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Christian, husband, father, software engineer. (In that order of importance)


May
18
comment Ancient nations in a young earth
Please be more specific about what you see as the challenge.
May
9
comment What is the Biblical basis for 'term eldership'?
I agree that the service of being an elder should be taken seriously, but I'm not sure that rotation is necessarily detrimental to that. In my tradition (Baptist) some churches have paid pastors as their only elders and others have unpaid lay elders in addition to their paid pastors. Asking a layman to commit to serving as an elder for the rest of their life while earning a living at a full time job is asking a lot (unless the responsibilities are light and then it not a very serious service). I'm in favor of rotation for lay elders to give them a break.
Apr
23
comment Christian Position on the meaning of Faith
@Eric Do you think there's room for a question seeking a concise explanation of what Christian faith is? I agree this question as stated is asking for more of a book than a simple answer. I admit my answer does not cover all aspects of the question, but the question as stated forced me to put a lot of thought into my answer. I'm not sure that a more focused question could have led me to the answer that I gave below.
Apr
20
comment Christian Position on the meaning of Faith
It sounds like this is just asking for a more in depth answer to What is Faith. Or am I missing something and you are after something different?
Mar
9
comment How literally do you take and universally apply what Jesus said?
Maybe instead of "how literal is the story" you should rephrase it along the lines of "how universal is the application".
Oct
25
comment How would they know if Timothy was circumcised or not?
@ashansky The research and references for confirming the research make for a much higher quality answer. The formatting is nice, but anyone can edit that in.
Oct
24
comment Why did the Pharisees need Judas to betray Jesus?
+1 for pointing that the chief priests and scribes did not want to arrest him publicly when he was easy to locate and identify.
Oct
21
comment To what do the seven churches of Revelation refer?
@TRiG Do you have a reference or source for that?
Oct
21
comment How do “Sola Fide” adherents reconcile with the three aspects of faith?
Related (but different) question: What is faith?
Oct
11
comment What does it mean to be “weak in faith”?
@jchaffee I got that straight from Romans 14:2-3 (quoted above). The person who has faith eats (v.2) and the one who eats is not to view others with contempt (v.3). There is no guarantee that the person with stronger faith will have that reaction, but since Paul was warning against it, he apparently sees that as a tendency or risk associated with the stronger faith.
Oct
4
comment What is the meaning of “anything” in Matthew 18:19-20?
@Richard James 4:1-3 points out that if our motives are wrong, we won't get what we ask for.
Oct
1
comment How do Christians justify their belief and how do they convince others of their belief?
@eWolf That could (and probably should) be formulated as a separate question or two or three.
Oct
1
comment How do Christians justify their belief and how do they convince others of their belief?
Not everything that is true can be logically proven. Think about interpersonal relationships and your feelings for another person. If you contend that all of your feelings for other people can be based on or explained by the laws of logic, I would assume you've never been in love. The Evangelical Protestant view is that Christianity is a relationship, not a religion. Christians are those who have responded to God's invitation to a personal relationship with Him. Like human relationships, there are aspects of this that cannot be logically proven, yet are true.
Sep
29
comment Can you be a Christian and not go to church?
Welcome to Christianity.SE. I edited your post to turn your scripture references into links.
Sep
28
comment Are other flood legends relevant to Christians?
@MarcGravell If the Biblical account of Noah is true, there's one single event with only 8 survivors. After languages were confused at Bable (Genesis 11) the single human culture was split and the multiple cultures began to diverge. Each culture could carry on an account of the flood.
Sep
28
comment Why and how do Creationists agree with microevolution but disagree with the idea of macroevolution
@Richard The last sentence of one of the microevolution definitions you referenced states: "The accumulation of many microevolutionary changes results in macroevolution."
Sep
21
comment How do young earth creationists reconcile the age of the universe with the speed of light, and visible distant objects?
@userunknown Wikipedia has an article that attempts to answer your questions, but may be challenging to follow.
Sep
20
comment How do young earth creationists reconcile the age of the universe with the speed of light, and visible distant objects?
@RexKerr I don't know how many people share my view. Like I said in my answer, I know it is not a scientific view and I don't believe that science will ever be able to prove that the Bible correctly describes the act or process of creation. Personally, I think most (if not all) creation scientists are barking up the wrong tree. Most (if not all) short blurbs I've heard about how "science proves creation" contain serious scientific flaws. Trying to use to use science to prove a miracle sounds definitionally impossible.
Sep
20
comment How do young earth creationists reconcile the age of the universe with the speed of light, and visible distant objects?
It seems to me that you have edited your question to ensure that it can't be answered. Your question is directed at YECs, who by definition believe the universe (or at least the earth) is "young", but you categorically reject any answer that doesn't take it as a given that the universe is billions of years old. As it stands, I'm strongly tempted to vote to close because it's "not a real question".
Sep
20
comment How do young earth creationists reconcile the age of the universe with the speed of light, and visible distant objects?
Could you provide one or more links to arguments against the red shift theory?