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I often chose best answers not because they are the best, but because I have to choose a best answer. Please, don't take offense to it.


Aug
5
comment How is “every man be fully persuaded in his own mind” not contradictory to the “narrow is the way leading to life”?
"read this, then you'll know..." - I think this is a good and valid explanation on the matter of food - mainly, that the words "narrow is the way" are not about food. You may want to include Mark 7:15-23 explanation in your answer. Now there still is a need to explain other practices, that is, non-food related ones - Paul's liberal words are not only about food: "He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it"
Aug
4
comment How is “every man be fully persuaded in his own mind” not contradictory to the “narrow is the way leading to life”?
@Mr.Bultitude - "This question seems to be an example of the XY problem" - The original setting of the XY problem is "you are trying to solve problem X, and you think solution Y would work", in my case, however, I don't have any ready solution on my mind.
Aug
4
comment How is “every man be fully persuaded in his own mind” not contradictory to the “narrow is the way leading to life”?
@Mr.Bultitude - "I think that's a separate question ... It's a big topic" - So, how come then you said "It's self-evident from the passage"?!
Aug
4
comment How is “every man be fully persuaded in his own mind” not contradictory to the “narrow is the way leading to life”?
@Mr.Bultitude - (3) Such key concepts of the Christian faith like the Body of Christ, the Church, the Holy Spirit, crucifixion, resurrection or regeneration are not found in the sermon on the mountain. Besides just saying "it's self evident", one should bring more evidence to make a case that the sermon on the mountain was addressed to Christians and not just to the Jews.
Aug
4
comment How is “every man be fully persuaded in his own mind” not contradictory to the “narrow is the way leading to life”?
@Mr.Bultitude - (2) before Jesus said "I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel" (Mat.15:24) or before He even started disclosing that He would be crucified and resurrected (Mat.16:21). It speaks about the kingdom of God, and it has no mentioning of the Body of Christ. Nor does it contain the word "Church".
Aug
4
comment How is “every man be fully persuaded in his own mind” not contradictory to the “narrow is the way leading to life”?
@Mr.Bultitude - (1) "It's self-evident from the passage ... What exactly do you want to see?" - I want to see how exactly it is self-evident. There is no word "Christian" in the sermon on the mountain. The listeners of the sermon were only the Jewish people (Mat. 6:7). The contents of the sermon are full of allusions to or direct quotations from the Jewish Law, thus, it could only be properly understood by the Jews then. It was spoken long
Aug
4
comment How is “every man be fully persuaded in his own mind” not contradictory to the “narrow is the way leading to life”?
"Just take care to study the differences between the passages and not just the broad ideas in each" - You can rest assured that I did. Perhaps, the question of why certain believers did not want to eat certain types of food could help look into this case deeper and see the possible connection between the Paul's words and the Lord's. It is quite possible that some Christians did not want to eat some meats because they were afraid that eating those meats would lead them to destruction mentioned by the Lord. After all, in Acts 15:29 Apostles themselves forbade them to eat certain meats.
Aug
4
comment How is “every man be fully persuaded in his own mind” not contradictory to the “narrow is the way leading to life”?
"The "narrow way" refers to those from the population at large who have become Christian" - Can you, please, elaborate to prove this point.
Aug
4
comment How is “every man be fully persuaded in his own mind” not contradictory to the “narrow is the way leading to life”?
@curiousdannii - "What do you mean by "liberal"?" - By liberal I mean suggesting many ways as acceptable. "Why do you think they are contradictory?" - The Lord's words seem to imply only one way and quite a narrow one at that. (I personally don't think they are contradictory, however, I don't see yet HOW they are not contradictory).
Aug
1
comment What is a word to describe someone who is not a Protestant?
"Christians that pray to Jesus" would fit the bill. Neither Mormons, nor JW's pray to Jesus - they even teach that it's wrong to do so. They only pray to Father in the name of Jesus, which is a far cry from praying to Jesus directly, that is, addressing Jesus in prayers. However, both Catholics, Orthodox and main-stream Protestants all pray to Jesus.
Jul
19
comment Where does Jesus Say He is God?
"when he said son of God ... almost prophets before him used the same word" - Which prophet referred to himself as the son of God?
Jul
19
comment What countries today have severe restrictions against Christianity as state policy?
"Perhaps you mean something like what countries have severe restrictions against Christianity as state policy?" - Yes! I'll re-word my question.
Jul
16
comment Why is the matter of women's authority determined by Eve's acts in her life?
I think you've nailed it. For some reason I've always thought that Paul implies a kind of penalty on women for what Eve has done. Now I see that I was wrong.
Jul
14
comment Why did Paul say “I am pure from the blood of all men”?
"fulfilled his purpose, he therefore was free from the blood of all men" - You might want to develop this point a bit. So far, it is not yet clear in your answer how having fulfilled the purpose of life equals to being free from the blood of all men. Let's say Paul has failed to fulfill his purpose, would that have meant then that he was not free from the blood of all men yet? Another point you might want to take a second look at is that Paul here is only speaking in the context of his ministry in Ephesus. Paul's life's purpose here was not fulfilled yet - check Acts 23:11.
Jun
21
comment Why were none of the Apostolic fathers' writings included in the last canon accepted in the Ecumenical Councils?
Nice answer. Thank you.
Jun
10
comment Why were none of the Apostolic fathers' writings included in the last canon accepted in the Ecumenical Councils?
@BYE: "Each of those councils either approved or disapproved different writings, and as a result there are differing canons" - Then I am interested in the very latest canon, that is the one that was accepted in the latest of the Ecumenical Councils of that time, the one that finally approved the canon that we have until today.
Jun
9
comment Why were none of the Apostolic fathers' writings included in the last canon accepted in the Ecumenical Councils?
@BYE: "You need to tell us exactly which canon you are referring to. If you are referring to the original writings which were authorized to make the Christian faith acceptable to Constantine, or later Ecumenical Councils" - Yes, I mean the Ecumenical Councils.
Jun
4
comment Evidence that Ignatius of Antioch was ordained by the Apostles
No problem. Thank you.
Jun
3
comment Evidence that Ignatius of Antioch was ordained by the Apostles
(2) word "tragedy". In my language this word can be easily applied to the outcomes of war, for example, it would be absolutely fine to say "What Hitler did to us in the WWII was a huge tragedy for our nation", however, once I really offended one American when I told him that what had happened on 9-11 was a real tragedy for the USA, to what he angrily said, "That was not a tragedy! That was an attack!"
Jun
3
comment Evidence that Ignatius of Antioch was ordained by the Apostles
(1) "If you already knew the ancient sources for the traditions in question, why not say so in your question? And why refuse to countenance non-contemporary sources as evidence?" - I think it's all about my poor knowledge of English. The thing is I thought that the English word "evidence" meant only the contemporary sources (just like in my language) and any relevant assertions made centuries later would be deemed as merely "references", but now I see that obviously the word "evidence" has a broader meaning in English. It's just like the ↙