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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.


Oct
13
awarded  Analytical
Oct
13
comment When did knowledge of Christ's sacrifice become necessary for salvation?
Another thought, I think your question could be placing too much emphasis on our role in salvation. What do WE need to do to be saved? Believe in Moses + Prophets or Jesus - when's the cutoff? God is intimately involved with every person's salvation and it's possible that he chose people (possibly exclusively) based on their response to Jesus' message even while Jesus was alive. All it took was faith in God, not Jesus' death, to become saved (e.g. Samaritan woman at the well).
Oct
13
comment When did knowledge of Christ's sacrifice become necessary for salvation?
Consider that God chooses who will serve Him (Ephesians 1: 4), and since we know He chose some people before Jesus died, it's unthinkable that God's choices would be undone by Jesus death. I think the most logical answer is that until Jesus died, God must have chosen Jews on the basis of their faith in Him as they understood it through the OT. After Jesus died, God would have starting saving people on the basis of accepting Jesus' death. I think that's most consistent with the NT understanding of God's sovereignty.
Oct
13
comment Why does Jesus speak of himself in the third person?
Agreed. His use of the titles is informative, not to pump Himself up but to make the Scriptures clearer to us. Jesus glorifies the Father, the Spirit brings glory to Jesus (John 16:14). Perfect humility.
Oct
13
comment Why does Jesus speak of himself in the third person?
I don't mean to sound flippant - merely thinking that I don't have any titles of my own, but I can boast in the work of Christ. I doubt, though, that it would get me into any restaurants ;-)
Oct
13
comment Why does Jesus speak of himself in the third person?
LOL. How about: I'm Richard, chosen by God to share in His eternal glory with Christ Jesus, saviour of the world. Let me in.
Oct
13
answered When did knowledge of Christ's sacrifice become necessary for salvation?
Oct
12
answered Why does Jesus speak of himself in the third person?
Oct
12
awarded  Supporter
Oct
10
comment How do Christians explain commonalities between their religion, other major faiths and obscure isolated tribal belief systems?
James, I disagree. Paul talking in Athens is using an opportunity to launch his Gospel talk. He's not condoning their gods - he's saying that the "unknown" God is the one that counts, and that their ignorance of this God was previously overlooked but will be no longer. Paul says in Galations 1:8: But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned!
Oct
10
comment How do Christians explain commonalities between their religion, other major faiths and obscure isolated tribal belief systems?
Sort of. My point about the persecution is Christianity isn't a crutch. I've never heard of anyone accusing Hindu's and Muslim's of believing simply because they need to, to make it through the day. But if anyone did, then yes, persecution shows that the accusation is a silly one.
Oct
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awarded  Teacher
Oct
8
answered How do Christians explain commonalities between their religion, other major faiths and obscure isolated tribal belief systems?
Oct
7
comment Is the Israel of the NT the modern country?
Thanks Caleb. Looking forward to making them :-D
Oct
7
answered Is the Israel of the NT the modern country?