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Apr
4
reviewed Approve 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
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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.
Mar
20
revised When did Martin Luther lose his Apostolic succession according to Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churchеs?
Spelling and formatting.
Mar
19
comment Martin Luther: “Therefore it is not a Christian Church either”?
@Marc: In May I plan to tackle this topic head on. Not all splits are primarily motivated by religious differences. One interpretation of history is that many (if not most) church splits are cultural, societal, or institutional. Luther actually hoped (at least in the beginning) to reform the church rather than to split with Rome. (That seems to be part of the struggle of the question, in fact.)
Mar
19
comment The anointing of Jesus - one event or multiple events?
@dancek is right. A simple rule of thumb is that a denarius is one day's pay. See Matthew 20:1-16. So this is under a year's pay for a minimum wager earner. Quite valuable, but not impossibly valuable.
Mar
16
comment What does it mean to be “born of water” in John 3:5?
For comparison, the question was also asked on the Hermeneutics site.
Mar
16
answered Are Paul's letters to be taken as God's word?
Mar
15
comment Approximate amount of money per year the Catholic church spends for charity?
I don't know if the Catholic church has more centralization, but our Protestant congregation has programs that allow people to more or less directly give to needs in the community without going through the budget process. For instance, if someone loses their job, they can apply to the beneficence fund for money to pay bills and such. On the other end, people who want to support this type of charity designate contributions directly to the fund. Since there's no budget for the fund, it often goes unreported in our year-end-giving reports. (The accounting is separate.)
Mar
15
comment Where was Jesus' tomb?
@warren: I think it doesn't matter, but it does matter to lots of Christians.