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comment Mental Illness vs. Demon Possession
@Nathaniel - Do you mean "Biblical Literalist"? I do not think that edit is accurate otherwise, as it makes it sound like other perspectives are non-Biblical.
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comment Mental Illness vs. Demon Possession
@RedRackham - Well, no one group can lay complete claim to the title "Orthodox"; it really does mean the historical views: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orthodox_Christianity So no modern individual can, without further qualifications, precisely qualify as orthodox because they most likely have additional modern beliefs (e.g. Eastern Orthodox).
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comment Mental Illness vs. Demon Possession
@RedRackham - I used Yulish as one example out of many possibilities. I brought up Catholicism because they recognize at least some cases of demonic possession, and in the link I posted explain how they think they know they're correct. Also, I mean "orthodox" in the general sense of it being the historical interpretation; I didn't have any particular modern group labeled "orthodox" in mind (e.g. Greek, Russian, etc.)".
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comment Mental Illness vs. Demon Possession
@RedRackham - My "sources" for these perspectives are conversations with people who believed each, plus various things I read over the years. The Catholic Church takes a "diversification perspective" (see e.g. knowledgenuts.com/2014/01/31/…) regarding modern cases; I'm not sure how Catholics interpret Matthew 8:28-9, but a literal reading seems likely to me. How do you know which is correct? Depends on your epistemology. E.g. if validation and evidence is primary, you'll take the medical perspective.
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comment What is the interpretation of the bow in the cloud after the Flood?
That is very strange reasoning since (1) there hasn't been time since the ark for wood to petrify, (2) lots of petrified wood does have tree rings clearly visible, and (3) the identification of the ark is highly controversial. (I assume you accept that the ice answer is mechanically impossible, sans divine intervention of a level that would equally well enable a layer of water, clouds, nothing, etc..)
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comment What is the interpretation of the bow in the cloud after the Flood?
Without scriptural support for ice specifically, why assume it when it has so many physical problems (e.g. it would be shattered by tidal forces)? Also, 8:22 doesn't look like a list of new phenomena; Genesis 7:4 is pretty clear about there already being day and night. Overall the answer looks reasonably clever but I'm not so sure the scriptural support is good.
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comment Mental Illness vs. Demon Possession
@GregMcNulty - Well, that was the first link I found. Maybe there are others that proponents of that viewpoint would like better.
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comment Does the Bible give us any indication of why God created such a vast universe with so much stuff in it?
The passages may, if viewed in a certain light, but your answer doesn't cast them in that light. Point 2 in your comment helps a bit.
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comment Does the Bible give us any indication of why God created such a vast universe with so much stuff in it?
I don't want everything explained, just the stupefying vastness of it all. That the universe is so incredibly vast is the key point that makes this question interesting/novel. Otherwise it's just a generic "why isn't everything small and boring" question.
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comment Does the Bible give us any indication of why God created such a vast universe with so much stuff in it?
Maybe the poster didn't notice what they asked, but they mentioned 29 gigaparsecs wide and specifically wanted justification for it being "so enormous". The scale of enormity of the actual universe is mindbogglingly bigger than the enormity required for any of your answers. Thus it's not a good answer to what the poster asked, even if the poster is happy with it.