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Sep
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comment What is the doctrinal significance of repetition between the Gospels?
Good answer, but could you offer a big more detail regarding the relationship between the Deuteronomy quote and the observation that John describes many events not described in the Synoptic Gospels (and that e.g. the Sermon on the Mount appears only in Matthew). Do you suggest that we take Deuteronomy to mean that the parts in common are in some sense more fundamental or essential than the others?
Sep
8
comment How do Christians understand the existence of God in relation to the scientific concept of energy?
@AdamRedwine - The universe can have infinite matter as long as it's infinitely large (with some restrictions on how that matter is distributed). Granted, our universe doesn't look infinitely large, but an infinitely large universe with infinite matter has much less broken physics than a finite universe with infinite matter.
Sep
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Sep
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asked What is the doctrinal significance of repetition between the Gospels?
Sep
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answered How do Christians understand the existence of God in relation to the scientific concept of energy?
Sep
7
comment Adam and Eve versus ecology
Good point about the flood. Note that the perfection explanation also requires a period of hypermutation after the flood to generate all the genetic diversity observed today. It also would have had to affect different species differently, so that some species appear to have gone through population bottlenecks and others don't, and those who have appear to have done so at different times.
Sep
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comment Adam and Eve versus ecology
-1 for not understanding the research; if you had just stopped at the "DNA was perfect and other things were different", it would have been a sensible answer (if not an entirely consensus view). Consider your cousins: you all have one set of grandparents in common, but they have others! That's all the 60k year number means: there was one set of great-great-(...)-grandparents that we all shared that far back. In contrast, we share variability in MHC complexes with chimpanzees, showing that there were way more than two of our ancestors for at least the last 5 million years.
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Sep
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comment What would be the implications of a selfless act that saved others but resulted in damnation for the doer?
@DJClayworth - I suspect so. Which is one reason why I am skeptical of Caleb's assertion; I'd like to see more to back up that point of view.
Sep
5
comment What would be the implications of a selfless act that saved others but resulted in damnation for the doer?
How is this enforced? Suppose that a Christian lives in an area where Christians are persecuted by a despot, killing tens of thousands, while immorality is taught and praised, leading millions down the wrong path. Perhaps the ideal thing would be for said Christian to convert the despot though it would cost him his own life (torture, etc.). But the Christian hasn't the courage and instead blows up the despot and tens of thousands of other people, while carefully orchestrating the attack to make it look like it was the work of a neighboring despot who is also anti-Christian.
Sep
5
comment Effectiveness of prayers of intercession
@Marc Gravell - My recollection is that the prayed-for group did less well only when they knew they were being prayed for. (I could imagine having a bunch of random strangers interested in one's health could provoke anxiety in some people.)
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comment Does the Bible suggest that the earth is round?
@Roy Tinker - No worries!
Sep
5
comment Does the Bible suggest that the earth is round?
@Roy Tinker - I agree that I presented no conclusion about whether the Bible suggests that the Earth is flat or round. It's hard to argue either way when, as the answers here show, there are passages that are suggestive of each. Perhaps we can conclude that reading the Bible is not the simplest way, these days, to learn about the shape of the Earth?
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Sep
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comment Does the Bible suggest that the earth is round?
@Roy Tinker - I think you mis-applied your comment to my post. My answer specifically addresses scriptural support for a flat earth. How is this not answering the question? I have not answered the whole question because "misconceptions regarding the scripture" is too broad to be answered, and aside from a statement "the earth is (approximately) spherical" which does not appear in the Bible, the passages most directly at odds with our current understanding are of greatest interest. (Slightly edited one value judgment in my answer; that didn't belong there.)
Sep
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comment Does the Bible suggest that the earth is round?
Are you stating that no people (at least claim to) believe that the earth is flat? There has been a sparse but enduring tradition: Samuel Birley Rowbotham, Samuel Shenton, and Charles K. Johnson, to name a few who have been vocal on the matter.
Sep
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answered Does the Bible suggest that the earth is round?
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