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Dec
16
comment Did Jesus tell us that we should give a tenth to The Church and then give of the excess to the poor?
The tithe was needed under the old covenant to support an entire tribe. The Levites were not given land is Israel - they were set aside as a priestly class. The tithing laws supported the tabernacle / animal sacrifice system where priests were needed to intermediate between God and man. Applying the same rule to churches now is to misunderstand the role that the Church fills - it doesn't intermediate between us and God, it is us.
Oct
27
comment Are white lies sometime justified?
@Cecil: If an assassin comes to your door looking for someone you are protecting, and asks if you've seen said person and you lie to save their life, is it still a sin?
Sep
25
comment Do most Christian scientists have a Literal Creationist viewpoint?
@jlaverde: You're conflating two different ideas of truth. Science doesn't have the ability to make a metaphysical statement of the Truth of reality. Science gives us models that explain observations and predict how things will work in the future. The flat earth model explains enough for me to navigate a city. The spherical model is better, the oblate spheroid even better. None of them are "wrong", just incomplete - the only complete model of the Earth is the Earth itself. What is wrong, is assuming that a scientific model can claim to be complete.
Sep
24
comment Do most Christian scientists have a Literal Creationist viewpoint?
@jlaverde: Science (in its current post-enlightenment state) is also almost never "wrong", just more or less useful. Even "The Earth is flat" as a model isn't wrong, it's just only useful in a small domain - which is why we can function perfectly well on city scales with a flat map. Conversely, while we can say that the Bible has never been shown to be wrong, individual interpretations of it have been shown wrong time and time again. Any time that we are certain that we've nailed down the exact meaning of a passage, we are presuming to know God's Word completely.
Jul
23
comment How do Christians in support of gay marriage interpret anti-gay Bible verses?
The NIV has this note about that phrase: The words "men who have sex with men" translate two Greek words that refer to the passive and active participants in homosexual acts.
Apr
2
comment Did Jesus actually ever say “if you don't believe in me you go to Hell”?
John 3:18 says he the unbeliever "condemned already". David also mentioned this - the sin that leads to condemnation isn't "not believing", the sin is "their deeds were evil".
Apr
2
comment Did Jesus actually ever say “if you don't believe in me you go to Hell”?
I realize the Irish kid example is not a commonly held view, and there isn't any way to back it up. John Piper would say no. C.S. Lewis surprisingly suggests yes in the Chronicles of Narnia.
Apr
2
comment Did Jesus actually ever say “if you don't believe in me you go to Hell”?
@Affable: There are at least a helf dozen references to Abraham's faith being "counted to him as righhteousness". I can't think of any denomination that doesn't claim that Abraham is (or will be) in heaven. Yes, it was his faith in God that saved him, but it wasn't his belief in the incarnated Jesus. I'm NOT saying that you can be saved without Christ - I'm saying that people were saved before Jesus was born as a human and died and rose. The atonement was applied to some who had never heard the name Jesus.
Apr
1
comment Did Jesus actually ever say “if you don't believe in me you go to Hell”?
In the KJV, it's possible to misunderstand this passage based on verse 19 and assume that having the Light shone on one's deeds is the punishment. "This is the condemnation" in verse 19 should really be "This is the verdict", or more so "This is the reason/evidence for the verdict".
Feb
27
comment What is the source of hatred often perceived by Christians in western society?
Good point about persecution not being good. It's easy for a Christian to act in a very unchrist-like manner, and perceive the predictable response as persecution rather than justified criticism. It happens when we miss out the "on account of the Son of Man" part of that verse.
Feb
26
comment Do Christians believe in Ethical Relativism, in other words, that good and bad are determined by culture, society, tradtions, etc?
I agree with most of what you're saying, I just think that what you're saying doesn't address his question on moral relativism, or his question on deriving a rational moral code. Just because everyone breaks the Law, doesn't mean that it doesn't apply differently at different times. It also doesn't mean that the law can't be arrived at without refering to the scriptures. The Deut. verse is a warning against distorting the law, but God certainly wasn't done revealing the law when Deuteronomy was finished, nor is His revelation exclusive to His special revelation.
Feb
26
comment Do Christians believe in Ethical Relativism, in other words, that good and bad are determined by culture, society, tradtions, etc?
I take issue with: "For Christians, the law that is laid out in Scripture is the moral law." - the law laid out in scripture is the moral law as revealed, in divinely inspired, but humanly accessible media, to a specific people group at a specific time. The scriptures cannot be a full revelation of the Law, because they are constrained by our limitations. They are at best an image of the Law that we can "see darkly as through a glass".