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Jan
5
comment How do those who reject both predestination and purgatory justify their beliefs?
@MatthewPK: Can you point to which section of "Bondage of the Will" supports this view of Luther's?
Dec
29
comment Does the Bible make any allusions to life on other planets?
So according to the Gnostics, did (1) Christ die multiple times (one for each planet), or (2) somehow they did not sin and thus did not need redemption, or (3) God decided to not save those other planets? :-)
Oct
23
comment “God desires all men to be saved” from a Calvinist perspective?
Does the (...) mean that Calvin + John Owen = Luther + Mike? :-)
Sep
23
comment How do Jehovah's Witnesses define “active” membership?
Does "service" here mean walk around knocking on people's doors?
Sep
23
comment How do the proponents of the idea that salvation once received cannot be lost explain Hebrews 6:4-6 and 10:26-29?
on an related note (reminded by your post), I've only recently realized how useful Judas is. For example, suppose one asks: does having correct theology imply salvation? No, for Judas learned theology from Christ, yet fell away. Does being in the right church imply salvation? No, Judas hung out with the 11 true disciples, yet fell away. Does an angelic visit imply salvation? No, Judas hung out with God for 3 years het fell away.
Sep
23
comment How do the proponents of the idea that salvation once received cannot be lost explain Hebrews 6:4-6 and 10:26-29?
I did not (+1) since I'm not registered. But this is amazing (and makes browsing Christianity.SE when I don't have questions worth it). The amazing insight, IMHO, is the "think Judas" line. This does not contradict pre-destination since Judas was predestined to fall; yet Judas saw the miracles of Christ, listened to the teachings of Christ, then rejected Christ. This explanation is just amazing.
Sep
22
comment Did Martin Luther publish any doctrinal material of managing one's own physical death?
It'd be fascinating to understand how the martyrs viewed death. I can't help but wonder how real Heaven must be to those who declare "Christ is Lord" despite being threatened with crucifixion / burning at the stake / being lion food.
Sep
21
comment Why do most translations say “Servant of Christ” rather than “Slave of Christ”?
@zefciu: Thanks! Clearly, I've unfortunately never studied any non-English version of the Bible yet.
Sep
21
comment Does a Christian have to believe in Hell?
If one believes (1) the book of Revelation and (2) what Jesus said about Hell, it's kind of hard to deny the existence of Hell.
Sep
20
comment Is there any biblical doctrine on how to avoid paranoia as a Christian under an Protestant framework?
@Mike: Matthew 10:28 "And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. might be the answer you're looking for." might be of use for Biblical advice.
Sep
20
comment Does the Bible say anything about a Conscious and Unconscious Mind?
@JonEricson: Out of curiosity, is there any official document on how Christianity / BH are split? I'm definitely guilting of posting questions that ended up on BH. However, it kind of baffles me how that given neither site is overwhelming popular, what the policy is that initially caused the split.
Sep
19
comment Is there any biblical doctrine on how to avoid paranoia as a Christian under an Protestant framework?
I've found that the solution isn't to "be less paranoid in this world," but to take it all as reminders that this isn't where I belong, and to focus more on heavenly things. The following's probably ironic, but I suspect that being thrown in prison would give me more time to study the Bible having a successful career. Because a successful career will constantly drag me apart, whereas if I'm stuck in prison, what else do I have to do but study the Bible and look forward to heaven?
Sep
16
comment Catholicism and Christianity
Doesn't the selling of sacraments reduce to: "if you give the pope money; your loved ones in purgatory goes to heaven quicker?"
Sep
16
comment Catholicism and Christianity
According to a pastor I respect, no: gty.org/resources/sermon-series/296
Sep
15
comment How do Reformed Theologians view Hypnosis?
@Mike: your answer is great. I liked the way how you (1) take hypnosis (2) break it down into its roots (3) analyze each part separately. It's almost "algorithmic" in providing a fish vs teaching to fish. I've just been preoccupied with other theological questions (many most posted), and haven't had a chance to reflect on your response.
Sep
14
comment According to Reformed Theology, What is the greatest assurance of Salvation?
@Caleb: with al due respect, as I look over your comments, I don't see anything besides: different groups have different traditions; therefore, we need to narrow to one group / tradition.
Sep
14
comment According to Reformed Theology, What is the greatest assurance of Salvation?
This seems like a very small change (adding "According to Reformed Theology"). Are you going for something deeper? (i.e. rewrite of the question; or just a simple narrowing down to a specific set of beliefs in Christianity?)
Sep
13
comment According to Reformed Theology, What is the greatest assurance of Salvation?
@Caleb: So this is an issue that Christianity is quite divided on? (For example, the mention of "speaking in tongues is assurance" seems to be nullified by Paul's letter to the Corinthians ...)
Sep
13
comment According to Reformed Theology, What is the greatest assurance of Salvation?
You're absolutely right, as written, it sounds like true believers become sinless. How do I phrase this better "try to follow" seems to leave too much to interpretation, yet clearly "succeeding at following" isn't possible this side of death.
Sep
13
comment We're only in heaven for a short time?
I recommend John MacArthur's "The Glory of Heaven."