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comment Challenging the OT/NT Divine Dichotomy
23 Psalm is about favor for David, specifically, which may be extrapolated to include all of Israel, but it certainly does not include any non-Jews. "He prepares a table for me in the presence of my enemies" should make this clear. Just like much of the rest of the "loving God of the OT" verses, they are in specific reference to Israel and are often in context of disdain for Israel's enemies. Conversely, the NT has many clear verses that the gospel opens God's love for everyone. I don't think you've really answered the question, but to be fair, I don't think you really can.
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accepted What is the decree that Pope Gregory IX issued in 1231?
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revised Was Augustine opposed to the death penalty?
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comment Was Augustine opposed to the death penalty?
We know he favored beatings and light floggings for heretics. Capitol punishment for things like murder and treason aren't a far leap from that.
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reviewed Approve Why is Saint Paul considered gnostic? (by some)
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revised Why is Saint Paul considered gnostic? (by some)
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comment Words for living. from the Proverbs of Solomon
Which verse? Please quote it exactly.
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revised Why is Saint Paul considered gnostic? (by some)
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comment Why is Saint Paul considered gnostic? (by some)
But do you want to know about Paul generally, or an analysis of those specific verses?
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comment Why is Saint Paul considered gnostic? (by some)
I've heard "proto-Gnostic" probably more than just "Gnostic" simply because "Gnosticism" is a specific heretical movement from the 2nd century, of which 1st century Paul naturally could not have been a part of.
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comment Why is Saint Paul considered gnostic? (by some)
@granmirupa Consider Paul's dramatic conversion experience (Acts 9), combined with the claim that Jesus himself taught Paul (Galatians 1:11-12), followed by a vigorous life of preaching and assuming a leadership position in the Church ... it does have a smell of Gnosticism. However, Paul did not teach (according to most Christians) much of what the 2nd century heresy called Gnosticism taught, such as the body being utterly evil and unredeemable, that Jesus was only spirit, and that special revelation was one's only path to truth.
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comment Why is Saint Paul considered gnostic? (by some)
@Tonyg A google search reveals that there's plenty who've thought about it.
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comment Why is Saint Paul considered gnostic? (by some)
Paul did claim to have a special knowledge. That does seem a bit Gnostic. Yet, at the same time he advised Timothy to be weary of those claiming to have a special knowledge.
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comment Was baptism practiced before Christ?
Let me know when you're done. Looking forward to it.
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comment Was baptism practiced before Christ?
I assume you know what your doing ...
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comment Why are the wicked resurrected only to be destroyed and sent to the Lake of Fire?
Yes, that's exactly the annihilationist perspective. Hellfire is God's glory! But eternal life is the gift to the righteous, not the wicked, hence the wicked are consumed, as fire does to all things. You are suggesting that the wicked are not consumed by it either, a perspective I've never heard. Mundall, whom you cite above doesn't seem to say this; also, I don't know him (seems to just be a guy with a blog). If you can quote someone a bit more notable saying that in your answer, then I will give you an up vote.
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comment Why are the wicked resurrected only to be destroyed and sent to the Lake of Fire?
The question asks why the wicked are raised, only to be killed then tormented forever. You are saying they are not killed? Any theological sources agree with you?
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comment Why are the wicked resurrected only to be destroyed and sent to the Lake of Fire?
I'm not sure you've answered the question.