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Mar
31
comment Which group adhears to the idea of heavenly amnesia?
@davidbrainerd Well, I'm not going to argue much about the plausibility of a hypothetical scenario where so much is outside our knowledge. But when criminals are sentenced to death, sometimes they stand there speechless and in shock, and sometimes they scream curses at everyone around. Maybe that scenario is impossible ... but maybe not.
Mar
29
answered Is life hereditary?
Mar
29
answered Which group adhears to the idea of heavenly amnesia?
Mar
29
answered Ten commandments contradiction
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 The Old Testament tithe is obsolete in the sense that there is no temple in Jerusalem to collect it any more, but it doesn't take great imagination to suppose that some other institution could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 What is the biblical basis to claim that masturbation is 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".)