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comment Is it possible (intellectually honest) to 'contextualise' the 'anti-divorce' passages, but not the 'anti-homosexual' ones?
@Flimzy, I have made the implicit explicit, hoping to earn your not-a-downvote.
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answered Is it possible (intellectually honest) to 'contextualise' the 'anti-divorce' passages, but not the 'anti-homosexual' ones?
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comment Were the early Christians an apocalyptic sect?
@Daи: Those are shorthand ways of dicing up Christians. Every scheme of division has problems, including this one, but instead of being paralyzed by not being able to speak with 100% accuracy all the time everywhere, I think it's fair (indeed necessary) to use generalizations suitably qualified (e.g., with verbal phrases like "tended to see" rather than an absolute like "see"). I've added links to Wikipedia articles for those who want more information on what the generalizations mean.
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comment Were the early Christians an apocalyptic sect?
@Daи: Changed to "modernists" with a specific example.
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comment Were the early Christians an apocalyptic sect?
@deathlock, that's Mark's version of the Olivet Discourse (Matthew 24; Luke 21), which I mention above. Specifically, the generation did not pass away because the prophecies were fulfilled with the destruction of the temple in AD 70.
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comment Demon Possession of Jesus' Time - Today's Diagnosable Mental Disorders?
I apologize. I misread your answer. You have shown the difference I was looking for.
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comment Demon Possession of Jesus' Time - Today's Diagnosable Mental Disorders?
Good answer overall, but I think there's a bit of a false dichotomy between disease/disorder and demonic activity (which doesn't have to be possession). We don't know all the tools demons have at their disposal, but like Job's boils, I suspect that mental illness can be demonic in origin, even when it can be counteracted by medication, surgery, etc. Compare John Piper's helpful take on using medicines etc. to cope with various physical challenges.
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comment Noah's flood and Giants
It's not the only answer that makes sense. Random genetic mutations like this can happen today. Consider the list of the tallest people.
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comment Noah's flood and Giants
As an aside, the Google image search for Robert Wadlow (one of the tallest people in recent memory) is fascinating (if sad) to look through. Malcolm Gladwell also has an interpretation of the David and Goliath in his recent book about the latter's apparent giantism as a genetic disorder akin to Wadlow's.