moral Lawgiver has violated that, and therefore does not exist, but then no absolute moral law exists either, which then becomes a self-refuting argument.
Mar
13
comment How do Mormon missionaries learn foreign languages so quickly?
This is extremely subjective. Is there any basis for believing that LDS missionaries learn any faster than someone else would who went throug the same training and immersion? I highly doubt it.
Mar
11
comment Was tithing 10% required or encouraged by the early church?
Paul did work with his own hands in one city, but he also received gifts, particularly from the Philipian Church.
Mar
7
comment Can we visit loved ones in Hell?
Yeah, that's the story of Job. Satan and the demons are not currently confined to hell, as he roams around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. However, it seems that humans are, indeed, confined to hell or heaven after they die. One day Satan and the demons will be confined to hell--just not yet.
Mar
7
comment Can we visit loved ones in Hell?
In the story of the rich man and Lazarus, there was a great chasm that separated Lazarus from the rich man, and no one was able to pass from one side to the other.
Mar
7
comment What is the biblical basis for the prohibition of instruments in worship?
Welcome to the forum. This is really more of a comment than an answer--a good comment to be sure, but not really an answer.
Mar
7
comment What are the name(s) of the archaeological artifact(s)/scroll(s) where the New Testament was based?
There are thousands of different copies of the New Testament writings--actually over 5000. Additionally, virtually all of the New Testament appears in quotations from the first few centuries afterward. So, it is not one complete scroll, as the New Testament was not brought together as one until later. As such, there are many manuscripts--not just one. Remember that the New Testament was written over a period of 50-60 years by several different authors--Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Paul, Peter, James, Jude and whoever wrote Hebrews.
Mar
7
comment Was Jesus' stab wound on the left side? How do we know?
Interesting question. I think you may need a medical opinion for this. We do know that blood and water came out, which would indicate that Jesus had been dead for some time. Indeed, He had committed His spirit to the Father. The best we may be able to do is to assume that if the Roman soldier did wish to verify that He was dead, they probably would have known which side His heart was on and pierced that side. As the blood was not pumping, I'm not sure the right side would have issued much blood, but the heart certainly could have. Again, you probably need a medical expert for this.
Feb
26
comment What does the Bible say about being a witness to sin?
Are you asking what you should do if you know someone who has committed adultery? If so, that is asking for pastoral advice, which is outside the boundaries for this particular site. I would recommend contacting a local pastor. Matthew 18:15-17 is a good start.
Feb
24
comment Names of angels and fallen angels?
Would you also consider Beelzebub an actual named demon (from Matthew 12:24)?
Feb
24
comment Does Deuteronomy 17:18 prevent bible translation copyright
The notion that any country in which any particular book is printed should be obliged to submit its laws to a particular interpretation of the contents of that book is highly questionable, especially since we are commanded in the same Scriptures to submit ourselves to our governing authorities.
Feb
24
comment Does Deuteronomy 17:18 prevent bible translation copyright
Even the KJV has an active copyright in Britain according to Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_James_Version#Copyright_status
Feb
20
comment Why does Christianity claim to be the only true religion?
Truth is kind of that way. There's only one.
Feb
18
comment How do Pentecostals theologically justifiy when “faithful” snake handlers die?
This verse was literally fulfilled in the book of Acts. While God has certainly worked miraculously to save people from poison and snake bites and many other fatal things, we should also literally read the verse that Jesus Himself referred to when He was tempted, which says, "Do not put the Lord your God to the test."
Feb
18
comment Is it Biblical to think that Jesus died for me specifically?
You might specify what you are saying "Yes" to. The question about worshiping one's own self made image of Christ should certainly be answered "No"!