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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?
Mar
30
comment Why can't the Pope have children?
Welcome to Christianity--StackExchange! What has your research turned up so far? We welcome all sorts of questions about Christianity, but we prefer "expert" questions. Feel free to edit your question with evidence that you've put some thought into the question and poked around for possible answers. (I also edited the question to bring it more in line with our standards.)
Mar
30
awarded  Organizer
Mar
30
revised Why can't the Pope have children?
I've simplified the question. Feel free to elaborate with an edit to include your research so far.
Mar
30
comment What's the point of the second commandment?
I asked a related question.
Mar
28
comment What do 1st century extra-biblical sources say about hell?
These are helpful, but I wonder if each view can be traced back to Mark 9:42-50 and related Biblical passages. In other words, these are technically extra-biblical, but they draw most heavily from Jesus' teachings, Revelation and the Tanakh.
Mar
28
comment What do 1st century extra-biblical sources say about hell?
That's a pretty huge topic. Some (N. T. Wright for instance) have pointed out that virtually all of our understanding of hell actually came from Plato and other non-Biblical sources. I think it would take good-sized book to cover the topic.
Mar
22
revised Why was Ezra included in the canon?
Less colloquial and improved formatting.
Mar
21
revised Crucifixion — torture stake or cross?
Fix the final, broken link.