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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.


Feb
3
comment Was Adam mortal before he partook of the tree of knowledge of good and evil?
(2) For example, you seem to be working on the assumption that the saved nations mentioned in Rev. 21:24 and 22:2 are the saints – that is, those who through believing and receiving Jesus had been born of God and, thus, already possess the eternal life. But I’ve been familiar with a theology, according to which those saved nations are quite a different group of people – quite different from those who are in the very next verse referred to as “servants of God” (Rev. 22:3). According to this theology the latter ones are the true sons of God, born of God, possessing His eternal life since the
Feb
3
comment Was Adam mortal before he partook of the tree of knowledge of good and evil?
(1) I would rather stay within the context of this passage in Genesis and not jump to the book of Revelation as when you do that, you inevitably open up a whole lot of other dimensions that are now needed to be thoroughly searched before you could make any valid and reliable conclusions.
Feb
1
comment Was Adam mortal before he partook of the tree of knowledge of good and evil?
I am afraid I don't understand you here. Are you trying to say that the tree of life somehow acquired the ability to convey immortality only after the fall of Adam, and prior to that it only had some special attributes, but not the ability to convey immortality?!
Feb
1
comment Was Adam mortal before he partook of the tree of knowledge of good and evil?
"If we assume the ONLY function of the tree of life was to convey immortality, then you may be correct. If, OTOH, we assume the tree of life had other special attributes, then you might be incorrect" - Even if it had other special attributes, their presence still did not nullify its ability to convey immortality, otherwise God would've not said "... now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever" (Gen. 3:22)
Feb
1
comment Was Adam mortal before he partook of the tree of knowledge of good and evil?
@gideonmarx - By "immortal" I mean being able - without partaking of the tree of life or the tree of knowledge of good and evil - to stay always and forever alive physically, that is, never to arrive at what Adam eventually arrived when he turned 930 years old - separation of his body from his spirit.
Feb
1
comment Was Adam mortal before he partook of the tree of knowledge of good and evil?
(2) tree (being immortal). Thus, if Adam had already partaken of the tree of life prior to partaking of the tree of knowledge, then he would've already been immortal and it would've already been "too late" for God to do anything about it.
Feb
1
comment Was Adam mortal before he partook of the tree of knowledge of good and evil?
(1) "Had they already partaken of the tree of life prior to their disobedience? Probably" - I find it rather hard to agree with. From God's concern about Adam's future after his fall and His follow-up actions in preventing Adam from partaking of the tree of life we can at least infer that the effects of partaking from the two trees are not mutually-excluding, that is, it is possible to have the effect of partaking of the bad tree (being separated from God and being aware of good and evil) and at the same time to have the effect of partaking of the good
Jan
31
comment Was Adam mortal before he partook of the tree of knowledge of good and evil?
Yes. Not that I believe for sure that that possibility was the case, but I am still forced to keep this option as possible until I am given the proof of its impossibility.
Jan
31
comment Was Adam mortal before he partook of the tree of knowledge of good and evil?
"But, the scripture is clear that Adam would only live forever (be immortal) if he partook from the tree of life" - How is that clear?! I mean, how is it clear that that also applies to Adam before the fall? Couldn't it have been so that Adam was immortal before he partook of the tree of knowledge and because of partaking of it he then lost his immortality and, thus, now needed the tree of life to become immortal again? This option may sound a bit overstretched, yet it is a valid option that needs to be rebutted somehow before we can say "it is clear".
Jan
25
comment The lake of fire and the New Jerusalem as two different perspectives of God
Interesting! Thank you.
Jan
12
comment In what sense did Judas betray Jesus?
@Caleb - Please, answer my last question here. It is a matter that has long been perplexing me as regard to the "right way" of asking questions here, and I still haven't gotten any clear explanation as to how to go about such cases as this one.
Dec
25
comment When was it first said in Christianity by a Church Father that heretics must be tortured physically?
Apart from that, it's a very good answer. Thank you.
Dec
25
comment When was it first said in Christianity by a Church Father that heretics must be tortured physically?
I don't quite understand why such uncertainty about what the torture is. Perhaps, I wasn't clear enough in my question, but I meant inflicting ANY KIND of physical pain, and not necessarily resulting in a death. Therefore, all kinds of physical-pain-inflicting punishments mentioned in your answer are to be considered "in" in the view of this question - regardless of how they were being viewed in their times. Hence, I like your WHO definition. So, as for the "torture", we take our modern definition, and as for "heresy", we take take the definition of those who called it "heresy", as you said.
Dec
14
comment Why neither David nor Solomon were stoned to death?
"He had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines" (1 Kings 11:3) - Did he really marry 300 concubines? What's the difference between wives and concubines? How marriage was understood at that time if besides marrying wives one was also suppose to marry his concubines?
Dec
14
comment Why neither David nor Solomon were stoned to death?
Perhaps, no two witnesses in case of David, but what about the case of Solomon? I guess there were numerous witnesses who could prove that he had many concubines.
Nov
17
comment Why did Jesus never address God by the name “Jehovah”?
WOW!!! That's quite eye-opening. Thank you!
Nov
16
comment Jesus' quotation of Septuagint - Greek or Aramaic?
Wow! Good point. Thank you.
Nov
16
comment Jesus' quotation of Septuagint - Greek or Aramaic?
Thank you. There is one argument against Aramaic primacy that has been presented to me and I couldn't quite rebut: Why would Romans be written in Aramaic when Romans knew only Latin and Greek? Do you have anything off your head for this kind of argument?
Nov
16
comment Jesus' quotation of Septuagint - Greek or Aramaic?
Yes, since I've first heard that the NT was originally written not in Greek, but in Aramaic, I have passed through a lot of "ups and downs" in my research of this matter, my own beliefs and my own attitude toward this possibility, and yet today I can tell that I believe it to be true more than ever. Split words examples is something that really convinced me a lot about NT's original language being Aramaic.
Nov
7
comment Why did God need to plant the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the garden of Eden in the first place?
@user6484 - (2) of that, it's very possible that its leader would want to create numerous fake religions imitating the real one in order to try to bring down its validity.