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Apr
9
comment Why is the Vatican against “The son of God” movie?
"We haven't seen the whole movie but..." Okay, there's validity to that. But I always get a laugh when I read such a rebuttal to a critique of a book or movie, and then it becomes clear that the person writing the rebuttal didn't read the entire critique. (In this case I've neither seen the movie nor read the critique, so I have no opinion.)
Apr
9
comment Was Jesus present at the beginning of time.? Or when did the Trinity come into being?
I don't understand the "on hold as primarily opinion-based". Surely one can make Biblical or logical arguments for one position or another. Andreas Blass and Jeremy Houle both cite relevant Bible verses. Questions on here are routinely closed on the grounds that the purpose of this site is only to discuss what this or that denomination teaches, and not what is true. Surely one could answer this question in that spirit, quoting doctrinal positions of one denomination or another. What makes this question "opinion" and other not-closed questions not so?
Apr
9
comment The Burden of Proof
... before Columbus can be tested.
Apr
9
comment The Burden of Proof
I agree with most of that but I must disagree with the last paragraph. (a) The Bible most certainly does deal with the material world. It's all about specific people doing specific things. (b) Atheists will say that Christianity is "unscientific" because there is no possible experiment that could prove it wrong ... and then they claim to prove it wrong. I agree that Christianity is not "scientific" in the sense of being testable like the theory of gravity can be tested in the laboratory. Christianity is primarily historical, and must be tested like a theory that Vikings discovered America ...
Apr
9
answered Why is Mark not the first gospel?
Apr
9
answered How could Stephen be stoned without a trial and conviction in front of the Roman Governor?
Apr
9
answered Is it ever right to sin in order to potentially prevent others from committing far more damaging sins?
Apr
9
answered Definition of “Prince” in Bible?
Mar
31
comment Which group adhears to the idea of heavenly amnesia?
@davidbrainerd Well, I'm not going to argue much about the plausibility of a hypothetical scenario where so much is outside our knowledge. But when criminals are sentenced to death, sometimes they stand there speechless and in shock, and sometimes they scream curses at everyone around. Maybe that scenario is impossible ... but maybe not.
Mar
29
answered Is life hereditary?
Mar
29
answered Which group adhears to the idea of heavenly amnesia?
Mar
29
answered Ten commandments contradiction
Mar
29
comment Ten commandments contradiction
Perhaps you could clarify this question. Is there some verse in the NT that you see as commanding Christians to curse their parents and murder people? That seems a little far out.
Mar
29
answered How does Protestantism explain Matthew 18:20 in this technology age?
Mar
27
answered Genesis 30: 25-43 defying genetics
Mar
27
comment Why The Church keeps on collecting a Tithe?
Matthew 23:23: Jesus tells the Pharisees that they should be practicing justice and mercy, without neglecting paying tithes. 1 Corinthians 9 says that believers are responsible to support preachers and missionaries financially. 1 Corinthians 16 and elsewhere discuss taking a collection to help another church that is poor. The Old Testament tithe is obsolete in the sense that there is no temple in Jerusalem to collect it any more, but it doesn't take great imagination to suppose that some other institution could collect and disburse it.
Mar
27
comment Why The Church keeps on collecting a Tithe?
Many U.S. colleges have "endowments", i.e. a sum of money they invest, and then use the profits to help pay expenses. This allows them to charge lower tuition than would otherwise be required. A few churches try to do something similar. I don't think there's anything inherently sinful or un-Christian about trying to build an endowment. What I'd care about is what you are doing with the profits. If you're preaching the gospel, helping the poor, etc., then great. If the money is going to support a lavish lifestyle for a few leaders, then not so great.
Mar
27
comment How many of each species went onto the Ark?
@waxeagle Not sure why that would be a very interesting question. Perhaps God gave Noah additional information that is not recorded in the Bible. Perhaps the classification was invented by people and was common knowledge at the time. We don't know how Noah knew, but there are obvious possibilities, it's not a baffling mystery.
Mar
27
answered How many of each species went onto the Ark?
Mar
27
comment Are Mormons Protestants?
Well, they do claim to have a "third testament" of sorts -- the Book of Mormon.