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Sep
9
suggested suggested edit on Are faith and proof mutually exclusive?
Sep
9
awarded  Disciplined
Sep
7
comment Should we refrain from sin to avoid damnation or to be good?
@James: Indeed I have wondered about how accepting answers should work on this particular SE! Generally on all SE sites I let my questions percolate a little to help decide which to accept except of course in very clear instances where there is "one right answer".
Sep
7
comment A “version” of the bible with sentence structure written in English but retaining most of the original untranslated “nouns/verbs/adjectives”?
+1 The perfect answer!
Sep
7
comment A “version” of the bible with sentence structure written in English but retaining most of the original untranslated “nouns/verbs/adjectives”?
Yes interlinear is really the best solution for this. It's kind of a parallel text with the two texts alternating line by line rather than page by page.
Sep
7
comment A “version” of the bible with sentence structure written in English but retaining most of the original untranslated “nouns/verbs/adjectives”?
One problem is that words do not map one to one. Both Hebrew and Greek are inflected language, Hebrew in a very different way to English. Often one English word might cover the stem and others various parts of the inflection. The same goes for prefixes and suffixes. In Hebrew some prepositions and conjunctions are also prefixes. The word orders are very different resulting in this pieces not being next to each other. Also Hebrew morphology can pack a lot of things into a single word that English cannot.
Sep
7
comment Is incest a sin?
I am trying to save this question because the answers are good but can't figure out the best way. Please see my concerns in the chat room logged here.
Sep
6
awarded  Teacher
Sep
6
comment Do Catholics refer to all martyrs as Saints?
Off-topic seems to be the wrong reason for closing. The community should ask Stack Exchange to add the "General reference" reason for closing. You can read about it on meta.SO or just ask about it on the meta here and the SE people will respond.
Sep
6
comment What does the bible say about interracial marriages?
What kinds of things does the bible say about race at all?
Sep
6
comment When are souls “received”?
The wording of your question seems to imply that "we" are our body rather than our soul. Wouldn't it be the body that is the optional extra and the soul which is the essence? Or is it worded this way on purpose for a particular reason?
Sep
6
comment Where do we draw the line when questioning/testing God?
Just to be clear, are you asking where we actually draw the line in practice, or where we ought to draw it based on Christian teachings etc?
Sep
6
comment Are there evil acts which are not sins?
You reminded me that I was thinking of asking a question about slavery.
Sep
6
comment Is incest a sin?
I had a vague recollection of Cain and Able not being the only offspring of Adam and Eve but merely the first. In any case I couldn't recall which specific close relatives would be covered by the term "incest", just siblings or also mother and son.
Sep
6
comment Is incest a sin?
@DTest: Yes it's often difficult to know whether to ask one or two questions, especially when overlapping nonidentical questions on many SE sites often are closed as "exact duplicates". So I usually opt for a main question possibly with closely related side questions. Or sometimes I think of the side questions by the time I've typed everything in. Or sometimes there seems to be a natural progression of steps that are best expressed as a small set of questions.
Sep
6
comment Why are there so many translations of the Bible?
Because no two languages have 1:1 mappings, languages change over time, and translation necessarily involves interpretation since the translator is continually faced with choices.
Sep
6
awarded  Quorum
Sep
6
revised What would be the implications of a selfless act that saved others but resulted in damnation for the doer?
perhaps this should be marked as a duplicate?; quite probably -> quite possibly
Sep
6
comment What would be the implications of a selfless act that saved others but resulted in damnation for the doer?
@Flimzy: Actually I'm asking about all sin, "real" or "confused", especially since the nature of sin is not necessarily clear or equal in the minds of all people.
Sep
6
comment What would be the implications of a selfless act that saved others but resulted in damnation for the doer?
@Caleb: If people agree then I feel this question may be marked a duplicate of the question you linked.