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My thoughts are filled with beautiful words for the king, and I will use my voice as a writer would use pen and ink. (Psalms 45:1 CEV)


Aug
11
comment What is the meaning of “baptism by fire”?
in addition, fire is many times in the bible connected with cleansing (in a way that is true also in Luk 3:17. I believe that the baptism of fire refers to our maturing and ongoing salvation as we become more and more like him, burning away what is our old nature.
Aug
11
comment What is the meaning of “baptism by fire”?
I do not believe that the baptism of fire is related to the lake of fire. Rather I believe it is connected with 1Co 3:12-15: 12If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, 13their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. 14If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. 15If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames.
Feb
16
answered What does it mean for Christ to have been slain before the creation of the world?
Sep
27
awarded  Yearling
Sep
27
awarded  Yearling
Oct
26
comment What is the Evangelical view on tithing?
How about Hebrews 7:8?
Oct
21
comment How long was Jesus in the tomb?
Jesus died on the first day, Friday, at 3pm, and could have been resurrected as early as Saturday evening after sundown. Following the logic of this answer, to which I agree.
Oct
18
comment Distributism and Subsidiarity beyond the counsel of Jethro in the Bible
@JustinY: The seventy spoken of in the NT for me seem to be closer to the 70 spoken of later in Exodus, when God gives Moses His plans for structure and organization, which seem to differ from Jethro's (to which God never gave His approval). God's government does not seem to be hierachical, but rather flat and based on anointing (He took of Moses' spirit).
Oct
17
answered What is the Biblical basis the for Immutable Nature of God?
Oct
15
answered Is violence against LGBT people warranted by scripture?
Oct
8
awarded  Commentator
Oct
8
comment How do Christians explain commonalities between their religion, other major faiths and obscure isolated tribal belief systems?
Maybe they share a common ground: the truth known to all man in the beginning. Satan had the different believe systems deviate from the truth in various magnitudes, so some share more, others less.
Oct
8
answered Why is the number three special?
Oct
7
comment Did Christ have the freedom to choose to avoid crucifixion?
For me the difference is: Foreseeing - He knows how I will decide. Predestined - He decided for me. But you are right - much too big for comments.
Oct
7
comment Did Christ have the freedom to choose to avoid crucifixion?
not for the person making the decision. If the decision is predestined, than there is no free will. If a God outside of time foresaw the decision, it has possibly been a free will decision. I interpret "Foreseeing" not as estimated guessing that can be wrong, but as actually having been there and seen the decision process and taking. Possible evidence: God sees the end from the beginning, and the lamb was slain before the foundation of the earth.
Oct
7
comment Did Christ have the freedom to choose to avoid crucifixion?
Was it inevitable, or did the Father just foresee it?
Oct
6
answered Is the biblical idea of being “born again” compatible with eastern religious ideas of reincarnation?
Oct
2
comment How should we dress when attending church?
Why only when going to church? Should you not do it all the time then?
Oct
1
comment Why are the first five books of the old testament named differently in some translations?
@James: James is called Jakobus in other languages, latinzed for Jakob or Jakuv. James ist Church Latin, where Jakobus became Jakomus and thus James.
Sep
30
answered Is prayer effectively second-guessing God?