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Feb
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comment What arguments would you give to teenagers who are unconcerned about eternal life?
@PeterTurner - I think my "they don't care" answer covers my opinion, in that case. Even if not fun, they'd probably agree it was better than the alternative. That might be enough, depending on what your goals are.
Feb
3
answered What arguments would you give to teenagers who are unconcerned about eternal life?
Jan
25
comment What is the power that Christians possess?
How could one tell the difference between manifesting the power of sanctification and not (where presumably people would mistakenly say that things were sanctified, but they would not be)?
Jan
25
comment Who believes in Mechanical Inspiration?
You mean that the writers might not have been aware of the meaning or even the words being written, but they wrote what they were directed to write nonetheless?
Jan
23
answered Could more miraculous works bring more persons to faith?
Jan
20
comment Why isn't the cross considered an idol?
@KazDragon - Some commandments are nonetheless given priority over others.
Jan
16
comment Why isn't the cross considered an idol?
@DJClayworth - I did look at the quotes, and they did not clarify the matter; the JW quotes are basically the same ones, or there are an equal number leading to the opposite conclusion. (To counter Num. 21:4-9, there is Exodus 32:4-8, for instance.)
Jan
16
comment Why isn't the cross considered an idol?
@Caleb - So far, though, the other answers say basically, "It's not the same because we say it's not". The JW's say, "It is the same, because it is--look at all this scriptural support." Who gets to decide--us, or God? If the question is about the sociology of prayer around a cross, then I agree that user12646's answer is far better. But if the question is about scriptural support, then the JW's have put together a much stronger case than any answer here. I don't think the JW position is airtight, but it's silly to discount evidence just because custom is to believe something else.
Jan
16
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Jan
16
answered Christianity certainty and other religions certainty
Jan
16
comment Why isn't the cross considered an idol?
@DJClayworth - It is indeed a minority view, but that does not make it not an answer. Sometimes the minority is correct, or at least not obviously wrong. I couldn't find a good rebuttal of the Jehovah's Witnesses position. If you know of one or can write one, feel free to answer the question yourself with better support than I referenced here. If the argument is sound, hopefully the OP will switch the accepted answer, and if not, I'm happy to delete this answer and re-post it as a comment so as not to mislead future readers.
Jan
15
answered Why isn't the cross considered an idol?
Jan
15
comment Why isn't the cross considered an idol?
@MarcGravell - Could you not also argue that Exodus is prohibiting something that almost never occurs anyway (especially in modern times): the worship of that idol itself, not what the idol represents? (The wording in Leviticus is more problematic.)
Jan
15
comment Are there Biblical reasons why a Christian should not believe that Global Warming is happening
@DavidStratton - Wait, what? Acid rain was a problem in the 70s and 80s, and regulations passed in the 80s and 90s helped to limit the damage. If the 80s "hype" over acid rain is your model, you should believe that global warming is real and man-made, but that the scare-stories told about it are overblown (but the problem is still serious).
Jan
6
comment Which languages did Huldrych Zwingli know?
Why not check Wikipedia before asking here (especially without more context as to why this is so important): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huldrych_Zwingli
Jan
1
comment Sources on Historical Reliability of the New Testament
@David Stratton - If one selected people who were not Christian before they started studying the event, that would fix the selection bias problem that you describe.
Jan
1
comment How to define an independent interference by God?
This answer is very interesting, but it also contains major conceptual flaws: providence can in principle be tested for statistically, so the "it's real to them" and "it could be coincidence" points are missing the major point when it comes to detecting divine interference; miracles are not clearly distinguished from providence at least in the recently-occurring examples (spontaneous remission of cancer is known at some rate, and not only among Christians, and examples of, say, regenerating a lost limb are not found).
Nov
11
awarded  Civic Duty
Nov
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accepted Honor and solidarity
Nov
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comment Honor and solidarity
Thanks, that helps clarify; in cases of disputes, if you truly love your enemies, you wouldn't (presumably) favor your relatives.