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Feb
20
comment What's the biggest time gap between authorship of two books of the Bible?
@Flimzy - Then I am after the chronology of the writing of the books.
Jan
12
comment What is the scriptural basis for a monarchical episcopate?
Well, that continuation doesn't seem to me to add much to the explanation, however, I think it is worthy to be appended to the quote in your answer.
Jan
11
comment What is the scriptural basis for a monarchical episcopate?
The Christians from among the Jews and the Christians from among the Gentiles.
Jan
11
comment What is the scriptural basis for a monarchical episcopate?
"It must be noted in passing, that “one shepherd” can be understood concerning a secondary pastor, namely Peter and his successors ... For when the Lord said he has other flocks and other sheep who are not of this fold, he speaks on the Gentile people and the people of the Jews" - Didn't quite get the logic behind this explanation. How does the fact of having two groups can mean that "One Pastor" in that passage of the Bible refers to Peter and his successors and not to the Lord Himself?
Dec
30
comment What is a word to describe someone who is not a Protestant?
@RaphaelRosch - What about the Oriental Orthodoxy churches? Do you want them to be included in or excluded from your term? On one hand, they came into existence long before the term 'Protestantism' was even coined, but on the other hand, they don't belong to Catholicism or Eastern Orthodoxy
Dec
18
comment Why no specific names of false apostles and false brothers in Acts and epistles?
@Flimzy - "Because the authors aren't around to interview, so any answer anyone here can provide is conjecture and opinion" - Following this logic, any question about the meaning of any passage in the Bible will be off-topic then, because any interpretation of any given text can be deemed as a conjecture, and none of the authors are around to tell us what they were really trying to say in this or that passage and, thus, to confirm or disprove our the given interpretations.
Dec
17
comment Why no specific names of false apostles and false brothers in Acts and epistles?
@Flimzy - Why asking about the motives of the author of the specific book is off-topic?! I may ask, "What was the main goal of writing the Gospel of John?", ans somebody may answer by leading me to John 20:30-31, "And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name." So, why would that all be off-topic?!
Dec
2
comment How can common believers in the Eastern Orthodox Church be sure that the Church's decisions are correct and not erroneous?
"Suffice it to say that while there are anomalous events such as the council of Hiera, history shows that these decisions were local and thus not widely accepted and passed on in the Church" - My question is not about what the "history shows", but rather about how to know if the new decision is correct or wrong right in that time when this decision has just been made. Let's say I am a poor peasant living in Ephesus in 754. My bishop is coming back from the council of Hiera and announces to me its decisions. How can I be sure AT THAT TIME that the decisions are correct?
Dec
2
comment How can common believers in the Eastern Orthodox Church be sure that the Church's decisions are correct and not erroneous?
@JonEricson - The question is not at all asserting that all the decisions of EOC are correct. In fact, the very reason why this question is asked is because some of the EOC's decisions were, as the time has shown, definitely wrong.
Oct
30
comment Do those who pray to saints ascribe to them the quality of being able to hear many people at once?
"This is what is meant by offering incense, multiple prayers. In Tobit it says that Raphael brought Sarah's prayer before the glory of the Holy One. Tobit 12.15 is paraphrased in Rev 8.2,4: the 7 angels that stand before God" - How does that show that the dead saints can hear many people praying to them at once?! At best, those verses can only indicate that angels (Rafael in Tobit and the angel in Revelation) can hear many saints' prayers and direct them to God. But how do those verses show that the dead saints have the ability of hearing multiple prayers directed to them at once?
Oct
29
comment Do those who pray to saints ascribe to them the quality of being able to hear many people at once?
I don't understand, How do all the verses that you brought up show that the saints can hear many people at once?!
Oct
26
comment According to Protestants, what “new” things has the Eastern Orthodox Church acquired over time?
Mormons are not in because they don't pray to Jesus. "Each of these groups would respond differently to this question" - Which is just fine because, as I have told you before in my comments that you refused to read, my question is a multiple beliefs overview question (meta.christianity.stackexchange.com/questions/870/…)
Oct
26
comment According to Protestants, what “new” things has the Eastern Orthodox Church acquired over time?
@Josiah - "What is the definition of 'mainstream' Protestantism?" - By "mainstream Protestants" in this question I mean all Christians who pray to Jesus and don't belong to the Oriental Orthodoxy, the Eastern Orthodoxy and the Catholicism.
Sep
25
comment When did the teaching that salvation can still be obtained by people after their physical death first appear in Christianity?
@H3br3wHamm3r81 - My question was about Christianity, that is, at least about those humans that refer to themselves as Christians (the definition, which I myself don't support, but which is accepted here as correct). Since Maccabees were written prior to any human calling himself a Christian, insisting on mentioning Maccabees seems a bit irrelevant to the scope of my question. Besides, there are teachings in Christianity claiming that the righteous that were held in the hell before Christ's first coming were released from there by Him in his death, thus, no need to pray for them anymore.
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