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comment From Scripture, what is the biblical basis that gay marriage is NOT a right from God?
@FMS No it does not have my vote to re-open yet as you have not addressed most of the issues I raised. "Biblical basis" questions only make sense in the context of a specific theological tradition (usually some genre of Protestant) that holds an identifiable view for which you are asking for their basis. See the question at the end of my previous comment: question should provide answers to those details as a basic framework from which to answer.
6h
comment From Scripture, what is the biblical basis that gay marriage is NOT a right from God?
What done Obama have to do with this? What theologies or groups that fall under the scope of this site are you questioning here? The question format "what is the Biblical basis that such and such thing that some random person X says is not true" is not a question format that really works here. In that pattern the questioner isn't trying to learn something, they are trying to prove something. What would you like to learn and about who's beliefs would you like to learn it?
Oct
19
comment Moses - did he kill thousands?
If you just want to criticize a text, at least read and comment on what it actually says. This is not what the the Bible says (and you have nothing else on which to base these numbers). Moses didn't kill all the first born. He didn't even order it. He just bore the warning from God that it was going to happen. Same with most of these other cases. Moses was a murderer, but this accounting is representative of neither history nor the Bible's account nor Christianity's beliefs. As such I'm not sure what it's doing as an answer here at all.
Oct
19
comment Do Protestants believe Jesus and Satan are brothers?
@PaulDraper No, not as in born. Very specifically not as in born. That would mean there were two separate (and physical) beings. That belief is one way Mormonism is completely and irreconcilably different from the rest of Christianity.
Oct
18
comment Did only Jesus human body remain in the grave for the three days?
This does not answer the question: it tells us nothing about Christianity. It only tells us the beliefs of one Christian (you) and how you reached that position without even touching on where this belief fits into Christianity, whether it is representative of more than just yourself or what the other positions are. This question specifically asks for those things (and even if it didn't this is an expectation for all questions on this site without specific viewpoint limitations).
Oct
17
comment Does Jeremiah 8:8 imply that the scriptures were corrupted?
Did Jeremiah complain about corrupt torah in Jeremiah 8:8?
Oct
15
comment Do Christians and Muslims worship the same God?
@FMS I think you've clean missed the point of the post here. Of course if it's a different God altogether being worshiped we have to use different words to describe the error. Idolatry is fine. The question here is about what happens if you were trying to worship the right God by the wrong name (or with different attributes). This is what Catholicism affirms by the way (I tend to disagree, but that's beside the point). In that case it is not a matter of idolatry but of blasphemy. And in answer to your question, the blasphemy is against God of course. That's the proposition here.
Oct
15
comment Do Christians and Muslims worship the same God?
@FMS I already noted very clearly that Catholicism is an exception when it comes to this issue. They have equivocated so much on the issue it's difficult to make any statement at all that universally applies to Catholicism. However I think you are wrong about that particular definition. Even the words of the catechism point you link to suggest that things "contrary to the respect due God and his holy name" are blasphemy. What is ascribing to God attributes of another God—attributes that according to Scripture are contrary and even repulsive to his nature—if not contrary to the respect due him?
Oct
14
comment Do Christians and Muslims worship the same God?
@FMS and then what? You disagreed? The definition you link too is very weak and not at all representative of the common connotations in the context of religion. It might be an accurate etymology but it falls short of being useful as a definition.
Oct
14
comment Does God create some people Heterosexual and others Homosexual?
@Richard It would help if SE staff wouldn't set a bad example by miss-using the comment feature.
Oct
13
comment How do we know we aren't worshipping the same God?
For a broader treatment of this issue that touches on the Catholic viewpoint see also: Do Christians and Muslims worship the same God?
Oct
5
comment Who is the “man of lawlessness” in 2 Thess 2?
Sure. If fact if that is the plan I'll go ahead and migrate now but please edit to fix that bit over on BH at your earliest convenience (and flag this comment as obsolete when you do). Thanks.
Oct
5
comment Who is the “man of lawlessness” in 2 Thess 2?
This is really broad for C.SE. It's been flagged for migration to Biblical Hermeneutics but the focus on beliefs rather than the text doesn't really fit their either. I'm leaving it here for now, but I do suggest either asking a textual question or narrowing this down to some theological framework so that it is specific enough to reasonably answer fairly in the scope of a single post. Right now there are simply too many things that would need to be said to do that well.
Oct
2
comment Why aren't any dinosaurs written in the bible?
Mod Notice: Knock it off guys! Comments are not for debating issues, much less poking fun at each-other. They are for asking for or suggesting improvements to posts. End of story.
Oct
1
comment What is the Catholic explanation for the Catholic Church's apparent vacillation on abortion?
@Onlyheisgood. Comments are not for discussing theological issues. If you have feedback that requests or provides clarifications to posts that's fine, but topical matters should not be stuffed into comments.
Sep
24
comment A Christian view of Mohammad
I realize the issues with (il)literacy involved, and I agree he was ignorant on the subject, but you're objection is a bit of a technicality: I can list quite a few book titles that if you asked me "Have you read ____?" I would say "Yes I've read that." in spite of only having listened to the audio book version. Obviously the quality of comprehension varies, but in the context of an oral culture not having "read" something does not mean the same thing as "not having a working knowledge of" it.
Sep
24
comment What is the Scriptural basis for Catholics praying to Mary and the various saints?
It's nice to see some contributions with real expertise in Catholic theology brought to bear on relevant questions! Thanks for taking the time to put quality answers like this together.
Sep
20
comment A Christian view of Mohammad
I'm not sure "never read" is a verifiable statement. "Not well studied", "didn't have a good working knowledge of", or other variants are probably more accurate.
Sep
20
comment From a Lutheran perspective, how can we attain unity of mind while disagreeing with our brothers and sisters?
This is a huge topic spanning many different aspects of ecclesiology and you want it covered from all the different theological traditons using the umbrelna term "Chsistian"? This is far too broad #or this format. What are you really interested in here? What theological framework are you using yourself and what traditions are you actually trying to learn about?
Sep
15
comment LDS Free Agency viewpoint
Calvinists believe in free will too. Only hyper-calvinsts may pe said not to and it's completely incorrect to lump all Calvinists in under a hyper-calvinist umbrella that the majority of them emphatically reject.