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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
10
comment Why is Mark not the first gospel?
@fredsbend (shrug) The OP asks why Mark is not the first book in the NT given that it was the first gospel written. I attempt to point out that there is no inherent reason why books in an anthology should be written in order of publication dates. This seems to me to directly answer the question. I suppose a discussion of why the order actually used was chosen would make a more complete answer. If you have any information on that, feel free to post your own answer.
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
comment Why is the number 666 considered evil?
I updated my answer to perhaps address your comment.
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!
May
28
comment Jesus' visit to the Feast of Tabernacles
@MattCremeens If you're troubled by the idea that Jesus would lie, well, I guess the plain reading here is that he did. There's another whole question Christians debate all the time: "Is it always wrong to tell a lie?" I'd say no, obvious example often given being, "I'm going to kill so-and-so! Where is he?" "I cannot tell a lie. Your victim is hiding in the closet over there." The Ten Commandments are specifically referring to falsely accusing someone of a crime, not any untrue statement.
May
28
comment Does Eastern Orthodoxy teach that there are other Apostles?
Arggh, I mis-read the question. I thought he was referring to the seventy as "other than the 12". But in any case, the essential point of my answer stands: there could be any number of apostles -- apostles with a small "a" -- besides those explicitly mentioned in the Bible. Catholics and Protestants would equally affirm that. The only surprise would be if someone said such other apostles had the same status as the Twelve.