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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.


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.
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 - (1) It is just like there had been many ancient cults and religions before Christianity with their own mother and the son of God. I personally am not bothered by that because, as it can be seen from NT, demons knew perfectly well who Jesus was and even to a certain extent were aware of the God's plan timing: "And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time?" (Mat. 8:29). Thus, if the dark world is aware
Oct
20
comment Is it true that Martin Luther was calling for killing Hebrew people?
"What Luther was calling for, specifically, was that they die" - Why "that they leave our country" option is not being considered?
Oct
2
comment When was it first said in Christianity by a Church Father that heretics must be put to death?
"... if someone as virulently anti-Christian as them can't come up with a better example than 300 or 1200 years after the faith began before you start seeing heretics hurt, I think that's a pretty good indication that it's not really what the faith was supposed to be about.." - Agreed absolutely! Sorry for the empty comment, but I just couldn't help responding.
Sep
28
comment When was it first said in Christianity by a Church Father that heretics must be put to death?
Very informative. Thank you!
Sep
25
comment What were the early Christians officially persecuted for?
Yes, I did. The first section is absolutely relevant, the second one is not, the third needs some sources.
Sep
25
comment What were the early Christians officially persecuted for?
I am afraid your example of what happened in Ephesus is quite irrelevant as my question was solely about the reasons put forth by the Jews, namely the high priests, not Gentiles.
Sep
8
comment Where in the Bible does it say that Lucifer is an angel?
@Dan - "My point was merely to highlight assumptions inherent in the question" - Where in my question did I make an assumption that "Lucifer" is a name?
Aug
7
comment When the humans' freedom of choice was firstly stated in Christianity?
"Are you perhaps looking for the first official dogmatic statement (ie, outside the Bible but emanating from some church authority) in support of the free will doctrine?" - Yes. "Or an early theologian who wrote on free will?" - Yes, if it's one of the Church Fathers.
Aug
5
comment Why did God speak Hebrew?
Perhaps, because before the tower of Babel there was no such concept as "language" - Bible tells us that on the whole earth there was only on language and one tongue. The concept of "language" came into being as a result of the curse received by humans as a result of their pride. Before that there was probably a concept "communication", but not the concept of "language". Adam had just named all animals whatever way he wanted to name them, and that was accepted as the way of identifying those animals for communication, not for creating one "special" language.
Aug
5
comment What's the main main-stream Protestant view on how much it is a duty for Christian children to believe in what their Christian parents believed?
Thank for your answer, but it would be good if besides quoting Scriptures you would also quote some Protestant source - just like you did in the similar Catholic question.
Aug
3
comment In what sense did Judas betray Jesus?
@Caleb - What if I want to know all four perspectives on the matter? It looks like I have no way of doing that here as you don't allow me to ask all four in one question, nor in the format of four different questions.
Aug
3
comment In what sense did Judas betray Jesus?
@Caleb - Why not?
Aug
3
comment In what sense did Judas betray Jesus?
@Caleb - Please, answer my first question.
Aug
3
comment In what sense did Judas betray Jesus?
@Caleb - "the alternative is either to give it a specific scope or close it entirely" - Was specifying traditions not an act of giving a specific scope? Or you want me to split this question into four again - each one for one specific scope?
Aug
3
comment In what sense did Judas betray Jesus?
(2) Jesus knew all men and knew what was in a man (John 2:24, 25). Jesus knew that Judas, the son of perdition, would finally do what he was supposed and even predestined to do according to the Scriptures. Thus, Jesus had no trust in Judas. Therefore, we can't really say that Judas betrayed Jesus in the sense of breaking Jesus' trust, but betrayed Him only in the "give away" sense - he gave Him away to the soldiers, priests and elders that would, in their turn, have Him killed.