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Feb
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Oct
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Oct
5
comment Is it ever right to sin in order to potentially prevent others from committing far more damaging sins?
@Steve Ok, valid. But still leaves the question of whether every untrue statement is a "lie". As I say above, there's a huge difference between an untrue statement to avoid insulting someone ("Do these jeans make me look fat?" "No, you'd look fat no matter what you were wearing.") and deceit intended to take advantage of a person ("Yes, I can guarantee delivery by Thursday") or to hurt a person ("I saw Bob steal the money").
Oct
5
comment Does the act of sex constitute marriage in God's eyes?
@H3br3wHamm3r81 Okay, clearly "premarital sex" would not be logically possible if having sex makes you married by definition. Adultery would not be possible in the sense that it would be the same as bigamy. It would be meaningless to say "he had sex with a woman who was not his wife", you'd have to say "he now has two wives". Maybe if you assume that a man can have two wives but a woman can't have two husbands, then sex with a woman already married to someone else would be adultery. (Or vice versa, if a woman can have two husbands, etc.)
Aug
10
comment Why is Mark not the first gospel?
"We all know ..." This is a very widely accepted theory -- I think it's probably true -- but we don't really "know" it.
Aug
3
comment According to Calvinists, how could Adam and Eve fall? How could Satan fall?
@disciple You're getting in to a different question: Can a saved person lose his salvation? Those who say that you cannot lose your salvation say that we, as humans, can often be fooled about another person's state. Someone might "talk the talk" but not really be saved. And so if someone appears to be saved and then falls away, he must never really have been saved to begin with. This makes the theory impossible to test objectively, arguably it's just an "easy out" for cases that appear to contradict the theory. But that doesn't prove it wrong.
Aug
2
answered According to Calvinists, how could Adam and Eve fall? How could Satan fall?
Aug
2
answered What is the Baptist justification for anti-confessionalism?
Jul
30
comment Which NT books were written after the destruction of the temple?
@BruceAlderman Well, I guess debating that would be a whole different question -- both how many people take such a position and how reasonable it is. So I'll make no further comment.
Jul
29
answered Which NT books were written after the destruction of the temple?
Jul
29
comment Which NT books were written after the destruction of the temple?
Hmm, part of your argument is based on the curious position that Jesus would not have made a mistake in a prophecy, but that the Gospels may put words in his mouth that he never said. So you apparently believe that Jesus was indeed the Son of God and therefore infallible, but that the Gospels are not inspired. Liberals would generally deny both and evangelicals affirm both, so your carving out a relatively unusual position. Yes, the prophecies of Matthew 24 present some problems of interpretation, but numerous solutions have been proposed. (Getting into them would be another question.)
Jul
26
revised Why is the number 666 considered evil?
elaboration
Jul
17
comment Which group adhears to the idea of heavenly amnesia?
PS I gladly yield to someone who can point to any specific official statement from a denomination or other organization.
Jul
17
comment Which group adhears to the idea of heavenly amnesia?
Many conservative Christians believe this idea to be true. I am not aware of it being part of the statement of faith or creed or otherwise being an "official" doctrinal position of any denomination or other organized group, but I don't claim to know the official positions of every denomination on every issue. To the best of my knowledge, this is not a central tenet of any church's doctrine, i.e. many churches have a committed position on Biblical inerrancy, the virgin birth, celibacy of priests, etc, but I don't know of any committed to "amnesia about Hell".
Jun
27
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May
29
comment Jesus' visit to the Feast of Tabernacles
Hmm, I don't see how this is necessarily "opinion-based". Any question of the form "what was Jesus trying to say when ..." might well be answered by reference to the text. If the text is not clear, then sure, people could engage in speculation. But we'd first have to establish that the text is not clear before saying that no definitive answer is possible. In which case an appropriate answer would be, "one can only speculate". But I don't see how you can assume that's the answer before seeing what people post.
May
29
comment How would Matthew 24:36 be explained from a Post-Tribulation perspective?
@JeanHarris You are absolutely correct. The OP said "Post-Trib", in my answer I "Post-Trib", and I then proceeded to describe a Pre-Trib position. I did say Pre-Trib later on but by then anyone reading my answer was no doubt hopelessly confused. I've edited my answer to, I hope, be less incoherent.
May
29
revised How would Matthew 24:36 be explained from a Post-Tribulation perspective?
rework because my first version made no sense
May
28
comment Is the Roman Catholic church condemning Protestants?
@DickHarfield Correct. I am trying to say what I understand the Catholic Church to teach. My personal beliefs are irrelevant to such a question. In this case, I think the statement you quoted does not back up your thesis. It may be true that the Catholic Church is moving away from "no salvation outside the church", but I don't think that quote proves it. Of course "the Catholic Church" is a big organization, so I'm sure there are a range of opinions among its members.
May
28
comment Jesus' visit to the Feast of Tabernacles
@MattCremeens Well, if someone has an alternative interpretation of the text, I'm happy to hear it!