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I accepted Jesus as my Lord early on in life, while still at Sunday school, but I keep the Lord busy trying to improve me daily :-) I am passionately evangelical and love to discuss doctrinal theology. I hate to see the fighting between Christians of different denominations and look forward to seeing the whole body of Christ united when He returns.


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awarded  Yearling
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awarded  Yearling
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awarded  Enthusiast
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comment What is the Biblical evidence against the perpetual virginity of Mary?
Yes, it is strange to expect abstinence from a young lady that was filled with the Spirit of God, unless we contend that the Spirit that filled her is any different to that which fills Christian women today. And it's pure speculation to use the argument of what Jesus said on the cross to support perpetual virginity. It's shoe-horning the text to support a pre-conceived idea. There's nothing Biblically to support the idea that she was a virgin, so why hold to it? That the church did it in early days is no proof at all. The Bible doesn't justify it.
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answered Praying for someone's salvation. Is there a point?
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answered How are doxologies formed for common prayers?
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answered How does free will fit with the doctrine of predestination?
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awarded  Autobiographer
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comment How does intercession of saints and Exodus 20:3 not clash?
@PeterTurner, I'm with JustinY on this. Jesus talking to John is descriptive (merely describing what did happen) while Jesus telling us to love one another is prescriptive (actually telling us to do something, love one another). We need to be very careful when we take descriptive passages and apply them to us. Mary is not worthy of special attention or veneration according to the Scriptures. We're not disrespecting her or putting her in the corner - we honour her for being a good and faithful servant of God, like many, many others. Making her more borders on idolatry.
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comment How does intercession of saints and Exodus 20:3 not clash?
Good question, there's something about it that sounds nice honouring mothers is always good :-) but I think Jesus is most pleased when we do what He told us to do, which is pray to the Father (he doesn't even ask us to address prayers to Himself). There's no basis in the Bible for actually believing that she would be honoured or that Jesus would appreciate it.
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comment What is the Calvinist view of God's sovereignty?
Absolutely. I was adding to Jonathan's answer so didn't feel the need when I wrote my answer above. The Calvinist view of God's sovereignty is that God controls man's salvation even to the point of deciding whether a person will accept or not. So people are saved because God chose them, or they go to Hell because God didn't choose them. A person simply will not ever choose to serve God unless God has decided it first. The 5 points above (also called TULIP) explain how and why God acts like this (summarised in my final paragraph). Will be writing the Arminian answer to Calvinism shortly.
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comment Why does Jesus speak of himself in the third person?
In the right context, the 2 phrases you suggested can be similar, i.e. when I'm saying "The cousin of the President wants to be let in" and it's clear that I'm referring to me, then it is merely a different way of saying the same thing. Another example, kings often refer to themselves in the plural, "We are pleased with you" even though they're actually saying "I am pleased with you", but evoking a different tone. Remember that Jesus's prayers are more for our benefit reading them than His - he could have prayed all this in his head but WE learn something about him from his choice of words.
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awarded  Commentator
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comment How does intercession of saints and Exodus 20:3 not clash?
Well, the Holy Spirit also intercedes for us (Romans 8:26) but as far as the Bible goes, nobody else is said to be able to. It is most likely an error which crept into the Catholic church which gets preserved because they consider church tradition as important as scripture. Having someone else mediate, who is inferior to Christ, even if it were possible, makes no sense. And it is rightly considered insulting to Jesus - can St Peter understand your concerns better than Jesus? St Paul? St Mary?
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answered How are the Calvinist, Arminian and Lutheran conceptions of Total Depravity different?
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answered What is the Calvinist view of God's sovereignty?
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comment Calvinist perspective on Luke 18:18-30
I agree with James T, but want to add that, in my opinion, this is a valid concern that many Arminians have with Calvinism. Because of total depravity (man's inability to choose to come to God by himself regardless of his actions) and unconditional election (God chooses people regardless of their actions), the necessary conclusion is that God had already determined to save or not save this man. This isn't a passage that is going to shed light on Calvinist doctrines and I think James T's answer correctly identifies the point of the passage.
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comment How does intercession of saints and Exodus 20:3 not clash?
I think this is reading from the Bible what is simply not there. I understand that Catholics aren't praying to other God(s), but Jesus saying that the gates of Hell won't overcome the Kingdom of God does not mean that the saints are listening, can listen, will listen, will respond or can respond to anything asked of them by Christians. There's no provision for this in the Bible and the Bible does tell us that Christ intercedes for us - Romans 8:34. So if Christ is already interceding for us, why use anyone else?
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awarded  Critic
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answered The Greatest Commandment - Loving God with all our 1) heart, 2) soul, and 3) strength