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Dec
14
comment If believing that Jesus is God is that important, why doesn't Jesus say it more often?
@JimThio: There is certainly more than once sense in which Jews or anybody else could use the term, but Jesus very clearly pronounced himself to be God himself and when he used that term everybody knew what he meant by it.
Dec
12
comment Are the images we draw of Jesus correct?
Hey Fred there has been some discussion about whether this question is even on topic for this site. Would you mind if I try editing it to be so? It would be a fairly significant change but I think I can explain better by trying it than trying to explain it and I'd rather do that than just shut it down. Savy?
Dec
12
comment Why doesn't the bible prohibit slavery?
I think Richard has made a good case for this being a doctrinal question. Who's interpretation would you trust as an answer to this question or whose interpretation do you want to learn about? It will be people's interpretation methods (closely related to their doctrinal framework) that determines how they answer this. Northern states used the bible to condemn slavery, southern states to defend it. Obviously somebody was misunderstanding it somewhere but that's not the point here. The point is who do you actually want to learn about here?
Dec
10
comment Why doesn't the bible prohibit slavery?
Spiffy. FFR when you quote or link to a translation the hover tip on links often contains a clue to the translation if you know what to look for in URLs, but I was (and often am) on mobile and that is a piece of information you can't get without going off-site unless its spelled out in the text. Thanks, and good reference link. +1
Dec
9
comment Under what conditions can a “good” or “charitable” act actually be sin?
Please note: I have edited this question to be more in line with our site guidelines and hopefully garner some more concrete reference answers. Please have a look at the new form and consider updating your answer if needed. Thanks!
Dec
9
comment Is God capable of ever doing wrong?
@Flimzy: I can only speculate about people's motives here but the tip for downvoting provides some potential reasons. Lack of research and not useful could be what people have in mind. You are right that Christianity doesn't diverge on this issue at all. However different people might go about explaining it, it's pretty obvious with even trivial reading from a Christian perspective that this is the Christian view of God's character. The fact that both answers so far are one-liners kind of bears me out on this. Its off-topic or not-constructive, just not a question interesting to experts.
Dec
9
comment Is Christianity an experiential practice?
Please see our guidelines for questions in What makes a good focused question? and then read Why was my question closed? How can I get it open again? This question is quite simply not answerable because it doesn't give any framework fro what would be considered a right answer and is simply going to garner an assortment of opinions or at best, conflicting dogmas.
Dec
9
comment Does god give us a destined fate?
I think Flimzy already pointed out the main issue with this question as written and that is that this site is not a place to provide "which doctrine is correct" on any of the issues that are debated in Christianity. What we can do if you care to re-frame your question is either provide an overview of different views or detail how a particular doctrinal traditions perspective on this issue. See What makes a good focused question? and Why was my question closed? How can I get it open again?.
Dec
8
comment Who were the “wise men from the east” (Magi) spoken of in Matthew 2?
Now we're cooking with gas ;-) Thanks for editing, that's exactly along the lines we like to see.
Dec
7
comment Who were the “wise men from the east” (Magi) spoken of in Matthew 2?
Welcome to Christianity.SE. Thanks for digging up and pointing us to a related bit of commentary. SE sites however have a pretty strong bias for original content. Quoting references is great, but can you at least provide a summary of the info and how it is relevant to the question in your own words before just copy/pasting from another source? Thanks!
Dec
7
comment How does the doctrine of the URC differ from its predecessors?
Wow, this question actually interested me but so far I'm the only upvote. That a Presbyterian and Congregationalist church ever merged was news to me and considering they are named after opposite ends of the church governance spectrum, they seem an unlikely match. Great question, hope it eventually garners an answer.
Dec
6
comment What is the difference between “catholicism” and “catholic”?
First of all, I didn't endorse it as valid alternative, only that the use questioned by the OP was an attempt at an alternative (specifically forwarded about 600 years ago by a pre-reformation group). Frankly I think it's a bad alternative. And you're right it hasn't been 2000 years, but it has been upwards of 1000, but it really didn't seem to be a potential misunderstanding in the Latin original so much as every language the creed has been translated too since then.
Dec
6
comment What is the difference between “catholicism” and “catholic”?
I'm honestly not sure what you are saying here or what bit you disagree with. I'm sure I could improve the wording of my answer but I'm not sure what I'm dealing with here as an objection. I don't think your contrast here properly represents Protestant traditions who also typically don't exclude non-members from possibly being Christians in the sense of being granted salvation. We would, however, object to the implication that any humans at all are "capable" of salvation. (Which I would even argue is contrary to the catechism you quote).
Dec
6
comment How do Creationist Christians respond to the evidence for Evolution?
@JürgenA.Erhard: Of course it does, that's exactly what I was trying to do. And I think Richard explained why: the question as it was originally written did not provide enough of a framework for this not to be just a debate thread. If the OP and answerers want this question to stand they the standard for acceptable answers to this specific question is going to have to be set high enough to stay above the fray.
Dec
6
comment How do Creationist Christians respond to the evidence for Evolution?
You might check my edit, I re-worded the YEC section. I wanted to mess with the first three points too but my wording was going to make it much more verbose. I don't think "changing facts" or "changing beliefs" is fair to either side of the YE/OE debate or any other similar conflict with science. How about "re-evaluate, find the beliefs to be sound and the apparent facts to be faulty and attempt to set the record straight on the facts" and "re-evaluate, find the apparent facts to be valid and the belief to be faulty and attempt to re-cast the belief in light of the apparent facts"?
Dec
5
comment Are the images we draw of Jesus correct?
I just looked under post notices in the mod menu for something related to sarcasm. Nothing seems to fit the bill. What. Is. This?
Dec
5
comment How do Creationist Christians respond to the evidence for Evolution?
There are a couple competing theories on this held by various Christians. If this question is going to be answered rather than getting closed as Not Constructive, all answers must include an overview of the different views including how YEC and OEC address these claims.
Dec
4
comment How to reconcile Kierkegaard's model of worship with Existential authenticity?
Does this guy have any following among Christians today? Or was did his self-contradictory view pretty much fizzle out when he tried to explain it to anybody else? Pretty much nobody I've ever heard of in Christianity thinks worshipers are just acting (or at least shouldn't be, those that are are not considered real Christians and their acting isn't considered real worship.)
Dec
2
comment What is the Toronto Blessing?
I think you got the gist of it here. It might be worth noting that it is not just churches that don't believe in the charismatic gifts that have raised objections to this movement: even the charismatic denomination (Vineyard) that Arnott was originally a part of has denounced him.
Dec
2
comment What is “new” in the New Perspective on Paul?
Welcome to Christianity.SE, and thanks for taking the time to answer. I think you are actually on the right track here: the difference has to do with how justification is defined and understood to happen. Considering that this issue is very significant and starting to be a dividing line between denominations, I think I'm going to hold out for a more thorough scholarly answer. Feel free to edit and update yours too...