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May
10
comment Why does the Messiah have to be God?
I'm not aware of anything in the Bible that says "the disciples concluded that Jesus was the Messiah, and therefore that he must be God". And, believing that a person was God would be a very peculiar thing for anyone in any time to think. That's why the story continues to interest people 2000 years later. If, as many people believe, Jesus was simply a good man who said that people should be nice to each other, no one would remember him today any more than we remember the millions of other nice people who have lived throughout history.
May
10
comment Why does the Messiah have to be God?
The word "messiah" of itself does not mean "God". The word "president" of itself does not mean "US citizen". Nevertheless to be U.S. president, one must be a U.S. citizen. Likewise, there are many things that a person had to be and do to be "the Messiah". It is not unreasonable to say that one of these requirements was that the person be God, whether or not people at the time understood this.
May
10
comment Are there any conditions which make oneself completely unredeemable in the eyes of God?
@Mason Can you give an example or two of other interpretations that you have heard that take the text seriously? I see room for debate about details, how broad or narrow. But beyond that?
May
9
answered What is the Biblical basis for 'term eldership'?
May
9
answered Are there any conditions which make oneself completely unredeemable in the eyes of God?
May
9
comment Are there any conditions which make oneself completely unredeemable in the eyes of God?
The Bible doesn't spell out exactly what constitutes blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, but the context gives us the general idea. Jesus had performed a miracle, and then certain people said that he did this, not by the power of the Holy Spirit, but by the power of Satan. Jesus then makes the above statement. The next verse is, "Because they said, 'He has an unclean spirit'". So the gist of the idea appears to be that the unforgivable sin is attributing the work of the Holy Spirit to Satan, or perhaps a little more generally, denying the work of the Holy Spirit. Details are highly debateable.
May
9
comment Is it valid to use grape juice at Communion?
@Nathan But that's my point. The only thing actually commanded is to drink from a cup and eat bread. No mention of what has to be in the cup, or the form of the bread. What I was trying to say was that the fact that I don't see how you could make a case that we must use wine because the cup Jesus drank from presumably contained wine. By the same reasoning, you could say we must have 13 people in the room because that's how many were in the room when Jesus instituted the ceremony.
May
9
answered Who was first, men or angels?
May
8
answered Is it valid to use grape juice at Communion?
May
8
answered Why does the Messiah have to be God?
May
8
comment Why does the Messiah have to be God?
The fact that the Jews generally did not believe that the Messiah had to be God does not prove that the Messiah did not have to be God. There are lots of things that many, even most, people have believed at one time or another that have proven to be false.
May
8
comment Why does the Messiah have to be God?
Let's just say that this is not a theory widely held by either Christians or Jews. There are many people in the Old Testament who are referred to as "annointed" -- Aaron and his sons (Ex 40:15), Saul (1 Sam 10:1), David (1 Sam 16:6), the prophets (Ps 105:15), all of Jerusalem (Ezek 16:9), etc. There is a difference between being "anointed" and being "The Anointed". It's like the difference between saying "Bob is our representative", which could be any sort of representative for any purpose, and saying "Bob is our Representative", as in, a specific government office.
May
3
comment Does the Bible support the concept of male spiritual headship?
@JonEricson Well, the fact that Rahab led her family to salvation doesn't necessarily make her the "spiritual head". The idea of spiritual headship relates to being first in authority, not first to take action. If I convince my brother that we should both join the army, and I achieve the rank of lieutenant while he becomes a general, the fact that it was I who encouraged him to join does not mean that I outrank him.
May
3
comment Does the Bible support the concept of male spiritual headship?
(cont) I think it fair to at least consider that they were in fact guilty. Yes, it's possible that they did nothing and were killed purely because of their relationship to Aachen. But that's not the only possible interpretation, or even necessary the most likely.
May
3
comment Does the Bible support the concept of male spiritual headship?
@Nathan I agree that we have to be very careful not to "reinterpret" scripture to conform to what we think it ought to say. But I think it's fair to at least consider reasonable inferences. If I came across a Bible verse that said, "So-and-so was executed for murder", but it did not explicitly say that he had actually committed a murder, I don't think it would be fair to conclude that he had been unjustly convicted. In this case we are told that people were executed for breaking a command against taking the loot from the city. We are not explicitly told that they broke this command. (cont)
Apr
28
comment Catholic view of Biblical saints
There's certainly "something special" about them: they are exemplary, particularly faithful or holy people. 'Not sure if you mean something more specific than that.
Apr
28
comment What of all those who just don't know
(continued) Either way, the OT talks of a coming Messiah. Oh, Christians also debate whether there are "different dispensations". That is, before Christ came there was one way to be saved but since he came that way is obsolete and there is now a new way, or if the manner of salvation is timeless and apparent changes in how God relates to man are the product of our own limited understanding. For example the "looking back vs looking forward" theory.
Apr
28
comment What of all those who just don't know
@e1suave Yes, people were saved before Jesus Christ walked the Earth. Christians generally offer two theories on how this fits with Christ as the only way. One: Just as today we are saved by looking back, before Chrint lived people were saved by looking forward. Under this theory, the Old Testament system of sacrifices were all symbols or foreshadowings of Christ. Two: Before Christ people were saved through faith in God and by performing the sacrfices and other rituals he commanded. The Christian would say that Christ is still the ultimate reality or mechanism behind these.
Apr
27
answered What of all those who just don't know
Apr
27
answered Can a Christian walk away from his or her salvation?