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Jun
17
comment Have the individual commands of the OT Law ever been categorized as “Moral,” “Ceremonial,” and “Civil?”
Classifying based on "obvious rational basis" or not would be highly subjective. What seems rational to me may not be so rational to you. The example you give is a case in point: Why is a law again murder "rational" while a law against, say, eating pork is not? I'm hard pressed to think of a rational, logical argument why murder is wrong. It just ... is.
Jun
17
comment What word did Jesus use for God in Aramaic?
To address what I think is the underlying point here: I think most linguists say that the Hebrew words "El" and "Elohim" share common origins with the Arabic word "Allah". But that hardly proves that Jews worshipped the God of Islam. Both "Elohim" and "Allah" are general words meaning "God". Consider: There have been plenty of times in history that two men both claimed to be "king" of a particular country. The fact that supporters of Henry call him "king" certainly does not mean that when supporters of Richard use the word "king" that they are referring to Henry!
Jun
17
answered Does the Bible really mean EVERY city?
Apr
24
comment Can you renounce part of the bible, and still be a Christian?
... I see how anyone could prove you right.
Apr
24
comment Can you renounce part of the bible, and still be a Christian?
I didn't say it was clear cut, if by that you mean there was 100% certainty for the books selected and 0% chance for the books not selected. Scholars had to weigh the evidence and come to what they considered reasonable conclusions. That's what I meant by the statement that you might disagree with them about some of their conclusions, I meant on documentary and historical grounds. If you want to claim that folks lied about their reasons when they said it was on documentary grounds and really they were politically motivated, I don't know how anyone today could prove you wrong. But nor do ...
Apr
24
answered Can you renounce part of the bible, and still be a Christian?
Apr
24
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Apr
24
comment Can you renounce part of the bible, and still be a Christian?
I'd say the important question is not whether you consider yourself a question, or even whether others consider you a Christian, but whether Christ considers you a Christian.
Apr
23
comment What is the basis upon which the concept that God and Allah are the same?
@stratton He's asking about a relationship between Christianity and Islam. If such a question is off limits on a Christianity site because it refers to Islam, presumably by the same reasoning it would be off limits on a Muslim site because it refers to Christianity. Unless someone creates a site just for asking questions about the relationships between different religions. And what's the point?
Apr
23
answered In Romans 7 is Paul talking about before or after he was saved?
Apr
23
answered How are American non-denominational campus outreach lay ministries conducted?
Apr
23
comment Were humans once angels?
How is this more "opinion-based" than any other question asking for scriptural basis for a doctrine or theory? Either one can find relevant verses or not.
Apr
9
comment Why is the Vatican against “The Son of God” movie?
"We haven't seen the whole movie but..." Okay, there's validity to that. But I always get a laugh when I read such a rebuttal to a critique of a book or movie, and then it becomes clear that the person writing the rebuttal didn't read the entire critique. (In this case I've neither seen the movie nor read the critique, so I have no opinion.)
Apr
9
comment Was Jesus present at the beginning of time? Or when did the Trinity come into being?
I don't understand the "on hold as primarily opinion-based". Surely one can make Biblical or logical arguments for one position or another. Andreas Blass and Jeremy Houle both cite relevant Bible verses. Questions on here are routinely closed on the grounds that the purpose of this site is only to discuss what this or that denomination teaches, and not what is true. Surely one could answer this question in that spirit, quoting doctrinal positions of one denomination or another. What makes this question "opinion" and other not-closed questions not so?
Apr
9
comment The Burden of Proof
... before Columbus can be tested.
Apr
9
comment The Burden of Proof
I agree with most of that but I must disagree with the last paragraph. (a) The Bible most certainly does deal with the material world. It's all about specific people doing specific things. (b) Atheists will say that Christianity is "unscientific" because there is no possible experiment that could prove it wrong ... and then they claim to prove it wrong. I agree that Christianity is not "scientific" in the sense of being testable like the theory of gravity can be tested in the laboratory. Christianity is primarily historical, and must be tested like a theory that Vikings discovered America ...
Apr
9
answered Why is Mark not the first gospel?
Apr
9
answered How could Stephen be stoned without a trial and conviction in front of the Roman Governor?
Apr
9
answered Is it ever right to sin in order to potentially prevent others from committing far more damaging sins?
Apr
9
answered Definition of “Prince” in Bible?