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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.
Feb
4
comment How do Arminians reconcile free will with God's omnipotence logically?
And BTW, note that you asked for a logical argument from an Arminian point of view, and that is what I tried to give. I do not say that I fully agree with this view. Personally I think that the Bible clearly teaches predestination, and also clearly teaches free will, and my inability to fully reconcile these things is my problem and not God's. But a discussion of that would be a different question. :-)
Feb
3
comment Visitors giving money to the church
About a year ago I switched from putting a check in the offering plate whenever I got paid to making electronic payments through my bank. And when I did this, the thought flashed through my head, "But if anyone is watching me, will they think I've quit giving to the church?" But then I realized, So what? I am not giving to impress the person sitting next to me, but to support the work of God. Hopefully, anyway.
Feb
3
comment Visitors giving money to the church
@Caleb Well, cool, I don't see any reason why a question like this should have to specify a denomination. But pretty routinely when there are questions like this, one of the Overlords says that it must specify "according to the teachings of a specific denomination". Perhaps you could clarify when such a narrowing is required and when it is not.
Feb
3
answered How do people who reject transubstantiation interpret these verses?
Feb
3
answered How do Arminians reconcile free will with God's omnipotence logically?
Feb
3
answered Which denomination(s) believe(s) there are many heavens?
Feb
3
answered Did God plan not to have any carnivores in his creation, and what is that teaching us?