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The avatar is both because I play counter strike and a nod to lambda expressions in C#.

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Aug
10
comment How could Jesus be born during the reign of Herod, and when Quirinius was governor of Syria, if those periods were not contemporary?
Another source that discusses the eclipse issue: johnpratt.com/items/docs/herod/herod.html
Aug
10
comment How could Jesus be born during the reign of Herod, and when Quirinius was governor of Syria, if those periods were not contemporary?
A typesetting error in 1544 (just uncovered in the 1990's) in the manuscript used to nail the down 4BC date indicates that 1BC is probably more accurate. For sources, see Andrew Steinmann, "When Did Herod the Great Reign?" Novum Testamentum Volume 51, Number 1, 2009 , pp. 1-29 .. and .. Ernest L. Martin, The Star That Astonished the World (Second Edition; Portland, Oregon: ASK Publications, 1996) ISBN 0-94-5657-87-0.
Aug
5
comment Why should a sinner suffer forever in hell fire?
Added a paragraph that should help.
Aug
3
comment if homosexuality is a sin, why isn't abstinence?
Where I think this answer falls short is that it limits us to talking about harm. Marriage is what is, and sexual sin is what it is, not just because of harm, but also because it's a metaphor for God's relationship to the Church. There is a greater thing at work here than just sex. It's about faithfulness.
Aug
3
comment if homosexuality is a sin, why isn't abstinence?
@allycatgirl the point of the answer is that it has at least the same negative effects as any other extra-marital sin. All sexual contact outside of marriage is prohibited. Homosexuality is singled to out in scripture, but mainly just to make sure we understand it is included as part of that larger list. Of course, the next step is talking about homosexual marriage. But that's like asking why you can't make orange juice from an apple: you're missing a key ingredient. You could make apple juice and call it orange juice, but that doesn't make it so.
Aug
2
comment How would a Reformed world view see the “Left Behind” series?
I'll just add one comment: Jesus Himself used "biblical fiction". What else is a parable?
Jul
24
comment Are there any Biblical prophecies that were understood before they were fulfilled?
If it is too easily understood, it becomes self-fulfilling as people work to make it happen. It takes something away from the miracle. What to look for is an ancient prophesy where we have text dating back to before it was fulfilled.
Jul
19
comment Are there any mandatory prayers in Christianity?
My understanding is that this is the official Roman Catholic view is well: it's not mandatory or sacramental, but rather a model. The distinction is that the Church also says verbatim recital of the prayer can be helpful/beneficial, something I'd agree with. The key difference is that they use it during mass, which for most Catholics makes it effectively mandatory, even if not doctrinally mandatory... though that's a fine hair to split. Also this may by off, as my understanding of Catholic practices is limited; there's a lot there that leaves bible-first folks scratching their heads.
Jul
13
comment Into how many languages has the Bible been translated?
Don't forget Klingon and Ancient Elvish.
Jul
11
comment “Jesus said to them ”I am" (John 18:6) - Did Jesus break a taboo here?
+1 for "kafuffle". Also for pointing out that this was a definite declaration of divinity
Jul
6
comment Is it hypocritical to be a Christian and also be against welfare?
For point 3, you haven't addressed the argument that the shift from religion to government has resulted in people being worse off, because a holistic view of the person's welfare counts spiritual needs at least as important as the physical needs (as Christians, we might say even more so), and the shifted responsibilities have neglected the former. People are fed physically, but starved spiritually. The church may have failed part of it's job in the last century, but are we really any better now?
Jun
29
comment Can someone help me cite Luther's explanation of faith alone to Catholics
It's worth noting that Luther's use of "ass", while still mean name-calling, did not have any of the same crudeness to the meaning then that a reader would likely hear now. As we can read helpfully posted in an answer below, in describing papists as asses he refers to their "braying", as well as that they are well known by their ears. In other words, what he was trying to do here was paint a caricature, and it's probably better for modern readers to just substitute mule or donkey.
Jun
25
comment Is it hypocritical to be a Christian and also be against welfare?
I think the christian objection to modern day welfare vs the ancient state welfare you describe isn't so much that in ancient times recipients still had to work for it as it is that in ancient times the state welfare was in the name of God. Today's US welfare system makes no such claim, and what we have today is the state taking over the role of religion in society. The ultimate result of this is people looking more and more to the government, instead of looking to God. edit: Hmm, maybe this should be part of it's own answer.
Jun
14
comment What's the Protestants' view on the purpose of sacraments?
This: Their 'succession' of tradition is not through Popes or Saints [(or Apostles)] but through faith like Abraham's. Sacraments are things that are commanded. To fail at a sacrament is to sin (which is bad enough), but no more.
Jun
12
comment Justification of Offertories according to the Regulative Principle of Worship
This if fine... as long as it's one song. If the choir handles the majority of the song service, to the point where the average congregant does not participate much, something may be wrong.
Jun
8
comment Where did the ecclesiastical offices go?
@LoveTheFaith more that the their priesthood lacked to the ability to fully atone for them, but this is now made perfect through Christ.
May
25
comment Should women give sermons?
Man's conscience can be corrupted. In the Old Testament, God even requires an annual sacrifice for the sins Israel did not know it committed.
May
25
comment Should women give sermons?
You can believe you are right, but still be wrong and bear guilt for the actions that result. The Pharisees provide ample evidence of that.
May
11
comment How is Christian worship different than Christian religion?
@Flimzy I would say religion covers everything in how man relates to God, not just the reconciliation, in which case it was there from day 1 (or rather, day 6)
May
10
comment Is there any biblical support for copyright law?
@Max You can also read the book without consent of the copyright holder or author. The point is that no law grants anyone ever anywhere any ownership over information or ideas.