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Nov
12
comment In the Gospels, is there any recorded instance of the Pharisees quoting Scripture?
Not much of a point, just that the lawyers were lumped together with the Pharisees and that reference has a lawyer quoting scriptures.
Nov
12
revised What's the story behind the traditional haircut associated with monks?
added 'monasticism' tag
Nov
12
comment In the Gospels, is there any recorded instance of the Pharisees quoting Scripture?
An expert in the law/lawyer quotes scripture in Luke 10:27 and the lawyers were insulted alongside the Pharisees in Luke 11:42-48 (which parallels the seven woes against the scribes and the Pharisees in Matthew 23).
Nov
12
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Oct
24
comment Why does God use an army of Angels to fight against evil when he could do it himself?
The negative of this dignity and love in work is expressed in Edna St. Vincent Millay's "The Suicide": "Better a perilous journey overseas/Away from thee, than this, the life I lead,/To sit all day in the sunshine like a weed/That grows to naught,—I love thee more than they/Who serve thee most; yet serve thee in no way./Father, I beg of thee a little task/To dignify my days,—’tis all I ask/Forever, but forever, this denied,/I perish.”
Oct
24
comment Why does God use an army of Angels to fight against evil when he could do it himself?
The question reminded me of a quote from At the Back of the North Wind: "It is not good at all—mind that Diamond—to do everything for those you love, and not give them a share in the doing. It is not kind. It's making too much of yourself, my child." Also, a father rejoices in seeing his children actively displaying his good character and working in the family business. This sharing of work and character is part of familial love (among siblings and between parents and children).
Oct
21
revised “Felix culpa” - is it correct?
slightly rephrased, added Wikipedia link and quote
Oct
20
comment “Felix culpa” - is it correct?
The Felix culpa Wikipedia article (which was linked from the Exsultet article) mentions that "The Catholic saint Ambrose also speaks of the fortunate ruin of Adam in the Garden of Eden in that his sin brought more good to humanity than if he had stayed perfectly innocent." and also mentions that "Thomas Aquinas cited this line".
Oct
20
suggested suggested edit on “Felix culpa” - is it correct?
Oct
20
awarded  Yearling
Oct
14
comment Poor defined as 'Any Poor' or 'Christian Poor'
Galations 6:10 ("So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith." [ESV]) rather clearly indicates helping Christians has a higher emphasis but helping non-Christians is urged. (This is not really enough for a real answer but may help someone else compose an answer.)
Oct
14
comment New Testament Poetry
2 Tim. 2:11-13 is believed to present a fragment of a hymn/poem. Mary's Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55) is a poem/song (often typeset with line breaks as in the linked Bible Gateway page). The Magnificat is an expected flowing into verse for ecstatic praise (and would indicate Mary was familiar with Scriptural poetry both in form and themes—no great revelation). An early hymn expressing doctrine as in 2 Tim. would point out that the writer is part of a broader theological group (orthodox) and that the early church embraced this artistic expression and method of teaching/encouraging.
Oct
12
comment How is a Christian supposed to fear God when “there is no fear in love” (1 John 4:18)?
From On the Song of Songs (Chapter 33, Bernard of Clairvaux; The Treasury of Christian Spiritual Classics, p. 319): "God demands fear, as Lord; honor, as Father; but as the Bridegroom He demands our love. Love is the highest of these three; without it fear has torment and honour is graceless. Fear is servile, unless love makes it free [cf. Rom. 8:15]; and honor which does not proceed from love is adulation. Honour and fear are due to God alone; but He will accept neither, unless love's honey sweeten it." (bracketed comment is mine)
Oct
9
comment What are the meanings of the mote and beam in the parable?
Matthew 23:24 is a comparable statement (also concerning hypocrisy): "You blind guides, straining out a gnat and swallowing a camel!" (ESV).
Oct
6
comment Does the bible say everyone can interact with Jesus as much as we want in Heaven?
Ah, but are you sure about premise 2? If there are an infinite number of worlds (i.e., not just earth) with beings that have souls, there might be an infinite number of beings in heaven. Now the number of saints may be countably infinite and the time be described as some larger infinity … ☺
Sep
30
awarded  Explainer
Sep
29
revised Has the Catholic Church ever declared any group that identified itself Christian as not Christian?
added links
Sep
29
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Sep
23
revised Persecution of Jewish people by Christians in Middle Ages?
indicated Bible version and added block quote formatting
Sep
23
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