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May
23
comment Does the Bible support slavery and (white) superiority in the context of American slavery?
@TRG Umm, in the United States, slavery was ended by the Civil War, not by socio-economic forces. The South fought to keep their slaves -- literally. If they were losing money on the deal, apparently they didn't care. In Britain slavery was ended by an act of Parliament. If the slave owners were voluntarily freeing their slaves because the institution had become unprofitable, why did they need a law? ...
May
22
comment Does the doctrine of Sola Scriptura prohibit the use of empirical information to understand the bible?
I can't imagine someone saying that scripture is literally the only possible source of truth. To take an extreme example, if I want to know if it's raining outside, I don't consult scripture: I look out the window. As Jas3.1 says, an advocate of Sola Scriptura would say that anything that contradicts scripture must be false. Where it gets debatable is on something claiming to be revelation from God outside of scripture: some say that the Bible is the complete revelation of God, others would allow for additional revelation.
May
22
comment Did Adam and Eve's Progeny Commit Incest?
@Steely My point was that these roles would not have been perceived in the same way.
May
18
comment What is the correlation between cosmic energy and Christianity?
Ditto Flimzy. I suspect your pastor was making some sort of metaphor. Without knowing just what metaphor he was trying to spin, it's impossible to answer the question. It's like saying, My math teacher said that cosines are like a tomato. What did he mean by this?
May
18
comment Multiple wives and concubines | male and female “original” intent
@Mason Well, only if you assume that the brother is required to marry the widow even if he is already married.
May
17
answered What was the Birthright?
May
17
answered Multiple wives and concubines | male and female “original” intent
May
16
answered What is stopping Christians from having just one doctrine/interpretation?
May
15
answered Is it possible for The Bible to contain errors?
May
15
answered Was there enough water in the world to cover the earth?
May
14
answered Protestant rejection of the Catholic implementation of confession
May
14
comment Can a non-Christian sell his soul?
@Marc RE your final comment about homosexuality: Sure, and that would be a different category from what I was talking about. There's a difference between, I reject this religion because it demands that I do something I don't want to do; and, I reject this religion because it's moral teachings conflict with my own opinions, whether they directly affect me or not.
May
14
answered What did the serpent look like?
May
14
comment What did the serpent look like?
Well, if you take the Bible metaphorically, then it's meaningless to ask any questions of the "what really happenned?" sort. The only answer will be, "Nothing happenned at all. At most we can look for the symbols in the metaphor."
May
11
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May
11
comment Can a non-Christian sell his soul?
@Marc I assume nothing except that people mean what they say. I didn't say that the only possible reason for rejecting Christianity is that one doesn't want to give up things that Christianity calls sin. I said "many people" and "plenty of people". Surely you do not deny that that is among the reasons. I've often heard people explicitly say, "I could never be a part of a religion that condemns me for X". For X fill in "drinking", "living with my girlfriend", "being a homosexual", or many other things.
May
10
answered A paradox that arises from Christian duty as “ambassador”
May
10
answered Can a non-Christian sell his soul?
May
10
comment What about all those who just don't know?
@Eric Exactly, I'll have to upvote your answer over there. :-) Suppose you and I are both convicted of breaking a (human) law for which the penalty is a large fine. Assume the law is reasonable and just and we both really are guilty. But you have a rich friend who pays your fine for you. Does the fact that someone helped you but no one helped me mean that I am being cheated? I am no worse off than I would have been if your friend didn't exist or didn't help you. Your friend has no obligation to help me or anyone else.
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.