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Oct
5
comment Why is God asking questions or appearing uncertain in the Bible if He's omniscient?
@Atheist: you're misunderstanding the "eternal punishment". He lets us not believe in him, then when Judgement Day comes he honors those wishes and withdraws his presence from all who don't believe in him. Since God encompasses all that is good, this necessitates removing all pleasure and happiness. As a result, we land in what is known as Hell, a "place of eternal torment". If you drop a brick from a high height, why can't you avoid the consequences of whatever damage that would cause?
Oct
5
comment Why is God asking questions or appearing uncertain in the Bible if He's omniscient?
@Atheist: God didn't create evil. He created angels, also with free will, some of which rebelled from him. Satan was banished to Earth (and as pointed out above, tempted Adam/Eve into sinning). He allowed it to happen because he prioritizes us having free will over stamping out evil. What would be the point of his Creation without those who have free will choosing to worship him?
Oct
5
comment Why is God asking questions or appearing uncertain in the Bible if He's omniscient?
@Atheist: See this question for more info. In short, God allowed it because he gave us free will to choose. Why wasn't it something repugnant? We honestly don't know if it was or not; the Bible doesn't say (all it says is that there was a tree that they were to not eat the fruit from, and that Satan successfully tempted Eve and Adam into eating from it).
Sep
8
comment Why is the Bible subject to a high level of interpretation?
Um, let's see. There's the president, the House of Representatives, the Senate.... :D
Sep
8
comment Does Joseph Smith fail the test of a prophet?
@Mason: But.... uh, how do you go from the bible saying "if someone prophesies in my name and turns out to be wrong, he be trollin" (strong paraphrasing there :P) and a list of off-the-mark Joseph Smith prophecies to "those who don't want to believe will always find something to cherry-pick to prove it's wrong"? I also understood the the referenced verse to mean that any prophecy that fails is because he/she is a false prophet, and you can feel free to completely ignore his teachings. So all you'd need is to 100% disprove a single prophecy of his. Not that this is the place to do it though.
Sep
6
accepted Who represented “the Lord” in Exodus 4:24-26, and what's the deal with the foreskin?
Sep
5
comment Who represented “the Lord” in Exodus 4:24-26, and what's the deal with the foreskin?
Preliminary research (lavistachurchofchrist.org/LVarticles/Exodus42426.html) answers question 2, but not 1. :)
Sep
5
comment What are some of the benefits of going to church?
1 and 2 sound more like Catholic specific benefits, but +1
Sep
5
comment Why has God punished every human for one person's sin?
Well, and this is something I haven't really worked out much beyond an "it doesn't feel right", but what would be the point of not giving us free will? Then we'd be no better than [insert animal here] who loves Him because He's forced them to, and I don't see how that would glorify Him at all. And if you DO give free will to humans, then they must be allowed to A: actually make a choice with that free will (thus the reason to have the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil in the Garden), B; have the consequences of that choice fully carried out.
Sep
5
comment Did the pool of Bethesda have healing powers?
Apparently so -- there's a whole angel dedicated just to healing. :)
Sep
5
asked Who represented “the Lord” in Exodus 4:24-26, and what's the deal with the foreskin?
Sep
5
comment Did the pool of Bethesda have healing powers?
Why is it harder to believe that a pool had healing powers after an angel stirred them? :S
Sep
5
comment Why has God punished every human for one person's sin?
I wouldn't say that god "intended" for us to sin; He allowed it because we have free will and that was our choice, but He didn't do anything to help it along... @Jonathan: I can certainly understand having that viewpoint, I was once wondering whether something like that was true myself. This answer I wrote explains why god gave us free will in the first place.
Sep
4
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Sep
4
comment What is the significance of “seventy times seven”?
Er, from Genesis: If Cain is avenged seven times, then Lamech seventy-seven times., and from Matthew: I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times...
Sep
4
comment How to discover mistakes in faith?
Tentative interpretation: "There are many ways one can damage one's faith like making assumptions, various prejudices, misinterpreting parts of the Bible, unintentional self-deception, projecting wishes into what one reads, etc. How can I discover and correct these things?"
Sep
4
asked What is the significance of “seventy times seven”?
Sep
4
accepted Literality of Matthew 13:44?
Sep
3
asked Literality of Matthew 13:44?
Sep
3
comment Is it right for a church to be wealthy?
@Software Monkey: Will do!