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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 sola-scriptura-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?
Jan
28
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Jan
23
comment Why is the second beast of Revelation called the Antichrist?
RE "an": That's the point. The conventional thinking these days is that there is one person who is "THE antichrist", who is the same person as the beast of Revelation. But the more natural reading -- or if someone wants to debate it, let's say a plausible reading -- of 1 John is that there have been and will be many antichrists. I.e. that "antichrist" is not a description of one individual but rather of a type of person, more like "military leader" than "Napoleon I".
Jan
22
answered Is Jesus our Brother?
Jan
22
answered Is the biblical idea of being “born again” compatible with eastern religious ideas of reincarnation?
Jan
22
comment Why we don't stone people?
This isn't a duplicate, or at least, the answers to the cited question do not answer this question. One could argue that, as Christians are told to submit to civil authorities, that we should not be dragging people out and stoning them for violations of OT law when the civil authorities have other procedures. But that's a side issue. Suppose that's Christians elected a majority to Congress. Should those legislators pass a law requiring stoning of adulterers? Why or why not? Of course we're seeking a Biblical answer here and not "no because the Old Testament laws are stupid and out of date".
Jan
22
answered Are sins forgiven without a payment in Matthew 9:1-7?
Jan
22
comment What is the scriptural basis for believing the judgement comes immediately at death?
If the question was just whether one believed in the existence of God, then presumably if one met God and then was judged, everyone would be saved. But logically this can't be what the Bible means or there wouldn't be all the warnings about unbelief and the dangers of Hell. In any case the Bible specifically answers that point. James 2:19 (NIV) "You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder."
Jan
22
comment What is the scriptural basis for believing the judgement comes immediately at death?
I don't get why this question should be closed. He's asking for what the Bible says about a certain subject. Isn't that pretty much what this site is about?
Jan
22
comment Why do the numbers in Chronicles not match those in other places?
I've seen many such lists of contradictions. Usually the claimed contradiction evaporates under closer study: it turns out to be a matter of one number including something that the other didn't, or sometimes just a round number versus a more exact number. Sometimes it appears to be copyist error, like a digit getting dropped in copying. Why don't you give an example or two and we can discuss them?
Jan
22
comment Why do the numbers in Chronicles not match those in other places?
RE Steve's comment: As a born-again, Fundamentalist, Bible-believing Christian let me say: If you really want the truth, read both sides and weigh them against each other. Atheists will say that Christians gloss over any argument against the Bible and Christians say that atheists gloss over any argument that supports the Bible. Read and study for yourself.
Jan
22
comment Does the New Testament mention Christians worshipping the Holy Spirit?
Possibly true, but it begs the question of whether the Bible ever explicitly says that we should worship the Holy Spirit, or whether the early church did so. I mean in the sense that someone would actually name him as an object of worship. For example does anyone in the Bible ever say "Praise you, Holy Spirit" like they would say "Praise God"?