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awarded  Enlightened
Sep
4
comment What is the prayer aim?
Closely related: "What is the purpose of Prayer?"
Aug
30
comment What is the Biblical basis that God does not punish disobedient Christians beyond the immediate natural consequences?
It seems that the line between discipline and punishment can be unclear. Both are unpleasant, both can be a response to improper behavior. Punishment has more of a sense of retribution (justice) whereas discipline is directed toward training in righteousness and perhaps removing occasions of sin. If discipline (at least of certain types) is considered punishment despite not being based on retribution, then a different answer would be given than if not.
Aug
22
awarded  Curious
Aug
21
comment Did medieval European monasticism provide a release from certain societal pressures?
I would appreciate help in improving this question. Even though I think it is not bad subjective, it seems that, as written, it might lean in that direction.
Aug
21
asked Did medieval European monasticism provide a release from certain societal pressures?
Aug
19
comment Is there any evidence that Paul was a descendant of Jonathan?
Whether this question and the category it represents is on-topic is being considered in this Meta post (Thanks to Flimzy for taking this to Meta.) I have posted my defense there and encourage people to weigh in on the matter both for this specific question and the more general concern.
Aug
18
comment Is there any evidence that Paul was a descendant of Jonathan?
@Mr.Bultitude It is my own speculation, but someone else may very well have thought of it earlier. (It is even remotely possibly that I read/heard about it years ago and I am mistaking a imperfect memory as an original/rediscovered thought. My memory is very imperfect, but this does not seem to have the "flavor" of any likely candidates. E.g., the covenant+individual emphasis seems more modern and the devotional speculation a bit more archaic.)
Aug
18
asked Is there any evidence that Paul was a descendant of Jonathan?
Aug
13
comment Where does the Bible say to read itself?
Acts 17:11 seems somewhat relevant: "Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true." (NIV, emphasis added).
Aug
11
comment What does the Bible say about Capital Punishment?
For Paul, I would probably have mentioned Romans 13:4 ("For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.", NIV). The sword is a tool of capital punishment. (I had previous upvoted Patrick Szalapski mentioning Romans 13, but this specific verse seems especially relevant.)
Aug
9
comment Context for Paul and Solomon's usage of “heap burning coals on his head.”
@LCIII There is some Scriptural precedent: 1 Peter 3:16 (" keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.", NIV) and Titus 2:7-8 ("In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.", NIV)
Aug
9
revised If Jesus was God, then why did he pray?
corrected spelling ("bing"), grammar ("is would"), and (most debatably) rephrased two minute references
Aug
9
suggested suggested edit on If Jesus was God, then why did he pray?
Jul
31
comment How does Christianity explain the health benefits of sexual intercourse
I wonder if it would be worthwhile to make a more explicit distinction between sex and sexuality. I think Mere Christianity had a nice comment about the greater brokenness of the sexual appetite (compared to the food appetite); of course, "objectifying" food seems less criminal than "objectifying" another human being.
Jul
21
comment What is the context of Chesterton's quote: “When we bind our hearts, we free our hands.”?
A quick search did not find the quote in Orthodoxy, Heretics, or What I Saw in America (which I had downloaded earlier from Project Gutenberg); "I could never conceive or tolerate any Utopia which did not leave to me the liberty for which I chiefly care, the liberty to bind myself. Complete anarchy would not merely make it impossible to have any discipline or fidelity; it would also make it impossible to have any fun. [...] The dissolution of all contracts would not only ruin morality but spoil sport." from Orthodoxy (Ch. VII) seems only weakly related. (Should narrow the search a bit)
Jul
17
awarded  Nice Answer
Jun
23
awarded  Constituent
Jun
23
awarded  Caucus
Jun
20
comment Who was the first major Christian figure to popularize a figurative interpretation of Genesis?
The end of Augustine's Confessions gives an interesting interpretation of start of Genesis.