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Apr
16
comment What was the debate at the Reformation concerning “non extra carnem” vs. “extra calvinisticum”?
Welcome to Christianity--StackExchange! Perhaps you could let us know what you've discovered so far in your research. How do you define the "majority position"? Maybe you can link to your working definition of the theological terms. (I also note that you use different terminology in the title of the question as compared to the body. Could you trace out the parallels for us?)
Apr
16
comment Can indirection bring us closer to Christ?
@Peter: Or as Paul says, "Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ." (1 Corinthians 11:1 ESV) Maybe my problem is that Mary and the Sacred Heart are harder to relate to (for me) than a spiritual mentor or an inspired (in the usual sense) author or even Jesus Himself. That's before I get to the tricky task of stringing the references together.
Apr
16
asked Can indirection bring us closer to Christ?
Apr
14
comment Is Knuth's 3:16 project unique?
The above image and the one for John 3:16 hang on my cubicle wall.
Apr
14
answered What's the deal with numbers?
Apr
13
comment What's the deal with numbers?
Outside of apocalyptic literature, numerology is a bunch of hooey if you ask me.
Apr
12
revised Is the Talmud compatible with Christianity?
added 2 characters in body
Apr
12
comment What's the deal with numbers?
Numerology is an important part of the vocabulary of apocalyptic literature. I asked an obliquely related question on 666 specifically for those who are interested.
Apr
12
comment What's the deal with numbers?
Possibly a duplicate of "Numerology and the Bible".
Apr
12
answered Is the Talmud compatible with Christianity?
Apr
11
comment What biblical reasons are there for using the Lord's Prayer as a pattern for prayer rather than a prayer to repeat verbatim?
When I was a Boy Scout, my troop tapped me to be Chaplain. On my first camping trip in office, I organized a mini-church service on Sunday morning. I assigned myself one duty: lead the troop in the Lord's Prayer. I was feeling so good about my position and the event (we didn't have anything like it in the past) and leading everyone in prayer. It was awesome. But when the morning arrived and I got ready to pray, I suddenly forgot the words. It was mortifying! If only I'd just prayed from my heart!
Apr
10
answered What biblical reasons are there for using the Lord's Prayer as a pattern for prayer rather than a prayer to repeat verbatim?
Apr
8
revised Why is Jesus' name pronounced differently in each language?
Fixed some typos.
Apr
7
comment Did the church fathers or OT talk about the visible and invisible church?
You might try Augustine's City of God...
Apr
7
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Do Jehovah's Witnesses celebrate communion?
Apr
4
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Why was Lot “let off the hook” for offering his daughters to be raped?
Apr
3
comment Why would prayer cause pain?
That said, I will say that prayer (and worship in general) have opened me up to experience the emotional pain that I sometimes suppress. Most gloriously, I've felt the pain of others as Paul indicates in 1 Corinthians 12:26: "If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together." (ESV) But it's not possible to know if that's the situation you describe.
Apr
3
comment Why would prayer cause pain?
I'm a bit concerned that this question is a bit too "pastoral" for the site. It's also somewhat speculative in its current form. I voted to close because I can't see how it can be constructively answered. (At least not without direct access to the individual and a fair portion of the spiritual gifts of discernment.)
Apr
3
comment Atheism is the default position. Isn't the burden of proof on the Christian to assert that God exists?
@helicera: Welcome to Christianity.SE! After you've poked around a bit, I encourage you to ask or answer a few questions. It sounds like you have something to contribute! I tend to agree that atheism tends to be more of an intellectual puzzle rather than anything real, but don't discount people's drive and ability to believe in something. Even, as you say, in themselves.
Apr
2
answered In light of Mark 10, how can Christians in good conscience purchase luxury items?