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Nov
24
comment How did Gideon win his battle against the Midianites?
Good answer, and reminds me what I know of war. In most battles, a handful of men (5%-15%) do the actual fighting. The remainder are there as "cannon fodder." In Gideon's case, God could pick "the best of the best" to fight the battle. They used "shock," rather than "contact" tactics so they wouldn't be overwhelmed and killed by superior numbers.
Oct
28
comment Is there a converse of “judge not, lest you be judged?”
Why don't some of you commenters expand your comments into an answer?
Oct
27
comment Is there a converse of “judge not, lest you be judged?”
@ElberichSchneider: The Bible preaches, "judge not, lest you be judged." But since God (through Paul), said, "all have sinned," are there some Christians that will say, "You may judge others, as long as you understand that you will be judged the same way (Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.) Otherwise, must we refrain from judging e.g. Adolf Hitler, even though he's pretty egregious?
May
27
comment Why was Jeremiah treated well by the Babylonians?
@PaulA.Clayton: Interesting point. But the fact that the Bablylonians had "respect for a prophet" may make them more righteous than the Israelis. I have explored this further in a followup question.
May
27
comment Were (at least some) Babylonians (at least somewhat) righteous?
@Steve: Jonah prophesied, Nineveh repented, and God changed his original plan to destroy the city based on Nineveh's repentance. That spells "somewhat righteous" or "improved righteouness" to me. I'd certainly accept an argument that they were not fully righteous. But the real question was were they righteous to the point where they now represented an "upgrade" to the Israelis?
May
27
comment Why was Jeremiah treated well by the Babylonians?
Not a bad answer. Upvoted. I plan to explore some of these issues further in a followup question.
May
9
comment Why do we use words like “servants” to mean “slaves”?
I didn't know about the "before the 20th century" part so I found your question useful. Only a strong historian would know these things.
May
7
comment Why is it hard for a rich man to go to heaven?
@FFCoder: It's a "figure of speech" for something that's very hard to do.
May
5
comment Are people who “think a lot about” God, Jesus, right and wrong more likely to go to heaven?
Fair enough. To ask the question "your way," is someone who "thinks a lot about God and Jesus and right and wrong" more likely to "believe in God's son [and therefore meet] the condition for eternal life?"
May
4
comment Are people who “think a lot about” God, Jesus, right and wrong more likely to go to heaven?
@SoftwareMonkey: I consider those acts "two sides of the same coin." As I remember, Nathan accused David of "stealing" Bathsheba from Uriah, just as the rich man stole the lamb from the poor man.
Feb
23
comment How is Hal Lindsey regarded in the Christian faith?
I tried to improve the question by asking WHICH Christian groups considered Lindsey's thesis valid or invalid. Even if his (or another) doctrine is "controversial," I want to know that.
Feb
22
comment Have we seen some of the horseman of the apocalypse?
@El'endia Starman: OK, if this question is not a good fit for this site, could we "migrate" it hermeneutics per Alypius' suggestion?
Feb
22
comment Have we seen some of the horseman of the apocalypse?
@Alypius: Thanks. Interesting.
Feb
22
comment Have we seen some of the horseman of the apocalypse?
European imperialsim, Communism, and OPEC ARE "worldwide issues and not limited in scope." We've ALREADY seen these "all happen." Will admit that we haven't YET seen the pale horse of death; am not looking forward to it, but even then, the Black Plague may be a precursor.
Nov
10
comment Where does Jesus stand on war and peace?
@Caleb:I have edited the question to make it more focused, and to try to highlight the paradox of apparent contradictions. Can you re-open it in its edited form?
Sep
10
comment Do not allow a sorceress/witch to live?
@HedgeMadge: I lost two points of reputation for my one line post. If it is deleted, I should get back those two points, right?