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Jun
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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
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answered Is communion service at the rail vs. in the pews a function of denomination or church size?
Jun
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answered Ancient nations in a young earth
Jun
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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?
Jun
2
revised Which God do Muslims pray to according to Catholic, Orthodox and main-stream Protestant tradition?
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Jun
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answered Did the congregation have input into leader selection in the early church?
Jun
2
answered What is the point of Jesus' crucifixion?
Jun
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answered When is it too late to ask for salvation?
Jun
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answered Is “Mormon” a disrespectful term?
Jun
2
comment Who was Tychicus?
There are a lot of names that Paul throws out in his letters with little information. I've often wondered who these people were and what they did. Maybe in a few cases there are other historical documents that say something about them, but usually not. Sometimes I wonder if God didn't just decide that these people deserved to be memorialized by being mentioned in the Bible. :-)
Jun
2
comment Does a Christian have a responsibility to participate in government?
... If the greatest good that you can credit governments with is that some governments mitigate the evil that other governments do so they STOP enslaving and murdering innocent people, that's not exactly a rousing endorsement of government as an institution.
Jun
2
comment Does a Christian have a responsibility to participate in government?
... give you a net plus, it just stops the accumulation of minuses. Likewise the point of the Magna Carta was to stop the abuses of the king. The governments of the Allies stopped the Nazis after they had killed 25 million people. If they had done nothing, the Nazis would no doubt have killed more. But the total score for Nazis plus Allies is still minus 25 million. ...
Jun
2
comment Does a Christian have a responsibility to participate in government?
Well, we're into politics here and not Christianity. So you're saying your problem with my statement is that you believe that governments do more good than harm? I don't know exactly how you'd measure that. Nazi Germany built the first modern highways. How many feet of road does it take to outweigh one murder? I certainly approve of the Allies fighting Germany in WW2 and Lincoln freeing the slaves, but those actions wouldn't have been necessary if other governments had not done great evil. The fact that one government managed to stop the evil that another government was doing doesn't give ...
Jun
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comment Does a Christian have a responsibility to participate in government?
@Bruce Well, this is christianity.stackexchange.com, not politics.stackexchange.com, so ... Anyway, I didn't say government is always evil or inherently evil. Quite the contrary I began by saying that it can do good. But I would think it's a simple, undeniable fact that governments often do evil, from the extremes of the Nazi Holocaust, the Gulag, etc, to the little crimes like taxing the poor to subsidize huge corporations. Do you think such things are trivialities that shouldn't concern us? Well, there's no factual basis on which to say how important they are.
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May
29
comment What is the biblical basis for restitution?
Excellent answer! Trivial point: You don't know that Zaccheus DIDN'T keep sufficient records. The Romans were very bureaucratic, so as the taxes were collected for Rome he might well have kept detailed records. Would he have had columns for "Actual tax due", "Tax I really collected", and "Difference = amount I stole"? Maybe not. But he might have kept records for the Romans of what he claimed to have collected and separate records for himself of what he actually collected. The idea of "two sets of books" has been around for a while. Not an important point, just chatting.
May
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comment Does a Christian have a responsibility to participate in government?
BTW, A very wise man, who calls himself MarcGravell, posted on another thread, "Please see the plural in Hawking's quote. Presumably you agree with him in all but one case? 99.9% agreement yet you object with his sentiment?" So if I may apply his words here, "Please see the plural 'governments' in my quote. You concede that many governments have done evil things, but you object to the sentiment that government can be a force for evil?"