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May
28
comment Jesus' visit to the Feast of Tabernacles
@MattCremeens If you're troubled by the idea that Jesus would lie, well, I guess the plain reading here is that he did. There's another whole question Christians debate all the time: "Is it always wrong to tell a lie?" I'd say no, obvious example often given being, "I'm going to kill so-and-so! Where is he?" "I cannot tell a lie. Your victim is hiding in the closet over there." The Ten Commandments are specifically referring to falsely accusing someone of a crime, not any untrue statement.
May
28
comment Does Eastern Orthodoxy teach that there are other Apostles?
Arggh, I mis-read the question. I thought he was referring to the seventy as "other than the 12". But in any case, the essential point of my answer stands: there could be any number of apostles -- apostles with a small "a" -- besides those explicitly mentioned in the Bible. Catholics and Protestants would equally affirm that. The only surprise would be if someone said such other apostles had the same status as the Twelve.
May
28
comment Jesus' visit to the Feast of Tabernacles
@MattCremeens Yes, he went in secret, because he didn't want the Jewish authorities to know he was going. I don't see the contradiction between "he said he wasn't going but then he did go" and "he went in secret". Isn't that what "went in secret" means?
May
28
answered Is the Roman Catholic church condemning Protestants?
May
28
comment Is the Roman Catholic church condemning Protestants?
Hmm, seems to me there's a huge difference between saying that you will not force people to attend a Catholic Church or to affirm Catholicism, and saying that people can be saved without being part of the Catholic Church. If someone is dying from heart failure, I wouldn't force him to get a heart transplant. But that doesn't mean that I believe he'll live without a heart transplant. (PS I'm speaking as a non-Catholic.)
May
28
answered How would Matthew 24:36 be explained from a Post-Tribulation perspective?
May
28
answered Does Eastern Orthodoxy teach that there are other Apostles?
May
28
answered Jesus' visit to the Feast of Tabernacles
May
4
comment Does the Bible ever say that the Ark of the Covenant flew or levitated?
I don't have transcripts of the TV programs, and I posted this over a year ago so I've long since forgotten the air dates and titles. I don't know if anyone actually believes this to be true; rather, these TV programs claimed that Jews and Christians believe it to be true. I don't know anyone who believes that, but that's my question. Is there some group out there that believes this, and if so, where does this belief come from?
Apr
6
comment Ancient nations in a young earth
... same ballpark. Considering the drastic revisions that theories about dates have undergone at one time or another, I don't think any serious archaeologist would claim that he can date an artifact to March 17, 2192 BC, at 3:57 pm.
Apr
6
comment Ancient nations in a young earth
... historical records, of which the Bible is one. And of course, scholars debate exactly how to fit dates from one historical document to another as ancient people did not use our modern calendar. So suppose using one set of data archaeologist A dates an event to somewhere between 2000 BC and 1800 BC, and archaeologist B dates it to 1900 BC to 1600 BC. If we compare the earliest possible date from A to the latest possible date from B, sure, they contradict. So what? That sort of thing happens all the time, in archaeology and in many other subjects. The ranges overlap and they're in the ...
Apr
6
comment Ancient nations in a young earth
@thedarkwanderer Umm, no. If you're not just trolling: Dating of events in ancient times or of ancient artifacts is far, far from an exact science. Two historians can look at the same artifact and one say it is from 2000 BC and the other say, with equal authority and equally good evidence, that it is from 1800 BC. There are many, many such debates among scholars of antiquity. For example, as I write this there is some serious re-examination going on of dates in early Egyptian history. Of course a major source of information about ancient events is surviving ...
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Jan
29
comment How do people who reject transubstantiation interpret these verses?
Afterthought a year later: As you quote above, Jesus said, "I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty." So do people who believe that Jesus was speaking literally about his body and blood therefore believe that once you participate in the Eucharist, you will literally never be hungry again, and thus will never need to eat ever again? I don't know of anyone who takes that part literally. He MUST mean "will never hunger for spiritual fulfillment", not literal food.
Jan
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Jan
20
comment How can these inconsistencies about Jesus' tomb be explained?
Yes, it's true that Mark's statement that they saw a "young man" who is not identified as an angel (in Mark, that is) is a valid, at least apparent inconsistency. Was Mark trying to play down the angelic nature of this person for some reason? It seems implausible that he could have been talking about someone other than the angels that the other writers report. Etc. Christians have debated this point for centuries.
Jan
20
comment How can these inconsistencies about Jesus' tomb be explained?
... that the president was the only speaker, but that conclusion is not justified by the text. If I read both stories, I'd pretty much assume that the first writer mentioned the president's speech because he thought that was the most important, or the most relevant to some larger story. And by the way, this example is far from hypothetical. It happens all the time. Very, very rarely does a news story list all the speakers at a political event or give a number.