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Mar
19
comment What is the biblical basis to claim that masturbation is 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
revised What is the biblical basis to claim that masturbation is a sin?
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Mar
19
comment What is the biblical basis to claim that masturbation is 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.
Mar
3
revised Did God plan not to have any carnivores in his creation, and what is that teaching us?
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Feb
21
comment Did Adam and Eve's Progeny Commit Incest?
RE horns on Moses: I don't know any Biblical literalist who says we should take TRANSLATIONS as inerrant. We say that the ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPTS were inerrant. My faith in the authority of the word of God is not shaken because some printer made a typo, or some cultist misquotes scripture.
Feb
18
comment Where did the Young Earth Creationist doctrine originate?
There were plenty of theories that the universe was very old, perhaps even infinitely old, in ancient times. Some Egyptian writers traced lists of dynasties going back hundreds of thousands of years. These were considered just as "scientific" in their time as radiometric dating is considered today. Assuming we discount the Bible as evidence, I think it would be difficult to prove from historical evidence whether young Earth or old Earth theories came first.
Feb
18
comment Are there any denominations that accept the gap theory?
I don't want to get into a debate, but let me just point out that many Christians believe that, (a) The "how" is very important, as details often have significant implications. And (b) It makes a great deal of difference to the nature of our faith if we accept the plain reading of God's word versus re-interpreting God's word to accommodate whatever beliefs may be popular at the time. I am not denying that there are people who think the "how" is unimportant, but that is far from the universal view of all Christians.
Feb
18
comment What does “biblical Christianity” mean to evangelical Protestants?
Of course there's a difference between "sin" and "Hell": Hell is a place while sin is an action. But it's perfectly reasonable to talk about being "saved" from both. If we say someone is "saved from Hell" we mean he won't be condemned to go there. If we say he is "saved from sin" we might mean that he is saved from judgement for his sin, in which case that's just another way of saying "saved from Hell"; or we might mean that he is saved from earthly consequences of sin, like a ruined and wasted life.
Feb
18
comment What does “biblical Christianity” mean to evangelical Protestants?
Well, you could surely say that about almost any book on any controversial subject: Unless the writer is very carefully distinguishing "group A believes X while group B believes Y", and is being meticulously fair, he is going to end up saying that the "rational" view or the "scientific" view or the view that "most experts say", etc, is the view that he agrees with.
Feb
18
comment Can Christians be judges
In the Old Testament, God specifically commanded the death penalty: In Exodus 21 and 22 God commands the death penalty for at least 4 crimes: murder, kidnapping, assaulting your parents, and bestiality. It can't be evil if God specifically commanded it. The New Testament does not include lists of civil laws like the OT, so does not have similar commands, but there is no indication that they are abolished. In Acts 5:9 Peter pronounces a death sentence on Saphira for lying to the church. (He doesn't kill her himself. But then neither does a jury member.)
Feb
15
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Feb
7
comment Why do OEC discount the literal interpretation of the book of Genesis?
@supercat See my update above. Too long for a comment.
Feb
7
revised Why do OEC discount the literal interpretation of the book of Genesis?
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Feb
5
comment What is the purpose of Prayer?
That's what I was trying to drive at in my discussion of God taking the wishes of believers into account in formulating his plans. Let me put it this way: If you believe that God formulated his plans for the world without regard to the prayers or desires of his people, then it stands to reason that prayer is a pointless waste of time. But as the Bible assures us that prayer is NOT a pointless waste of time, then the original proposition must be false. (Classic mathematical "indirect proof".)
Feb
5
answered What do the scriptures tell me to do after committing a sin?
Feb
5
answered Apologist for keeping salvation
Feb
5
answered What is the purpose of Prayer?
Feb
5
answered Is there a difference between theology and apologetics?
Feb
5
comment What is the source for Martin Luther's quote against the use of pipe organ music?
Huh. I've never heard this quote before, but even if not apocryphal, without context it is impossible to interpret. Did he mean that all instrumental music was evil? That there is something specific about the nature of organs that makes them evil? That he was opposed to organs, not because of anything actually about organs, but because he had some complaint about the leading organ manufacturers of the day? Etc etc.