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Sep
10
comment What is the meaning of `holy` for Christians?
I accept this as a competent and right answer, while it doesn't satisfy me, but that's my fault, in not preparing my question well enough. I updated it with some definition from a dictionary, which is very close to what you wrote, and emphasized my problem with the practical usage of the term.
Sep
10
comment What is the meaning of `holy` for Christians?
But you don't have a citation, do you? What I found in a dictionary (see updated question), it is an absolute, which can't be raised. More perfect than perfect is not possible. So holier should either be ironical or slang.
Sep
6
comment How can one overcome lustful desires?
83% of college students - of US-college students, not, for instance, Iranian college students, and, 83% of the male college students or are female students included?
Sep
6
comment If God controls our decisions, does this mean we don't have free will?
Did I talk about meddling? No. I already tried to explain it elsewhere with the Mississippi. I know in advance, that the water will reach the sea in future. And the river has no free choice. But I'm not meddling with the water.
Sep
6
comment Where do we draw the line when questioning/testing God?
... There are other possibilities too. You ask for a definitive answer, but a significant part of Christianity is the interpretation of texts, of the bible, isn't it? And part 1 of an answer is, to collect parts, which might be relevant for the question - even if they seem contradictory; don't you think so? And interpreting a text is the process to find examples of real life, where the texts could be relevant. Without connection to the real world, it's just empty phrases, which you learnt to recite.
Sep
6
comment Where do we draw the line when questioning/testing God?
... While there is no final decision, everybody would agree on, science evolved, and today tests are performed with statistics. Now in the sceptics forum was a question, whether prayers for healing have been proven to work, and with the methods of statistics, it might be possible to show, that there has been no statistical significant effect. But maybe the form of testing can be defeated with the argument, that this test is an attempt to prove the existence of God, and the opposite of faith. I don't say that I take this position, but that the possibility exists to take it. ...
Sep
6
comment Where do we draw the line when questioning/testing God?
What do you find ridicule? The question about asking God for help on earth? In the physical world? Well - I think it is a serious problem, maybe you don't. Let me explain how I approached to the question: In former times, people prayed for healing. Maybe you can agree with that. And in former times, people discussed, why sometimes God seems to help and sometimes not. I think there are plenty of discussions about this topic. One answer was, that if he doesn't help, it is a punishment for a sin, another explanation is, that he is testing his brave followers. ...
Sep
6
comment If God controls our decisions, does this mean we don't have free will?
There is nothing preventing a supernatural entity from seeing our whole life at once, except that 'seeing' implies light and eyes, so I don't see how 'seeing' makes any sense outside the scope of nature. Or seeing something, without a brain. But the Christian answer is, that his ways is not our ways, and the fact that he can't be understood is what makes him God.
Sep
6
comment If God controls our decisions, does this mean we don't have free will?
If God knew it before, and can't be wrong, which free choice did the Pharaoh have? He only could do, what God already knew - nothing else, no choice. Maybe the Pharaoh thought he had a choice. A foreseeable future excludes all alternatives.
Sep
6
comment Where do we draw the line when questioning/testing God?
Well, the answer is, that Jesus in Mt 4 says: "You shall not!", and it sounds pretty bindingly.
Sep
6
comment If God controls our decisions, does this mean we don't have free will?
Being able to control your action, and doing so, are two different things. You can stop a child from touching a hot oven, or you can let it happen.
Sep
6
comment Are there evil acts which are not sins?
There is a single word for it: Tautological.
Sep
4
comment Abraham tries to sacrifice his son. Is exploiting a human a moral behaviour?
@wax eagle: Hm. But how did Abraham know that he was talking to God, and not, for example, to Satan, or that he was fooled somehow? If he knew it was God, then it was knowledge, not faith - am I wrong?
Sep
4
comment What is the meaning of `holy` for Christians?
So when you talk about holier-than-thou, you're saying, the word is linguistically comparable? Is there a an example in the bible, where holier is used? I only knew the term as either holy or not. Not in terms of more or less. That is some surprise.
Sep
4
comment Abraham tries to sacrifice his son. Is exploiting a human a moral behaviour?
What, if Abraham had refused the sacrifice, and instead had offered to pray 48 hours non stop, for example? He could have proven his faith while showing a moral behaviour. Or maybe the story is not to be taken literally?
Sep
4
comment Abraham tries to sacrifice his son. Is exploiting a human a moral behaviour?
You wrote Faith is the key here, not blind obedience. but they don't exclude each other. One could argue, that if someone just has no faith - what shall he do? Pretend faith? Second remark: Do you think the story is senseless without Jesus? That is, like telling a joke, and waiting 1000 years for the punch line. So the jews where sitting there for several centuries, doing the wrong interpretation. It looks unfair, but maybe we can summarize it as my ways aren't yours!.
Sep
1
comment If God controls our decisions, does this mean we don't have free will?
So if God knew the type of man Pharaoh was, the Pharaoh had no opportunity to change his mind - it was determined. => no free will.
Aug
31
comment Where does the belief that the Earth is relatively young (6000 years) come from?
@DJClayworth: In your culture? So for DJClayworth: Gen 5'3, Enjoy it!
Aug
31
comment Are Dinosaurs mentioned in the Bible?
@Jonathan: Sorry - I somehow misread your last comment. You take the german legends for evidence, that dinosaurs lived? You believe there was a historical Siegfried, which took a bath in the blood of one of them? You believe he could turn invisible? The legend as an evidence for that? Do you take every legend literally? My evidence is, that there is no scientific dispute about the times when dinosaurs lived, and how old mankind is. There is no scientific dispute.
Aug
31
comment Where does the belief that the Earth is relatively young (6000 years) come from?
According to (1 Mos 5,3), Adam lived 930 years. And different from what I remembered, the age, when they beget their sons, is mentioned. But 1 Mos is one of the early books from the bible, so it can't lead to the later figures.