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revised When and why did the devil, or Satan, really emerge as a force in Christian belief?
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Aug
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comment Does the Bible give any rules for music?
So, if I understand correctly, you would allow that one could sing, say, a modern hymn in church? I wasn't sure if I understood correctly; hence the request for clarification.
Aug
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comment Does the Bible give any rules for music?
The Bible very clearly makes mention of musical style (Psalm 150). The notion that words would be by their nature is baffling. Scripture is nothing but words. The Psalms are full of word-based worship. Are you claiming that singing is inappropriate for worship? If not, could you clarify?
Aug
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answered Do we have to obey the laws of the bible? If so, what laws?
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revised The Bible seems to allow polygamy. Why doesn't the church?
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Aug
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answered Does God hate Sinners like he hates Sin?
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awarded  Critic
Aug
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comment What is the essence of sin?
This is a great redemptive-historical way of describing Sin. Can you expand on how the first Sin became the basis for all sin?
Aug
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answered What is the essence of sin?
Aug
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comment The Bible seems to allow polygamy. Why doesn't the church?
My understanding of the historical background of this passage is that it is implicitly addressing the case of men who were polygamous prior to conversion. In the absence of a divorce (which is disallowed), the man would be ineligible for eldership. So rather than "elders may not have multiple wives, but Joe Christian can marry as many girls as he wants" this is more like "nobody should have multiple wives, but if someone does, he may not be an elder"
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awarded  Student
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asked What is the origin of the moral-civil-ceremonial distinction of the Old Testament law?
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comment What is the Biblical basis for Total Depravity?
can you explain how these passages go beyond "original sin" to "total depravity"?
Aug
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comment What is the Biblical basis for Total Depravity?
I can't provide the historical context for what specific passages brought Calvin to formulate this description of the principle. However, I can say that I was convinced as a new Christian when I first read Romans 1:18-3:20 that we are born sinful to the core.
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awarded  Teacher
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comment Does wine really mean wine in the Bible?
My understanding is that "wine" refers to diluted wine, whereas "strong drink" refers to what we call wine. Distillation was not an available technology, so the strongest available was wine. I will have to find a reference.
Aug
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answered Does being a Christian mean being a Bible literalist?