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answered Understanding Jesus counter argument against the Pharisees (Luke 11:19 )
Feb
10
revised The Jews were so offended after Stephen said that he saw Jesus “standing” at the right hand of God in Acts 7:55 that they stoned him. Why?
added a couple citations
Feb
10
answered The Jews were so offended after Stephen said that he saw Jesus “standing” at the right hand of God in Acts 7:55 that they stoned him. Why?
Feb
1
comment Why do Christian leaders of today who know that Constantine added Pagan tradition into Church continue to allow it?
@JoshuaBigbee. Yeah, I agree with you. I guess you could say that I was trying to steer the OP in the right direction. By the way, my anecdote about that believer/friend of mine is true. Believe it or not, he's had a change of heart fairly recently, and it was the Lord's doing, NOT mine! Don
Feb
1
answered Why do Christian leaders of today who know that Constantine added Pagan tradition into Church continue to allow it?
Feb
1
revised Why do Christian leaders of today who know that Constantine added Pagan tradition into Church continue to allow it?
reformatted mostly; corrected a few errata
Feb
1
comment What is the biblical basis for the claim that abortion is immoral?
A sweater which is not fully made yet is called a sweater in the making. A sweater evolves in stages. What it may become when it's just a sleeve, for example, may not be apparent to an observer (who sees only a sleeve), but it's more than apparent to the creator of the sweater! So it is with a human fetus. It may look like a creature from the deep lagoon at one stage in its making, but I can almost hear God say, "I'm not finished yet. I have a little more knitting to do." Therein lies the problem. In our largely secular society, fewer and fewer people are asking, "What's God's perspective?"
Jan
31
comment Is there a term for a marriage between a Catholic and a Protestant?
A cathestant? A protescat? A stantlic? (Just kidding!) Don
Jan
30
comment Positional and Relational Forgiveness, what is the Biblical Basis?
@Marc: Sure, be glad to do what I can, if not tonight, then tomorrow. Don
Jan
30
comment Positional and Relational Forgiveness, what is the Biblical Basis?
his own blood (Hebrews 9:6 ff.). I commend Hebrews 9 to you. Notice the phrase "ashes of a heifer," which is taken from Numbers 19, and alludes to the ritual of sprinkling with the ashes of the heifer to purify people as preparation for worship. Notice, too, phrases such as "eternal redemption," "once for all," "new covenant" [in Jesus' blood; see Matthew 26:28], "better sacrifices," "once to put away sin," and "once to bear the sins of many"; all these and more speak of the finality of what Jesus accomplished on the cross as he shed his blood. I have much more to say, but email me. Don
Jan
30
comment Positional and Relational Forgiveness, what is the Biblical Basis?
Another way of approaching the difference between standing and state is to examine how the animal sacrifices and the procedures associated with them in the OT economy differed from the various cleansings and washings which preceded the offering up of the blood of the daily sacrifices and the once-yearly application of blood in the Holy of Holies on the Day of Atonement. There was, of course, no end to the animal sacrifices and cleansings, that is until Christ appeared as the high priest (of things yet future) and entered the holy place with the greater and more perfect tabernacle:
Jan
30
comment Positional and Relational Forgiveness, what is the Biblical Basis?
@Marc: The only way a person can be righteous in God's sight is to be IN CHRIST (I'm not yelling; I just don't know how to make the words bold). Being "in Christ" is a positional STANDING; it's having been declared not guilty by the Judge. Even in Christ, however, our STATE (NOT our standing) changes from day to day--sometimes minute by minute! Standing and state: two different descriptions of each & every Christian at any given time. In Christ, my standing is secure; even in Christ, however, my state fluctuates (remember John's words: "if anyone says he is without sin, he's a liar").
Jan
30
answered Positional and Relational Forgiveness, what is the Biblical Basis?
Jan
28
comment Are there denominations who believe that the possibilty of finding the bones of Jesus is not heretical?
Which denominations? Another question: If Jesus ascended to heaven once and for all (and bones and all!), how could his bones still be somewhere on earth? I'm under the impression, along with millions of other Christians, that Jesus was resurrected as a full and whole human being (complete with "flesh and bones," as Jesus told Thomas in Luke 24:39).
Jan
25
comment What views are there about the necessity of Jesus' murder?
@JontheArchitect: I'm with you, brother. The question belies a doctrinal error. Jesus in fact volunteered to lay down his life. Moreover, the Father "did not spare his Son but delivered him up for us all" (Romans 8:32a). Christ's sacrificial death was a fait accompli from eternity past. The Son was willing to lay down his life; the Father was pleased with his willingness, delivering him up; and the Holy Spirit empowered Jesus as he plumbed the depths of both physical and spiritual agony, the likes of which we will never fully understand or appreciate. This is sacred ground, to be sure. Don
Jan
23
revised What exactly is meant by the word “Law” in Matthew 5:17-19?
tried to paraphrase what I think the OP is asking
Jan
23
comment Who first divided the Bible's books into chapters?
This article will get you started: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chapters_and_verses_of_the_Bible. Here's another: gotquestions.org/divided-Bible-chapters-verses.html. Here's one more: bibletools.org/index.cfm/fuseaction/Library.sr/CT/BQA/k/179/…. Have fun copying and pasting! Don
Jan
23
comment Who first divided the Bible's books into chapters?
Felipe: Good question. I recommend, however, that you do a Google search either in your own mother-tongue or in English, using words such as "at what point was the Bible divided into chapters and verses." I'll be a monkey's uncle if that search alone does not give you more than enough material to answer your own question. If so, then you can post an answer to your own question, which is perfectly permissible on this website. Best wishes! Don
Jan
23
comment Why did Lot's wife look back?
@Pacerier: It's a weak attempt at comic relief. It's just a non-sequiter which I co-opted from a very common request heard around the family table during a meal: "Please pass the salt, Mom" (for example). Don
Jan
18
comment Do any young earth creationists believe that a change to the earth's axis tilt was God's way of shortening human lifespans?
creation of humankind. Why and how the earth (which I believe was created originally to be resplendent in its beauty--much like God himself) became a dark and formless void, I do not know. I know simply that God's usual modus operandi is not to create a dark and formless void and then make it beautiful. At some point, something beautiful became ugly, and God chose to re-fashion it into something beautiful again. If the earth is indeed "young"--and I'm not positive it is, its "youth" was perhaps preceded by what could have been eons, giving the re-created earth the appearance of great age.