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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.


Nov
4
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.
Oct
17
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.
Oct
16
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.
Oct
15
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.
Oct
15
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.
Oct
15
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?
Oct
14
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.
Oct
14
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?
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
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
7
comment Is the Israel of the NT the modern country?
Thanks Caleb. Looking forward to making them :-D