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Jul
5
answered How do we argue when someone posits a non-causal universe
Jul
5
comment How many kinds of Catholics are there?
When you ask about "breakaway churches", etc, you are talking about a very different thing than "institutions within the main church". There's a big difference between a sub-group created for administrative purposes and a dissident group. Like, to the best of my knowledge the Jesuits and the Franciscans are not opposing the pope or any official church teaching. They're more like the Catholic equivalent of a corporation creating a new department or a task force.
Jul
5
comment Where are Gog and Magog located?
@Jas3.1 What a curious objection. RE "Yahoo searches" See my reply to Ignatius. Or do you mean that you think it is cheating to do any research before posting an answer? As to my admission that I am not expert, surely most of the posts on this site are by people who have not spent their lives studying the particular question. I posted what I knew with a frank admission of the limitations of my knowledge. Do you only make posts here on subjects on which you are a recognized international expert?
Jul
5
comment Where are Gog and Magog located?
@Ignatius Umm, why is it illegitmate to use Yahoo to search for information on the Internet? If you don't believe that it is possible to find useful information on a web site, why are you visiting this one? I rather thought one of the big values of the Internet was that it made it possible to store vast amounts of information from many sources and people can access it through search engines.
Jul
5
comment How did all the animals fit into Noah's ark?
No, no one so authoritative. Sorry, I edited that answer along the way to cite Woodmorape rather than myself. My relevant book is, "No Errors in My Bible, Sorry About Yours".
Jun
29
comment Old testament accuracy of God's Word
RE God speaking to people: Sure, it's possible there were prophets during Bible times who are not mentioned in the Bible. But by the same reasoning, it's possible that there were prophets in more recent times. Perhaps there are prophets in the world today.
Jun
29
answered Where are Gog and Magog located?
Jun
22
answered What is the biblical basis to claim that masturbation is a sin?
Jun
22
answered Old testament accuracy of God's Word
Jun
22
comment From where did Cain get his wife?
... not mentioned by name in the history books.
Jun
22
comment From where did Cain get his wife?
"Daughters" is plural, so Adam and Eve apparently had at least two girls. The wording of Gen 5:4 could be taken to mean that they had "sons" (again plural) after Seth, and Seth was born after Cain and Abel, so that could mean three named sons plus at least two more. Note Cain, Abel, and Seth are mentioned by name because of their roles in the first murder. The other children's names are not given because they are not part of any specific events included in Genesis. The vast majority of the people who lived in "Genesis time" are not named, just as most people living at any given time are ...
Jun
4
comment Christian significance of Tolkien and CS Lewis putting “heaven” across the sea?
I didn't take either as an analogy for Heaven, but okay, now that you mention it. I don't see anything beyond the writer's making it a far away place that's difficult to reach. Would the story have been different if it had been "on the other side of the impassable mountain range", or if in a science fiction story it was "on a distant planet"? If someone can see some deeper significance, I'm happy to hear it.
Jun
4
answered Missing verse of the Bible? Acts 8:37
Jun
4
comment Is “Mormon” a disrespectful term?
Personally, I'm sure that there are many words someone could call me that if said matter-of-factly as a descriptive term, I would accept without a second thought, but if said between obscenities and insults, I would take as an insult.
Jun
4
comment Is communion service at the rail vs. in the pews a function of denomination or church size?
@Caleb I listed denominations precisely to make clear that those were the only ones I could speak for. I've only been to Lutheran and Presbyterian churches on a couple of occasions and frankly I don't remember how they celebrated communnion. I'm not sure what you mean by "regionally and/or culturally limited".
Jun
4
comment Is communion service at the rail vs. in the pews a function of denomination or church size?
@Peter I was trying to be diplomatic, but okay: The Lutherans split from the Catholic church over issues like Papal indulgences, faith vs works, and sola scriptura. The Anglicans split with the Catholic church over the issue of whether Henry could declare himself the leader of the English church. I don't claim to be an expert on the history, but my understanding is that More was executed because he refused to recognize Henry's divorce and accept Henry as leader of the church, not because of a debate over transubstatiation vs consubstantiation or any such thing.
Jun
3
answered Is communion service at the rail vs. in the pews a function of denomination or church size?
Jun
3
comment Why does Judaism celebrate Sabbath on Saturday and most Christians celebrate Sabbath on Sunday?
@Flimzy Westminster Confession of Faith, 21:7, "... in His Word, by a positive, moral, and perpetual commandment binding all men in all ages, He hath particularly appointed one day in seven, for a Sabbath, to be kept holy unto him: which, from the beginning of the world to the resurrection of Christ, was the last day of the week; and, from the resurrection of Christ, was changed into the first day of the week, which, in Scripture, is called the Lord's Day, and is to be continued to the end of the world, as the Christian Sabbath."
Jun
2
answered Ancient nations in a young earth
Jun
2
comment Ancient nations in a young earth
Exactly. Why is it that when some ancient document appears to contradict the Bible, it is always assumed that the non-Bible source is right and the Bible is wrong?