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Jan
9
comment Is the eternal life unique as it is?
Are you asking about the words in these two texts or about some doctrine doctrine or multiple cycles of life? I think this could be worded better but first we need to know what the question really is about. If it's about the interpretation of those two texts it might actually be better served on the Hermeneutics site!
Jan
8
comment How much realization of one's own sinfulness is needed for a person to be saved?
I'm going to have to agree with the flag on this: this question isn't really answerable on this site in its current form. This isn't the place to definitely answers about soteriology so much as it is a good place to get answers to what beliefs Christianity holds about soteriology. In order to do that constructively questions need to be targeted at a specific Christian tradition or otherwise framed in a way that can be definitely answered and checked against documented beliefs (doctrines, creeds, statement of faiths, etc).
Jan
7
comment Why did priests begin to sacrifice?
This question is confusingly worded. Are you asking for the purpose behind it? How it's done? When it started? Perhaps a little clean up will help encourage a quality answer.
Jan
7
comment Where does Jesus stand on war and peace?
As you pick a more specific line of inquiry, you might also check out What makes a good focused question? and Why was my question closed? How can I get it open again? for more info on the guidelines we expect questions to live up to on this site. Thanks!
Jan
7
comment Where does Jesus stand on war and peace?
Welcome to Christianity.SE! The Wikipedia article you referred to has several suggestions for what could be meant. Obviously some different Christian traditions are going to hold different views about this. What are you trying to accomplish with this question that isn't covered there already? If you want a word study I think we'll redirect you to a Hermeneutics site. You already have a list of interpretations. If you want something more specific you should edit your question to be more specific. Perhaps you would like to know how a specific Christian tradition interprets and acts on this?
Jan
7
comment A set of traits common for all protestant believers
Interestingly there actually is Catholic doctrine stating a belief in the priesthood of all believers, but they also belief in a third tier of priesthood not recognized by Protestants, so it's a matter of definition of priesthood that sets them apart in that area.
Jan
7
comment What is an overview of the main interpretations of “day” in Genesis 1?
Not practicing any religion does not mean you are not biased -- it just means you are biased against it. Such is quite evident from your writings. Also, while it certainly lowers the learning curve, being fluent in modern Hebrew is hardly the same thing as being a Biblical Hebrew scholar, nor are you the only one around these parts with a working knowledge of the Bibles source languages.
Jan
7
comment In which denominations is naturism unacceptable?
I just approved an anonymous edit suggest that came in for this answer because it really looked like it was from you. If that's not the case we can roll it back, just be sure to be logged in when you make edits and you won't have to have them approved.
Jan
6
comment Does “Mere Christianity” represent the core of Christian belief?
We certainly struggle here sometimes, people just don't come up with very many quality questions. This sort of thing does much to raise the bar to where it should be. It fits our guidelines exactly without being contrived. I'd like to see some well researched answers on this; if it doesn't get them I may help with a bounty when it's eligible.
Jan
6
comment What are the protestant arguments against a sacramental economy?
Can we just all agree to call it the n+1 sacrament?
Jan
6
comment Does “Mere Christianity” represent the core of Christian belief?
Hey Jon thanks for coming by. This is an absolutely awesome question!
Jan
6
comment Does God change?
See my comment on your other answer but this is not a place for general philosophizing on a topic or discussing other religions. We are looking for verifiable (with links or quotes to doctrinal writings of specific Christian traditions given on request) answers about how Christianity views an issue.
Jan
6
comment Why did the devil tempt Eve first?
Affable and @Marc: I've noticed the same thing in life but it's particularly evident on this site. Sometimes it's way more productive and even peaceful to just flat out disagree! It's an art I think many Western cultures have begun to loose.
Jan
4
comment Why did the devil tempt Eve first?
This makes some sense, but I think you're missing a very important observation that we do know from the text and that is that when Eve was tempted Adam was right there with here "at her side". Arguably he failed his duty -- missed his mark -- before ever he bit into that fruit in not stepping in to protect his wife. Whatever Eve knew or didn't know about the command isn't that important considering that Adam was witness to the whole thing and could have stepped in to clear things up.
Jan
3
comment Is paganism compatible with Christianity?
@MarcGravell: He wasn't the dissident some modern activists would make him out to be. Sure he bucked authority, but the authority that is came out against was the spiritual authority of the Jews because he had a higher one. Interestingly he did not rebel against Rome like the Jews were hoping he would and he advocated strongly for respect of authority including domestic, religious and political -- he was only a dissident when it came to the Jewish interpretation of their Scriptures. Even then it was their mis-understanding not the source material he objected to.
Jan
3
comment Is there any place in the Bible or any logical argument disproving the “physical” interpretation of Christ's being the Only Begotten Son?
Welcome to Christianity.SE. Just a note about this answer however: The English dictionary isn't a good way to build a case about the meaning of an ancient Greek word. It's usage in the text of John in no way produces the logical contradiction you're trying to draw here. In fact the historical understanding of their meaning can be seen through things like the creeds with sometimes read "eternally begotten" to clearly indicate that an "origin" is not being referenced, only a relationship.
Jan
2
comment Can an atheist go to heaven?
@SteelyDan: Where are you getting that notion from? To quote an Eastern Orthodox resource, "The Law of God", by Bishop Alexander Mileant, Book 3, Chapter 1, "The Purpose of Man": For each man, in order to fulfill his purpose on earth and to receive eternal salvation, it is necessary, in the first place, to know the true God and to rightly believe in Him, that is, to have the true faith.
Dec
28
comment When did the older English spelling of the endings of Isaiah and Elijah stop being used in the Catholic Church?
@PeterTurner: The chart shows usage distribution in published books by date published, not internet prolification. If you take this chart back to 1611 for example there is a crazy spike when the KJV came out.
Dec
28
comment What is the baptism requirement for becoming a Mennonite?
Very interesting tidbits. And welcome to Christianity.SE!
Dec
28
comment What happened to Ananias and Sapphira after death?
I think I would end this with "nothing in the text seems to completely rule it out ... or indicate that they were.", just to show that the doubt works both ways and there really isn't a favorable position here, but +1 because I think you've generally hit the right angle here ... the canonical answer to this question is "we don't know".