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Jan
20
comment How can these inconsistencies about Jesus' tomb be explained?
Yes, it's true that Mark's statement that they saw a "young man" who is not identified as an angel (in Mark, that is) is a valid, at least apparent inconsistency. Was Mark trying to play down the angelic nature of this person for some reason? It seems implausible that he could have been talking about someone other than the angels that the other writers report. Etc. Christians have debated this point for centuries.
Jan
20
comment How can these inconsistencies about Jesus' tomb be explained?
... that the president was the only speaker, but that conclusion is not justified by the text. If I read both stories, I'd pretty much assume that the first writer mentioned the president's speech because he thought that was the most important, or the most relevant to some larger story. And by the way, this example is far from hypothetical. It happens all the time. Very, very rarely does a news story list all the speakers at a political event or give a number.
Jan
20
comment How can these inconsistencies about Jesus' tomb be explained?
Okay, let me use a more common example. Suppose you read a news story about a political event, and it said, "The president attended this rally and he gave a speech where he said ..." That's the only speaker they mention. Another news story says that there were 4 speakers. Would you say that these stories contradict because the first only mentions one speaker while the second specifically says there were 4? I would think that as long as the first does not say that there was only one speaker, this is not a contradiction. Yes, someone who read only the first story might leap to the conclusion ...
Jan
20
comment How can these inconsistencies about Jesus' tomb be explained?
@fredsbendtheGrinch If one account said that there were angels in the tomb and another didn't mention angels at all, I could see your point. But given that someone says there were angels, I don't see why failing to mention how many would be startling. If someone told me, "Today the president of the United States came to my house to ask my opinion about world affairs!", I wouldn't consider it shocking that he failed to mention that the vice president was there too.
Dec
29
comment Why don't we dance?
@MarcinSanecki Given the fact that the statement about Michal's childlessness comes immediately after David's reply to her attack on his behavior, it seems plausible to read this as a judgment from God. If that's the case, I'd assume that there was more going on here than just one disagreement over proper forms of worship, I wouldn't expect God to judge someone just for having one minor misunderstanding. But who am I to judge God? It's also possible that the juxtaposition is just coincidence. That this is just a statement of fact, having nothing to do with the previous sentence.
Dec
29
comment Is a Catholic annulment divorce in a Catholic way?
"Do they believe non-Catholics can be saved without confession to their priests?" This is a totally new question, not particularly related to your question about annulment. You should post this as a new question to keep the forum reasonably clean.
Nov
19
comment What is the scientific effectiveness of “street preaching” as a method of evangelization?
Did you read the first sentence of this post before replying?
Nov
17
comment How did all the animals fit into Noah's ark?
@fredsbend Quite true. The ideal would be to take young adult -- the equivalent of human teenagers -- so you'd have young, vigorous, fertilse specimens to release after the flood, and so they'd take less room. This would save a lot of space for the very large animals like elephants, and especially for the giant reptiles like sauropods, who continue to grow throughout their lives.
Oct
29
comment Are Christians bound to the laws of their country?
@MarcGravell Very late follow up: Of course if the government provides a reasonable due process to change a bad law, a Christian -- or I'd say any responsible citizen, but we're talking Christians here -- should try to use that due process. If you can change the law through a public relations campaign to convince the majority to vote against it, surely that is better than armed rebellion. But in many cases governments don't allow a vote, or the system is rigged. Or maybe even the majority support an evil law. But I'm giving my own opinion here, I can't give a Bible reference for this.
Oct
16
comment What is the earliest non-Judeo-Christian reference to Jesus?
Note that while #1 is pretty much all that the writer had to say about Jesus, #2 and #3 are excerpts from much longer discussions in the original. Not faulting curiousdanii here, Pliny especially had a fairly extensive discussion. Just want to emphasize that the sentence or two quoted is not the entire discussion.
Oct
16
comment Why did Ananias die?
... SOME indication that Peter was, in fact, wrong. The plain reading is that Peter's statement is true.
Oct
16
comment Why did Ananias die?
Well, I suppose. Or (d) he died of a sudden heart attack that was a complete coincidence and had nothing to do with the real estate deal. Or (e) Peter had poisoned him. Or (f) Of course non-Christians would say that the text is inaccurate or misleading in one way or another. But if we take the text to be an accurate account of what happened, we have Peter's statement that Ananias told this lie, so if Ananias made no such claim than Peter is lying or mistaken. Such an interpretation would be highly strained. Surely if that was what the writer intended to convey, he would have included ...
Oct
16
comment What is considered chaste behaviour from a Catholic perspective?
Tangential note: The reason that Protestants don't "remember" the story of Tobias is because we do not have the book of Tobias in our Bible, so most Protestants have never read it.
Sep
8
comment How old were Joseph & Mary when they marrried?
Quite true, I don't think we're disagreeing. It is quite possible that Mary was in her mid teens when she got married, arguably even likely, as that was common at the time. My point is just that, to the best of my knowledge, we don't have any document from the times that says, so we don't know. For all we know she could have been an old spinster. :-)
Sep
8
comment How old were Joseph & Mary when they marrried?
Not saying that you said otherwise, but just to be clear: The Code of Canon Law was written centuries after Mary and Joseph, so would not have applied to them. And in any case, any law that sets a minimum age tells us at most that they were AT LEAST this age, not that they were EXACTLY this age. And even at that we can't be sure that they didn't break the rules, with or without some official exemption.
Jul
10
comment When is it too late to ask for salvation?
Late comment: While the Bible certainly does have accounts of deathbed conversions -- the thief on the cross being the premier example -- Constantine was not such a case. He was converted in AD 311, and died in AD 337.
Jun
17
comment Have the individual commands of the OT Law ever been categorized as “Moral,” “Ceremonial,” and “Civil?”
Classifying based on "obvious rational basis" or not would be highly subjective. What seems rational to me may not be so rational to you. The example you give is a case in point: Why is a law again murder "rational" while a law against, say, eating pork is not? I'm hard pressed to think of a rational, logical argument why murder is wrong. It just ... is.
Jun
17
comment What word did Jesus use for God in Aramaic?
To address what I think is the underlying point here: I think most linguists say that the Hebrew words "El" and "Elohim" share common origins with the Arabic word "Allah". But that hardly proves that Jews worshipped the God of Islam. Both "Elohim" and "Allah" are general words meaning "God". Consider: There have been plenty of times in history that two men both claimed to be "king" of a particular country. The fact that supporters of Henry call him "king" certainly does not mean that when supporters of Richard use the word "king" that they are referring to Henry!
Apr
24
comment Can you renounce part of the bible, and still be a Christian?
... I see how anyone could prove you right.
Apr
24
comment Can you renounce part of the bible, and still be a Christian?
I didn't say it was clear cut, if by that you mean there was 100% certainty for the books selected and 0% chance for the books not selected. Scholars had to weigh the evidence and come to what they considered reasonable conclusions. That's what I meant by the statement that you might disagree with them about some of their conclusions, I meant on documentary and historical grounds. If you want to claim that folks lied about their reasons when they said it was on documentary grounds and really they were politically motivated, I don't know how anyone today could prove you wrong. But nor do ...