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Did some formal study at a Bible school in the US about 8 years ago. Find enjoyment from reading books like the Moody Handbook of Theology. Raised Catholic until 14. Followed the typical non-denominational dogma until about 23. Had a hodge-podge of theologies for about five years after that, the most notable being Annihilationism. I am now agnostic. Much of that is currently based on the fact that God does not seem real in my life and I cannot find a suitable answer to the problem of evil. I'm still receptive to there being a god(s), but I do not believe Christianity accurately describes him/them.

This is kind of funny: http://www.venganza.org/images/fsmrof.png
Disclaimer: I am in no way a Pastafarian. It's just funny is all.


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comment When and where does the statement, “Christ paid the penalty for our sins” first appear?
Okay, your comments help. I would stress "I'm interested in the origins of the exact idea of Penal Substitution" rather than a phrase that might be associated. Then all the other stuff you've said in comments here say at the end of the question.
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comment What should I do to atheists trying to convert me?
Are you afraid you might convert?
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comment When and where does the statement, “Christ paid the penalty for our sins” first appear?
I feel like what you've deemed as similar to your first statement and what you've deemed dissimilar are actually pretty much all the same. I don't really see how "Christ suffered for our sins" or "Christ was punished for our sins" is much different than saying "paid". That said, are you trying to find the history of the theology or merely the phrase? The first is certainly on-topic. I'm not too sure about the second.
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comment What is Soul made of as per christianity?
Thank you for sourcing your answer.
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revised What is Soul made of as per christianity?
added 18 characters in body
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reviewed Close What should I do to atheists trying to convert me?
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reviewed Leave Open Are there one or two covenants in Exodus? Clarifying the role of the first set of laws compared to the second set
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comment Are there one or two covenants in Exodus? Clarifying the role of the first set of laws compared to the second set
I always assumed they were identical, so there is no pragmatic difference.
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reviewed Reviewed What should I do to atheists trying to convert me?
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comment What should I do to atheists trying to convert me?
Welcome to the site. We're glad you're here. I'm sorry, but this kind of question is off-topic. Ref: Pastoral Advice Questions
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reviewed Reject How can the sun be created after day and night?
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reviewed Leave Closed Is there a consensus on understanding the meaning of “thick darkness” that can be “felt”?
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reviewed Leave Closed Is faith required for miracles? If so, whose?
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reviewed Close Ephesians 1:5 adopted sons of God
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reviewed Leave Open How to conduct missionary work through literature
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reviewed Close Why would God permit divorce because of Israel's “hardness of heart”?
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reviewed Close Is there a theological lesson (modern or traditional) in who carved each set of the ten commandments?
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comment Is there a theological lesson (modern or traditional) in who carved each set of the ten commandments?
"What are we to learn from the recording of this information?" This is primarily opinion based.
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reviewed Looks OK Ephesians 1:5 adopted sons of God
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reviewed Close Is the Holy Bible more about the death or resurrection of Jesus?