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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
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
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.
Aug
3
comment In what sense did Judas betray Jesus?
(1) I've got some answers there and a bunch of comments (you can take a look at it here: ell.stackexchange.com/questions/8656/meaning-of-the-word-betray/… ) Answers range from "no, you can't say that" to "maybe", however, one thing is set and stone: one must be given some trust before he can betray. That is, if nobody trusts you, you by definition can't betray anyone. So, now, coming back to the case of Judas and Jesus, can we even suppose that Jesus trusted him? Of course, not! Bible tells us clearly that
Aug
3
comment Religious justification for creating a large angry scene with the ostensible purpose of making people not gay
@MarcGravell - "and it genuinely is bigotry, please see the word's definition" - What are you referring here to as a bigotry?
Aug
3
comment What was the main reason for excluding 35 latest names from the list of recognized saints by ROC?
@Caleb - "Can you summarize the event and your current understanding of the event in question?" - ROC suddenly excluded 35 saints from the list. Those were the latest ones that have been included into the list of saints of ROC. The author of the video claims that the reason was that some KGB archives have been made available to the public, and a lot of bad, yet true stories are revealed about those priests who have been canonized. As the author says, some of them, if not all, were cooperating with KGB and reported. ROC excluded them suddenly, with no explanations.
Aug
2
comment In what sense did Judas betray Jesus?
Okay, I will do it now.
Aug
2
comment In what sense did Judas betray Jesus?
So what, do you think would be the right word in English, to describe the one who was not pretending from the very beginning, but later changed his mind and betrayed his country?
Aug
2
comment In what sense did Judas betray Jesus?
Perhaps, it's my poor knowledge of English. I've always thought that to betray meant to commit an act of treachery that is to belong to one side originally, being obliged and even indebted to that side, but then to change one's mind and to go to another side, that is, to the rivalry side.