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Mar
29
comment Ten commandments contradiction
Perhaps you could clarify this question. Is there some verse in the NT that you see as commanding Christians to curse their parents and murder people? That seems a little far out.
Mar
29
answered How does Protestantism explain Matthew 18:20 in this technology age?
Mar
27
answered Genesis 30: 25-43 defying genetics
Mar
27
comment Why The Church keeps on collecting a Tithe?
Matthew 23:23: Jesus tells the Pharisees that they should be practicing justice and mercy, without neglecting paying tithes. 1 Corinthians 9 says that believers are responsible to support preachers and missionaries financially. 1 Corinthians 16 and elsewhere discuss taking a collection to help another church that is poor. The Old Testament tithe is obsolete in the sense that there is no temple in Jerusalem to collect it any more, but it doesn't take great imagination to suppose that some other institution could collect and disburse it.
Mar
27
comment Why The Church keeps on collecting a Tithe?
Many U.S. colleges have "endowments", i.e. a sum of money they invest, and then use the profits to help pay expenses. This allows them to charge lower tuition than would otherwise be required. A few churches try to do something similar. I don't think there's anything inherently sinful or un-Christian about trying to build an endowment. What I'd care about is what you are doing with the profits. If you're preaching the gospel, helping the poor, etc., then great. If the money is going to support a lavish lifestyle for a few leaders, then not so great.
Mar
27
comment How many of each species went onto the Ark?
@waxeagle Not sure why that would be a very interesting question. Perhaps God gave Noah additional information that is not recorded in the Bible. Perhaps the classification was invented by people and was common knowledge at the time. We don't know how Noah knew, but there are obvious possibilities, it's not a baffling mystery.
Mar
27
answered How many of each species went onto the Ark?
Mar
27
comment Are Mormons Protestants?
Well, they do claim to have a "third testament" of sorts -- the Book of Mormon.
Mar
27
comment If there is only one God, why are there so many different religions?
@user10314 Beats me. I've add a number of conversations on Stackexchange sites with people who would rather close a question than answer it or even ignore it.
Mar
26
answered Why does a clever Satan fight with God even though he knows he will lose?
Mar
26
answered Why are the men of Genesis so old? Were the dating systems just different? Are all of these old ages supposed to have symbolic meaning?
Mar
26
answered Why does Jesus say “Why have you forsaken me?”
Mar
26
answered If there is only one God, why are there so many different religions?
Mar
26
comment What is the mark placed on Cain?
"The mark of Cain has died out." I don't know anything in the Bible that says that the mark was genetic, that it was something that Cain would pass on to his children. I've always assumed it "died out" when Cain died.
Mar
26
answered What is the mark placed on Cain?
Mar
19
comment Is masturbation a sin?
... to talk about "lusting for your own spouse", or if those words do mean anything, then there's nothing wrong with it. (With all the usual caveats about "in its proper place and manner".)
Mar
19
comment Is masturbation a sin?
@ThePreacher Probably should be a new question, but to reply: I read a book once where the writer quoted Matthew 5:28, "whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart", and then wrote, See, Jesus didn't say, any woman except his wife. Except, umm, if you take it that way, then if you look at your own wife with lust, that is the equivalent of committing adultery ... with your own wife. How do you commit adultery with your wife? That's like forging your own signature or trespassing on your own property. So I'd say, No, it's either meaningless ...
Mar
19
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Mar
19
comment Is masturbation a sin?
I certainly agree that a Christian's goal should not be to see how close he can get to sin without actually sinning. I don't tell customers half-truths to get their money and then re-assure myself that I didn't QUITE lie or steal. I don't hang out at strip clubs and then re-assure myself that I am not REALLY lusting. Etc. But on the other hand, I don't deny myself the enjoyment of gifts that God has given me because those gifts could be abused. Gluttony is a sin, but I don't starve myself to death in an effort to stay as far away from gluttony as possible.
Mar
17
comment What does “biblical Christianity” mean to evangelical Protestants?
Whether or not you believe that Hell exists shouldn't prevent you from rationally discussing the nature of the place, or I suppose I should say what people who do believe it exists believe to be the nature of the place. I don't believe there's such a place as Atlantis but I still acknowledge that it is supposed to be a place west of the Pillars of Hercules, ruled by King Atlas, consisting of rings of land and sea, etc. A more serious issue would be to point out that there are people who say that Hell is a state of mind and not a place, etc.