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Apr
9
comment Why is the Vatican against “The son of God” movie?
"We haven't seen the whole movie but..." Okay, there's validity to that. But I always get a laugh when I read such a rebuttal to a critique of a book or movie, and then it becomes clear that the person writing the rebuttal didn't read the entire critique. (In this case I've neither seen the movie nor read the critique, so I have no opinion.)
Apr
9
comment Was Jesus present at the beginning of time.? Or when did the Trinity come into being?
I don't understand the "on hold as primarily opinion-based". Surely one can make Biblical or logical arguments for one position or another. Andreas Blass and Jeremy Houle both cite relevant Bible verses. Questions on here are routinely closed on the grounds that the purpose of this site is only to discuss what this or that denomination teaches, and not what is true. Surely one could answer this question in that spirit, quoting doctrinal positions of one denomination or another. What makes this question "opinion" and other not-closed questions not so?
Apr
9
comment The Burden of Proof
... before Columbus can be tested.
Apr
9
comment The Burden of Proof
I agree with most of that but I must disagree with the last paragraph. (a) The Bible most certainly does deal with the material world. It's all about specific people doing specific things. (b) Atheists will say that Christianity is "unscientific" because there is no possible experiment that could prove it wrong ... and then they claim to prove it wrong. I agree that Christianity is not "scientific" in the sense of being testable like the theory of gravity can be tested in the laboratory. Christianity is primarily historical, and must be tested like a theory that Vikings discovered America ...
Apr
9
comment Stealing money from God
Matthew 12:31 "And so I tell you, every kind of sin and slander can be forgiven, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven." The only unforgivable sin is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. You didn't do that. Therefore, your sin is forgivable.
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
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
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
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
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
19
comment Is masturbation 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".)
Mar
19
comment Is masturbation 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
comment Is masturbation 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.
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 from?
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.