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Aug
3
comment Does God hate unborn children?
... anything about love. 1 John 4 says that God loves "us", without explicitly saying who "us" is. In context he appears to be talking about the church, he is saying that members of the church should show love to each other. Nothing there says God loves everyone in the world. I'm not saying this is an easy or pleasant thing to accept, but the Bible explicitly says that there are people whom God does not love, so I don't see how you can escape the conclusion that God does not love literally everyone.
Aug
3
comment Does God hate unborn children?
@Eric 1 Tim 2:3-6 says God "desires all men to be saved". But all men are not saved. Those verses don't say anything aobout love. It doesn't necessarily follow that wishing that everyone loved him means that he loves everyone. Perhaps he wishes that he could love these people. Similarly 2 Peter 3:9. Matt 5 says that God gives good things to both good and evil people. Again, it doesn't say anything about who he does or doesn't love. 1 John says he gave his life for "the world". See my answer above: "the world" doesn't necessarily mean "everyone in the world". And again it doesn't say ...
Aug
2
comment Do Calvinists believe that it is possible to be saved without believing the doctrine of predestination?
@user1311390 Well, I think by definition a "belief" is not "works". But I agree with the essence of what you're saying.
Aug
2
answered How can Christians reconcile the request to prohibit same-sex marriage and the lawfulness of homosexuality itself?
Aug
2
answered Does God hate unborn children?
Jul
31
answered Why are Christian books not Public Domain?
Jul
26
answered How did Peter recognize Elijah and Moses?
Jul
26
comment What is the significance of the Bible to Christianity?
The Nicene Creed -- and the various other creeds that have been written -- are summaries of what the authors believed to be the most important teachings of the Bible. The Bible does not "expound upon" the Nicene Creed; the Nicene Creed summarizes the Bible. Just for starters, the Bible was written before the creed, so there's no way the Bible writers could have seen themselves as expounding on the creed.
Jul
26
comment What is the significance of the Bible to Christianity?
@TRiG That's a pretty bold statement. Any evidence to back it up? What doctrine or idea would someone get from the Bible that would be rejected by modern churches? I think in context we're talking about fundamental issues here, like "who is God?" and "is there life after death?", not some tiny details.
Jul
26
comment What's the Biblical basis for the rapture?
I agree with most everything in this answer, but let me emphasize that there are a variety of theories on this subject, even among those who take the Bible as literally true. There is Pre-Tribulation Rapture, Post-Tribulation Rapture, Arapturist, etc. Personally I'm a Fundamentalist and a literalist, and I don't believe there will be such thing as a Rapture. Read Matthew 24 carefully. Who is "taken"? The Christians? No, it's the "wicked" who are taken, which in context means "killed". I don't want to get into a debate about this, but just to point out that there are competing theories.
Jul
26
comment Were any Biblical prophecies understood before they were fulfilled?
@Joel Well, not necessarily. For example, God told Noah that he would send a great flood. Noah didn't make the flood happen. God told Daniel that a powerful ruler would come out of Greece, normally understood to be a prophecy about Alexander the Great. But Daniel didn't cause Alexander to come to power. Even if Alexander knew about this prophecy, this knowledge of itself wouldn't have enabled him to conquer an empire. Maybe possibly you could argue that it inspired him to try.
Jul
26
answered Should a Christian watch horror movies?
Jul
23
comment Was Jesus an adherent to 'Sola Scriptura'?
Ok then, I'll make a final reply and leave it at that also. I think your last post is a bit of a strawman argument, perhaps based on an imprecise wording of the doctrine. The point of Sola Scriptura is not that its advocates would reject words of Christ not recorded in the Bible, but that they believe that all doctrine must be based on revelation from God and not human reasoning. It was a response to the Catholic doctrine that the writings of the Church Fathers have equal or near-equal weight with scripture.
Jul
23
comment Why are only some predestined?
Hey, I'm not worried about accumulating points, just hoping that by participating in the conversation we all may learn something.
Jul
23
comment Are there any specific food / slaughter / butchery / preparation rites in Christianity?
Other than a rather loose encouragement to say grace over meals, and Catholic rules for meatless Fridays, I have never heard of any rituals within Christianity regarding food. My knowledge of Eastern Orthodoxy is pretty slim so they might have rules I've never heard of.
Jul
21
comment Why do Christians need to promote their religion to non-believers?
... If someone gives me a warning and it turns out that they are mistaken, I may waste time, money, whatever avoiding the non-existant danger. Perhaps I realize the danger is non-existant and their warnings annoy me. If you say, "The evidence for this danger is unconvincing, so those people should just shut up unless and until they get more evidence", what if others find the evidence convincing? What if they're right even though the evidence is inconclusive? Personally, I believe in free speech.
Jul
21
comment Why do Christians need to promote their religion to non-believers?
Let's back up. There are many occasions where someone warns others of danger, from fallen bridges to unsafe foods to dishonest business schemes. In many cases the evidence is not a 100% clear-cut proof. Christians are not unique here: there are many warnings for which the evidence is debateable. For example, as I write this people are arguing whether global warming is a real problem or not. If someone gives me a warning and I heed it and avoid danger, I am clearly better off. ...
Jul
21
comment Was Jesus an adherent to 'Sola Scriptura'?
@DJClayworth I don't understand that last point. I mean, I agree that it's true, but what statements has Jesus made that you and I know about that aren't in Scripture? Are you saying that Jesus rejected Sola Scriptura in some statement that is not in scripture? Or are you saying that Jesus could give a further revelation beyond what is in scripture, and this would be as authoritative as scripture? I'd say sort of: If it was accepted, it would then by definition be part of scripture. If it was rejected as a fake or hoax, then it wouldn't be authoritative.
Jul
21
answered Why are only some predestined?
Jul
15
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