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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".
Dec
28
comment Is the age of the earth in the Bible?
I don't know who is flagging this as offensive or why but I am hereby dismissing the flags until such a time as someone raises the case on meta and explains whereby this should not be an acceptable answer and we see some feedback from the community. Although I may personally disagree with the positions held by both you and the Catholic church on this, I think citing the existence of this position is a perfectly acceptable way to answer the question. Disagree? Post to meta and lets talk it over!
Dec
27
comment Why would God create beings with the capacity to sin?
@JürgenA.Erhard: It's hard to cite one verse for that but when you read the book cover to cover and find every single example of anything God did was done for his Glory, it's easy to extrapolate. You could also check out Collosians 1:15 as a place to start. It states unequivocally that the world was created for the express purpose of glorifying Christ.
Dec
27
comment Why would God create beings with the capacity to sin?
Nathan welcome to Christianity.SE! Thanks for taking the time to answer and improving your answer per feedback. Hope to see you around more.
Dec
24
comment “How do I get more faith?” - how to understand Jesus' answer?
Related: How do I get more faith?
Dec
23
comment Why would God create beings with the capacity to sin?
İ finished up the edit. You can't have it both ways. The whole problem is that different traditons might (and in this case do) interpret differently yet claim their doctrine is Biblical.
Dec
22
comment Why would God create beings with the capacity to sin?
Please edit then flag for reopening when it fits our general guidelines.
Dec
22
comment Why would God create beings with the capacity to sin?
Perfectly reasonable question but you need to ask for a specfic tradions view on this or about specific differences or something else that can make answers objectivly verifiable.
Dec
22
comment Are there any tenets of Gnosticism that are still present in the church today?
You have some points here but your description of classic Christian theology is missing the main point: we aren't being saved from ourselves. Nor is the gospel we openly proclaim in any way comparrable to the gnostics secret knowledge.
Dec
22
comment Did Adam and Eve's Progeny Commit Incest?
Even if you interpret Nephilim to be non-human creatures that can cross-breed (which is debated) trying to apply that possibility as a solution to this problem creates far more problems than you started with and causes God's judgement to be inconsistent.
Dec
21
comment Is Christianity functionally polytheistic?
Votes mean whatever those who cast them feel like they mean, but I think in your complaints about downvotes you are overlooking one of the primary possibilities. You will find it on the hover text for the downvote button. Rather than presuming people find your questions offensive or confusing, I would suggest that some have "not shown any research effort" and several including this one are probably just thought of as "Not useful". It's possible that people expecting to learn about Christianity's views don't think your speculations about how it looks from the outside are useful to them.