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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
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.
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?