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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 That is, before Christ came there was one way to be saved but since he came that way is obsolete and there is now a new way, or if the manner of salvation is timeless and apparent changes in how God relates to man are the product of our own limited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?
Apr
27
answered Catholic view of Biblical saints
Apr
27
answered How to contemplate without the urge to have to comprehend
Apr
27
comment What is the Christian perspective on deceptive brain messages?
@Marc Actually I was thinking of the many challenges to the Bible that have been solidly refuted, from "no such nation as the Hittites" to "texts are unreliable and repeatedly changed". Yes, I'm a defender of creation theory, but that's clearly not a battle that's won yet.
Apr
25
answered Which of Luther's 95 Theses are still potentially valid critiques of Roman Catholicism?
Apr
25
comment Why in the Book of Exodus did God let the people travel for exactly 40 years?
@CameronW Good point. I didn't recall that verse. I withdraw most of my above post. I think the part about "it pretty much had to be in the vicinity of 40 years give or take" is still true, but the guts of the argument are invalidated.
Apr
25
answered What is the Christian perspective on deceptive brain messages?
Apr
23
answered Why in the Book of Exodus did God let the people travel for exactly 40 years?
Apr
23
answered Does Christianity give a reason for life experiences, such as in Hinduism?
Apr
15
answered How should a Christian put a decision in God's hands if there is no logical answer?
Apr
15
answered How should a Christian feel inside?
Apr
15
comment How should we think about Jesus' mother being Jewish and his father being the Holy Spirit?
You're asking me to plug my book? Sure. My book: amazon.com/gp/product/… Christian articles: answersingenesis.org/articles/cm/v22/n4/living-database, creation.com/is-evolution-pseudoscience
Apr
13
comment Does the act of sex constitute marriage in God's eyes?
@Matt White RE #4: But that's Clayworth's point: Having sex does not make you married. It has to involve commitment.
Apr
13
comment Does the act of sex constitute marriage in God's eyes?
@Jim The statement "a man who has sex with an unmarried woman has to marry her" is not complete. The OT law says that the woman could demand he marry her, but if she didn't want to marry him, he instead had to pay a fine. I suspect the intent was to provide an option in cases of date rape and the like.
Apr
13
answered What is the meaning of God's omni-powers?
Apr
12
comment How should we think about Jesus' mother being Jewish and his father being the Holy Spirit?
RE agree 99.9%: (a) Whether I agree or disagree has nothing to do with whether the statement is "anti" someone. If you say, "Bob is rude", and I agree that Bob is rude, you are still insulting Bob. (b) This is a classic propaganda technique. Like, "Don't you agree that extremists like Al Qa'eda, the Ku Klux Klan, and the Democratic Party are dangerous because such groups often resort to violence? Ohhhh, you agree in 2 cases but not the third. Could it be just because you happen to be a member of that third one? How interesting."