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Apr
6
comment Was this teaching (of soul existing before a birth) condemned by the Church?
Sorry, I didn't understand your point. What do you mean?
Apr
6
comment Was this teaching (of soul existing before a birth) condemned by the Church?
(4) A more simple example – human lungs. As we know, humans only start using their lungs at the moment of their birth and the first exposure to the air. While the baby is still inside of mother’s womb, it doesn’t yet breathe using lungs. So, you could tell that lungs of a human come into the state of "natural perfection" at the moment when he starts to breathe. However, how does it prove that before the human baby is born it doesn’t already have lungs?
Apr
6
comment Was this teaching (of soul existing before a birth) condemned by the Church?
(3) You could tell that their ability for childbearing came into the state of its "natural perfection" when they gave a birth to their first child, but does it really mean that they only acquired this ability at the very moment of giving a birth? I guess they already had this ability in them when they were created. For sure, when God was commanding them to be fruitful and multiply, they already had this ability in them, otherwise it would’ve been rather unfair for God to command them to do something that they weren’t naturally able to do.
Apr
6
comment Was this teaching (of soul existing before a birth) condemned by the Church?
(2) After all, there were many things pertaining to the human nature that were not immediately in the state of their "natural perfection" right at the moment of creation. Take or example humans’ ability for childbearing. Humans did not start giving birth to other humans right after they were created. In fact, it even took God to tell them “be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth” before they could give a birth to their first child.
Apr
6
comment Was this teaching (of soul existing before a birth) condemned by the Church?
(1) I've re-read your link number of times, but still didn't get the logic there. For example, this: "Now the soul, as a part of human nature, has its natural perfection only as united to the body. Therefore it would have been unfitting for the soul to be created without the body". I don't get this logic. How does the fact that the soul gets its "natural perfection" only as united to the body proves that it was not created without a body first?
Apr
5
comment Was this teaching (of soul existing before a birth) condemned by the Church?
"In any event, our souls are created with our bodies in our mothers womb" - How do we know that?
Mar
19
comment At what moment did Eve begin to sin?
@gideonmarx - "The sin, after all, started when Eve created the first religious act, "You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it" She invented a law while God only said, "you shall not eat"" - :) Then, we probably still need to hold Adam responsible for that as God's words must have been re-spoken to Eve by Adam - when God was saying these words to him Eve was not yet in existence.
Mar
1
comment Has the distinction of the human and divine natures in Jesus Christ been established?
@AdithiaKusno – What do you mean by passible/impassible?
Feb
18
comment Has the distinction of the human and divine natures in Jesus Christ been established?
@AdithiaKusno - "The divinity is omnipresent, the humanity is localized" - So, would it be right to say then that when He was hungry and thirsty it was also the expression of His divine nature?
Feb
18
comment Has the distinction of the human and divine natures in Jesus Christ been established?
@AdithiaKusno - So, say, when He was chasing the money-mongers from the temple, was it an act of humanity or divinity?
Feb
2
comment When is the first documented case of Christians praying to the dead saints?
Could this be more like a piece of poetry rather than an instance of an actual prayer? You know, I wouldn't consider Psalm 148 to be a prayer ("Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts. Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light. Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens.").
Feb
2
comment When is the first documented case of Christians praying to the dead saints?
@user10871 - I see. Thank you.
Feb
1
comment When is the first documented case of Christians praying to the dead saints?
@fredsbend - Establishing the fact that they intercede and pray for us doesn't automatically establish the fact that people should pray to them.
Jan
31
comment When is the first documented case of Christians praying to the dead saints?
"The earliest assured reference to praying to saints is Athanasius" - Can you, please, provide a quote.
Jan
31
comment When is the first documented case of Christians praying to the dead saints?
I agree with @bruisedreed - the quote is quite irrelevant to my question.
Jan
31
comment When is the first documented case of Christians praying to the dead saints?
What does the word "ye" mean in that passage? Does it mean "you"?
Jan
19
comment “Jesus said to them ”I am" (John 18:6) - Did Jesus break a taboo here?
Thanks for your answer. Too bad, I've read it only now.
Jan
19
comment “Jesus said to them ”I am" (John 18:6) - Did Jesus break a taboo here?
@curiousdannii - "The whole question is based on a false premise" - If the question is something like "Since all cats are humans, then why they do not talk like humans?", you can tell then that it's based on the false premise ("cat are humans"), however, if the question is "Are cats humans?", then it's absolutely a reasonable question and there are no false premises in it.
Jan
10
comment Did Luther have any disagreements with the teachings of Augustine of Hippo?
I see. Thank you.
Dec
12
comment How do Protestants explain the incorruptibility of Catholic and Orthodox saints?
@thedarkwanderer - "Neither the Catholic nor Orthodox churches make any claim to operate sola scriptura, which is your real issue here" - Don't quite understand why you brought up the issue of sola scriptura here. Can you, please, elaborate?