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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.


Jan
13
comment Is it possible to believe in Jesus, pray to Him and be baptized and yet not get regenerated?
“If you don't know what it means to blaspheme the Holy Spirit and are concerned about it, then you haven't done it yet” – Thanks for your input here, but, honestly, I don’t follow the logic in the last statement. If while driving I have felt a bump on the road and am now concerned that I ran over a cat, how would my unawareness of what it exactly was and a mere concern guarantee it was not a cat?
Jan
13
comment Is it possible to believe in Jesus, pray to Him and be baptized and yet not get regenerated?
(3) Neither am I sure that my repentance on each one of those sins that I did recall was total. In fact, I am more inclined to think that it was not total as “total-ness” implies “absoluteness”, which is a quality pertaining to God, not to humans. Neither do I think that any honest Christian would ever claim that he has experienced a total repentance in his life, unless I am missing out on something very important here.
Jan
13
comment Is it possible to believe in Jesus, pray to Him and be baptized and yet not get regenerated?
(2) which means that I didn't have a total repentance, which in its turn means (according to your answer) that I was not saved at that time (was my joy of knowing the Lord at that time in vain?) . The first tangible realization of how sinful I was came only about half a year later, however, even though I did repent then to the Lord over many of sins that I had committed in my 20 years of life that I had lived before coming to Him, I am still not sure if I had recalled all of them.
Jan
13
comment Is it possible to believe in Jesus, pray to Him and be baptized and yet not get regenerated?
(1) "It must be total" - What do you mean by this? I am quite puzzled by this statement. If I am looking into this matter at the right angle, a "total repentance" would imply an act of confessing absolutely all the sins that you have ever committed. But how is that on earth possible?! I believed in the Lord when I was 20. At that time it was a time full of joy and happiness because of knowing Christ. Honestly, I didn't have much realization of how sinful I was,
Jan
13
comment Has the name “Jesus” ever been used for naming Jewish children since the Savior's incarnation?
@Jürgen A. Erhard - "How should some Christians know that?" - Why do you think that Christians cannot know that?
Jan
13
comment Is it possible to believe in Jesus, pray to Him and be baptized and yet not get regenerated?
Having read your answer, I have now two specifying follow-up questions here:1) Is it possible to repent, believe in Jesus, pray to Him, be baptized, and yet not be regenerated?; 2) To what degree should a repentance be made, so that it is counted as valid for salvation (given that other "components" - faith, prayer and baptism - are also present and valid)?
Jan
13
comment Has the name “Jesus” ever been used for naming Jewish children since the Savior's incarnation?
@Flimzy - "a blaring lack of research effort. A simple google search for "Jesus name" shows as the first hit a Wikipedia article" - Please note the words "in the Jewish community" in the main body of my question. That page on the wiki, as well as the answers so far given here, considers nations other than Jews. And if you click there on Yeshua (name), you will find that, unlike with this name's equivalents in other languages, the case with this name in Hebrew is not that clear.
Jan
12
comment Has the name “Jesus” ever been used for naming Jewish children since the Savior's incarnation?
@Muke - Yes, I know that. So, do we still have Joshuas among Jews in Israel these days?
Jan
11
comment What does the Bible say about Capital Punishment?
@Maximus - Genesis 9:12 has nothing to do with what God had said about shedding the blood of a man who had already shed another man's blood. That section (on life and blood) stops at verse 7. In the next verse (verse 8) a new section starts, in which God starts speaking about establishing His covenant, in which He promises that no flesh will ever be judged by the flood again. The words "for perpetual generations" refer to this covenant, they have nothing to do with the capital-punishment-related words in Gen. 9:6, which were spoken before God mentioned the covenant.
Jan
11
comment Does God need/demand humans' faith for them to be saved? If so, why?
@Affable Geek - Well, in fact, it is going further away from what I was originally planning to ask about, but I won't change any of your edits as I think it's good to let this question stay the way it is now with all your edits. I admit I should have been more specific in my question and should have formulated more precisely what I really wanted to ask. My original thought was "Why is it exactly faith that He demands?" instead of "Does he really demand faith?"
Jan
11
comment What is the use of faith if God doesn't need/require anything from humans to save them?
I agree. Can you, please, tell me what detail you would add in my case?
Jan
11
comment Is the eternal life unique as it is?
@wax - I have already clarified it in my comment above - it's a doctrine about eternal life. I don't know what further clarification is needed.
Jan
10
comment Is the eternal life unique as it is?
@Narnian - I see. Thank you.
Jan
10
comment Is the eternal life unique as it is?
@Narnian - Can you, please, tell me which verse tells us that the tree of life is in the heaven. I only get two verses from "Revelation" telling us that the tree of life will be in the paradise of God (Rev. 2:7) and in the New Jerusalem (Rev. 22:2), which, unless we consider the possibility of having two trees of life, means that the New Jerusalem is the paradise of God. However, the New Jerusalem is described as "coming down from the heaven" (Rev. 21:2,10) rather then "in the heaven".
Jan
10
comment What evidence do we have today about Christian groups not represented at the first four ecumenical councils?
@Jon - I think you read this question after it had been edited and therefore didn't get my point. My question was about the EVIDENCE that there were some christian groups that were not in fellowship with those represented in those 4 councils and, therefore, were not represented there by any bishop in those councils - not necessarily because of some theological reasons, just simply because they had no fellowship with them. Those might have well been the reasons that you have pointed out in the beginning of your comment. I am going to re-edit my question to make that clear.
Jan
10
comment How much realization of one's own sinfulness is needed for a person to be saved?
let us continue this discussion in chat
Jan
9
comment Is it known whether Adam and Eve had the ability to experience physical pain before the fall?
@gentmatt - In this case I shouldn't even ask such questions as whether Jesus really suffered a physical pain on the cross or not on the simple basis of the question being a personal one. And even inquiring a great number of witnesses of crucifixion wouldn't help as their body's' nervous system was not connected to the body of Jesus, thus, they wouldn't be able to say with 100% certainty that Jesus really was experiencing a physical pain. However, to know whether or not God has commented in the Bible on Adam and Eve, I still needed to ask this question.
Jan
9
comment Is it known whether Adam and Eve had the ability to experience physical pain before the fall?
@gentmatt - How am I supposed to know if it's answerable or not before asking it?
Jan
9
comment Is the eternal life unique as it is?
@Narnian - So what will it be needed for then?
Jan
9
comment Is the eternal life unique as it is?
@Narnian - Thank you for your answer. So, the tree of life, according to your question is the physical life then, right? "The former would inhibit our relationship with God" - I am a bit puzzled here. Why do you say inhibit? Why would then God need to give us the tree of life in the future again (Rev. 2:7)?