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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
awarded  Necromancer
Jul
11
answered Does every sin affect other people?
Jul
11
comment Was Jesus an adherent to 'Sola Scriptura'?
How is it different? If you're a Christian, I think by definition that means that at the very least you have a very high respect for Jesus Christ. So if someone convinced you that Jesus did not believe in Sola Scriptura, you would have to have a strong bias against it, and vice versa.
Jul
10
answered Please, advise Christian horror movies
Jul
10
answered Was Jesus an adherent to 'Sola Scriptura'?
Jul
10
answered What was the pre-Babel language and what can be said about the mechanism used to confuse the languages?
Jul
10
comment How is modern day Christian morality reconciled with the morality of the Bible?
... that your opinions are right because in your opinion they are right, or you can refer to some absolute standard. But what is that absolute standard, and where do you get it from?
Jul
10
comment How is modern day Christian morality reconciled with the morality of the Bible?
Side note: "Most people on the planet would generally agree that our morality is changing for the better". Well, duh. If you ask people living today whether their ideas are better or worse than those of people who lived in the past, OF COURSE they will say that their own ideas are better. Who would say, "I believe X, while people in the past believed Y. But you know, X is probably wrong and Y is true." That's equivalent to, "I believe X to be true, but I know that X is false." But by what standard do you say that newer ideas are better? You can either give the circular argument ...
Jul
10
comment How is modern day Christian morality reconciled with the morality of the Bible?
... that people at different times and places have agreed or disagreed with the Bible on different points say anything about the Bible itself? Take any statement Plato made about morals or culture or politics or whatever. Some people today would agree with it and some would not. Of itself that tells us pretty much nothing about Plato. All it tells us is the opinions of the people under discussion.