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Jun
4
comment How do Christians understand the omniscience of God in relation to the Uncertainty Principle?
For an alternative approach, which embraces determinism in QM, consider the work of David Bohm. His framework "allows" for a deterministic reality that poses no affront to omniscience. As a theoretical physicist you understand that QM doesn't inherently describe "reality" but is a framework by which we can study the consequences of quantum behavior.
Jun
4
comment How do Christians understand the omniscience of God in relation to the Uncertainty Principle?
While you may understand the uncertainty principle, you have misstated it. It isn't that one can't know both position and momentum simultaneously but that both cannot be defined simultaneously... this may seem like a minor difference but it's critical to the question you seem to be posing. Given Copenhagen, precision in location necessitates imprecision in momentum. This isn't because we "don't know" it's because in Copenhagen they are each described as transformations of the other. I posted this as a comment rather than an answer because it's about science, not Christianity.
Mar
22
comment What does “scripture” mean in NT writing?
perhaps that's because I misremembered Simon when, in fact, Paul contrasts the teachings of James and he rebukes Peter for "supporting" them.
Mar
21
comment What does “scripture” mean in NT writing?
To what extent, then, are we to disregard (as Paul does) the teaching of Simon to the Corinthians? If Peter values the writings of apostles equally as "scripture" rather than just those of Paul then how are we to understand them as "God Breathed" compared those the writings of Simon to the Corinthians (not canonized)?
Feb
1
comment Should non-believers be allowed in church?
Back in confirmation class we used to sign a song that went like this: "The church is not a builder, a committee or a board. It's not a corporation for the business of the lord. We are the church, the body of our Lord..." I can't fathom how somebody would justify limiting access to a building for Christian worship to non-believers when ministry to the gentiles was so important.
Jan
24
comment If God were going to send another Biblical flood, would He warn us?
@DavidStratton you go ahead, I'm on my cell phone and it's hard to make clean answers.
Jan
24
comment If God were going to send another Biblical flood, would He warn us?
Genesis outlines that God promises to never again destroy the world by flood.
Jan
18
comment Is confessing to a priest the only way to be forgiven?
From a "general Christian" perspective the answer will change. From a Maronite (I'm guessing you're Lebanese?) the answer today is: a qualified no. Maronites affirm the papacy of Rome and so confession is an important rite but even Rome doesn't say it's the only way to be forgiven.
Jan
3
comment What justification would make divorce worse than adultery?
Even lusting after others without acting is adultery; considering infidelity is equal to infidelity. Therefore no dichotomy exists. The individual (like most, I would presume) is guilty of adultery, if the "sin" is the concern.
Jan
2
comment Do all churches celebrate communion in the same order (bread-first, wine-second)?
My anecdote, not an answer: Every church I have attended did bread then wine; even the churches with a "non-traditional" communion process.
Jan
2
comment What does “scripture” mean in NT writing?
What is your evidence when you state "it seems pretty clear to me from a word search that this almost exclusively refers to the Old Testament writings when used by New Testament authors?" I'm not refuting, I think it's a very compelling point I'd like to read more about.
Jan
2
comment What does “scripture” mean in NT writing?
Are we, then, to understand that 2T doesn't call the NT "God-Breathed?"
Jan
2
comment How do those who reject both predestination and purgatory justify their beliefs?
+1 Martin Luther's "take" was that we have free choice except for reception of grace.
Oct
17
comment How did Pascal reconcile his wager with 2 Corinthians 9:7 and Psalms 50?
@DavidStratton I added a comment to your answer, I should have edited it into the question, I'll do so now.
Oct
11
comment If the Ten Commandments say “thou shalt not kill” how can a Christian fight in a war?
@GregMcNulty Jesus never resorted to violence? He, himself, took up the whip in the temple courtyard and overturned the market. "Not peace, but a sword"....
Oct
11
comment If the Ten Commandments say “thou shalt not kill” how can a Christian fight in a war?
@GregMcNulty The lesson about "turning the other cheek" is not Jesus telling you to be a wuss. It is about Jesus telling you not to be treated as inferior (the slap on one side, as a slave, as opposed to the fist on the other, as an equal)... Likewise the taking of the shirt (and leaving you with nothing) was tremendously dishonoring to the oppressor. Jesus is telling you to "turn the tables"...