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Jun
25
comment Where did angels get their wings?
@Nacht What do you think they are?
Jun
23
comment How widely held among Protestants is the belief that the authors of the books of James and Jude were half brothers of Jesus?
Yes, this is, in fact, the common Protestant understanding, supported by the references you have already supplied.
Jun
19
comment Unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees
Well, it should be noted that have a righteousness that exceeded that of the scribes and Pharisees was a pretty low standard, as Jesus called them a brood of vipers, whitewashed tombs, and told them they were of their father, the devil. Righteousness is not attained by works at all. It comes from Jesus Himself.
Jun
19
comment How can there be free will if God is all knowing?
You are assuming that foreknowledge makes free will impossible. Knowing does not necessitate predetermination.
Jun
18
comment What does the Bible have to say about dinosaurs?
How would you explain the cave drawings and other depictions of dinosaurs created by humans when these same scientists tells us that they were separated by millions of years? genesispark.com/exhibits/evidence/historical/ancient/dinosaur
Jun
17
comment Does the Bible really mean EVERY city?
This question appears to be off-topic because it tries to make a common expression overly literal, which no reasonable person would think was intended.
Jun
16
comment Do any of the Mormon doctrines that cannot be found in the Bible come from the Book of Mormon?
Who told you Mormons no longer believe in eternal progression, including the idea that God was once a man? Yet, this is not explicitly taught in the Book of Mormon, to my knowledge.
Jun
11
comment What is the significance of the inverted pentagram symbols on the LDS Temple in Salt Lake City?
How exactly does that represent the second coming of Jesus? It had long before been a symbol of Freemasonry.
Jun
10
comment What are consequences of not being baptized with water?
It seems you are address this question to those who believe as you do, that water baptism is not essential for salvation.
Jun
9
comment Are Christians obligated to follow the 4th Commandment in Heaven?
@gideonmarx Are you a Seventh Day Adventist? If not, then most of Christianity honors the day of resurrection each week rather than the Sabbath.
Jun
5
comment What is the historical and theological basis for Protestant anti-Catholicism?
Do you believe that the Catholic Church was always kind and tolerant to Protestants? Like Luther? Tyndale? Just because there is disagreement on truth does not mean someone is not tolerant.
Jun
5
comment Why do Evangelical Protestants reject the Catholic approach to venerating Mary?
Basically, there is no explicit biblical support for Mary's Immaculate Conception, her eternal virginity, her eternal sinlessness or any reason why she should be venerated above anyone else. She is to be honored, but not more than Peter, Paul, Joseph or Billy Graham. All of these doctrines about Mary are purely Catholic teachings and not biblical teachings. Thus, as "born again" Christians who look to the Bible alone for authority, there is no reason to accept those doctrines.
Jun
4
comment Interpreting Acts 2:38 together with John 1:12
@davidbrainerd The significance is that the verbs are not in parallel, and that does impact the interpretation and meaning. And it is true that the verbs are not the same conjugation.
Jun
3
comment Interpreting Acts 2:38 together with John 1:12
@H3br3wHamm3r81 oops... still imperative, you're right... just third person Passive, I believe.
Jun
3
comment Interpreting Acts 2:38 together with John 1:12
Acts 2:38 uses 2nd person imperative for Repent "All of you repent" and third person SINGULAR Indicative (NOT Imperative) for "baptized". This does not come out easily in English, but may be best understood as "All of you repent and then let him who does repent then be baptized (also)." So baptism in water is not necessary for salvation. See Acts 10 also as Gentiles received the Holy Spirits (baptism of the Holy Spirit) prior to being baptized in water.
Jun
3
comment How can I understand the evolution of the Egyptians as a race in the Old Testament?
@curiousdannii Please do, and thanks for the info. Very interesting.
Jun
2
comment Is Jesus the reincarnation of Adam?
Indeed, and the Trinity created Adam -- "let US make man in OUR image..." Jesus is eternal and uncreated. Adam is created.
May
30
comment Why are Mormon Temples Ceremonies kept secret from non-Mormons?
Not as secret as you might think: ldsendowment.org
May
28
comment What is the difference between commandments, testimonies, statutes, precepts, judgements, and law?
It should be noted that Jewish Poetry is just that--poetry. There are often couplets that say the same thing in two different ways. We should be careful to not read too much into the differences in words, since the variation is more for the purpose of eliminating redundancy.
May
27
comment Why is it the soul takes the punishment in hell after a sinful human body died on earth?
Some of the ten commandments refer to the heart/soul, specifically covetousness. Also, Jesus defines lust of the heart as sin. Furthermore, pride is a sin as well. One could be a paraplegic and yet still be exceedingly prideful. So, sin is not purely physical actions. The premise of this question is fallacious.